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(For a more complete listing of events, go to KONAWEB's Big Island Events Calendar).

April 20, 2014
6th ANNUAL ROYAL TEA BENEFIT - FOUR SEASONS HUALAI RESORT

A benefit for Hospice of Kona, to be held in the Four Seasons' Hualalai Ballroom A, featuring tea served with assorted pastries, finger sandwiches, scones and clotted cream, with a fabulous Silent Auction, Easter Bonnet Contest and live music. Tickets $47; Reserved tables of 10, $500. For reservations and information, call 324-7700.

April 21-26, 2014
THE 50th ANNUAL MERRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL - HILO
A week-long festival of cultural events including Hawaii's most prestigious hula competition at Edith Kanaka'ole Stadium. The festival begins with a Ho'olaule'a at the auditorium behind the Stadium on Easter Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with lots of music, food and fun. Don't miss the by-invitation-only crafts fair that takes place beginning Wednesday, with incredible fresh lei and cream of the crop Hawaiian crafts in the building adjacent to the Stadium. On Wednesday there is also a free hula exhibition night at the Stadium that begins at 6:30 pm; Thursday is the solo Miss Aloha Hula competition; Friday & Saturday are the group Kahiko (ancient) and 'Auana (modern) hula competitions. A grand parade winds through Hilo-town on Saturday morning. Visit www.merriemonarch.com for more info. View the competitions online here: K5TV

April 22, 2014
EARTH DAY AT THE MILL - HOLUALOA
From 4 - 6pm, on the Lawn at Donkey Mill Art Center. $5 to print a t-shirt: Please bring your own t-shirts if you would like to print an Earth Day shirt; various designs by I Love Ninja and Earth Inspired Arts available for printing. There are small changes we can make in our lives to reduce our carbon footprints and improve the health of our planet. Come to the Mill to celebrate Earth Day and have fun making this celebration part of your every day Earth Day Activities: Plant something, design an Earth Day card and send it to a local congress member, or bring an old t-shirt and make it new by silk screening an Earth Day design. On sale: Edible plants grown by DMAC students, origami earrings made from recycled paper, good luck bamboo and more. All proceeds will go toward sustaining DMAC after-school programs.

April 24-26, 2014
21st ANNUAL HAWAI`I ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL - HILO
An island tradition for the past 20 years, the Hawai`i Arts, Crafts & Food Festival During Merrie Monarch Week. The Festival celebrates the artistic and cultural heritage of Hawai'i's people and its environment. This year's celebration will be held from 9 am-5pm, at Sangha Hall (along the Parade Route) at 398 Kilauea Avenue, Hilo. The three-day event showcases over 100 of the finest artisans, crafters and food vendors from the Big Island, O`ahu, Maui, Moloka`i, Kaua`i and the Pacific Nations. Hourly prizes, performances and demonstrations will be held during the event. For more information, call 808/981-0518, email hawaiiartsandcrafts@yahoo.com or visit www.hawaiiartsandcraftsfestival.com

April 26, 2014
PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE DAY - KAWAIHAE
Celebrate the traditional Pacific Island cultures of Samoa, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau, Hawaii & others at this annual event! The day will feature various cultural demonstrations and activities, including lauhala weaving, coconut weaving, music, games, dance, special presentations, traditional weapons displays, and more. Free. Time: 10am to 3pm at Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site's visitor center. For more info, contact park staff at 882-7218, x1004 or visit nps.gov/puhe

April 27, 2014
HUGGO'S BENEFIT BRUNCH - KAILUA-KONA
Friends of the Children of West Hawai`i invite you to their annual Benefit Brunch at Huggo's restaurant on Alii Dr. Enjoy a wonderful brunch at one of Kona's premiere dining spots while sipping champagne and enjoying the outstanding view. Reservations are required. All proceeds will go to helping those children in the community who have been neglected, abused, or have witnessed violent crime. The goal is to "help a victim become a child again." Time: 10:00am to 1:00 pm. Cost:$35 per person. For more information, call 808-331-2425, email friendscwh@gmail.com or visit www.friendsofthechildrenwh.com

April 27, 2014
KONA MUSIC SOCIETY MISA CRIOLLA & YOUTH CHORUS CONCERT
4:00 pm at the Sheraton Kona Convention Center, 78-128 Ehukai St., Kailua-Kona, HI 96740. Misa Criolla by Ariel Ramirez, "The Misa," is a mass for tenor, chorus and orchestra, and is based on folk genres such as chacarera, carnavalito and estilo pampeano, with Andean influences and instruments. It is also one of the first masses to be celebrated in a modern language.It was written in 1963-1964. Featured tenor soloists will be Bernaldo Evangelista and Kaweo Kanoho. The Youth Chorus will also perform, followed by Hawaiian music selections by the Adult Chorus. Tickets: Adults $20, Children $5. Tickets available from Kona Stories Bookstore and Kona Bay Books. Call 808-334-9880 for more info, or visit www.konamusicsociety.org

April 30, 2014
CONSERVATION AND CHANGING CLIMATE IN KONA LECTURE - WEST HAWAI`I CIVIC CENTER
This free lecture features the subject of incorporating indigenous ways and modern approaches for resource conservation. Hanohano o Kona: Honoring Kona, a free community lecture series, spotlights local and state speakers on a wide variety of cultural and historical subjects. Time: 5:30-7pm. For more information, call 808-323-3222 or email khs@konahistorical.org or visit www.konahistorical.org

(More events can be found on KONAWEB's Big Island Events Calendar).


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