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January

January 2-10, 2017
WAIMEA OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL - VARIOUS LOCATIONS
The action-packed Waimea Ocean Film Festival (Ocean Film) offers a stunning lineup of films, special guests, intimate coffee talks, Q&As, exhibits, receptions and morning activities, running non-stop. The festival immerses participants in a greater understanding and awareness of the ocean and island culture through exceptional films, talks, exhibits and activities. Films fall into the basic categories of ocean experience (such as surfing and paddling); ocean environment (things we do on land that impact the sea) and island culture. For the latest updates on films and speakers, follow the festival on Facebook, www.facebook.com/waimeaoceanfilmfestival, visit www.waimeaoceanfilm.org or email info@waimeaoceanfilm.org. Festival passes can be purchased via the website or at 808-854-6095.

January 7, 2017
"SUPER HEROES...& VILLAINS AGAINST CANCER" EVENT - PAVILION, OLD AIRPORT BEACH PARK, KAILUA-KONA
Announcing the 10th Annual COMMUNITYCares Event Saturday, January 7, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It has been a decade of helping the Big Island community combat cancer and medical related hair loss, and helping the local domestic abuse shelter, families in need, and the homeless. Since this is a non-profit, all volunteer group, your help is needed in sustaining the only COMMUNITYCares' Cancer Resource Center & Wig Closet on the Big Island. A financial contribution or perhaps an item or service for the Silent Auction, would be deeply appreciated. Hair donations go to Locks of Love. The goal for the benefit is to raise $5,000 for the annual budget. For more information, call (808) 895-1426 or email shortini@yahoo.com.

January 7, 2017
6th ANNUAL KONA JAZZ EXPERIENCE - ALOHA THEATRE, KAINALIU
Be transported to the big band era by Bill Noble's Big Island Big Band at the historic Aloha Theatre. Time: 7:00 pm. Cost: $20. For more information, call (808) 322-9924, email Info@apachawaii.org or visit Alohatheater.com.

January 7 & 8, 2017
FAMILY SUPPORT HAWAI'I'S "SERVE IT FORWARD" TENNIS TOURNAMENT - KEAUHOU, KONA
Family Support Hawai'i will hold its third annual "Serve It Forward" tennis tournament at the Holua Tennis Center on January 7th & 8th, 2017, 8am till "pau." Last year, Family Support Services helped many community families to get their needs met: the Early Head Start Program was able to receive much needed school supplies, the Early Intervention program received mobile standers, which allow young children who are not yet walking or standing to experience the joy of being able to move independently in a standing position, and the Fatherhood program was able to provide support groups for Big Island fathers. If you would like to register to play in the tournament, visit www.familysupporthawaii.org. For more info about the benefit tournament, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, please email info@familysupporthawaii.org.

January 11, 2017
AUNTY MIMI'S ASTRO-BASH! - HILO PUBLIC LIBRARY
Experience science like never before at Aunty Mimi's Astro-Bash! The mysteries of cold space will be discovered at the Hilo Public Library on Wednesday, January 11th, from 4:30-6:30 pm. There will be frosty science experiments and crafts from 4:30-5:30 pm and an interactive live science show from 5:30-6:30 pm. Don't forget free face painting, giveaways and a chance to win super cold prizes. This is a free, family event, suitable for all ages and guaranteed to excite scientists of any age! Presented by Gemini Observatory, The Hilo Public Library and The Submillimeter Array as part of the Journey Through the Universe program. Contact the library at (808) 933-8890 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1786404914941077/.

January 12, 2017
STRADAVARIUS! BENEFIT PERFORMANCE - HONOKA'A
Jeff Thayer, concertmaster of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, will perform on a Stradivarius violin produced in 1708. He will be accompanied by an Hawai'i Performing Arts Festival favorite, pianist Cary Lewis. A rare treat! Time: 6:00 pm at Hi'ilani Ecohouse, Honoka'a, Cost:$70, included wine and pupu. For more information, call (808) 333-7378, email info@hawaiipaf.org or visit www.hawaiiperformingartsfestival.org.

January 14, 2017
KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK SALE
The Friends of the Libraries, Kona (FOLK) will hold its next Book Sale on Saturday, January 14th from 9 AM to 1 PM on the lanai of the Kailua-Kona Library. Proceeds from book sales help support the needs of the Kona libraries. Teachers will receive special discounts with their official school ID. As always, volunteers are welcome and book donations are accepted at the library. We are looking for additional volunteers to assist in the afternoon close down of the sale. If you find yourself willing and able, please call 322-0077. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 322-0077, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

January 14, 2017
OPENING RECEPTION: HAWAII WOOD GUILD SHOW - WAIMEA
This juried show, hosted by the Isaacs Art Center at Hawai'i Preparatory Academy (HPA) and co-sponsored by the Hawai訴 Forest Industry Association, celebrates the outstanding skills of our Big Island wood craftsmen. All items are available for purchase, and a percentage of the sale proceeds will support HPA's financial aid program. The show is free and open to the community. There will be an Opening Reception on Saturday, January 14, from 5:00 - 7:00pm. Attendees will be able to meet the artists and talk story with members of the Guild every Saturday during the show. For more information, visit www.HawaiiWoodGuild.com or visit http://isaacsartcenter.hpa.edu.

January 15, 2017
36th ANNUAL MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION - OLD AIRPORT BEACH PARK, KAILUA-KONA
The 36th Anniversary Birthday Commemoration of the great civil rights leader will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with a community celebration, potluck & program. Bring your favorite dish to share. This event is free and open to the public. The celebration will take place at the Old Kona Airport Beach Park Makaeo pavilion, AKA the big pavilion. The celebration will consist of displays of art, songs, and music by our local schools and the community. For more info, contact Virginia Halliday at (808)325-1112 or Mamie Bramlett, at (808)331-1448.

January 15, 2017
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Hawai'i County Band with kahiko hula by Kumu Etua Lopes' Na Pua U'i O Hawai'i hula halau on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

January 18, 2017
GOOD GAMER DAY - KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Kailua-Kona Public Library is offering an afternoon of entertainment and educational games for children 6-11 years old. They will learn what it takes to be a good gamer and meet others too. Time: 2:30-4:00PM. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver. Sponsored by Friends of the Libraries, Kona, this program is free to the public. Call the library at 808-327-4327 for more information or to request special accommodations, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

January 21, 2017
WOMEN'S MARCH ON WASHINGTON - KONA
3 to 4 PM. Suggested parking for marchers and sign wavers is Lanihau Shopping Center, or Kopiko Street, which is a five minute walk to the starting place on Queen Kaahumanu Hwy. The march ends at Edible World Institute on Kopiko Street, a two minute walk to Lanihau Center. This is an inclusive march, and everyone who supports women's rights is welcome.

January 22, 2017
9th ANNUAL GEOCACHING EVENT - KONA
The 9th Annual Winter Geocaching Meet & Greet Event will again be taking place at the Kona Coast Shopping Center on Palani Rd. Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm. After the morning session, participants are invited to have lunch at 1 PM at the Harbor House at Honokohau Harbor (and perhaps do some caching). All are welcome to this free Meet & Greet; no previous experience necessary. There will be help available for anyone that owns a GPS that needs demystifying or help in finding a geocache. For more info, e-mail Jake39Geocacher@gmail.com, or visit GeocachingWinterMeet&Greet.

January 27 & 28, 2017
'IOLANI LUAHINE HULA FESTIVAL - KEAUHOU, KONA
The 15th annual 'Iolani Luahine Hula Festival will be held at the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay. The festival was established in 2003 with a vision to perpetuate the hula, and it also serves as a way to honor the memory of 'Iolani Luahine and her contributions to the preservation of hula and Hawaiian culture. The festival will feature hula workshops presented by Miss Coline Aiu, Kumu Iwalani Kalima, Kumu Sonny Ching and Loea Kawaikapuokalani Hewett. A Ni’ihau shell jewelry workshop with Kumu Kele Kanahele featuring lei in the kipuna style will also be held. A prize will be offered to the Kumu Hula who best demonstrates 'Iolani Luahine's values of Hawaiian cultural education. The hula presentations on both days are a free community event and everyone is invited to attend! Donations will be gratefully accepted to support the festival. Evening musical entertainment on Friday will begin at 7pm featuring Matt Sproat, David Kamakahi & Nathan Grace. Tickets will be available online and at the door – general admission $10/reserved seating $15, which helps support the festival. On Saturday, the festival will offer quality Hawaiian arts and crafts by local artisans beginning at 11:30 am. Registration fees and details of the workshops are available at www.iolaniluahinefestival.org. For more info, email administrator@nawaiiwiola.org.

January 27, 2017
WILIWILI FESTIVAL ART SALE - WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
In conjunction with the 6th annual Wiliwili Festival (see next calendar entry), the Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative will be hosting a pop-up art gallery featuring art that celebrates native Hawai'i at the Waikoloa Stables on Friday, January 27th from 5-7:30pm. The show will highlight artwork from six distinguished artists that regularly feature native Hawaiian species in their work to help advance conservation efforts on our islands. All sales will benefit the Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative and their forest restoration and community education programs. The gallery will host a variety of works by the internationally acclaimed conservation artist Calley O'Neill as well as the wood block printing of Andrea Pro and Margaret Barnaby. The show will also include the traditional Chinese brush painting style of Shay Niimi Wahl and the fine art photography of Joshua McCullough and Charla Thompson. Over the years, each of these artists have dedicated their time and art to the Waikoloa Dry Forest through volunteer work, outreach, fundraising campaigns and educational events. This show will give the community a chance to meet these artists and learn more about one of the forests that inspire them. Admission will include pupu, beer and wine, live music by slack key guitarist John Keawe and a special presentation by UH Professor of Geography, Dr. Jonathan Price. For more information, call (808) 494-2208, email wdfi@waikoloadryforest.org or visit https://www.commitchange.com/hi/waikoloa/waikoloa-dry-forest-initiative/events/w.

January 28, 2017
WILIWILI FESTIVAL - WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
The Wiliwili Festival celebrates our native lowland dry forest. This fun, family-friendly event will feature live music, educational workshops, vendors, silent auction, and tours of the Waikoloa Dry Forest Preserve. Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm at Waikoloa Stables, Waikoloa Village. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 494-2208, email Jen@waikoloadryforest.org or visit www.waikoloadryforest.org.

January 28, 2017
KONA AERIALS VEGAS NIGHT BENEFIT - KAILUA-KONA
An amazing silent auction and Vegas style games will take place on January 28 from 6pm-11 p.m. at Hale Halawai on Alii Dr. to benefit Kona Aerials Gymnastics Team. Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase, and there will be a Raffle! Cost: $15 Donation in Advance/$20 Donation at Door. This event is for adults only. For more information, call 305-510-3759, email konaaerialsgym@gmail.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/VegasNightKonaAerials/.

January 28, 2017
13th ANNUAL KONA SURF FILM FEST - KAILUA-KONA
Since 2003 the Kona Surf Film Festival has been an exhibition of surf films from around the world, a benefactor of the Big Island community and beyond, and a grassroots event that has kept the surf cinema stoke alive. Live music, surf movies, and good vibes! To be held at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, from 4-10pm. For more information, call (808) 936-0089, email chadkona@gmail.com or visit www.konasurffilmfestival.org.

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February

February 4, 2017
ANNUAL WAIMEA CHERRY BLOSSOM HERITAGE FESTIVAL - WAIMEA
The festival showcases the 60+ year old cherry trees planted at Church Row Park and the Japanese tradition of viewing them - hanami. The festival includes a variety of activities from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at venues throughout Waimea - look for pink banners identifying site locations from the Parker Ranch Historic Homes on Mamalahoa Hwy. 190 to the Hawaiian Homestead Farmer's Market on Hwy. 19. Enjoy an all day lineup of Japanese and multi-cultural performing arts, plus hands-on demonstrations of bonsai, origami, traditional tea ceremony, and mochi pounding, and a host of colorful craft fairs. Enjoy free shuttle transportation among most venues. For more info, please call 808-961-8706.

February 10, 2017
JAKE SHIMABUKURO BENEFIT PERFORMANCE - MAUNA LANI BAY HOTEL, SO. KOHALA
One of the world's favorite 'ukulele masters in concert, plus a fabulous Silent Auction with great travel, art, dining and lodging offerings benefiting Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. Time: 5:30 Silent Auction, 7:30 Concert. Cost: $75 until Dec 24; $95 thereafter. For more information, call (808) 333-7378, email info@hawaiipaf.org or visit www.hawaiiperformingartsfestival.org.

February 10 & 11, 2017
INTERNATIONAL NIGHTS -
Performances by UH Hilo international students spanning the globe. An annual favorite among students, the community, and visitors. Time: 7:30 pm at UH Hilo Performing Arts Center. Cost: $12 General Admission; $5 Students, Children & Seniors. For more information, call (808) 932-7490 or email mellon@hawaii.edu or visit http://hilo.hawaii.edu/international/IN.php.

February 11, 2017
KONA ROTARY MAUKA VALENTINE'S WINETASTING EVENT
To be held at the beautiful Holualoa Inn, this event benefits Hawai'i island community service; local community college and high school scholarships; and sells out every year. Time: 4-8pm. Live and Silent Auction. Live music. Food catered by The Fish Hopper restaurant. Tickets can be purchased by calling Carol at 808-896-2397. Email rotaryvalentines@gmail.com for more info.

February 17-19, 2017
HEIVA I HAWAI'I 2017 - KAILUA-KONA
Te 'E'a O Te Turama once again hosts amazing groups from all over Hawai'i Island at Kekuaokalani Gym (Kuakini Hwy, adjacent to the Kona Community Pool). Visit www.heivaihawaii.com for more information and applications for competitors, vendors and sponsors.

February 18-20, 2017
25th ANNUAL PANAEWA STAMPEDE RODEO - HILO
This large and diverse rodeo features Team Roping, Barrel Racing, Bronc Riding and Bull Riding. In addition, there are special events done only in Hawai'i. Cowboys and cowgirls will compete in Double Mugging and Po'o Wai U just like our forefathers did in the early paniolo days of old Hawaii. Time: 12:00pm till finished at Panaewa Equestrian Center. Presale $6; $8 at the gate. For more information, call (808) 937-1004 or visit www.hawaiirodeostampede.com.

February 19, 2017
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Merrie Monarchs men's glee club and kumu Etua Lopes' Na Pua U'i O Hawai'i hula halau on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

February 25, 2017
DONKEY MILL ART CENTER'S 10th ANNUAL ART AUCTION - KAILUA-KONA
This black-tie-optional event will combine live and silent auctions featuring the work of both local and international artists in a festive, upscale venue along with music, pupu, and drink. For more information, call (808) 322-3362, email donkeymill@gmail.com or visit www.donkeymillartcenter.org.

February 25 and 26, 2017
SOKO 3rd ANNUAL ARTIST STUDIO TOUR
South Kona Artisans will be presenting their fine art in their studios, homes and other venues from Keauhou to Honaunau, showcasing local photography, oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors, giclee prints, cards, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, woodworking, glass, and quilts for sale. 20 artists, 10 locations. You are invited to meet local artists, view their work and see what inspires them. Time: 10 am-4pm. Free to the public. Brochure & map will be available at http://sokoartists.com, Facebook page www.facebook.com/SOKOSouthKonaArtistCollective, and at artist studios and various venues.

February 25-26, 2017
2017 LIVING AND DESIGN SHOW - SHERATON KONA RESORT
More than 40 vendor booths will exhibit their goods and services in the three-day event. From general contracting and materials to home design and decor, including fine art, the expo often features furnishings, blinds and shutters, window-tinting, kitchen countertops, cabinets and flooring, pest control PC solar and financing. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-329-1758, email marketing@kona-kohala.com or visit http://www.kona-kohala.com/.

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March

March 4, 2017
11th ANNUAL AVOCADO FESTIVAL - KAILUA-KONA
To be held from 10am to 5pm at Hale Halewai, on Alii Dr. Live entertainment will be offered throughout the day, along with avocado presentations and food demonstrations, avocado variety sampling, and more. There will be food available for sale.

March TBA, 2017
GREAT WAIKOLOA 'UKULELE FESTIVAL - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT

The festivities include a free workshop with celebrated teachers Roy and Kathy Sakuma, nonstop concerts, instrument giveaways, Hawaiian crafts and more. Traditional 'ukulele masters, school groups, up-and-coming artists and top entertainers in the 'ukulele world will be at the festival. For more information call (808) 886-8822.

March 11, 2017
The 22nd ANNUAL KONA BREWERS FESTIVAL
Ticket sales for the popular annual event to be held at Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona begin on December 17, 2016 at 11am. The Festival will sell tickets for two sessions - the Afternoon Delight from Noon-3pm and the Sunset Session from 4:30-7:30 pm. Tickets are $75 and include craft brew samplings from 40 Hawai'i and the mainland US breweries and unlimited samplings of a wide variety of local food. Top chefs from some of the Big Island's favorite restaurants will offer their best food pairings, ranging from fresh fish and smoked meats to deep fried avocados and tropical sweets, served up fresh on a banana leaf plate against a backdrop of passing paddle boards and canoes at the historic Kamakahonu Bay Beach. Live music and entertainment includes the must-see Trash Fashion Show, a performance that highlights creative fashions made entirely from recycled material. Festival volunteers divert over 90% of festival waste from landfill by transforming refuse into compost for local school gardens. The Kona Brewers Festival has raised awareness, visibility, funding for over 40 non-profit and community organizations supporting the well-being of Hawai'i's youth, environmental conservation, and cultural traditions. For more information, call (808) 938-7376 or email email@summercarrick.com or visit www.konabrewersfestival.com.

March TBA, 2017
17th ANNUAL TRIBUTE TO KAMEHAMEHA III - SHERATON KONA RESORT, KEAUHOU
Enjoy a free concert on the Sheraton's Hawai'i Lawn, featuring some of Hawai'i's best musicians. There will also be a Vendor Marketplace, and more. Donations will be accepted at the door.

March TBA, 2017
18th ANNUAL BIG ISLAND INTERNATIONAL MARATHON - HILO

26.2 Mile Marathon, 10.8 Mile Run & 3.1 Mile Fitness Run/Walk. Run the coast of old Hawai'i along the Pacific Ocean, through tropical rainforests, past exotic waterfalls, and along black lava beaches to finish at historic Hilo Bay Front. Run with elite runners in a small running field. Start to mile 10 is a net downhill of 500 ft. with some hills in the first 8 miles and then fairly flat after that. Hilo is located in one of the cooler lush areas of Hawaii, which translates into good running conditions. Enthusiastic volunteers cheer on the runners at well-stocked aid stations and at the finish line celebration. 10.8 mile runners run the first 10.8 miles with the marathoners. The 3.1 Mile Fitness Run/Walk is from Hilo Bay around Queen Lili`uokalani Gardens. For more info, visit www.hilomarathon.org.

March TBA, 2017
KAILUA KANIKAPILA COMMUNITY PICNIC
Relax. Kick back. Bring your beach chair or mat. Celebrate why we love to live in Hawai'i with live entertainment all afternoon at the free Kailua Kanikapila Community Picnic on the seaside lawn at Hale Halawai on Ali'i Drive. Pack a picnic or enjoy on-site food vendors and bring the whole family. Unfolding concurrently with Kailua Kanikapila are Kokua Kailua and the new Village Marketplace (visit website for details). To be held at the seaside lawn at Hale Halawai on Alii Drive. For more information, call 808-936-9202 or email hkvevents@gmail.com or visit www.historickailuavillage.com.

March TBA, 2017
KEAUHOU SHOPPING CENTER FREE MONTHLY CONCERT
The featured Hawaiian music entertainer will be perform at 5pm. Admission is two cans of food for the Hawai'i Food Basket, per person. Each can over two, receive an entry win a prize from the event sponsors Jams World, Kona Stories Bookstore and Sheraton Kona. Bring lawn chairs, as seating is limited. Opening with local Hawaiian music at 5:30pm.

March 19, 2017
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Hawai'i County Band with kahiko hula by Kumu Etua Lopes' Na Pua U'i O Hawai'i hula halau on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com

March TBA, 2017
TROPICAL PAWS BENEFIT - FOUR SEASONS HUALALAI RESORT

Call 808-329-8002, email fund.dev@hihs.org, or visit www.hihs.org for more info or to purchase tickets.

March TBA, 2017
ANNUAL "DAY AT HULIHE`E" SPRING FUNDRAISER - HULIHE`E PALACE, KAILUA-KONA
Spend the day on the picturesque, seaside grounds of Hulihe'e Palace for the annual spring fundraiser, Day at Hulihe'e. An 8:30 a.m. traditional Hawaiian blessing kicks off the 9 a.m.-4 p.m. event, which is hosted by palace caretakers the Daughters of Hawai'i and the Calabash Cousins. Browse among tented arts and crafts booths, a tempting bake sale featuring Aunty Nona's scrumptious peach cake and the ever-popular Classy Tutu's Attic. Choose a fresh flower lei or floral arrangement made on-site by palace volunteers. The Kuakini Hawaiian Civic Club will offer ono food and local hula halau will provide cultural entertainment on the grassy lawn fronting Kailua Bay. Enjoy cultural demonstrations including pa'i 'ai (poi pounding) and 'upena (fish net making). Prize drawings throughout the day will be featured, including the chance to win a king-sized Hawaiian quilt for a $5 donation. Palace admission will be complimentary all day, although donations will be accepted. For more info, contact the Palace at 329-1877, the Palace office at 329-9555, or visit www.daughtersofhawaii.org.

March 25, 2017
HAWAI'I ISLAND SUICIDE PREVENTION BENEFIT CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
The Prevent Suicide West Hawai'i Task Force is hosting their 2nd Annual benefit concert. Admission is $5 per child and $13 per adult, and includes a keiki corner, plate lunch, guest speakers, entertainment, other non-profit info tables, donation prize giveaways and lots more. Time: 1-6 pm. Doors open at noon at Old Airport Beach Park Events Pavilion. For information, visit http://preventsuicidekona.com/index.html or email Ncabuag@hotmail.com.

March TBA, 2017
HAWAI`I ISLAND C.R. KENDALL SCHOLARSHIP BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT - HILO
The Annual Hawai'i Island Charles R. Kendall Scholarship Benefit Golf Tournament will take place at Hilo Municipal Golf Course. Teams will enjoy a 3 man modified scramble with fun contests, great prizes and an awards ceremony & lunch. This event is open to the public. All proceeds will go towards educational scholarships and awards for HGEA (Hawai'i Government Employees Association) members and their immediate families. For more information, call 935-6841, email hawaiidiv@hgea.org or visit www.hgea.org/hawaiigolftournament.

March TBA, 2017
24th ANNUAL HAWAI'I ARTS, CRAFTS AND FOOD FESTIVAL - HILO
The Annual Hawai'i Arts, Crafts & Food Festival will be held during Merrie Monarch Week at Sangha Hall, Hilo. The Festival will feature over 100 artisans, crafters and food vendors throughout the state. Admission: $2; children 7 and under free. For more information, contact Hawaii Arts & Crafts at (808) 981-0518, email hawaiiartsandcrafts@yahoo.com or visit www.hawaiiartsandcraftsfestival.com.

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April

April TBA, 2017
THE 54th 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, cream-of-the-crop Hawaiian crafts, and free, live music performances by some of Hawai`i's most beloved entertainers in the building adjacent to the Stadium (http://www.merriemonarch.com/merrie-monarch-invitational-hawaiian-arts-fair). On Wednesday, Ho`ike Night, there is also a free hula exhibition at the Stadium that begins at 6:30 pm (get there very early to stand in line!); 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.

April TBA, 2017
31st ANNUAL MAGIC SPECTACULAR - ALOHA THEATRE, KAINALIU
Laugh and be amazed! Proceeds from the show benefit the Society for Konas Education & Art (SKEA), a non-profit arts organization dedicated to providing education and experiences in the arts to the people of Hawai'i Island. For more information about SKEA, please visit the website at www.skea.org. For more event information, call 323-9707, SKEA at 328-9392, or email alohamagic@aol.com.

April TBA, 2017
5th ANNUAL BIG ISLAND AIDS WALK - HILO
This exciting, family event is an easy 2 mile walk around the beautiful Lili'uokalani Gardens in Hilo. There will be a Community Organization Health Fair, live entertainment, raffle prizes and light refreshments. For more information, call 808 982-8800, email david@hihaf.org or visit http://bigislandaidswalk16.kintera.org/.

April 9, 2017
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Merrie Monarchs Men's Glee Club and Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his halau Na Pua U`i O Hawai'i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

April TBA, 2017
WAIMEA OUTDOOR CIRCLE SPRING PLANT SALE
At Waimea Nature Park, behind the Canada/France/Hawai'i Telescope headquarters. For more info, email wochawaii@gmail.com or call (808) 433-4482.

April TBA, 2017
LAVAMAN TRIATHLON - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
Motorists are cautioned that approximately 1600 cyclists will be on the Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway between 8am and 11:30am on Sunday, between Waikoloa Beach Drive and the 88 Mile Marker. Cyclists will be crossing the highway at Waikoloa Beach Drive, and traffic will be stopped there to give right-of-way to the cyclists, resulting in significant delays between 8:30 and 10:30am. Motorists are encouraged to detour "up Waikoloa Drive at the north end of Ka'iminani Drive from the South end to the Upper Highway (190)." This will add approximately 25 minutes to travel time, but will avoid potentially longer delays. The speed limit on Queen Ka'ahumanu will be reduced to 45 mph during the race. Call 329-9718 for more info.

April TBA, 2017
18th ANNUAL WAIMEA HEALTHY KEIKI FEST
The annnual Waimea Healthy Keiki Fest will be held from 9am-1pm at the Parker Ranch Center. Designed for children ages 3-12, keiki and their parents will spend the day exploring free, hands-on activities related to fitness, health, nutrition and safety.

April TBA, 2017
CREAM OF THE CROP COFFEE TASTING COMPETITION - KEAUHOU
The Cream of the Crop Festival and Competition is an annual free event produced by the Kona Coffee Council that combines 100% Kona coffee, desserts, and art. A panel of professional chefs and the festival attendees rate both coffee and desserts to yield the Chef's Choice and Peoples Choice awards. Awards are given for Estate 100% Kona Coffee, Open 100% Kona Coffee, Professional Dessert, and Amateur Dessert. Held at Sheraton Kona Resort Bayview Grounds. For more information, call (808) 938-0142 or email gbiven@hicoffeeco.com.

p>April 19-22, 2017
ANNUAL MERRIE MONARCH INVITATIONAL HAWAIIAN ARTS FAIR
This is the official fair for the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival, featuring the finest collection of Hawaiian arts and handcrafts by Hawaii's Master artisans. Also offering cultural demonstrations and workshops in kapa making, ohe kapala, Ni'ihau shell lei making, pahu drums and native Hawaiian plants. Free Hawaiian entertainment daily by Hawai'i's top musicians and hula halau. You can also get the official Merrie Monarch Festival t-shirts, programs and posters here. This is a free event. You can download the vendor application at www.namakua.com/merrie-monarch. Time: Wed-Fri, 9am-5pm and Sat 9am-4 pm at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium and Butler Building in Hilo. For more information, call (808) 966-4647 or email mmcraftfair@hawaiiantel.net.

April TBA, 2017
FREE ENTRANCE TO NATIONAL PARKS IN HONOR OF NATIONAL PARKS CENTENNIAL
There will be free access to all national parks during National Park Week.

April TBA, 2017
KAI OPUA'S 18th ANNUAL PAU HANA REGATTA - KAILUA BAY
Kai Opua Canoe Club's annual Businessman's Regatta is back - divisions are Bar/Restaurant/Hotel, Professional, Government, Retail, Construction. The teams will also compete for the Best Team Costume Awards. For more information, to register, or to set a practice time for your crew, call 938-8577. Registration at 8am; racing starts at 9am at Kailua Pier, Kailua-Kona. All proceeds go to the club's outrigger racing activities. Kai Opua Canoe Club is a 501c3 non-profit. For more, information call 938-8577, or visit www.kaiopua.org/pauhanaregatta.asp.

April TBA, 2017
LAUPAHOEHOE MUSIC FESTIVAL
The 12th Annual Laupahoehoe Music Festival will take place at Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park, 36-1043 Laupahoehoe Point Rd., Laupahoehoe, Hawaii 96764, from 9am-6pm. Music, crafters, game booths - Hawaiian-style food will be available for sale. This is an alcohol and drug-free event; no coolers. Buy tickets online at www.laupahoehoemusicfestival.org.

April 28-29
BIG ISLAND CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL
With the theme "Worth Its Weight in Gold: The History of Chocolate" the sixth annual Big Island Chocolate Festival is April 28-29 with events headquartered at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. Fun starts with a plantation tour at Original Hawaiian Chocolate in Keauhou and continues with ag seminars, culinary demos, college competition and a decadent gala. General admission tickets to the gala are $79 presale and $100 at the door. Special room/ticket packages are available. This event benefits local non-profits, and promotes the emerging, local cacao industry. For more info, visit www.BigIslandChocolateFestival.com or email info@bigislandchocolatefestival.com.

April TBA, 2017
HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION - KAILUA-KONA
Time: 7:30am-2:30pm at the Kealakehe Recycling & Transfer Station. Accepted Items are motor oil, antifreeze, corrosives, poisons, corrosives, batteries, medicaiotns, solvents and thinners, fluorescent bulbs, mercury thermometers, oil-based paints, and compressed gas cylinders. Not accepted items are business waste, farm waste, electronics, explosives or flares, radioactive materials, shock sensitive items, controlled substances, fire extinguishers, bio/infectiours waste, non-toxics. More info at www.hawaiizerowaste.org, or call 961-8554.

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May

May 1, 2016
POSTPONED TILL 2017! - LEI DAY CELEBRATION - HILO

May TBA, 2017
KONA ORCHID SHOW, PLANT & CRAFT SALE - OLD AIRPORT BEACH PARK MAKA'EO PAVILION
Annual Mother's Day Weekend Orchid Show and Plant Sale. Many hand-made island craft items and fine arts, from 9 am till 6 pm on Friday, May 7th; from 8 am till 4pm on Saturday, May 7th. Orchid vendors from all over the island will be present, with exotic orchid species and new hybrids for sale. There will also be pottery, ceramics and lava pots; real flower jewelry; nurturing gemstones and jewelry, orchid & fine art, cards, fabric art, photography, driftwood sculptures; succulents; desert roses; dragon fruits; protea plants and flowers; air plants; native plants; day lilies; herbs; fruit trees and more. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-333-0889, email orchidbob1@gmail.com or visit http://www.konaorchidsociety.org.

May TBA, 2017
5th ANNUAL HAMAKUA YOUTH FOUNDATION HULA FESTIVAL/FUNDRAISER - HONOKA'A
This event will showcase an exciting and diverse collection of hula, mele and oli (chanting), highlighted by authentic and colorful costumes, lei, and musical implements. For more info, call (808) 775-0976 or visit https://hamakuayouthcenter.wordpress.com.

May TBA, 2017
MOTHERS DAY CONCERT/BENEFIT - PALACE THEATER, HILO
For more info, visit www.hilopalace.com.

May 17, 2017
"ULTIMI: THE THREE TENORS" BENEFIT PERFORMANCE - HILO
The Three Tenors were a sensation when they performed to a sold-out house on the Big Island in 2015. Enjoy their mastery once again in this concert benefiting the Hawai'i Performing Arts Festival. Time: 7:30 Concert at Hilo Palace Theater. Cost: $20 in advance; $25 at the door. For more information, call (808) 333-7378, email info@hawaiipaf.org or visit www.hawaiiperformingartsfestival.org.

May 19, 2017
"ULTIMI: THE THREE TENORS" BENEFIT PERFORMANCE - HAPUNA BEACH PRINCE HOTEL, SO. KOHALA
The Three Tenors were a sensation when they performed to a sold-out house on the Big Island in 2015. Enjoy their mastery once again in this concert benefiting the Hawai'i Performing Arts Festival. Time: 7:00 PM Concert at the Coast Grille, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. Cost: $60. For more information, call (808) 333-7378, email info@hawaiipaf.org or visit www.hawaiiperformingartsfestival.org.

May 19-28, 2017
KA'U COFFEE FESTIVAL
Celebrating award-winning Ka'u coffee, this annual festival offers unique and exciting activities. The festival's pinnacle event is an all-day, free ho'olaule'a May 27 at Pahala Community Center, offering coffee, food and craft booths; entertainment, farm and mill tours and guided coffee tastings. The festivities conclude with the Ka'u Coffee College educational series. Some events are free, others have a fee. Various locations. For more information, call (808) 929-9550, email cmanfredi@kaufarmandranch.com or visit www.kaucoffeefest.com.

May TBA, 2017
22nd ANNUAL LAUHALA CONFERENCE/WORKSHOP - KAILUA-KONA
Aunty Elizabeth Maluihi Lee, founder and president of Ka Ulu Lauhala o Kona, who is a designated Living Treasure, plus dozens of master weavers from all over the state will gather to share their knowledge and skills to perpetuate the beloved and ancient art of lauhala weaving. Location: King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Students of all levels are welcome to attend. The conference will include a ho`olaulea (crafts fair), a talk story, lu'au and more. For more information, call (808) 987-2243 or email kahananun001@hawaii.rr.com.

May TBA, 2017
ANNUAL VISITOR INDUSTRY CHARITY WALK - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
The annual 3.1-mile run, walk (and snack) event was created by the Hawai'i Lodging and Tourism Association in 1978 as a way for the visitor industry to "walk their talk," and give back to community. Hotel and resort properties from across the island enjoy the friendly competition of Charity Walk, challenging each other to win the race, bring out the most participants, raise the most money, and serve up the best food. Visitors and residents are invited to join in the fun. In addition, those chosen as beneficiaries will support the runners and walkers with aid stations along the scenic route from Queens' MarketPlace to Kings' Land, and back to Waikoloa Bowl. Participants of all ages can join in the morning exercise and camaraderie for a minimum pledge of $35 adults, or $25 age 18 and under. Afterwards, the expansive lawn of Waikoloa Bowl will take on a county fair atmosphere with 20+ food stands from restaurant and hotel chefs, live entertainment and a radio broadcast. For more info, call (808) 333-9768 or visit charitywalkhawaii.com.

May TBA, 2017
ANNUAL DAIFUKUJI SOTO MISSION BAZAAR - HONALO
This much-anticipated annual event will take place at the Mission (next to Teshima's restaurant in Honalo) from 9am-1pm. There will be food and preserves for sale, baked goods, fresh produce, orchids and plants, crafts, a rummage & white elephant sale, clothing, and more. Entertainment by Daifukuji Taiko drummers. For more info, call 322-3524, or visit www.daifukuji.org.

May 21, 2017
"KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE'E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Merrie Monarchs men's glee club and Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his halau Na Pua U'i O Hawai'i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

May TBA, 2017
ANNUAL WAIKOLOA LIONS CLUB GOLF TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISER - WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
7:45AM Shotgun Start, 2 person Scramble, at Waikoloa Village Golf Course. Proceeds from the tournament will be used to fund community projects. For more info, call Sue at (808) 989-0215 or email sue.mccord@gmail.com.

May TBA, 2017
HONOKA`A WESTERN WEEK PARADE & BLOCK PARTY
Everyone is invited to dress up western-style and visit Honoka`a town merchants, plus join in different paniolo-themed activities every night. For more information, visit Honoka'a Western Week on facebook.

May TBA, 2017
BIG ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL - THE SHOPS AT MAUNA LANI AND THE FAIRMONT ORCHID, KOHALA
This film festival celebrates independent, narrative, Hawaiian and international filmmakers and their films. There will be social, food & beverage events and entertainment as well as the film presentations and an award brunch. Kama`aina discounts for tickets are offered every night. There will be some great celebrity guest appearances. The "Best of the Fest" event will present the audience-voted best feature and best short film of this year's festival, with a concert featuring a popular Hawaiian musician or band. The majority of BIFF events take place at various locations within The Fairmont Orchid, including daytime film screenings in the air-conditioned amphitheatre, filmmaker workshops, celebrity receptions and salutes, as well as "festival films" (up to R) and Best of the Fest, at Plantation Estate. Family films (up to PG-13) are shown at The Shops at Mauna Lani Center Stage, where admission is free. For more information, call 808/557-5200, 808/883-0394 office or email bigislandff@aol.com. For complete schedule information and tickets, visit BigIslandFilmFestival.com.

May TBA, 2017
HAMAKUA HARVEST ANNUAL FARM FESTIVAL - HONOKA'A
The Annual Hamakua Harvest Farm Festival will be an inspirational event celebrating local agriculture and the community. The festivities will be held at the Hamakua Harvest site (44-2600 Hawai'i Belt Road, Honoka'a, at the intersection of Mamane Street and Mamalahoa Highway 19). For more information, call (808) 775-8209, or visit www.hamakuaharvest.org, facebook/hamkuaharvest, or Instagram at #hamakuaharvest.

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June

June TBA, 2017
HILO ORCHID SOCIETY ANNUAL SHOW AND SALE
The Hilo Orchid Society will stage the largest and most comprehensive orchid show and sale in the state of Hawai`i this coming June. The show will take place at the Edith Kanaka'ole Stadium in Hilo. A selection of fantastic items will be auctioned off in the Hilo Orchid Society Silent Auction. Funds raised will support the Hilo Orchid Society Scholarship Fund. Visit http://www.hiloorchidsociety.org for more info.

June TBA, 2017
2nd ANNUAL WAIPI'O KALO (TARO) FESTIVAL
The Festival will take place at Koa'ekea, near the Waipi'o Valley Lookout. Presented by the grassroots state-recognized nonprofit, Ha Ola O Waipi'o Valley, the free event is a tribute to kalo (taro), Waipi'o, and the kupuna and others who live, work, and find inspiration there. There will be live music and hula, craft vendors, games and great food. In addition, there will be displays and "talk story" sessions about the region's rich history and its significance in Hawaiian culture. Agricultural exhibits and demonstrations will offer a chance to learn about varieties of kalo and how they are cultivated, prepared as food and taro's nutritional/health benefits. A Kalo Cookoff offers prizes to home chefs who bring their best kalo pupu, main dish or dessert for a friendly competition with prizes. Any part of the kalo plant may be used in the dish. (To enter, please bring at least five portions for judges to taste.) Hawaiian food will be available for purchase. Koa'ekea is located at 48-5546 Waipi'o Valley Road. Event parking will be available at Kukuihaele Park, with free shuttles provided. There will be no parking at the Lookout. For more information about the Kalo Festival, including the schedule, email HaolaoWaipioValley@gmail.com or follow Ha Ola O Waipio Valley on Facebook.

June TBA, 2017
BIG ISLAND JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL - SOUTH KOHALA
The 7th annual Big Island jazz and blues festival will bring in Grammy jazz and blues legends. To be held oceanfront at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Kohala coast. Food and drink available for purchase; no coolers allowed. For more information, call 866-774-6236 or visit www.bigislandjazzandbluesfestival.com.

June TBA, 2017
KAWAIHAE CANOE CLUB STEAK FRY
A fun evening under the stars, with a steak dinner, music, dancing, silent and live auctions. To be held at Kawaihae Canoe Club, small boat harbor, north end. For more information, call (808) 345-6790 or email JLPaalua@gmail.com.

June TBA, 2017
HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION - KAILUA-KONA
7:30am-2:30pm at the Kealakehe Recycling & Transfer Station. Accepted Items: motor oil, antifreeze, corrosives, poisons, batteries, medications, solvents and thinners, fluorescent bulbs, mercury thermometers, oil based paints, compressed gas cylinders. Not Accepted: business waste, farm waste, electronics, explosives or flares, radioactive materials, shock sensitive items, controlled substances, fire extinguishers, bio/infectious waste, non-toxics. For more info, call 961-8554.

June 11, 2017
NORTH KOHALA KAMEHAMEHA DAY CELEBRATION
Lei Draping at the statue of King Kamehameha in Kapa`au, and a traditional Pa'u Parade, with horses and riders adorned in flowers and colors representing each Hawaiian Island. The parade will travel from downtown Hawi to Kamehameha Park in Kapa'au. There will also be a Ho'olaule'a (crafts fair) at Kamehameha Park, where you can eat local food, see masters create traditional arts and craafts, watch beautiful hula dancers and listen to award-winning Hawaiian musicians. For more info, call 808-557-6042 or visit www.kamehamehadaycelebration.org.

June 11, 2017
KING KAMEHAMEHA CELEBRATION PARADE AND FREE CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
Adorned in the flowers and colors of the Hawaiian Islands, regal pa'u riders on horseback will represent each of the eight islands, led by their respective princesses and the pa'u queen. The floral parade will also feature hula halau, equestrian units, marching bands, and more. The parade begins at Walua Road and Alii Drive at 9am, and travels through Kailua Village to Palani Road past the pier, ending at noon. A Ho'olaule'a (crafts and music fair) featuring Hawai'i recording artists will be held after the parade on the Hulihe'e Palace grounds. For more information, call 322-9944, email KamehamehaDayParade@hawaii.rr.com, or visit www.konaparade.org.

June 11, 2017
KAMEHAMEHA FESTIVAL - HILO
The festival will feature sweet Hawaiian music and beautiful hula from various artists and hula halau, from 10am-4pm. There will also be ono (delicious) food, arts & craft vendors. Presented by the Royal Order of Kamehameha, Mamalahoa, the festival is free, open to the public, and remains a drug, alcohol, and tobacco-free event. For more information, visit http://www.kamehamehafestival.org/.

June 11, 2017
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Hawai'i County Band with kahiko hula by Kumu Etua Lopes' Na Pua U'i O Hawai'i hula halau on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai'i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians and artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

June 17, 2017
ALOHA KEIKI RUN - KAILUA-KONA
Various race distances from 100 yards to 1 mile for youth ages 1-15. All participants receive a race t-shirt, finisher's medal, & goody bag. Games, music, and fun for the whole family! Time: 8:00am at Kona Commons Shopping Center. Cost: $15. For more information, call (808) 967-8240, email raceinfo@konamarathon.com or visit http://konamarathon.com/event-information/aloha-keiki-run/.

June TBA, 2017
ANNUAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL - PU'UHONUA O HONAUNAU NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, HONAUNAU
Celebrate Hawaiian culture at this free, two-day, family friendly event. Learn about lauhala and coconut frond weaving, kapa beating, traditional lei making and more, both days. In order to protect fragile resources and preserve the historic setting, picnicking, coolers and chairs are not allowed in the Royal Grounds. No food is available in the park. Please visit www.nps.gov/puho for more details and view updates on www.facebook.com/PuuhonuaoHonaunauNPS. For more information, call 808-328-2326 x1702 or email marisa_fronda@nps.gov.

June 25, 2017
KONA MARATHON, HALF-MARATHON, QUARTER-MARATHON & 5k RACES - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT

Featuring all four traditional races - Marathon, Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon & 5 K. An estimated 2,000 runners of all ages and abilities will be participating for prizes, health and enjoyment, and raising money for charities. The race will start and finish at the Waikoloa Bowl at Queens' Marketplace. The Kona Marathon course has one gentle climb not exceeding 175 feet above sea level. For more information on times and details visit www.konamarathon.com.

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July

July 4, 2017
HILO BAY BLAST
Family activities around the Hilo Bayfront, including games, cook-offs, music and more. Fireworks at 8pm over Hilo Bay. For more info, call 961-8706.

July 4, 2017
FOURTH OF JULY PARADE & CELEBRATION - VOLCANO VILLAGE
The parade will begin at 9 a.m. at the Volcano Post Office and proceed for one half mile along Old Volcano Road to Cooper Community Center. For more info, call (808) 967-7800.

July 4, 2017
4th of JULY SILENT AUCTION BENEFIT - VOLCANO VILLAGE

This annual fundraiser is a much anticipated part of Volcano's popular 4th of July parade and festival, which attracts hundreds of residents and visitors each year. The auction is held at the Cooper Center on Wright Road in Volcano Village. There is something for everyone at this fun and popular silent auction! Proceeds benefit Friends of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (tax deductible donations welcome through July 3). For more info, call985-7373, email admin@fhvnp.org, or visit www.fhvnp.org.

July 4, 2017
KAILUA-KONA INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE & FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA
The Annual Kailua-Kona Independence Day Parade will take place on Monday, July 4, at 6:00 p.m., starting at the Kekuaokalani Gym/Pool Complex on Kuakini Highway. It will proceed south on Kuakini Highway, to Palani Road, to Ali'i Drive, and then south on Ali' Drive to Walua Road just past Coconut Grove Marketplace. The parade operates with an all-volunteer committee with the support of the Rotary Clubs of Kona. All are welcome, whether neighborhood and community groups, nonprofit groups or commercial entries. Along with musical entries and floats of all kinds, there will be multiple color guards and numerous members of the armed services as part of the parade. Immediately following the parade, there will be a grand Fireworks Extravaganza over Kailua Bay, starting at 8:00 p.m. For more information about entering the parade, email rcpreese@gmail.com , call 313-0025 or visit www.paradesinkona.com.

July 4, 2017
GREAT WAIKOLOA RUBBER DUCKIE RACE/BENEFIT - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT, KOHALA COAST

Held at the Kings' Shops at Waikoloa Beach Resort, this is a benefit for United Cerebral Palsy Assn. of Hawai'i. Free entertainment, fun games and exciting contests, from duck waddling to eating. Live entertainment and food booths too. Adopt a duckie for the Duckie Race for a chance to win one of many fantastic prizes.

July 4, 2017
FAMILY FOURTH & FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
The event continues at Waikoloa Beach Resort throughout the afternoon until the Fireworks Extravaganza over Waikoloa Bowl at 8pm. This is an alcohol and drug free event. For more information, call 886-8822, email spelfrey@waikoloaland.com or visit waikoloabeachresort.com.

July 4, 2017
PARKER RANCH ANNUAL JULY 4th HORSERACES & RODEO
Big Island ranchers participate in fast-paced horseraces and rodeo events with Parker Ranch cowboys. Ribbon mugging, ranch mugging, dally team roping, Po'o Wai U and more. Keiki activities including roping practice and pony rides. Lots of food and mementos for sale at the Parker Ranch Store booth. Parker Ranch Rodeo Arena, Waimea. Pre-sale tickets available at the Parker Ranch Store in Waimea (at Parker Ranch Square). For more information, call 885-2323, email nguilloz@parkerranch.com or visit www.parkerranch.com.

July TBA, 2017
9th ANNUAL BIG ISLAND PRIDE PAGEANT - KAILUA-KONA
The Big Island Pride Pageant is currently the only LGBT pageant on the Island. Contestants come from various parts of the Island to compete in different categories mainly based on creativity, not beauty. It consists of two divisions, a Miss Category and a Mr. Category. Admission charge. For tickets call (808) 747-9546. For more information, email Bigislandpridepageant@gmail.com.

July TBA, 2017
5th ANNUAL LGBT PRIDE PARADE AND FESTIVAL - HILO
This annual event will be held in downtown Hilo. The celebration will be followed by a festival at the Mooheau Bandstand Park featuring live music, food, crafts, information booths, and a play area for keiki. Any individuals or organizations who want to walk in the parade can submit a free parade entry form online at http://hawaiiislandpride.org/.

July TBA, 2017
RELAY FOR LIFE OF KONA
There will be live entertainment, a silent auction, food, family fun and a chance to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Reservations for the dinner and reception should be made at 935-0025; please call the same number if you are interested in having a team or to volunteer. For more information, email Sancie.DeMattos@cancer.org or visit www.RelayForLife.org/konahi.

July TBA, 2017
HILO TRIATHLON
Inaugural Olympic distance triathlon at James Kealoha Beach Park in Hilo. 1500 meter swim, 40km bike, 10km run. Time: 7:00 AM at James Kealoha Beach Park, Hilo. Fee. For more information, call 808-333-9128, email hilotriathlon@gmail.com or visit hilotriathlon.org.

July 16, 2017
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE'E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Merrie Monarchs men's glee club and Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his halau Na Pua U'i O Hawai'i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai'i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

July TBA, 2017
KONA HISTORICAL SOCIETY'S 2017 ONLINE AUCTION FUNDRAISER
Kona Historical Society will auction many fun and unique items including art, activities, dining, accommodations, jewelry, antiques and collectibles, to raise money for KHS's educational programs and preservation projects. Auction items are available only online; there is no live event so if you win the online bidding you win the item! Register to bid and preview auction items at http://www.biddingforgood.com/konahistorical. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, all proceeds raised by KHS are used for its exciting new gallery, school programs, and ongoing community programs. For more information, call 808-323-3222 or email khs@konahistorical.org.

July TBA, 2017
JOANN WILLIAMS 26th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS IN JULY ART, GIFT & CRAFT FAIR - KONA
Approximately 100 local vendors from all over the state, with exclusive items for your early holiday shopping. Time: 9:00am to 5:00 pm at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Free to the public. For more information, call 1-808-325-5155 or email dagoose@hawaii.rr.com.

July TBA, 2017
11th ANNUAL FILAM TENNIS CHARITY TOURNAMENT - KEAUHOU, KONA
The Annual FilAm Friendship Tennis Tournament will be held at Holua Tennis Center. This is a free charity event that raises scholarship funds for eligible college bound West Hawai'i graduating high school students. This is the biggest non-sanctioned United States Tennis Association (USTA) tournament in the state of Hawai'i. In addition to fun competitive tennis, there are other fun activities such as Dunk for Prizes, a bake sale, Silent Auction, and much more. Time: 8am-5pm both days. For more information including sponsorship and donation opportunities, please go to www.gonnalove-it.com/tennis, or email email errol@gonnalove-it.com.

July TBA, 2017
35th ANNUAL KONA DAIFUKUJI ORCHID CLUB SHOW AND SALE - HONALO
The annual Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club (KDOC) show and sale will be held at the Daifukuji Soto Mission Hall. The free event offers attendees complimentary refreshments, plus an orchid boutonniere corsage - while they last, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The Daifukuji Taiko Drummers will perform. Enjoy an elaborate and colorful display of live blooming cattleya, cymbidium, dendrobium, phalaenopsis, miltonia, vanda and more. Cameras are welcome. Got growing questions? Veteran members will staff a Question and Answer Booth where attendees can get expert advice on caring for orchids. The club boasts eight charter members who each have been growing orchids at least 30 years at different Kona elevations. In addition to the other displays, the annual event offers an outdoor sale of high quality orchid species and hybrids grown by club members and Big Isle commercial growers. The Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club is West Hawai'i's oldest orchidaceae organization with a mission to learn and foster orchid culture and promote fellowship among orchid collectors. Daifukuji Soto Mission Hall is ocated on Hwy. 11 at mile marker 114, in Honalo. For information, visit www.kdoc.us, get club updates at www.facebook.com/orchidsinparadise or phone 808-325-3261.

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August

August TBA, 2017
8th ANNUAL MANGO FESTIVAL - KEAUHOU, KONA
The Annual Mango Festival will take place on the beautiful bayfront lawn of the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. The festival presents the magic of fresh, ripe, delicious Hawai'i Island grown mangos. There will be displays of the many varieties of mangos locally grown on Hawai'i Island. Hawaiian mangos, which are not exported to mainland USA, will be showcased in a variety of horticultural and culinary activities. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy a wide array of mangolicious treats and smoothies offered by local vendors. Browse among arts and crafts booths and enjoy non-stop live entertainment. This is a Zero Waste Event. For more information, call (808) 936-5233 or email randyldna@earthlink.net.

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DON THE BEACHCOMBER MAI TAI FESTIVAL - KAILUA-KONA
A full day of fun at Royal Kona Resort, including a Battle of the BBQ; a Marketplace; a Pool Party with live music by Henry Kapono; and The Mai Tai Mix-off where 21 of the world's best bartenders will compete for the title of the world's best mai tai and a $10,000 first prize. Call 808/930-3255 or visit donsmaitaifest.com/ for more info.

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PU'UKOHALA HEIAU NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE'S ANNUAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL - KAWAIHAE

Over 20 arts and craft workshops and demonstrations will be available for visitors to experience and learn hands-on, including Lei Haku Ame Lei Wili (ancient lei making), Ulana Lauhala (lauhala weaving), Holo Wa'a (canoe rides), and more. There will be local musicians playing songs of Hawai'i. PNHP is located about a mile south of Kawaihae on the Kohala Coast. Parking will be on the coral flats south of Kawaihae Harbor. Call (808) 882-7218 x0 for more info or visit www.nps.gov/puhe.

August TBA 2017
HOSPICE OF KONA'S ROYAL TEA BENEFIT - FOUR SEASONS HUALALAI RESORT
Enjoy an afternoon tea at Four Seasons Hualalai. Proceeds to benefit Hospice Of Kona's Nakamaru Hale. Silent auction, gourmet goodies and...tea! Reservations required. Corporate tables available. For more information, call 808-324-7700, email adegress@hospiceofkona.org or visit http://hospiceofkona.org.

August 19, 2017
VOLCANO RAIN FOREST RUNS
Run a Half Marathon, 10K or 5K in the heart of Volcano Village. Traverse the quaint village roads through the beautiful native rain forest and ranch lands with stunning views of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa in the distance. Free keiki run for ages 1-7. Time: 7:00am at Cooper Center, Volcano Village. Costs: Free to $85. For more information, call (808) 967-8240, email raceinfo@volcanorainforestruns.com or visit http://volcanorainforestruns.com/.

August 20, 2017
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Merrie Monarchs men's glee club and Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his halau Na Pua U'i O Hawai'i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai'i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

August TBA, 2017
ANNUAL HAWAI'I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK CULTURAL FESTIVAL
People of all ages are invited to engage in authentic Hawaiian cultural practices and learn how native Hawaiians lived closely to the land as its stewards. Enjoy hula and music, watch skilled practitioners demonstrate their arts, and try your hand at Hawaiian crafts. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 985-6011, email havo_interpretation@nps.gov or visit www.nps.gov/havo.

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6th ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF ALOHA - HAPUNA BEACH PRINCE HOTEL, SO. KOHALA
Hotel guests, visitors and residents are invited to enjoy a free family-friendly all-day festival to be held at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. The event will feature live music from multi Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners, hula performances, craft, jewelry, and clothing vendors. There will be an appearance by the Royal Court, food booths featuring Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel Executive Chef Peter Abarcar Jr.'s famous Hawaiian plates, which include huli huli pig, fresh catch poke, haupia for dessert, and specialty foods from the chefs of Mauna Kea Beach Resort. Time: 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM. The event will benefit various non-profit organizations; attendees are encouraged to bring canned foods to support the Hawai'i Island Food Basket. For more information, call (808) 880-1111 or visit www.HapunaBeachPrinceHotel.com/Events.

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NORTH HAWAI'I HOSPICE FLOATING LANTERN CEREMONY - FAIRMONT ORCHID
A meaningful ceremony to honor and remember loved ones that have passed. There will be a sharing of music and hula, chanting, and prayers, followed by a lantern release into Pauoa Bay at sunset. Admission is free. Floating lanterns for decorating and inscribing messages will be provided for a donation (pre-reservation of lanterns is suggested, since supply is limited). Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Complimentary self-parking will be provided by The Fairmont Orchid. For more info or to reserve a lantern, call North Hawai'i Hospice at 885-7547 or visit www.northhawaiihospice.org.

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September

September TBA, 2017
46th ANNUAL QUEEN LILI'UOKALANI LONG DISTANCE OUTRIGGER CANOE RACES
The Queen Lili'uokalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Races welcomes more than 2,500 outrigger canoe paddlers to Kona for its signature 18-mile long distance race, the world's largest long distance outrigger canoe race. Kai 'Opua Canoe Club, one of Hawai'i's oldest outrigger canoe clubs, will host crews from all over the world. Other official race events unfold throughout the holiday weekend. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-938-8577, email unclebo13@gmail.com or visit www.kaiopua.org.

September 9, 2017
EARLY SIGNS HEALTH FAIR - HILO
Free health fair with ten physician presentations, nine activity demonstrations, over seventy information booths; health screens of blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, foot, memory, vision, eye, and balance checks. Time: 9:00am to 2pm at LifeCare Center of Hilo. For more information, call 959-9151 or email ridley0428@gmail.com.

September 16, 2017
WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S - HILO
Walk around Lili'uokalani Park in honor of those who have struggled with Alzheimer's. Time: 8:00-9:00. Free to the public. For more information, call 443-7360 or email ridley0428@gmail.com.

September 17, 2017
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Hawai'i County Band with kahiko hula by Kumu Etua Lopes' Na Pua U'i O Hawai'i hula halau, on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

September TBA, 2017
ANNUAL KINDY SPROAT FALSETTO & STORYTELLING CONTEST -
This unique music competition features talented male singers of all ages who can not only sing in the unique Hawaiian falsetto style, but can also captivate the audience with the stories behind the songs. For more information, call (808) 217-2634, email dmkama@gmail.com or visit hawaiiislandfestival.org.

September TBA, 2017
ANNUAL DANIEL R. SAYRE MEMORIAL ANNUAL FUNDRAISER & AWARDS - FAIRMONT ORCHID
All funds raised from the dinner go toward the purchase of rescue equipment and professional training for the Hawai'i County Fire Department. For information on the event and to view past events go to www.danielsayrefoundation.org, phone (808) 325-5456 or email mallerysayre@hawaii.rr.com.

September TBA, 2017
UP COUNTRY FAIRE - KEALAKEKUA
Christ Church will hold its annual Community Up Country Faire with games for keiki and much more. At the corner of Konawaena School Rd; & Mamalohoa Hwy. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 769-4343, email janet@hilt.org or visit www.christchurchkona. org.

September TBA, 2017
"TASTE OF THE HAWAIIAN RANGE" AND AGRICULTURE FESTIVAL - HILTON WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
Culinary adventure seekers can taste and enjoy all the cuts of pasture-raised beef - everything from tongue to tail - prepared expertly by Hawai`i chefs. Enjoy familiar cuts like sirloin tip and ribs, plus beef cheek and the infamous "Rocky Mountain oysters." While tasting, attendees can meet Hawai'i's food producers at booths, and talk story with the ranchers and farmers who make a living growing our food. Attendees can also enjoy exhibits presenting topics related to local agriculture and food sustainability, including the University of Hawai'i's Mealani Research Station, where the event began. Local food producers also have an opportunity to hook up with island chefs and consumers. For general event information, phone (808) 322-4892. For more details, visit http://www.TasteOfTheHawaiianRange.com.

September TBA, 2017
RUN FOR HOPE BENEFIT - HUALALAI RESORT/FOUR SEASONS RESORT
Run for Hope is a non-competitive 10K & 5K Run/Walk event. Proceeds from this event benefit cancer research in Hawai'i. Activities include the Hualalai Golf Scramble and Hualalai Tennis Tournamen; and the Run for Hope 10K Run & 5K Run/Walk. For more information, call the Event Hotline at 808.325.8052. Registration forms are available at http://www.fsrh.net/pr/run_for_hope.pdf. For more info, email linda.larsen@fourseasons.com. Also visit www.runforhopehualalai.com for more info.

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HAWAI`I ISLAND FESTIVAL'S ANNUAL POKE CONTEST - WAIKOLOA BEACH MARRIOTT
Featuring cube sized fish (poke) with various ocean delicacies, tako, opihi, loli and more. For more information, call (808) 937-4896, email LPokipala@Queens.Org or visit http://www.hawaiiislandfestival.org/.

September TBA, 2017
HAWAIICON CONVENTION - MAUNA LANI BAY HOTEL & BUNGALOWS
HawaiiCon brings together the best of science, sci-fi, fantasy, comic books, anime and cosplay. Celebrities join the top space scientists, voice actors and cosplayers in the country for four days of panels, workshops and adventures. For more info, visit www.hawaiicon.com.

September TBA, 2017
KA'U COFFEE TRAIL RUN 5K,10K & 1/2 MARATHON - WOOD VALLEY
Invite your family and friends to join you or cheer you on as you set out to meet your goal in the family-friendly 5K run/walk, take the challenge of the 10K or test your endurance in the 13.1 mile climb up to 3,100 feet. Set your stride as you run through fields of coffee and macadamia nuts and forests of eucalyptus and 'ohi'a trees, and cherish the breathtaking views of the Ka'u coastline. . Time: 7 AM at Ka'u Coffee Mill in Wood Valley, above Pahala. Cost varies by event. For more information, call (808) 464-2696 or visit okaukakou.org.

September TBA, 2017
PANIOLO PARADE AND HO'OLAULE'A - WAIMEA
One of our favorite yearly events, the Paniolo Parade will start at 10am at "Church Row" and proceed to Waimea Park, featuring princesses on horseback with attendees (complete with "Pooper Scooper" brigades!) decorated with the flowers of their respective islands. The Royal Court will also be present, along with local hula halau and more! The Parade is followed by one of the best crafts show of the year, featuring island foods, games, arts & crafts, Hawaiian products and live Hawaiian musical entertainment in Waimea Ball Park till 4pm - drug and alcohol free. Free. A great local family event! Note: 1 hour road closure.

September TBA, 2017
HULA KAHIKO AT HAWAI'I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
Hula will be presented in a one-of-a-kind outdoor setting at the kahua hula (platform) in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. This performance is presented authentically in a natural setting, rain or shine without electronic amplification. Audience members are encouraged to bring sun/rain gear and sitting mats. This free event is supported in part by a grant from the Hawai'i Tourism Authority and the County of Hawai'i, Dept. of Research and Development. Park entrance fees apply. Time: 10:30-11:30 am. For more information, call (808) 967-8222 or email alyssa@volcanoartcenter.org.

September TBA, 2017
HILO WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S
Hundreds of Hilo residents will unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions at the Alzheimer's Association's Walk to End Alzheimer's. Participants will learn about Alzheimer's disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment, and support programs and services. Walk participants also honor those affected by Alzheimer's disease with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony. Time: 7 am to 1pm at Lili'uokalani Gardens and Park, 191 Lihiwai Street, Hilo. For more information, call (808) 591-2771 or visit alz.org/hilowalk.

September TBA, 2017
5th ANNUAL HAWAI'I ISLAND ALL NATIONS POWWOW - HILO
A family-centered A two day event of cultural exchange, with Native American inter-tribal dancing, arts and crafts, Native American frybread , food vendor, silent auction, exhibition dances, etc. Come out and dance. Time: 10 am - 4pm daily at Keaukaha Hawaiian Village. Free to the public. For more, information call (808) 747-2903 or email hawaiipowwow@hotmail.com.

September TBA, 2017
18th ANNUAL BAMBOO FESTIVAL - HILO
A fun day at Nani Mau Gardens in Hilo featuring education about bamboo and building with bamboo, presented by the Hawai'i Chapter of the American Bamboo Society. Vendors will be there featuring bamboo and crafts. There will be a Silent Auction, as well. To be held at Nani Mau Gardens. Small entrance fee. For more information, call (808) 895-6758 or visit hcabs.webs.com.

September TBA, 2017
3rd ANNUAL HISPANIC CULTURAL FESTIVAL - KONA
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrate Hispanic culture at the Old Airport Beach Park's Large Pavillion. The goal of the festival is not only to celebrate Hispanic culture in Hawai'i, but to unite the Hispanic and Latino communities with our larger, local community. The event will feature authentic Latino cuisine, and there will be live music, entertainment and dancing throughout the day from local musicians and dancers. Community organizations will be present to share information with the community. Free to the public. For more info, call (808) 895-2052, email adean@comunidadlatinadehawaii.com or visit www.comunidadlatinadehawaii.com.

September TBA, 2017
FREE ENTRY TO ALL NATIONAL PARKS
In honor of National Public Lands Day there will be no entry fees charged on this day.

September TBA, 2017
FESTIVAL OF 1000 BOWLS BENEFIT - KEAUHOU SHOPPING CENTER, KONA
Donkey Mill Art Center (DMAC) proudly presents its 11th Annual Cool Fusion: Festival of 1,000 Bowls - a celebration of ceramic, musical, and culinary arts in the courtyard of Keauhou Shopping Center. A dizzying array of ceramics will be on display so guests can shop for a handmade bowl, and fill it with savory cold noodles for a refreshing lunch. Each year, renowned ceramists from across the Big Island gather to create uniquely beautiful bowls to raise funds for Donkey Mill Art Center. Skilled artists volunteer their time to create 1,000 hand-crafted stoneware bowls throughout the summer months. Additional bowls and many other pieces of ceramic art, including cups, vases, and large bowls, will also be available for as little as $10 each. There will be live entertainment on the courtyard stage. The Holualoa Foundation for Arts &jamp; Culture provides art education and experiences to people of all ages and abilities at its historic home at the Donkey Mill Art Center with classes for children and adults in pottery and sculpture, printmaking, painting, photography, fiber arts, and Hawaiian culture, with workshops taught by visiting artists from around the world. For tickets or more information, call DMAC at 808-322-3362 or visit donkeymillartcenter.org. For more info, call (808) 322-3362, email DonkeyMill@gmail.com or visit donkeymillartcenter.org.

September TBA, 2017
11th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE PARADE AND FESTIVAL - HONOKA'A
Celebrating the annual United Nations International Day of Peace, the town of Honoka'a will host a Parade down Mamane Street - a "moving stage" of bands, dancers, drummers and entertainers. The event then continues with a Peace Day Festival in the streets. For more details, visit www.peacedayparade.org, email info@peacedayparade.org, or call (808) 883-0669.

September TBA, 2017
HAWAI'I ISLAND FESTIVAL OF BIRDS - KONA
The second annual Hawai'i Island Festival of Birds - Ha'akula Manu, brought to you as a program of PATH-Peoples Advocacy for Trails in Hawai'i, and featuring the Hawai'i Island Coast to Coast Birding Trail. The Festival of Birds is an event where residents and island visitors with all levels of interest in birding and nature study can come together to discover and celebrate the diversity of Hawai'i's birdlife and the habitats that support them. For more information, visit www.hawaiibirdingtrails.com.

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October

October TBA, 2017
31st ANNUAL PATH 5K/10K RUN & KEIKI DASH - KAILUA-KONA
A fun 5k and 10k Run and a free Keiki Dash in downtown Kailua-Kona. Run/walk starts and finishes at Hale Halawai on Alii Dr. (start at 7:30am.) This event is a benefit for PATH's Bike Safety Education Program for Hawai'i Island. Fee. For more information, to download an entry form, or to register online, visit www.pathhawaii.org.

October TBA, 2017
PUNA HONGWANJI BAZAAR - KEA'AU
The Puna Hongwanji Mission annual bazaar at Puna Hongwanji Mission, Keaau. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 966-9981, email punahongwanji1937@yahoo.com or visit punahongwanji.org.

October TBA, 2017
BIG ISLAND 'UKULELE GUILD EXHIBIT - HILO
For more information about the 'Ukulele Guild or the upcoming exhibit at the Wailoa Center, contact Bob Gleason at pegasusguitars@hawaiiantel.net or visit BigIslandUkuleleGuild.org. For more information about the Wailoa Art Center, contact (808) 933-0416.

October 14, 2017
ANNUAL IRONMAN PANCAKE BREAKFAST - KAILUA-KONA
Enjoy delicious all-you-can-eat pancakes from 7 to 10am at Mokuaikaua Church on Alii Drive, just steps away from the IRONMAN start on Kailua Pier! Pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee, hot cocoa or hot tea. For more information, call (808) 329-0655, email tanyaoffice@mokuaikaua.com or visit www.mokuaikaua.org.

October 14 2017
IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TRIATHLON - KAILUA-KONA

This ultimate endurance event - a 2.4 mile swim, 112-mile bike and a 26.2 mile run - attracts thousands of the world's best athletes, and thousands of volunteers from the Big Island help make it happen! Watch West Hawaii Today newspaper for updates on the event. Also visit www.ironman.com.

October TBA, 2017
HULA KAHIKO AT HAWAI'I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
Hula performed in a one-of-a-kind outdoor setting at the kahua hula (platform) in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. This performance is presented authentically in a natural setting, rain or shine without electronic amplification. Audience members are encouraged to bring sun/rain gear and sitting mats. This free event is supported in part by a grant from the Hawai'i Tourism Authority and the County of Hawai'i Dept. of Research and Development. Park entrance fees apply. Time: 10:30-11:30 am. For more information, call (808) 967-8222, email alyssa@volcanoartcenter.org or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org .

October TBA, 2017
5th ANNUAL LILIKOI FESTIVAL - PAHOA, PUNA
The annual Lilikoi Festival will be held at the Maku'u Farmers Market near Pahoa. This is a Zero Waste event. Small admission fee for adults. Featuring a lilikoi-themed cooking contest, demonstrations, live music all day, vendor booths and keiki activities. Vendors and cooking contest entries, contact Tag at (808) 982-5683 or visit www.lilikoifestival.com.

October 15, 2017
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE'E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Merrie Monarchs men's glee club and Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his halau Na Pua U'i O Hawai'i, on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

October TBA, 2017
ANNUAL TASTE OF HILO
Featuring more than 30 participating restaurants, chefs, pastry chefs, bakers, and beverage suppliers. To be held at Hilo Honpa Hongwanji Betsuin, Sangha Hall. Sponsored by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawai'i. A portion of event proceeds go to support the Hawai'i Community College. Tickets may be ordered by calling the Chamber at 934-0177 or by emailing jccih@jccih.org. For more nformation, visit www.jccih.org.

October TBA, 2017
7th ANNUAL HAWAI'I ARTIST COLLABORATION AUCTION - HOLUALOA
39 artists from four countries and fourteen art disciplines collaborate with each other to create original works of art that no ONE person could imagine! Jewelers, painters, woodworkers, blacksmiths, ceramicists, sculptors and more, embark on a weeklong journey of artistic collaboration culminating in this auction event which showcases the artwork created during this unique experience. The auction will be held at the picturesque Malulani Pavilion & The Great Lawn at the Holualoa Inn. The public is invited to experience and admire the results of the collaborations, meet and talk to the artists, as well as bid to win the art through both live and silent auctions. An Event Donation is asked; Keiki free. For more info, call (808) 960-2805 or email hawaiicollaboration@gmail.com or visit www.HawaiiArtistCollaboration.org.

October 22, 2016
17th MAGICAL HALLOWEEN JOURNEY - KONA PACIFIC CHARTER SCHOOL, KEALAKEKUA
The Journey is the largest fundraiser for Kona Pacific Public Charter School and has become one of the "must attend" Halloween events in West Hawai'i. 600 attendees are expected to enjoy the skits put on by Kona Pacific teachers, community actors and parents. Tickets are sold in increments of time slots for each "journey." Attendees will also enjoy themed games, crafts and out-of-this-world food at the cafe while enjoying local live entertainment. Cost: TBA. For more information, call (808) 854-6769 or visit www.KPPCS.org .

October TBA, 2017
RUN FOR THE DRY FOREST - PU'U WA'AWA'A
The annual Run for the Dry Forest at Pu'u Wa'awa'a is a 10km run, 5km run/walk and 1/4 mile keiki run, with a 7:30am start. You can choose to run or walk a 5km course (suitable for most people), a 10 km run (an "extreme trail running experience" featuring a 1200 ft elevation gain in the first 3 miles). There is also a fun, non-competitive 1/4 mile run of flat surfaces; parents are welcome to join the kids. Proceeds from this event will be used to support natural resource conservation and management-related projects in West Hawai'i. Registration is required. PLEASE NOTE: No pets are allowed, as there are endangered nene geese in the area. For more info, visit www.pathhawaii.org.

October TBA, 2017
HOWL'WEEN DOG WALK - HILO
Annual benefit for Hawai'i Island Humane Society. Registration (free) 7:30am at Queen Lili'uokalani Park (or online at https://www.firstgiving.com/HIHS/howlween-dogwalk-2016; 7:45am, Opening Program; 8am, Walk Begins; 8:30am, Pet Contests begin (Contest start time may change). This community event encourages pet owners to exercise themselves and their pets during this free, family-friendly event. All are invited to join in, wearing a costume. Walkers with or without pets are urged to raise pledges and support Hawai'i Island Humane Society. Teams and team challenges are encouraged! Show off your pet costume, join in games and contests and help HIHS raise funds. Earn at least $25 in pledges and receive a surprise gift; earn $50 in pledges and receive a free Dog Walk t-shirt! Pledge forms are also available at any HIHS shelter and from many island veterinarians. Proceeds from the Howl'ween Dog Walk benefit some of the many needs of HIHS, including pet supplies and low cost spay and neuter services to help eliminate pet overpopulation. Contact Whitney Sickels at 808-329-8002 or email fund.dev@hihs.org to become a sponsor, reserve vendor space, or to donate contest prizes.

October TBA, 2017
HOWL'WEEN DOG WALK - KING KAMEHAMEHA'S KONA BEACH HOTEL
Annual benefit for Hawai'i Island Humane Society. This community event encourages pet owners to exercise themselves and their pets during this free, family-friendly event. All are invited to join in, wearing a costume. Walkers with or without pets are urged to raise pledges and support Hawai'i Island Humane Society. Teams and team challenges are encouraged! Show off your pet costume, join in games and contests and help HIHS raise funds. Earn at least $25 in pledges and receive a surprise gift; earn $50 in pledges and receive a free Dog Walk t-shirt! Pledge forms are also available at any HIHS shelter and from many island veterinarians. Proceeds from the Howl'ween Dog Walk benefit some of the many needs of HIHS, including pet supplies and low cost spay and neuter services to help eliminate pet overpopulation. Email fund.dev@hihs.org for more info, to become a sponsor, reserve vendor space, or to donate contest prizes.

October TBA, 2017
ANNUAL WAIMEA SOLAR SYSTEM WALK
The Canada-France-Hawai'i Telescope and Keck Observatory are sponsoring the Waimea Solar System Walk from 10am-2pm. The walk turns Waimea into a scale model of our solar system with the sun at Keck and Pluto/dwarf planets at CFHT. Prizes for the keiki, refreshments for all. Costume contest at 1pm! Event is free. To be held at Keck Observatory Headquarters along Mamalahoa Hwy to the Canada-France-Hawai'i Telescope offices, Waimea. For more information, call Mary Beth at 885-3121.

October TBA, 2017
'OHANA HALLOWEEN PA'INA - KEAUHOU, KONA
Free admission. Haunted House, playground, and vendors from 4-9:30pm. Keiki Costume Contest; Adult Costume Contest, and live entertainment. For more info &; parking details, visit Keauhou Shopping Center's website.

October TBA, 2017
9th ANNUAL BIKE MS EVENT - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT

This event focuses on bringing more awareness about MS to the public and raising funds for programs and services for those living with MS in Hawai`i. The ride is fully supported with catered rest stops, bike support, and gear transportation. To register, and for more information, visit bikemshawaii.org or give the National Multiple Sclerosis Society a call at (808)-532-0806.

October TBA, 2017
5th ANNUAL EAST HAWAI'I JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL - HILO
Get your tickets for the Annual East Hawai'i Jazz and Blues Festival! This swingin' event takes place on indoor and outdoor stages at Nani Maui Gardens, 421 Makalika St. Hilo. Proceeds benefit the Hawai'i Island Veterans Memorial, Inc. For ticket info, visit www.hawaiiislandveterans.org. For more information, call 808-964-5764 or (808 961-6851.

October TBA, 2017
KAMUELA PHILHARMONIC FALL CONCERT - SO. KOHALA
For more information, call 808/365-4466, email contact@kamuelaphil.org or visit www.kamuelaphil.org.

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November

November TBA, 2017
ANNUAL BLACK & WHITE NIGHT - HILO
Hilo's huge annual walk-about party will have music in the streets, shops open late, and an after-party at the Palace Theater. "Dress to impress in your best black & white." For event info, entertainment listings, selfie spots and contest rules, visit downtownhilo.com/ blackand white.

November TBA, 2017
47th ANNUAL KONA COFFEE CULTURAL FESTIVAL
The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival returns. Hawai'i's oldest food festival combines the modern day infatuation with coffee with Kona's rich history, as visitors, residents, artisans and farmers gather together to salute Hawai'i's preeminent coffee. Kona coffee farm tours, Native Hawaiian arts and culture events, keiki (child) friendly activities, and a celebration of cultural diversity all blended together in ten event-filled days honoring nearly 200 years of Kona coffee history. Cost: Festival Button for entry to most events. For more information, visit www.konacoffeefest.com.

November TBA, 2017
HOLUALOA VILLAGE COFFEE & ART STROLL
From 9am-3pm, stroll through the art district of quaint Holualoa Village and visit galleries exhibiting an extensive collection of local artists. Over 30 Kona coffee farms join the festivities offering tastings and product for purchase. For more information, visit www.konacoffeefest.com.

November TBA, 2017
FALL PLANT SALE AND ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION - WAIMEA
Plant sale with fruit trees, natives, herb & vegetable starts, bedding, air plants and orchids. Arts & crafts and bake sale. Tree and plant give away in honor of Arbor Day.To be held at Ulu La'au the Waimea Nature Park. Free to the public. For more information, call 936-1468, email clangton@hawaii.rr.com or visit waimeaoutdoorcircle.org.

November TBA, 2017
ARBOR DAY TREE GIVEAWAY - HILO
The Hawai'i Electric Light office in Hilo will offer their annual Arbor Day tree giveaway. The public may select from a variety of native trees and flowering shrubs, one per family. Free planting guides, as well. Location: 1200 Kilauea Ave., Hilo. For more info, visit www.arbordayhawaii.org.

November TBA, 2017
10th ANNUAL HAWAI'I ISLAND VETERANS DAY PARADE - HILO
Parade units will include active military; veterans organizations; ROTC units from local high schools; marching bands and other fun musical groups; military equipment; local businesses; civic clubs; community and children's groups; and much more. The parade route follows the same route as the Merrie Monarch Festival Parade. Donations welcome. To register, or for more info, visit www.hivetparade.org or email support@hivetparade.org.

November TBA, 2017
WINE, CHEESE, CHOCOLATE & MORE! BENEFIT - HILO
Hilo Medical Center Foundation's 14th Annual Wine, Cheese, Chocolate & More Fundraiser will feature delectable chocolates; superior cheeses; fine wines with distinct properties, aromas & flavors; cold beer; and a magnificent array of delicious pupus and appetizers created with local ingredients that will be served by local physician "waiters." There will also be silent and live auctions. The 2017 Physician of the Year will be honored. For more information, email HMCFoundation@hhsc.org or visit www.hilomedicalcenterfoundation.org.

November TBA, 2017
FREE ENTRANCE TO NATIONAL PARKS IN HONOR OF VETERANS DAY
There will be free access to all national parks.

November TBA, 2017
KONA COFFEE CULTURAL FESTIVAL LANTERN PARADE - KAILUA-KONA
Time: 6pm. The popular Lantern Parade returns! Parade route starts on Alii Drive at Hale Halawai County Pavilion and travels through historic Kailua Village to Kailua Pier. For more info, visit konacoffeefest.com.

November TBA, 2017
8th ANNUAL FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY WAIKOLOA REGION 5K WALK/RUN FOR LITERACY - WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
For more information, email waikoloahilibrary@gmail.com or visit www.flwr-runforliteracy.com.

November TBA, 2017
WAIKOLOA VILLAGE SILENT AUCTION & HEALTH FAIR
In conjunction with the annual 5K Walk/Run for Literacy and a Silent Auction Fundraiser, Friends of the Library, Waikoloa Region, presents a health fair. Participants include community and health organizations, as well as allopathic and complementary medical practitioners.You can bring your HMSA & Kaiser IDs for a covered flu vaccine. Time: 8 am-noon at Waikoloa School Cafeteria. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 883-3666, email bernsteina@hotmail.com or visit http://flwrhi.org/.

November TBA, 2017
8th ANNUAL KOHALA 'AINA FESTIVAL - KAPA'AU
Kohala 'Aina Festival is an annual benefit concert and celebration of local harvest, small farmers, and the vibrant movement for island-wide food sovereignty. Held each year at the beginning of the Makahiki season, the festival features a superb lineup of international and local musicians, educational workshops, organic food vendors, and several family friendly keiki activities. Live music will be provided. This is a family-friendly, drug, and alcohol-free event. All proceeds from the event support the three core pillars of The Hawai'i Institute of the Pacific Agriculture programming: Residential Farmer Trainings, Youth Education, and community events and workshops held throughout the year. See the music lineup and details about the event at hipagriculture.org/ events/kohalaaina. Tickets available at http://kohalaainafestival.bpt. me/ or email kohalaainafestival@gmail.com.

November TBA, 2017
30th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA CRAFT FAIR- HILO
The Annual Christmas Extravaganza Craft Fairwill be held at Edith Kanaka'ole Tennis Stadium in Hilo. Over 100 artists and crafters will showcase their handcrafted art. Interested vendors are invited to download the application at www.malamaponoevents.com. For questions please email email kim@malamaponoevents.com.

November TBA, 2017
"E MAU ANA KA HULA": A TRIBUTE TO KING DAVID KALAKAUA - SHERATON KONA BAY RESORT, KEAUHOU
The "Merrie Monarch" King David Kalakaua will be feted with a celebration of hula held at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. Hula presentations will be free to the public during the day. No outside coolers or beverages, please. Local arts and crafts vendors will be featuring quality handmade Hawaiian items, and ono food will be available. Festival information is online at www.emauanakahula.org, or call 808-348-7047 or email administrator@nawaiiwiola. org.

November TBA, 2017
6th ANNUAL HOLOKU BALL - SHERATON KONA BAY RESORT, KEAUHOU
Dinner, dancing and entertainment honoring the traditional ball gown of Hawai'i, the holoku. For tickets and information, visit www.nawaiiwiola.org.

November 19, 2017
"KOKUA KAILUA" HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT AND VILLAGE STROLL - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian Music event featuring the Hawai'i County Band with hula by Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his halau Na Pua U'i O Hawai'i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai'i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Concert, stroll thru Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm and goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. Special kama`aina pricing at participating restaurants and merchants. For more info about the Village Stroll, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, visit www.kvbid.org.

November TBA, 2017
KONA PALISADES ARTISTS OPEN STUDIO TOUR
Saturday and Sunday, from 9am to 4pm. Take the self-guided driving tour to meet nine Big Island artists at five locations. Go from one art studio to the next, all located near Ka'iminani Drive in the Kona Palisades subdivision of Kailua-Kona. See the art displayed, demonstrations in the studios and get a jump on holiday shopping by buying directly from the artists. Look for the signs near Holoholo off Ka'iminani Drive to start your tour, or enter 73-4356 Holoholo St, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740 into your GPS. For more information, email KonaPalisadesArtists@gmail. com or visit https://www.facebook.com/Kona-Palisades-Artists-1505912829642725/.

November TBA, 2017
16th ANNUAL INTERFAITH THANKSGIVING EVE WORSHIP CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
Many Big Island faith communities will join together for this concert. Free to the public, but canned food and monetary donations for Hawai`i Food Basket are encouraged - "2 Hands=2 Cans." Time: 6:30pm, at St. Michael's Catholic Church. For more info, call 987-4219.

November TBA, 2017
MEET & EAT ANNUAL THANKSGIVING DINNER - KONA
Presented by the Kona Task Force on Feeding the Hungry. The public is invited to a traditional Thanksgiving meal at the Kealakehe Intermediate School Cafeteria on Onipa'a Street from 5:15-7pm. It is free, but if you can, please bring a bag of rice for the rice bag pyramid to help the Food Basket, as rice is normally at a minimum during this time of year. Canned goods are also welcome. The task force is made up of community organizations, churches and businesses joining together to feed the needy in West Hawai'i. Those wishing to volunteer or contribute can contact Ardie Ikeda at 987-1664, or email him at Ikedaa004@hawaii.rr.com.

November TBA, 2017
KAILUA VILLAGE HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING - KAILUA-KONA
A traditional lighting of the Village Christmas tree at Emma's Square, across from Hulihe'e Palace, will take place at 5:45 pm, kicking off the holiday season. For more information, visit www.historickailuavillage. com.

November TBA, 2017
VOLCANO VILLAGE ARTISTS HUI ANNUAL ART STUDIO TOUR & SALE
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, from 10am-4pm, visitors are invited to meet the Volcano Village Artists in their studios and see artworks in a wide variety of media. Pottery; raku masks; hand blown art glass; wood & metal sculpture; hand-tooled metal and fiber art; as well as photographs; paintings; drawings and block prints will be on display and available for purchase. A special drawing for pieces contributed by the artists will be held on the last day of the event. Maps to the artists' studios will be available at local businesses in Volcano Village, as well as at www. VolcanoVillageArtistsHui.com. Time: 10 AM to 4 PM at artists' studios in Volcano Village. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 987-3472 or email eherb@hawaii.rr.com.

November TBA, 2017
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREASURES ART, GIFT, JEWELRY, CRAFTS FAIR - KAILUA-KONA
Local vendors will be present with exclusive items for your holiday shopping. Great assortment of handmade jewelry, hawaiian clothing, wood products, ceramics, Christmas items and more. Time: 9 am to 5 pm at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Free to the public. For more information, call 1-808-936-1975 or email dagoose@hawaii.rr.com.

November TBA, 2017
22nd ANNUAL NA LIMA HANA ART AND CRAFTS FAIR - HILTON WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
To be held in the Hilton's Kona Ballrooms, Saturday from 9am-5pm and Sunday from 9am-4pm. $5 validated Self-Parking. Local crafters from Hawai`i island will be on hand to showcase and sell their unique one-of-a-kind arts and crafts - Hawaiian quilts, wood carvings, holiday ornaments, jewelry, clothing and Kona coffee. Free to the public. For more information, call 886-2885.

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December

December TBA, 2017
ANNUAL NA MAKUA INVITATIONAL CHRISTMAS GIFT FAIR - HILO
This annual two day event features products that showcase the talents of local artists and offer a diverse selection of unique Christmas gifts that are not available anywhere else. All applicants are screened with consideration given to the uniqueness, quality and craftsmanship of the product. Items made in Hawai'i are preferred, but items are examined on a case by case basis. Free admission. Live entertainment, along with ono kaukau and prize drawings. To be held at at Ah Fook Chinen Civic Auditorium, Manono St., Hilo. For more information, call Nelson Makua (808) 966-4647, email puna@namakua.com or visit www.namakua.com to download the vendor application.

December TBA, 2017
ARC OF KONA ANNUAL BAZAAR
Park at Konawaena School; shuttles will transport attendees up and down the hill. 81-1065 Konawaena School Road, Kealakekua. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 323-2626, email michele@arcofkona.org or visit www.arcofkona.org.

December TBA, 2017
CHRISTMAS WITH THE CHEFS - KAILUA-KONA

The American Culinary Federation (ACF) Kona Kohala Chefs Association presents its annual holiday scholarship fundraiser. The fundraiser, which will be held at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, benefits local culinary students attending Hawai'i Community College-Palamanui and members of the Kona Kohala Chefs wanting to further their education. More than twenty top Hawai'i chefs and confectioners will use primarily locally sourced ingredients to prepare tantalizing cuisine with a holiday twist - all accompanied by handcrafted ales, wines and 100 percent Kona coffee. There will be dancing under the stars fronting historic Kamakahonu Bay. A silent auction will tempt would-be Santas with an array of holiday gift ideas while supporting local businesses. Tickets are available online at www.konakohalachefs.org. They can also be charged by phone at 808-329-2522. Tickets may be purchased at Kailua Candy Company, Westside Wines Kona and Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Reserve VIP tables for 10 by calling (808) 329-2522.

December TBA, 2017
HOLUALOA MUSIC AND LIGHT FESTIVAL, KONA

Witness the lighting of the town Christmas tree, listen to musicians perform Christmas music thru the evening at stages around the village, and receive treats from the galleries and shops in this charming little artists' colony in the middle of Kona coffee country. Santa will show up too! For information, call Holualoa Village Assn. at 808/322-8484, or visit www.holualoahawaii.com.

December TBA, 2017
TWILIGHT CHRISTMAS PARADE - WAIMEA

Starting at Church Row, and ending at Waimea Town Park. Visit with Santa Parker Ranch Center immediately after the parade and have a free picture taken with him. There will be goody bags for all children, while supplies last. Charitable donations will be accepted to benefit the Waimea Lions Club and North Hawai`i Hospice.

December TBA, 2017
ANNUAL CANADA-FRANCE-HAWAI'I TELESCOPE STARGAZING PARTY - WAIMEA
Right after the Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade at approximately 7pm, CFHT will host its annual stargazing party, with telescopes, hot beverages, keiki activities, and an opportunity to talk to the astronomers. Members of the West Hawai'i Astronomy Club will also be there with telescopes. 65-1238 Mamalahoa Hwy, CFHT front lawn, Waimea. Free to the public. For information, call 808-885-3121 or email outreach@cfht.hawaii.edu.

December TBA, 2017
PARADISE STUDIO ART TOUR - KEA'AU
Arts and fine crafts will be in abundance at the 10th Anniversary Paradise Studio Tour, Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm, December 3 & 4. The public is invited free to visit artists in their home studios in Hawaiian Paradise Park, Kea'au. Seven studios with 25 local artists showing oil painting, watercolors, collage, pastels, acrylic, cement, wood sculpture, jewelry making, pottery, ceramics, silk painting, fashion art, gourd crafting, photography and more. Free featured demos. For brochure and map go to www.paradisestudiotour.com email paradisestudiotour@gmail.com, or call (808) 982-5150. Free to the public.

December TBA, 2017
KONA POTTERS GUILD ANNUAL HOLIDAY SALE - HONAUNAU
9am-5pm at SKEA (Society for Kona's Education & Art), between mile marker 105 & 106, makai side of hwy. Phone: (808) 328-9665 for more info.

December TBA, 2017
ANNUAL KAHILU THEATRE HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER - WAIMEA
Tickets and info at www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling the Box Office at 808.885.6868 or or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI 96743, Monday-Friday, from 9am to 1pm.

December 9, 2016
4th ANNUAL FEAST ON THE BEACH BENEFIT - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT, SO. KOHALA
Feast on the Beach, a highly anticipated holiday benefit for local charities Hawai'i Island Humane Society, Hospice of Kona Kona, Kohala Chamber of Commerce Lava Kids, Kona Community Hospital Foundation and North Hawai'i Hospice takes place on Friday, December 9 starting at 5:30 pm at Lava Lava Beach Club at Waikoloa Beach Resort. Feast on the Beach will once again feature beer, wine and food stations created in conjunction with Paradise Gourmet Catering along with Lava Lava Beach Club's signature toes-in-the-sand ambiance. Nonstop music by LT Smooth and Ho'onu'a throughout the evening will set the party mood. Time: 5:30 to 9:00 pm. Tickets are $150 per person or $2,000 for a reserved table. For more information, call (808) 326-7820, email laura@current-events.com or visit http://lavalavabeachclub.com/bigisland/feast/.

December 10, 2016
HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION - KAILUA-KONA
Time: 7:30am-2:30pm at the Kealakehe Recycling & Transfer Station. Accepted Items are motor oil, antifreeze, corrosives, poisons, corrosives, batteries, medicaiotns, solvents and thinners, fluorescent bulbs, mercury thermometers, oil-based paints, and compressed gas cylinders. Not accepted items are business waste, farm waste, electronics, explosives or flares, radioactive materials, shock sensitive items, controlled substances, fire extinguishers, bio/infectiours waste, non-toxics. More info at www.hawaiizerowaste.org, or call 961-8554.

December 10, 2016
12th ANNUAL WAIKOLOA VILLAGE CHRISTMAS PARADE AND KEIKI FEST
The 12th annual Waikoloa Christmas parade, hosted by the Waikoloa Lions Club, and Keiki Festival, sponsored by the Waikoloa Village Association, is coming up December 10th, 2016. The parade starts at 10 a.m. with the Keiki festival to follow at Waikoloa School. The parade begins on Paniolo Avenue at the intersection of Waikoloa Road and ends at the Waikoloa School, where the Keiki Festival begins at 11 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. Paniolo Avenue will be closed to traffic from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on December 10th. The Keiki Fest includes free photos with Santa photos, face painting, air brush tattoo, balloon twisting, games & prizes. There will also be crafters and food! This year's event also includes a doggie parade, the crowning of the Snow Queen or King winner of a college scholarship, prizes for the best float, best decorated keiki bike, and a drawing for a bicycle & helmet. For parade information, contact Lion Sue McCord at 883-989-0215 to register for a parade entry or festival vendor.

December 10, 2016
HOLIDAY FUN AT LANIHAU CENTER - KAILUA-KONA
From 10:00AM-4:00PM, Santa & Friends will be at Lanihau Center checking out the holiday craft fair, taking photos with the keiki enjoying the holiday activities and entertainment and the KWXX Treasure Chest Giveaway! For more information call: (808) 960-1392, email lanihaucenterkona@gmail.com or visit www.lanihau.com.

December 10, 2016
ANNUAL KAILUA-KONA COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS PARADE
The annual Kailua-Kona Community Christmas Parade will begin at 5:00 p.m. at Kailua's Kekuaokalani Gym next to Kona Aquatic Center, go south on Kuakini, down Palani Rd., and along Ali'i Drive to Walua Road, just past Coconut Grove Marketplace. There will be approximately 75 entries in the parade, including community and corporate groups. There will be numerous musical entries, and more than half of the entries will beautifully light up the evening, including HELCO's Toys For Tots Train, and of course, Santa and his reindeer. The Parade will once again collect food for Hawai'i Island Food Basket, and parade entrants and parade attendees are encouraged to contribute what they can to the 5th Annual Menehune Holiday Food Drive. The Rotary Clubs of West Hawai'i will be collecting donations of food at many of the food markets on the day of the parade from Captain Cook to Waimea, as well as during the parade, when The Food Basket entry passes by. Applications and additional parade and food drive information is available online at www.paradesinkona.com or you may call Chauna Reese at (808) 313-0025.

December 11, 2016
LIGHTED BOAT PARADE - KAILUA-KONA
Celebrate the holidays with a Lighted Boat Parade to celebrate the holidays. Kona’s fleet will put on a jolly show in Kailua Bay. The parade starts at 6 pm.

December 11, 2016
29th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT - KONA FESTIVALE CHORALE
Announcing the 29th Annual Celebration of Christmas in Music - "Christmas Memories" - Featuring the Kona Festivale Chorale Singers. Time: 3:00 PM at Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel Ballroom, Kailua-Kona. Cost: $20 General Seating; Reserved Seating $25; At-the-Door $23. For more information, call (808) 331-1115, email roksaan@gmail.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/konafestivalechorale.chorale.

December 13, 2016
AFTER DARK IN THE PARK PRESENTATION - "KMC; ONCE A DETAINMENT CAMP"
KIlauea Military Camp; Once a Detainment Camp. Most people are unaware that KIlauea Military Camp in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park was used as a Japanese internment camp during World War II. Park Archeologist Dr. Jadelyn Moniz-Nakamura will discuss the experience and subsequent detention of Japanese-Americans at KMC following the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. This is the last After Dark in the Park Centennial series presentation of 2016. Free to the public, though park entrance fees may still apply. 7 p.m. at Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium.

December 16 & 17, 2016
24th ANNUAL BIG ISLAND CRAFT & GIFT FAIR - HILO
This large Fair, sponsored by Hawaii Art & Craft, will showcase vendors throughout the state. Food will be available for purchase. Prize giveaways. Lots of free parking. Time: Friday, 4-9pm; Saturday, 9am-4pm, at Edith Kanakaole Multi-Purpose Stadium. Admission $2; children 7 and under, free. For more information or to ask about being a vendor, call (808) 981-0518, email hawaiiartsandcrafts@yahoo.com or visit www.hawaiiartsandcraftsfestival.com.

December 17, 2016
HOLIDAY STORY TIME - KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Kailua-Kona Public Library will be hosting Mrs. Claus and Sparkle the Elf for an hour of holiday fun, photos, and story time. The program is suitable for all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Call the library at 327-4327 for more information or to request special accommodation. Time: 10:00AM to 11:00AM. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 327-4327, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

December 17, 2016
HULA KAHIKO AT HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
This outdoor presentation of traditional hula and chant will feature Kumu Hula Sammye Ku'ualoha Young with Halau Na Lei Hiwahiwa o Ku'ualoha from 10:30-11:30am. The event will take place rain or shine at the hula platform located near Volcano Art Center Gallery. The audience is encouraged to bring sitting mat and sun/rain gear. Free; park entrance fees apply. Call (808) 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

December 18, 2017
"KOKUA KAILUA" HULIHE'E PALACE MONTHLY SUNDAY PERFORMANCE AND VILLAGE STROLL/FREE CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian Music Concert featuring the Merrie Monarchs men's glee club and Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his halau Na Pua U'i O Hawai'i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Concert, stroll thru Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. Special kama`aina pricing at participating restaurants & merchants. Popular Hawaiian music duo HAPA will take the stage at 5 pm for a free holiday concert under the monkeypod tree at Emma's Square. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

December TBA, 2017
COMMUNITY CHANUKAH PARTY - HALE HALAWAI, KAILUA-KONA
The ancient story will be retold, menorahs galore will be lit, dreidels will be spun and potato latkes will be available for purchase. Kona Beth Shalom congregants and guests will provide a potluck dinner; no shellfish or pork. Dance and sing to music performed by Kona's Traveling Jewish Wedding Band. Admission fee for non-KBS adults; children under the age of 13 are admitted free. For more information, visit http://konabethshalom.org.

December TBA, 2017
ANNUAL WAILEA VILLAGE ANNUAL MOCHI POUNDING - HAMAKUA

Join what has now become a tradition for many locals & visitors alike at the quiet little plantation village of Wailea, Hakalau. Make traditional rice cakes the "old-fashioned" way. Everyone takes their turn at pounding the glutinous sticky rice for good luck. From 8-2pm; fire building starts at 7 a.m. to steam the rice. Hearty local-style lunch available for sale. New Years crafts, food vendors, fortune telling, massage, I Ching readings, floral arrangements, plantation stories, Okinawan taiko drumming, Hawaiian entertainment & more. Akiko's Buddhist Bed and Breakfast is at the 15-mile marker; Hwy. 19 on the Hamakua Coast, in Hakalau. Call (808) 963-6422 or e-mail msakiko@hawaii.rr.com for more info.

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