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Island of Hawaii Events Calendar

Plan your trip during one of the many special events happening on the island of Hawaii. Some of the biggest events on the island include the annual Merrie Monarch Festival (follows Easter Sunday in March - April) in Hilo, the largest hula competition in the world; and the IRONMANTM World Championship (October) race from Historic Kailua Village in Kona to Hawi and back. No matter what time of the year, you’re bound to find one-of-a-kind festivals, cultural performances and musical events to entertain you during your stay on the island.

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Aug 18 2018
Hala Kou Lima Nani E
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Hula Arts at Kilauea: Hula Kahiko Performance

Occurs on: Saturday, August 18, 2018, 10:30am - 11:30am
Summary

Halau Kou Lima Nani E with Kumu Hula Iwalani Kalima perform in a one-of-a-kind outdoor setting at the kahua hula (platform) in the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. This performance is presented authentically in a natural setting, rain or shine without electronic amplification. Audience members [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Aug 18 2018
Kumu Hula Kaho'okele Crabbe
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Na Mea Hula Demonstrations

Occurs on: Saturday, August 18, 2018, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Summary

Held in conjunction with monthly Na Mea hula kahiko performances, join Kumu hula Kaho`Hokele Crabbe with Halauolaokalani on the lanai of the Volcano Art Gallery as they share with you “Nā Mea Hula” (all things hula). Come and learn a hula, use various hula implements and try your hand at lei [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Aug 30 2018
Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Canoe Races
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Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Canoe Races

Occurs between: Thursday, August 30, 2018 - Monday, September 3, 2018, 7:30am - 4:00pm
Summary

The Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Canoe Races have been held annually since 1971. Hosted by Kai Opua Canoe Club over the Labor Day holiday, this is the world's largest long distance canoe race. The women's and men's 18-mile races follow a historically and culturally significant course running [...]

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  • Contact Name: Uncle Bo Campos
  • Contact Organization: Kai Opua Canoe Club
Aug 31 2018
Lauhala weaving
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program

Occurs on: Friday, August 31, 2018, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Summary

Come join fiber artist and nationally recognized gourd artist, Jelena Clay TEMPORARILY LOCATED at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus for a workshop on Lauhala weaving.  Lauhala leaves come from the Hala tree, a very special Pacific Island tree.  Students will learn how to select, prepare and [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Sep 7 2018
Hawaii

Ms. Aloha Nui Pageant

Occurs on: Friday, September 7, 2018, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
Summary

The Ms. Aloha Nui Pageant was created to celebrate the Women of great stature who embodies the “Spirit of Aloha ". In celebrating the beautiful women of the big island, we must educate all and honor the Old Hawaiian Culture, which is in the traditional sense, weighing in at least 200 lbs. as a [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: M. Akana
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Island Festival
Sep 7 2018
A  fun jam session in the foyer of the hotel promotes the “kanikapila” aspect of the festival.
Hawaii

Hawaii Island Steel Guitar Festival At Mauna Lani

Occurs between: Friday, September 7, 2018 - Sunday, September 9, 2018
Summary

The festival will feature performances by steel guitar masters and by next generation steel guitar students. In addition to the featured performances, there will also be workshops & jam sessions "kanikapila" where festival guests can play along with the steel guitar masters, and Open Stage [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Alan Akaka
  • Contact Organization: HIMELE
Sep 7 2018
Sonny Lim and Ola Hou at the 2017 Hawai'i Steel Guitar Festival
Hawaii

Hawaii Island Steel Guitar Festival

Occurs between: Friday, September 7, 2018 - Sunday, September 9, 2018, 10:00am - 10:00pm
Summary

The Hawaii Island Steel Guitar Festival celebrates the Hawaiian steel guitar and its influence on Hawaiian music. The festival will be held on September 7-9, 2018, at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows on the Kohala Coast on the island of Hawaii. Open stage performances begin at 10:00 [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Alan Akaka
  • Contact Organization: HIMELE
Sep 8 2018
Hawaii

Hawaii Island Festival - 30 Days of Aloha - Kindy Sproat Falsetto & Hawaiian Storytelling Competition

Occurs on: Saturday, September 8, 2018, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
Summary

Our kane come out to show their skills to throw their voice in higher registers. They also share the manao of their mele, the songwriter and the hidden meaning (kaona). This is to honor the late Uncle Kindy Sproat, a true Hawaiian who lived in Pololu Valley, as his kupuna before him. This event [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: M. Akana
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Island Festival
Sep 8 2018
Hawaii

Hawaii Island Festival - 30 Days of Aloha Poke Contest

Occurs on: Saturday, September 8, 2018, 11:00am - 2:00pm
Summary

Featuring cube sized fish (poke) and various ocean delicacies, tako, opihi, loli. We share our delicious fish with the bounty from our ocean, limu eleele, limu kohu, opihi, opae, wana, loli. Visitors as well as our host culture get to taste various preparations of poke. Our host culture is [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Monica Lindsey
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Island Festival
Sep 13 2018
Hawaiicon - The World's First Sci-fi, Science, And Fantasy Tropical Vacation Convention
Hawaii

Hawaiicon - The World's First Sci-fi, Science, And Fantasy Tropical Vacation Convention

Occurs between: Thursday, September 13, 2018 - Sunday, September 16, 2018, 7:00am - 11:00pm
Summary

This event will bring together leading cast members from TV shows and movies well as stars from a dozen other shows, cosplayers, space scientists, visionaries, gamers, comic book artists, and writers. We start with taking the celebrities out on tours with the fans around the island to change [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Juanita Revell
  • Contact Organization: HawaiiCon

Festivals on the Island of Hawaii

Festivals on the Island of Hawaii

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