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Exploring: Calendar > Big Island > August
Various Saturdays Throughout the Year
NA MEA HAWAII HULA KAHIKO PERFORMANCE
See traditional hula performed outdoors in a natural setting overlooking Kilauea Crater in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Bring sitting mat, hat, sunscreen, rain gear. Contact the Art Center for dates. Free Hawaiian crafts demonstrations at Volcano Art Center Gallery (park entrance fees may apply). For more information call Volcano Art Center at (808) 967-8222.
Late July to Early August
INTERNATIONAL BILLFISH TOURNAMENT
This is the world's premiere annual big-game fishing tournament. It includes four days of fishing off the beautiful Kona Coast and several social and cultural events throughout the week. The teams compete for the coveted Governor's Award, koa bowl trophy, and bronze marlin trophy. Over 50 teams from more than a dozen countries participate. The public is welcome to attend daily weigh-ins at Kailua Pier, the opening ceremonies, Billfish Parade and HIBA Auction. For more information call (808) 329-6155.
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE PACIFIC
Hilo's annual International Festival of the Pacific celebrates the ability of Hawai'i's people to live, work and play together. For more information call the Japanese Chamber of Commerce at (808) 934-0177.
CREAM OF THE CROP COFFEE TASTING
The Kona Coffee Council presents its annual Cream of the Crop coffee tasting event at the Four Seasons Hualalai Resort, Hoku Amphitheatre. The event is free. The public and a specialty panel of resort chefs are invited to vote which coffee is crowned "Cream of the Crop" in Organic Kona, Estate Kona and the Kona Open categories. Sample specialty deserts featuring 100% Kona coffee and be entertained by slack key guitar music. Many of the farms and confectioners will offer their product for sale. For more information call (808) 328-2356.
August 7 - August 9, 2012
HILO ORCHID SOCIETY SHOW AND SALE
This annual show will be held at the Edith Kanaka'ole Multi-Purpose Stadium. For more information call (808) 934-0552 or visit http://www.hiloorchidsociety.org.
CALVIN KELEKOLIO LONG DISTANCE CANOE RACE
A long distance canoe race held at Honaunau. For more information call (808) 324-1541.
KONA DAIFUKUJI ORCHID SOCIETY SHOW
Hundreds of varieties of orchids on display and for sale. Lectures and demonstrations of general orchid culture are presented. The show is held at Daifukuji Hall in Kona. For more information call (808) 238-8835.
GREAT WAIKOLOA LONG DISTANCE CANOE RACE
This long distance canoe race will be held at Anaehoomalu Bay, starting at 8 am. Women's race first, followed by men's. Awards ceremony to follow. For more information call Jewel (808) 775-1493.
HAPUNA ROUNDUP GOLF
The Aloha Section presents the Hapuna Roundup Tournament at Hapuna Golf Course. For more information call (808) 880-3000.
ANNUAL PARKER RANCH ROUND UP CLUB RODEO: CELEBRATING 160 YEARS OF PANIOLO HERITAGE
The exciting two-day Parker Ranch Round-Up Club Rodeo has been held annually at the Parker Ranch Rodeo Arena in Waimea for decades. The event is a fundraiser to provide scholarships for school-age children of Parker Ranch employees. Expect loads of family-style fun. Saturday kicks in to action at noon with a round up of rodeo activities, which may include everything from dally team roping, double mugging, po'o wai u, to bull riding, junior bull riding, bronc riding, barrel racing, steer un-decorating and wild cow races. Sunday's celebration begins at 11 a.m. with more rodeo action. Ono (delicious) food and refreshments are available both days. Tickets are available at the gate on rodeo days and children 10 and under are free. For more information call (808) 885-5669.
ART EXHIBIT AT WAILOA CENTER
Monthly rotating art exhbits. Hours are Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri from 8:30 am to 4:30pm. Wed from noon to 4:30 pm. Saturday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Admission free; reservations suggested for schools and groups. For more information call (808) 933-0416.
AFTER DARK IN THE PARK
A series of free evening programs on topics of geology, biology, Hawaiian culture and history at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. 7 p.m.
Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Third Saturday of the Month (ongoing)
NELHA PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS
Visit the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority, recognized worldwide as a unique and innovative business, research and science technology park. Ocean technology harnesses Arctic-cold deep sea water for the future of mankind. Keahole Point at 10:00 a.m. $8 per adult and $5 for seniors and children under 12. For reservations or more information call (808) 329-8073.
Every Friday, January through September (ongoing)
CULTURAL DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM
Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site, Kawaihae, S. Kohala. Programs on Hawaiian crafts. Footpath, guided and self-guided tours, exhibits and interpretive talks. For more information call (808) 882-7218 ext. 23.
All Month (ongoing)
KONA HISTORICAL SOCIETY TOURS
Location: Kalukalu. Offering a variety of guided tours and lectures, including the Historic Kailua Village Walking Tour, the Kona Coffee Living History Farm Tour, Captain Cook Lecture and more. For reservations or more information call (808) 323-2006.
All Month (ongoing)
MOKUPAPAPA: DISCOVERY CENTER
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Mokupapapa: Discovery Center for Hawaii's Remote Coral Reefs, located in the S. Hata building, Hilo. The 4,000 sq. ft. museum combines interactive exhibits and video vignettes and features a 2,500-gallon salt water aquarium containing colorful tropical fish and coral found in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Free to the public and open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
monthly and daily (ongoing)
VOLCANO ART CENTER
Programs to perpetuate the artistic and cultural heritage of Hawai‘i's people and environment through activities in the visual, literary, and performing arts. It is centered at Kilauea, within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, and maintains a retail arts and crafts gallery in the historic 1877 Volcano House Hotel, adjacent to the Kilauea Visitor Center, under a cooperating agreement with the National Park Service. Volcano Art Center presents programs at the Kilauea Military Camp Theater, at the Volcano Art Center Gallery and adjacent hula platform, and at the Old Japanese Schoolhouse in Volcano Village. For more information call (808) 967-8222.
Every Day of the Week (Except Christmas & New Year's) (ongoing)
PANAEWA RAINFOREST ZOO
The Zoo, located in Hilo, has hours from 9-4 daily. Petting zoo and daily tiger feeding. Free. For more information call (808) 959-7224.
Every 1st and 3rd Saturday (ongoing)
THE UNIVERSE TONIGHT
Onizuka Center for International Astronomy, Mauna Kea. 6:00 p.m. with stargazing after. For more information call (808) 961-2180.
Every Friday (ongoing)
Aloha Fridays at the Keauhou Shopping Center (Kona) feature free ukulele lessons at 10am (advanced), 11am (beginners). Please bring your own ukulele. At noon there are free lei making lessons (needles and flowers provided). From 6pm to 7pm watch a free Polynesian show by Polynesian Paradise. For more information call (808) 322-3000 ext. 222.
One Sunday mid-month (ongoing)
KOKUA KAILUA VILLAGE STROLL
One Sunday each month from 1pm to 6pm, Alii Drive along scenic Kailua Bay in Historic Kailua Village becomes a festive pedestrian-only walkway and marketplace. Enjoy free music, artists, and friendly merchants open for great shopping and delicious dining. At 4pm, there is a free Hawaiian music concert on the lawn at Hulihee Palace honoring Hawaiian royalty. Bring your own mat or chair and they will be checked for free while you stroll Alii Drive. Sponsored by Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, Destination Kona Coast, Kailua Village Merchants Association, Kailua Village Business Improvement District, Hulihee Palace, & Pacific Radio Group. For more information call (808) 326-7820.