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Exploring: Calendar > Big Island > December
November to January
INVITATIONAL WREATH EXHIBIT
Volcano Art Center Invitational Wreath Exhibit by island artists. Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Free (Park entrance fees apply). For more information call (808) 967-7565.
December through April
HUMPBACK WHALE WATCHING SEASON
Humpbacks begin their southern migration from Alaska to Hawai'i in December every year to give birth to their calves as well as to mate. Whales stay through about April, but dates can vary somewhat.
WAIMEA CHRISTMAS PARADE
Come and enjoy a colorful and fun day at the parade to welcome in the holidays. The annual parade is sponsored by Waimea Community Association in Waimea Town. Begins in the early evening at Church Row Park and proceeds along Mamalahoa Hwy. to the Parker Ranch Shopping Center. For more information call (808) 885-7502.
WINTERSONG: AN OLD ENGLISH CHRISTMAS
The annual Kona Music Society WinterSong concert is entitled "An Old English Christmas." It will be held at the Sheraton Keauhou Resort Convention Center. Classic and festive Christmas carols will be performed. The KMS Youth Choir will also be joining the adults. Prior to the concert there will be a Silent Auction, so come prepared to shop early for Christmas! Ticket prices are $25 for Adults and $5 for Keiki. For more information call (808) 334-9880.
CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS IN MUSIC
Kona Festival Chorale presents its annual "Celebration of Christmas in Music," at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Featuring both traditional and contemporary Christmas holiday fare, the event will include a Christmas Carol sing-a-long, guest artists, and memebers of the Festivale Chorale Studio Orchestra. For more information call (808) 331-1115.
FAMILY HOLIDAY CONCERT
This popular annual concert features the Kona Community Chorus and Kona Symphony Orchestra. The performances are at the historic Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu. Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon performances. For more information call (808) 322-2323.
TRADITIONAL MOCHI (RICE CAKE) POUNDING FOR NEW YEAR
Join us for the Wailea Village annual mochi-zuki celebration the old-fashioned way. Fire building starts at 6 am to steam the rice - activity continues through the whole day. For more information call (808) 963-6422.
End of December
NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATION
University of the Nations New Year's Eve Celebration at Coconut Grove, Kailua Kona features bands, hula, fire knife dancers, balloon drops, clowns, face painting and fireworks. Competitions with prizes from top businesses. Everything is free for all the family at this alcohol, drug, and smoke-free event. For more information call (808) 326-4400 ext. 4092.
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.