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Exploring: Calendar > Big Island > February
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.
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.
WAIMEA CHERRY BLOSSOM HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Enjoy Japanese and multi-cultural performing arts, plus demonstrations of bonsai, origami, sumie, caligraphy and tea ceremony. A giant craft fair and mochi pounding—samples on the house—are at Parker Ranch Center. Throughout the town of Waimea--Kamuela Liquors Hwy. 19 to Parker Ranch Historic Homes Hwy. 190, Kamuela, HI 96743 For more information call (808) 961-8706.
Three Weeks in February
HAWAII WOOD GUILD SHOW
Very popular, three-week annual event showcases the exquisite furniture, musical instruments, sculpture and other creations by the Big Island’s many talented woodworkers using a variety of native woods such as milo, mango, koa, kamani and others. Held at Suda’s Gallery on Kamehameha Ave. in downtown Hilo. For more information call (808) 331-0813.
HAWAII HEART WALK & HEALTH FAIR
A great cause to reduce heart disease and stroke and educate the public about exercise and healthy habits. Choose from two routes starting in the morning at Edith Kanakaole Stadium in Hilo. A Health Fair features free glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure screening. Other non-profit and community groups will be promoting EKG, healthy cooking, keiki IDs, and more. For more information call (808) 961-2825.
HILO'S CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL
Head to Kalakaua Park in historic downtown Hilo and ring in the new year - the Lunar New Year that is - at East Hawaii's biggest celebration of the Chinese culture. Lion and Dragon Dancers bless the event with firecrackers and a giant tent will be overflowing with plenty of food, crafts, art, demonstrations, displays, and more. Get "face to face" with the Lions and Dragons and see how they operate. Learn about Chinese astrology, history and culture. Plenty of free parking and free activities for everyone! 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM - Free to the public. For more information call Alice Moon (808) 933-9772 .
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.