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Exploring: Calendar > Big Island > July
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 June, Early July
An annual bonsai exhibition sponsored by the Big Island Bonsai Association in the main gallery of Wailoa Center. Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Wed from noon to 4:30 pm. For more information call (808) 933-0416.
MAUNA KEA PRO-AM GOLF TOURNAMENT
The Aloha Section of the annual PGA Mauna Kea Pro-Am Golf Tournament is held at Mauna Kea Golf Course. For more information call (808) 882-5400.
ANNUAL PARKER RANCH JULY RODEO
The Parker Ranch July Rodeo is an award-winning tradition that includes action-packed rodeo events, keiki (children) activities, ono (delicious) food and more. Parker Ranch dates back to 1847. Its paniolo (Hawaiian cowboys) are joined by other Big Island paniolo for a corral of traditional rodeo events, including horse races, team sorting, double mugging, dally team roping and more. The rodeo, at the Parker Ranch Arena in Waimea, provides visitors a rare glimpse at real-life paniolo in action. 9:00 a.m. - noon. Tickets are available from the Parker Ranch Store in mid-June and can also be purchased at the gate on rodeo day. Children 10 and under are free. For more information call (808) 885-5669.
TURTLE INDEPENDENCE DAY AT MAUNA LANI BAY
Free and open to the public, people gather each year to celebrate "Turtle Independence Day" at Mauna Lani. Young Hawaiian green sea turtles from Sea Life Park are nurtured in the ponds at Mauna Lani and are released into the ocean on July 4. Festivities kick off in the morning with educational and fun activities for children, a colorful walking parade, turtle release, live entertainment and complimentary turtle surprises for the children. Picnic fare available for purchase. For more information call (808) 885-6622.
Fourth of July
RUBBER DUCKIE RACE AND 4TH OF JULY EXTRAVAGANZA
An all-day fundraiser for United Cerebral Palsy of Hawaii at Kings Shop. The event features the always wild and wacky rubber duckie race, great entertainment, and lots of exciting activities, culminating in a spectacular fireworks display at the Waikoloa Bowl. For more information call 808-886-8822.
ANNUAL KAILUA-KONA INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE & FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA
Come celebrate Independence Day! Parade starts at 5:30 pm and runs to 7:00 pm. Wear red, white, and blue! Fireworks over Kailua Bay scheduled for 8:25 pm start. Plenty of music, food, and fun for all. Hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Kona and the Kona Lions Club on the Big Island of Hawaii in conjunction with the Kailua-Kona Community Parade Association and many local sponsors in the community. For more information call (808) 327-3603 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.konaparades.com.
The second qualifying event of the annual Maui Jim Hawaii Marlin Tournament Series, held on the Big Island. Big game fishing for cash prizes. Honokohau Harbor, Kailua-Kona. For more information call (808) 960-0978.
4TH OF JULY RODEO
Kau Roping & Riding Association, Inc. puts on this annual event at the Naalehu Arena grounds in Kau. The organization is dedicated to preserving Paniolo culture in Kau. It features team roping, poo wai u, and many more events. For more information call (808) 929-9281.
KILAUEA CULTURAL FESTIVAL
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park hosts an annual all-day cultural festival. The activities take place on the front lawn of the Kilauea Military Camp on Crater Rim Drive. The island community and the National Park Service come together to perpetuate Hawaiian culture. The festival is free and park entrance fees are waived for the day. For more information call (808) 985-6011.
SKINS MARLIN DERBY
"Granders" are expected at this annual three-day fishing tournament, where only marlins weighing between 500 and 1,500 pounds score the points to snag the purse. For more information call (808) 327-1440.
ANNUAL VOLCANO INTERNATIONAL SOCCER TOURNAMENT
An annual open invitational soccer tournament for girls and boys aged 10 - 18. Bayfront Soccer Park, Hilo. The Volcano International Soccer Tournament is held at the town of Hilo, located at the southern lush green part of the island of Hawaii. In true Hawaiian Islands spirit, teams enjoy all the fun, competition, comaraderie of a great soccer event held on a beautiful tropical island. For more information call (888) 438-0868.
SLACK KEY GUITAR FESTIVAL
Hawaii's Masters of kihoalu presented by the East Hawaii Cultural Council. ukulele, steel guitar, & falsetto performances. Hawaiian cultural demonstrations, craft booths, and food booths available. Fee for admission. For more information call (808) 935-9085 or (808) 961-5711.
EVENING IN PARADISE
The Hawaii Island Chapter of the Hawaii Hotel Association prepares an annual premier food and wine tasting event to benefit the Hawaii Island United Way. Reknowned Hawaii chefs present their culinary masterpieces For more information call Hawaii Island United Way at (808) 935-6393.
KILAUEA VOLCANO WILDERNESS RUNS
The annual Kilauea Volcano Wilderness Runs are held in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This fundraiser for the Volcano Art Center includes the Kilauea Volcano Wilderness Marathon, the 10 mile Rim Run, and the 5 mile Caldera Run and Walk. The marathon has been rated one of the toughest and most scenic marathons in the world. Over 1,000 runners from across Hawaii, the mainland U. S. and other countries participate. For more information call (808) 969-7400.
HUGGO'S NA PUA O KE KAI WAHINE TOURNAMENT
This is the largest wahine (ladies') fishing tournament in the state of Hawaii. 75 teams compete for cash prizes and beautiful trophies. For more information call (808) 329-6155.
Every July 31st
HAWAIIAN FLAG DAY
"La Hae Hawaii," or Hawaiian Flag Day, is observed annually at Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site. The flag of the State of Hawaii is a living symbol of the actual flag adopted by King Kamehameha the Great and used as his emblem representing the Kingdom of Hawaii. Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site is one of only three locations where the Hawaiian Flag has been dedicated with a Hawaiian ceremony to fly alone as a living symbol of the Hawaiian people. To learn more about the Hawaiian flag and history, the public is encouraged to attend this important cultural event. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call (808) 882-7218.
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.
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.