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Exploring: Calendar > Big Island > June
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.
KING KAMEHAMEHA DAY CELEBRATION
Parade and celebration in honor of Kamehameha the Great. Floats, marching bands, pau riders and more. Festivities begin in the morning. Alii Drive, Hilo. For more information call (808) 935-9338.
NORTH KOHALA KAMEHAMEHA DAY CELEBRATION
Celebrate Kamehameha Day in the North Kohala birthplace of King Kamehameha I. Ceremonies, hula, and lei draping of the statue of King Kamehameha I in Kapaau start in the morning, followed by a floral parade down Akoni Pule Highway from Hawi to Kamehameha Park, featuring traditional pa'u riders and floats. At the park hoolaulea continues all day with food, live music, and Hawaiian crafts and cultural demonstrations. A great family and cultural event. For more information call (808) 889-0169.
HULIHEE PALACE CONCERT
Presented by the Daughters of Hawaii, the free concert is to remember King Kamehameha the Great. Born on the Big Island, Kamehameha unified all the Hawaiian Islands into one kingdom. Enjoy the voices of the Merrie Monarch Glee Club and the Hulihee Palace Band. Seating is limited so bring a beach mat or chair. Hulihee Palace is located on Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona. For more information call (808) 329-1877.
WAIKII MUSIC FESTIVAL
Gather on the outdoor polo fields of Waikii Ranch, located on the slopes of Mauna Kea for the annual Waikii Music Festival. The all-day event features Hawaiian entertainment, crafters, food booths, and games for children. For more information call (808) 883-2077.
Hilton Waikoloa Village, Waikoloa (South Kohala) The weekend features a charity golf tournament, luau, silent auction, dolphin-watching programs and the culminating event, the Great Waikoloa Food, Wine and Music Festival. The event features dozens of Hawaii's most talented chefs preparing culinary treats and world-class musicians dishing up an evening of jazz, all outside in the warm Pacific air under the star-filled Big Island sky. For more information call (808) 326-7820.
KONA CLASSIC FISHING TOURNAMENT
The first qualifying event of the annual Maui Jim Hawaii Marlin Tournament Series. Big game fishing for cash prizes. For more information call (808) 327-1440.
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.
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.
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