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Exploring: Calendar > Big Island > September
Various Saturdays May - September
MOKU O HAWAII OUTRIGGER CANOE ASSOCIATION LONG DISTANCE RACE
An exciting and colorful day of outrigger canoe racing by members of the Moku O Hawaii Outrigger Canoe Association. The Association consists of 13 clubs and 2500 paddlers. The Association and individual clubs sponsor Regattas and Long-Distance events. The Regattas are measured courses broken into 1/4 mile intervals. Club canoes line up in lanes marked by flags to race to their 1/4 mile flag. The day starts with 12-year-olds racing first, followed by teenagers and adults. Youngsters race 1/4 mile - older, more experienced racers go 1/2 mile to two miles. All canoes used in the Regattas are carved from the rare Koa logs now only found on Big Island and cost in excess of $30,000 per canoe. For more information call (808) 324-1541.
Late Summer - Early Fall
Aloha Festivals is Hawaii's premier cultural showcase, a celebration of Hawai'i's music, dance, art, food and history intended to preserve the unique island traditions. For more information call (808) 589-1771.
BIG ISLAND FESTIVAL
Celebrate diversity at the Big Island Festival. Cutting edge cuisine. Reserve wine tastings. Informative seminars. Spa treatments. Championship golf and ocean sports. Ancient Hawaiian culture and music. Local agriculture and specialty products. An abundance of inspiring activities hosted by the legendary resorts of the Kohala Coast. For more information call 1 (866) 424 FEST or (808) 934-9044.
BIG ISLAND FARM FAIR
The annual Big Island Farm Fair has become a treasured tradition to the families of the Kona community. Fairgoers at the Old Kona Airport State Park sample and shop for fresh Hawaii-grown products in the Country Market, enjoy agricultural displays, exhibits and sales in the Agriculture and Livestock Tents, and attempt their game skills and thrill to the carnival rides on the EK Fernandez Midway. Fun for local families and visitors alike. For more information call (808) 324-6011.
TASTE OF THE HAWAIIAN RANGE
The annual culinary event features Hawaii's premier chefs, each preparing/serving an entree of forage-raised beef, veal, bison, venison, mutton, goat, lamb, pork or poultry. It's an "all-you-can-eat" affair, sponsored by the Univ. of Hawaaii College of Tropical Agriculture. Non-alcoholic beverages, ice cream, chocolates, and cakes are also on the menu. For more information call (808) 981-5199 ext.201.
HAPUNA BEACH PRINCE HOTEL SAM CHOY POKE FESTIVAL
This Aloha Festivals signature event at the Mauna Kea Resort starts with a "celebrity" auction and benefit golf tournament and culminates in a recipe contest starring "Hawaii's soul food." Traditionally a raw fish dish, poke, takes on tasty, new dimensions as amateurs and professionals compete for cash and prizes. For more information call (808) 880-3023.
ALOHA SPIRIT FILM FESTIVAL
Annual Film Festival Showcasing Evolutionary Movies with a Spiritual Vision for the 3rd Millennium. Do you yearn to immerse yourself in films that uplift, expand perception and challenge old paradigms? Then, this year's Aloha Spirit Film Festival in Kona, Hawaii, is the place to be. We will spotlight films that inspire spiritual and personal growth, promote positive global activism, foster environmental awareness and help us think "outside the box". Our mission is to discover and encourage true visionaries of inspirational cinema. The fifteen cutting edge films selected this year will surely expand your consciousness and delight your soul. The Aloha Spirit Film Festival, which will unfold from the Aloha Theater, will include a "Follow Your Spirit Day", a 100% green festival market and a concert appearance by Paul Gilman. So, if you seek a life transforming experience, don't miss the Big Island's Aloha Spirit Film Festival this September. For more information call (808)326-2099.
ALOHA FESTIVALS PANIOLO PARADE
Co-sponsored by the Parker Ranch. enjoy Pa'u Riders, floats, bands, marching and mounted units, led by the Royal Court procession. Hawaii's oldest ranching community has been presenting the parade for three decades. Note: 1 hour road closure. 10 a.m. Parker Ranch.
KUPUNA HULA CONTEST
Our beloved kupuna (elders) gather for this extra special hula competition which honors these treasured resources. Hawaiian arts, crafts, displays, demonstrations and an appearance by the Royal Court are also scheduled. Advance ticket purchases are encourages. King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel. Discount admission with an Aloha Festivals Ribbon. Part of the Aloha Festivals Celebration! For more information call (808) 961-8592 or (808) 322-1812.
ALOHA FESTIVAL HOOLAULEA
Annual KWXX Hilo Hoolaulea, Front Street, Hilo Town. Enjoy an evening of exciting entertainment by the best of island musicians, ono foods and arts & crafts. The downtown area is closed to vehicles and three giant stages provide continuous fun. For more information call (808) 935-5461.
HULIHEE PALACE BAND CONCERT
Presented by the Daughters of Hawaii, the free concert is at 4 p.m. to remember Queen Liliuokalani. A gifted musician and composer, she was Hawaii's final monarch. 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 or (808) 329-1877.
QUEEN LILIUOKALANI MUSIC FESTIVAL
Honoring Hawaii's last Monarch, the event features music food and dance. Also included: flower drop, multi-ethnic dancing and performances and 300+ dancers from dozens of Big Island halau sharing their love of hula. Top name island entertainers will perform. Shuttle to and from Civic Auditorium parking area. All day at Queen Liliuokalani Park, Hilo. For more information call Roxie Waltjen (808) 961-8706.
WAIKOLOA OPEN GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
Fifty-four holes of championship golf. Waikoloa Village Golf Club. For more information call (808) 883-9621.
QUEEN LILIUOKALANI BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Liliuokalani Gardens, Hilo. For more information call (808) 961-8706 or visit http://hawaiiislandfestival.org/index.html.
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.