Hulihe‘e Palace

Did you know that there are three royal palaces in the United States? In fact, all three palaces are located in the state of Hawaii: two of them on Oahu (Iolani Palace and Queen Emma Summer Palace), and one of them right here in Kona. Situated on the oceanfront in Kailua-Kona, Hulihe‘e Palace was built …
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Mother’s Day Events in Kona

Aloha mai kakou, Mother’s Day Weekend in Hawai‘i takes on special meaning at a number of events in Kona this weekend. Hawai’s’s top recording artists will be taking center stage at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa on Saturday, May 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The annual Mother’s Day hula and concert, …
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May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii

Every year on May 1st, a statewide celebration takes place that’s quintessentially Hawaiian: May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii! Whether at work, school, strolling through town or going to the grocery store, everyone celebrates Lei Day by wearing a lei as a symbol of Aloha — as well as to honor the cherished custom …
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Waimea’s First Lady of Ranching

The Big Island’s ranching heritage comes alive at Anna Ranch in Waimea, where the historic home of Anna Lindsey Perry-Fiske (1900-1995) is open to the public for tours. The vintage ranch house with blue-and-white awnings reveals the fascinating life of Waimea’s First Lady of Ranching, who was an accomplished equestrian, successful jockey, hard-working rancher, high-society …
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Day Trips from Holualoa

Holualoa’s excellent central location provides the perfect home base for day-trip getaways on the Big Island. From the rolling ranchlands of Waimea to lava-laden landscapes of the Kohala Coast, visitors who book a stay in Holualoa will find excellent access to the best of the island’s offerings. Kealakekua Bay South of Holualoa about a 30-minute …
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Earth Day Events on the Big Island

From the dryland forests of North Kona to the coral reefs of Kahalu‘u Bay, the Big Island presents one of the most diverse and ecologically fragile places on Earth. With so many native species fast becoming endangered here, or worse, disappearing forever, one could argue that every day should be Earth Day in Hawaii. This …
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47th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival — April 24 – 30, 2011

Each year in April, the world’s most prestigious hula event takes center stage in Hilo on the Big Island. Honoring the legacy of King David Kalakaua (who revived the art of hula during his reign of the Hawaiian Kingdom from 1874 to 1891), the venerable Merrie Monarch Festival features a week-long celebration of Hawaiian culture …
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Saturday March 26th is Prince Kuhio Day

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana’ole Pi’ikoi was born on March 26, 1871.  He was prince of the House of Kalakaua, heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawai’i, and a ten-term elected delegate to the United States Congress.  He is often referred to as Ke Ali’i Makaainana, or Prince of the People, because of his …
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