Cream of the Crop

If you are planning a trip to the Big Island this August, be sure to attend the annual Cream of the Crop coffee and dessert tasting event on Saturday, August 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Kona Coffee Council, this open-air extravaganza will take place on the beautiful grounds of Four …
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Hawaiian Cultural Festival

Among the most anticipated cultural events in Kona each year, the annual Hawaiian Cultural Festival will be held the weekend of June 29 through July 1, 2012 at Pu‘uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. Now in its 51st year, the festival transports visitors back to Old Hawai‘i, circa 1800s, providing a uniquely Hawaiian experience on …
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King Kamehameha Day Festivities

Every year in June, the people of Hawai‘i commemorate the great monarch, King Kamehameha I, who unified the island chain in the early 1800s and become the most revered leader in Hawaiian history. Throughout the Islands, traditional floral parades and activities set the stage for plentiful photo opportunities, including the regal pa‘u riders on horseback …
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Waiki‘i Music Festival Returns to Big Island

After a long hiatus, the popular weekend-long Waiki‘i Music Festival returns to Waiki‘i Ranch on June 16 and 17, featuring a host of acclaimed Hawaiian music artists including Grammy Award-winning Cyril Pahinui, Amy Hanaiali‘i, John Cruz, Paula Fuga, Makana and Willie K. A “unique celebration of paniolo, Hawaiian and country music,” the event also features …
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Merrie Monarch Festival in Full Swing

This year’s 49th annual Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo brings together the worldwide hula community for the most prestigious event in hula.  Taking place April 8 through 14, the festival showcases a variety of activities proceeding the main events on Friday and Saturday, where halau (clubs) from Hawai‘i and the mainland compete in kahiko (traditional) …
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Samoan Fire Knife Dancers

The grand finale of many Polynesian revues and luaus, the thrilling fireknife dancer astounds audiences with dazzling displays of athleticism, fire and danger. Taking his inspiration from the Samoan warrior, the fireknife dancer takes center stage at the luau, twirling, tossing, catching and throwing a flaming machete at breathtaking speeds. Resembling a baton, the fireknife …
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It’s Whale-Watching Season on the Big Island

Every winter, pods of graceful humpback whales migrate from Alaska to the warmer waters of the Hawaiian Islands chain. The whales begin appearing in December, and by February, the season is in full swing! Right now, thousands of whales are “on vacation” in Hawai‘i, where they’ve come to breed, give birth and frolic close to …
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Christmas Comes to Holualoa

Spend Christmas in Hawaii! One of the most anticipated holiday events in Kona, the Holualoa Village Christmas and Light Festival is an annual tradition that attracts hundreds of residents and community members to the streets of our close-knit village. Now in its 15th year, the event is hosted by Holualoa Inn and Kona Blue Sky …
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