The first time I ever visited Holualoa Inn I remember being awestruck and instantly relaxed by the towering black bamboo garden in the entry courtyard. There was a slight breeze in the air, as is common in Holualoa, and I could hear the bamboo swish as it danced and swayed in the gentle wind. Nestled in the mountains above Kona town, it’s just a quick ride from the Inn to local beaches, Kona town, or to any of the many Ho’olaule’a, or Hawaiian celebrations or festivals, which happen around the island. Once the day’s adventures are complete, it’s always a pleasure to return home to the calm sanctuary of the Inn.
September on the Big Island of Hawaii boasts numerous festivals to enjoy. On September 13th in Hilo, the Hawaii Chapter of the American Bamboo Society hosts their 16th annual Bamboo Festival. Tour the beautiful Nani Mau Gardens before exploring rare bamboos for sale, artists and craft vendors, educational speakers and food. The Hawaii Island Festival’s 30 Days of Aloha sponsors a number of annual events to promote Big Island cultural traditions and the spirit of aloha. On September 12th, local chefs and home cooks compete for the title at the Poke Contest in Waikoloa. Sample the fresh catch and get some delicious recipes. On September 19th, enjoy the spectacle of this year’s Royal Court on horseback leading the Paniolo Parade in Waimea, followed by great food, local arts, crafts, products, games and live entertainment.
The annual Festival of Aloha on September 20th provides another opportunity to meet the Royal Court, as well as enjoy live music, hula performances, food and crafts. On the Hilo side, the Big Island Slack Key Guitar Festival, also on September 20th, features six hours of performances by some of Hawaii’s best recording artists and performers.
On September 26th, the Donkey Mill Art Center hosts its 9th annual “Cool Fusion: Festival of 1000 Bowls” in Keauhou. Begin by choosing your handmade bowl which is then filled with delicious Japanese Somen noodles, broth, fresh vegetables and spices. Enjoy live music while eating your noodles and sipping sake, then peruse handmade ceramics for sale. Proceeds benefit Donkey Mill’s Ceramics Department.
Regardless of how you spend your days, whether enjoying a sunset sail, exploring Volcano or any one of this month’s festivals, the tranquility of Holualoa Inn will await your return. Just relax and enjoy the breathtaking sunsets from our rooftop gazebo as the black bamboo dances for you in the breeze.