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June 6-8, 2014
3rd ANNUAL BIG ISLAND JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL - MAUNA KEA BEACH HOTEL
VIP Meet and Greet on June 6, $40. Main event on June 7 at the North Pointe Lu`au Grounds at the Mauna Kea Hotel - $60 General Admission; $85 Premium Seating. Performers include Grammy winner Skip Martin, The Iguanas from New Orleans, jazz sax legend Donald Harrison, American Jazz Ambassador Jason Marsalis, New Orleans harmonica player Johnny Sansone, Saturday Night Live Band trombonist Steve Turre, and Na Hoku Hanohano award winner Benny Uyetake. The festival will conclude with a Sunday brunch at Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar, accompanied by live jazz and blues entertainment. For more info, call 866-977-4589 or visit maunakeabeachhotel.com/jazz.

June 7, 2014
ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF FATHERHOOD - KAILUA-KONA
Family Support Hawaii's Fatherhood Initiative will be holding the Annual Celebration of Fatherhood at the Queen Lili`uokalani Children's Center, from 10:00 am-2:00 pm. For a $5 donation, attendees will be able to enjoy a free waterslide, bounce house, photo booth, amazing door prizes, BBQ and shave ice vendors selling their ono grindz. Free hotdogs and chips will also be available. A 4 burner gas grill with side burner will be the raffle prize. Celebrate all those amazing guys we call Dad! For more information, call 808-334-4154, email fatherhood@fsswh.org or visit www.familysupporthawaii.org

June 7, 2014
WALK MS 2014 - HILO
Walk MS connects people living with MS and those who care about them. When you participate in Walk MS, the funds you raise give hope to the more than 50,500 people affected by MS in our community. The dollars raised support life-changing programs and cutting-edge research. Location: Edith Kanakaole Tennis Stadium, 799 Pi'ilani Street, Hilo. Opening Ceremony at 5pm. For more info, visit the website, email Candice.Schwalbach@nmss.org or phone (808) 532-0805.

June 8, 2014
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Hawai`i County Band on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawaii. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy oceanside cafes and restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com

June 9-25, 2014
HAWAII PHOTO EXPO 2014, HILO
Hawai`i Photo Expo is the premier photography exhibition for Big Island photographers and the largest photographic contest in the state of Hawai`i. The Expo offers an opportunity for students and novices as well as established professionals to showcase their best images. For complete information on how to enter, go to www.hawaiiphotoexpo.com. There will be a reception on June 7th from 5-7 pm at Wailoa Center, 200 Piopio Street, Hilo. Time: 8:30 am to 4:30pm; Wednesdays noon to 4:30pm. Free to the public.. For more information, call (808) 345-0280 or email andrewbisset@hawaii.rr.com

June 11, 2014
NORTH KOHALA KAMEHAMEHA DAY CELEBRATION
8:00am Lei Draping at the statue of King Kamehameha in Kapa'au; 9:00am Floral Parade from Downtown Hawi thru Kapa'au; 10:00am-4:00pm, Ho`olaule`a (crafts fair) at Kamehameha Park. For more info, call 808-557-6042 or visit www.kamehamehadaycelebration.org

June 11, 2014
KAMEHAMEHA FESTIVAL - HILO
This festival features features a ho`olaule`a with top Hawai`i recording artists, hula halau, and various cultural presentations. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Moku Ola (Coconut Island) in Hilo. Free. A drug, alcohol and smoke-free event. For more information, visit http://www.kamehamehafestival.org/festival/62/schedule

June 13-14, 2014
6th ANNUAL VOLCANO POTTERY SALE
Join 15 Big Island potters and ceramicists for this annual show & sale. Meet the artists and view their many unique pottery styles, both functional and sculptural, at one venue. There will be wheel throwing demonstrations on Saturday from 11am-2pm. Show hours: Friday, 3-8pm; Saturday, 9-3pm. Where: Volcano Art Center's Niaulani Campus, Volcano Village. For more information, call 985-8530, email ron@ryhpottery.com or visit http://ryhpottery.com/volcano_pottery_sale

June 14, 2014
KING KAMEHAMEHA CELEBRATION PARADE AND FREE CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
Adorned in the flowers and colors of the Hawaiian Islands, regal pa`u riders on horseback will represent each of the eight islands, led by their respective princesses and the pa`u queen. The floral parade will also feature hula halau, equestrian units, marching bands, a horse-drawn carriage and more. The parade begins near Royal Kona Resort at 9 am, and ends near West Hawai`i Today at noon. At 11:45am, see beautiful singer/songwriter Hawane Rios in concert at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, as well as Ali`i Keana`aina, Nathan Grace and Te `E `a o Te Turama. There will be a Ho`olaule`a Arts and Crafts Festival at the hotel from 8am-3pm. For more information about the parade, contact Barbara Nobriga at 322-9944, email bnobriga@hawaiiantel.net or visit www.konaparade.org

June 14, 2014
HAU'OLI LA HANAU CELEBRATION FOR KUMU KEALA CHING - KAILUA-KONA
Please join Ka Pa Hula Na Wai Iwi Ola for a birthday celebration honoring Kumu Keala Ching at the Formal Gardens (back lawn) of the Marriott Courtyard at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. The celebration begins at 3pm and will feature performances by several area halau including Hula Halau o Kukui Aloha o Kohala, Halau Hula Mauna Lei and Beamer Solomon Halau o Po`ohala. The Ladies of Waiku`i and Konabob along with Ka Pa Hula Na Wai Iwi Ola (Kumu Keala's halau) will take the stage at 6pm. Time: 3-7pm. Free to the public. For more information, call 348-7047, email or visit www.nawaiiwiola.org

June 14, 2014
O-BON FESTIVAL - KEAUHOU, KONA
Dance the night away to the beat of Taiko Drums! Presented by Kona Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, and featuring the Kona Hongwanji Taiko Group. 6-10pm, Keauhou Shopping Center's lower parking lot. Free admission. Free Bon Dance towels while supply lasts. Food for sale. For more info, call 323-2993.

June 14, 2014
HILO BREWFEST
From 2-6pm at Wainaku Executive Center, 26-238 Hawaii Belt Rd., Hilo. Rotary Club of Hilo's 2nd annual brewfest will be a fundraiser for worthy causes. Taste beer from craft breweries throughout Hawaii and the mainland. Sample food from local chefs, while listening to live music.

June 14, 2014
BOOK SALE - KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Friends of the Libraries, Kona (FOLK), will hold a book sale on Saturday, from 9 AM to 1 PM on the lanai of the Kailua-Kona library. Proceeds from sales help support the needs of the Kona libraries, with funding that includes educational and entertainment programs, community summer reading programs, visiting authors, magazine subscriptions, CDs, DVDs and new book purchases. Volunteers are welcome; if you find yourself willing and able, please call 322-0077. For more information, email folk@folkhawaii.com

June 14, 2014
ALOHA KEIKI RUN - KAILUA-KONA
A fun-filled day for children ages 1-15 to participate in age specific runs/walks. All entrants receive t-shirt, a finisher medal, and goodie bag. Time: 8:00 AM to Noon at Kona Commons Shopping Center, Kailua-Kona. Fee. For more information, call 808-967-8240, email raceinfo@konamarathon.com or visit www.Alohakeikirun.com

June 14, 2014
ALL ISLAND DANCE AFFAIR - HONOKA`A
Dance to the sounds of The Johnny Shot Band. Ballroom, Salsa, Tango, Waltz, Swing, and more...Performances by top professionals. Time: 7-10 pm at Honoka`a Peoples Theater. Cost: $15. For more information, call 808-443-7782, email loliver@yahoo.com or visit http://feetsafire.com/

June TBA, 2014
KAILUA-KONA LIBRARY BOOK CLUB
The Kona Library Book Club sponsored by Friends of the Libraries, Kona, will meet at 11:00 AM on the lanai of the Kailua-Kona Library. New members are welcome. Free to the public. For more info, call 325-5445,email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com

June 18, 2014
HULA PRESENTATION - HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
Enjoy an evening of hula with Halau Ulumamo o Hilo Paliku, under the direction of kumu hula Mamo Brown. A lifelong resident of Hilo, Mamo was formally trained by Nalani Kanaka`ole and Pualani Kanaka`ole Kanahele in the `ai ha`a, or "low bombastic," style of hula. After her uniki (graduation), Mamo started her own group and is carrying on this traditional form of hula. Free. From 6:30-8 p.m. at the Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Email or call 985-6018 for more info.

June 20, 2014
ALOHA FRIDAY RUN/WALK - KAILUA-KONA
Get a headstart on the weekend running events with an evening race. Walk, jog or run 3 miles, meet runners from the Big Island and around the world who are in town to participate over the weekend at the Kona Marathon and Family Runs. A sampling of great food awaits you at the finish line provided by the restaurants at Kona Commons shopping center. Time: 5:30-7:30 PM at Kona Commons, Kailua-Kona. For more information, call 808-967-8240, email raceinfo@konamarathon.com or visit www.konamarathon.com

June 21, 2014

KONA MARATHON HEALTH & FITNESS EXPO - KEAUHOU, KONA
Everyone is invited to this Health Expo. It's a place to find more information on health and fitness for your life and have a gerat time doing it. This is also the Race Packet Pick Up for all weekend Kona Marathon events (see calendar entry below). Time: 9am-5pm at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-967-8240, email raceinfo@konamarathon.com or visit www.konamarathon.com

June 21, 2014
KONA SUMMER CAR SHOW
This is a rally for the Kona Motorsport Park. The show starts at 2pm around the ballpark at Old Kona Airport Park and runs until the Awards Ceremony is pau, about 7pm. Over 150 cars, bike and trucks! Great food, music, taiko drumming, prizes, bouncy house, climbing wall and more. Event is all free, but everyone is encouraged to bring non-perishible donations for the the Hawai`i Island Food Basket. For more information, call 326-7709, email zoom96740@gmail.com or visit hawaiiracingassoc.org

June 22, 2014
KONA MARATHON, HALF-MARATHON, 10k & 5k RACES - KAILUA-KONA, KONA
Featuring all four traditional races: Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5 K. An estimated 2,000 runners of all ages and abilities will be participating for prizes, health and enjoyment, and raising money for charities. The Start/Finish is at the Sheraton Kona Resort at Keauhou Bay. The courses run along the spectacular scenic shoreline of the Pacific Ocean, offering beautiful views of crashing waves and mountains. Get a taste of the Ironman running course. 5:30am-1:30pm. Entry fees. For more information, call 808-967-8240, email raceinfo@konamarathon.com or visit www.konamarathon.com

June 25, 2014
THE HISTORY AND BIOLOGY OF HUMPBACK WHALES LECTURE - KAILUA-KONA
This free lecture features the subject of humpback whales' basic biology and their history in Hawai`i. Hanohano o Kona: Honoring Kona, a free community lecture series, spotlights local and state speakers on a wide variety of cultural and historical subjects. Time: 5:30-7:00pm at West Hawai`i Civic Center. For more information, call 808-323-3222 or email khs@konahistorical.org or visit www.konahistorical.org

June 27, 2014
PUTTS FOR MUTTS BENEFIT - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
First Annual FURtastic Mini Golf Open; sponsored by Kohala Burger & Taco. The mini golf tournament benefits Hawai`i Island Humane Society, and includes a silent auction, awards and a dinner party. Time: 4:30-6:30 pm at Mini Golf Course, Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort. Cost: $25-$59. For more information, call 326-7820, email or visit Hawaii Island Humane Society's website.

June 28, 2014
HAWAII ISLAND HUMANE SOCIETY MOBILE ADOPTION EVENT - KEALAKEKUA
The Hawaii Island Humane Society will be holding a mobile adoption event on Saturday June 28th at Kealakekua Ranch Center. There will be a wide variety of adoptable dogs and cats to interact with from 10am-2pm. Radio station B93 will be broadcasting from 10am-12pm. A petfood drive will also be held for the pets of the homeless community. For more information, please contact Kona HIHS at 329-1175 or visit http://www.hihs.org

June 28 and 29, 2014
ANNUAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL - PU`UHONUA o HONAUNAU NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
This two day event is free to all (entrance fee waived). There will be dozens of craft demonstrations throughout the two day festival. Pack a lunch and plenty of drinks and spend a fun filled day at the park and leave with a nose flute, coconut leaf hat, a lei, lauhala bracelet, a hula gourd, or another traditional craft item that you have learned to make at the festival. For more information, please call the park at (808) 328-2326 ext. 1702, or visit www.nps.gov/puho

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July 2, 2014
RESEARCHING YOUR MARKET AND BRANDING WORKSHOP - KAILUA-KONA
Presented by the Hawai`i Small Business Development Center Network. Learn to how to research your marketplace and identify your competitive edge. Learn the process of developing your own unique brand. Instructors: Hazel Beck and Alex Mitchell. Time: 2-4pm at Kuakini Tower, Ste. 213, Kailua-Kona. Cost: $20. Register at www.hisbdc.org or call 327-3680; deadline July 1, 2014. For more information, call 327-3680 or email jacqueline.muller@hisbdc.org.

July 4, 2014
HILO BAY BLAST
Family activities around the Hilo Bayfront, including games, cook-offs, music and more. Hawai`i County Band concert at Mo`oheau Bandstand at 7pm, followed by fireworks at 8pm from Coconut Island. Parking shuttles will be available from the County Aupuni Center and Afook-Chinen Auditorium to downtown.

July 4, 2014
FOURTH OF JULY PARADE & CELEBRATION - VOLCANO VILLAGE
The parade will begin at 9 a.m. at the Volcano Post Office and proceed for one half mile along Old Volcano Road to Cooper Community Center, featuring the Hawaii County Band, floats, antique cars, fire engines, bicycles, horses, and animals in costumes! Music, games, food booths, dunking pond, craft fair and prizes to follow. Call Betsy Mitchell for more info at (808) 967-7800.

July 4, 2014
4th of JULY SILENT AUCTION BENEFIT - VOLCANO VILLAGE
This annual fundraiser is a much anticipated part of Volcano's popular 4th of July parade and festival, which attracts hundreds of residents and visitors each year. The auction is held at the Cooper Center on Wright Road in Volcano Village, from 9 to 11:30am. Auction items for 2010 include air, sea, and land adventures; overnight stays; massage, reiki, and acupuncture sessions; admissions to area attractions; and restaurant and retail gift certificates. There is something for everyone at this fun and popular silent auction! Jewelry, fine arts, gift baskets, crafts, clothing, books, DVDs, computer software, printer ink, and more make up the diverse array of goods and services up for bid. Proceeds benefit Friends of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (tax deductible donations welcome through July 3). For more info, callÊ985-7373, email admin@fhvnp.org, or visit www.fhvnp.org

July 4, 2014
KAILUA-KONA INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE & FIREWORKS
The 19th Annual Kailua-Kona Independence Day Parade will take place on Friday, July 4, at 6:00 p.m., starting at the Kekuaokalani Gym/Pool Complex on Kuakini Highway. It will proceed south on Kuakini Highway, to Palani Road, to Ali`i Drive, and then south on Ali`i Drive to Walua Road just past Coconut Grove Marketplace. This year's Grand Marshal will be the Hawai`i National Guard. The theme of this year's parade is "United As One!" Immediately following the parade, there will be a grand Fireworks Extravaganza over Kailua Bay, provided by Hawai`i Pyrotechnics and Explosives, starting at 8:00 p.m. For more information, visit paradesinkona.com, email rcpreese@gmail.com or call 313-0025.

July 4, 2014
GREAT WAIKOLOA RUBBER DUCKIE RACE
Held at the Kings' Shops at Waikoloa Beach Resort, this is a benefit for United Cerebral Palsy Assn. of Hawai`i. Free entertainment, fun games and exciting contests, from duck waddling to eating. The fun begins at 10 am with live entertainment, food booths and games. Adopt a duckie for a chance to win one of the many fantastic prizes. Duckie Race starts at 3 pm.

July 4, 2014
FAMILY FOURTH & FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
The event begins at 12:30 pm, and continues throughout the day until the Fireworks Extravaganza over Waikoloa Bowl at 8pm. This is an alcohol and drug free event. For more information, call 886-8822, email spelfrey@waikoloaland.com or visit waikoloabeachresort.com

July 4, 2014
TURTLE INDEPENDENCE DAY - KOHALA COAST
Three and four year old turtles are released in the ocean after growing up in the Honu Ponds at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, Kohala Coast. Details TBA. For more information, call 808-885-6622, email sbredo@maunalani,.com or visit www.maunalani.com

July 4, 2014
PARKER RANCH ANNUAL JULY 4th HORSERACES & RODEO
Big Island Ranchers participate in fast-paced horseraces and rodeo events with Parker Ranch cowboys. Ribbon mugging, ranch mugging, dally team roping, Po'o Wai U and more. Keiki activities including roping practice and pony rides. Lots of food and mementos for sale at the Parker Ranch Store booth. Time: 9 am to 12 noon at Parker Ranch Rodeo Arena, Waimea. Pre-sale tickets available at the Parker Ranch Store in Waimea (at Parker Ranch Square). For more information, call 885-2323, email nguilloz@parkerranch.com or visit www.parkerranch.com

July TBA, 2014
ANNUAL HAWAI`I ISLAND PRIDE FESTIVAL - HILO
Celebrating Hawai`i island's LGBT population, the parade will begin at 11am, from Kamehameha Ave. to Ponahawai St. to Keawe St. to Waianuenue Ave., back down to Kamehameha Ave., ending at Mo`oheau Bandstand. Following the parade, there will be live music and entertainment in the park, with food and vendor booths; games and bouncy rides for the keiki. For more information, call 808-217-1288 or email hawaiiislandpride@gmail.com.

July 12, 2014
HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK'S ANNUAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL
Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park's free annual cultural festival will be held at the park's Kahuku Unit in Ka`u, from 10am-3pm. Enjoy hula kahiko and music, watch skilled practitioners demonstrate their art and try your hand at Hawaiian crafts. Taste traditional Hawaiian foods. Wear sunscreen and bring a hat, water, rain jacket and ground mat or chair. No pets. Lunch and beverages will be available for sale. This is a drug and alcohol-free event. The Kahuku Unit is the southernmost section of the national park and is located on the mauka (uphill) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5. Call 808-985-6011 or visit the park's website for more info.

July 13, 2014
INAUGURAL HILO TRIATHLON
Inaugural Olympic distance triathlon at James Kealoha Beach Park in Hilo. 1500 meter swim, 40km bike, 10km run. Time: 7:00 AM at James Kealoha Beach Park, Hilo,. Cost: $95-$175. For more information, call 808-333-9128, email hilotriathlon@gmail.com or visit hilotriathlon.org

July TBA, 2014
BOOK SALE - KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Friends of the Libraries, Kona (FOLK) will hold its next Book Sale on Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM on the lanai of the Kailua-Kona Proceeds from these sales help provide funding that includes educational and entertainment programs, community summer reading programs, visiting authors, magazine subscriptions, CDs, DVDs and new book purchases. Volunteers are needed to assist with the sale and preparations. If you find yourself willing and able, please email FOLK@folkhawaii.com or call 322-0077.

July TBA, 2014
RELAY FOR LIFE - KAILUA-KONA
Event begins at 6pm at Old Airport Beach Park with a cancer survivors' reception and dinner, followed by "the survivors lap," which starts the relay. Teams start walking at 6pm, continuing till 6am the next morning. The luminaria ceremony at 9pm honors survivors and those lost to the disease. There will be live entertainment, a silent auction, food, family fun and a chance to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Reservations for the dinner and reception should be made at 895-3168. Call the same number to start a team or to volunteer.

July TBA, 2014
BIG ISLAND HAWAIIAN MUSIC FESTIVAL - HILO
Enjoy authentic Hawaiian music, including `ukulele, slack key and steel guitar & and falsetto singing at this always popular two-day event featuring artists from around Hawai`i. At the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. From noon -6pm each day. Contact the East Hawai'i Cultura Center at (808) 961-5711 or visit www.ehcc.org for more information.

July 19-20, 2014
8th ANNUAL FIL-AM FRIENDSHIP DOUBLES TENNIS TOURNAMENT - KEAUHOU, KONA
The Kona Visayan Club (KVC) will host the Annual Philippine American Friendship Doubles Tennis Tournament at the Holua Tennis Center at Mauna Loa Village. The event categories of the tournament are recreational, men's, women's and mixed doubles. KVC is a non-profit organization and proceeds from this fund-raising will support scholarship grants to high school graduates in Kona. For details about the event, please visit the website http://www.gonnalove-it.com/tennis, call Lovette at 938-3910, or Email for more info.

July TBA, 2014
KAILUA-KONA LIBRARY BOOK CLUB MEETING
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Kailua-Kona Public Library Lanai. Free to the public. For more information, call 325-5445, email FOLK@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com

July 20, 2014
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE'E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Merrie Monarchs men's glee club and Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his Halau Na Pua Ui O Hawai`i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawaii. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy oceanside cafes and restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com

July 26, 2014
ANNUAL MANGO FESTIVAL - KEAUHOU, KONA
On the Hawai`i Lawn of the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay from 10am-5pm. Mangos will be showcased in a variety of horticultural and culinary activities. Mango treats and smoothies will be offered by vendors.

July 26 and 27, 2014
TAHITI FETE - HILO
Tahitian dance groups and individual performers will be featured. Arts, crafts, food and product vendors. To be held at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. For info, visit http://www.tahitifete.com.

July 27, 2014
32nd ANNUAL DAIFUKUJI ORCHID SHOW AND SALE - HONALO
This yearÕs theme, "Celebrate with Orchids," is in conjunction with Daifukuji Soto MissionÕs 100th anniversary year. The free event offers attendees complimentary refreshments, plus an orchid boutonniere corsageÑwhile they last. Time is 8 a.m.-2 p.m. with the Daifukuji Taiko Drummers performing at 10 a.m. Enjoy an elaborate and colorful display of live blooming cattleya, cymbidium, dendrobium, phalaenopsis, miltonia, vanda and more. Cameras are welcome. In addition this yearÕs show will have a display of orchid-themed vases and a sampling of ways to integrate the plants into lanai decor. Amid orchids, relax on benches while browsing through orchid-themed magazines and books. Got growing questions? Veteran members will staff a Question & Answer Booth where attendees can get expert advice on caring for orchids. The club boasts eight charter members who each have been growing orchids at least 30 years at different Kona elevations. The annual event also offers an outdoor sale of high quality orchid species and hybrids. The Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club is West Hawai`i's oldest orchidaceae organization with a mission to learn and foster orchid culture and promote fellowship among orchid collectors. Daifukuji Soto Mission Hall is on Hwy. 11 at mile marker 114, just north of Kainaliu. For more information, visit www.kdoc.us, www.facebook.com/orchidsinparadise, or call 808-354-8847.

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August 1-3, 2014
HILO ORCHID SOCIETY ANNUAL SHOW AND SALE
The 62nd Annual Hilo Orchid Society Show and Sale's theme this year is "Symphony of Orchids." Displays, demonstrations, orchid sales and orchid-related products. Refreshments, entertainment. Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at Edith Kanaka`ole Stadium. $5 donation; keiki under 12 free. For more information, call 333-1852 or visit www.hiloorchidsociety.org.

August 2-3, 2014
6th ANNUAL BIKE MS EVENT - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
The Bike MS: Go BIG or Go Home event focuses on bringing more awareness about MS and raising funds for programs and services for those living with MS in Hawai`i. This ride is fully supported with catered rest stops, bike support, and support and gear transportation. To register, and for more information, visit bikemshawaii.org or give the National Multiple Sclerosis Society a call at (808)-532-0806.

August 16, 2014
DON THE BEACHCOMBER MAI TAI FESTIVAL - KAILUA-KONA
A full day of fun at Royal Kona Resort, including a Battle of the BBQ (11am-2pm), Farmer's & Crafter's Market (11am-4pm), a Pool Party with legendary Hawaiian musician Henry Kapono (2:30-4pm), and The Mai Tai Mix-off (4:30-7:30pm), where bartenders will compete for the title of Best Mai Tai and a $10,000 cash prize. Call 808/329-3111 or visit donsmaitaifest.com/ for more info.

August TBA, 2014
ANNUAL "CREAM OF THE CROP" COFFEE AND DESSERT TASTING - FOUR SEASONS RESORT
For more information, call 808/328-1666 or email jimmonk@alum.mit.edu

August 16-17, 2014
ESTABLISHMENT DAY HAWAIIAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL - KAWAIHAE
The public is invited to join the to participate in the cultural demonstrations and workshop activities at Pelekane (royal courtyard) located near the beach below Pu'ukohola Heiau with only one stipulation: that each visitor learns at least one craft before leaving the area to help preserve a part of the Hawaiian culture. Parking will be on the coral flats south of Kawaihae Harbor. On Saturday only there will be a special sunrise cultural event at the heiau itself at 6:30am followed by a reinactment of a battle with warriors and spears below the heiau. Arts and craft workshops and demonstrations will take place both days. There will be Hawaiian double-hulled canoe rides and much more. Local musicians will play songs of Hawai`i. Bring water and lunch if planning to stay the entire day. It is recommended that comfortable clothing be worn and that attendees use sunscreen. PNHP is located about a mile south of Kawaihae on the Kohala Coast. Call (808) 882-7218, Ext. 1011 for more info.

August 23, 2014
GREAT WAIKOLOA CANOE RACE - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
The Waikoloa Canoe Club will be holding their annual Great Waikoloa Canoe Race at Anaeho`omalu Bay. Racing starts at 8 AM and will last until noon. Approximately 80 teams will be competing from the islands and all over the world. For more information, call (808) 883-2447 or visit www.waikoloacanoeclub.com

August 23-24, 2014
HAWAI`I ISLAND HUMANE SOCIETY HAWAI`I HORSE EXPO - WAIMEA
Hawai`i Island Humane Society's Hawai`i Horse Expo presents internationally renowned equine experts for two days of clinics, demonstrations and hands-on learning. Benefits HIHS Horse Rescue Fund. Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Paniolo Heritage Center, Pukalani Stables, Waimea. For more information, ongoing program updates and ticket purchases, visit http://www.hawaiihorseexpo.com or email hawaiihorseexpo@gmail.com

August 24, 2014
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE'E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Merrie Monarchs men's glee club and Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his Halau Na Pua Ui O Hawai`i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy oceanside cafes and restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com

August 24, 2014
NORTH HAWAI'I HOSPICE FLOATING LANTERN CEREMONY - FAIRMONT ORCHID
From 5-7:30pm. A meaningful ceremony to honor and remember loved ones that have passed. There will be a sharing of music and hula, Taiko drummers, chanting, and prayers, followed by a lantern release into Pauoa Bay at sunset. Admission is free. Floating lanterns for decorating and inscribing messages will be provided for a suggested donation of $10 (pre-reservation of lanterns is suggested since supply is limited). Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Complimentary self-parking will be provided by The Fairmont Orchid. For more info or to reserve a lantern, call North Hawai`i Hospice at 885-7547 or visit www.northhawaiihospice.org

August 25, 2014
FREE ENTRY TO NATIONAL PARKS
In honor of the National Park Service's 98th Birthday, there will be no entry fees charged on this day at Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park or Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park.

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16th ANNUAL TASTE OF LIFE BENEFIT - KEAUHOU, KONA
Savor food from the island's top chefs and support the Hawai`i Island HIV/AIDS Foundation in the fight against Hepatitis and HIV. Live music. There will also be a silent auction. If you would like to volunteer, please email or call. VIP tables and sponsor packages are available. For more information, call 808-331-8177 or email tol@hihaf.org

August 27, 2014
KONA'S SCENIC BYWAYS LECTURE - WEST HAWAII CIVIC CENTER
This free lecture features the subject of Hawai`i's Scenic Byways, specifically Alii Drive and Mamalahoa Highway. Hanohano o Kona: Honoring Kona, a free community lecture series, spotlights local and state speakers on a wide variety of cultural and historical subjects. Time: 5:30-7:00 pm. For more information, call 808-323-3222 or email khs@konahistorical.org or visit www.konahistorical.org

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KEAUHOU SHOPPING CENTER "FREE" MONTHLY CONCERT - KONA
At 6pm, hear a popular island performer; pre-show music at 5:30pm. Admission is two cans of food for donation to Hawai`i Food Basket. For each can over two person, get an entry into the raffle for prizes from the event sponsors. Bring lawn chairs, as seating is limited. For more info, visit Keauhou Shopping Center's website.

August 29-September 1, 2014
43rd QUEEN LILI'UOKALANI LONG DISTANCE CANOE RACES - KAILUA-KONA
This is the world's largest long-distance canoe race, attended by paddlers from all over the world. Crews from Hawai`i, the US mainland, and around the world are present for this world class event. On Saturday, starting at 3:30pm, all awards for Saturday races will be given at Kamakahonu Bay. The annual Torchlight Parade through Historic Kailua Village starts at 6:30pm; participants meet at Hale Halawai County Pavilion. The parade winds its way through Historic Kailua Village starting at Hale Halawai County Pavilion and ending at the Kailua Pier. QLCR concert to follow at Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel Luau Grounds. For detailed 2014 Queen Lili'uokalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Races information, including crew registration, race history and up to date information, visit www.kaiopua.org

August 31, 2014
ANNUAL HAWAI`I SLACK KEY GUITAR FESTIVAL - KEAUHOU, KONA
$10 admission will benefit The Ki-Ho`Alu Foundation (501-C3). This annual festival, which features masters of slack key guitar, will be held at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa Convention Center from 4-9pm. Food and drink will be available for purchase; no outside food or beverages allowed. Visit www.slackkeyfestival.com

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2014 RUN FOR HOPE EVENTS - FOUR SEASONS HUALALAI, KOHALA COAST
Run For Hope is a non-competitive 10K Run & 5K Run/Walk event. Proceeds from this event benefit cancer research in Hawai`i. Run For Hope: 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk. For more information, call the Event Hotline at 808.325.8052. Registration forms are available at http://www.fsrh.net/pr/run_for_hope.pdf. For more information, call 808-325-8052 or visit the 2014 Run for Hope website

September 13, 2014
SATIN DOLLS CABARET - ALOHA THEATRE, KAINALIU
Satin Dolls Cabaret is a fun and flirty night out with Binti Bailey and the Satin Dolls, singing and dancing to the sounds of the Casablanca Jazz Quartet playing elegantly sexy tunes from the Cotton Club and other favorite hot spots. The music is gorgeous and the dancers are hot and sweet! Last year's show sold out, so reserve your seat now. Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 day of the show. Time: 7:30 PM at Aloha Theatre, 79-7384 Mamalahoa Hwy., Kainaliu. For more information, call (808) 322-9924, email or visit www.alohatheatre.com

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HAWAI`I ISLAND FESTIVAL'S ANNUAL POKE CONTEST - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
Both home cooks and top professional chefs compete against their peers for the championship recipe of this popular Hawaiian dish that is made from the freshest fish or shellfish plus seasonings - and after the judges announce the winners, the audience gets to taste too! For more information, call 808-886-8822 or email spelfrey@waikoloaland.com or visit www.waikoloabeachresort.com

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"COOL FUSION; THE FESTIVAL OF 1000 BOWLS" BENEFIT - DONKEY MILL ART CENTER, HOLUALOA
"To slurp or not to slurp, that is the question." Escape the heat of summer and head up the hill for the 8th annual "Cool Fusion." Enjoy hiyashi somen (chilled Japanese noodles) served in a handmade bowl of your choice to keep. Relax on the lawn behind the Donkey Mill Art Center for an afternoon of live music and new and old friends. Larger bowls will also available for sale, along with other handmade ceramic items. Proceeds will benefit Donkey Mill's Ceramics Department's mission to bring clay art to people of all ages and abilities in our island community. To be held at Donkey Mill Art Center, 78-6670 Mamalahoa Hwy., Holualoa. Please call ahead to reserve your tickets: (808) 322-3362. Email DonkeyMill@gmail.com or visit donkeymillartcenter.org for more info.

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ANNUAL KINDY SPROAT FALSETTO & STORYTELLING CONTEST - WAIKOLOA BEACH MARRIOTT
Part of the Hawai`i Island Festival, this event will be held at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott's Naupaka Ballroom.This unique folk music competition features talented male singers of all ages who can not only sing in the unique falsetto style, but can also captivate the audience with the stories behind the songs. For more info on this and other events, call 886-8822, email joinus@waikoloaland.com or visit hawaiiislandfestival.org

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ANNUAL KUPUNA HULA FESTIVAL - KEAUHOU
A very sweet and moving event featuring those over 55 years of age. The theme for this year's festival, to be held at the Sheraton Kona Resort, is Noho Ali`i Ka Lani or "The Heaven Reigns Above." Each halau will choose a song that incorporates elemets of the heavens or sky; stars; moon; wind; air; heavens; clouds, etc. Ho`okupu presentation to the Royal Court will be held at the start of the event at 5:00pm on Sept 12th.

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HULA ARTS AT KILAUEA - HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
This outdoor presentation of traditional hula and chant features a prominent Hawai`i halau from 10:30-11:30am. The event will take place rain or shine at the hula platform located near Volcano Art Center Gallery. The audience is encouraged to bring sitting mat and sun/rain gear. On the same day, there are hands-on cultural demonstrations from 9:30Am to 1:30PM on the gallery porch. Free; park entrance fees apply. Call (808) 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org

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BOOK SALE - KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Friends of the Libraries, Kona (FOLK) will hold its next Book Sale from 9 AM to 1 PM on the lanai of the Kailua-Kona Library. Proceeds from these sales help provide funding that includes educational and entertainment programs, community summer reading programs, visiting authors, magazine subscriptions, CDs, DVDs and new book purchases. Volunteers are needed to assist with the sale and preparations. If you find yourself willing and able, please email FOLK@folkhawaii.com or call 322-0077.

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KAILUA KONA LIBRARY BOOK CLUB MEETING
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Free to the public. Join in a lively discussion of Blonde, by Joyce Carol Oates, and share light refreshments. New members are welcome. For more information, contact Barbara Sosna at 325-5445, email FOLK@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com

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KAILUA-KONA LIBRARY BOOK CLUB MEETING
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Kailua-Kona Public Library Lanai. Free to the public. For more information, call 325-5445, email FOLK@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com

September TBA, 2014
CHAIRS FOR CHARITY ART AUCTION - KONA
The Rotary Club of Kona Sunrise will be hosting the 4th Annual Chairs For Charity Art Auction. There will be chairs and much more, created and donated by Big Island artists. Live entertainment, food, beer, and wine. For more information call Barbara Kossow at 938-0806.

September 20 & 21, 2014
2nd ANNUAL HAWAI`I ISLAND ALL NATIONS POWWOW - HILO
This event is a cultural education and celebration of the sharing of cultures. It is a community-centered alcohol and drug free event. Special tribal/nations dances; intertribal dancing, vendors, frybread concessions, and more. Time: 10am-5pm daily at Keaukaha Hawaiian Village. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-747-2903, email hawaiipowwow@hotmail.com or visit www.Nichehawaii.org

September 21, 2014
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Hawai`i County Band, on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy oceanside cafes and restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com

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PANIOLO PARADE AND HO`OLAULE`A - WAIMEA
The 10am Paniolo Parade will start at "Church Row" and proceed to Waimea Park, featuring princesses on horseback with attendees (complete with "Pooper Scooper" brigades!) decorated with the flowers of their respective islands. The Parade is followed by one of the best crafts show of the year, featuring island foods, games, arts & crafts, Hawaiian products and live entertainment in Waimea Ball Park, from 11 am to 4 pm. Free. A great local family event! Note: 1 hour road closure. Ph: 936-4376. For more information on this and other 30 Days of Aloha events, visit hawaiiislandfestival.org

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ANNUAL UNITED NATIONS' INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE CELEBRATION - HONOKA`A
The town of Honoka`a on the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island joins the world in observing the United Nations' International Peace Day. This fun, free event for the whole family celebrates peace, compassion and awareness of global interdependence with a colorful parade with music, dance, colorful costumes and fun entertainment. Local and ethnic foods, artists & crafters, live entertainment and more. For more information, call 808-883-0669, email info@peacedayparade.org or visit www.peacedayparade.org

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21st ANNUAL KWXX HO`OLAULE`A - HILO
A fun, exciting, free event in downtown Hilo. Great live entertainment from 5-10:30pm. For more info, visit http://downtownhilo.com

September 26, 2014
"TASTE OF THE HAWAIIAN RANGE" AND AGRICULTURE FESTIVAL - HILTON WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
Time: 5-8pm. This event showcases the isle's grass-fed beef industry while bringing together local ranchers, farmers, restaurateurs and eager eaters to celebrate a bounty of locally produced food. Many of the state's top chefs will prepare delectable dishes using grass-fed beef, pork, lamb, goat, mutton and wild boar, plus a cornucopia of fresh island fruit, veggies, honey, spices and beverages. Culinary adventure seekers can taste and enjoy all the cuts of grass-fed beef - everything from tongue to tail. While "tasting," attendees can meet Hawai`i's food producers at gaily decorated vendor booths and talk story with the ranchers and farmers who make a living growing our food. The event also affords local food producers an opportunity to hook up with isle chefs and consumers. Tickets are $45 through Thursday, Sept. 25 and $60 on event day. They will be sold online and at a dozen islandwide locations starting July 1st, and will also be available at the door. Watch for ticket giveaways on Facebook at Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Twitter #TasteHI. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a modification of policies and procedures to participate in this event should contact Jeri Moniz at 808-960-8411 no later than August 26. For general event information, phone (808) 969-8228. Also visit http://www.TasteOfTheHawaiianRange.com.

September 27, 2014
FREE ENTRY TO NATIONAL PARKS
In honor of National Public Lands Day there will be no entry fees charged on this day at Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park or Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park.

September 27, 2014
HAWAI`I ELECTRIC LIGHT'S CLEAN ENERGY FAIR - HILO
This is a free and fun educational event for the entire family. Learn about energy, electricity and how it is generated right here on our island. Win prizes and more. Time: 10 am-2pm at Prince Kuhio Plaza, Hilo. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-969-0137 or email virginia.aragon-barnes@helcohi.com

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HILO WAYFINDING FESTIVAL - IMILOA ASTRONOMY CENTER
Celebrating the feats of Pacific navigators, this event also reinforces ongoing efforts to revive and expand skills and interest in long-distance canoe voyaging. Free talks, workshops, demonstrations and opportunities to learn about wayfinding and the legacy of the Hokulea voyaging canoe. For more info, call 969-9704 or visit www.imiloahawaii.org

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KEAUHOU SHOPPING CENTER "FREE" MONTHLY CONCERT - KONA
At 6pm, enjoy a popular Hawai`i's performer; pre-show music at 5:30pm. Admission is two cans of food for donation to Hawai`i Food Basket. For each can over two person, get an entry into the raffle for prizes from the event sponsors. Bring lawn chairs, as seating is limited. For more info, visit Keauhou Shopping Center's website.

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October TBA 2014
BIG ISLAND 'UKULELE GUILD'S 10th ANNUAL EXHIBITION - HILO
This event will be held in conjunction with the annual Wailoa Center Invitational Woodworkers Show daily from 9am-4pm, Wed. & Sat. noon-4pm, closed Sundays. For more info about the Ukulele` Guild show, contact Bob Gleason at 966-6323 or email pegasusguitars@hawaiiantel.net. Wailoa Center info at 933-0416 or email wailoa@yahoo.com.

October 4, 2014
KOHALA COUNTRY FAIR - KAPA`AU, NORTH KOHALA
Join in the thirtieth anniversary celebration of this popular event with all-day live music, hula, old-fashioned country fair games and contests, more than 100 food and craft booths, and a low-price keiki zone. At the beautiful oceanview fairgrounds in Kapa`au, 1 mile east of the King Kamehameha statue, toward Pololu, makai from `Iole Road. Lots of off-street parking. Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, email kcf@hawaii.rr.com or visit www.kohalacountryfair.com

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3rd ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF ALOHA - HAPUNA BEACH PRINCE HOTEL, KOHALA COAST
A day of Hawaiian cultural festivities filled with keiki activities for all ages, from Makahiki games to petroglyph rubbings, sand art, unique island crafts, food booths and entertainment. At Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, 62-100 Kauna'`Oa Dr, Kohala Coast, HI 96743. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-880-1111 or email fp.olelo@gmail.com

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ANNUAL PATH 5K/10K RUN - KAILUA-KONA
The 29th Annual PATH 5K Walk/Run, 10K Run & Free Keiki Dash is Kona's Kickoff to Ironman Week. Time: 7:30am Start at Hale Halawai on Ali`i Dr. (site of Ironman Expo), Kailua Kona. Cost: Adult $30/Child $20/Late Fee $10. For more information, call 895-2442, email stefanie@pathhawaii.org or visit www.pathhawaii.org

October 11, 2014
IRONMAN TRIATHLON - KAILUA-KONA
This ultimate endurance event - a 2.4 mile swim, 112-mile bike and a 26.2 mile run - attracts thousands of the world's best athletes, and thousands of volunteers from the Big Island help make it happen! Watch West Hawaii Today newspaper for updates on the event.

October TBA, 2014
KAILUA KONA LIBRARY BOOK CLUB MEETING
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Light refreshments. New members are welcome. For more information, call 325-5445, email FOLK@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com

October TBA, 2014
HULA ARTS AT KILAUEA - HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
This outdoor presentation of traditional hula and chant features a Hula Kahiko "Informance" with kumu Leilehua Yuen and Manu Josiah - a 50-minute narrated demonstration of preparation, protocol and offering of traditional hula and chant, from 10:30-11:30am. This event will take place rain or shine at the hula platform located near Volcano Art Center Gallery. Audience is encouraged to bring sitting mat and sun/rain gear. On the same day, there are hands-on cultural demonstrations from 9:30Am to 1:30PM on the gallery porch. Free; park entrance fees apply. Call (808) 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org

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23rd ANNUAL PUMPKIN PATCH FESTIVAL & SILENT AUCTION - WAIMEA
Fun for the whole family! Hundreds of pumpkins, games & prizes, swimming pool games (bring suits!), bake sale, pro-football challenge, horse rides, climbing wall, haunted house, silent auction, Annual Chili Cook-off, food for sale, community organization booths, and live entertainment. Free entry/free parking. At Hawai`i Preparatory Academy's Upper Campus. For more information, email hpohana@gmail.com or visit www.hpapumpkinpatch.com

October 19, 2014
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE'E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Merrie Monarchs men's glee club and Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his Halau Na Pua Ui O Hawai'i, on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawaii. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy oceanside cafes and restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com

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ANNUAL TASTE OF HILO
More than 30 participating restaurants, chefs, pastry chefs, bakers, and beverage suppliers. To be held at Sangha Hall, Hilo. Sponsored by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawai`i. Tickets may be ordered by calling the Chamber at 934-0177 or by emailing jccih@jccih.org. For more information, call 987-8328 or email miyahira@hawaiiantel.net or visit www.jccih.org

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10th ANNUAL BUILDING & DESIGN EXPO - KEAUHOU, KONA
Free admission; 9am-5pm. The expo sprawls both inside and out of the Sheraton Kona Resort's Convention Center. Browse among 60 exhibits featuring home design, construction and remodel ideas including home decorating; roofing and decking; flooring and window treatments; kitchen and baths; solar products and more. Vendor booths offer products, services and information relating to the building and improvement of homes, apartments and condos. Browse through a variety of local plants for sale and enjoy a cooking demonstration with Chef Ivan Whitworth. For additional information about the Expo, go to www.kona-kohala.com or call the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce office at 329-1758.

October TBA, 2014
RUN FOR THE DRY FOREST - NORTH KONA
5K Run/Walk, 10K Run & Keiki Run at Pu'u Wa`awa`a Ranch. Run for the Dry Forest supports conservation and preservation of dry forests in Hawai`i. Entry Fee (includes a T-shirt, refreshments and drawing for door prizes) is $30 Adults/$15 Children 14 & under. Registration between 6 and 7:15 am ($10 late fee and no T-shirt guarantee). Bringing a picnic lunch is suggested, as there will be no food vendors on site. Time: 10K, 7:45am; 5K, 8am; Keiki Run, 9:30am. For more information, call 895-2442, email stefanie@pathhawaii.org or visit www.pathhawaii.org

October TBA, 2014
4th ANNUAL HAWAI`I ARTIST COLLABORATION AUCTION - HOLUALOA INN
An exciting auction of one-of-a-kind works created by 30 local and international visual artists collaborating together for 4 days. This is a highly esteemed not-for-profit event, to be held at the Malulani Pavilion of the beautiful Holualoa Inn (75-5932 Mamalahoa Hwy, Holualoa). All proceeds will benefit art scholarships and future events. For more info, email hawaiicollaboration@gmail.com or phone 331-0813.

October 26, 2013
`OHANA HALLOWEEN PA`INA - KEAUHOU, KONA
Free admission. Haunted House, playground, and vendors. 4pm Keiki Costume Contest check-in; 4:30pm Keiki Costume Contest. 5pm Adust Costume Contest check-in; 8pm Adult Costume Contest. Live entertainment 5-9pm: 5pm, Kainaliu; 6pm `Ol School BAnd; 7pm LT Smooth. For more info & parking details, visit Keauhou Shopping Center's website.

October TBA, 2014
`OHANA HALLOWEEN PA`INA - KEAUHOU, KONA
Free admission. Haunted House, playground, and vendors; costume contests and live entertainment. For more info & parking details, visit Keauhou Shopping Center's website.

October 29, 2014
"AMY GREENWELL AND HER GARDEN" LECTURE - KAILUA-KONA
This free lecture features the story of Amy Greenwell's garden legacy. Hanohano o Kona: Honoring Kona, a free community lecture series, spotlights local and state speakers on a wide variety of cultural and historical subjects. Time: 5:30-7:00pm at West Hawaii Civic Center. For more information, call 808-323-3222, email khs@konahistorical.org or visit www.konahistorical.org

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HAWAI`I ISLAND HUMANE SOCIETY'S ANNUAL HALLOWEEN PET WALKS - HILO & KONA
Pet Walk encourages pet owners to exercise themselves & their pets during this fun, family-friendly free Halloween weekend event that includes contests and prizes. Walkers with or without pets are urged to raise pledges to support Hawai`i Island Humane Society. Registration for both events is free and begins at 8:00 a.m.; Walks begin at 9:00 a.m. Log on to www.FirstGiving.com/HIHSPetWalk and create your own fundraising page or team fundraising page. For more information, call 329-8002, email exec.dir@hihs.org or visit www.FirstGiving.com/HIHSPetWalk

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13th ANNUAL BLACK & WHITE NIGHT - HILO
Dress up or dress down, but dress in black & white! This event takes place in Downtown Hilo, from the Bayfront to Kapiolani Street, and from Ponahawai Street to Wailuku Drive. Live music! Dancing in the Street! Treasure Hunt! Produced by the Hilo Downtown Improvement Association. Call (808) 935-8850, email askalice@downtownhilo.com or visit www.downtownhilo.com for more information.

November 7-16, 2014
44th ANNUAL KONA COFFEE CULTURAL FESTIVAL
The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival returns for its 44th annual celebration of Kona's world famous coffee. Hawai`i's oldest food festival combines a modern-day infatuation with coffee with Kona's old-world history as visitors, residents, artisans and farmers gather together to salute Hawai`i's preeminent coffee. The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is adding new, exciting events in 2014 including innovative Kona coffee farm tours, native Hawaiian arts and culture events, keiki (child) friendly activities, and a celebration of cultural diversity all blended together in ten event-filled days honoring nearly 200 years of Kona coffee history. Cost: $3 Festival button for entry to most events. For more information, call 808-326-7820 or visit or visit www.konacoffeefest.com

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HOLUALOA VILLAGE COFFEE TASTING AND ART STROLL - KONA
The Coffee Stroll is an annual event of the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. Nearly two dozen farms' coffee will be featured at Holualoa's unique art galleries and shops, from 9am to 3pm. Gifts, live music and more. Free parking at Holualoa School and the Catholic church. There is also a public parking area across from the Holualoa 'Ukulele Gallery.

November 11, 2014
FREE ENTRY TO NATIONAL PARKS
In honor of Veterans Day there will be no entry fees charged on this day at Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park or Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park.

November TBA, 2014
2nd ANNUAL LILIKO`I FESTIVAL/FUNDRAISER - KEA`AU
This free, community focused, family friendly event will feature liliko`i cooking demonstrations, a liliko`i cooking contest, live music, and free keiki activities. A community created liliko`i cookbook, "The Lilikoilicious Cookbook: Ways to Add Passion To Your Life," will also be for sale. Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.at the Hawaiian Paradise Park Activity Center, Maku`u Dr. between 16th and 17th St, Kea`au, HI. For more information, call 808-965-1866 or email sandi@alstrand.com

November TBA, 2014
WINE, CHEESE, CHOCOLATE & MORE! BENEFIT - HILO
Hilo Medical Center Foundation's 12th Annual Wine, Cheese, Chocolate & More Fundraiser will feature delectable chocolates; superior cheeses; fine wines with distinct properties, aromas & flavors; cold beer; and a magnificent array of delicious pupus and appetizers created with local ingredients that will be served by local physician "waiters." There will also be silent and live auctions. For more information, call 808-935-2957, email bmiller@hhsc.org or visit www.hilomedicalcenterfoundation.org

November TBA, 2014
MOKU O KEAWE INTERNATIONAL HULA COMPETITION/CULTURAL WORKSHOPS - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
The 9th Annual Moku O Keawe International Festival will take place at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, with top level hula competition in kahiko (ancient), `auana (contemporary) and kupuna (elders) hula, an expanded Made-in-Hawai`i Marketplace and unique Hawaiian cultural workshops. Advance registration required for workshops. Register online or at the Festival registration area. For more information and to purchase tickets or register for workshops, visit http://mokif.com

November TBA, 2014
ANNUAL 5K WALK/RUN FOR LITERACY - WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
For more information, call 808-747-4982, email bkoranda@gmail.com or visit http://library.waikoloacommunity.org

November TBA, 2014
44th ANNUAL KONA COFFEE FESTIVAL ALOHA MAKAHIKI CONCERT - SHERATON KEAUHOU BAY RESORT
From 1:30-3:30pm. Ancient Hawaiian Makahiki blessing by Kumu Mika Keale-Goto with Halau Keale Keauhou, Kona and Tokyo. Traditional Hawaiian music and hula with renowned musicians Martin Pahinui, Aaron Mahi, George Kuo, Stephen Akana and more. Free with Festival button. Visit konacoffeefest.com for more info.

November TBA, 2014
A TRIBUTE TO KING DAVID KALAKAUA "E MAU ANA KA HULA" - SHERATON KONA BAY RESORT, KEAUHOU
On this special occasion, tribute will be paid to the "Merrie Monarch," King David Kalakaua, with a celebration of hula from 8am - 5pm. Kumu Hula and students from across the Hawaiian Islands, Japan, and Europe will present their style and tradition of hula with either hula kahiko (ancient) or hula auana (modern) styles of dance. Each school will showcase their best integrity and quality of traditional hula steps, expressions, creativity, and adornments, with costumes and stories that support the hula traditions. Local arts and crafts vendors will be featuring quality handmade Hawaiian items, and ono food will be available! Admission is free, so bring the family and share in the joy of hula! On Friday and Saturday, hula workshops will be held, featuring several of the presenting Kumu Hula. Everyone is welcome to attend! Festival information and registration for workshops is available online at www.emauanakahula.org. For more information, call 808-348-7047 or email administrator@nawaiiwiola.org

November TBA, 2014
BOOK SALE - KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Friends of the Libraries, Kona (FOLK) will hold its monthly Book Sale from 9 AM to 1 PM on the lanai of the Kailua-Kona Library. Proceeds from these sales help provide funding that includes educational and entertainment programs, community summer reading programs, visiting authors, magazine subscriptions, CDs, DVDs and new book purchases. Volunteers are needed to assist with the sale and preparations. If you find yourself willing and able, please call 322-0077 or email FOLK@folkhawaii.com

November TBA, 2014
3rd ANNUAL HAMAKUA YOUTH FOUNDATION HULA FESTIVAL - HONOKA`A
The program will feature both kahiko and `auana hula performances. Groups and halau represent some of the best that North Hawai`i offers. For more information, call 769-4490, email ptarail@hawaii.rr.com or visit hamakuayouthcenter.wordpress.com

November 16, 2014
"KOKUA KAILUA" HULIHE'E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT AND VILLAGE STROLL - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian Music event featuring the Merrie Monarchs men's glee club and the Hawai'i County Band on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawaii. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Concert, stroll thru Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy outdoor cafe's and restaurants, local musicians & artists. Special kama'aina pricing at participating restaurants & merchants. For more info about the Village Stroll, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit www.kvbid.org

November TBA, 2014
KAILUA-KONA LIBRARY BOOK CLUB MEETING
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Kailua-Kona Public Library Lanai. Free to the public. This month's book will be The Fish Can Sing by Halldor Laxness. Light refreshments. New members are welcome. For more information, call 325-5445, email FOLK@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com

November TBA, 2014
ARC OF KONA BAZAAR & CAR SHOW KEALAKEKUA-
The 18th annual Bazaar and Car show is a major fundraiser for the Arc of Kona. Funds raised are used to enhance services for people living with a disability. Craft vendors from over the island, a robust silent auction, ono food, a giant rummage sale and entertainment all day. Above Konawaena HS. Park and ride. Time: TBA at ARC of Kona, Kealakekua. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-323-2626, email xan@arcofkona.org or visit www.arcofkona.org

November TBA, 2014
HAWAI`I HONEY FESTIVAL - HILO
The Hawai`i Honey Festival will take place amid the 22 acres of tropical plants and flowers of Nani Mau Gardens (421 Makalika Street, Hilo). The event will include the 5th Annual Hawaiian Natural Honey Challenge: beekeepers from throughout the State of Hawai`i will submit their best comb, liquid and solid honeys to be blind-tasted and judged by a panel of experts, with winning apiaries receiving recognition and award seals for their honey. The festival will take place Other festivities include the "People's Choice" Honey Tasting, live Hawaiian and pop music, hula, crafts and honey vendors, "ono" food, many children's activities, beekeeping demonstrations and observation hives, other bee and agricultural exhibits, lectures and demonstrations, and bee-friendly plant sales. Made possible by a grant from the Hawai`i State Dept. of Agriculture. For more information, call 808-982-3780, email cconne2010@gmail.com or visit http://www.bigislandbeekeepers.com/

November TBA, 2014
CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY - VOLCANO ART CENTER
Special holiday celebrations include art demonstrations and print and book signings by gallery artists, plus a fine selection of quality handcrafted decorations and gifts offered only during the holiday season. in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. Free; park entrance fees apply. Time: 9 AM to 6 PM at Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano. For more information, call 808-967-7565 or email gallery@volcanoartcenter.org or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org

November TBA, 2014 through January TBA, 2015
15th ANNUAL INVITATIONAL WREATH EXHIBIT - VOLCANO ART CENTER
Gallery artists working in a wide variety of media, materials, and techniques present their highly creative concepts of wreath. Don't miss this unique collection of one-of-a-kind, handcrafted wreaths, from the traditional to the whimsical! Free; park entrance fees apply. Time: 9 AM to 6 PM daily at VAC Gallery, Hawai'i Voclanoes National Park, Volcano. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-967-7565, email gallery@volcanoartcenter.org or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org

November TBA, 2014
LAVAMAN KEAUHOU
Swim 1.5K; Bike 40K; Run 10K. Entry fee applies. There will be an Awards Banquet & Beach Party at the end of the day. Hosted by the Sheraton Kona Resort at Keauhou Bay. For more info, and to register, visit http://lavamantriathlon.com/keauhou/

November TBA, 2014
"KALUA YOUR TURKEY" WORKSHOP - AMY B.H. GREENWELL ETHNOBOTANICAL GARDEN, KEALAKEKUA
Participants will begin preparing their turkeys and the imu (pit) at 7:30am. When all the turkeys are ready they will be put into the Garden imu, and the imu will be closed. Participants return to the Garden in the afternoon to help open the imu and take out their kalua turkey. The exact time for opening the imu will be determined on the day of the workshop, but it should be no later than 5 p.m. The cost for the workshop TBA. You must call or email to register in advance. For information or to register, call 323-3318 or email agg@bishopmuseum.org

November TBA, 2014
MEET & EAT ANNUAL THANKSGIVING DINNER - KONA
The Kona Task Force on Feeding the Hungry announces the 21st Annual Meet and Eat Thanksgiving Dinner. The public is invited to join us for a traditional Thanksgiving meal at the Kealakehe Intermediate School Cafeteria on Onipa`a Street on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 from 5:15-7:00pm. It is FREE, but if you can, please bring a bag of rice for the rice bag pyramid to help the Food Basket, as rice is normally at a minimum during this period of the year. The task force is made up of community organizations, churches and businesses joining together to feed the needy in West Hawai`i. Under the leadership of coordinator Ardie Ikeda, the program called Meet and Eat expects to serve 400 dinners this year and will be dedicated to the many volunteers who have made this program successful for the past 20 years. Those wishing to volunteer or contribute can contact Ardie Ikeda at 987-1664, Margo Takata at 960-1392 or Elaine Watai at 896-2785.

November TBA, 2014
20th ANNUAL NA LIMA HANA ART AND CRAFTS FAIR - HILTON WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
Hours: Friday, November 29, 3-9 pm; Saturday, November 30, 9am-4 pm, in the Hilton Waikoloa Village's Grand Ballroom. Local crafters from Hawai`i island will be on hand to showcase and sell their unique one-of-a-kind arts and crafts - Hawaiian quilts, wood carvings, holiday ornaments, jewelry, clothing and Kona coffee. Free to the public. For more information, call 886-2885 or email nalima.hana@hilton.com

November TBA, 2014
VOLCANO VILLAGE ARTISTS HUI ANNUAL ART STUDIO TOUR & SALE
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, visitors are invited to meet the Volcano Village Artists in their studios and see artworks in a wide variety of media. Pottery, raku masks, hand blown art glass, wood & metal sculpture, hand-tooled metal and fiber art, as well as photographs, paintings, drawings and block prints will be on display and available for purchase. A special drawing for pieces contributed by the artists will be held on the last day of the event. For more information e-mail eherb@hawaii.rr.com. Maps to the artists' studios will be available at local businesses in Volcano Village, as well as at www.VolcanoVillageArtistsHui.com.

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VOLCANO VILLAGE ARTISTS HUI ANNUAL ART STUDIO TOUR & SALE
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, visitors are invited to meet the Volcano Village Artists in their studios and see artworks in a wide variety of media. For more information e-mail eherb@hawaii.rr.com. Maps to the artists' studios will be available at local businesses in Volcano Village, as well as at www.VolcanoVillageArtistsHui.com.

December 6, 2014
CHRISTMAS AT KAMAKAHONU BAY; DINING WITH THE CHEFS
The American Culinary Federation (ACF) Kona Kohala Chefs Association presents its 26th annual holiday scholarship fundraiser with a new name and location on Saturday, Dec. 6 at The Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Overlooking the twinkling lights of Kailua Village and the slopes of Hualalai, Christmas at Kamakahonu Bay-Dining with the Chefs will sprawl on the hotel's historic, seaside lu`au grounds. The setting sun will kick off the event from 5:30-8 p.m. The fundraiser benefits local culinary students attending HawCC in Kona, the "Equip the Kitchens" campaign for the future HawCC-Palamanui and members of the Kona Kohala Chefs who want to further their education. Twenty top Hawai`i chefs and confectioners will use primarily locally sourced ingredients to prepare tantalizing cuisine with a holiday twist - all accompanied by handcrafted ales, wines and 100 percent Kona coffee. Attendees can enjoy live music and dancing under the stars, plus an exciting silent auction. Tickets remain $85 each or $1,000 for a reserved table for 10, and will be sold starting October 1. Purchase online at www.konakohalachefs.org or at Kailua Candy Company. Phone 329-2522 for info and to also charge tickets by phone.

December TBA, 2014
ANNUAL POINSETTIA SALE/BENEFIT - HALE HALAWAI, KAILUA-KONA
6" and 8" and 2 gallon pots of winter rose and red poinsettias, will be for sale between 9am and 2pm. This is a benefit for the Kona Business and Professional Women's high school scholarship fund and its Grant for Success, which is awarded to someone needing help with reentry into the workforce. For info, or to place orders, call 895-0800 or 425-269-2437.

December TBA, 2014
HANDEL'S MESSIAH CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
Kona Music Society presents the annual Handel's Messiah Concert and audience "sing along." For more information, visit www.konamusicsociety.org

December TBA, 2014
ANNUAL NA MAKUA INVITATIONAL CHRISTMAS GIFT FAIR - HILO
This fair features products that showcase the talents of local artists and offer a diverse selection of unique Christmas gifts that are not available anywhere else. All applicants are screened with consideration given to the uniqueness, quality and craftsmanship of the product. Items made in Hawai`i are preferred, but items are examined on a case by case basis. Live entertainment, along with ono kaukau, refreshments and prize drawings. Free Admission. Time: Fri 4-9 pm, Sat 9 am-4 pm at Ah Fook Chinen Civic Auditorium, Manono St., Hilo. For more information, call 808-966-4647, email puna@namakua.com or visit www.namakua.com.

December TBA, 2014
WAIMEA CHRISTMAS CRAFT AND GIFT FAIR - THELMA PARKER GYM
From 10am-4pm. Waimea's biggest indoor craft, gift, and food fair, featuring many local artists, food, and lucky number drawings. Free admission. Accepting food donations for local food banks. For more info, call 808-887-1533.

December 6, 2014
CHRISTMAS AT HULIHE`E PALACE - KAILUA-KONA
Kick off the Christmas holiday season at the annual Christmas at Hulihe`e Palace! There will be a royal holiday dinner, a live and silent auction, and musical entertainment. Proceeds from the evening benefit will help a local charity and assist with on-going restoration and preservation efforts at Hulihe`e Palace. To purchase tickets or a special reserved table, call 331-8010 or visit www.huliheechristmas.org For more information, call 331-8010 or email info@habitatwesthawaii.org.

December TBA, 2014
HOLUALOA MUSIC AND LIGHT FESTIVAL, KONA
From 5:30-8:30pm. Witness the lighting of the town Christmas tree, listen to various musicians perform Christmas music thru the evening at stages around the village, and receive treats from the galleries and shops in this charming little artists' colony in the middle of Kona coffee country. Santa will show up too! For information, call Holualoa Village Assn. at 808/322-8484, or visit www.holualoahawaii.com

December TBA, 2014
TWILIGHT CHRISTMAS PARADE - WAIMEA
Beginning at 5:30pm. Starting at Church Row, and ending at Waimea Town Park. decorated trucks.

December TBA, 2014
ANNUAL CANADA-FRANCE-HAWAI`I TELESCOPE STARGAZING PARTY - WAIMEA
Right after the Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade, CFHT will host its annual stargazing party, with telescopes, hot beverages, keiki activities, and an opportunity to talk to the astronomers. Members of the West Hawai`i Astronomy Club will also be there with telescopes. Time: 7pm at 65-1238 Mamalahoa Hwy, CFHT front lawn, Waimea. Free to the public. For information call: 808-885-3169 or email outreach@cfht.hawaii.edu

December TBA, 2014
PAHOA CHRISTMAS PARADE - PUNA
Time TBA. Santa will hand out goodie bags to all the children. Enter the parade, or just come to watch! Call 965-7592 for more info.

December TBA, 2014
PARADISE ART STUDIO TOUR - KEA`AU, PUNA
The district of Puna's Hawaiian Paradise Park residential area will feature many local artists in studios around the area. The tour features multiple home art studios with many fine artists and crafters selling works in clay, fiber, glass, pastel, silk, acrylic, oil painting, jewelry, clothing, cement, wood, and more. Free, featured demos. The Paradise Studio Tour Artist Collective will donate 10% of sales (over the first $100 each artist) to a worthy cause. Free to the public. For more information call (808) 982-5150 or (808) 557-0931, or visit www.paradisestudiotour.com for a detailed map.

December TBA, 2014
KONA POTTERS GUILD ANNUAL HOLIDAY SALE - HONAUNAU
From 9am-5pm both days. The charm of Kona coffee country surrounds the Guild's quaint workshop within a building that was once a Japanese schoolhouse. The Guild is located on the lower level of SKEA (Society for Kona's Education and Art), between mile markers 105 and 106 on Mamalahoa Highway south of Captain Cook. The studio will be open after the sale throughout December. For more info, call 328-9665.

December TBA, 2014
"MYSTERY OF THE CHRISTMAS STAR" PROGRAM - IMILOA ASTRONOMY CENTER, HILO
Annual holiday planetarium show, featuring questions and events that may have prompted the vision of the bright star in the skies at Christmas-time; a possible scientific explanation for the star the Wise Men followed to reach the baby Jesus. 7-8pm. Tickets available at front desk, or by phone at 969-9703 during regular hours of 9am-5pm, Tuesdays - Sundays. Imiloa Center of Hawai`i is located at the Univ. of Hawaii at Hilo Science and Technology Park at 600 Imiloa Place, off Komohana and Nowelo streets. For more info, visit www.imiloahawaii.org.

December TBA, 2014
15th ANNUAL MONTESSORI KEIKI WINTERFEST - HALE HALAWAI, KAILUA-KONA
Families can kick off the holiday season with a day of craft-making, games, face painting, music and more at the Annual WinterFest. WinterFest is put on by Hawai`i Montessori Schools - Kona Campus, and is one of the school's largest fundraisers. For more information, visit www.hawaiimontessori.org or call 329-0700 in Kona, and 885-7683 in Waimea.

December TBA, 2014
30th ANNUAL KAILUA-KONA COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS PARADE
For more information, visit www.paradesinkona.com

December 14, 2014
"KOKUA KAILUA" HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY SUNDAY PERFORMANCE AND VILLAGE STROLL/FREE CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian Music Concert featuring the Merrie Monarchs men's glee club and Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his Halau Na Pua Ui O Hawai'i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawaii. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Concert, stroll thru Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy outdoor cafe's and restaurants, local musicians & artists. Special kama'aina pricing at participating restaurants & merchants. Special Free Holiday Concert to follow the Hulihe`e Palace event, beginning at 5pm. For more info about the Village Stroll, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit www.kvbid.org

December TBA, 3014
KEAUHOU BIRD CONSERVATION CENTER ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE - VOLCANO
Keauhou Bird Conservation Center is located near the Volcano Golf Course. Don't miss this once a year opportunity to get an up close look at some of Hawai`i's rarest birds and learn about the center's avian conservation efforts. Some of the birds you will see are the `Alala (Hawaiian crow), Palila, Kiwikiu (Maui parrotbill) and Puaiohi (small Kaua`i thrush). Tours are at 8am, 10am, 12pm, and 2pm. Local artists will be selling their bird-related artwork and there will also be a silent auction and T-shirt sale. Refreshments will be provided. Free to the public; donations are welcome. Please call (808) 985-7218 to reserve spots for a tour.

December TBA, 2014
KONA LIBRARY BOOK CLUB
New members are welcome. Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Kailua Kona Public Library. Free to the public. For more information, call 331-1781, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com

December TBA, 2014
SHERATON KONA RESORT HOLIDAY ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR - KEAUHOU
A highlight of the holiday season, this annual event is a great, last-minute shopping opportunity to find unique gifts for those special loved ones. A sleigh-full of noted Big Island artists and artisans will be on hand offering a locally-made assortment of quality artwork and handicrafts, including oils, acrylics and and watercolors, ceramics, photography, pottery, jewelry, koa and tropical woodworks, quilts and pillows, blown glass and beadwork. Located at the Sheraton Kona at Keauhou Bay Resort's Convention Center. Time: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission. Free parking. For more information, call Roma Marks at 326-4152.

December TBA, 2014
HULA ARTS AT KILAUEA - HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
Featuring a local halau from 10:30-11:30AM. This outdoor presentation takes place rain or shine at the hula platform located near Volcano Art Center Gallery. The audience is encouraged to bring sitting mats and sun/rain gear. On the same day, there are hands-on cultural demonstrations from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm on the VAC Gallery porch. Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. All events are free (donations welcome); park entrance fees apply.

December 24, 2014
MOKUAIKAUA CHURCH'S CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE - KAILUA-KONA
Hawaii`s first Christian church (established in 1820) will hold its Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, featuring the annual "Silent Night" hula during the candlelight portion of the service. The service will begin at 8pm. All are welcome to this beautiful celebration of Jesus' birthday. For more information, call 329-0655 or email office@mokuaikaua.com

December 28, 2014
16th ANNUAL WAILEA VILLAGE ANNUAL MOCHI POUNDING - HAMAKUA
Join what has now become a tradition for many locals & visitors alike at the quiet little plantation village of Wailea, Hakalau. Make traditional rice cakes the "old-fashioned" way. Everyone takes their turn at pounding the glutinous sticky rice for good luck. From 8-2pm; fire building starts at 7 a.m. to steam the rice. Hearty local-style lunch available for $5. New Years crafts & calligraphy, floral arrangements, plantation stories, Okinawan taiko drumming, Hawaiian entertainment & more. Akiko's Buddhist Bed and Breakfast is at the 15-mile marker; Hwy. 19 on the Hamakua Coast, in Hakalau. Call Miss Akiko at (808) 963-6422 or e-mail msakiko@hawaii.rr.com for more info.
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