The Big Island is a land of tradition; a land of many landscapes and majestic beauty; a land of untamed waters and paradise beaches; a land of rich culture and vibrant locals. Much like any other weekend, the Big Island will begin this weekend with the tradition of “Aloha Friday on the Porch.” Always a free event sponsored by the local municipality, this weekend local Volcano-area resident Wes Awana brings his ukulele and his love of Hawaii to serenade your inner-islander. After a short performance involving lessons and anecdotes about the rich culture of the island, Awana will then share his love of the ukulele by offering a family-friendly workshop offering tips and lessons on how to harmonically manipulate the original instrument of the islands.
After a Friday celebrating the original harmony of the island sounds, this weekend plans big with the 30th annual Kohala Country State Fair. Promoted and organized by local community members, the County Fair will feature local community leaders and businesses working together in order to keep this annual event free to the public. Aiming to make this year the biggest and best it’s ever been, the fair will feature such musical acts as: the Keawe Trio, North Shor Live, LavaRoots African dance and drumming, and the HICCUP children’s circus. Between these local acts, the old-fashioned country games and over 100 local vendors of both food and other crafts, this fair is poised to be a blast for the whole family and a sure-fire way to have the best 30th birthday a fair could have!
The Big Island is set to start its weekend with a mellow soiree and accelerate quickly into the 39th annual Big Island Parade. This Friday, September 19th at the Volcano Art Center Gallery, Puna will be graced by residents Cathy and Tyson Black for a workshop in how to fashion these functional and traditional Hawaiian baskets from coconut leaves. This free event is supported by the Department of Hawaiian Tourism the Hawaii Department of Research and Development so the donations will be going toward keeping these shores pristine.
After a mellow night with the coconut leaves and bit of recounted Hawaiian history, it’s time to get actively excited about the Big Island with the 39th Annual Waimea Paniolo Parade. Starting at 10am on Saturday, September the 20th, the Parade route begins at the Waimea Church row and ends in Waimea Park. Entertainment for this event includes Hawaiian female vocalist of the year, Hulu Lindsey and will also feature traditional Hawaiian entertainment like the hula-hula dance. The event comes to a close at 4:30 but there’s also something for the weekenders seeking a nightlife here on the Big Island. This Saturday, starting at 7pm at the Kahilu Theatre, award-winning musician John Cruz and Ohana will be gracing the Big Island with the presence of their rhythmic melodies and island-themed acoustic style. Having toured in Japan, Guam, California, Massachusetts, and other locals around the world, the Paniolo Preservation Society is proud to present the Cruz’s concert entitled: “Waimea Cowboy Soul Music.” Tickets range in price from $20-$70 so book them soon to get the best deal. Aloha!