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HAWAII EVENTS

Mauna Lani Point’s location on the Big Island assures unique Hawaiian events and activities happening throughout the year. Here are links to some exciting Big Island activities and cultural. We invite you sign up for our email offers and find us on Facebook and Twitter for special offers, the latest news and insider tips. Staying on the pulse of what’s happening will make your Big Island vacation every bit as idyllic as you imagine!

Featured Events

15th ANNUAL GREAT WAIKOLOA UKULELE FESTIVAL - WORKSHOP
March 1, 2015 • 10:00 am - 11:30 am
The festival starts with a workshop held by Roy Sakuma and friends. Beginners and long time players of the ukulele will learn Roy's style of the ukulele. Located at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. Click here for more information.

15th ANNUAL GREAT WAIKOLOA UKULELE FESTIVAL
March 7, 2015 • 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Hawaii’s top ukulele entertainers headline this annual musical extravaganza at Queens’ MarketPlace and Kings’ Shops.Click here for more information.

52nd ANNUAL MERRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL IN HILO
April 5-11, 2015
The week long Merrie Monarch festival features performances from Hula halau from around the world, as well as many other cultural events, free entertainment, the Merrie Monarch Royal Parade and the Merrie Monarch Invitational Hawaiian Arts Fair, which features local artists, crafters and entertainment. Click here for more information.

4th ANNUAL BIG ISLAND CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL
April 8-9, 2015
Participate in a host of delicious, fun and informative chococlate-themed activities. Including Big Isle cacao farm tours, student culinary competition, public seminars and a gala on May 9 with sweet and savory culinary stations presented by top isle chefs, chocolatiers and confectioners. General admission to the gala is $75, $100 for VIP with early event access at 5 p.m., table seating and specialty wines.Culinary stations wil be judged by a panel of celebrity chefs and attendees can vote for their favorite with the People's Choice Award. Attendees will also enjoy serveal fine wines and handcrafted ales, chocolate sculptures, chocolate body painting, live entertainment, dancing and a silent auction. Click here for more information.

BIG ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL AT THE FAIRMONT ORCHID, HAWAII
May 21-25, 2015
Filmmakers and film lovers come together each year to experience new films from Hawaii and around the world with Q&A sessions following each film . Films are shown day and night. The Film Festival includes events honoring industry professionals, food events, hula , Hawaiian musicians, and filmmaker/screenwriter workshops by top mainland writers.To be held ar the Fairmont Orchid Hotel. Click here for more information.

KMF PRESENTS: THE HAWAII SONGWRITING FESTIVAL
June 11-13, 2015
Local and visiting songwriters of all levels from all walks of life come together to collaborate and network with each other and music professionals from Hawaii, the mainland, and beyond! Two nights of concerts are open to the public and feature professional songwriters from all over the country who come here to share their hit songs. To be held at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. Click here for more information.

KING KAMEHAMEHA CELEBRATION PARADE AND FREE CONCERT
June 11-13, 2015
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 9am, and ends near West Hawai`i Today at noon. A Ho`olaule`a (crafts and music fair) will be held after the parade at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. For more information, visit thier website.

KAILUA KONA INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE & FIREWORKS
July 4, 2015
The 20th Annual Kailua-Kona Independence Day Parade will take place on Saturday, 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. Following the parade, at 8pm, there will be a grand Fireworks Extravaganza over Kailua Bay. Click here for more information or call (808) 313-0025.

7th ANNUAL MANGO FESTIVAL
August 1, 2015
To be held at The Sheraton Kona Resort's Bayfront Lawn. Mango sampling, recipes, Hawaiian Pule and Hula, continuous enertainment, agricultural presentations, family fun, and much more. This will be a Zero Waste Community Event. Time: 10 AM-5 PM. Free to the public. For more information, call 808 936-5233 or visit www.mangofest.org.

Weekly Events

FREE TUESDAY TROT: 5K FUN RUN & WALK
Every Tuesday • 5:00 pm- 6:00pm
Meet up at Big Island Running Company on Alii Drive for this fun, free, non-competitive fun run each Tuesday. Visitors, residents, children, anyone and everyone are invited to join

KINGS' SHOPS FARMERS MARKET
Every Wednesday • 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Features locally grown fruits and vegetables and Hawaiian made arts and crafts.

UNCLE UKE AT THE KINGS SHOPS
Every Thursday • 7:00 pm - 8:00pm
Local Musician and Luther, Robert Yates plays a musical history of the `ukulele every Thursday night.

GUIDED PETROGLYPH TOUR
Every Friday • 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Join expert Kalei’ula Kaneau for a moderate 1-hour walk back through Hawaii’s fascinating history. Meet lakeside next to Island Fish and Chips at 9:30 a.m. Lava trails are uneven and rough. Wearing closed-toe walking shoes, sunscreen and hats are highly recommended. Don’t forget a camera and water.