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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

NORTH KOHALA KAMEHAMEHA DAY CELEBRATION
June 11, 2015
* 7:45-9 AM, Lei Draping at the statue of King Kamehameha in Kapa`au
* 9-10:30 AM, enjoy a traditional Pa`u Parade with horses and riders adorned in flowers and colors representing each Hawaiian Island. Parade from downtown Hawi to Kamehameha Park in Kapa`au
* 10:00am-4:00pm, Ho`olaule`a (crafts fair) at Kamehameha Park - traditional arts and crafts, hula dancers and award-winning Hawaiian musicians
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 their website.

KONA MARATHON, HALF-MARATHON, 10k & 5k RACES - KAILUA-KONA, KONA
June 28, 2015
An estimated 2,000 runners will be participating for prizes, health and enjoyment, and raising money for charities. The Start and Finish line 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 and race route, call 808-967-8240, email or visit their 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.

HAWAII FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
August 29, 2015
The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival is an internationally recognized world-class event, showcasing Hawaii's locally grown foods and the culinary talents of the world's most renowned chefs. Visitors can come to experience some of the most unforgettable international dishes that reflect the Hawaiian culture.
Visit the website for more information.

4th ANNUAL QUEEN LILIUOKALANI LONG DISTANCE OUTRIGGER CANOE RACES
September 3-7, 2015 7:00am - 03:00 PM
The 2015 Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Races welcomes more than 2,500 outrigger canoe paddlers to Kona, Hawaii for its signature 18-mile long distance race, the world’s largest long distance outrigger canoe race.Kai Opua Canoe Club, one of Hawaii’s oldest outrigger canoe clubs, will host crews from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Peru, Tahiti, United Kingdom and an estimated 75 crews from the US. Other official Queen Liliuokalani Canoe Race events unfold throughout the holiday weekend including Historic Kailua Village Cultural Walk, Paddling Talk Story, Native Artist Fair, Torchlight Parade, Stand-up Paddleboard Race, Alii Challenge and new this year, Hulakai OC4 (4 person canoes) Sprint Relay Race.
View the website for more information.

9th ANNUAL COOL FUSION: FESTIVAL OF 1,000 BOWLS
September 26, 2015 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
A celebration of the ceramic, musical, and culinary arts. Relax and enjoy live music while tasting noodles and sipping sake. All funds raised will support our mission to bring clay art to people of all ages and abilities in the community.
Donkey Mill Art Center, 78-6670 Mamalohoa Hwy, Holualoa, Hawaii 96725. Visit the website for  more information.

IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
October 10, 2015
The IRONMAN World Championship presented by GoPro, considered one of the most grueling one-day sporting events in the world, will be held in Kailua-Kona on October 10. Triathletes from around the world swim through the waters surrounding Kailua Pier, bike through Kona roads to the Kohala Coast and back, and run a marathon course that ends at Alii Drive with thousands of cheering spectators at the finish line.
Visit Ironman.com for more information

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.