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February

February 5, 2005
LAURIE LEWIS & TOM ROZUM IN CONCERT - ALOHA THEATRE, KAINALIU

Grammy-award winning, bluegrass influenced musicians/songwriters, presented by Kona ARC. "To see them once is to be a fan forever." Tickets: $20 advance/$23 at the door. Tickets available at Mele Kai Music and the Aloha Theatre Advance ticket hotline: 322-2122. Reserved seating available with dinner reservations at the Aloha Angel Cafe before the concert (Special Concert Menu will be offered).

February 6, 2005
PORTUGUESE DAY IN THE PARK

9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Gilbert Carvalho Park in Hilo. Free Portuguese Bean Soup and stone oven-baked sweet bread for all! Other Portuguese food items such as malasadas, pickled onions, sausage, etc. are available for sale. The Hawaii County Band will give a free concert. Sponsored by the Hawaii Island Portuguese Chamber of Commerce. Call: Dennis Aguiar (808) 935-0547, for more info.

February 10, 2005
TURTLERAMA AT THE ALOHA THEATRE IN KAINALIU

3 films for turtle lovers at 6:30 p.m. presented by the Snorkel Bob Foundation. with proceeds going to the Sea Turtle Restoration Project's "Save the Leatherback" campaign, and to the Hawaii Wildlife Fund's "Dawn Patrol for '05". The movie "Last Journey for the Leatherback" shows these Pacific giants on the beach and in the sea. Leatherback turtles grow to 2,000 pounds and nine feet long, and are the largest reptiles on earth. They have been around 100 million years and are now statistically extinct. "We have ten years left to save them." This film shows follows the migration of these magnificent turtles and their perils on the way. Dr. Sylvia Earle (Time Magazine's first "Hero for the Planet") hosts the leatherback film (28 min.) Snorkel Bob Foundation Director Robert Wintner in conjunction with the Sea Turtle Restoration Project Foundation were successful in persuading Red Lobster seafood chain to remove swordfish from its menu. "Swordfish longlines (fishing nets) are the biggest threat to giant leatherbacks, along with human coastal development." "Hawksbill Babies at Makena Beach" (20 min.) was filmed by Robert Wintner live on Maui - "We literally came upon this nest as it began to hatch in the middle of the day, and we happened to have a video camera fully charged with a new cassette. The result is an extremely rare look at the most endangered turtles in the Pacific Ocean making their bid for survival. "Learning to Sea" won the Hawaii Film Festival award for best ocean documentary. It is a comparative look at similar species on Red Sea and Caribbean reefs (48 minutes) with exceptional production values. Filmmaker Ziggy Livnat is now seeking support from airlines flying to Hawaii to show his new, five-minute, reef-etiquette video, to enhance visitor awareness and reduce damage to our reef habitat and species. (Special appearance by Snorkel Bob himself!)

February 12, 2005
HILO CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL
Celebrate 4702, the Year of the Monkey, in Downtown Hilo at Kalakaua Park. Colorful Lion Dancers open and bless the Festival by "feeding" on firecrackers! Feed yourself on samples of fried rice wokked up by local celebrity chefs at the Cooking Contest , or check out the fine food booths. Art, craft and Asian product vendors will be featured along with free cultural displays and demonstrations, kid's activities and costume contest, live entertainment and fireworks.Time: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM at Kalakaua Park & East Hawaii Cultural Center, Hilo, Cost: Free to the public. For information call: (808) 933-9772 or email amoon@bigisland.com

February 12, 2005
8TH ANNUAL HAWAII HEART WALK & HEALTH FAIR - EAST HI. DIVISION

A great cause to reduce heart disease and stroke and educate the public about exercise healthy habits. Walk starts 8:00 a.m. (Health Fair at stadium 7am-11am) Place: Lili'uokalani Gardens, Hilo.
Call: Shauna Tuohy at (808) 961-2825 for more info.

February 12, 2005
HILO CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL
Head to Kalakaua Park in historic downtown Hilo and ring in the new year - the Lunar New Year that is - at East Hawaii's biggest celebration of the Chinese culture. Lion and Dragon Dancers bless the event with firecrackers and a giant tent will be overflowing with plenty of food, crafts, art, demonstrations, displays, and more. Get "face to face" with the Lions and Dragons and see how they operate. Learn about Chinese astrology, history and culture. Plenty of free parking and free activities for everyone! 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM - Free to the public. For information call: (808) 933-9772 or email amoon@bigisland.com

February 18 and 19, 2005
WHALE WATCH/JOHN KEAWE BENEFIT CONCERT CRUISES
Kona Outdoor Circle invites you to the 2005 Benefit Whale Watch/Floating John Keawe Concert Cruises aboard Captain Beans' Tamure. The cruises depart Kailua Pier at 1:30 p.m. and return by 4pm.
-Music by Hoku award-winning slack key master John Keawe
-Hula by Hope Keawe (conditions permitting)
-Whale naturalist from Hawaii Marine Mammal Consortium
-Pupu and soft drinks included
-Door prizes
-No-host (cash) bar available
-ADA compliant
KOC members $50, others $60, keiki 6 and under no charge To reserve your space, call 808-329-7286 or go online to http://www.konaoutdoorcircle.org/WhaleWatchInfo.htm Proceeds benefit Kona Outdoor Circle's beautification, education, and public advocacy efforts. Helping keep Kona clean, green, and beautiful since 1948. For information call: 808-329-7286 or email konaoutdoorcircle@konacoast.com

February 26, 2005
4th ANNUAL KONA CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL
Big Island professional and amateur chefs, caterers, and ice cream and candy makers will gather together for a night filled with chocolate, champagne, beer and live music in a benefit for the Pacific School (a Waldorf school). You will also be invited to take part in the chocolate competition by placing your "People's Choice" vote for your favorite chocolatier of the evening. Silent Auction. Live music and dancing. 6:30pm to 10:00pm at Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort (formerly Ohana). Tickets: $35 in advance/$40 same day. For information call: 808/937-7596 or email larakmackey@yahoo.com

 

March

March 4-26, 2005
BIG ISLAND WOODTURNERS DISPLAY
The Woodturners Display of Turned Wood Art will be held at the Wailoa Center in Hilo. The Center is located on Piopio Street. Open from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM on Mon-Fri; Wed, noon-4:30; Sat. from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Phone 933-0416 for more info.

March 6, 2005
WHALE WATCH/JOHN KEAWE FLOATING CONCERT
Kona Outdoor Circle invites you to a Benefit Whale Watch/Floating John Keawe Concert Cruises aboard Captain Beans' Tamure. The cruise departs Kailua Pier at 1:30 p.m. and returns around 4pm.
-Music by Hoku award-winning slack key master John Keawe
-Hula by Hope Keawe
-Whale naturalist from Hawaii Marine Mammal Consortium
-Pupu (snacks) and soft drinks included
-Door prizes
-No-host (cash) bar available
-ADA compliant
KOC members $50, others $60, keiki 6 and under no charge To reserve your space, call 808-329-7286 or go online to http://www.konaoutdoorcircle.org/WhaleWatchInfo.htm Proceeds benefit Kona Outdoor Circle's beautification, education, and public advocacy efforts. Helping keep Kona clean, green, and beautiful since 1948. For information call: 808-329-7286 or email konaoutdoorcircle@konacoast.com
Time: 1:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Captain Bean's Tamure, Kailua Pier
Cost:$60; or $50 for members; keiki 6 and under free.
For information call: 808-329-7286 or email konaoutdoorcircle@konacoast.com

March 12, 2005
10TH ANNUAL KONA BREWERS FESTIVAL
The festivity of the year!! Nearly 30 breweries tap up more than 60 types of beer, and chefs from 25 restaurants serve culinary creations on the shores of Kailua Bay at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Outside on the luau grounds! Live music, fire dancer, a Trash Fashion Show and more, will round out the day. Tickets are $40, and include unlimited gourmet food, entertainment, and 8 beer-tasting tickets with a souvenir glass. Info: Kona Brewing Company or 808/331-3033.

March 13, 2005
PARKER RANCH CENTER KUPUNA FESTIVAL - WAIMEA
A celebration of our Big Island elders or "kupuna" will be hosted from 11am to 3pm at Parker Ranch Center. Game tournaments such as horseshoes, checkers and chess, and events showcasing kupuna talents such as hula will be some of the activities.

March 19, 2005
ANNUAL MAGIC SPECTACULAR
Time: 2:30 PM and 7:00 PM at the Aloha Theatre, Kainaliu. For information call: 323-9707 or email alohamagic@aol.com

March, date TBA, 2005
KAILUA-KONA LIONS CLUB ANNUAL PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST
The organization's 33rd annual buffet breakfast. Good eats and entertainment for $5 per person! This informal fund raiser will be held from 6:00 to 11:00 a.m in the beautiful surfside setting of the Beachcomber Restaurant on Waterfront Row. All proceeds go to support Big Island community services such as scholarships, hospice services, children's vision testing and more. For info., or to purchase tickets, call Paul Cooley at 325-1989.

March 20, 2005
8TH ANNUAL BIG ISLAND INTERNATIONAL MARATHON

26.2 Mile Marathon, 10.8 Mile Run & 3.1 Mile Fitness Run/Walk. Run the coast of old Hawaii along the Pacific Ocean, through tropical rainforests, past exotic waterfalls, and along black lava beaches to finish at historic Hilo Bay Front. Run with elite runners in a small running field. Start to mile 10 is a net downhill of 500 ft. with some hills in the first 8 miles and then fairly flat after that. Hilo is located in one of the cooler lush areas of Hawaii, which translates into good running conditions. Enthusiastic volunteers cheer on the runners at well-stocked aid-stations and at the finish line celebration. 10.8 Mile runners run the first 10.8 miles with the marathoners. The 3.1 Mile Fitness Run/Walk is from Hilo Bay around Queen Liliu'okalani Gardens. Info: Sharron Joseph 808/969-7400

March 26, 2005
13TH ANNUAL SPRING DANCE AND MUSIC CONCERT

7:30 p.m. at Kilauea Theater, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, featuring the best Big Island choreographers and dancers. Coordinated by Celeste Anderson-Cloud. Tickets $9. Call: (808) 967-8222.

March 27 thru April 2, 2005
THE 42nd ANNUAL MERRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL
A week-long festival of cultural events including Hawaii's most prestigious hula competition at Edith Kanaka'ole Stadium. The festival begins with a Ho'olaule'a on Moku Ola (Coconut Island) on Easter Sunday in Hilo from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with lots of music, food and fun. On Wednesday there is a free hula exhibition night at the stadium that begins at 6:30 pm.; Thursday is the solo Miss Aloha Hula competition; Friday & Saturday are the group Kahiko (ancient) and Auana (modern) hula competitions. A grand parade winds through Hilo-town on Saturday morning. Get your tickets early! Dorothy Thompson, 808/935-9168

 

April

thru April 6, 2005
THE 42nd ANNUAL MERRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL
A week-long festival of cultural events including Hawaii's most prestigious hula competition at Edith Kanaka'ole Stadium. The festival begins with a Ho'olaule'a on Moku Ola (Coconut Island) on Easter Sunday in Hilo from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with lots of music, food and fun. On Wednesday there is a free hula exhibition night at the stadium that begins at 6:30 pm.; Thursday is the solo Miss Aloha Hula competition; Friday & Saturday are the group Kahiko (ancient) and Auana (modern) hula competitions. A grand parade winds through Hilo-town on Saturday morning. Get your tickets early! Dorothy Thompson, 808/935-9168

April, date TBA, 2005
PUA PLANTASIA

Kona Outdoor Circle's major annual fundraiser, held at the Ohana Keauhou Beach Resort. Friday evening, a gala dinner will be served in the ballroom, with no-host cocktails on the lanai and around the back lawn with local-style Hawaiian entertainment included, along with live and silent auctions. On Saturday, free to the public, more than 25 vendors from around the island will sell plants and plant-related items. Donated plants will also be for sale, as well as t-shirts, jams, jellies & chutneys, and home-baked goodies. Educational seminars and entertainment on the hotel lawn. Funds raised will be used to support the organization's extensive planting, education and beautification efforts throughout West Hawaii. For more info., call 329-7286.

April thru mid May, 2005
KONA SPRING BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

Tours of Kona Coffee Living History Farm (Uchida Farm), Kona Pacific Farmers Coop hosts a farmers market and free macnut & coffee processing tour - more events TBA.

April 15 & 16, 2005
INTERNATIONAL NIGHTS 2005

7:30 p.m. at University of Hawaii at Hilo Theater. International Nights has been presented by the International Student Association for over 28 years, and includes performances from Japan, Okinawa, Pohnpei, Chuuk, USA, Yap, West Africa, Hawaii, the Marshall Islands, Tahiti, the Philippines, Mexico, Palau, Tonga, France, Korea, Kosrae, Samoa and others. Students from the many diverse cultures that make up the UH Hilo and Hawaii CC campus will share a part of their culture with various costumes, dances and music. Admission charge. Call: Ruth Robison, Director of International Student Services, UH-Hilo (808) 974-7313 or the Theater Box Office at 974-7310.

April 16, 2005
ASTRODAY 2K5
4th Annual award-winning AstroDay will be back at the Prince Kuhio Plaza in Hilo. Mauna Kea Observatory exhibits, demonstrations and presentations, Hawaiian culture displays, student science fair projects, IR camera portraits, StarLab Planetarium shows, telescopes, and a hands-on Kids Corner! Also, musical performances, prizes, and first 100 registered get a free commemorative AstroDay tee shirt! 10 am until 5 pm...then stargazing at the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station! Admission is free. Contact Gary Fujihara at 969-9101 or email him at fujmon@mac.com or visit http://www.astroday.net for more information.

 

May

May 6-8, 2005
ORCHID SHOW & SALE
Kona Orchid Society will hold its annual Mother's Day Show and Sale, from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM Fri & Sat; 8:00 AM till 1:00 PM Sunday at Hale Halawai on Alii Drive. Sale of plants, artwork, fragrances and other related orchid items. Free to the public. For information call: 322-8817 or email redbird@turquoise.net

May 5-8, 2005
HAMAKUA MUSIC FESTIVAL'S "JAZZ GETAWAY"
Annual fundraiser for music education, with world-class artists, including International Jazz Hall of Fame saxophonist James Moody, Grammy-winning trumpeter Roy Hargrove, Ella Fitzgerald's former pianist Mike Wofford, and nine more! 7p.m. at Honokaa People's Theatre. $20 - $30 per concert. For information call: 775-9932 or email davesherry@earthlink.net

May 21, 2005
PU'UKOHOLA HEIAU NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE PACIFIC-ASIAN DAY

In honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, the Historic Site near Kawaihae will host a one-day program from 9am till 2pm, featuring workshops and craft demonstrations such as lei making, traditional pohaku (stone) work - "stone on stone", coconut frond plaiting, woodcarving, lauhala weaving and more. The event is free to the public, and will take place on the grounds of the Visitors' Center. It is recommended that you bring a lunch and refreshments if you are planning to stay for the day. For more info., call Ernest Young at Park Headquarters: 882-7218, ext 23.

May 21, 2005
27TH ANNUAL VISITOR INDUSTRY CHARITY WALK

Sponsored by the Hawaii Hotel Association, the Charity Walk is Hawaii's largest single-day fundraiser, taking place simultaneously on Oahu, Maui, Big Island and Kauai. Proceeds benefit local charities. Begins at 6 a.m. at the Old Airport-Kona. The Walk features food, beverages and local entertainment along the six-mile walk. Tina Yamaki (Oahu) 808/923-0407

May 27-30, 2005
ANNUAL WESTERN WEEKEND in HONOKA'A
A rodeo, paniolo parade and block party will take place over Memorial Day weekend. Times/dates TBA. For information call: (808) 933-9772 or email amoon@bigisland.com

 

June

June, 2005
PAWS ACROSS HAWAI'I - LOVE-A-CAT MONTH

Hawaii Island Humane Society and Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary are offering 2-for-1 cat adoption during the month of June. Adopt two cats for the price of one! Many local veterinarians and businesses are offering specials for cats and cat lovers this month. To find out more and to see the list of participants, log on to http://www.pawsacrosshawaii.org/

June , 2005
KING KAMEHAMEHA DAY CELEBRATION - HILO

Malia Puka O Kalani Church in Hilo sponors this annual celebration in honor of Kamehameha the Great. Free entertainment, crafts, foods and a noon-time re-enactment of a historical event in Kamehameha's lifetime. Moku Ola (Coconut Island) on Hilo Bay.

June , 2005
KING KAMEHAMEHA DAY CELEBRATION - KOHALA

Celebration of King Kamehameha Day, includes offering of wreaths to the King's statue at Kapa'a, and more. Deseree Yamamoto - 808-889-1299 or email - yamamoto@wave.bicv.net

June , 2005
KING KAMEHAMEHA DAY CELEBRATION FLORAL PARADE - KONA

Floats, marching units, Pa'u riders, bands and more; parade will start at 9am, downtown Kailua-Kona.

June 5, 2005
HONU TRIATHLON - MAUNA LANI RESORT

1.5K swim; 40K bike; 10K run; Olympic distance event and qualifier for the 2004 Ironman Triathlon World Championship. 35 qualifying slots for Big Island athletes, and 20 slots for other Hawaii residents. for more info, call 808/329-0063 or visit http://www.honuhalfironman.com

June 18-19, 2005
KONA MARATHON & FAMILY FUN RUNS

Four great races run on the beautiful Kona coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. Run or walk a marathon, half marathon, 10K or 5K course. (5K and 10K races on the 19th; Marathon & 1/2 Marathon on the 20th) Jim Lovell, 808/325-0287 or http://www.konamarathon.com

June 23-26, 2005
DOLPHIN DAYS SUMMER FEST

Dolphin Days is a benefit for Hawaii Shriners Hospital for Children and the Pacific Marine Life Foundation. This three-day extravangaza includes a Charity Golf Tournament, Tropical Heat Wave Pool Party, and the Great Waikoloa Food, Wine and Music Festival featuring 20 of Hawaii's best chefs in concert with top jazz musicians for an unforgettable evening. For more info, call Hilton Waikoloa Village at 808/886-1234; or visit www.dolphindays.com

June 25-26, 2005
PUUHONUA O HONAUNAU NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK ANNUAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL

Annual major cultural festival in a beautiful historic setting. Traditional Hawaiian arts and crafts, canoe rides, Hawaiian Royal Court, traditional Hawaiian food tasting, and hukilau (traditional Hawaiian community fishing event). Call: 808/328-2288.

June 25-26, 2005
RELAY FOR LIFE

Teams of 10 to 20 or more will take turns walking, running or strolling around a designated area between 6 pm, June 25 and 6 am, June 26, at Old Airport State Park to benefit the American Cancer Society. Team members will camp out during the 12 overnight hours, enjoying food, music and camaraderie. There will also be a candle lighting ceremony to honor and remember those who lost their battle with cancer. Call the ACS at 334-0442 for more info.

 

July

July 4, 2005
GREAT WAIKOLOA RUBBER DUCKIE RACE & 4TH OF JULY EXTRAVAGANZA

Benefit for United Cerebral Palsy Assn. of Hawaii. Free entertainment all day, from 10 am to 8:30 pm; Fireworks and laser light show at 8:30 pm. Forms for "Duckie adoption" available at all Kings' Shops Merchants.

July 4, 2005
TURTLE INDEPENDENCE DAY

Three and four year old turtles are released in the ocean after growing up in the Mauna Lani ponds. Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows 808/885-6622

 

August

August, 2005
INTERNATIONAL VA'A (CANOE) FEDERATION WORLD SPRINTS - HILO
The 11th annual world championship of regatta-style outrigger canoe racing - expected to draw 10,000 participants, including 1700 paddlers. Four nights of cultural performances, a Hawaiian canoe exhibit sponsored by the Lyman Museum, and an Arts, Crafts and Canoe Equipment expo at the Ah Fook Chinen Civic Center. An exhibit of art themed on the Hawaiian canoe, "The Ho'oulu Ka'Anina Aloha Art and Education Exhibit", will be displayed during the month of August at the East Hawai'i cultural Center in Hilo. Events at Edith Kanakaole Stadium during the week, will feature cultural demonstrations by the canoe paddlers themselves. Watch local newspapers for details.

August , 2005
WORLD HERITAGE FESTIVAL - HILO
Friday, Aug. 13, from 5-9pm, downtown Hilo Heritage Walk. Ethnic food samples, love world music, global display contest, Latin dance party at Cafe' Pesto at 9pm. Saturday, Aug. 14, from 10am to 3pm at Kalakaua Park, Ethnic fashion show, drawings, food, crafts & Art, storytelling and performances.

August , 2005
WHITE ELEPHANT SALE
Kona Community Hospital Auxiliary is holding its annual White Elephant Sale. Rummage sale items include toys, baby items, jewelry, household, clothing, books, kitchen, videos/CDs, etc. Time: 8 to 3 Friday; 8 to 12 Saturday at Kona Hospital conference rooms - lower level, Kailua-Kona. For information call 334-1005 or email pHyllisHanson@hawaii.rr.com or visit

August , 2005
YMCA HOSTS ANNUAL GOURMET SEAFOOD DINNER
Featuring soome of the island's most popular chefs, this is final event in the Richard "Sonny" Tanabe Jr. Invitational Freedive Tournament. Tournament freedivers compete for 3 days and then donate their catches to the chefs to create incredible seafood masterpieces for the dinner. Advance tickets are $28 for adults, $12 for children under 17, available at YMCA offices.

 

September

September, 2005
ALOHA FESTIVALS HAWAI'I

Aloha Festivals Big Island of Hawai'i events are a wonderful opportunity to experience the very essence of Hawaiian customs, cultures & tradition. From the Royal Court investiture on the rim of Halema'uma'u Crater to the Keiki Makahiki at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau, there is an abundance of activities and events to enjoy. For information, call Aloha Festivals 808/589-1771 or 1-800-852-7690. You can also visit the Festivals website.

September 3 and 4, 2005
QUEEN LILI'UOKALANI LONG DISTANCE CANOE RACES

The world's largest long distance canoe race attended by paddlers from all over the world. After the race on day 1, there is a torchlight parade down Kailua's Alii Drive followed by a dance. After the race on day 2, the awards ceremonies are held in the afternoon along with a luau, and entertainment. The public is invited to purchase tickets to the luau and festivities. Call: (808) 324-1541 for more info. There will be a 3-day crafts fair conducted by award-winning paddling team and local favorites, Kai Opua Canoe Club, at the "turn-around" near the Pier during the events.

September 9-10, 2005
TERRY FOX 10K RUN AND 5K RUN/WALK

7 am at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. Proceeds will go to cancer research. For more info. or to acquire a registration form, call 808/325-8052.

September TBA, 2005
13th ANNUAL HAWAIIAN SLACK KEY GUITAR FESTIVAL - HILTON WAIKOLOA VILLAGE

The big annual event which features some of "the cream" of Hawaii's slack key guitar artists, such as Ledward Ka'apana, Dennis Kamakahi, John Keawe, Sonny Lim, and more. Starts at 4 pm in the Grand Ballroom. Tickets are $10 at the door.

September 8-11, 2005
BIG ISLAND FARM FAIR

Annual event at the Old Kona Airport State Park. Carnival rides (including a ferris wheel) & games, agricultural products, service and equipment displays and demos, livestock show & petting zoo, food booths, country market (fresh produce!) and live musical entertainment. Also, the U of HI's College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources' Plant Doctor will be on hand to answer questions. For more info, call 324-6011.

September 25, 2005
QUEEN LILIUOKALANI MUSIC FESTIVAL - HILO
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Queen Liliuokalani Park, Hilo.
Honoring Hawaii's last Monarch, the event features music food and dance. Includes flower drop, multi-ethnic dancing and performances and 300+ dancers from dozens of Big Island halau sharing their love of hula. Also top name island entertainers will perform. Shuttle to and from Civic Auditorium parking area. Call: Roxie Waltjen (808) 961-8706.

September 16, 2005
A TASTE OF THE HAWAIIAN RANGE
In its 10th year, this culinary event features 38 of Hawaii's premier chefs, each preparing/serving an entree' of forage-raised beef, veal, bison, venison, mutton, goat, lamb, pork or poultry. It's an "all-you-can-eat" affair, sponsored by the U of H College of Tropical Agriculture. Non-alcoholic beverages, ice cream, chocolates and cakes are also on the menu. Bosco the One Man Band will entertain the guests. Time: 6:00PM to 8:00PM at Hilton Waikoloa Village Grand Ballroom. Tickets $25 Adv/$40 Door. For information call: (808) 322-4892 or email gfukumot@hawaii.edu

 

October

October , 2005
HAMAKUA MUSIC FESTIVAL
Cost: Advance tickets $20 & $30 each concert/$25 & $35 at the door. For information call: (808) 775-FEST (3378) or visit hamakuamusicfestival.org

October , 2005
KOHALA COUNTRY FAIR - HAWI

Food, live music, silent auction, a raffle, art, Spam carving and bubble blowing contests, special keiki activities, and much more. Under the Big Banyan Tree from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. More info: 889-5015

October 15, 2005
IRONMAN TRIATHLON

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 , 2005
HAWAII INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - KONA
The Hawai'i International Film Festival is coming to Kona on October 28th - 31st at the Hualalai Cinemas, 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Opening Night Reception in Kona is at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, October 29th. Some of the films are being shown for the first time in the U.S. Producers, actresses and directors from a variety of the films will be present throughout the festival. Established in 1981, the Hawai'i International Film Festival (HIFF) is the largest East-meets-West Festival in North America, and is the primary source for the discovery and exhibition of Asian and Pacific feature films, documentaries and videos in the nation. The Foundation is unique in discovering features and documentaries from Asia made by Asians, films about the Pacific made by Pacific Islanders, and films made by Hawai'i filmmakers that present Hawai'i in a culturally accurate way. Tickets for each feature are $6.00 and will be available at the Hualalai Cinemas (ph. 808-329-5900). For information call: 808/937-7596 or email larakmackey@yahoo.com

October , 2005
8th ANNUAL CAROUSEL OF CARE
An event presented by the Hawaii Community Caregiver Network and the Hawaii County Office of Aging to help caregivers maintain their own emotional and physical health. Morning sessions will present care options and self-care; afternoon sessions are devoted to healing practices such as massage, physical fitness, music therapy, flower arranging, scrapbooking and more. Caregivers, family members and professionals are invited to attend. Time: 8am to 4pm at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, Kailua-Kona. $18.00 includes lunch. For information call: 808/327-3597 or email pHyllisHanson@hawaii.rr.com

 

November

November , 2005
HAWAII'S BIG ISLAND FESTIVAL
A five-day festival showcasing all that makes the Big Island unique, including fine wines and cutting edge island cuisine, agriculture, fine arts, health and wellness, championship golf, history and Hawaiian culture. Food & Wine Magazine's Best New Chefs 2005 and island culinary stars highlight daily culinary demonstrations, wine seminars and tastings centered at the Festival Pavilion at Mauna Kea Resort. For information call: 808-934-9044 or email info@bigislandfestival.com

November 4-13, 2005
KONA COFFEE CULTURAL FESTIVAL
Hawaii's oldest food fest features over 30 events, kicking off with the International Lantern Parade. There will be a variety of events thruout the festival, including art exhibits, tastings, a cupping competition, a coffee picking competition, coffee recipe cooking contest, farm tours, sporting events and more. For info call: 808/326-7820 or visit http://www.konacoffeefest.com

November , 2005
HOLUALOA VILLAGE COFFEE STROLL
The Coffee Stroll is an annual event of the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. Fresh coffee samples from over a dozen of Kona's finest coffee farms presented at this artist colony's unique art galleries and shops. 9 am to 3 pm.

November , 2005 thru beginning of January, 2006
INVITATIONAL WREATH EXHIBIT

Volcano Art Center Gallery at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will feature wreaths by some of Hawaii's most creative fiber, wood, glass and multimedia artists. Closed on Christmas Day; open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free, but park entrance fees may apply. Information: 808/967-7565

November , 2005
11th ANNUAL NA LIMA HANA HOLIDAY CRAFT & COLLECTIBLE FAIR - HILTON
Over 100 crafters from the Big Island will be on hand to showcase and sell their unique one-of-a-kind arts and crafts at the Na Lima Hana (The Helping Hands) Annual Holiday Craft & Collectibles Fair & Silent Auction. Items ranging from Hawaiian quilts, wood carvings, holiday ornaments and decorations to paintings, books, jewelry, clothing, coffee and macadamia nuts. There also will be ono (delicious) food. Special events for keiki include Parrot Talk, where children learn about the unique Hawaiian birds at Hilton Waikoloa Village; pictures with Santa, and holiday cookie decorating. Proceeds from the craft booth fees, silent auction and children's activities will benefit Hawaii Island United Way, and the Dolphin Days charities, which include Hawaii Shriners Hospital for Children, and the Pacific Marine Life Foundation. 9:00 am-3:00 pm at Hilton Waikoloa Village, Grand Ballroom, Waikoloa. Free to the public. For information call: 808/886-2860 or email leanne_pletcher@hilton.com

 

December

thru December, 2005
INVITATIONAL WREATH EXHIBIT

Volcano Art Center Gallery at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will feature wreaths by some of Hawaii's most creative fiber, wood, glass and multimedia artists. Closed on Christmas Day; open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free, but park entrance fees may apply. Information: 808/967-7565

December , 2005
KAILUA-KONA CHRISTMAS PARADE
5:30pm starts at Coconut Grove Market Place, up Alii Drive to Kopiko, up Kopiko to Lanihau Shopping Center.

December , 2005
ANNUAL WINTER CONCERT

This is Volcano Art Center's holiday gift of family entertainment to the community, featuring local talent, good cheer, and an audience sing-along. Kilauea Theater in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. Free but advanced tickets are required (Calabash donations accepted at the door). 7:00 p.m. Call 967-8222 for info; fax: 967-8512; vacpro@gte.net

December 31, 2005
TRADITIONAL MOCHI (RICE CAKE) POUNDING FOR THE NEW YEAR
Wailea village's 6th annual mochi-zuki celebration, held in Wailea at Akiko's Buddhist Bed and Breakfast. Traditional rice cakes made the "old-fashioned" way. Everyone takes their turn at pounding the glutinous sticky rice for good luck. Fire building starts at 6 a.m. to steam the rice. Event goes from 8am to 2:00 pm. Local style lunch for $5. Akiko Masuda: 808/963-6422 or email msakikko@aloha.net

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