Check out the most exciting events at the Big Island this June 2015 including the Kawaihae Canoe Club Steak Fry and Country Music Fundraiser, Kamehameha Day Celebration, and Kamehameha Festival Hilo! You also got the Caregivers First Conference, 7th Annual Volcano Pottery sale, Hawaii Songwriting Festival, Dave Mason’s World Tour, King Kamehameha Parade and Concert, “Kokua Kailua” Village Stroll and Hulihe’e Palace Monthly event and the Kona Marathon and Health and Fitness Fair!

Brace yourself for the following hottest events in the Big Island and know what to expect by reading these events guide

Kawaihae Canoe Club Steak Fry and Country Music Fundraiser

Indulge the steak lover side of you as you feast on the perfectly seared steak, deliciously prepared to your liking, served with your favorite sauce and side dish with a little kick of country music. Mix and match the ingredients of a perfect night out by dancing under the stars as your stomach grinds on the moist, fine-grained, firm steak meat with creamy-colored fat on its edges!

If you’re a pretty good dancer or you just love to dance because it sets you free, helps you express your feelings, makes you forget about stress and problems then this night is for you. Let the beautiful country music soothe you, have fun, forget everything else and just enjoy the night! As the charitable side of you participates in the silent yet live auction, think about the privilege of helping others by simply attending this country music fundraiser event hosted by Kawaihae Canoe Club.

This nonprofit organization promotes and continuous this cultural event. Its 200 something members come from different age groups-some are as young as ten while others are already 70 years old yet still active members of the canoe club.

Fee: $20; $25 (at the entrance)
Date: June 6, 2015
Time: 5:30-10:30pm
Venue: Kawaihae Canoe Club Site (Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor)

North Kohala Kamehameha Day Celebration

Get up early to join the Lei Draping ceremony of the of King Kamehameha statue in Kapa`au at around 7:45 in the morning. The ceremony is expected to end at 9 AM. King Kamehameha I established the Kingdom of Hawaii last 1810 after it has conquered the Hawaiian Islands. Kamehameha is best remembered for protecting the human rights of those who are not serving as combatants during battles. He was able to preserve the independence of Hawaii during his rule by establishing strong alliances with the colonial powers in the Pacific. The traditional Pa`u Parade starts at 9:00 AM. It usually ends at about 10:30 AM. You will see many horses and riders wearing flowers and colors that represent each island in Hawaii.

The following are the official colors and lei flowers of Hawaii Islands:

Hawaii – Red; Red Ohia
Kahoolawe-Gray; Kahoolawe – Gray
Kaua’i- Purple; Mokihana
O’ahu-Yellow; Puailima
Moloka’i-Green; Pua kukui or candlenut tree
Lana’i-Orange; Kauna`oa or Native Dodder.
Niihau –White; Pä pä, or Momi. It also called, “
Laiki” or “Kahelelani”
Maui-Pink; Lokelani (Heavenly Rose/Damask Rose)

You can stay at Kamehameha Park for a while and watch masters make traditional crafts and arts, splurge on delicious local food at Ho`olaule`a, or the crafts fair. There are also lovely hula dancers who will dance with an oli (chant) or mele (song). It was a dance developed by the original Polynesian settlers in the Island. The hula dancers interpret the song or chant in the form of dance.

Hula dance is not a simple dance but a complex form of art with its unique hand motions that look like the way the trees sway, or the waves of the ocean glides on top of each and kiss the shore. It also portrays emotions like love and longing.
That’s not all! You can enjoy the topnotch music from award-winning local musicians who will perform right at the Kamehameha Park!

Fee: Free
Date: June 11, 2015
Time: 7:45 AM to 4:00PM
Venue: Kamehameha, Kapa`au

Kamehameha Festival Hilo

This year the festival shall feature the authentic Hawaiian music from various artists. How is it different from Hollywood? It’s more on acoustic instruments. You got the sweet country music, reggae, rock, Polynesian chant and more! You can indulge in love songs, pop songs and realize that it’s about Hawaiian pride, the music that’s like nothing else in the world.

The festival also presents the beautiful hula from hula halau. This graceful form of dance is a combination of foot movement and meaningful movements of the hands that tell a story. It is like watching history in dance.
During the ancient times, they created hula dances and chants as a recording system of the events that transpired in those days. The hula made up for the absence of books or computers to document the events.

If you are a food lover, then pick the most appetizing dish or ono (delicious food) you can eat among the stalls from many food vendors. There are also plenty of arts and crafts you can bring home to your family and friends!
The Royal Order of Kamehameha, Mamalahoa is the organizer of the Kamehameha Festival.

Fee: Free
Date: June 11, 2015
Time: 10 AM-4 PM
Venue: Mokuola (Island of Life)

7h Annual Volcano Pottery sale

If you are interested in unique pottery styles created by the 14 Big Island ceramicists and potters, the Annual Volcano Pottery sale is a good chance for you to see their unique pottery styles. Aside from functional pottery, there are also plenty of ceramic sculptures to view.
Date: June 12-13, 2015
Time: 3-8 PM (Friday); 9 AM to 3 PM (Saturday-for Wheel throwing demonstration)
Venue: Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus, Volcano Village

Hawaii Songwriting Festival Concerts

Are you up for two concerts in the Big Island? Well, brace yourself because Hawaii` Songwriting Festival also presents two concerts. On June 12, that’s Friday, you get a chance to enjoy the Island Night which is a celebration of the songwriters in Hawaii, such as- Henry Kapono, Nathan Aweau, John Cruz, Kimie, and more!

On June 13, Friday, you can sing along with the best voices in the island featuring the popular songwriters like Gary Burr and Georgia Middleman, Richard Harris, Glen Phillips and other songwriters at The Hit Makers concert! The concert is open to everyone. Just be sure to get your $25 ticket for one concert or $45 for two concerts because of the “first come, first served basis” policy for general seating.

Fee: $25; $45
Date: June 12-13, 2015
Time: 7 PM
Venue: South Kohala Coast

Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam World Tour-Honoka’a People’s Theater

Do you want a night of music history? Then, join David Mason of the rock and roll band, Traffic as he talks about the earliest years of his successful solo music career. The doors will open at 6 PM and the show starts at 7 PM.
Date: June 13, 2015 
Venue: Honoka’a People’s Theater
Time: 7 PM

King Kamehameha Celebration Parade and Free Concert-Kailua Kona

Want to see those princesses and the pa’u queen on horses with flowers and colors representing the eight Hawaiian Islands? If you say, “Yes” then join other spectators at Walua Road and Alii Drive on June 13 at about 9 AM where the floral parade begins. There are a horse-drawn carriage, marching bands, equestrian units and hula halau joining the parade. The parade ends at noon after it passes through Walua Road and Alii Drive. After the parade, you can enjoy the Ho`olaule`a featuring the crafts and music fair at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel.

Date: June 13, 2015

Time: 9 AM

Venue: Walua Road, Alii Drive; Kailua Village to Palani Road; King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel

Monthly “Kokua Kailua” Village Stroll and Hulihe’e Palace Monthly event

Walking is not only good for the heart; it can be good for your eyes too! Join the Monthly “Kokua Kailua” Village Stroll on June 14 starting at 1 PM and goes until around 6 PM. You can also enjoy the free Hawaiian music that features the Hawai`i County Band. The Na Pua U`i O Hawai`i hula halau of kumu Etua Lopes is also there. Just bring a chair or your own beach mat so you can enjoy the free concert from these local musicians and artists while you spend quality time with family and friends. There are also cafés and restaurants nearby so you are sure you can grab delicious food while enjoying the party!

Date: June 14, 2015

Time: 1 Pm to 6 PM (Village Stroll); 4 PM (Free Hawaiian Music at Hulihe’e Palace)

Venue: Kokua Kailua and Palace South Lawn

Want to run for fun? If you have kids, why don’t you ask them to join other kids aged 1 to 15 years old in age-specific walks or run at Kona Commons Shopping Center in Kailua-Kona? Everyone who joins will receive a finisher medal, goodie bag, and a t-shirt!

Date: June 20, 2015

An evening with Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Master Cyril Pahinui and Friends-Honoka’a

Music is considered as good therapy. So, if you want to enjoy a night of splendid music with Cyril Pahinui and his friends who will entertain you with Hawaiian music. This is a concert with a purpose, as the proceeds of the signed guitar auction after the concert will benefit the Hawaiian Cultural Center of Hamakua.

Fee: $50 Gold Circle; $25 Advance

Date: June 26, 2015

Time: 7:30 PM

Venue:  Honoka`a

Kona marathon Health and Fitness Fair

Everyone can join this Health Expo where you can get lots of information about health and fitness which you can apply to yourself. You can also see the calendar of Kona Marathon events because this is also the Race Packet Pick Up for all the marathon event schedules on weekends.

If you are a registered participant of the Kona Marathon, you are required to attend the fair with your photo ID so that you can pick up your race number, event bag and of course, your timing chip. So, what are you waiting for? Come and join over 4,000 people (including the family and friends of marathon participants and the community) in this health expo!

Fee: Free for the public

Date: June 27, 2015

Time: 10 AM to 6 PM

Venue: Hilton Waikoloa Village

Kona Marathon 2015!

Want to join the Kona Marathon and pump up your adrenaline with the splendid view of the Marathon course with some moderate hills that don’t go beyond 290 feet above sea level, gentle climbs on the beautiful elevations at Kona and the designated moderate drops. You can join either the Marathon or half-marathon, whichever suits you best. The marathons shall start at the Waikoloa Bowl at Queen’s Garden when the clock strikes 6 AM.

Upon registration, you get an entry into the Marathon or the Half Marathon, an official t-shirt for male or female participants. Upon finishing the race, you will get a finisher medal and of course, a once in a lifetime experience of joining the marathon in the beautiful Land of Aloha. If you think you can’t do the Marathon or Half-Marathon, you can choose from Quarter Marathon, 5K or the Aloha Keiki Run.

Fee: $125 (Marathon); $115 (Half-Marathon); $45 (Quarter Marathon); $35 (5K)

Date: June 28, 2015

Time: Starts at 6 AM (Marathon and Half-Marathon); 7 AM (Quarter Marathon and 5K); $15 Aloha Keiki Run

Venue: Waikoloa Beach Resort, Kohala Coast. The race starts and ends at Waikoloa Bowl, Queen’s Garden

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