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Events & Happenings on the Big Island of Hawaii!

Bring your Aloha spirit, experience the very heart of Hawaii’s local community, and you will discover a culture alive with “paniolo” (cowboys), Chinese dragons, fire dancers, ethnic festivals, culinary events, and some unique celebration that will leave you with great Hawaiian memories.  No matter what time of the year you come, there are many annually returning festivals and events for everyone – and every interest – at the Big Island of Hawaii.  Below is a partial list of Annual Events that might interest you.

Check out KonaWEB for a more complete list of events.

For a complete list of upcoming races of all kinds check out Big Island Races



Cultural Festivals

The Big Island is full of unique culture and history – it all began here - and with that comes some exceptional and unique celebrations. 

One of the most famous celebration, and the most sought-after, is the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival.  This week-long festival features the world's most prestigious hula contest.  You won't want to miss out!

 Hawaii Rodeo Stampede

February 16– 18, 2019
Official website:  hawaiirodeostampede.com

Merrie Monarch Festival 

April 21 - 27, 2019
Official website: merriemonarch.com

 Kamehameha Day Parade

June 8, 2019
Official website:  konaparade.org



Food Festivals

Food festivals and street fairs offer great opportunities to try a variety of dishes, see cooking demonstrations, catch some live entertainment, and mingle with the locals.  

Big Island Chocolate Festival

April 26 - 27, 2019
Official website: bigislandchocolatefestival.com

Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival

August 17, 2019
Official website:  donsmaitaifest.com

Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

November 1 – 10, 2019
Official website:  konacoffeefest.com



Sporting Events

The Big Island sports fans have plenty to cheer about. The events calendar is filled with local and major exciting sporting events ranging from international fishing tournaments, professional surfing competitions to world championship triathlons.  The world most famous annual Ironman Triathlon World Championship is held in Kailua-Kona every year in October.  

International Billfish Tournament

July 27 - Auguat 4, 2019
Official website: hibtfishing.com

Queen Lili'uokalani Canoe Race

August 29 to September 2, 2019
Official website:  qlcanoerace.com

Ironman Triathlon World Championship

October 12, 2019
Official website:  ironman.com

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