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Annual Events on Hawai╩╗i Island

Here are some events you may want to enjoy during your stay. We've listed some of the bigger events, however there are a plethora of smaller events which could be enjoyed. For events on campus, check out the campus calendar. Be sure to check out these websites for more details:

Fall Events

Ho╩╗olaule╩╗a (September)

Ho╩╗olaule╩╗a

You like outdoor concerts and block parties? You'll love this event! Downtown Hilo shuts down and the stages come out featuring a range of performances and bands.

The University also has a smaller event usually in January.

For latest dates and information please visit the Ho╩╗olaule╩╗a Facebook page

Ironman Triathlon (October)

Iron Man competition

Annually held on in Kona, this event is an intensive three-part race that involves swimming, biking and running. Some students and faculty have participated in this intense display of athletic prowess. For latest dates and information please visit the Ironman Triathlon Website

Black and White Night (November)

Put together an outfit or costume of black and white and take part in the strolling party in Downtown Hilo. Shops stay open late, venues are playing all around downtown Hilo, and of course there is food!

For latest dates and information please visit the Hilo's Black and White Night Website .

Kona Coffee Cultural Festival (November)

Stock up on your Kona Coffee for finals! Or become a connoisseur of the varieties available.

For latest dates and information please visit the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Website


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Spring Events

Pana╩╗ewa Stampede Rodeo (February)

Rodeo

Good old fashioned rodeo, except Hawaiian! Come take part in Waimea's deep rooted Paniolo culture.

For latest dates and information please visit the Pana╩╗ewa Stampede Rodeo Website

Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival (February)

Japan has shared their love for cherry blossoms in Waimea. Come and experience this internationally influenced event and bring your camera!

For latest dates and information please visit the Waimea Cherry Blossom Festival Facebook Page MISSING ICON facebook-official

Moku ╩╗O Keawe International Hula Festival (March)

Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival

Experience hula both in the ancient kahiko and modern ╩╗auana are exhibited in Waik┼Źloa. Hula schools known as h─ülau come from all over to perform and compete and share the Hawaiian culture.

For latest dates and information please visit the Moku ╩╗O Keawe Website

Great Waikoloa ╩╗Ukulele Festival (March)

What better way to celebrate Hawaiian music than learning more about the ╩╗ukulele!

For latest dates and information please visit the Waikoloa ╩╗Ukulele Festival Website

Merrie Monarch Hula Festival (April)

Hula 'auana

Deeply rooted in King David Kal─ükaua's Hawaiian Renaissance is the Merrie Monarch festival held annually in Hilo.

This is the world competition of hula. Both the ancient kahiko and modern ╩╗auana are exhibited at this prestigious event. Hula schools known as h─ülau come from Japan, the US mainland and all around the world to participate in this celebration of Hawaiian culture.

Hula Kahiko

Though tickets are sold out within days, usually there is a free night on Wednesday evening that showcases hula and other performances.

For latest dates and information please visit the Merrie Monarch Festival Website

Big Island Chocolate Festival (April/May) Waikoloa

Big Island Chocolate Festival

Cacao makes cocoa...come learn about the farming, sustainability, and all that goes into making this favorite dessert. Tickets also sell out for this event. Need I say more?

For latest dates and information please visit the Big Island Chocolate Festival Website

Ka╩╗┼ź Coffee Festival (April/May)

Free music, hula and the chance to meet the families who produce the world famous coffee beans. College students and coffee! Celebrate your all-nighter drink of choice and learn about the varieties of Big Island coffee.

For latest dates and information please visit the Ka╩╗┼ź Coffee Festival Website

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Summer Events (if you're here)

Kamehameha Festival (June)

Come learn about Hawaiian culture and the man who united the islands. Traditional dance, music, practices, chanta, arts and food are shared and enjoyed by all.

For latest dates and information please visit the Kamehameha Festival Website

Parker Ranch Independence Day Rodeo (July)

The Paniolo or Hawaiian cowboy culture started long before the Wild West. With community, sustainability, and local agriculture as a focal point, this ranch puts a rodeo on each summer.

For latest dates and information please visit the Parker Ranch Website

Hawai╩╗i Volcanoes National Park Cultural Festival (July)

Take part in the biodiversity of the Volcanoes National Park Cultural Festival. Enjoy hula and try some traditional Hawaiian crafts while learning about conservation and the unique land of lava.

For latest dates and information please visit the Volcanoes National Park Website