June is here and, as usual, the month brings the beginning of summer and the fun and exciting events that come with it. Included below are just a few of the many things you can partake on the Big Island. If you click on the title you can find out more information about the event. Enjoy!
King Kamehameha Celebration | Kailua Kona | Saturday, June 8th | 9:00 AM
Looking for a great King Kamehameha Day celebration? Make your way to the historic Kailua Village on the Big Island of Hawai‘i to join in the festivities. This year’s parade theme is Ka Mo‘i Kamehameha Nui, translated: “Kamehameha, the Sovereign Ruler of All.” The floral parade features regal pa’u equestrian units, horse-drawn carriages, beautifully decorated floats, marching bands and more. The celebration begins at 9:00 AM near the Old Airport on Kuakini Hwy. Traveling down Palani road to the pier, then south on Ali’I Drive thought the historic village all the way to Walua Road by the Royal Kona Resort.
The after party is at the at Hulihe‘e Palace where you can enjoy local food, watch talented hula dancers and listen to award-winning Hawaiian musicians. For a full line-up of events and live streaming please visit www.hawaii.com/kamehamehaday!
Kokua Kailua Village Stroll | Kailua Village | Sunday, June 9th | 1:00 PM
First thing you might ask what’s Kokua? Kokua in Hawaiian language is used to describe the spirit of kindness accompanied by a desire to help one another, without expecting anything in return. Every 2nd or 3rd Sunday of the month, from 1pm to 6pm Alii Drive in Kona’s Historic Kailua Village becomes a good-times place. The main reason is to promote Kailua Village businesses and community and encourage ALL to Shop, Dine & Buy Local. The road is closed from Kailua Pier to Hualalai Road where the Kokua vendors gather to showcase their best local products. Pedestrian only, this outdoor market makes a great family-friendly event where you could bring your furry babies too!
Made in Hawaii Film Festival | Aloha Theater | Kainaliu | Friday, June 14th | 6:00 PM
If you are planning a movie night and at the same time support and grow Hawaii’s independent arts, the Made in Hawaii Film Festival is the right place to be. Enjoy a selection of the best films being made in and about the magnificent Hawaiian Islands.
The night will consist of two blocks:
Block 1 ($10) – Made in Hawai’i Short Films | 6:00 PM -7:35PM. A 90-minute block of all-star narrative and documentary films. Block 2 ($10) – August at Akiko’s and Kaumakaiwa | 8:00 PM -9:38 PM. To read about each individual film please visit www.mihff.org/2019selections. To get the most out of your festival experience purchase a Festival Pass for only $16. For tickets click here or call the Aloha Theater at (808) 322-9924.
Made in Hawaii Film Festival is presented by Hilo Hawaiian Hotel & Castle Resorts and Hotels. The festival takes place in two locations. The Hilo Palace Theater | June 1 + 2 and the Aloha Theater. The Aloha theater is located 8 miles South of Kailua-Kona and 1 mile North of Kona Community Hospital on Highway 11 in Kainaliu Town (79-7384 Mamalahoa Hwy. Kainaliu, HI 96750).
Annual Mango Festival | Kailua-Kona | Sunday, June 23rd | 10:00 AM
Do you like mangos? If you said YES, head over to the 11th Free Annual Mango Festival in Hale Halawai Park on Ali’i Drive, Downtown Kona. The “Juiciest Event on the Big Island” starts at 10:00 AM and is organized by the Sanctuary of Mauna Ke’a Gardens to promote the bounty of our island. Mango Fest is a zero-waste event and features an eclectic and diverse mix of crafts, art, food, dance, and music — all with a mango motif, of course! Learn more how to choose, eat cut any many more facts about the juicy mango at www.mango.org.
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