April 14 -Kai Opua Canoe Club’s annual Businessman’s Regatta is a lot of fun. Registration at 8am; race at 9am. Divisions are Bar/Restaurant/Hotel, Professional, Government, Retail, and Construction. The teams also compete for the Best Team Costume Awards. For more information, to register, or to set a practice time for your crew, call (808) 987-7798. Registration at 8am; racing starts at 9am at Kailua Pier, Kailua-Kona. All proceeds go to the club’s outrigger racing activities. Kai Opua Canoe Club is a 501c3 non-profit. For more, information, visit www.kaiopua.org/pauhanaregatta.asp.


Mokuaikaua Church, on Ali’i Dr. in Kailua-Kona will celebrate Christ’s birth with their annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 8pm. For more information, call (808) 329-0655 or email office@mokuaikaua.com or visit http://mokuaikaua.com/.


Kick off the holiday season and celebrate the 30th year of the Big Isle’’s premier holiday extravaganza at the festive Christmas with the Chefs. The annual gala is on the seaside grounds of Courtyard King Kamehameha’’s Kona Beach Hotel, from 5:30-8 p.m. Members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Kona Kohala Chefs Association will delight attendees with plates of expertly prepared savory cuisine and delectable holiday treats—all accompanied by handcrafted ales, choice wines and 100 percent Kona coffee. The Bill Noble Trio, with Jeannine Guillory-Kane on vocals, jazzes up the evening for dancing under the stars fronting historic Kamakahonu Bay. A silent auction will tempt would-be Santas with an array of holiday gift ideas, while supporting local businesses. The annual fundraiser benefits local culinary students attending Hawai‘’i Community College— Palamanui and members of the Kona Kohala Chefs wanting to further their education The silent auction is a benefit for the Palamanui culinary program through the ACF Kona Kohala Chefs and Jean Hull Endowment fund. Tickets are $90 and sold online at www.konakohalachefs.orgkkacf2011@gmail.com.

August 19: Afternoon at the Palace Concert/Hula and Village Stroll

Hawaiian music by Keolanui Serenaders and hula from Kumu Etua Lopes’ halau Hula Na Pua U’i O Hawai’i on the grounds of Hulihe’e Palace on Alii Drive from 4-5pm. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. **Hulihe’e Palace will undergo repair work starting July 2018. The concert schedule may be impacted during the repair which may result in cancellations of the concerts. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For more info about the Stroll, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com

June 9: King Kamehameha Celebration Parade

Adorned in the flowers and colors of the Hawaiian Islands, regal pa’u riders on horseback will represent each of the eight islands, led by their respective princesses and the pa’u queen. The floral parade will also feature hula halau, equestrian units, marching bands, and more. The parade begins at Walua Road and Alii Drive at 9am, and travels through Kailua Village to Palani Road past the pier, ending at noon. For more information, call 322-9944, email KamehamehaDayParade@hawaii.rr.com, or visit www.konaparade.org.


Kicking off the 2018 Moku O Keawe Outrigger Racing Association’s regatta season is Kai Ehitu Outrigger Team’s Annual Papa Kimitete Regatta. Opening Ceremony 7:30am; First Race Start at 8:00am. Featuring a full day of exciting competition from all of the Big Island canoe clubs, food booths, local farmers & craft cendors, and more. Time: 7am-5pm. This is a Drug and Alcohol Free Event. For vendor info or questions, email Kamaile aunty.mai.ynigues@gmail.com.


Hula featuring Kumu hula Sammye Ku’ualoha Young with Halau Na Lei Hiwahiwa o Ku’ualoha performed in a one-of-a-kind outdoor setting at the kahua hula (platform) in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Time: 10:30-11:30 am. This performance is rain or shine without electronic amplification. Audience members are encouraged to bring sun/rain gear and sitting mats. This free event is supported in part by a grant from the Hawai’i Tourism Authority and the County of Hawai’i Dept. of Research and Development. Park entrance fees apply. For more information, call (808) 967-8222, email alyssa@volcanoartcenter.org or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org .

Nov 3-12: Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

For nearly 200 years much has been celebrated, discussed and enjoyed over a cup of Kona’s world famous coffee. Praised for its fine, light and memorable taste, Kona coffee once again takes center stage at the 47th Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival November 3 through 12, 2017. Throughout the 10-day Festival, celebrate the harvest as Kona coffee farms offer a firsthand look at growing this world-famous crop, the coffee art scene fills with inspiration, and music and dance enrich cultural exchanges. Kona coffee and food events offer tastings, and hands-on cultural events help tell the story of Kona’s rich coffee history. Cost: $3 Festival Button. For information call: 808-326-7820 or email laura@current-events.com or visit www.konacoffeefest.com.

Ironman World Championship Triathalon – Kailua-Kona, October 14

October 14 2017

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. Also visit www.ironman.com.

Big Island Chocolate Festival, April 28-29

With the theme “Worth Its Weight in Gold: The History of Chocolate” the sixth annual Big Island Chocolate Festival is April 28-29 with events headquartered at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. Fun starts with a plantation tour at Original Hawaiian Chocolate in Keauhou and continues with ag seminars, culinary demos, college competition and a decadent gala. General admission tickets to the gala are $79 presale and $100 at the door. Special room/ticket packages are available. This event benefits local non-profits, and promotes the emerging, local cacao industry. For more info, visit www.BigIslandChocolateFestival.com or email info@bigislandchocolatefestival.com.