Best of Kona Festival Features Everything We Love About Kailua Kona on February 8, 2020


Can you imagine being able to experience the best of everything Kona has to offer in one space in one day on a gorgeous day in February?

Well, you can! The FIRST Best of Kona Festival is taking place at the Keauhou Shopping Center on Saturday February 8, 2020 and will feature entertainment, food/culinary experiences, demonstrations, education, activities, and more from the business/non-profit/service club community in Kailua Kona!

We are planning this lifestyle festival to run from noon til 6 pm where you can literally get a taste of what life is like in Kona.

We are currently seeking sponsors to help us create an event for residents, visitors, and would-be residents, as well as business to business connections, as well. A local festival like no other Kailua Kona has ever experienced!  Here is the sponsor benefits package if you would like to be involved or if you can send to someone who you KNOW wouldn’t want to miss this! sales-sheet-BestOfKonaFest

If you would like to get involved, please contact me directly, at [email protected] and please join our “Best of Kona Festival” Facebook page. 


WHAT IS IT?  The Best of Kona Festival wraps all the unique and amazing aspects of life in Kailua Kona together for a one day festival to celebrate the coveted lifestyle we enjoy and want to share with fellow residents, visitors and potential residents. The Festival will be also feature entertainment, food and education about the Hawaiian culture. 

WHO WILL ATTEND?  We are expecting at least 500 people to attend the event. The audience for the festival encompasses all age ranges and demographics as we bring in the most important aspects of a life well lived here -if you are 1 or 99 there will be something for everyone. 

WHO WILL BE THERE?  Hospitality/restaurants, agriculture, real estate, transportation, art/dance/music, health care and wellness, educational institutions, pet services,  service clubs, non-profit organizations, government, and more. 


The Best of Kona Festival organizers are Julie Ziemelis, Ziemelis Communications and creator of 365Kona/ 365 Things to Do in Kona, Nichole Lear, owner of 45 Degrees North-Design with Latitude and creator of the Big Island Guide and Aesha Shapiro, owner of Aesha Rose Event and Design and creator of the Ladies Artisan Market. 

With our combined experience in creating our own media buzz, social media influence, digital marketing, website and graphic design, event production, public relations and logistics, we will create an EPIC event!  


The Festival is engineered to grow each year as more stakeholders wish to partake in the fun, education, outreach and business opportunities it will provide. Inaugural sponsors will be among the first asked to participate each year as the festival becomes more successful and sponsors will reap the benefits as we keep expanding our influence and reach to wider audiences. Join us on the ground floor and grow with us!


Thanks to the Keauhou Shopping Center management for seeing the vision of this Festival and partnering with us!

Spread the word if you love what you heard! #365kona so we can say Thanks!

Meet the Author

Julie Ziemelis

Julie Ziemelis is an entrepreneur, business owner, author, blogger and vlogger in Kailua Kona. She created and moderates the “365 Things to Do in Kona” page and the Kona Newbies group on Facebook. She blogs at and and vlogs with her husband, Eric, at “365Hawaii” on YouTube. Julie also authored the books, “How to Move to Kona” and the “Insiders Guide to Buying Real Estate on the Big Island of Hawaii”. You will most likely find Julie in Kona hiking, running, biking, taking photos and sharing Aloha.

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  • Vasi says:

    Exciting: Will fly in for the festival from Seattle. I love Kona and I am looking forward to learn more about the city and it’s rich culture. Mahalo for organizing one awesome festival!

    • Julie Ziemelis says:

      Thank you Vasi! We hope to reach folks who are considering a move to Kona to come and see all that Kailua Kona has to offer, too! Folks can meet with potential employers, find volunteer opportunities, ask about healthcare and education, see homes on the market and get educated about the Hawaiian culture and all the things that make a great #KonaLife!