February in West Hawaii is usually about the Humpback whales making their appearance, with enthusiastic breaching up and down the coast and new calves learning how to breach, too. It makes for it’s own special event, really. But for on land productions..here are some fun things to do in West Hawaii in February and early March. Two big events coming back this year strong are the Waimea Cherry Blossom Festival and the Brewers Festival. Seems like old times!
February 1, 2023
Get Out And Dance!
7:00-10:30 PM Gertrude’s Jazz Bar & Bistro Presents Lucky Tongue – Rock & Roll – $5 Cover
February 4, 2023
ANNUAL WAIMEA CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL
Headquartered from Church Row Park and Parker Ranch Center, the Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival is planning in-person festivities from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. Community organizers are planning a full lineup of fun! Here is the full line up of events and more info: Spend the day experiencing Japanese and multi-cultural performing arts, plus hands-on demonstrations of bonsai, traditional tea ceremony, food preparation by local chefs, and craft vendors. Festivites kick off with a blessing on the main entertainment stage behind Parker Ranch Center. Roberts Hawaii will provide a free transportation shuttle between Church Row Park and Parker Ranch Center, though walking is encouraged.
February 8, 2023
“AN EVENING OF KLEZMER JOY” CONCERT – KAILUA-KONA
Featuring Rebecca Roudman and Jason Eckl of the San Francisco Yiddish Combo, the event will begin at 6:30pm at the Kona Educational Center at Sadie Seymour Botanical Gardens (formerly Kona Outdoor Circle), 76-6280 Kuakini Highway, Kailua-Kona. Featuring classically trained musicians, the San Francisco Yiddish Combo presents a unique blend of everything that is Klezmer, mixed with some jazz, blues, folk, and even hip hop – Klezmer for the 21st century. Suggested donation $18; Kona Beth Shalom members free; children under 18 free. RSVP to reserve seats at konabethshalom.org.
February 11, 2023
The 16th Annual Avocado Festival is being held at Hale Halawai in downtown Kailua Kona from 10 am- 4 pm. This free event features avocado grafting demonstrations, avocado food preparation and tasting, growing and maintenance tips, varietal choices, and pruning discussions. Listen to Dr. Tim’s Medicine Band and Sweet Kanilehua. You can also stroll through the local artist booths and enjoy delicions vegan food booths and a Kava lounge. More info at www.AvocadoFestival.org
HAWAII KEIKI MUSEUM VALENTINE’S FUN
Hawai’i Keiki Museum invites you to celebrate Valentine’s Day with fun activities. Regular admission applies, but additional and interactive special programming will be served, everything is heart-related including haikus, lovebug crafts, beatboxing/Dr. Seuss rap by Mr Kneel: Hip Hop for Families, breakdancing, and I Am A Scientist STEM heartbeat monitoring activities!
PLANT PEOPLE ROAD SHOW – KAILUA-KONA
Location: Maka’eo Pavilion at Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area. Free to the public. Nine friendly mom and pop nurseries from the island’s different regions share their secrets for “happy plants” at the Plant People Road Show. In addition, these plant-growing experts sell selections geared for spring planting, plus blooming specimens and cut flower stems ready for Valentine gift giving. Contact: 808-987-3231 for more info.
February 25-26, 2023
SOKO (SOUTH KONA ARTISTS) 7th ANNUAL ARTISTS STUDIO TOUR – SOUTH KONA
From 9am to 4pm both days, visit 23 South Kona artists in their studios at 15 locations along the winding and scenic Mamalahoa Highway from Keauhou throughout South Kona to Honaunau. Plan on a full day of learning and talking with the artists about their inspiration and techniques. A wide range of fine art, smaller items and gifts are available for sale. For directions, see map at SOKO Artists Studio Tour. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org
March 11, 2023
28th ANNUAL KONA BREWERS FESTIVAL
The 28th Annual Kona Brewers Festival is back in its original form from 4-7 pm, at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel lu’au grounds. Cost: $100 per person. This beloved event that sells out every year is hosted by The Ke Kai Ala Foundation, and is a community celebration and fundraiser that benefits Hawai’i programs supporting environment, culture and youth. Attendees can enjoy tastings of over 30 local and craft brews, gourmet bites from over 24 local chefs, live music, and the much anticipated Trash Fashion show. To promote sustainability, Kona Brewers Festival is a zero waste event and is made possible thanks to the efforts of hundreds of volunteers who do everything from pour beer, oversee operations to ensure zero waste, and throw a really great party. Beer lovers can kick off the day at BMW Hawai’i by participating in the 16th Annual Run for Hops 5K/10K Run/Walk on Saturday, March 11, at 7:30 a.m. The Trash Fashion Show showcases models who run the catwalk in elaborate haute couture fashions made from completely recycled materials and designed by local artists. As part of a zero waste commitment, over 90% of festival waste is diverted from landfills by converting waste into composted soil for local school gardens. Over the years, this event has raised more than $1.4 million in low restriction funds for island organizations. Find more details and festival updates at KonaBrewersFestival.com.
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