West Hawaii Events Calendar June 2023


Summer is upon us and West Hawaii features music, food and culture as part of the fun this month!

Get your beach chairs out for a few of these!

June 2, 2023

FREE Entertainment: “Fires of Polynesia” – King’s Shops 

Aunty Tutu (Stephanie Lindsey) and Brother Kaleo Lindsey host a 30-minute journey through Polynesia featuring Tiana Productions.  Enjoy the Fires of Pele, the Fire Fans of Tahiti, the Fire Poi Balls of New Zealand and the amazing Samoan Fire Knife.  Friday June 2nd and June 30th at 7:30pm Center Stage at the Kings Shops.  Come early for some pre-show fun!

June 3, 2023
Oceanfront performances, from 5-9PM, with Grammy Award winners, Grammy nominated artists, Music Hall of Fame members and jazz and blues legends. Gates open at 4:30PM. Visit www.Bigislandjazzandbluesfestival.com for more details.

June 4th, 2023

Kona Choral Society has a summer concert! Learn more at Kona Choral Society.org 

June 10, 2023
On June 10, the Kai ‘Opua Canoe Club will host the 50th annual Kamehameha Day canoe regatta at Kailua Pier. Racing will begin at 8 a.m. Canoe clubs from around Hawai‘i iisland will gather at Kailua Pier for races all through the day. Ka‘ahumanu Place will be closed on Friday, June 9, midnight, until Saturday, June 10 at 6:30pm for the annual Kamehameha Day Canoe Regatta Craft Fair, which will also include a food booth. Email [email protected] for more details.

June 9-11, 2023
An exciting 3-day event held in Kailua-Kona on Kamehameha Day weekend at the Courtyard Marriott’s King Kamehamehaʻs Kona Beach Hotel.The weekend will be filled with cultural festivities, workshops, entertainment and educational programs. Friday evening is an opening Hawaiian Protocol welcoming the visiting cultural groups representing the Pacific & Asia in the festival. Later in the evening hula hālau participate in a Hula Hōʻike paying tribute to the Kamehameha Dynasty. On Saturday, start the day watching the Kamehameha Day Parade on Aliʻi Drive, then stroll the Hawaiʻi Kuauli Marketplace and Wearable Arts Exhibit inside the resortʻs mall area and participate in Cultural Workshops. Saturday evening, watch an international group of fireknife dancers compete to be crowned champion of the Le Kaua Ailao Fireknife Competition in junior and senior divisions. Sunday brunch is held at the Taste of Pacific & Asia with various visiting and local chefs offering tastings of their Pacific & Asian favorites. Vote with a live audience for the winning chef of the 3rd Annual Mystery Box Challenge champion. This event has become one of Hawaii’s first festivals to develop both a virtual and in-person format. The focus of this festival is to support the local economy, promotion of Hawai’i Island, Pacific & Asian cultural education, and to support community equity with those participating in the festival and those attending the festival worldwide. Visit www.hikuauli.com for more details.

June 10, 2023
Featuring more than 100 riders on horseback, the annual parade and ho‘olaule‘a (music and art festival) fittingly return this year on Kamehameha Day in Historic Kailua Village. Kamehameha Day is a state and county holiday established in 1871 to honor Kamehameha the Great, who united the Hawaiian Islands in 1810 and became Hawaii’s first king. He died in 1819. This year’s parade begins at 9 a.m. on Kuakini Highway, near the Palani Road intersection, and travels down Palani to Kailua pier, then southbound down Alii Drive through the village to Royal Kona Resort. Adorned in the flowers and colors of the Hawaiian Islands, pa‘u riders on horseback will represent each of the eight islands, led by their respective princesses and the pa‘u queen. The equestrian units are joined by cultural representatives, floats and other community entries. To participate in the parade, visit konaparade.org/applications. Other help needed includes volunteers to work with police officers to help secure road closures and vendors to participate in the ho‘olaulea at Hulihe‘e Palace following the parade. The committee is also hoping for a volunteer to spearhead community outreach for floats and donations. For more details on the parade, visit konaparade.org.

June 11, 2023
Hawaiians set aside June 11 annually as a state holiday to honor the legacy of King Kamehameha I, who united the Hawaiian islands in 1795. As the king’s birthplace, North Kohala plays a very special role in the celebration. The original statue of King Kamehameha I, which was once thought lost at the bottom of the sea, has stood proudly in North Kohala since 1912. This year, statue decoration ceremonies will begin at 8:00am, culminating with the King’s statue in Kapaʻau being draped with 20-foot floral and ti lei, with hula, chant, history, and music. Ceremonies include participation by the Royal Order of Kamehameha, members of the Hawaiian Civic Club and Ka’ahumanu Society. From 9:00-10:00am, the colorful floral parade will take place, featuring traditional Hawaiian pāʻū riders and honorees. Hoʻolauleʻa festivities will also be held in Kapaʻau’s King Kamehameha Park.

June 17th, 2023 

Free Community Day at the Hawai’i Keiki Museum – Kailua Kona 

Take your kids and earth science loving friends to the museum from 10 am – 5 pm and enjoy the fun exhibits, learn about astrology, geology, volcanology. marine science and MORE! This museum is a treasure in Kona. Thanks to Thai Krua Restaurant for sponsoring this day for the community.


June 20th, 2023

Under the New Moon- Talk Story Event at the Keauhou Outrigger Resort 

Join Kumu Keala Ching as he talks story, watch a hula performance and enjoy music, all free on the Outrigger resort grounds. More info here: https://www.nawaiiwiola.org/under-the-moon


June 2-18th – Kailua Kona 

Aloha Center for the Performing Arts Presents: Decendents.

Imprisoned on the Isle of the Lost – home of the most infamous villains who ever lived – the teenaged children of Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Jafar, and Cruella De Vil have never ventured off the island… until now. When the four troublemakers are sent to attend prep school alongside the children of beloved Disney heroes, they have a difficult choice to make: should they follow in their parents’ wicked footsteps or learn to be good? Get your tickets today! 


July 4, 2023
4th OF JULY FIREWORKS – Kailua Kona 
Parade at 6pm; Fireworks over Kailua Bay at 8pm.

July 4, 2023


Enjoy entertainment, free keiki activities, merchant offers and the . where 10,000 bathtub cuties will paddle to victory for their adoptive owners.  First 50 finishers and last place duckie wins prizes!  Here is the schedule of events! 


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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 365Kona.com and MoveToHawaii365.com 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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