Hawaiian Days

In addition to the federal and religious holidays that would be celebrated throughout  the United States, Hawaii has quite a few additional holidays and fun events:

Whale Watching Season Late November through April

Prince Kuhio Day
March 26*

Merrie Monarch Festival
(Hilo) Easter weekend of

Lava Man Triathalon
1st weekend in Apri

King Kamehameha Day
June 11*

Hawaii Admission Day
3rd Friday in August*

Big Island County Fair Last weekend in September

Aloha Festivals
Mid-October (2 weeks)

Halloween in Hilo
October 31

First Night (New Years Eve) December 31

*State & County offices, banks, and schools are closed.





All Saint's Day & electric light bulb patented by Thomas Edison (1879), November 1; Daniel Boone's birthday (1734), November 2; Birthday of John Montague, the creator of the sandwich, November 3; First Wagon Train Reached California, November 4; Daylight Savings Time Ends, November 6; U.S.A. Election Day = the first Tuesday after the first Monday & X-ray was discovered (1895), November 8; Sesame Street Debuted (1969), & U.S. Marine Corps established (1775) November 10; Veteran's Day, November 11; Fantasia Released By Walt Disney (1940) November 13; Prince Charles' Birthday (born 1948), November 14; Mickey Mouse's Birthday (1928) & William Tell shoots an apple off his son's head (1315), November 18; Gettysburg Address Delivered by President Lincoln (1863), November 19th; Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., November 24th; John F. Kennedy Jr.'s Birthday (1960) & Woody Woodpecker's Birthday - created by Walter Lantz (1940), November 25th; Charles Schulz's Birthday (1922), November 26th; Mark Twain's (born Samuel Clemens) birthday (1835), November 28th; King Tut's Tomb Opened (1922), November 29.

Ongoing Activities

Every Sunday 6:00 pm
Emily T Gail Talks Golf & Other Sports
sponsored by Aloha Big Island Visitor Guide is an hour long conversation with and about people and events on the Big Island and the mainland. Emily talks with recreational, high school and professional athletes and the coaches, the parents, the organizers, the media and so much more. Learn what's going on in sports on the island where visitors are always welcome to participate and be a part of our Big Island Sports community. ESPN Radio AM850 Hilo AM790 Kona. Emily T Gail (808) 896-6780, e m i l y t g a i l @ e m i l y s . o r g , www.emilys.org.

Every Wednesday
Hawaiiana Live.
Experience Hawaiian history, traditions and culture through storytelling, film, music, oli (chant) and hula. Topics change weekly as the program revolves around the Hawaiian lunar calendar. Newly restored pipe organ featured. Palace Theater in Hilo. Wednesdays at 11 a.m. $5/children free. Call (808) 934-7010 or visit www.hilopalace.com. Every Saturday: Keauhou Farmers Market. Experience the taste of the Big Island at the Keauhou Farmers Market. Enjoy live music while you discover the freshest fruits, vegetables, coffee, flowers and more from over 25 Big Island farmers. 8:00 a.m. - Noon, Located in the parking lot across from Keauhou Cinemas

Performances & Events.

Friday, November 4
11th Annual Black & White Night.
Dress up or dress down, but dress in Black and White! Costume contest with cash prizes, live music at many various locations around historic downtown Hilo. Play the Treasure Hunt Game, and enter to win prizes. Visit the Grand Central Station (location TBA), and pick up a copy of a Treasure Hunt map, visit the various locations on the map, complete your hunt, and enter to win PRIZES! Mo'oheau Bus Depot, 329 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo. For information call Georgia Pinsky or Alice Moon at (808) 935-8850 or visit www.downtownhilo.com.

November 4 - November 13
41st Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival.
Since its inception in 1970, the Festival has sought to preserve, perpetuate and promote Kona's unique 183-year coffee heritage. With nearly 50 events over 10 days there's something for everyone, from coffee drinkers to connoisseurs to multi-generational families. Festival signature events include a Coffee & Art Stroll, Cupping Competition, Farm & Mill Tours, International Lantern Parade or explore Kona coffee country's cafe's, shopping and community with a self-guided driving tour brochure. For information call Jeannette Vidgen at (808) 326-7820 or visit www.konacoffeefest.com.

Saturday, November 5
Holualoa Coffee and Art Stroll.
The Coffee Stroll is a part of the annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. Sample estate grown Kona coffee from two dozen area farms at art galleries and shops in this mountainside artists' community. Gifts, a keiki art contest, live music and more. A great way to spend a Saturday with beautiful views of Kona. Mamalahoa Hwy, Holualoa. 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For information call (808) 322-8484 or visit www.holualoahawaii.com.

Saturday, November 5
2011 Na Mea Hawaii Hula Kahiko Performance.
See traditional hula and chant performed outdoors on the hula platform overlooking Kilauea Crater in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park featuring Halau Hula Ka No`eau na kumu hula Keikilani Curnan and Liana Aviero. Cultural demonstrations from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at VAC Gallery. This outdoor presentation takes place rain or shine at the hula platform located near VAC Gallery in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Audience are encouraged to bring sitting mat and sun/rain gear. Free; park entrance fees apply. For information call (808) 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

Sunday, November 6
The Orchestra of the Hawaiian Islands
presents the chamber music of "Tropix" at 7PM at the Fairmont Orchid Hotel. Brazilian violinist Manoela Wunder joins Resident Conductor Philip Simmons (guitar) for a French and Latin program featuring works by Debussy, Ravel, Paganini, Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, and others. Tickets are $25, with proceeds going towards the new Instrumental Music Program at Parker School. They are available on line at The Great 4-D Movie Ride at the Shops at Mauna Lani. Call 808-315-0885 for more information.

Saturday, November 19
Hawaiian Healing Garden - Makahiki Festival.
This "Celebration of Life" as a part of the ancient Hawaiian Makahiki Festival, features hula, cultural healing arts, Hawaiian games, live music, an outdoor expo, arts and crafts, healthy food and tasty cuisine, children's activities and more. Keauhou Beach Hotel, 78-6740 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free.

Saturday, November 19
Aloha Saturday.
These programs feature performances, exhibits, demonstrations, workshops, lectures and more by Native Hawaiian cultural practitioners, scholars, musicians, hula halau and community groups. Noon - 4 p.m. K?lakaua Park in Hilo. Free. For information call (808) 961-5711 or visit www.ehcc.org.

Saturday, November 19
The Art & Traditions of Hula at Kilauea.
This program features kumu Maile Yamanaka offering 45-minutes lessons in hula at 10:30a.m., lei making at 12:00 Noon and `ukulele playing at 1:30 p.m. (bring your `ukulele if you have one). Sign up on a first-come, first-serve basis that day. Open to all ages and levels. VAC Gallery in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Free (donations welcome); park entrance fees apply. For information call (808) 961-5711 or visit www.ehcc.org.

Saturday & Sunday, November 19 & 20
24th Annual Christmas Craft "EG" stravaganza.
Featuring talented crafters from throughout the Big Island and the state of Hawaii. Ono food, festive holiday music, Scavenger "EG"speditions, trivia posers, Mystery Shoppers and over $2,000 in handcrafted door prizes are just a part of this shopping experience for the entire family. Edith Kanakaole Multi Purpose Stadium, 350 Kalanikoa St., Hilo. Friday night 5 p.m. to10 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission $2, 12 years and older; but the last hour each day is free. For information call Evelyn Garbo at (808) 959-7389.

Sunday, November 20
Kokua Kailua Hulihe'e Palace Concert Series & Village Stroll.
One Sunday each month from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Ali'i Drive along scenic Kailua Bay in Kailua-Kona becomes a festive pedestrian-only walkway. Enjoy music, artists, merchants and restaurants. At 4:00 p.m., there is a free Hawaiian music concert on the lawn at Hulihe'e Palace. Bring your own mat or chair and they will be checked for free while you stroll Ali'i Drive, Kailua Village (Kona). For information visit www.KVBID.org.

Saturday, November 26
A Christmas Celebration with the Brothers Cazimero.
The Brothers Cazimero are consummate performers who have made their indelible imprint on the face of contemporary Hawaiian music. Their talent, longevity and sales success over the past thirty years have placed them in a league of their own. Kilauea Theater in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. 7:00 p.m. Tickets $30. No reserved seating. To order tickets, call Dave at (808) 967-8222 or email concerts@volcanoartcenter.org

Please note: All events are subject to change. Call ahead to confirm dates and times.


The Lyman Museum
The nationally accredited and Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum showcases the natural and cultural history of Hawai'i to tell the story of its islands and people. The museum, located at 276 Haili Street in Hilo, is open Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 pm. For additional information on this exhibit or the museum call 935-5021 or visit us online at www.LymanMuseum.org.

The Gallery - Hilton Waikoloa Village. This innovative gallery is committed to displaying first-rate, reasonably priced, original works of art by award-winning artists that reside in Hawaii, particularly from the Big Island. From the unique Artists in Residence program where one can observe a piece of art being created from start to finish, to he exclusive gift shop, The Gallery showcases the passion and talent of local artists often inspired by the islands geographical diversity, natural beauty, and rich native culture. The Gallery offers an exciting blend and fusion of diverse heritage mixed with Hawaiian culture. Open Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. until 8 p.m. The Gallery is located in Hilton Waikoloa Village’s Lagoon Tower Info: 886-2199. www.thegalleryhwv.com