(For a more complete listing of events, go to KONAWEB's Big Island Events Calendar).
April 21-26, 2014
THE 50th ANNUAL MERRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL - HILO
A week-long festival of cultural events including Hawaii's most prestigious hula competition at Edith Kanaka'ole Stadium. The festival begins with a Ho'olaule'a at the auditorium behind the Stadium on Easter Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with lots of music, food and fun. Don't miss the by-invitation-only crafts fair that takes place beginning Wednesday, with incredible fresh lei and cream of the crop Hawaiian crafts in the building adjacent to the Stadium. On Wednesday there is also a free hula exhibition night at the Stadium that begins at 6:30 pm; Thursday is the solo Miss Aloha Hula competition; Friday & Saturday are the group Kahiko (ancient) and 'Auana (modern) hula competitions. A grand parade winds through Hilo-town on Saturday morning. Visit www.merriemonarch.com for more info. View the competitions online here: K5TV
April 23, 24 & 25, 2014
SPECIAL CULTURAL PRESENTATIONS - IMILOA ASTRONOMY CENTER, HILO
April 23: A panel of celebrated Hawaiian poets, orators and songwriters will discuss the art of composing in Hawaiian language and provide insight into the practice of documenting history through poetry song and performance at 10am; a musical performance by Manu Boyd will follow at 1pm.
April 24: Oiwi TV will present their new film,"Na Loea: The Masters at 10am. The film promotes Hawaii through engaging stories of a select group of Hawaiian masters; Hoku Zuttermeister will perform at 1pm.
April 25: A presentation by Taupouri Tangaroa and Kekhi Kealiikanakaoleohaililiani will focus on the sacredness of the waonahele, or upland forst and its importance to hula at 10am; a musical performance by Kuana Torres Kahele will follow at 1pm.
Tickets are $8 per session or $6 for Imiloa members and include admission to the exhibit hall. Seating is limited. For tickets, call 808-969-9703 or visit the guest service desk at Imiloa. imiloahawaii.org for more info.
April 24-26, 2014
21st ANNUAL HAWAI`I ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL - HILO
An island tradition for the past 20 years, the Hawai`i Arts, Crafts & Food Festival During Merrie Monarch Week. The Festival celebrates the artistic and cultural heritage of Hawai'i's people and its environment. This year's celebration will be held from 9 am-5pm, at Sangha Hall (along the Parade Route) at 398 Kilauea Avenue, Hilo. The three-day event showcases over 100 of the finest artisans, crafters and food vendors from the Big Island, O`ahu, Maui, Moloka`i, Kaua`i and the Pacific Nations. Hourly prizes, performances and demonstrations will be held during the event. For more information, call 808/981-0518, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.hawaiiartsandcraftsfestival.com
April 26, 2014
ANNUAL HAWAII ISLAND HIV/AIDS FOUNDATION "UPSCALE SALE" - KAILUA-KONA
From 8am-2pm at Pines Plaza, Suite 1. New merchandise, antiques, gently used items, collectibles and art will be sold. No early admittance will be allowed. Those who have items to donate may call Gene at 331-8177.
April 26, 2014
PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE DAY - KAWAIHAE
Celebrate the traditional Pacific Island cultures of Samoa, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau, Hawaii & others at this annual event! The day will feature various cultural demonstrations and activities, including lauhala weaving, coconut weaving, music, games, dance, special presentations, traditional weapons displays, and more. Free. Time: 10am to 3pm at Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site's visitor center. For more info, contact park staff at 882-7218, x1004 or visit nps.gov/puhe
April 26, 2014
KEAUHOU SHOPPING CENTER FREE MONTHLY CONCERT
Featuring Na Hoku Hanohano award nominated Big Island slack key guitarist Ben Ka`ili at 6pm. Admission is two cans of food for the Hawai'i Food Basket, per person. Each can over two, receive an entry win a prize from the event sponsors Jams World, Kona Stories Bookstore and Sheraton Kona. Bring lawn chairs, as seating is limited. Opening with Hawaiian music at 5:30pm.
April 27, 2014
HUGGO'S BENEFIT BRUNCH - KAILUA-KONA
Friends of the Children of West Hawai`i invite you to their annual Benefit Brunch at Huggo's restaurant on Alii Dr. Enjoy a wonderful brunch at one of Kona's premiere dining spots while sipping champagne and enjoying the outstanding view. Reservations are required. All proceeds will go to helping those children in the community who have been neglected, abused, or have witnessed violent crime. The goal is to "help a victim become a child again." Time: 10:00am to 1:00 pm. Cost:$35 per person. For more information, call 808-331-2425, email email@example.com
or visit www.friendsofthechildrenwh.com
April 27, 2014
KONA MUSIC SOCIETY MISA CRIOLLA & YOUTH CHORUS CONCERT
4:00 pm at the Sheraton Kona Convention Center, 78-128 Ehukai St., Kailua-Kona, HI 96740. Misa Criolla by Ariel Ramirez, "The Misa," is a mass for tenor, chorus and orchestra, and is based on folk genres such as chacarera, carnavalito and estilo pampeano, with Andean influences and instruments. It is also one of the first masses to be celebrated in a modern language.It was written in 1963-1964. Featured tenor soloists will be Bernaldo Evangelista and Kaweo Kanoho. The Youth Chorus will also perform, followed by Hawaiian music selections by the Adult Chorus. Tickets: Adults $20, Children $5. Tickets available from Kona Stories Bookstore and Kona Bay Books. Call 808-334-9880 for more info, or visit www.konamusicsociety.org
April 30, 2014
CONSERVATION AND CHANGING CLIMATE IN KONA LECTURE - WEST HAWAI`I CIVIC CENTER
This free lecture features the subject of incorporating indigenous ways and modern approaches for resource conservation. Hanohano o Kona: Honoring Kona, a free community lecture series, spotlights local and state speakers on a wide variety of cultural and historical subjects. Time: 5:30-7pm. For more information, call 808-323-3222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.konahistorical.org
(More events can be found on KONAWEB's Big Island Events Calendar).