Top Choice Cultural in Hilo

Merrie Monarch Festival

The Merrie Monarch Festival swoops into town around Easter and turns laid-back Hilo into the place to be. Forget about booking a last-minute room! This sellout three-day hula competition was established in 1964 to h…
Top Choice Cultural in Kailua-Kona

Kokua Kailua

If you want to get a taste for the feisty civic spirit of Kailua-Kona, this is a can't miss. Local food vendors, artists and craftspeople set up booths along Aliʻi Dr, which closes to vehicular traffic. Free Hawaiia…
Top Choice Food & Drink in Waikoloa Resort Area

A Taste of the Hawaiian Range

Celebrated Big Island chefs work magic with local range-fed meats and local produce in late September or early October. As of late, there's been an effort the make the event zero-waste, and themes of food sustainabi…
Top Choice Culture in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park Cultural Festival

This annual cultural festival held in the summer, usually some time between May and August, celebrates traditional Hawaiian arts, crafts, music and hula with demonstrations and hands-on exhibits. Park entrance is fr…
Top Choice Fair in Hilo

Black & White Night

Downtown Hilo throws a lively multiblock party on the first Friday of November, with shops open late, live music, and revelers donning their spiffiest black and white.
Top Choice Food in Kailua-Kona

Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

For 10 days in early November during the harvest season, the community celebrates Kona coffee pioneers and their renowned beans. Dozens of events include a cupping competition, art shows, live music and hula perform…
Top Choice Lecture Series in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

After Dark in the Park

Experts in science, conservation, art or history unlock the mysteries of the park in this award-winning lecture series. In our experience, they're so fascinating we would go even if there was more of a nightlife aro…
Music in Laupahoehoe

Laupahoehoe Music Festival

In early April, this 'down home' music festival comes to the Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park to raise scholarship money for local students. Come for local eating, hula and especially Hawaiian music inspired by the memo…
Music in Waimea (Kamuela)

Waimea Ukulele & Slack Key Guitar Institute Concert

This annual concert in mid-November is a dream opportunity to see Hawaii's musical greats. Past headliners include Ledward Kaʻapana and Cyril Pahinui.
Art in Holualoa

First Friday

On the first Friday of the month, the little village of Holualoa becomes a veritable mountain-side art gallery…which, to be fair, is an apt description of Holualoa at any time of year. But during the 'Art After Dark…