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…
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.
Entertainment and food all day at Liliʻuokalani Park. Fireworks set off from Mokuola (Coconut Island); the best viewing is from the park and along Hilo's bayfront.
Pure nostalgia comes to town for four days in September, with carnival rides, live music, circus shows, games and cotton candy.
Restaurants, shops and galleries in downtown Hilo stay open late (later than usual, anyway) on the first Friday each month.
August celebration of the Japanese in Hawaii, featuring a lantern parade and Japanese tea ceremony at Liliʻuokalani Park.
King Kamehameha and Hawaiian culture are celebrated on June 11, with traditional hula, music, food and crafts.
Beautiful lei displays, demonstrations, live music and hula throughout the month of May.