September 2018 West Hawaii Events Calendar

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As we enjoy the clearest skies West Hawaii has had since 2007, LUVA Real Estate is betting that attending ANY event in September is going to be amazing! This month you can run, golf and eat at the Four Seasons Resort and support cancer research, listen to steel guitar and Hawaiian falsetto and enjoy a kapuna hula festival through the Hawaii Island Festival, get your sci-fi/fantasy kicks at HawaiiCon, and finally enjoy the re-opening of Volcanoes National Park! Truly a taste of Hawaii for all the senses!

Annual Run For Hope Race Weekend

When:  September 7-9, 2018
Where: Four Seasons Resort – Hualalai
Run For Hope is a non-competitive 10K Run & 5K Run/Walk event . Proceeds from this event benefit cancer research in Hawai’i.
The 22nd Annual Run for Hope is part of a whole weekend of fun activities taking place on Friday through Sunday, September 7th, 8th, and 9th.

The weekend kicks off with the popular Taste of Hawaii Island culinary event on Friday at 6:00pm. Capturing talented chefs from around the Hawaii Islands in one place for an evening of tasty delights, drinks and island music at the beautiful Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. The silent auction is a popular annual highlight with unique vacation packages and island gifts. Price in advance for adults is $85.00, children 5-12 are $42.50 and children 4 and under are free. Prices at the door are $95.00 for adults and $47.50 for children.

Saturday features the Annual Shotgun Golf Tournament at 1:00pm on the Jack Nicklaus designed Hualalai golf course. Cost is $175.00 per person and includes refreshments and raffle prizes after the event. Unique opportunity to sponsor a golf hole and bring along 4 players and receive a custom sign for your selected hole. GOLF RATE REDUCED TO 2016-2017 PRICE.

On Sunday – the annual Run for Hope 5k-10k will take place and begins at 7:00am with a 10k run and 5k run/walk along the beautiful manicured resort landscape. The event concludes with refreshments and raffle prizes at the Hoku Amphitheater. Cost to enter is just $30.00 in advance and includes a logo t-shirt and full breakfast or $35.00 at the door.

2nd Annual Hawaii Island Steel Guitar Festival

When: September 7-9th
Where: Mauna Lani Bay Hotel, Kohala Coast
Featuring steel guitar performances by Hawai’i steel guitar masters, workshops, jam sessions where festival guests play along with the steel guitar masters, and Open Stage sessions where amateur and professional Hawaiian Steel guitarists present their own program to festival guests. Free to the public. For more info, visit

Hawaii Islands Festival’s Annual Poke Contest

When: September 8, 2018 at 11am.
Where: Waikoloa Beach Marriott
A popular contest featuring cube-sized fish (poke) with various ocean delicacies, tako, opihi, loli and more, added for flavor. $20 with $5 Festival ribbon. For more information, call (808) 987-3274 or visit

Annual Kindy Sproat Falsetto and Storytelling Contest

When: September 8, 2018 at 6pm
Where: Kahilu Theatre, Waimea
This unique music competition features talented male singers of all ages who can not only sing in the unique Hawaiian falsetto style, but can also captivate the audience with the stories behind the songs. $20 plus $5 festival ribbon, For more information, call (808) 895-8663, or visit

36th Annual Kapuna Hula Festival

When: September 12-13, 2018
Where: Sheraton Kona Resort-Keauhou
A very popular event featuring Hawaii Island’s most experienced and talented kupuna or elder hula dancers performing live. This event always sells out, so reserve your tickets in advance by calling (808) 323-4340. There will be a Hawaiian crafts fair in conjunction with the festival in the foyer of the ballroom and the adjacent conference rooms both days.


When: September 13-16, 2018
Where: Mauna Lani Bay Hotel
HawaiiCon brings together the best of science, sci-fi, fantasy, comic books, anime, gaming, and cosplay. Celebrities join top space scientists, voice actors and cosplayers in the country for four days of panels, workshops and adventures. Time and cost vary by day. For more information, call (808) 960-3686, email [email protected] or visit

3rd Annual Hawaii Island Festival of Birds

When: September 14-17
Where: Kona Sheraton and Spa
What an adventure… land and sea birding trips, opportunities to explore Hawai Island’s diverse environments, an “everything bird” arts and craft fair, a film festival, great food, and more. A fantastic opportunity for bird enthusiasts and a great celebration of Hawai’i’s birdlife! There is a full line up events from tours to breakfast-check the schedule here: For more information, call (808) 331-3655 or visit to register.

Afternoon at the Palace Concert/Hula and Village Stroll

When: September 16, 2018 from 4-5pm.
Where: On the grounds of Hulihe’e Palace on Alii Drive
Hawaiian music by the Hawai’i County Band and hula from Kumu Etua Lopes’ halau Hula Na Pua U’i O Hawai’i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email [email protected]. For more info about the Stroll, email [email protected] or visit

Free Fee Day-National Public Lands Day

When: September 22, 2018
Where: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
NPLD is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands.
This will be the first day the park has been open since its closure due to the volcanic eruption in May. Come to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park and help ensure the future of the Hawaiian rainforest. Volunteers will help remove invasive, non-native plants that prevent native plants from growing. Meet at Kilauea Visitor Center. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, rain gear, day pack, snacks and water. Gloves and tools are provided. No advance registration is required. Park entrance is free, and NPLD volunteers will also receive a pass to return and enjoy the park fee-free on another day of their choosing. Visit for details.

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