Things to Do in West Hawaii August and September 2017

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From free hula, to mai tai contests, to a formal tea at a beautiful resort and the largest outrigger canoe race in the world, it’s all happening in Kona and West Hawaii within the next few weeks! Take a look at the LUVA Real Estate events calendar for August and September 2017!

Sunset, music, hula and Kona ambiance-who could ask for more?

Hawaiian Sunset Saturday @ Coconut Grove Marketplac

Hawaiian Sunset Saturday Kona When: July 29-October 15 Every Saturday
Time: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Residents, visitors and families of all ages are encouraged to mark their calendars for the last Saturday of every month and plan to attend the free Hawaiian Sunset Saturdays. This once a month community event celebrates Kona’s spectacular sunsets with live Hawaiian music and hula starting at 5:30 pm on the lawn at Coconut Grove Marketplace.

Everyone’s invited to bring lawn chairs, beach blankets and enjoy beautiful live Hawaiian music under the sunset sky. Lovely hula dance completes the evening. When the sun sets and the music is over, enjoy a stroll on Alii Drive, and check out the many food venues. Hawaiian Sunset Saturday happens on the last Saturday of every month starting July 29.

Enjoy afternoon tea at one of the most beautiful resorts in the world!

Hospice of Kona’s Royal Tea Benefit – Four Seasons Hualalai Resorte

Enjoy an afternoon tea at Four Seasons Hualalai.

When: August 13
Time: 11am-1pm.
Proceeds to benefit Hospice Of Kona’s Nakamaru Hale. This tea party with a Hawaiian twist features tasty mini sandwiches, scones, French pastries, decadent desserts and more. Unlimited champagne and mimosas available with the purchase of a commemorative glass. Also enjoy a silent auction, dance performances, live music and more. Corporate tables available. For more information, call 808-333-0888, or visit

Who loves a good mai tai and great food on the ocean?

don the beachcomber mai tai festival

Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival – Kailua-Kona

When: August 19
A full day of fun at Royal Kona Resort, including a Battle of the BBQ with amazing local food vendors.

Time: 11am-2pm; a Marketplace from 11am-4pm; a Pool Party with live music from 2:30-4pm; and The Mai Tai Mix-off from 4:30-7:30pm where bartenders will compete for the title of the world’s best mai tai and a $10,000 first prize, a $5000 second prize, and a $2500 third prize. Call 808-930-3255 or visit for more info

The world’s largest long distance outrigger canoe race!

46th Annual Queen Lili’uokalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Races

When: August 31-September 4
The Queen Lili’uokalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Races welcomes more than 2,500 outrigger canoe paddlers to Kona for its signature 18-mile long distance race, the world’s largest long distance outrigger canoe race. Kai ‘Opua Canoe Club, one of Hawai’i’s oldest outrigger canoe clubs, will host crews from all over the world. Other official race events unfold throughout the holiday weekend. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-938-8577, email [email protected] or visit

Do you love some awesome poke?

Hawai`i Island Festival’s Annual Poke Contest – Waikoloa Beach Marriott

When: September 9
Time: 11 am – 2 pm
Featuring cube sized fish (poke) with various ocean delicacies, tako, opihi, loli and more. For more information, call (808) 937-4896, email [email protected] or visit

Are you a bird enthusiast?

Hawai’i Island Festival of Birds – Keauhou-Kona

When: September 15-17
Time: 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa, Keauhou
The Festival program will feature guest speakers Jeff Gordon, President of the American Birding Association, and Kenn Kaufman, renowned author, artist and conservationist, along with a trade show for outdoor and birding equipment; a children’s corner; a bird-themed arts and crafts fair; photography and painting workshops; a birding film festival; and time to interact with Hawai’i Island naturalists and bird experts. Guided field trips on land and sea will be included in the program offerings. Cost: $10. For more information, call (808) 351-2510 , email [email protected] or visit

LUVA Real Estate agents are Kona lifestyle experts. We are here to help you with questions you may have about life on this island and with any real estate needs you may have. We hope you enjoy these local events!