May in West Hawaii is classified as a “shoulder month” as we experience a lull in tourism until it picks back up again when kids get out of school in June. Less crowds means more of an opportunity to attend a variety of cultural, local and musical events this month! New to the LUVA Real Estate calendar this month is the Pacific and Asian Cultural Fest with food tasting and a fashion show to showcase culture. Also, if you enjoy exercise AND food, check out the Charity Walk in Waikoloa, as this event features the top resorts offering up their tasty cuisine for the walkers who help support a variety of local charities. Happy May!
Ka’u Coffee Festival Ho’olaule’a
WHEN: May 4, 2019
WHERE:– Pahala in Ka’u
A full day of live music, hula, local food & crafts, keiki activities, educational displays, guided coffee tastings and farm/mill tours headquartered inside and out of the Pahala Community Center. Visit www.kaucoffeefest.com for more info.
Kona Orchid Society Orchid Show, Plant & Craft Sale
WHEN: May 10 and 11, 2019 9am to 4pm
WHERE: Old Airport Beach Park’s Maka’eo pavilion
Featuring orchid vendors from all over the island with exotic orchid species and exciting new hybrids. Meet the growers and talk story. Some featured items are antherium plants & cut flowers; pottery and ceramics; real flower jewelry, gemstones and jewelry; greeting cards; air plants; cacti and succulents; Dragon Fruit plants; heliconia plants; Protea plants and flowers; herbs; jams & jellies; local honey and bee products; fruit trees, and water garden plants. Unique Plants and Orchid Growing Classes begin on the hour from 11AM to 2PM. Free to the public. For more information, visit http://www.konaorchidsociety.org.
Hawai’i Island Visitor Industry Charity Walk
WHEN: May 11, 2019 Time: Fri-Sat 9:00 am to 9:00 pm; Sun 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
WHERE: Queens Market Place- Waikoloa Beach Resort
The Hawaii Island Visitor Industry Charity Walk will take place May 11 at Queen’s Marketplace. Following the walk, the always popular post-race celebration will take place at the Waikoloa Bowl. Registration begins at 5:30 a.m./the 5k run begins at 6:45 a.m. and the 5k walk begins at 7:30 a.m. The annual fundraiser benefits nonprofit organizations on the Island of Hawai’i and across the state. There will be entertainment by Da Braddahs, music featuring DJ Tiger, children’s activities, a silent auction and food booths. For more info, visit http://www.charitywalkhawaii.org
2nd Annual Hawai’i Kuauli Pacific & Asia Cultural Fest
WHEN: May 17-19, 2019
WHRE: Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel
A celebration of Hawai’i Island as a cultural melting pot. This 3 day event will be packed with food, fashion, cultural expressions, a keiki hula competition and cultural workshops.
Friday, May 17: Hawaiian Welcoming Ceremony & Protocol. The visiting nations of the Pacific and Asia honor their host, Hawai’i, with gifts and expressions of song and dance. Food Booths and Marketplace will be available for everyone’s enjoyment, including Any Kine Wontons, Samoan, Hawaiian, Filipino, Korean, and Japanese food.
Saturday, May 18: Wearable Arts Fashion Show – This show features designers from Hawai’i Island, as well as highlighting the different cultures represented on our island. There will also be a Keiki Hula Competition for ages 10-18 years old that will include both Hula Kahiko and Hula ‘Auana, with group and solo divisions. Cultural workshops will also take place this day.
Sunday, May 19: Taste of Pacific & Asia. Five chefs will present their culinary creations for attendees to taste and pick their favorite! Cultural workshops will also take place this day, and the food booths and marketplace will be available, as well. Cost: A combination of free and ticketed events. For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www.hikuauli.com/.
Afternoon at the Palace Concert/Hula and Village Stroll
WHEN: May 19, 2019 from 4-5pm
WHERE: Hulihe’e Palace on Alii Drive
Free Hawaiian music and hula on the grounds of Hulihe’e Palace on Alii Drive. 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.
Honoka’a Western Week Parade & Block Party
WHERE: Honoka’a Town
WHEN: May 18-27, 2019
Everyone is invited to dress up western-style and visit Honoka’a town merchants, plus join in different paniolo-themed activities every night. The Parade and Block Party (Sat. 5/18) is fun for all. For more information about the week’s events, visit honokaa.org/western-week/.
8th Annual Big Island Jazz & Blues Festival
WHERE: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Kohala coast
WHEN: May 30 thru June 2, 2019
The Big Island Jazz and Blues Festival will bring in Grammy jazz and blues legends. Food and drink available for purchase; no coolers allowed. For more information, call 866-774-6236 or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/big-island-jazz-blues-festival-2020-tickets-98967234663
LUVA Real Estate agents are lifestyle experts in Hawaii! We love to be part of the community by attending events and sharing our knowledge with our clients about life here in West Hawaii. If you would like to learn more about what it is like to live here, please reach out and talk story with one of our team members.