West Hawaii Events Calendar February 2019

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With so many visitors and snow birds here escaping the cold of the mainland, February is a busy month for fun events! LUVA Real Estate recommends enjoying not only Hawaii’s signature annual events such as the Cherry Blossom Festival, but the whale watching opportunities now available with thousands of visiting Humpback whales along the Kohala Coast. Lots to see and do this month!

Asian Fest – Waikoloa Beach Resort

When: February 1, 2019 from 5-8pm.
Where: Queens’ MarketPlace, Waikoloa
Time for Lions and Taiko Drums! Welcome the Year of the Pig at the exciting “Asian Fest” and celebrate with vibrant Lion Dancers and the driving rhythms of drums from around the world. And, make sure you have your lycee (red envelope) ready with “lettuce” to feed the Lion and ensure good health and fortune in 2019. More than Chinese New Year, Asian Fest brings together the fun and fascinating Far East traditions that came to Hawai`i and still inspire residents and visitors from everywhere!

Annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival

When: February 2, 2019
Where: Waimea
The festival showcases the 60+ year old cherry trees planted at Church Row Park and the Japanese tradition of viewing them – hanami. The festival includes a variety of activities during the day at venues throughout Waimea – look for pink banners identifying site locations from the Parker Ranch Historic Homes on Mamalahoa Hwy. 190 to the Hawaiian Homestead Farmer’s Market on Hwy. 19. Enjoy an all day lineup of Japanese and multi-cultural performing arts, plus hands-on demonstrations of bonsai, origami, traditional tea ceremony, and mochi pounding, and a host of colorful craft fairs. Free shuttle transportation among most venues. For more info, please call 808-961-8706.

Kekaha Kai Anchialine Pool Workday and Beach Cleanup

When: February 2, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where: Ka’elehuluhulu Beach in the Mahai’ula Section of the park.
Join Hawaii State Parks and Hawaii Wildlife Fund for a fun day of anchialine pool restoration and beach cleanup in honor of World Wetlands day! Help make our coastline ecosystem a healthier place. For more information, call (808) 209-0977 or email [email protected].

“Culinary Arts Under the Stars” Benefit

When: February 8, 2019 from 5:30-7:30pm
Where: King’s Shops at Waikoloa Village Resort
A benefit for the Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative. Stroll under the stars at Kings’ Shops and sample fine cuisine from local chefs at tasting stations throughout the center. Entertainment by Grammy award-winning slack key guitarist Jeff Peterson. Cost: $45 per person. For more information, call (808) 494-2208, email [email protected] or visit waikoloadryforest.org.

Plant People Road Show

When: February 9, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Old Airport Beach Park in Kona
Find out from Big Island growers what plant varieties thrive best in your location at the 7th annual Plant People Road Show, from , Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Maka’eo Pavilion at Old Kona Airport State Park. “Talk story” with twelve growers from the island’’s different climates during the sale. Growers will also offer cut, blooming, flower stems and plant selections geared for Valentine gift-giving. Admission is free. For more information, email [email protected].

8th Annual Wiliwili Festival

When: February 9, 2019 from 9am-3pm
Where: Waikoloa Village
The Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative will be hosting the annual Wiliwili Festival from at the Waikoloa Stables. The Wiliwili Festival is a fun, free, educational event for all ages and a great opportunity to learn more about the unique environment of Hawai’i island. This year, guided tours of the Waikoloa Dry Forest Preserve, on-site workshops, educational talks, music, food, vendors, and a silent auction will be offered. Celebrate Hawai’i island’s beloved wiliwili trees! Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 494-2208, email [email protected] or visit waikoloadryforest.org.

My Furry Valentine Benefit

When: February 10, 2019 from 2:00-6:00 PM
Where: Shops at Mauna Lani
You and your pup are invited to dress up for Valentine’s Day and join Lava Dogs Hawai’i for a fun afternoon of shopping vendor booths for locally-made products for pets and pet-loving humans. Also, meet specialists who serve Big Island pets for grooming, animal training, and natural healing. Food will be available for sale along with a dog-friendly beer garden sponsored by Big Island Brewhaus with proceeds benefiting Hawai’i Island Humane Society and Aloha Ilio Rescue. Dog training demonstrations, photo booth, dog adoptions, and PRIZES for Valentine’s themed costume/fashion show, so dress (your pup) to impress! All leashed, friendly pets are invited. Please, no retractable leashes. Free to the public. For more information, visit lavadogshawaii.com.

Kona Mauka Rotary’s Valentine Wine Tasting Event

When: February 9, 2019 from 4-8pm
Where: Holualoa Inn, Holualoa
featuring a Poke Station by Sam Choy; fine wines; delicious food; music and dancing; live and silent auctions.The proceeds from this event go toward scholarships for local students and other community projects. This event sells out every year. Silent Auction. Live music. Delicious food. For more info, call Carol at (808) 896-2397.

Heiva I Hawai’i Tahitian Dance Competition

When: February 15-17, 2019 at 10am to 4pm
Where: Kekuaokalani Gym and field (Kona Community Gym, next to the pool)
Free community event featuring Tahitian groups and soloists competing in dance, drumming and pageant. There will be food and craft vendors, a kids fun zone with inflatable bouncers, and much more. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 937-8214, email [email protected] or visit heivaihawaii.com.

Afternoon at the Palace Concert/hula and Village Stroll

When: February 17, 2019 – Concert from 4-5 pm (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm)
Where: Hulihe’e Palace on Alii Drive
Come enjoy authentic Hawaiian music and hula on the grounds of the Palace. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village , 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 historickailuavillage.com.

Visitors Aloha Society of Hawaii Benefit Gala – A Tribute to Peggy Lee

When: February 23, 2019 doors open at 5:30, show starts at 6:30
Where: Hilton Waikoloa Village Kona Tap Room
Award-winning, NYC cabaret star, Stacy Sullivan performs “It’s a Good Day, A Tribute to Peggy Lee,” as a benefit for VASH Hawaii Island. Her performance is a journey of discovery through the extraordinary musical legacy of Peggy Lee and the personal struggles of a woman whose voice captivated millions. The classic songs, intricate rhythms, and exquisite arrangements that defined her career are elegantly portrayed in this loving homage, created with seasoned jazz master Jon Weber.

Show price of $75. includes heavy pupus and free self-parking! Doors open at 5:30 for food, drinks and silent auction. This event is a benefit for VASH Hawaii Island. VASH shares the aloha spirit and provides emergency assistance to visitors affected by adversities such as crime victimization, medical emergencies or the death of a loved one.

13th Annual Avocado Festival

When: February 23, 2019 at 10am-5pm
Where: Hale Halawai on Alii Drive
A free community event with non-stop entertainment for the entire family, featuring a full day of avocado delights! Enjoy an Avocado grafting demonstration; avocado food preparation and tasting; growing, maintenance, and pruning advice; varietal choice and pruning discussions; local artists, crafts and delicious vegan foods available – and much more! Avocado Festival

Soko 5th Annual Artist’s Studio Tour

When: February 23-24, 2019 from 9 am-4 pm.
Where: Various studios Visit artists in their studios at locations from Keauhou throughout Kona to Captain Cook.
Free to the public. See the brochure and map at www.sokoartists.com. For more info, call 808-328-2162 or email [email protected].


When: February 23 and 24, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Where: Sheraton Kona Resort’s Kaleiopapa Convention Center
The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the Hawai‘i Island Living & Design Expo, the biggest of its kind on Hawai’i Island. Enjoy fun and engaging exhibitors, awards for best booths, a live radio DJ on Saturday from 12 – 2 p.m., and more! Free to the public. For more information, email [email protected] or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/391045598332456/.

As the real estate market is in full swing right now, we can send you available real estate listings and our LUVA Real Estate team members are available to talk about statistics and how the market is performing. We can also assist you in getting your home on the market to take advantage of a very busy market this year!