When we think of March in West Hawaii, we think of the humpback whales being here in full force, making looking out onto the ocean a casual sport as you can see the little rainbows from their spouts or the huge splashes created by their breaches. We also think of craft brew for the annual Kona Brewers Festival, which hosts almost 2000 guests each year and raises money for great causes in West Hawaii. We also see many people here escaping the snow and cold back on the mainland hanging on tightly to their warm sunny days in West Hawaii. As you get out and enjoy our beautiful spring weather, LUVA Real Estate shares some great events to help you enjoy your time here or for residents, great opportunities for you to volunteer
What: West Hawaii Community Beach Clean Up
When: March 2, 2019 at 8:30 am (8 am sign up)
Where - Old Airport Beach Park and Puako Boat Ramp
Arrive at 8 am for a pre-cleanup briefing, distribution of shirts, trash bags, gloves, etc., which is provided at check-in. Free lunch, music and prizes to follow cleanup at Old Airport Beach park (last pavilion on the left). Call Jeff at (808) 896-6966 for more info.
What: Great Waikoloa ‘Ukulele Festival
When: March 2, 2019
Where: Waikoloa Beach Resort from 11am-6pm.
The festivities at the Kings' Shops and Queens' MarketPlace include a free workshop with celebrated teachers Roy and Kathy Sakuma, non-stop concerts, 'ukulele giveaways, Hawaiian crafts and more. Traditional 'ukulele masters, school groups, up-and-coming artists and top entertainers in the 'ukulele world will be at the festival. For more information call (808) 886-8822 or visit www.waikoloabeachresort.com.
What: Habitat for Humanity’s Annual “Women’s Build” Project
When: Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Puna District
Women’s build is an annual Habitat International program that encourages women to make a difference by volunteering on a Habitat project on Women Build Day and to fundraise for build programs in our community. Volunteers will be working on homes for some of the families affected by the eruption last year in Puna. Businesses are being sought that could put teams together; teams can consist of up to 10 people (men can join in, too). You don’t have to be on a team to participate; individuals can sign up and a team will be found for them to connect with at the event! Build t-shirts will be given to individuals that collect $25 or more, while supplies last. Prizes will also be given to the team and individual that raises the most monies! To sign up as a team or as an individual, go to www.habitathawaiiisland.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (808)331-8010 ext 106.
What: The 24th Annual Kona Brewer’s Festival
When: March 9, 2019 3:00 to 7:00pm (Tickets ARE available!)
Where: Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
The Kona Brewers Festival has raised awareness, visibility and funding for over 40 non-profit and community organizations supporting the well-being of Hawai'i's youth, environmental conservation, and cultural traditions. Each of the 36 breweries from Hawaii and the mainland taps up two types of beer, ranging in style and flavor to delight the palate of every craft beer connoisseur. Chefs from 36 of the Big Island’s top restaurants serve sweet and savory tastes of island-style food, from fresh fish and barbecued meats to decadent desserts. Tickets are $85 For more information, call (808) 938-7376, email email@example.com, or visit www.konabrewersfestival.com.
What: North Kohala Community Resource Center’s Annual Golf Tournament
When: March 16, 2019 from 6:45 am to 2:00 pm.
Where: Hapuna Golf Course at Mauna Kea Resort
Come enjoy the links at this annual 2-person scramble benefiting N. Kohala Community Resource Center which supports nearly 90 charitable community projects. Camaraderie, food, fun, and prizes. Projects supported by the Center range from student after school programs to athletics to farm-to-market projects and more. Sponsorships available! Cost: $150. For more information, call (808) 889-5523, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.northkohala.org.
What: Monthly Kailua Kona Village Stroll
When: Sunday March 17th from 1 pm-6 pm
Where: Kona’s Historic Kailua Village
Every month Alii Drive in the Kailua Village becomes a festive, pedestrian-only outdoor marketplace that makes for a fun family-friendly day. Leashed dogs are welcome to stroll too! Celebrating its 10th year, over 100 Kokua Kailua vendors gather once a month on Alii Drive, from Kailua Pier to Hualalai Road, to showcase shop local opportunities, entertainment and delicious munchies. Local artisans and crafters, musicians and friendly merchants welcome the crowd.
What: Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra Concert
When: March 24, 2019 at 4 pm
Where: Kahilu Theater in Waimea
Join the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra for its season finale "Of History & Nature". A widely diverse experience awaits you and your family as KPO closes out its season. To be performed - Verdi's Overture to "Nabucco;" Mahelona's Symphonic Suite from "The Battle of Kuamo'o;" and Brahms' Symphony No. 2 in D major, op. 73. Tickets: $15 - $50. For more information, call (808) 885-6868, email email@example.com, or visit www.kamuelaphil.org.
What: Tropical Paws Benefit
When: March 29, 2019 from 6-9 pm Where: Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Featuring live and silent auctions, a gourmet buffet, live music, and the opportunity to purchase fine collectibles, artwork, hotel stays and more at the abundant silent and invigorating live auctions. $175 per person. Call 808-329-8002, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.hihs.org for more info or to purchase tickets.
What: Day at Hulihe’e When: March 30, 2019 from 9 am- 4 pm
Where: On the grounds of Hulihe'e Palace on Ali'i Drive All day entertainment by local hula halau, an enticing bake sale, a beautiful bounty of floral arrangements and floral lei & fresh produce, treasures from Tutu's Attic, and made-in-Hawai'i products by island crafters and artisans.. There will be a drawing for a Hawaiian quilt and other prizes throughout the day. For more info, call 329-9555 or visit daughtersofhawaii.org.
Coming up! What: Merrie Monarch Festival When: April 1-7, 2019 Where: Hilo Once a year, the normally quiet town of Hilo becomes a hub of activity. Hotels are at capacity and restaurants are overflowing as thousands come from around the world to celebrate the Hawaiian culture and the art of hula (Hawaiian dance) at the Merrie Monarch Festival.
Originally started in 1963, The Merrie Monarch Festival is a week-long cultural event created in honor of King David Kalakaua, otherwise known as the “Merrie Monarch,” revered for his role in reviving hula and other Hawaiian arts. The week of the Merrie Monarch Festival is filled with craft fairs, free music and hula performances, art exhibits, cultural demonstrations, a parade, a hō‘ike (show) and more. Each year, the festival starts on Easter Sunday with a ho‘olaule‘a (celebration) at the Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium where local hālau hula (dance groups) perform all day, free to the public. For actual tickets, you will need to submit a written request. Please see their website for more information.
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