Many of you on the mainland may be seeing pumpkin patches and drying corn fields as you head into October. For those of us who live in West Hawaii, we are seeing training runners/bikers and swimmers descending upon Kona as we gear up for IronMan in a few weeks! The town comes alive as thousands of athletes and their supporters enjoy Kona and points around the island. Later in the month, a brand new food festival is featuring Ube, purple sweet potatoes and on the same day, there is a vibrant cultural festival in Waikoloa Resort. Enjoy and LUVA Real Estate wishes you a very Happy Halloween!
WHAT: FIRST FRIDAY "ART AFTER DARK" EVENT
WHEN: Friday, October 4, 2019, from 5:30-8:30pm
WHERE: Holualoa Village
This little artists colony in the Kona Coffee Belt welcomes locals and visitors to their monthly celebration of art, music and food. The village block party features art and artists in over a dozen galleries and shops, as well as free live music and a great selection of local food vendors. This is an event for all ages.
WHAT: 33rd ANNUAL PATH RUN
WHEN: Saturday, October 5, 2019 Time: 7:30 AM
WHERE: Race Start Hale Halawai
This annual 5k walk/run, 10k run and FREE keiki dash benefits PATH's (Peoples Advocacy for Trails~ Hawaii) Bike Education Program on Hawaii Island. Early number pick-up Friday, 10/4 from 9 AM to 1 PM at Big Island Running Company, Coconut Grove. Time: 7:30 AM start at Hale Halawai on Alii Dr. Cost: Under 15, $20; 15 and over, $30. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org www.PathHawaii.org.
WHAT: IRONMAN PARADE OF NATIONS
WHERE: Kailua Village
WHEN: 5 pm-6 pm
Come see the world on display as athletes from all over the world walk the parade route with their team members, flags and Aloha Spirit.
WHAT: IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TRIATHLON
WHERE: Kailua Village with turn-around point in Hawi.
WHEN: Saturday, October 12, 2019 Starts at 6:30 am
This ultimate endurance event - a 2.4 mile swim, 112-mile bike and a 26.2 mile run - attracts thousands of the world's best athletes, and thousands of volunteers from the Big Island help make it happen! Watch West Hawaii Today newspaper for updates on the event. Also visit www.ironman.com. If you are in town, there will be road closures throughout the day!
WHAT: KINGS' SHOPS CULTURAL FESTIVAL
WHEN: October 19, 2019 starting at 9 am.
WHERE: Kings Shops in Waikoloa Resort
Bring the whole family for a day of free entertainment, free activities and demonstrations showcasing Hawaiian culture. There will be kapa stamping, lauhala weaving, coconut frond weaving, info booths by Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative, Hawaiʻi Wildlife Center, Hawaiian Cultural Center of Hāmākua, Hawaiʻi Pacific Parks Association and DLNR-DAR Marine Wildlife Program. Beginning at 10am, enjoy the music of popular Hawaiian music group Waipuna, and Grammy award winners Kalani Pe'a, and Sonny Lim. The show will open with hula by Mana'olana O Kohala led by kumu Hope Keawe, accompanied by John Keawe. Scheduled activities include a 9am Guided Petroglyph Tour, 10am Basic Flower Lei Making, 12pm Introductory Hula Lessons, and 2pm Beginner 'Ukulele Lessons.
WHAT: 1st ANNUAL BIG ISLAND UBE FESTIVAL
WHEN: Saturday, October 19, 2019
WHERE: Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort
A celebration of the much loved purple yam. Enjoy live entertainment; prize giveaways; local food and retail vendors; and chefs from all over the island competing in the Ex-UBE-rant Cook Off! The festival isn’t only to taste and learn about this delicious root vegetable, but also to give back to communities on Big Island and Philippines. 10% of net proceeds will go to the Hawaii Food Basket and Child Hope Philippines.
WHAT: AFTERNOON AT THE PALACE CONCERT/HULA AND VILLAGE STROLL
WHEN: Sunday, October 20, 2019 starts at 1 pm
WHERE: Kailua Village and Hulihe’e Palace Free Hawaiian music and hula on the grounds of Hulihe'e Palace on Alii Drive from 4-5pm. 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@example.com.
WHAT: RUN FOR THE DRY FOREST
WHEN: Saturday, October 26, 2019
WHERE: Pu’u Wa’awa’a
The annual Run for the Dry Forest at Pu'u Wa'awa'a is a 10km run, 5km run/walk and 1/4 mile keiki run, with a 7:30am start. You can choose to run or walk a 5km course (suitable for most people), or do a 10 km run (an "extreme trail running experience" featuring a 1200 ft elevation gain in the first 3 miles). There is also a fun, non-competitive 1/4 mile run of flat surfaces; parents are welcome to join the kids. Pu'u Wa'awa'a is home to several species of endangered birds and many endangered plants, some of which are found nowhere else in the world. Proceeds from the race events contribute to conservation of these species. Registration is required. PLEASE NOTE: No pets are allowed, as there are endangered nene geese in the area. Time: 6:45am to noon. Cost: $30 Adults/$15 Children 14 & under. For more information, visit https://pathhawaii.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/RDF-Poster-and-Info-Sheet-2019-Revised-copy.pdf
WHAT: 'OHANA HALLOWEEN PA'INA
WHEN: October 26, 2019
WHERE: Keauhou Shopping Center, Keauhou, Kona
Free admission. Haunted House, playground, and vendors from 5-9:30pm. Keiki Costume Contest; Adult Costume Contest, Family Costume Contest, and live entertainment. There will be trick-or-treating at participating merchants, a keiki fun zone, food trucks, and live entertainment. For more info and parking details, visit Keauhou Shopping Center's website. www.KeauhouShoppingcenter.com
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