West Hawaii January 2018 Events Calendar

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Happy New Year from all of us at LUVA Real Estate! West Hawaii is an exciting time to be here if you are visiting or looking for events to expand your appreciation of the Big Island or of the ocean…as this month West Hawaii features TWO world class film festivals. Take a stroll, listen to music and see the lunar eclipse..it’s all here this month!

8th Annual Waimea Ocean Film Festival

When: January 1-9, 2018
Where:Various locations in Waimea and Kohala Coast
Beginning Mon.-Thurs., Jan. 1-4, 2018 at venues in Waimea, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel and The Fairmont Orchid, then moving Fri.-Tues., Jan. 5-9 to Four Seasons Hualalai Resort. Festival passes available online at www.waimeaoceanfilm.org. The festival brings an immersive visual experience to the island offering guests heart-pounding adventure, giant surf, marine life, international expeditions and ocean action, all while garnering greater insight and understanding into the ocean environment and island culture. Sixty films feature ocean experience, ocean environment, island culture, inspiring stories and epic adventure. In addition to the films, interactive presentations, exhibits, Breakfast Talks, and ocean-based activities add a dynamic element to the festival. Breakfast Talks provide an intimate setting for guests to connect with filmmakers and special guests to ask questions and hear the behind-the-scenes stories that bring the films to life. New this year, films will screen outdoors at Four Seasons’ Hoku Amphitheatre. Waimea venues include Kahilu Theatre, Hawaii Preparatory Academy (HPA), Parker School Theatre and Anna Ranch. The festival program is here.

For the Love of Music Concert and Mele

When: Sunday, January 14 at 2 pm
Where: Private residence near Kona Palisades
A benefit concert featuring well-known concert violinist: Ursula Vietze, Annu Shionoya on piano, Bernaldo Evangelista: Voice and Piano and Illona Honig: Hawaiian Chant and Hula. $40 donation requested includes light refreshments.

Please call 325-5268 for reservations and directions.

37th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

When: January 14, 2018
Where: Old Airport Park
The Birthday Commemoration of the great civil rights leader will include a community celebration, potluck, & program. Bring your favorite dish to share. This event is free and open to the public. To be held at the Old Kona Airport Beach Park Maka’eo pavilion. The celebration will consist of displays of art, songs, and music by our local schools and the community. For more info, contact Virginia Halliday at (808) 325-1112 or Mamie Bramlett, at (808) 331-1448.

Women’s March Kona

When: 1-4 pm, January 21, 2018
Where: Hale Halawai in Kona with march through downtown Kailua Village
Join in a festival of celebrating women’s voices in art, speeches, music and a march.

Monthly “kokua Kailua” Village Stroll and Hulihe`e Palace

When: January 21, 2018
Where: Kailua Village
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Hawai’i County Band with kahiko hula by Kumu Etua Lopes’ Na Pua U’i O Hawai’i hula halau on the Palace’s South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1 pm and goes until 6 pm), 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 Kokua Kailua, email [email protected] or visit historickailuavillage.com.

‘Iolani Luahine Hula Festival

When: January 26-27, 2018
Where: Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay
This festival was established in 2003 with a vision to perpetuate the hula, and it also serves as a way to honor the memory of ‘Iolani Luahine and her contributions to the preservation of hula and Hawaiian culture. Workshops and public performances will take place. Registration fees and details of the workshops are available at www.iolaniluahinefestival.org. For more info, email [email protected].

14th Annual Kona Surf Film Fest

When: January 27, 2018
Where: King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel
Since 2003, the Kona Surf Film Festival has been an exhibition of surf films from around the world, a benefactor of the Big Island community and beyond, and a grassroots event that has kept the surf cinema stoke alive. Live music, surf movies, and good vibes! For more information, call (808) 936-0089, email [email protected] or visit Kona Surf Film Festival.

Kamuela Philharmonic Concert – Waimea

When: January 28, 2018
When: 4:00 PM at Kahilu Theatre
The Kamuela Philharmonic presents “Rustic Inspirations”: with the vast landscape of Parker Ranch as inspiration, the orchestra features the inspiring winners of Kamuela Philharmonic’s youth concerto competition. The program includes Dvorak’s American Suite in A major, op. 98; Copland’s Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo, and the Young Artist Winner(s). Cost: $43/$28/$23. For more information, call 808-298-6274, email [email protected] or visit http://kamuelaphil.org.

Witness the Lunar Eclipse

When: January 30, 2018
Time: 8:30 pm (following After Dark in the Park) at Kilauea Overlook (Crater Rim Drive, before Jaggar Museum). Join Astronomer Dean Regas, co-host of PBS Star Gazers, as he guides us through the January 2018 lunar eclipse atop Kilauea Volcano. A lunar eclipse can only occur the night of the full moon, when the sun, earth, and moon are aligned. As the earth’s shadow (umbra) passes across the moon, it creates a lunar eclipse. Every so often, this alignment is perfect or nearly so and creates a total lunar eclipse. The park will provide an excellent vantage point from which to view the spectacle – weather permitting. Free. For more info, call Jessica Ferracane at (808) 985-6018 or email [email protected].

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