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Exploring: Calendar > Big Island > May
Various Saturdays Throughout the Year
NA MEA HAWAII HULA KAHIKO PERFORMANCE
See traditional hula performed outdoors in a natural setting overlooking Kilauea Crater in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Bring sitting mat, hat, sunscreen, rain gear. Contact the Art Center for dates. Free Hawaiian crafts demonstrations at Volcano Art Center Gallery (park entrance fees may apply). For more information call Volcano Art Center at (808) 967-8222.
May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii. This wonderful tradition was founded by artist and poet Don Blanding in 1923. Of all ancient Hawaiian art forms, traditional lei making is one of the most beautiful still being practiced island-wide today. Hardly a lovelier tradition exists anywhere in the world than placing a flower garland around the neck of someone special. Lei have one quality that is unsurpassed: they feel just as good to give as they do to receive as they represent and encompass the true spirit of Aloha!
Annual event at the Prince Kuhio Plaza in Hilo, Hawaii. Mauna Kea Observatory exhibits, demonstrations and presentations, Hawaiian culture displays, student science fair projects, IR camera portraits, StarLab Planetarium shows, telescopes, and a hands-on Kids Corner! Also, musical performances and prizes. Activities ongoing all day, and then stargazing at the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station. Admission is free. For more information call (808) 640-9161.
HAMAKUA MUSIC FESTIVAL
Enjoy the music of world famous jazz greats at this annual music festival held at the Honokaa People's Theatre. Since 1994, the Festival has utilized proceeds from musical events and donations to provide student scholarships and educational experiences with star musicians. For more information call (808) 775-3378.
KA ULU LAUHALA O KONA WEAVING CONFERENCE
Dozens of master weavers from all over the state gather at Kona Village Resort to share their manao with newer weavers to perpetuate this ancient art. Hosted by Ka Ulu Lauhala O Kona, they welcome haumana (students) of all skill levels and anyone else who just loves lauhala products. Includes hoolaulea, talk-story, luau and a chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones. For more information call (808) 325-5205 (evenings).
MOKU HAWAII OUTRIGGER CANOE ASSOCIATION REGATTA
An exciting and colorful day of outrigger canoe racing by members of the Moku O Hawaii Outrigger Canoe Association. The Association consists of 13 clubs and 2500 paddlers. The Regattas are measured courses broken into 1/4 mile intervals. Club canoes line up in lanes marked by flags to race to their 1/4 mile flag. The day starts with 12 year olds racing first, followed by teenagers and adults. Youngsters race 1/4 mile - older, more experienced racers go 1/2 mile to two miles. All canoes used in the Regattas are carved from the rare Koa logs now only found on Big Island and cost in excess of $30,000 per canoe. For more information call (808) 324-1541.
ART EXHIBIT AT WAILOA CENTER
Monthly rotating art exhbits. Hours are Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri from 8:30 am to 4:30pm. Wed from noon to 4:30 pm. Saturday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Admission free; reservations suggested for schools and groups. For more information call (808) 933-0416.
AFTER DARK IN THE PARK
A series of free evening programs on topics of geology, biology, Hawaiian culture and history at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. 7 p.m.
Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Third Saturday of the Month (ongoing)
NELHA PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS
Visit the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority, recognized worldwide as a unique and innovative business, research and science technology park. Ocean technology harnesses Arctic-cold deep sea water for the future of mankind. Keahole Point at 10:00 a.m. $8 per adult and $5 for seniors and children under 12. For reservations or more information call (808) 329-8073.
Every Friday, January through September (ongoing)
CULTURAL DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM
Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site, Kawaihae, S. Kohala. Programs on Hawaiian crafts. Footpath, guided and self-guided tours, exhibits and interpretive talks. For more information call (808) 882-7218 ext. 23.
All Month (ongoing)
KONA HISTORICAL SOCIETY TOURS
Location: Kalukalu. Offering a variety of guided tours and lectures, including the Historic Kailua Village Walking Tour, the Kona Coffee Living History Farm Tour, Captain Cook Lecture and more. For reservations or more information call (808) 323-2006.
All Month (ongoing)
MOKUPAPAPA: DISCOVERY CENTER
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Mokupapapa: Discovery Center for Hawaii's Remote Coral Reefs, located in the S. Hata building, Hilo. The 4,000 sq. ft. museum combines interactive exhibits and video vignettes and features a 2,500-gallon salt water aquarium containing colorful tropical fish and coral found in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Free to the public and open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
monthly and daily (ongoing)
VOLCANO ART CENTER
Programs to perpetuate the artistic and cultural heritage of Hawai‘i's people and environment through activities in the visual, literary, and performing arts. It is centered at Kilauea, within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, and maintains a retail arts and crafts gallery in the historic 1877 Volcano House Hotel, adjacent to the Kilauea Visitor Center, under a cooperating agreement with the National Park Service. Volcano Art Center presents programs at the Kilauea Military Camp Theater, at the Volcano Art Center Gallery and adjacent hula platform, and at the Old Japanese Schoolhouse in Volcano Village. For more information call (808) 967-8222.
Every Day of the Week (Except Christmas & New Year's) (ongoing)
PANAEWA RAINFOREST ZOO
The Zoo, located in Hilo, has hours from 9-4 daily. Petting zoo and daily tiger feeding. Free. For more information call (808) 959-7224.
Every 1st and 3rd Saturday (ongoing)
THE UNIVERSE TONIGHT
Onizuka Center for International Astronomy, Mauna Kea. 6:00 p.m. with stargazing after. For more information call (808) 961-2180.
Every Friday (ongoing)
Aloha Fridays at the Keauhou Shopping Center (Kona) feature free ukulele lessons at 10am (advanced), 11am (beginners). Please bring your own ukulele. At noon there are free lei making lessons (needles and flowers provided). From 6pm to 7pm watch a free Polynesian show by Polynesian Paradise. For more information call (808) 322-3000 ext. 222.
One Sunday mid-month (ongoing)
KOKUA KAILUA VILLAGE STROLL
One Sunday each month from 1pm to 6pm, Alii Drive along scenic Kailua Bay in Historic Kailua Village becomes a festive pedestrian-only walkway and marketplace. Enjoy free music, artists, and friendly merchants open for great shopping and delicious dining. At 4pm, there is a free Hawaiian music concert on the lawn at Hulihee Palace honoring Hawaiian royalty. Bring your own mat or chair and they will be checked for free while you stroll Alii Drive. Sponsored by Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, Destination Kona Coast, Kailua Village Merchants Association, Kailua Village Business Improvement District, Hulihee Palace, & Pacific Radio Group. For more information call (808) 326-7820.