Archive for "March, 2013"

50th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival

Big Island

March 31 thru April 6: 
50th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival.  Hawai`i’s most venerable hula celebration and competition with week-long festivities including exhibitions, musical entertainment, arts and crafts fairs and the Miss Aloha Hula Competition, kahiko (ancient) and auana (modern) hula competitions. Except for the hula competition, events are free.  Edith Kanakaole Tennis Stadium, 350 Kalanikoa Street, Hilo, 6 to 8 p.m.  See festival website for complete information on all events and times.  For information call (808) 935-9168 or visit www.merriemonarch.com.

Anahola Prince Kuhio Day Celebration

Kauai

 Saturday, March 30: 
Anahola Prince Kuhio Day Celebration.  This celebration will reaffirm the leadership, stewardship, and vision of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana’ole and his legacy of perpetuating the growth of a healthy Hawaiian community. The theme is “To honor the past and embrace the future.” It is a time of sharing the Hawaiian culture and kama’ainas (locals) and malihinis (visitors). Experience educational, health and wellness exhibits, performances, arts and crafts, and food booths. Anahola Beach Park. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information call (808) 639-1754.

Bill Cosby

Maui

Friday, March 29:
Bill Cosby.  A national treasure of comedy, television, literature and recording arts, Bill Cosby’s career spans five decades and virtually all media. Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Castle Theater, 7:30 p.m.  For tickets and information call (808) 242-7469 or visit www.mauiarts.org.

Benefit Night for the Birds at the Maui Brewing Co.

Maui

Friday, March 29:
Benefit Night for the Birds at the Maui Brewing Co. The Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project (MFBRP) is a research organization that was created in 1997 by the State of Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. MFBRP’s mission is to develop and implement techniques that recover Maui’s endangered birds and to restore their habitats through research, development, and application of conservation techniques. Half of the night’s pint sales will go to MFRBP. The event begins at 6pm and goes until midnight. The Maui Brewing Company is located at the Kahana Gateway Shopping Center at 4405 Honoapiilani Highway, Lahaina. For more information, call Laura Berthold at 808-573-0280 or email [email protected], or visit www.mauiforestbirds.org.

Hawaiian Music Series

Maui

Thursday, March 28:
Hawaiian Music Series.  Enjoy live Hawaiian music on the Baldwin Home lawn from 6 to 7:30 p.m.  The free program takes place under Maui’s moonlight in historic Lahaina and features local entertainers performing traditional Hawaiian music. Chairs are limited; blankets, mats, and low beach chairs are welcome.  For information call (808) 661-3262 or visit www.lahainarestoration.org.

Lavaman Waikoloa Triathlon

Big Island

Sunday, March 24: 
Lavaman Waikoloa Triathlon.  The 15th Annual Lavaman Triathlon Festival features an Olympic distance 10K-run, 40K-bike and 1.5K-swim open to individuals and relay teams of all ages and abilities, plus 5-K sunset fun run, health and fitness expo, awards party and beach barbeque.  Waikoloa Beach Resort, 69-425 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Kamuela.  7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For information call (808) 329-9718 or visit www.lavamantriathlon.com.

Big Island International Marathon

Big Island

Saturday, March 23: 
Big Island International Marathon.  In this annual 26.2-mile marathon and 13.1-mile and 3.1-mile fun runs, participants run the coast of old Hawaii along the Pacific Ocean, through rainforests, past rushing waterfalls and along black lava beaches to finish at the historic Hilo Bay front. 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, 71 Banyan Dr., Hilo.  For information call (808) 969-7400.

2nd Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival

Big Island

Saturday, March 23: 
2nd Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival.  This sweet and distinctive festival celebrates chocolate. Taste creations by the top chefs and chocolatiers of the Big Island along with fine wines and hand-crafted ales, live music and dancing, silent auction and more. Fee.  Fairmont Orchid, 1 North Kaniku Drive, Kamuela. 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.  For tickets and information call (808) 324-6100 or visit www.bigislandchocolatefestival.com.

Ho`omau 2013

Maui

Saturday, March 23:
Ho`omau 2013.  The annual fundraising event that supports programming for Pūnana Leo O Maui Hawaiian Language Immersion preschool. This is the premier Hawaiian language and entertainment event of the year for the entire family. Enjoy local Hawaiian musicians and entertainers, arts & crafts, great food, and silent and live auctions. Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, 150 Kanaloa Ave., Wailuku.  9 a.m. to Sunset.  $15.  For information visit www.mnbg.org.

Kumu Kahua Theatre – Fishing for Wives

Maui

Friday & Saturday, March 22 & 23: 
Kumu Kahua Theatre – Fishing for Wives.  Fishing for Wives offers comic confusion over a picture bride mix-up. It’s 1913 and two Hawai`i Island fishermen realize they have women problems. Lonely and bored with catching fish, Nishi sends for a picture bride from Japan, but sneaks a photo of his handsome friend Aoki in his place. The bride arrives and falls in love with the wrong man, setting off a classic battle of the sexes. By playwright and author, Edward Sakamoto.  Maui Arts & Cultural Center, McCoy Studio Theater, 7:30 p.m.  For tickets and information call (808) 242-7469 or visit www.mauiarts.org.