Sunday, May 19:
Kokua Kailua Hulihe`e Palace Concert Series & Village Stroll. One Sunday each month from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Ali`i Drive along scenic Kailua Bay in Kailua-Kona becomes a festive pedestrian-only walkway. Enjoy music, artists, merchants and restaurants. At 4 p.m., there is a free Hawaiian music concert on the lawn at Hulihe`e Palace. Bring your own mat or chair and they will be checked for free while you stroll Ali`i Drive, Kailua Village (Kona). For information visit www.kvbid.org.
Saturday, May 18:
Hula Arts at Kilauea. Na Mea Hawai`i Hula Kahiko Performance featuring Halau Kahula `O Nawahine Noho Pu`ukapu under the direction of kumu hula Ana Nawahine Kaho`opi`i. This inspired outdoor presentation takes place rain or shine at the hula platform located near VAC Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The audience is encouraged to bring sitting mat and sun/rain gear. On the same day, there is a hands-on cultural demonstration from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm at VAC Gallery porch. For information call (808) 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.
Friday & Saturday, May 10 & 11:
Kona Orchid Society Annual Show and Sale. Friday from 9am to 6pm & Saturday from 8am to 5pm. FREE Admission. At Kona’s old Airport Makae’o Events Pavilion (north end of Kuakini Highway). Includes orchid vendors, many art & Crafts vendors and FREE classes on orchid culture. For more information, visit www.konaorchidsociety.org or contact: Linda Baseman, 329-1913.
features the new Emily T Gail Show. Emily’s show can be found online at www.espnhawaii.com under “Lineup” on the homepage. Sponsored by Aloha – Big Island Visitor Guide, Emily “talks story” with recreational, high school and professional athletes, along with coaches, parents, organizers, and members of print and broadcast media. She talks about golf, running, swimming, biking, tennis, paddling, diving, skateboarding, as well as major league sports, high school sports, and college sports. For information, call Emily at (808) 896-6780, visit www.emilys.org, or email Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tea for Tuesdays. Join JoAnn Aguirre, tea educator and member of the Hawaii Tea Society, for an hour of tea talk, a delicious scone and a cuppa. Tea for Tuesdays is a one hour program and part of a monthly 2013 Volcano Tea Series. Free activity; donations accepted. Held at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Road in Volcano Village. For more information call (808) 967-8222 or visit teachingtea.com.
Sunday, May 5:
Na Makua Mother’s Gift Fair. This free gift show is dedicated to all mother’s featuring locally made crafts and products that appeal to and make great gifts for mothers and women. The gift fair will feature live entertainment by top local entertainers. Delicious local food, refreshments and snacks and door prize drawings. Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium, 323 Manono Street, Hilo. For information call (808) 966-4647 or visit www.namakua.com.
Saturday, May 4:
Ka`u Coffee Festival: Ho`olaulea. A free event that will include Ka`u coffee tasting, coffee educational displays and demonstrations, food, art & crafts vendors, entertainment, and kid’s corner. Pahala Community Center, 96-1149 Kamani St., Pahala. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information call (808) 929-9550 or visit www.kaucoffeefest.com.
Aloha Fridays at Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. A free hands-on demonstration lesson is given in a cultural craft that will vary from week to week. Held at VAC Gallery porch in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All events are free (donations welcome); park entrance fees apply. For information call (808) 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.
Hawai`iana Live. A 45-minute cultural tourism program hosted by Leilehua Yuen. It features live on stage presentations that share the history and traditions of the Hawaiian culture through storytelling, film, music, oli and hula. Topics and films change weekly as the program revolves around the Hawaiian lunar calendar, and surprise guests and musicians often appear. Also featured is Rick Mazurowski at the newly restored Palace pipe organ. Palace Theater, 38 Haili Street, Hilo. 11 a.m. Admission is $5, Keiki 12 & under, free. Be sure to visit their website for other weekly events at the Theater. For information call (808) 934-7010 or visit www.hilopalace.com.
Wednesday, May 1:
Hilo Lei Day Festival. Join the fun at the 9th annual He Mo`olelo `O ka Lei celebration of Hawaii’s “garlands of aloha.” This uniquely Hawaiian event kicks off a celebration of the lei for the month of May in Hilo. Event features music and hula, lei-making demonstrations and the heritage, history and culture. East Hawaii Cultural Center. 141 Kalakaua St., Hilo. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information call (808) 895-0850 or visit www.leiday.net.