Archive for "July, 2013"

Big Island Hawaiian Music Festival

Big Island

Saturday & Sunday, July 13 & 14: 
Big Island Hawaiian Music Festival.  Enjoy authentic Hawaiian music, including ukulele, slack key and steel guitar, and falsetto singing at this always popular event featuring artists from around Hawaii. Afook Chinen Hilo Civic Auditorium, 799 Pi`ilani Street, Hilo, noon to 6 p.m. each day. For information and schedule call (808) 961-5711 or visit

Nā Hōkū Hou Award Winners Concert


Saturday, July 13: 
Nā Hōkū Hou Award Winners Concert. Celebrate the year’s musical “Bests” in Hawai`i! This 3rd annual concert features winners of the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, as presented by the Hawai`i Academy of Recording Arts (HARA). A wonderful evening of music in the beautiful Yokouchi Pavilion, with both current and previous Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winners.  Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Pavilion Courtyard, 6 p.m.  For tickets and information call (808) 242-7469 or visit

Hawaiian Moonlight


Saturday, July 13: 
Hawaiian Moonlight.   Entertainment featuring George Kahumuku Jr. and friends who volunteer their talent, and organize stage performances of Hawaiian music as their way of “giving back” to the Bailey House Museum. Bring your blanket or a low back beach chair and enjoy the evening listening to music under the moon and stars. Tickets are $25 for General Admission and $20 for Maui Historical Society Members.  Children 12 and under free with a paid adult. Bailey House Museum, 2375 Main St., Wailuku.  7 – 10 p.m.  For information call (808) 244-3326 or visit

Korean Festival


Friday & Saturday, July 12 & 13: 
Korean Festival.  See live Korean dance performances, taekwondo (Korean martial arts) demonstrations, and cultural exhibits of Korean artifacts and memorabilia. Taste a savory, mouth-watering sampling of Korean cuisine. Listen to the sounds of Korean drum dance and live singers performing traditional and popular Korean songs.  Kapiolani Park, 2801 Monsarrat Ave., Honolulu. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.  For information call (808) 861-5823 or visit

Ke Kani O Ke Kai Summer Concerts


Thursdays, July 11 & 25: 
Ke Kani O Ke Kai Summer Concerts.  As the sun sets on Waikiki, the Aquarium lawn will light up with an evening of an unforgettable performance.  July 11 – Mark Yamanka & Darren Benitez; July 25 – Amy Hanaial`i & Hi`ikua.  A menu of signature items prepared by a noted restaurant will be available for purchase.  Waikiki Aquarium, 2777 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu.  Admission fee. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and performance begins at 7:00 p.m.  For information call (808) 923-9741 or visit

Makuahi Cave Reserve Tours


Makuahi Cave Reserve Tours.  At the center of its many attractions is Hawai`i’s largest limestone cave, the richest fossil site in the islands, and a uniquely preserved archaeological site. It’s a living museum dedicated not just to the past, but also to experiments in native species conservation.  Located in Maha`ulepu.  Guided tours 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  For information call (808) 482-1059 or visit

Slack Key Guitar Concerts


Sunday Afternoons: 

Slack Key Guitar Concerts.  Traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar and `ukulele concerts.  July 7 – Kauai Slack Key; July 14 – Dreams Come True; July 21 – Gift of the Ancestors; July 28 – Slack Key Legends.  Tickets: $20 ($15 keiki/seniors).  The concerts are nahenahe – soft and sweet.  Slack key guitar and `ukulele in the real old style.  All traditional music with songs and stories of the islands, telling the history of this Hawaiian musical art form.  A portion of the proceeds supports the Hale Halawai Ohana `O Hanalei.  Hanalei Family Community Center, 5-5299 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei.  3 to 5 p.m.  For information and reservations call (808) 826-1469 or visit

Moili`ili Summer Fest


Saturday, July 6: 
Moili`ili Summer Fest.  A lively event in one of Honolulu’s oldest and most vivacious neighborhoods.  Event features live entertainment, the largest Japanese Bon Dance in Honolulu, food booths, and retail vendors.  Moili`ili, 1100 University Ave., Honolulu.  For information visit

48th Annual Makawao Paniolo Parade


Saturday, July 6: 
48th Annual Makawao Paniolo Parade.  Theme: Hanohano Nā Paniolo (Distinguished are the Paniolo).  Stick Horses Race at 8:45 a.m., Parade begins at 9:00 a.m.  No parking in town.  Roads will be closed.  Park at the Oski Rice Arena Rodeo Grounds on Olinda Road and take the free shuttle.  For information call (808) 572-9565.

Obon Dance & Festival


Throughout the Month of July: 
Obon Dance & Festival.  The Obon tradition was brought to Hawaii by Japanese immigrants and evolved into a social and cultural event, as well as a religious custom designed to honor ancestors through an evening of dance, music and merry-making.  Festivities and Dance schedules and locations are listed below:

  • Saturday, July 6:  Lahaina Jodo Mission, 12 Ala Moana St., Lahaina.  Dancing 7:00 p.m.  For information call (808) 661-4304.
  • Friday & Saturday, July 12 & 13:  Paia Mantokuji Mission,  5636 Hana Hwy., Paia.  Service at 6 p.m., Dancing at 8 p.m.  For information call (808) 579-8051.
  • Friday & Saturday, July 19 & 20:  Kahului Hongwanji Mission, 291 S. Pu`unene Ave., Kahului.  Service 6:30 p.m., Dancing 7:30 p.m.  For information call (808) 871-4732.
  • Saturday, July 26:  Makawao Hongwanji Mission. 1074 Makawao Ave., Wailuku.  Service 6:30 p.m., Dancing 7:30 p.m.  For information call (808) 572-7229.