Archive for "August, 2014"

Na Hula Festival


Sunday, August 3:
Na Hula Festival. Hula is more than just a dance form. Hula directs your beliefs, traditions and values. Hula conducts your behavior and shapes who you become. A dancer breathes, eats, and sleeps hula. Bring your hali`i (covering, spread), mea ‘ai (food) and enjoy a beautiful, relaxing day of hula at the park. Admission is free. Queen Kapiolani Regional Park and Bandstand, 2805 Monsarrat Ave., Honolulu. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information call (808) 768-3041 or visit

Slack Key Guitar Concerts


Sunday Afternoons:
Slack Key Guitar Concerts. Traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar and `ukulele concerts. August 3 – Kaua`i Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert; August 10 – Hawai`i’s Cowboy Music; August 17 – Circle of Life; August 24 – Gifts of the Ancestors; August 31 – Poina `ole – Never to be forgotten. 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. Voted 2014 Best Live Show in Hawai`i by Hawai`i Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards. 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

Kaua`i Sand Festival


Saturday, August 2:
Kaua`i Sand Festival. Enjoy a free Hawai`i Sand Castle/Art/Sculpture Contest and Festival. Build a sand castle or sand art to win lots of prizes. For kids thru adults, individuals or teams of any size. All are welcome to create their dream and enjoy a day at the beach as sand artists. Hanalei, near Black Pot Beach. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information call (808) 245-8680.

Bike ride Benefit for MS Society of Hawaii

Big Island

Saturday & Sunday, August 2 & 3:
Bike ride Benefit for MS Society of Hawaii. Ride for a good cause and join the Bike Works MS Team!  Visit to sign up for the Bikeworks team or stop in BikeWorks Beach & Sport Queens Marketplace for information. For more information call (808) 886-5000 or visit

13th Annual Heiva I Kaua`i Iorana Tahiti


Saturday & Sunday, August 2 & 3:
13th Annual Heiva I Kaua`i Iorana Tahiti. A grass roots cultural festival filled with aloha, dance, music & great shopping. Two full days of Tahitian dance and Tahitian drumming competitions. Dance exhibitions, Polynesian artists & cultural demonstrations, Island foods and Polynesian crafts, plus a silent auction daily. Kapa`a Beach Park, Kaua`i. Gates open 9 a.m., festival begins at 10 a.m. Admission $6, children 6 and under free. For ADA and other festival information call (808) 822-9447 or visit

A Taste of Kilohana


Saturdays, August 2 and 23:
A Taste of Kilohana. An exclusive, guided food tour that offers a seasonal taste of Kilohana Plantation. Ride an open-air plantation-style train, feed wild boar, goats and chickens and stroll through the orchard with an expert in local agriculture. Pick, eat, and learn how to select and prepare exotic tropical fruit. Tour the historic Manor House. Finally, enjoy a three-course, locally sourced meal in the Private Dining Room of the historic Wilcox Mansion. $115. Kilohana Plantation, Lihue. 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For reservations and information call (808) 685-0257.

Obon Dance & Festival

Big Island

Throughout the Month of August:
Obon Dance & Festival. The Obon tradition was brought to Hawai`i 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, August 2: Taishoji Soto Mission, 275 Kino`ole St., Hilo, 7:15 p.m. For information call (808) 935-8407.
  • Saturday, August 2: Kurtistown Jodo Mission, Iwasaki Camp Road, Kurtistown, 8 p.m. following 7 p.m. service. For information call (808) 966-9777.
  • Saturday, August 2: Hawi Jodo Mission, 55-1104 Akoni Pule Hwy., Hawi, 7 p.m. following 6:30 p.m. service. For information call (808) 775-0965.
  • Saturday, August 2: Pa`auilo Kongoji Mission, 43-1461 Hauola Rd., Pa`auilo, 7 – 10:30 p.m. For information call (808) 776-1474.
  • Saturday, August 2: Taishoji Soto Mission, 276 Kino`ole St., Hilo, 7 – 10 p.m. For information call (808) 935-8407.
  • Saturday, August 9: Hamakua Jodo Mission, 44-2947 Kalopa Rd., Honoka`a, following 6 p.m. service. For information call (808) 889-5456
  • Saturday, August 9: Kona Koyasan Daishiji Mission, Holualoa, 7 p.m. For information call (808) 324-1741
  • Saturday, August 9: Hilo Higashi Hongwanji, 216 Mohouli St., Hilo, 8 p.m. For information call (808) 935-8968
  • Friday, August 15: Life Care Center of Hilo, 944 W Kawailani St, Hilo, 6 – 7:30 p.m. For information call (808) 959-9151
  • Saturday, August 16: Hakalau Jodo Mission, 29-2265 Old Mamalahoa Hwy., Pepe`ekeo, 8 p.m. following 7 p.m. service. For information call (808) 966-9777.
  • Saturday, August 16: Kamuela Hongwanji, 65-1110 A Mamalahoa Hwy., Waimea, 7:30 p.m. following 6:30 p.m. service. For information call (808) 885-4481
  • Saturday, August 30: Honohina Hongwanji, 32-896 Mamalahoa Hwy., Ninole, 7 p.m. following 6 p.m. service. For information call (808) 963-6032.

MAPA LIVE presents Miss Saigon


Fridays – Sundays, August 15 – 24:
MAPA LIVE presents Miss Saigon. This haunting and heart-wrenching love story of a Vietnamese bar girl and an American Marine during the fall of Saigon is a triumph of popular theater. With 45 performers and a live 21-piece orchestra, Miss Saigon explodes with the sweep and passion of opera couched in the gritty musical vernacular of our own time. An intimate story about the shattering effects of war on people who love each other, Miss Saigon is ultimately a moving testament to the power of the human spirit to survive. (Program contains mature themes and language.) Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Castle Theater, One Cameron Way, Kahului. For tickets, showtimes, and information, call (808) 242-7469 or visit

HCT After Dark


Thursdays – Sundays, July 24 – August 10:
HCT After Dark. HCT is proud to present the triple Tony Award Winning Musical Comedy, Avenue Q!   All performances will be at the Puhi Theatre Warehouse at 7 p.m.  Space is very limited, so purchase tickets in advance online at or call 808-246-8985.

Sunset Hula

Big Island

Friday, August 1:
Sunset Hula. Na Kumu Leilehua Yuen and Manu Josiah with Halau Hula LeiManu will perform at the Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Presented authentically in a natural setting, rain or shine without electronic amplification. Audience members are encouraged to bring sun/rain gear and sitting mats. The event is free, however National Park fees apply. For information call (808) 987-7288 or visit