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September-October 2011 ❖ H A P P E N I N G S ❖

SEPTEMBER 4-Way Stop Friday, Sept. 2 Hilo Opening reception for Randy Takaki, Kaori Ukaji, Stephen Lang and Randy Shiroma’s mixed media, 2-D, 3-D installation in clay, paper, wood, concrete and metal. East Hawai‘i Cultural Center, 141 Kalākaua Street. 5:30 p.m. Exhibits open Sept. 3-28, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. except Sunday. 808.961.5711.

15th Annual Run For Hope Friday – Sunday, Sept. 2 – 4 Hualalai Resort Three-day event at Four Seasons Resort Hualālai in Ka‘upulehu benefits cancer research in Hawai’i. Taste of Hawai’i Island on Friday night features some of the island’s best chefs and restaurants; Saturday offers golf scramble and tennis tourney; Sunday is the 10K Run/5K Run/Walk. 808.325.8052 or

Queen Lili‘uokalani Canoe Races

37th Parker Ranch Round-up Club Rodeo Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 3-4 Waimea Annual fundraiser provides scholarships for school-age children of Parker Ranch employees. Two days of family-style fun offers team roping, bull riding, bareback broncs, barrel racing and more. Parker Ranch Rodeo Arena in Waimea, noon to

Hilo Hula Days 100 Days of Aloha by the Bay

Saturday, Sept. 3 Waikoloa Beach Resort Part of Hawai’i Island Festival; 30 Days of Aloha, 
noon at Hilton Waikoloa Village. Help sustain the festival by purchasing keepsake ribbons. The ribbons and a fee are required to attend the festival’s Ms. Aloha Nui, Poke and Falsetto Contests.

All Tuesdays plus Sept. 15, 22, 23 and 30 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. rain or shine. Free at the Mo’oheau Bandstand on the Bayfront of Historic Downtown Hilo. Live Hawaiian entertainment with the Mo’oheau Seranaders and special guests. Coordinated and produced by the Hilo Downtown Improvement Association. 329 Kamehameha Ave. 808.935.8850 or

East Hawai‘i Dance Festival Contest

Words and Wine, Local Authors

Poke Contest

Saturday, Sept. 3 Hilo Divisions for Hula, Ballroom, Swing, Foreign and Break Dance at the Palace Theatre, $10 Adv/$12 Door. 6 p.m. 808.935.9085 or

Kindy Sproat Falsetto & Storytelling Contest Saturday, Sept. 3 Waikoloa Beach Resort Part of Hawai’i Island Festival; 30 Days of Aloha, 6 p.m. at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott. Help sustain the festival by purchasing keepsake ribbons. The ribbons and a fee are required to attend the Ms. Aloha Nui, Poke and Falsetto Contests.

Kona Style Slack Key Guitar Festival Sunday, Sept. 4 Keauhou Hawai‘i’s trademark method of tuning and playing the guitar “slack-key” is showcased at this free music festival. Fifteen of the best slack-key artists from Hawai‘i and the Big Island perform authentic Hawaiian music. Noon - 5 p.m. Outdoors at Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa in Keauhou. 808.226.2697 or

Upcountry Faire Monday, Sept. 5 Kealakekua Christ Church Episcopal partners with Family Support Services in a day of family fun activities: games and prizes, bouncy castle, keiki pony rides, Momentum Climbing wall, face painting and balloon animals. Lots of food and treats. Over 3,000 square feet undercover—rain or shine. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Christ Church, at the bottom of Konawaena High School Road. Free. 808.323.3429, 808.328.7345 or email

Tuesday, Sept. 6 Keauhou Kona Stories book store in the Keauhou Shopping Center hosts a local author reception with free wine and pupus the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. Meet three or four local authors, who offer 10-minute presentations of their work. Q & A and talk story. 808.324.0350.

Ka Ulu Lauhala O Kona Festival Wednesday – Saturday, Sept. 7 – 11 Keauhou Weaving Master Aunty Elizabeth Lee presides over this 16th annual lauhala retreat offering workshops, craft fair, fashion show and more at the Keauhou Beach Resort. Registration: 808-989-6008. Accommodations: 808-324-2515 and request the Lauhala Conference room rate. Details:

Art and Traditions of Hula at Kilauea Thursday, Sept. 8; Saturday, Sept. 24 Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Kumu Maile Yamanaka presents a handson educational lesson in basic hula 10:3011:30 a.m., lei making noon-1 p.m. and basic ‘ukulele/Hawaiian music 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Volcano Art Center Gallery inside Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Free; park entrance fees apply.  808.967.8222 or

12th Bamboo Festival Sunday, Sept. 11 Papaikou
 The Hawai‘i Bamboo Society presents its annual bamboo festival 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Papaikou Hongwanji, located on the makai side of Hwy. 19, between mile markers 7/ 8, north of Hilo on the Onomea Drive scenic loop. Vendors, demos and exhibits. 808.315.9870.

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First time in KONA ! Makalapua Stadium Cinemas October 15 1pm


ANNA BOLENA October 29 1pm


DON GIOVANNI November 5 1pm


SIEGFRIED November 19 1pm


SATYAGRAHA December 10 1pm


FAUST January-April 2012 6 more operas including MANON and LA TRAVIATA Co-presented by Aloha Performing Arts Company and Kahilu Theatre Foundation


Friday – Monday, Sept. 2 – 5 Kona Coast The largest long-distance canoe race in the world, the Queen Lili‘uokalani Canoe Race attracts dozens of canoe hālau (clubs) and hundreds of paddlers from Hawai‘i and beyond. The event features single- hull, double-hull and individual races along with a torchlight parade, dance and lū‘au awards ceremony. 808.334.9481 or

sunset both days. Sunday 9 a.m. livestock auction. Food vendors. 808.885.7311 or


September-October 2011