Thursday, June 24, 2010

Big Island Annual Hawaiian Cultural Festival June 26 & 27

Pu 'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park celebrates its 49th annual cultural festival this weekend (both Saturday and Sunday) at the the beautiful and historically rich Place of Refuge in South Kona. The park is a scenic (think lush tropical greenery, coffee farms and small towns frozen in time) 30 minute drive from Holualoa Inn.  Festivities take place from 9 am to 3 pm and include hula, outrigger canoe rids, sampling traditional Hawaiian foods, lauhala and kapa making, lei-making and  much more! The two day event is complimentary and the usual Park fees have been waived for the weekend of events. Not-to-be-missed!

Innkeeper Holualoa Inn

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Hawaii Island Annual Event June 19 in Holualoa!

The Summer Farmfest & Ukulele Jam is set for this Saturday, June 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Holualoa Village. With festivities literally just up Holualoa Inn's entry drive, it's and easy hop up the road to enjoy this colorful, delicious, musical event. It takes place village-wide with more than a dozen local farmers displaying their goods, offering samples and produce for sale while Ukulele is played on three stages stretched along "main street". Featured musicians include Na Kupuna o Kona Ali'i, Mele Ohana and Bolomusic -- bring your "uke" and join in! Beer drinkers rejoice -- our very own Kona Brewing Company is introducing its hand-crated Oceanic Organic beer during the event with samples offered at Holuakoa Gardens & Cafe, a major sponsor of this year's event. See you there!

Innkeeper Holualoa Inn

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Hawaii Holiday June 11 Celebrates King Kamehameha I Day

King Kamehameha Day is celebrated throughout the state of Hawaii on Friday, June 11. This festive day of commemoration is especially meaningful on the Big island, birthplace of King Kamehameha I aka King Kamehameha the Great! His grandson, King Kamehameha V proclaimed the June 11 holiday in 1871 and it was one of the first holidays to be established when Hawaii became a state in 1959. June 11, 2010 marks the 94th annual event to honor the man who united the Hawaiian Islands, formally establishing the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1810. Some say his actions in unifying the islands prevented their take over by any number of world powers at the start of the 19th century. Today, King Kamehameha Day is celebrated with a variety of events that are a tribute to ancient Hawaii and the cultural traditions that King Kamehameha I defended when his society was slowly shifting towards European ways. Kamehameha was born in Kohala on the northernmost tip of the Big Island circa 1758 and this tiny but proud community boasts, "small town, big celebration" and this year will be no different! North Kohala festivities begin at the King's statue at 8 a.m. for a traditional hawaiian blessing, chant and hula followed by the draping of the stature with a 22-foot long floral lei. A parade follows at 9 a.m. and is followed by a Ho'olaule'a featuring day long cultural displays, crafts fair, food and beverage booths and fabulous entertainment. Holualoa Inn guests will want an early wake up call to make it to North Kohala by 8 a.m. -- allow at least 90 minutes to make a leisurely drive from the Inn to Kohala town. Closer to home (just 10-minutes from Holualoa Inn), a floral parade honoring King Kamehameha takes place through the heart of Kailua-Kona village beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, June 11. Entertainment, crafts and food booths will be on offer following this colorful -- and fragrant --  parade.     
Innkeeper Holualoa Inn

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Hawaii Special Event June 5 -- 2010 Rohto Ironman 70.3 on Big Island!

The final qualifying event of the year for a coveted spot in the Annual Ford Ironman Championship, sponsored here on October 9, takes place this weekend along the spectacular Kohala Coast, Big Island of Hawaii. Nearly 1600 contestants from throughout the world will swim, bike and run some 70.3 miles (exactly 1/2 the distance of the annual October championship) in their bid for the remaining 72 slots in the prestigious endurance championship. Twenty-four of those slots are reserved exclusively for full-time residents of Hawaii Island. The 2010 Rohto Ironman 70.3 triathlon gets started with an early morning (7 a.m.) splash. "Team Honu" from Holualoa Inn will be out on Saturday, June 5, cheering on our hometown favorites. Join us!  

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