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Waimea Cherry Blossom Festival
Feb 3, 2024 – Waimea
In February of each year, Waimea’s community organization joins forces to showcase Waimea’s historic cherry trees and the Japanese tradition of viewing them—hanami.
Held traditionally the first Saturday of February, this free festival includes a variety of activities hosted at multiple venues throughout Waimea. Look for pink banners identifying site locations.
Experience an all-day lineup of Japanese and multi-cultural performing arts, plus hands-on demonstrations of bonsai, origami, traditional tea ceremony, fun mochi pounding and a host of colourful craft fairs.
Below are annual events that are expected to take place in 2024. Events will be marked as TBA until official 2024 dates are released.
South Kona Artists Collective Online Art Auction
Feb TBA, 2024 – South Kona
The South Kona Artists Collective (SOKO) Annual Studio Tour and Sale will take place Feb 26-27 2022 barring unforeseen events. Their annual Studio Tour to bring the work of South Kona artists to a wider audience. The participating artists open their studios each day to share and showcase their creations.
Feb TBA, 2024 – Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative
The Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative hosts the annual Wiliwili Festival to celebrate the Island’s lowland dry forest and its iconic wiliwili trees. The event is free of charge and features information booths and talks, forest tours, keiki (children) activities, silent auction, food vendors, music and more. There are both virtual and in-person activities, check the event’s website for more information.
Panaewa Stampede Rodeo
Feb TBA, 2024 – Hilo
The Panaewa Stampede Rodeo is an annual event that offers plenty of traditional rodeo events like bull riding and calf roping. Two uniquely Hawaiian events also take place – Double Mugging (where two Paniolo wrestle with a steer to tie three of its legs together) and Po’o Wai U (the traditional method of capturing wild cattle). Enjoy events for keiki (children) led by the rodeo clown, food and crafts from local vendors, and the cultural and historical display tent highlighting Paniolo history.
Mardi Gras on Mamane
Feb TBA, 2024 – Honoka’a
Celebrate Mardi Gras with live music and delicious Cajun food. Get ready to party and wear purple, green, and gold!