DISCOVER BIG ISLAND FESTIVITIES
AND TAKE PART IN THE FUN
Queen Lili’uokalani Canoe Race
Aug 31-Sep 4, 2023 – Kailua-Kona
The Kai Opua Canoe Club has been hosting these races annually since 1971. It is the world’s largest long distance canoe race, following a historic course between Kamakahonu Beach in Kailua Bay and Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park. Other races take place during the day, such as double-hull canoe races, relays, and more. There will be other activities surrounding the events, including the Historic Kailua Villa Cultural Walk; booths with arts, crafts and food; a Torchlight Parade; and the Queen Lili’uokalani Canoe Race Lu’au.
Queen Lili’uokalani Birthday Celebration
Sep 10, 2023 @ 10am-3pm – Lili’uokalani Gardens, Hilo
Celebrating the birthday of Queen Lili’uokalani, enjoy a “Mass Hula”, flower drop, Hawaiian games, tea ceremony, local musicians, and more.
Kona Pride Festival
Sep 15-17, 2023 – Kailua-Kona
Join the LGBTQ community and allies in celebrating equality, diversity, love and community. Enjoy entertainment, activities, vendors, and food & drink!
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Fee-Free Days
Sep 23rd 2023 – Volcanoes National Park
The park will be free to enter on September 23rd to celebrate National Public Lands Day.