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Queen Liliuokalani Canoe Race
Sep 2-6, 2021 – 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.
Below are annual events that are expected to take place in September 2021. Events will be marked as TBA until official 2021 dates are released.
Taste of the Hawaiian Range
Sep TBA, 2021 – Waikoloa
This annual agricultural festival offers a daytime Agriculture Festival and Farm Fair with family activities, educational presentations, vendors and more, followed by an Evening Taste Gala which showcases local produce.
Below are annual events that are cancelled in 2021, but are expected to resume in 2022. Events will be marked as TBA until official 2022 dates are released.
Paniolo Day Parade
Sep TBA, 2022 – Waimea
One of Waimea’s most popular annual events in September is the Paniolo Parade and Ho’olaulea. Celebrating the Island’s rich Paniolo (cowboy) heritage, this family event is enjoyed by kids and adults alike. It starts with the Paniolo Parade which travels from the historic Church Row on Mamalahoa Highway through the heart of downtown Waimea to Waimea Park. The parade includes the Royal Court and pa’u riders. Unique to Hawaii, each pa’u rider princess is adorned in flowers and a lei representing the different Hawaiian islands. You’ll want to stick around after the parade to enjoy all the great live music, food, and of course lots and lots of vendors featuring locally made items. There are games for the kids, and so much more!
Kona Pride Festival
Sep TBA, 2022 – Kailua-Kona
Join the LGBTQ community and allies in celebrating equality, diversity, love and community. Enjoy entertainment, activities, vendors, and food & drink!
International Day of Peace Parade
Sep TBA, 2022 – Honoka’a
This annual event celebrates the International Day of Peace with a parade performers, a silent auction, and food & drink!