The western side of the Big Island is home to Kona Brewing Company and that success has spurred one of the best brew festivals in Hawaii.
Discover Big Island Events and Info
Big Island events are a constant occurrence! The island is teeming with activities, and festivals designed for locals and visitors alike. From hula classes to guided tours, concerts, and luaus, there’s always something happening for those who seek it out. Hawaii Island is well known for our rich cultural, oceanic, and agricultural background and many of the festivals and events are centered around this heritage. With food and farm tours offering up a taste coffee, macadamia nuts, cacao, local beef, and the myriad of fruits and veggies that grow across the island, it’s no surprise that many Big Island events have a food theme.
We’re also well know for our sporting and water based events with everything from surfing competitions, outrigger canoe races, and the World’s Ironman Championship, there’s never a dull moment. For those with a sporting predilection, Kona hosts the the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament, the Rock N Reel Hawaiian Open Fishing Tournament and the Annual Huggo’s Wahine Fishing Tournament.
Since Hawaii Island was home to most of the Royalty of Hawaii, the cultural history here runs deep and the celebration of that connection results in several Big Island events that shouldn’t be missed. The history of hula is as intriguing as the dances are beautiful. You can explore the world of hula during the annual Merrie Monarch Festival or get a taste of the incredible dance at many local luaus, festivals and events.
Some of the big favorites include:
– The Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii (October)
– The Kona Coffee Festival (a 10 day festival in early November)
– The Merrie Monarch Festival (a week-long celebration during the week of Easter)
Attend the Kona Brewers Festival
The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival
2023 Ironman World Championship in Kona
The Ironman World Championship is the ultimate physical and mental test of strength, resilience, and endurance in the world.
Enjoy the Art of Hula at the Merrie Monarch Festival
Visiting Hilo during the annual Merrie Monarch Festival is a wonderful opportunity to explore and enjoy traditional Hawaiian hula, arts and crafts, music, and fun local events.
Kokua Kailua Village Stroll in Downtown Kona
Held on a monthly basis, Kokua Kailua is a leisurely art stroll through the streets of historic Kailua Village that brings together artisans and craftspeople throughout the Big Island.
2022 Ironman World Championship in Kona
The 2022 Ironman World Championship was another one for the record books!
The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival
Attend the world famous Kona Coffee Festival for one of the most enlightening and delicious experiences you can undertake on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Kona Coffee Festival Video
Enjoy some footage from the 2021 Kona Coffee Cultural Festival in Kailua Kona Hawaii.
Attend the Kona Mai Tai Festival
Attention Mai Tai lovers, the Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival in Kona is a fun annual event featuring a mai tai mix-off contest, BBQ cook-off, and live music pool party.
2021 Ironman World Championship in St. George Utah
The 2021 Ironman World Championship was held in St. George, Utah on May 7, 2022.
Attend the Annual Hilo Brewfest
A celebration of beer, food, and Hawaiian culture, the Rotary Club of Hilo’s annual Hilo Brewfest is an afternoon of fun, beer, and music.
Hawaii Island Festival of Birds
Attention bird lovers, the Hawaii Island Festival of Birds is a fun event featuring a film festival, hands on activities, expert speakers and guided birding excursions.
2019 Ironman World Championship Recap
The 2019 Ironman World Championship was one for the record books!
Celebrate The Emerging Ka’u Coffee Culture
Coffee grown in the Ka’u district of the Big Island of Hawaii has won multiple international and Hawaiian awards for quality and taste.
First Friday Art Events
The Big Island is a major hub for island-grown art and culture, and these events make for the perfect Friday evening outing for those who appreciate it.
2018 Ironman World Championship Recap
The 2018 Ironman World Championship was one for the record books, with five course records being broken.
2017 Ironman World Championship Recap
The 2017 Ironman World Championship in Kona was an incredible event and one for the record books with stunning performances from the worlds top athletes.
Recapping NASA’s Mars Experiment on Hawaii Island
Hawaii’s unique environment and climate make it an ideal location for many types of scientific research, including the recent NASA Mars Experiment.
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