Have you been wondering what time of year you should plan your vacation to the Big Island? Well, you may want to consider the different festivals which take place annually. Whether you are interested in seeing hula performances, learning about cultural traditions, or just want to try some amazing local food, there are many different festivals you can attend. Below you’ll find our seasonal guide to annual festivals. (There are many more festivals on the Big Island, but these four are some of the biggest and longest running.)
Winter – The Waimea Cherry Blossom Festival takes place every February when the sixty-year-old cheery trees bloom in Church Row Park. Throughout the day presenters show various Japanese/ Hawaiian demonstrations like origami making, mochi tsuki pounding, and how to do a Japanese tea ceremony. There is always amazing food to try and live performances of hula and music.
Spring – In April you won’t want to miss the Merrie Monarch Festival, one of the world’s best known hula competitions. Every year, dancers come to Hilo to display skills in both ancient and modern hula. Besides the nightly competitions there is also local fare to try, entertainment to see, and a crafts fair to browse through.
Summer – If you’re interested in learning more about Hawaiian culture and heritage, then the Cultural Festival at Pu’uhonau O Honaunau National Historical Park is the festival for you. At the end of June there are demonstrations in the park teaching how to make a traditional Hawaiian instrument, weave a lei, make a gourd, and much more. Set sail on Honaunau Bay and try your hand at hukilau (Hawaiian fishing). There’s also a traditional crafts fair with items for purchase like a nose flute, coconut leaf hat, or lauhala bracelet
Fall – Every September we celebrate Hawaiian culture and heritage for thirty days during the Hawaii Island Festival. Some of the highlights include the Miss Aloha Nui Pageant, Great Waikoloa Poke Contest, Clyde Kindy Sproat Falsetto and Storytelling Contest, and the Waimea Paniolo Parade and Ho’olaule’a. Throughout the month there’s music, hula, cultural demonstrations, delicious food, and much more.
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