The Hawaii Island Festival also known statewide as the 'Aloha Festival' has kicked off with a month of celebration and festivities all September long. These events are part of a month long series of events focused on Hawaiian culture, traditions, arts and food celebrating the diversity of the people of Hawaii.
Major events happening for the start of the week on Hawaii Island include:
Sept. 7th - Queen Liliuokalani day in Hilo, HI from 10-4pm. All day festival with many hula halau performing along with a aerial flower drop with all hula halau dancing in unison.
Sept 7th - Poke contest at the Sheraton Keauhou Beach resort, festivities and competition starts at 10am for more information check out their website here.
Sept 7th - Kindy Sproat Falsetto and Storytelling Contest, Waikoloa Beach Marriott; 5pm
September 8-14 - Puna Culinary Festival - Opening Event, Behind the Scenes Luau, The Lanai at Kalani 6:00 - 8:00pm Royal Court Appearance
September 11-13 – Kupuna Hula; Royal Court appearance, Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort; 5pm
September 14 - Puna Culinary Festival - Closing Event, PupuPalooza, Pupu Cooking Contest @ Kalani EMAX 3:00 - 5:00pm
September 14 – Royal Court appearance at Lanihau Shopping Center 25th Anniversary; 5pm
September 21 –Waimea Paniolo Parade & Ho'olaule'a; 10am from church row to Waimea park, a Ho'olaule'a (festival) will be held at the park with crafters, food booths and family fun events.
In the early years, the “Hawai’i Island Festival – 30 Days of Aloha” was a part of the statewide Aloha Festivals celebration, but in recent years has become a stand-alone Hawai’i Island celebration organized and supported by Big Island businesses and residents.
For more information: http://www.hawaiiislandfestival.org/