🏮More obon dances, comedy shows, and dancing!

Don’t miss Kona Hongwanji’s bon dance this weekend! Crafters, manju, food booth, andagi, and dancing! Sat from 6-10pm in Kealakekua. On Hilo side? Hilo Hooganji's bon dance starts at 7:30pm on Saturday! This photo is of a bon dance (2007) by Pelican on Flickr.

Hi friend!

Last night, I put together the events for this week as I listened to All My Exes’ Moms by Brooke Alexx on repeat (it’s CATCHY), together with the sound of Hilo rain pouring in the background.

And first thing this morning, I checked in with my dad. He lives on the other side of the island in Kealakekua, and was happy to share there was no rain for him, which is actually unusual as he’s experienced rain pretty regularly since moving there last year!

I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and comfortable today 🫶🏼✨

Looking for something to do this week? Here’s what’s happening on the Big Island — including Kona Hongwanji’s bon dance, Hilo Hooganji’s bon dance, an audition for Palace Theater’s fall musical, and Waimea Food Truck Friday!

This is by no means an all-encompassing list, but a few ideas of events happening on Hawaiʻi Island.

A little behind-the-scenes of this newsletter: every Tuesday night, I spend 60-90 mins browsing the Internet seeing what I can find happening this upcoming week.

Here’s what I found!


  • I’m finding some events are cancelled tonight, so instead of trying to figure out what’s still happening, my recommendation is to cuddle underneath a blanket and watch Liquor Store Dreams on PBS.


Music + Dancing

  • Sat July 22: Punk Night, 7pm at Gertrude’s Jazz Bar in Kailua-Kona. Tix are $25 online or $30 at the door.
  • Sat July 22: 80s Dance Party, 8-11pm at Soil to Soul in Downtown Hilo.
  • Sat July 22: Drink in Pink, 9pm at My Bar in Kona.
  • Mon July 24: Monday Night Jazz Jam, 6pm at Kukuau Studio in Hilo.


  • Fri July 21: Nature & Art as Therapy: Sun Prints, 10-12pm at Manukā Park, Ocean View. Turn the power of the sun into shapes from around you! Hosted by Root & Rise Hawaiʻi. Space is limited!
  • Sat July 22: End Alzheimers Rummage Sale, 8am-2pm at Life Care Center of Hilo. Food trucks, booths, and a rummage sale supporting the Alzheimer’s Association.
  • Sat July 22: Behind the Scenes of Sound, 10:30am-1:30pm at Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu-Kona. Nobody knows what the sound designer does until they don’t do it. Are you interested in learning the ins and outs of theatre sound? Then join this 3 hour workshop!
  • Sat July 22: Hilo Hooganji Bon Dance, 7:30pm at Hilo Hooganji.
  • Sat July 22: Kona Hongwanji Bon Dance & Craft Fair, 6-10pm at Kona Hongwanji in Kealakekua.
  • Sun July 23: July Drag Brunch with Palehua, 1pm at My Bar in Kailua-Kona. Tix are $10 plus an ala carte menu available!

Comedy + Entertainment

Weekly Markets

FYI — Free clothing swap in Kona next week. Mark your calendars for July 26 at 3-6:30pm!

What did I miss? And, what else do you want to know about the Big Island?