🎭 GREASE, Relay for Life, and Hilo & Honokaa Obon

This weekend, GREASE will be shown live at the Palace Theater in Hilo, HI! ​Photo by Alan L ​(2008).

Hi friend!

This week is a great week for our entertainment and comedy lovers: GREASE will be shown live at the Palace Theater, locally written Ho Ka Hū: No Ack! returns for its final weekend in Hilo, and you can catch comedy shows on both sides of the island.

Tonight in Hilo, you can check out the Wednesday Night Market (& stay for the karaoke/dance party). Or if youʻre looking for something to do this weekend, join the Relay for Life on Friday or check out a new downtown Hilo business Soil to Soul — theyʻre hosting a Hoe Down Showdown on Saturday night.

Will you be in Kona? Then make sure to grab tickets to Maoli on Friday night, unless you already have tickets to their sold out Saturday show.

As always, this is never an exhaustive list of everything going on — it’s a list of some events happening on Hawaiʻi Island this week. Save it for later, share it with a friend, or send a hint to your hot date.


  • Wed July 12: Wednesday Night Market, 4:30-7:30pm at Hilo Town Market. Featuring local vendors + live music.
  • Wed July 12: Karaoke + DJ Dance Party, 8-Pau at Hilo Town Market Showroom. Over 300,000 songs to choose from! $10 entry, BYOB & BYOF.
  • Wed July 12: Open Mic Jazz Jam, 7pm at Gertrude’s Jazz Bar in Kailua-Kona.
  • Wed July 12: Social Dance Night, 7:30-9:30pm at Hale Hana (74-5583 Luhia St.) in Kailua-Kona Industrial. Suggested donation of $15 general. Salsa, hustle, west coast swing, night club two-step & cha-cha!

Music + Dancing


Are bon dances considered community, or dancing? 🤔 lol 😆

  • Sat July 15: Hip Hop Masterclass, 1-2:30pm at Kona Dance and Performing Arts. $20 pre or $25 drop-in.
  • Sat July 15: Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Bon Dance, 7-10pm at Hilo Betsuin.
  • Sat July 15: Honokaa Hongwanji Bon Dance, 7pm at Honokaa Hongwanji.
  • Sat July 15: Big Island Relay for Life, 5-Midnight at Dr. Francis Wong Stadium in Hilo. The 31st annual Big Island Relay for Life is this Friday! This year’s theme is Seussical — Cancer: Not Here, Not There, Not Anywhere!

Entertainment + Comedy

  • Thurs-Sun July 13-16: GREASE — Live!, 7pm at Palace Theater in Hilo. Sing and dance along with this live musical classic presented by HEART! Tix are $24. There are 2pm shows on Sat + Sun.
  • Fri-Sun July 14-16: Ho Ka Hū: No Ack!, 4:30pm at UH Hilo Performing Arts Center Lawn. Enjoy this family-friendly local adaptation on Shakespeareʻs comedy Much Ado About Nothing, written by Dr. Justina ʻŌlalimākiaikalauaki Mattos. Free admission (donations accepted). Bring a chair & enjoy the show!
  • Fri-Sun July 14-16: Much Ado About Nothing, 7:30pm at UH Hilo Performing Arts Center Lawn. The 46th Annual Shakespeare in the Park presented by Hilo Community Players. Free admission (donations accepted). Bring a chair & enjoy the show with their concessions!
  • Fri July 14: Tits & Giggles: A Comedy Cabaret, 7:30pm at My Bar in Kailua-Kona. Tix are $15 and get them in advance!
  • Sat & Sun July 15 & 16: The Magic Flute by Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, 7pm on Sat and 4pm on Sun at Kahilu Theatre in Kamuela. Tix start at $28.
  • Sat July 15: Good Times Comedy Club, 6:30-9:30pm at Hilo Town Market. Tix are $10 at the door.
  • Tues July 18: Pineapples Comedy Open Mic, 9pm at My Bar in Kailua-Kona. 5 minute time slots for your music, comedy, and poetry!

Weekly Markets

Thank you so much for reading & following along! It’s really lovely to hear y’all are reading the newsletter and finding ideas for what to do 🫶🏼✨