🏇🏻 Celebrate Paniolo heritage, free concert in the park, and more!

Yutaka Kimura was a foreman for the ranch and the manager of one of Parker Ranch’s early dairies. Photo from Honoka'a Heritage Center's Paniolo Collection.

Hi friend!

It’s Grad season, lychee trees are bearing endless supplies of fruit, and there’s lots happening on Hawaiʻi Island this week. Consider making the drive over to Honokaʻa — especially on Saturday — to check out the Western Week activities and parade!

Without further ado, here’s what’s happening on the Big Island this week. It’s never an all-encompassing list, but a list of things to do this week!

Honokaʻa Western Week

May 19-29 is the annual Honokaʻa Western Week! Celebrate Paniolo Heritage. This year, theyʻre bringing back the Paniolo Parade and Block Party — and you canʻt miss the Portuguese bean soup and smoke meat contests. Here are a few ideas of what’s happening, but check out Honoka’a Western Week on Facebook for more info.


  • TONIGHT (Waikoloa): AfterHours with Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort, 5-7pm at Waikoloa Marriott. A pau hana networking event hosted by the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce.
  • TONIGHT (Hilo): Wed May 17: E Huliāmahi!, 6:30pm at UH Hilo Performing Arts Center. An original Hawaiian play created by the Papa 11 of Ke Kula ʻO Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu. Tix are $5 for open seating.
  • Fri May 19: Wāhine Wellness Fair, 12-7pm at HICHC Pavilion in Kailua-Kona. Workshops, fitness demonstrations, live music, vendors, keiki activities, and more!
  • Fri May 19: Buddhi Black Out, 6-7:30pm at Yoga Love Hawaii in Kona Industrial. Yoga, buddhi, and beats by DJ NTU. Tix are $25 via Venmo. Limited spots available.
  • Fri May 19: Waimea Family Food Truck Friday, 4-8pm at W.M. Keck Observatory Headquarters. Food, live entertainment, and family activities!
  • Fri & Sat May 19-20: The Plot, Like Gravy, Thickens, 7pm at Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu-Kona. A play presented by Aloha Teen Theatre! Tix are $10 for adults and $5 for youth.
  • Sat May 20: Ola Brewʻs Summer Kick Off, 6:30pm at Ola Brew in Kailua-Kona. Tix are $30.
  • Sat May 20: Coffee Talk at Kahuku: Anchialine Pools, Windows to Hidden Hawaiʻi, 9:30-11am at Kahuku unit of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park (1 hr from Kīlauea Visitor Center).
  • Sun May 21: May Drag Brunch, 1pm at My Bar in Kailua-Kona. Tix start at $10. 21+ event brunch experience with special guests!

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