🏮 Papaikou Obon, island-wide comedy, and Juneteenth at Moonsun

Stock photo I found of Obon Festival in Penang, Malaysia

Hi friends & happy summer!

First of all — a BIG THANK YOU to those of you who open Big Island Beat every week and share this newsletter 🫶🏼 every time I catch a little bit of community support, my brain receives a little dopamine and my inner child does a little dance inside.

Speaking of dancing, Hawaiʻi Islandʻs bon dance season starts in Papaikou this Saturday at 6pm! The next obon dance festivals will be in Kohala & Puna on July 1st.

If you enjoy comedy, there’s lots to see this week — Pineapples Comedy in Kawaihae or Kailua; Rakugo (Traditional Japanese Comedy) in Hilo, a Father’s Day Comedy Special at Hilo Town Market, or Tuesday Taco Comedy at Kona Elk’s Lodge.

Looking for something to do this week? Here’s what’s happening on the Big Island. This is by no means an all-encompassing list, but a few ideas of events happening on Hawaiʻi Island.

Comedy + Entertainment




  • Fri June 16: Fanye Afro Fusion Band, 6:30-9:30pm at Blue Dragon Tavern in Kawaihae.
  • Fri June 16: Twerk Dat Dance Party, 10-1am at My Bar in Kailua.
  • Sat June 17: Concert in the Park, 12-1pm or 3-4pm at Lincoln Park in Hilo. Family-friendly singalong concert — meet the cast of Palace Theatreʻs upcoming production of GREASE.
  • Sat June 17: Jazz in the Forest, 5:30pm at Volcano Art Center. Tix are $30 General, or $25 for VAC members.
  • Sat June 17: Loose Changes, 7-10pm at Paradise Plants in Hilo.
  • Sat June 17: After Hours House Music, 8-2am at Vibe. Café in Hilo. Hilo’s premier monthly house usic night has returned!
  • Sat June 17: The Mākaha Sons, 7pm at at Palace Theatre in Hilo. Traditional Hawaiian Music. Tix are $35 general admission or $45 priority orchestra, and $5 more on day of show.
  • Sat June 17: DJ Paul, 9pm at My Bar. Celebrate National Pride Month!
  • Sun June 18: Mateo Belmarez & Weather Permitting, 6-9pm at Blue Dragon Tavern in Kawaihae.
  • Sun June 18: Tonic Oasis, 6:30-9:30pm at Getrude’s Jazz Bar in Kailua. Jazz, blues, Latin, soul duo. $5 cover.
  • Mon June 19: DJ NTU, 7-10:30pm at Gertrude’s Jazz Bar in Kailua. Funk, R&B, soul, hip hop. No cover.

Did you find a new event happening this week? Share the love & send a copy of this newsletter to a friend!

Thanks for all your support!

xo – Krista