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The Best Upcoming Big Island Events: February 18 through March 3 

Welcome to our new, bi-weekly feature where we share our favorite events that are coming up! These events showcase the wide variety of activities that can be found all over the island, and the best part is that they’re all FREE or low cost! That’s right, we’re helping you have fun while saving money. We’ve got events throughout the week and into the weekend. If you’d like your event to be considered for our weekly roundup, be sure to sign up for an account and submit your event.

 

Big Island Events on Tuesday, February 18

What’s Up With Waste Now?
From 5 to 6 p.m. | Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo HI 96720
In this presentation and forum, you will learn about solid waste in Hawai’i County. How do you sort it? How clean does it have to be? Where do you take it? Can I really not recycle this anymore? We’ll be talking about the nuts and bolts of managing your household waste as well as addressing issues in waste and materials management. When you leave, you will know what tools you can use to stop waste in Hawai’i.

Waimea Free Financial Literacy Workshop
From 6 to 7:30 p.m. | Mana Christian Ohana, 67-1182 Lindsey Road, Kamuela HI 96743
The workshop is free, but seating is limited. Get the financial education you didn’t receive in school. Learn from Alan Akina, Author of the Super Duper Simple Book on Money and founder of 101 Financial. 101 Financial has helped thousands of families learn to budget better, pay off debt faster and live with financial peace of mind. Doors open 30 minutes before for seating. Please RSVP for this event by selecting the “Going” option.

 

Big Island Events on Wednesday, February 19

 

Movie Night: Judy
From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. | Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo HI 96720
Please join us for some family fun! The movie will be held in the microfilm/ AV room, so please bring a light jacket because the air conditioning must remain on. All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Movie rating: PG-13. Movie length: 1 hour 58 minutes.

Trivia Night
From 7:30 to 10 p.m. | Slow Your Roll, 190 Keawe Street, Hilo HI 96720
Trivia Night! Sign-up/Team Setups 7:30PM, First Round – 8PM. Non-members $5, Members: FREE (Ask us about our memberships). Guest Host: Darrell. Event is BYOB.

Learn to WRITE YOUR REPS! (FREE)
From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Aupuni Center, County of Hawaii, 100-120 Pauahi Street, Hilo HI 96720
Do you want to communicate with IMPACT? Join us for this free workshop on Wednesday, 2/19, and learn to write letters to our elected representatives that make a difference! Light dinner will be provided by our friends from ACLU Hawai‘i. Register here: https://forms.gle/Cc2erXssiwEbFeRj9

We’ll discuss what makes an effective letter, including tips from elected officials themselves. We’ll also show you how to submit testimony using the state capitol website, and some super easy and fast ways to show your support! This free workshop will be held in the Aupuni Center Conference Room, from 6:30-8:30pm. Please register early so that we can make sure we provide enough food. See you there!

Peace Doves
From 2 to 3 p.m. | Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo HI 96720
February is a celebration of black history. Join us in the children’s room to create a paper peace dove. This program is free and all materials will be provided. Program is suitable for ages 5 and up. If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days prior to the program date. We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations. All programs are subject to change.

 

Big Island Events on Thursday, February 20

 

Plant Aloha (Free Class) Coco Frond Weaving with Aunty Lynda
From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Hawaiian Sanctuary, 13-3194 Pahoa-Kalapana Road, Pahoa 96778
Hawaiian Sanctuary is proud to present: Plant Aloha, a FREE educational series of sustainable farming classes. Every Thursday morning, from 9 to noon, led by local and visiting experts. Visit our website for more information: http://hawaiiansanctuary.com/plantaloha.

Traditional Polynesian Coconut Leaf Gathering Basket with Aunty Lynda Saffery. Learn about the history and traditions of coconut weaving and learn to make the coconut leaf harvest basket called Eke Ohi Launiu: a very strong double weave across bottom harvest or market basket. Lynda Saffery received her formal training from a 1988 & 89’ State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Apprentice and Master grant for Ulana Lauhala and a 2002 Sabbatical to Tonga to study weaving and Kapa making and design. She continues to teach traditional ways and designs of the Kupuna, and enjoys being part of the Holua culture and Ulana Makaloa revival.

Only about 1 Mile South of Pahoa Town. Turn into the driveway at Mile Marker 12! We are looking for support to continue this program. Please give what you can: http://hawaiiansanctuary.com/donate.

Free Brown Bag Talk
From 12 to 1 p.m. | Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, 655 Kilauea Avenue, Hilo 96720
This month’s Brown Bag speaker is Karishma Kamath on the topic “Recognizing Privilege: For Greater Peace in Our Communities.” In this talk, discover what privilege looks like and how acknowledgement of our privileges can contribute to making our communities more stable and peaceful.

Artist Talk with Esther Shimazu
From 6 to 8 p.m. | Donkey Mill Art Center, 78-6670 Mamalahoa Highway, Holualoa HI 96725
Esther Shimazu is an American sculptor who was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1957. Her grandparents were immigrant laborers from Japan. She attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa before transferring to the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Art in 1980 and a Master of Fine Art in 1982. She is best known for her stoneware sculptures of bald, nude chunky Asian women constructed with hand building techniques. They are colored with slips and oxides, bisque-fired, hand-sanded, and colored further with rubbed-in and airbrushed oxides. Then they are fired to cone 5-6 oxidation and sanded one last time. She received a Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Purchase Award, 2001, and an Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, 1995.

Her work is represented in galleries in Hawaii, California, Chicago and Switzerland and has taught workshops at Penland, Anderson Ranch, Santa Fe Clay, Emily Carr Institute, The Clay Studio/Missoula, Idyllwild Arts and The Honolulu Museum of Art. http://www.esthershimazu.com/. This event is free and open to the public! Please bring a dish to pass and your favorite beverage.

 

Understanding Homelessness Issues in Our Community Discussion
From 5:30 to 8 p.m. | West Hawaii Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Kona HI 96740
A panel of experts discuss the current state of homelessness in our community and the steps being taken to find short and long term solutions. Sponsored by Community Forums, Kailua Village Business Improvement District and the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce. 

 

Big Island Events on Friday, February 21

 

Phil & Pepe
From 5:30 to 8 p.m. | Papa’aloa Country Store & Cafe, 35-2032 Old Mamalahoa Highway, Papaaloa, HI 96780
Phil Vasquez & Richard (Pepe) Mata join us from Hilo to share their favorite Blues, Jazz, Rock and Hawaiian tunes.

Silent Book Club Hawaii
At 4 p.m. | Basically Books, 1672 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo 96720
Calling All Book Lovers..@Silent Book Club Hawaii  *MEET UP* https://www.meetup.com/Silent-Book-Club-Hawaii/.Happy Hour for Introverts. Anyone that wants to turn off their electronics for an hour or so. We will socialize for half-hour, then ONE HOUR  of SILENT BOOK READING closing with 30 minutes of sharing what we are currently reading. It’s a wonderful way to be introduced to some great books and reading recommendations from your fellow readers! Basically Books will be offering 10% Discount Day of MeetUp. Every Third Friday from 4-6pm. SilentBookClubHawaii@Gmail.com.

 

Big Island Events on Saturday, February 22

 

Volunteer Work Day at Magical Creatures of Hamakua
From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Laupahoehoe, HI
We are looking for volunteers to help with a building project at Magical Creatures of Hamakua – Animal Rescue and Sanctuary in Laupahoehoe. Email info@magicalcreaturesofhamakua.org if you can join us for a few hours or have any questions. Come help get the roof up on the yurt! No experience needed, we just need lots of hands since the roofing tarp is heavy!! 😅 Vegan lunch will be provided (bring plate, utensils and a refillable water bottle). Animal snuggles are optional but highly recommended.

 

Hoʻolauleʻa 2020
From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Kamehameha Schools Hawaii Campus, 16-714 Volcano Rd, Keaau HI 96749
Make plans to join us on Saturday, February 22 for the annual KS HAWAIʻI PTO HOʻOLAULEʻA. This year’s theme is “Kūpaʻa Mau i ke Kahua Pono” meaning to stand firm on the righteous foundation. As we guide our keiki on their journey through life, we can only hope that we have built a strong and righteous foundation that they will be able to stand on. Combined with the knowledge, love and sacrifices which goes into building this base, there can only be greatness in their futures.

As in years past, you can expect booths such as: cultural events, carnival games, Kamehameha logo apparel, Scholastic Book Fair, Country Kitchen and lots of ‘ono food! All proceeds from this event are used to provide enrichment grants to KS Hawai‘i students. This school year, the PTO has already awarded $15,000 to our students in support of various sports and other enrichment programs. FREE ADMISSION. For more information, call 982-0678.

Saturday Night Catan Tournament!
From 8 to 11 p.m. | Slow Your Roll, 190 Keawe Street, Hilo HI 96720
Slow Your Roll is once again hosting another Catan tournament!  Come by and play! There will be prizes! $5 cover. Free for Slow Your Roll members (ask us about our memberships). Players will play two games. The sum of their points from both games determines the winner. For both 1st and 2nd round, a map will be randomized. All game boards will have the same setup for the round.

WHAT IS CATAN? Catan is a game of resources and trading. Players try to be the dominant force on the island of Catan by building settlements, cities, and roads. On each turn dice are rolled to determine what resources the island produces. Players collect these resources (cards)—wood, grain, brick, sheep, or stone—to build up their civilizations to get to 10 victory points and win the game.

MARDI GRAS Beadness 2020!
From 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. | My Bar Kona, 74-5606 Luhia Street, Kona 96740
It’s time to earn those BEADS KONA! We’re raging with Mardi Gras Madness up here at MY BAR! Get those fabulous MASK on and come celebrate with us. Let’s turn the dance floor into our own Bourbon Street! NO COVER with a MASK!!!!

Wedding Expo
From 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Grand Naniloa Resort, 93 Banyan Drive, Hilo HI 96720
Save the date!! February 22nd 2020. Grand Naniloa Resort Wedding Expo. Join us for giveaways, Bridal fashion show, food, cake, wine and champagne sampling!

 

SOKO 6th Annual Artists Studio Tour
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | multiple locations, Kona area
Visit 20 artists in their studios at 12 locations along the winding and scenic Mamalahoa Highway from Keauhou throughout South Kona to Honaunau during this weekend tour on Saturday February 22 and Sunday the 23rd from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Plan on a full day of learning and talking with the artists about their inspiration and techniques. A wide range of fine art, smaller items and gifts are available for sale. For directions, see map at http://sokoartists.com/studio-tour/. More info 808-443-9587, sokoartists@gmail.com.

Engineering Bash
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Thelma Parker Memorial Public School & Library, 67-1209 Mamalahoa Highway, Puopelu HI 96743
National Engineers Week is February 16-22 and we’re celebrating with a family-friendly Engineering Bash!  Discover the amazing world of engineering at this NASA@My Library event. Meet some of the island’s most talented students and professional engineers from Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, Hawaii Preparatory Academy, North Hawaii STEM Alliance, Parker School, W.M. Keck Observatory, Waimea Elementary School, and Waimea Middle Public Conversion Charter School.  Bring all your engineering questions, enjoy mind-bending and inspiring indoor/outdoor experiments, demonstrations, and displays, and test your speedcubing skills against a three-time international and current Hawaii Rubik’s Cube Speedcubing Champion!

Community Rummage Sale
From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Kuhio Hale Farmers Market, 64-754 Mamalahoa Highway, Waimea 96743
Call to reserve your booth 808 443-4479.

College Planning Workshop
From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Kailua-Kona Public Library, 75-138 Hualalai Road, Kailua-Kona HI 96740
This FREE workshop presented by the Hawai’i Association for College Admission Counseling is suitable for high school students and their families. Younger students and their families are also welcome to attend. The following topics will be presented: + Prepare for the college admission process + Find the right academic fit, social fit, and financial fit + Understand college financial aid.

The Hawai’i Association for College Admission Counseling is a non-profit organization of professionals working in the realm of college admissions, both on the secondary and post-secondary levels. HACAC members are dedicated to helping students transition to post-secondary opportunities through education, collaboration, and community building.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days prior to the program date. We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations. All programs are subject to change. For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events.

Learn more about paying for college here!

 

Big Island Events on Sunday, February 23

SOKO 6th Annual Artists Studio Tour
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | multiple locations, Kona area
Visit 20 artists in their studios at 12 locations along the winding and scenic Mamalahoa Highway from Keauhou throughout South Kona to Honaunau during this weekend tour on Saturday February 22 and Sunday the 23rd from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Plan on a full day of learning and talking with the artists about their inspiration and techniques. A wide range of fine art, smaller items and gifts are available for sale. For directions, see map at http://sokoartists.com/studio-tour/. More info 808-443-9587, sokoartists@gmail.com.

Imiloa’s Birthday Re-Wrapped Event
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Imiloa Astronomy Center, 600 Imiloa Place, Hilo HI 96720
‘Imiloa Turns 14! Join us on Sunday, February 23rd from 9am-4pm for ‘Imiloaʻs 14th birthday pā‘ina “Birthday Re-wrapped” featuring  a whole lot of Rʻs! Including some you know, “Reduce” “Reuse” and “Recycle,” and some new ones weʻre adding on, such as “Repair,” “Repurpose,” and “Refuse.”

This fun-filled FREE event will host small things we can each do to make a BIG DIFFERENCE! Visit our Maker Space and make your own beeswax wrap (a fun plastic wrap alternative), get creative and build with re-purposed materials at our Imagination Station and stop by our Stitch Fix table to learn how to sew on a button or repair clothing like a pro! Learn about what can be recycled, creative repurpose ideas, and do-able steps you can take toward a Zero Waste lifestyle and a healthier Hawai‘i!

Weʻll have fun activities for the whole family, education booths, talks, a photo booth, and a special planetarium show! You wonʻt want to miss it! Mahalo to KTA Superstores, our community sponsor!

Learn more about how KTA helps the community (and how you can help, too!) here.

 

Old A’s Beach Cleanup
From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area, Kailua-Kona HI 96740
Beach Cleanup!! Come join us for a beach cleanup at Old Airport Beach!! “CLEAN the Earth & earn Reward$!” We have local businesses who want to reward you for your beach cleaning efforts! Anyone who wants to come out and help cleanup are welcome! Please bring your own reusable water container to stay hydrated and avoid “single use” plastics.

At this location we can focus on micro plastics that wash in from the Ocean, &/OR cigarette butts, bottle caps, wrappers, HI-5, recycling, and other local rubbish. Also there are sometimes larger pieces of Ocean debris like ropes and crates that wash up. Look for the 😍 and the orange buckets on the left! Feel free to come by at any time and help as much as you would like. www.cleanrewards.org

Gam3Escape’s Junior Gamer Extravaganza
From 1 to 5 p.m. | Gam3escape, 421 Kalanikoa Street, Hilo HI 96720
Special Junior Gamers’ Event! Gam3Escape is proud to host this special event for all junior gamers. We will have experienced players from Magic: The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokemon TCG, BattleTech, Warhammer 40k, Gaslands, Moon Caster, and Dungeons & Dragons teaching you how to play all of these amazing table top games. Come check out all of these games and learn how to play! If you already know how to play, you are welcome to come enjoy and play along with other gamers.  We hope to make this a monthly event. Entry: $5.00 and includes pizza and a beverage for all youth 18 and under with a valid school ID.

 

Big Island Events on Monday, February 24

Community Zumba Fitness
From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. | Moxie Fitness, 830 Kilauea Avenue, Hilo 96720
Join JoYi for this community ZUMBA Fitness class, pretty much the most awesome workout ever! Dance to great music, with great people, and burn a ton of calories without even realizing it. Recommended donation is $5 but we’d love for you to dance even if you donate less or more. 

Tuesday, February 25

Hilo Hula Tuesdays at the Bandstand
From 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Mo’oheau Park Bandstand, Hilo HI 96720
Hawaiian music, hula and lei making with well known cultural practitioners every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at Hilo’s Mo`oheau Park Bandstand across from the Farmers Market. This is a free event brought to you by Destination Hilo.

Wednesday, February 26

Hip Hop and Literacy
From 1 to 2 p.m. | Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo HI 96720
Join us  for a free show in which “Mr. Kneel” (Neil McIntyre) shares his love for reading through beatbox and rhyme! Mr. Kneel is a professional speaker, Hip-Hop emcee, beatboxer, and goofball. He uses his talents as Mr. Kneel to encourage & uplift  children of all ages. Neil creates inspired original Hip-Hop music that assist educators & parents in promoting children’s social, emotional, and cognitive development. This program is suitable for ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by a parent or an adult caregiver.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days prior to the program date. We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations. All programs are subject to change.

Trivia Night
From 7:30 to 10 p.m. | Slow Your Roll, 190 Keawe Street, Hilo HI 96720
Trivia Night!
Sign-up/Team Setups 7:30PM, First Round – 8PM. Non-members $5. Members: FREE (Ask us about our memberships). Guest Host: Darrell. Event is BYOB.

 

Big Island Events on Thursday, February 27

Play with Me: Parent and Child Interactive Playgroup
From 10 to 11 a.m. | Kailua-Kona Public Library, 75-138 Hualalai Road, Kailua-Kona HI 96740
Play With Me is a series of parent-and-child interactive playgroups designed for infants and toddlers. Each session is an hour long, with infant-toddler specialists there to support and guide parents as they engage in activities with their child. The playgroup utilizes recent research on the neuroscience behind child brain development and Ellen Galinsky’s book, ‘The Mind in the Making’. 

‘Play With Me’ is scheduled once a month (typically, the fourth Thursday of each month), excluding June and July 2020.

This program is brought to families at no charge through a collaboration between the Kailua-Kona Public Library, the Friends of the Libraries, Kona (F.O.L.K.), and the Kona Family Literacy and Interaction Program. If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days prior to the program date.We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations. All programs are subject to change.

 

Big Island Events on Friday, February 28

CONNECTED (A new monthly featuring House Tech Breaks & more!)

From 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. | My Bar Kona, 74-5606 Luhia Street, Kailua-Kona HI 96740
Higher Conscience 808 wants you to know that we are all CONNECTED. Come share a night of Music, dancing, and friendship, as we connect with each other through music, and fellowship. This is the first of many events starting Friday February 28 and recurring every 4th Friday of the month, featuring the best in House, Tech, Breaks, NuDisco, and more, with your favorite Big Island Djs, and special guests from afar!

4th Friday Poetry Slam
From 6 to 9 p.m. | Kukuau Studio, 43 Kukuau Street, Hilo HI 96720
A palpable evening of words flying through the air for all to see, hear, revel, feel, taste, smell & hold fast. 1 original poem per round, 2 rounds of poetry, 3 minutes max per poem. No poems to share? That’s ok, listen, enjoy or or participate by choosing to be one of our 5 fabulous feelers. Enjoy emotive readings of original works by a wide stylistic range of poets from all over the world. Sign ups can be done on this event page, through private messaging Kukuau Studio or the day of. Doors open at 6:00. Slam starts at 7-9pm, $5, all ages welcome. Prizes for finalists & you can get your poem on at our annual poetry compilation album. February — Love & War; March — Madness (PROP SLAM); April — Sprung. Themes are merely for inspiration & are not a requirement for your poetry. WARNING! Some works may contain adult themes & language, people under 18 should be accompanied by their parents but we’ll leave that up to the individual family unit.

Game Night: Cards Against Humanity
From 8 to 11 p.m. | Slow Your Roll, 190 Keawe Street, Hilo HI 96720
That’s right! We’re playing the original party game for horrible people! Come join us in playing Cards Against Humanity! Bring some drinks, have some laughs and enjoy this simple social card game. $5 cover (counts as a day pass), Free for Slow Your Roll members (ask us about our memberships). Come with a group or by yourself and join a table! Event is BYOB (recommended).

Big Island Events on Saturday, February 29

LAVA Phish BLEEDING Hearts
From 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. | Lava Shack, 15-2929 Pahoa Village Road, Pahoa 96778
***FREE DRAG SHOW EVENT*** Dance music preshow: 8pm, Drag Show: 9pm-pau. More dance music to follow the drag show. Come and support your local drag queens and bar with some cocktails and pupus. Puna strong. Please tip the girls, drink from the bar and join us for the Lava Phish drag show one of many gay puna events. 

Author Event with Joe Theroux – The Honolulu Dragon
From 1 to 2 p.m. | Basically Books, 1672 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo HI 96720
Join us February 29th to talk story with Joe Theroux about his new book “The Honolulu Dragon,” the most recent in his series about Robert Louis Stevenson, Detective, and his Son-In-Law Lloyd Osbourne, as they find themselves in a world of murder and intrigue in Hawaii.

Movie Night: Presented by KHS Interact Club
At 6:30 p.m. | Kealakehe High School, 74-5000 Puohulihuli St, Kailua-Kona HI 96740
Come watch Frozen 2 on the KHS library lawn! FREE Admission & Popcorn. Concessions will be available. Bring blankets/chairs. Movie begins around 6:30.

Leap Year Art Extravaganza
From 5 to 7 p.m. | Kailua Village Artists Gallery, 75-5729 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona HI 96740
Gallery reception hosted by the member artists of the Kailua Village Artist’s cooperative organization.  Open to the public. View art, meet the artists and find that perfect piece of art for which you have been searching. 

 

Big Island Events on Sunday, March 1

Hilo Walk with a Doc
At 8 a.m. | Liliuokalani Park and Gardens, Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Mark your calendars ~ 💙 Walk With A Doc 💙 in HILO happens EVERY Sunday 8am at Liliuokalani Park. Walk With a Doc is a national walking program set up for everyone interested in taking steps for a healthier lifestyle. What better way to start off your Sunday morning than on your feet making strides to help your heart & improving your health to live a longer and better life. Come and join us at 8:00 am at Liliuokalani Park in Hilo, Hawaii and walk with friends, family, Dr. Kadooka and feel better. There will be a 10 minute warm-up followed by a half an hour leisure walk around the beautiful Liliuokalani Gardens in Hilo with Mauna Kea in the distance. Feel better about your health by making a change in your lifestyle. These photos were from the 5 Year Anniversary of Walk With A Doc in Hilo with Dr. Kadooka ~ Mahalo. 

 

Big Island Events on Monday, March 2

Learn to Play Dungeons & Dragons
From 7 to 11 p.m. | Slow Your Roll, 190 Keawe Street, Hilo HI 96720
Ever wondered how to play Dungeons & Dragons? Come and join us and play Dungeons and Dragons, the worlds most popular tabletop role-playing game! Join a spot at Guest DM Ethans table and learn to play this Monday! You don’t need to bring anything, we’ll provide everything that you need to have a go and join in with the one-off adventure for beginners! Already know D&D? Feel free to come and hang out with us and chat with any new players who may have questions. 🙂

 

What Big Island events are you looking forward to attending this week?