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This Week’s Best Big Island Events

Welcome to our new, weekly feature where we share our favorite Big Island events that are coming up this week! 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. For more events, be sure to check out our calendar for ideas.

Big Island events on Tuesday, February 11

Music in the American Wild
from 7 to 8 p.m. | Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, 1 Crater Rim Drive, Volcano HI 96718
The American Wild Ensemble was formed to celebrate and tour our national parks. They’ve performed in unconventional venues, from caves to mountaintops, commissioning new works and performing them in site-inspired and site-specific locations. Join us for an evening concert with ensemble directors Emlyn Johnson (flute) and Daniel Ketter (cello) as they present a contemporary classical program featuring new works by Hawaiʻi resident and Hawaiʻi-born composers. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free (park entrance fees apply).

When: Tuesday, February 11; seating begins at 6:30 p.m., concert starts at 7 p.m. – Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Big Island events on Wednesday, February 12

Ki‘i Carving Demonstration
From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, 1 Crater Rim Drive, Volcano HI 96718
Hawaiians carved ki‘i (statues) to represent forces of nature, gods, guardians and the spirit world. Acclaimed artist James Kanani Kaulukukui, Jr. will share his expertise and the essential role these kiʻi played in Hawaiian society. With a carrot, youʻll learn how to make your own kiʻi. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free (park entrance fees apply). Meet on the Kilauea Visitors Center lanai.

A man carves a ki'i - a class for the public is one of this week's Big Island events


Galaxy Goo Making
From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. | Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo HI, 96720
Children are invited to join a special program presented by Kyla Edison from PISCES (The Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems). This fun and creative hands on activity will include the use of glue, baking soda, and glitter to create a special slime. This program is free and intended for children ages 5 through 13.


Big Island events on Thursday, February 13

Entrepreneur Meetup
From 5:30 to 7 p.m. | Office of Aging Conference Room, 1055 Kinoole Street, Hilo HI, 96720
Network with other business owners, learn from our featured guest speaker & gain exposure for yourself & your business. Learn how Elemental Excelerator (Honolulu) chooses 15-20 companies that best fit their mission and funds each company up to $1 million to improve systems that impact people’s lives: energy, water, food & agriculture, and mobility. 

Plant Aloha – Botany for Gardeners with Dr. Ming Wei Koh
From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Hawaiian Sanctuary, 13-3194 Pahoa Kalapana Road, Pahoa HI, 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. Only about 1 Mile South of Pahoa Town. Turn into the driveway at Mile Marker 12!

This hands-on, interactive session will begin with a walk through Hawaiian Sanctuary’s Garden, collecting specimens of common plant families. This will be followed by Botanical Latin for Gardeners using the plants collected and then we will close with visualizing science. Be ready to observe, observe, observe, sketch, and share observations. Please try to load up a magnifying glass app on your phone or bring along a magnifying glass, if you have one.

Bio: Koh Ming Wei aka “intellectual farmer” has insatiable curiosity, and is a researcher, educational consultant, curriculum developer, māmaki farmer, and distiller. Her research includes how the school learning garden experience is a context conducive to teaching core subjects, STEM, and foundational life skills, and has created the Pedagogy of Food to frame the kind of education she believes in and shares. Widely traveled, Ming Wei is interested in how different cultures and indigenous communities work with nature to resolve ecological and social challenges through community partnerships, agriculture, food, music and art, and place-based education.

ASL with Dano – Weekly American Sign Language Lessons
From 4 to 5:30 p.m. | 15-2731 Pahoa Village Road, Pahoa HI, 96778
ASL classes are taught on a donation-based system, with a suggested donation of $5 per student. Learning ASL can be a fun experience and with the dynamic teaching approach of instructor Dano Kaufmann, this course will inspire students of any age to learn American Sign Language. All our ASL classes are offered at Solid Rock East Hawaii, in Pahoa.

Sip & Shop at Kona Coffee & Tea
From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Kona Coffee & Tea, 74-5588 Palani Road, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Kona Coffee & Tea presents a one-night-only sip and shop Valentine’s Day pop-up event at our Kailua-Kona café. Enjoy an evening of sipping your favorite beer, wine, or barista drink, while shopping a local vendor pop-up shop. Get started on your Valentine’s shopping by supporting local businesses and having a fun night out!  Shop local vendors, including COCO + LITA, Wild Love Hawaii, Iwawhy, Purposeful Paradise, Danielle Burnside Art, Mauka Pottery, The Aloha Studios. I’ll be there doing handlettering on the spot, custom chalkboard signs for instant selfies, and custom greeting cards with a name or quote of your choice.

Drinks and food will be available for purchase from the café, as we’ll be open late (until 8:30p.m).  We have Ola Brew and local Kombucha is on tap, red, white, and sparkling wines, as well as every barista drink you can think of.  We’ll have food specials. See our full regular menu here. There is no admission charge to this event. Children are welcome, just must be supervised. 


Big Island events on Friday, February 14

Maui Hard Seltzer Tasting & Demonstration
From 3 to 6 p.m. | KTA Puainako, 50 East Puainako Street, Hilo HI 96720
Maui Hard Seltzer – A Spiked Sparkling Water locally handcrafted by Maui Brewing Co.  ZERO artificial flavors, 100 cal, ZERO sugar! Must be 21 or older to sample.

Free Kohala Clothing Exchange
From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | North Kohala Public Library, 54-3645 Akoni Pule Highway, Kapaau HI 96755Everyone is welcome!!! Bring what you can and take what you need. Clean, gently used items for donation please & no big furniture (No donations needed to participate). If you know someone who needs items but unable to attend, you may pickup stuff for them. We always have an abundance of clothing. All items left will be donated to charity.

Heiva I Hawai’i 2020
From 6 to 9 p.m. February 14 – from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. February 15 – from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. February 16 | Hale Halawai Beach Park, 75-5768 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona 96740
Te `E`a O Te Turama and Fun to Jump Kona are proud to present “Heiva I Hawai`i 2020,” February 14, 15 and 16 in Kailua Kona, Hawai`i. In this our 9th year, we look to reach the larger Kailua-Kona community and provide a beautiful weekend of culture and artistry. From riveting drum dances to unique cultural artisans and ono kine grinds, this is one event you don’t want to miss. The event is open to the public with no entry fee.

This weekend-long event kicks off on Friday, February 14th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm with the Mr and Miss Heiva I Hawai`i 2020 Beauty Pageant. The Tane and Vahine, and Tamaroa and Tamahine, of our community will compete in the casual wear, talent and evening wear segments. Also featuring a Tahitian Soiree of music and dance from Te `E`a O Te Turama and friends.

Saturday, February 15th, marks the first day of dance competition beginning with solo competition. Soloists, from 2 years of age to 40+ years of age, are invited to showcase their individual talent and style in a competition where skill, stage presence and costume all count!

The day will also feature couples competing in the couples’ category where two must dance in unison and compliment each other in skill and style. Group presentations will begin and will continue on Sunday, February 18th. Groups may compete in one or more of the following categories: Group `Ote`a, Group Aparima, `Ahuroa and Tahitian Drumming.

Sunday, February 16th will begin with the overall soloist competition to crown 4 overall soloists in the Tamahine, Tamaroa, Tane and Vahine categories. Group presentations will continue and the event will conclude with the Awards Ceremony.

Saturday and Sunday also feature Polynesian artisans and crafters who will have beautiful items available for purchase and there will be plenty of ono kine grinds to enjoy!

Heiva I Hawai`i is proud to support local and our event features Big Island businesses and community groups. The drums are loud, the hips are shaking and the excitement is through the roof!

a flyer for Heiva I Hawaii 2020, one of many Big Island events


Special Valentine’s Day Adult Game Night
From 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. | Gam3Escape, 421 Kalanikoa Street, Hilo HI 96720
Hosted by For Your Eyes Only, Hilo’s One Stop Shop for All Your Adult Needs. Come with your significant other and have a great time! Single? Come play some fun adult games with a great group of people. 18+ Event, Public Attire. Entry: $5.00, $3.00 for Monthly Members. Featured Games:  Cards Against Humanity – Multiple sets of every expansion, Adult Pictionary, New Phone – Who Dat?, plus many other games. We will also be playing FIbbage, Draw This, and other games on our PS4 System.Prizes by For Your Eyes Only & Gam3Escape.

Special Valentine’s Day Entertainment
From 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Kings’ Shops, 250 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Waikoloa HI, 96738
Come and see our Special performances and guest on this beautiful Valentine’s Day evening performance. Enjoy in a beautiful setting. Treat your honey(or yourself) to a beautiful dinner at one of our many incredible restaurants. Reservations for dining recommended.


Big Island events on Saturday, February 15

Lil Paniolos Keiki Club
From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Parker Ranch Center, 67-1175 Hawaii Belt Road, Waimea HI, 96743

Spring Into Action at our New Keiki Club! It’s time for some fresh crafts, just in time for spring! Join us at our NEW Keiki Club for our first event on Feb. 15 in the Food Court from 10am – 12pm for all the fun. Decorate your own spring wood wind chime and color your own suncatcher. Each keiki will enjoy a snack of Spam Musubi from L&L. Maximum 25 participants allowed for our Spring Keiki Crafts. Parents/guardians need to check in and register the day of the event at 10am in the Food Court.

a flyer for Lil Paniolos Keiki Club, one of many Big Island events


Saturday Night Scrabble Tournament
From 8 to 11 p.m. | Slow Your Roll, 190 Keawe Street, Hilo HI 96720
We’re doing it again! Slow Your Roll is hosting Saturday Night Scrabble Tournament! We’ll be playing two round of Scrabble. Winner will be decided by the sum of your score from both rounds. $5 Entry. Free for Slow Your Roll members (ask us about our memberships). Prizes for first place and for one random player!


Big Island events on Sunday, February 16

Mimosa Mingle
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Anna Ranch Heritage Center, 65-1480 Kawaihae Rd, Waimea HI 96743
Kick off your Sunday with a fun *FREE* community event. Sip a Mimosa, grab a coffee and/or enjoy some breakfast treats with your favorite Big Island Artists. Come and VOTE for your favorite “Celebration of Trees” art piece in this month’s artist’s challenge!

Free Small Business Workshop – by Innovative Capital Strategies
From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | 101 Aupuni Street, Hilo HI 96720
Innovative Capital Strategies is a nonprofit organization that specializes in small business mentoring, tech support and capital funding! ICS works in tandem with the SBA Business Credit Literacy Initiative of 2016. ICS basically has a 2 step process: 1) Identifying the right type of capital you need based upon all mitigating circumstances and 2) meeting the underwriting criteria of the selected source of capital. Based on the agreed upon source of capital being pursued; CAPITAL READY PACKAGE COMPONENTS will assist the client with the following five essential elements for funding approval:

We WILL ASSIST YOU WITH: Writing a business plan; Obtaining 36 month cash flow projections; Gaining third party feasibility data; Utilizing your business credit optimization*; and your personal credit optimization**. $100,000 GUARANTEE!

All participants of the Capital Ready Package Program are guaranteed at least $100,000 in funding and we will continue to assist you until that goal is reached. The length of time to access funding is based upon you–not us–including your starting point, your selected type(s) of capital, your compliance with the process, etc. Our lending partners continue to report an average of only ~15 days for funding on the aforementioned SBA loans up to $150,000 with low interest and ten year repayment terms.


Big Island events on Monday, February 17

Trivia Night! Hosted by Dan Lewer
From 6 to 8 p.m. | Papa’aloa Country Store & Cafe, 35-2032 Mamalaho Highway, Papa’aloa HI, 96780
Come check out our TRIVIA NIGHT – multiple rounds, intriguing questions, and fierce competition for the grand prize: Pāpaʻaloa Country Store Swag and a selection of Local Products. Trivia will start promptly at 6pm (to approx. 7 or 7:30pm) and can be played in teams of 1-4 people only. Questions will address several categories like History, Science, Hawaiian culture, Pop Culture and other random things! 

Community Zumba Fitness
From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. | 830 Kilauea Avenue, Hilo HI, 96720Join 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 🙂

3rd Monday Free Buti Yoga
From 5:30 to 6:10 p.m. | Cooper Center, 19-4030 Wright Road, Volcano HI, 96785
Curious About Buti Yoga? Join us for a FREE 40 minute class every 3rd Monday at Cooper Center. What is Buti Yoga? Buti Yoga is a powerful blend of tribal dance and primal movements, low impact plyometrics, and vinyasa-style yoga. We utilizes the Spiral Structure Technique to sculpt and tone the deep abdominal muscles that stabilize and strengthen the body. Instead of linear movements, this practice utilizes movements that challenge the body along all planes of motion. You will leave this class with a clear mind, feeling strong and invigorated.

Monday Night Jazz Jam
From 6 to 9 p.m. | Kukuau Studio, 43D Kukuau Street, Hilo HI 96720
An all inclusive Jazz Jam with a rotating house band. Created to strengthen the Big Island Jazz community through networking & jamming. Recently celebrating our 200th Jam in a row. Bring your favorite charts & the instrument of your choice or enjoy the vibrations of people improvising together in the Jazz Tradition, 6-9pm every Monday night. Free for all ages. Please have a knowledge of the repertoire, facility on your instrument, a positive attitude & the ability to site read helps.


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


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