Calendar of Events

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October – November 2017

Oct
28
Sat
Hawaiian Sunset Saturday @ Coconut Grove Marketplace
Oct 28 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Residents, visitors and families of all ages are encouraged to mark their calendars for the last Saturday of every month and plan to attend the free Hawaiian Sunset Saturdays. This once a month community event celebrates Kona’s spectacular sunsets with live Hawaiian music and hula starting at 5:30 pm on the lawn at Coconut Grove Marketplace.

Everyone’s invited to bring lawn chairs, beach blankets and enjoy beautiful live Hawaiian music under the sunset sky. Lovely hula dance completes the evening. When the sun sets and the music is over, enjoy a stroll on Alii Drive, and check out the many food venues. Hawaiian Sunset Saturday happens on the last Saturday of very month starting July 29.

Hawaiian Sunset Saturday is proudly brought to you by Kailua Village Business Improvement District, KTA Super Stores, Current Events, Kona Commons, On The Rocks, Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel, huggo’s KBXtreme, Body Glove Cruises, Brewery Block and Hawaii Tourism Authority.

Nov
3
Fri
Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Lantern Parade @ Alii Drive, starting at Kailua Pier to Hale Halawai
Nov 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Lantern Parade @ Alii Drive, starting at Kailua Pier to Hale Halawai

As the sun sets over Historic Kailua Village, the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Lantern Parade lights the way along Alii Drive with its glowing procession of light, music and color. The Lantern Parade kicks off the Festival’s first Friday – on November 3 at 6 pm and everyone’s welcome to join the fun.

As the Lantern Parade gets underway at Kailua Pier, participants will parade in colorful ethnic costumes carrying lighted chochin lanterns to create a festive family atmosphere. While the parade ends at Hale Halawai County Pavilion, the festivities continue there with a traditional Bon Dance.

 

Hawaii’s Bon Dances are cultural events that perpetuate the Japanese tradition of honoring family ancestors. This cherished Japanese custom, with vibrantly colored hanging lanterns, invites dancers to make their way in a circle around yagura platforms to the sound of taiko drums. Come as you are, the dance is open to everyone.

Nov
8
Wed
Kona Coffee Cupping Competition @ Daylight Mind Coffee Co. at Waterfront Row
Nov 8 @ 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Kona Coffee Cupping Competition  @ Daylight Mind Coffee Co. at Waterfront Row | Kailua-Kona | Hawaii | United States

Brewing the perfect cup is an exact science of identifying roast profiles and characteristics of the cup and requires a lot of expertise. There are no shortcuts in each step taken to cultivate Kona coffee from farm to cup. The farmer, specific growing areas in Kona, weather, microclimates and varietal all influence the cup.

All submissions are marked with an anonymous number and are re-coded for each subsequent cupping round. Judges will announce the 10 to 15 finalists on Wednesday, with Thursday’s exciting cupping competition resulting in the top 3, including the winning coffee.

During the competition, Daylight Mind Coffee Company will host two education stations teaching Festival goers about cupping, discussing its virtues and comparing brewing methods. This is also an opportunity for coffee fans to try cupping too.

Nov
9
Thu
Kona Coffee Cupping Competition @ Daylight Mind Coffee Co. at Waterfront Row
Nov 9 @ 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Kona Coffee Cupping Competition  @ Daylight Mind Coffee Co. at Waterfront Row | Kailua-Kona | Hawaii | United States

Brewing the perfect cup is an exact science of identifying roast profiles and characteristics of the cup and requires a lot of expertise. There are no shortcuts in each step taken to cultivate Kona coffee from farm to cup. The farmer, specific growing areas in Kona, weather, microclimates and varietal all influence the cup.

All submissions are marked with an anonymous number and are re-coded for each subsequent cupping round. Judges will announce the 10 to 15 finalists on Wednesday, with Thursday’s exciting cupping competition resulting in the top 3, including the winning coffee.

During the competition, Daylight Mind Coffee Company will host two education stations teaching Festival goers about cupping, discussing its virtues and comparing brewing methods. This is also an opportunity for coffee fans to try cupping too.

Nov
25
Sat
Hawaiian Sunset Saturday @ Coconut Grove Marketplace
Nov 25 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Residents, visitors and families of all ages are encouraged to mark their calendars for the last Saturday of every month and plan to attend the free Hawaiian Sunset Saturdays. This once a month community event celebrates Kona’s spectacular sunsets with live Hawaiian music and hula starting at 5:30 pm on the lawn at Coconut Grove Marketplace.

Everyone’s invited to bring lawn chairs, beach blankets and enjoy beautiful live Hawaiian music under the sunset sky. Lovely hula dance completes the evening. When the sun sets and the music is over, enjoy a stroll on Alii Drive, and check out the many food venues. Hawaiian Sunset Saturday happens on the last Saturday of very month starting July 29.

Hawaiian Sunset Saturday is proudly brought to you by Kailua Village Business Improvement District, KTA Super Stores, Current Events, Kona Commons, On The Rocks, Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel, huggo’s KBXtreme, Body Glove Cruises, Brewery Block and Hawaii Tourism Authority.