Hawaii Island is widely known as the Big Island and it's, therefore, no surprise that the island has so many Christmas and holiday events. Some of the biggest events take place on Thanksgiving weekend and continue at a brisk pace throughout the month.
Here are a some of the most popular events that will take place in 2013.
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November 29 & 30 - Christmas Treasures Art, Gift, Collectibles & Craft Fair - This annual holiday event, now in its 31st year, will take place Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the hotel ballroom and parking lot tent area of the Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona. Vendors from all over the state will offer their top goods to make a perfect Christmas present. There will be a silent auction and prize drawings. Admission is free.
November 29 & 30 - Na Lima Hana Holiday Craft Fair - More than 100 local vendors will be selling their goods from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m on Saturday and Sunday at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Convention Center. In addition to the finest in local artwork and crafts including Hawaiian quilts and wood carvings as well as holiday ornaments and jewelry, the festival will include Big Island agricultural products including Kona coffee and macadamia nuts, food for purchase and a silent auction. There will be special activities for the children. Proceeds from the 18th Annual Na Lima Hana Craft & Collectibles Fair will benefit charities throughout Hawaii Island.
November 29 - December 1 - Art Studio Tour & Sale - The Volcano Village Artists Hui will present their 27th annual Art Studio Tour & Sale over Thanksgiving weekend. The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Volcano Village off of Highway 11. Visitors can meet the artists and to view their finely crafted artwork as well as moderately priced items, all of which would make great holiday gifts. For more information, visit www.volcanovillageartistshui.com.
November 30 - Handel's Messiah - The Kailua Kona Music Society, under the direction of conductor Susan McCreary Duprey, presents their annual Handel's Messiah Concert and audience "sing along" at 7:00 p.m. at the Kahilu Theatre in Waimea. Tickets range from $10-25 and can be purchased online on the Kahilu Theater’s website or call the the Kahilu Theatre at 808-885-6868. Visit konamusicsociety.org for more information.
December 1 - Handel's Messiah - The Kailua Kona Music Society, under the direction of conductor Susan McCreary Duprey, presents their annual Handel's Messiah Concert and audience "sing along" at 5:00 p.m. at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Tickets are available at the hotel, the Kona Stories Bookstore in the Keauhou Shopping Center and Kona Bay Books. And, chorus members will have tickets for purchase for this concert. Visit konamusicsociety.org for more information.
December 6-7 - - Na Makua Invitational Christmas Gift Fair - Nelson and Kainoa Makua host their annual Christmas Gift Fair at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo. The Fair will run from 4-9:00 p.m. on Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and admission is free. They have gathered together some of Hawaii's best artists and producers with their collections of fine handmade crafts and gifts. They will also have food for sale, live entertainment and door prize drawings. All of the vendors are "screened with special consideration given to the uniqueness, quality and craftsmanship of the craft" and they look specifically for products that will make good Christmas gifts. For more information visit namakua.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 7 - DMAC Holiday Holo Holo (Holiday Affair) - The Donkey Mill Art Center at at 78-6670 Mamalahoa Highway in Holualoa will host their second annual Holiday Affair from noon to 4:00 p.m. The event will feature artist demonstrations, family art activities, locally grown tea and baked treats, and handmade, original artwork that will make great gifts for family and friends. For more information call 808-322-3362 or visit donkeymillartcenter.org.
December 7 - Christmas at Hulihe'e Palace - Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii and the Daughters of Hawai'i host their fourth annual Christmas at Hulihe’e Palace in Kailua-Kona beginning at 6:00 p.m. and running until 10:00 p.m. There will be a royal holiday dinner in honor of Queen Emma, a live and silent auction, and holiday performances by Kealakehe Intermediate School Chorus & Ukulele Ensemble. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased on their website or by calling 808-756-8928.
December 7 - Hawaii-Made Crafty Hands & Gifts, Too! - As part of Waimea's huge celebration, this Christmas fair will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Thelma Parker Gym. The fair will feature locally made items by dozens of island artisans. Admission is free. There will be plenty of Christmas music. Plate lunches and other food will be available, plus there will be lots of door prizes throughout the day. Food donations for the Annunciation Pantry are encouraged. For more information, visit waimeatown.org.
December 7 - Holualoa Music & Light Festival - Holualoa Village will hold their 16th annual Music & Light Festival on Saturday, December 1, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. From the Holualoa Ukulele Gallery to the Kona Hotel there will be numerous music stages celebrating the lighting of the town's Christmas tree. For more information call the Holualoa Village Association at 808-322-8484, or visit holualoahawaii.com./p>
December 7 & 8 - Paradise Studio Tour - The Paradise Studio Tour Artist Collective will celebrate their 7th year of the Paradise Studio Tour on the first weekend in December from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day featuring 45 artists in 13 studios in Puna's Hawaiian Paradise Park. This is a great opportunity to find that perfect holiday gift including many unique types of art icluding locally made and braided bracelets, lava pots, native plant dyed fabrics, recycled art, woods and furniture, hand blown glass, jewelry, fashion and clothing, quilting, doll art and more. For more information and directions visit paradisestudiotour.com.
December 7 - Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade and All-Day Celebration - For the 53rd year, the town of Waimea will hold its annual Christmas Twilight Parade from 5:15 - 6:45 p.m. There will be craft shows and entertainment throughout the town on the day of the parade, so visitors can arrive early and spend the afternoon in the Big Island's original cowboy town. Free entertainment during the day will feature Waimea's own Penny Kelii Vredenburg and friends. For more information, visit waimeatown.org.
December 7 - Waimea Christmas Tree Lighting - The Christmas season gets its start in Waimea in order to formally kick of the 2013 Big Island Giving Tree Project – a gathering of donations so that everyone in the community is remembered during this holiday season. At 6:00 p.m. entertainment will include caroling. Donations will be collected. Food and warm beverages will be available. Stories of Waimea Past will be told and it all will culminate with the lighting of the giant Norfolk tree fronting historic Barbara Hall at Parker School. Those attending should bring their own chairs. For more information visit waimeatown.org
December 13 - Mystery of the Christmas Star Planetarium Show - The 'Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo will present their annual Mystery of the Christmas Star from 7:00-8:00 p.m. The show takes audiences on a journey back 2000 years to Bethlehem to discover a possible scientific explanation for the star the wise men followed to find the baby Jesus. The cost is just $10 for non-members, and $8 for members. For more information and to buy tickets visit www.imiloahawaii.org.
December 14 - Christmas At The Fairmont Orchid - The American Culinary Federation Kona Kohala Chefs Association will present their big 25th annual fundraiser which benefits local culinary education at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. The evening features the hotel's official Christmas tree lighting, followed by numerous culinary stations featuring over 20 top Hawaii chefs and confectioners, handcrafted ales, wines and 100 percent Kona coffee, live and silent auctions, spectacular gingerbread house creations and live jazz music under the stars. Tickets are $85 ($90 at the door) and can be purchased at their website at konakohalachefs.org.
December 14 - Hawaii Montessori Schools WinterFest - Hawaii Montessori Schools will present their 14th annual WinterFest at Hale Halawai in downtown Kailua-Kona from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event begins with a special holiday performance at 10:00 a.m., by HMS Students. After the performance children can chose to make an assortment of festive crafts, play a variety of everyone-wins games, jump in a party bouncer, make their way through a limu maze, climb up the rock wall and enjoy horseback rides. The whole family will enjoy browsing at their bake sale and taking advantage of the great deals to be had at the Silent Auction. For more information visit www.hawaiimontessori.org
December 14 - Kailua-Kona Community Christmas Parade - The 29th Annual Kailua-Kona Community Christmas Parade will kick off at 5:00 p.m. at Kona's Kekuaokalani Gymnasium, and will proceed along the Kuakini Highway where it will make a right down Palani Road to Ali'i Drive where it will make a left and proceed past the Coconut Grove Marketplace. The theme of this year's parade is "Let's Be Jolly!" The parade will feature lots of holiday floats, marching bands, holiday music and lights, and, of course, Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and their elves. For more information visit their website at www.paradesinkona.com.
December 14 - Kea'au Christmas Parade - The 2013 Kea'au Christmas Parade will be held starting at 5:00 p.m. with choral groups followed by the parade at 5:30 p.m. in Kea'au Village, just south of Hilo. This parade has become a fixture in the Christmas season for families and members of the local community. Typically 50 or more entrants thrill the crowds of sightseers crowding village streets.
December 14 - Mokuaikaua Church's 6th Annual Christmas Jubilee Craft FairMokuaikaua Church, the first founded and oldest Christian church in the state of Hawaii will hold their 5th Annual Christmas Jubilee Craft Fair from 2:00-8:00 p.m. The Fair is sponsored by the church's Youth Ministry and is free to the public. For more information visit www.mokuaikaua.org.
December 15 - Celebration of Christmas in Music - The Kona Festivale Chorale presents the longest running Christmas concert event of its kind in Kona, now in its 26th year. This annual Celebration of Christmas in Music presents Pepper Joplin's narrated production of Heaven's Child. There will be ample opportunity for audience participation. The concert will take place at 3:00 p.m. in the Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Tickets are $25 per person. For more information and ticket information visit www.kfchoral.com.
December 22 - Kailua Kona Music Society Holiday Concert - The Kailua Kona Music Society will present a free holiday concert at 4:00 p.m. at the Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area Pavilion at the end of Kuakini Highway (Highway 11) in Kailua-Kona. For more information visit www.konamusicsociety.org
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