Happy summer! There is so much to see and do during the hot summer months on the Big Island, sometimes the question is only… how much do you have time for? Whether you’re interested in taking part in traditional Hawaiian celebrations, running marathons with some of the top athletes in the world, or enjoying some relaxing, tropical music at your favorite beachside bar, there is something for every type happening this month.

Kona Marathon
June 25

While the Kona Marathon may not draw the super-elite runners that the Iron Man does, athletes from all over the world still come to the Kona Marathon to compete in this race simply because of the unparalleled views and environment we have here in Hawaii. This year, the Kona Marathon will start and finish at the Waikoloa Bowl and Queens’ Garden and will include panoramic ocean vistas through most of the course. Learn more here.

Kailua Kona Independence Day Parade & Fireworks Extravaganza
July 4

The annual 4th of July festivities always draw a crowd on the Big Island. This year’s activities include a parade down Kuakini Highway to Palani Road, to Ali’i Drive and on past the Coconut Grove marketplace. Get there early if you want to spot on the street! The fireworks show begins at 8 p.m. and is the perfect way to round out a day of festivities. Learn more here.

Tropical Inspirations Quilt Show
July 22

Quilting and crafting is a rich part of traditional island culture. Every year the tropical inspirations quilt show shows off local quilting from the community and helps showcase our unique and diverse talents. The two-day conference hosted at the Courtyard Marriot hotel in Kailua Kona is open to guests of all ages and will seek to teach attendees about the history of quilting in Hawaii.

Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival
August 19

One of the tastiest festivals of the year, Don’s Mai Tai festival is a free event at the Royal Kona Resort where 20 of the globe’s top bartenders compete in a “spirited” competition to determine who can say that make the world’s best Mai Tai. The festival also a pool party, plenty of Hawaiian BBQ. live music and a craft festival put on by local artisans.

46th Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Races
August 31

On the last day of August, the Big Island will be overrun with crew teams from all over the U.S., Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Peru, Tahiti, the United Kingdom, and more during the Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Race. The event is four days long and will feature a variety of races as well as a cultural fair with food and tropical beverages. It’s always a spectacle and is certainly fun for the entire family.

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