Amazingly, as of today, there are still tickets available for the Big Island Jazz and Blues festival at Mauna Kea Resort, Hawaii Island. If you are on island and have never seen the show, it will be $50 well spent. The hotel chef will put out a spread of heavy pupus (extra cost) while the sunset puts on a show of its own. Take a friend!
I walked out of my office to catch a bit of the Waikoloa Bowl fireworks, July 4, 2014
It’s hot and steamy on this Independence Day here on Hawaii Island. Waikoloa Beach Resort is getting ready to start the Great Waikoloa Rubber Duckie Race, and this evening the firework show is scheduled at the Waikoloa Bowl, Hawaii Island. Enjoy Independence Day fun wherever you are!
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The Ironman 70.3 Hawai‘i takes place tomorrow, Saturday, May 31, 2014. Approximately 1,650 athletes from around the world will swim 1.2 miles through the bright blue water of Hapuna Beach State Park, bike along the ocean 56 miles north to Hawi and back to Mauna Lani Resort, and finish with a hot 13.1 mile run. The run starts and finishes at the Fairmont Orchid, winding its way through the Mauna Lani Resort over golf greens and the historic Ala Loa foot trail, past ancient petroglyph fields and royal fishponds. The post-race party will be on the Fairmont Orchid’s great lawn.
The Queen K Highway will be closed between 7:30 AM and 12:30 PM. Use the Mamalahoa Highway and Waikoloa Road between Kona and Waimea.
Early summer is here, and tickets are now on sale for the third annual Big Island Jazz and Blues Festival: June 7, 2014, 5:00 PM, oceanfront at the luau grounds, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Big Island.
This year’s artists include Grammy winner Skip Martin on trumpet, The Iguanas from New Orleans, jazz saxophone legend Donald Harrison, Grammy nominated saxophonist & Jazz Hall of Fame inductee Bobby Watson, Johnny Sansone voted best New Orleans harmonica player 2013, SNL band member trombonist Steve Turre, Na Hoku winner 2013 jazz guitarist Benny Uyetake, The Honoka’a Select Jazz Band, and other special guests.
General admission, open seating $60
Cocktail table seating, front rows $85
June 5-8 Mauna Kea Beach Hotel festival package, 808-882-5810 or toll free 866-977-4589
The Mauna Kea Beach Resort chef will offer a variety of decadent pupus and delicious beverages (not included in the ticket price). This event will sell out! Don’t wait to buy your tickets.
Videos by Jazz Alley TV
Where were you in the 1970s? If you took a vacation to Hawaii back then, you may remember seeing a tourist show that looked like this:
Thank you to Kert Gartner for sharing your family’s home movie.
Kohanaiki Beach Park, Hawaii Island, also known as the Pine Trees surf spot located just south of the airport, is now very easy to get to using the new road to the gated Kohanaiki neighborhood. With plenty of parking and new restroom facilities, this is an excellent choice for beach camping with kids. The park’s narrow white sand beach and lava rock coastline runs for about 1.5 miles. Google Earth provides a great birds eye view.
Kohanaiki is also home to a halau, a beautiful longhouse facility for cultural practices. A preservation plan is in place to guide the conservation of historic and cultural sites, which are plentiful in the area.
Unfortunately camping permits must be applied for in person at this time. Go to Hawaii Island’s Parks and Recreation office in Building B at the West Hawaii Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway. Nonresident permits are $20 per night per person. Adult residents pay $5. There is no camping Tuesday and Wednesday at Kohanaiki Beach Park.
Calling all keiki! If you haven’t seen the Mouse House you are in for a treat! It took Frank and Violet Greenwell of Palani Ranch eight years to assemble the Mouse House village. It’s at the Isaac Art Center, Kamuela, through January 4th. Teachers, have you taken your keiki to see the village?
With party hats and noisemakers ready, last night the rice and toast flew as it traditionally does during this show. It was was a 40th anniversary celebration of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Kahilu Theatre. This photo is a bit out of focus for good reason! Thank you Angie and Julie for being a part of the silliness!