July 2006


July 4: Parker Ranch Independence Day Rodeo. What’s the difference between a regular ranch-hand and a real-live paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy)? The answer awaits at this yearly roping, riding and racing jamboree where island buckaroos demonstrate traditional rodeo events. Spectators can enjoy local food and shop for leatherwear. Waimea. 808-885-2303

July 14-31: Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. Aspiring musicians and established professionals share their talents during a series of concerts, including a night of music by Leonard Bernstein, with singer/actress Angeline Reaux, and a staging of Kurt Weill’s “Threepenny Opera”. Some events are free. Waimea. 303-221-2469

July 15: Kilauea Cultural Festival. At this day-long celebration of Hawaiiana, clients can learn how to make a flower lei, ti leaf cape and lauhala bracelet, throw fishing nets, decorate gourds and get to sample island foods. It’s a great chance for visitors to mingle with locals. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park’s Kahuku Unit near mile 70 on Hwy. 11, about 40 miles south of the park’s main entrance. 808-985-6011


July 4: Concert in the Sky. This family-oriented Fourth of July celebration benefits Kauai Hospice. Kids love the inflatables, games and youthful activities; parents make bids at the silent auction; and all ages indulge in food and entertainment. Festivities culminate in the island’s largest aerial fireworks show, set to music. Vidinha Stadium, Lihue. 808-245-7277

July 14: Wild Hawaiian Concert. Through alternative pop-rock arrangements and Hawaiian lyrics, legendary island performer Henry Kapono shares how he sees, hears, feels and lives his culture today. Hawaii slam poet Kealoha joins the show, and hip-hop artists add excitement through dance. Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. Grand Ballroom, Grand Hyatt Kauai, Poipu. 808-240-6369


July 1: Pineapple Festival. There aren’t many rows of pineapples left on Hawaii’s smallest island destination, but the community still likes celebrating the history of the spiny fruit and its impact on island culture. Check out the pineapple-eating and cooking contests, Hawaiian crafts demonstrations and live entertainment. Dole Park, Lanai City. 808-565-3240

July 5: Lanai Under the Stars. Families and friends load up their picnic baskets and snuggle up on blankets and beach chairs for this monthly outdoor movie program: the screening of a classic feature film and a cartoon. Dole Park, Lanai City. 808-565-7503


July 4: Old-Fashioned Fourth of July. Patriotism is alive and well in northwest Maui. At Kaanapali Resort’s Whalers Village, families enjoy an afternoon of free activities, including magic shows, hula performances, face painting and games for kids. Come evening, Lahaina Town sets off fireworks over the ocean. Kaanapali: 800-245-9229; Lahaina: 888-310-1117

July 6-9: 25th Annual Kapalua Wine and Food Festival. Gourmets and grazers alike flock to this heady event, the longest-running food and wine festival in Hawaii. Celebrated winemakers and chefs rub elbows with thousands of attendees during tasting seminars, cooking demonstrations and evening culinary galas. Kapalua Resort. 800-527-2582


July 30: Quiksilver Edition Molokai-to-Oahu Paddleboard Race. Hailed by many as the world championship of long-distance paddleboarding, this 32-mile endurance race draws muscle-bound competitors from around the globe. The course begins in the waters off Kaluakoi Beach, on the shores of West Molokai, and ends at Oahu’s Maunalua Bay in Hawaii Kai. 808-638-8208


July 8: Prince Lot Hula Festival. Named after a monarch who did his part to perpetuate Hawaiian culture, the state’s oldest and largest non-competitive exhibition of hula takes place under decades-old monkeypod trees. In between acts, clients can watch and learn a variety of island crafts, play traditional Hawaiian games and sample local food. Moanalua Gardens, Honolulu. 808-839-5334

July 14-15: Te Mahana Hiroa O Tahiti Festival. The drums and dances of the South Pacific are featured in this sixth annual Tahiti-fest. Keiki (children) from around the islands compete in a dance and drumming competition that draws both locals and visitors to the North Shore attraction. Polynesian Cultural Center, Laie. 800-367-7060

July 22-23: Haleiwa Artfest. Designed to share a taste of laid-back life on Oahu’s North Shore, the weekend’s free festivities include showings by visual artists, musicians, dancers, cultural trolley tours, storytellers, children’s games, demonstrations and art activities. Haleiwa Beach Park. 808-637-2277

July 30: Ukulele Festival. For decades, residents and visitors have enjoyed this two-hour concert, showcasing some of the finest ukulele players in the world, along with Hawaii entertainers, national celebrities and a ukulele orchestra of more than 800 children. Food booths and ukulele displays round out the plucky event. Kapiolani Park Bandstand, Waikiki. 808-732-3739