Hawaii Calendar: August 2012

A look ahead to the happenings of the Hawaiian Islands
Winners of the 2011 Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament // © 2012 Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament
Winners of the 2011 Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament // © 2012 Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament

Spotlight: Hawaii Island
Aug. 12-18: Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament. Serious anglers from around the world head to Hawaii Island for this prestigious deep-sea fishing contest, now in its 53rd year. Each afternoon, the crews return to the docks with their hefty catch in hope of winning cash prizes. Visitors cheer for the opening Kona parade and exciting weigh-ins at Kailua Pier. www.hibtfishing.com

Hawaii Island
Aug. 3-5: Hilo Orchid Society Show and Sale. For 60 years, flower lovers have flocked to this colorful three-day extravaganza, the state’s largest orchid show. Experts offer demonstrations and growing tips, and thousands of blossoming world-class plants are on display and for sale, along with orchid-related merchandise. Edith Kanakaole Stadium, Hilo. www.hiloorchidsociety.org

Aug. 18: Volcano Rainforest Runs. A breathtaking national park at the 4,000-foot elevation sets the stage for one of the world’s most unique running events, open to participants of all ages and abilities. Clients can take part in a half-marathon, a 10K run or a 5K walk, with routes winding through lava landscapes and dramatic rainforests. Volcano Village. www.rainforestruns.com

Aug. 4-5: Heiva I Kauai.
This annual Tahitian dance competition features groups from Hawaii, the U.S. mainland and Japan who present solo and group performances and drumming. Clients can marvel at authentic Tahitian footwork, peruse Polynesian arts and crafts, explore demonstrations in the cultural tent and sample local foods. Kapaa Beach Park. www.heivaikauai.com

Aug. 4, 11, 18 and 25: Wonderwalks. Each Saturday, guided hikes on various upcountry trails lead clients through some of Kauai’s prettiest forests. Outings along the Kaluapuhi and Berry Flats trails work well for families, while the Canyon Trail appeals most to visitors in good condition. Reserve a spot ahead of time. Kokee State Park. www.kokee.org

Aug. 12: All Girls Rodeo. They’re ropin’, they’re ridin’ and they’re all female. That’s the focus of this free, spirited day in south Kauai, featuring events such as goat tying, barrel racing, team roping, steer undecorating, pole bending and breakaway roping. CJM Country Stables Arena, Poipu. www.kauaiallgirlsrodeo.com

Aug. 10: Lahaina Second Friday. Here’s a safe, fun, community-minded way for visitors to mingle with residents in Maui’s historic seaside town. On the second Friday of each month, Lahaina’s galleries and boutiques extend their hours and feature special promotions. Crafters, artisans and chefs add their creativity, and free entertainment rounds out the fun. Lahaina. www.visitlahaina.com

Aug. 20: Maui Calls. Under swaying palms in an outdoor amphitheater, guests of this Maui Arts and Cultural Center fundraiser enjoy tasty dishes, live entertainment and silent and live auctions. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Kahului. www.mauiarts.org

Aug. 25: Cycle to the Sun. Bike riders from around the world compete in this grueling 36-mile uphill challenge from beachside Paia town to the 10,000-foot summit of Haleakala crater. Often called the planet’s longest, steepest race course, the ride draws individual participants and teams as well as fans who line the roadways to cheer them onward and upward. www.cycletothesun.com

Aug. 17-19: Made in Hawaii Festival. A vast showcase of Hawaii products, including flowers, apparel, pottery, art, produce and more is spread out across 400 booths. Clients also can listen to live music and watch demonstrations by top local chefs. Neal Blaisdell Center, Honolulu. www.madeinhawaiifestival.com

Aug. 25-26: Greek Festival. Clients dig into authentic Mediterranean foods, and the taverna features imported Greek beer, ouzo and retsina. Now in its 32nd year, the celebration features plenty of live music and line dancing. McCoy Pavilion, Ala Moana Park, Honolulu. www.greekfestivalhawaii.com

Aug. 18-26: Duke’s Ocean Fest. This summer spree takes place each year in honor of the one and only Duke Kahanamoku, a treasured Hawaiian waterman, Olympic gold medal swimmer, surfer and canoe steersman, not to mention Hollywood actor. Activities during the week-long festival include contests in sand soccer, surfing, beach volleyball, paddleboarding and swim-run-paddle. www.oceanfest.dukefoundation.org

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