Hawaii Calendar February 2010

The happenings of the Hawaiian Islands

By: By Lisette Mejia


Feb. 6: WAIMEA CHERRY BLOSSOM HERITAGE FESTIVAL. February may be the perfect time for clients to visit Hawaii’s Big Island, since they can take part in this popular viewing event. Following in the footsteps of a well-known Japanese tradition, the festival exhibits the blossoming of Waimea’s historic cherry trees. A plethora of activities will take place from Church Row Park to the Parker Ranch Historic Homes and at the Parker Ranch Center. Highlights include musical performances, calligraphy and origami displays by visiting Japanese artisans, ethnic foods, a farmer’s market and a mochi-pounding demonstration. 808-961-8706

Feb. 7: BOB FEST AGRICULTURAL FAIR. Music lovers who double as environmentally conscious clients will get the best of both worlds at this family event, held in honor of reggae icon Bob Marley. From noon to 6 p.m., attendees can enjoy performances from international reggae artists and local Hawaiian bands, taste organically grown foods and plant trees. Mooheau Park Bandstand in Hilo. 808-216-7372

Feb. 13-14: PANAEWA STAMPEDE RODEO. A Hawaiian-style rodeo makes for two fun nights of competitions between cowboys and cowgirls. Activities include team roping and breakaway roping. Local entertainment, food and craft booths will showcase Hawaii’s cowboy culture. Hours are from noon to 5 p.m. both days. Admission is free for children and $6 for adults. Panaewa Equestrian Center, Hilo. 808-937-1005


Feb. 6: HULA HOIKE. Clients can enjoy an evening of Hawaiian music and hula dancing in addition to Tahitian drums and performances by well-known artists. There will also be crafts as well as gift and food sales. Tickets can be purchased for $20 for adults and $10 for children. Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall, Lihue. 808-651-0682

Kilohana Long Distance Canoe Race // (c) 2009

Kilohana Long Distance Canoe Race

Feb. 20: KILOHANA LONG DISTANCE CANOE RACE. Visitors can cheer on men’s and women’s teams as they compete in traditional Hawaiian outrigger canoe racing along the Waimea shoreline. The race is one of the signature events of the 32nd Waimea Town Celebration in west Kauai and marks the start of the Garden Island Canoe Racing Association season. Visible from the Waimea shore near the pier. www.wkbpa.org/events.html

Feb. 20: 11TH ANNUAL LAPPERT’S ICE CREAM EATING CONTEST. Come one, come all to participate and/or watch as competitors vie for the title of fastest ice cream eater. This event — part of other festivities pertaining to the two-day 32nd Waimea Town Celebration — is one that’s bound to provide some quality entertainment. Waimea Town Celebration Stage. www.wkbpa.org/events.html


Feb. 19: LAUGH IN THE PARK. Nothing beats a night of laughter and food under the stars, and visitors to Maui will have the opportunity to engage in such a fete. Highlights of this event include a comedy show, cocktails and a delicious three-course meal made from locally grown products. Tickets are $99.95 per person. Advance reservations are required for this southwest Maui event. Kalama Park, Kihei. 808-249-8811

Feb. 20: WHALE DAY CELEBRATION. This free all-day event, part of the 2010 Maui Festival of Whales, marks the 30th anniversary of Maui’s largest and longest running celebration of its humpback whales. Among other festivities, clients can partake in an enormous craft fair of works from more than 100 local artists, live music, a silent auction, food booths from some of Maui’s most popular restaurants, plenty of children’s activities and a parade at 9 a.m. Kalama Park, Kihei. 808-249-8811

Feb. 26: PINT NIGHT BENEFIT. In the spirit of whale season, clients can get their drink on while doing some good for the community. The Maui Brewing Co. is hosting a benefit night in which a portion of the proceeds collected from all pints of beer sold from 6 p.m. to midnight will be donated to the Pacific Whale Foundation. The funds will be used to sponsor whale watching programs for Maui’s school children. Maui Brewing Co., Kahana. 808-669-3474; 808-249-8811


Feb. 6: NIGHT IN CHINATOWN FESTIVAL. What better place to celebrate the Chinese New Year than in the heart of Chinatown? And what better way to do so than by joining in on an all-day block party? Hosted by the Chinatown Merchants Association, this free celebration lasts from 9 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. and includes martial arts demonstrations, Chinese lion dances, food booths with home-cooked Asian food and traditional New Year’s arts and crafts activities. A large parade takes place at 3:30 p.m. Maunakea and Smith Streets. 808-306-4570; 808-306-4584

Feb. 15: HOME OF THE BRAVE QUILT PROJECT. Clients can observe volunteers as they hand-sew quilts to be presented to the families of fallen Hawaiian soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. All visitors are invited to express gratitude to the families by leaving their own messages on the quilts. The event lasts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pacific Aviation Museum, Pearl Harbor. 808-441-1013; 808-441-1000

Feb. 20: THE 45TH ANNIVERSARY GRASSROOTS CELEBRATION. Clients can help the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii commemorate 45 years of defending the Bill of Rights in Hawaii. From 10 a.m. until noon, there will be a Freedom Fair showcasing street performers, art and readings from once-banned books — all open to the public at no charge. For a fee, supporters can enjoy a noon luncheon featuring a keynote speaker and awards ceremony honoring local advocates. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, Honolulu. 808-522-5906; 808-522-5900