August is right around the corner, and on the Big Island, that means lots of farmers' markets, live music, and good vibes!
Here is your guide to the best events and festivals to check out on the Big Island this August.
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2023 Events and Festivities
Events for the Big Island in August 2023 will be posted in the coming weeks. Typically, we'll update this page about six to eight weeks before the month in question. Below, you can review a summary of what happened within the last 12-18 months, as many of these Hawaii events are held annually.
2022 Events and Festivities
This is for Big Island visitors wanting an event that checks all the boxes. 808 Day celebrates high-quality live music, authentic local food, and positive energy. 100% of the ticket sales go to charity, and 10% of vendor sales go to charities of their choice. VIP tickets are also available, adding perks like a private lounge, bar, luau, and game lounge, and there is an afterparty at My Bar in Kailua-Kona.
When: Saturday, August 6th, 3 PM - 10 PM
Where: 74-5617 Pawai Pl, Kailua-Kona
More Info: The 808 Day
Volcano Farmers Market
Volcano Village is worth visiting no matter what. The opportunity to explore one of Hawaii’s coolest and most unique farmers' markets while you’re there is even better. Flowers, herbs, tons of locally grown food, and lots of arts and crafts all abound here. Any Sunday morning spent here is a morning well spent.
When: Sundays, August 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, 6 AM - 10 AM
Where: 19-4030 Wright Rd, Volcano (Cooper Center)
More Info: Cooper Center Farmers Market
Keauhou Farmers Market
For those looking to shop on Saturdays instead - and those looking for a bigger market - Keauhou Farmers Market on Ali’i Dr is the premiere option. No less than 100% of the diverse products on offer here are locally made/grown, so it is an excellent way to support local farming and spend the weekend.
When: Saturdays, August 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, 8 AM - 12 PM
Where: 78-6831 Ali’i Dr, Kailua-Kona (Keauhou Shopping Center)
More Info: Keauhou Farmers Market
Pure Kona Green Markets
In close competition with Volcano for the most exciting town name, Captain Cook is also, like Volcano, home to a distinctive farmers market that is highly worth visiting. This is a great spot for local bread and some fresh and perhaps unfamiliar fruits. Once again, you’re supporting local farming - and Pure Kona Green Markets put extra emphasis on sustainability, which is another plus.
When: Sundays, August 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, 9 AM - 2 PM
Where: 82-6160 Mamalahoa Hwy, Captain Cook (Visitor Center)
More Info: South Kona Green Market Facebook
Waimea Town Market
The Big Island is called so for a reason. If you’re up north in Waimea, a more accessible farmers market that is still a fantastic option is Waimea Town Market at Parker School. It’s all here - plants and flowers, pastries, artisan wares, and - how could anyone forget - coffee! This market also frequently features live music.
When: Saturdays, August 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, 7:30 AM - 12 PM
Where: 65-1224 Lindsey Road, Waimea (Parker School)
More Info: Waimea Town Market
36th Annual Big Island Marlin Tournament
August is a good month to visit the Big Island if you’re into fishing. The 36th Annual Marlin Tournament will be held the last weekend of the month. This is a killer chance to wrestle some of the biggest fish in the sea and potentially win some serious cash.
When: August 26th - August 28th, 7 AM - 4 PM
Where: Honokohau Harbor, Kailua-Kona
More Info: Big Island Marlin Tournament
We hope you find this to be a helpful starting place for booking your Big Island adventure in August. As always, mahalo, and best wishes for your visit!