Big Island Events in July

Events & Festivals on the Big Island of Hawaii

The Island of Hawaii in July is a good place to be. Not only is the weather beautiful and the air full of summer energy, but the calendar is typically full as well.

July this year is no exception. In fact, this is probably going to be one of the most all-action summers in recent Hawaiian memory. The variety of unique events coming to the Big Island surely attest to this.

What follows is a brief guide to some of the very best. On this list we have volcano festivals, food truck festivals, cultural reunions, competitions…you get the idea. Keep reading to find out the amazing range of events and festivals coming to the Big Island this July.

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2023 Events and Festivities

Events for the Big Island of Hawaii in July 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

Experience Volcano Festival

The theme of this event is not obscure. It’s all about the Big Island’s Volcano Area, in which there is a rich cultural history and much to be seen, heard, and tasted. Despite the music, food, demonstrations, tours, and more, Experience Volcano Festival is free to the general public. It is supported by sponsors. 

When: July 30th, July 31st, 10 AM - 4 PM
Where: 19-4074 Old Volcano Road, Volcano (The Volcano Area) 
More Info: Experience Volcano

Kohala Reunion

This event only happens once every 5 years. It is centered around reuniting locals who grew up in Kohala, but the event is not shy about tourists passing through who want to learn about community values, beliefs, and so on. With an open mind and open heart, visitors may find this to be one of the most wonderful chances to connect with Hawaiian culture anywhere.

When: July 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 10 AM - 10 PM
Where: Kamehameha Park Complex, Kapaau
More Info: Kohala Reunion Facebook Group

Summer Jam

This is just a big smorgasbord of fun stuff. This free event features a bus pull competition, a strongman competition, a health fair, a food truck festival, and a concert - all crammed into 5 action-packed hours.

When: Saturday, July 30th, 10 AM - 3 PM
Where: 323 Manono St, Hilo (Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium)
More Info: Hawaii Tribune-Herald

Kona Throw Down

The Kona Throw Down is a marlin fishing tournament. The rules are simple: catch the biggest marlin and you return to your hotel quite a bit wealthier than you left it. Online registration is open now, so don’t wait to book your spot. 

When: July 5th, 6th, 7th
Where: Kailua-Kona
More Info: Kona Tournaments Registration

Kamakahonu Swim

Hawaii is naturally one of the best places to swim for those interested in competitive swimming. This July, Kailua-Kona will host the Kamakahonu Swim. The race starts at the Ironman Championship swim start. 

When: Sunday, July 3rd, 8 AM - 10 AM
Where: Kaahumanu Pl, Kailua-Kona
More Info: Kamakahonu Swim 

Bus pull competitions, rare reunions, and cultural celebrations involving volcanoes - this July the Big Island has all the makings of a good time. We hope you find this to be a helpful guide to planning your calendar for the journey ahead. As always, mahalo, and best wishes for your visit!

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