2023 Events and Festivities

Summer is going to be huge in Hawaii.

Despite its notoriously low population density - typically a plus for nature lovers but a minus for event-goers - the Big Island is announcing festivals like a Southern California desert.  

If you like food, live music, cultural expressions, or some combination of the lot, you will have a fantastic time in Hawaii this June.

Without further ado, here is our introductory guide to some of the most fantastic events and festivals coming to the Big Island in June 2023.


Hawaii Kuauli Pacific & Asia Cultural Festival

This 3-day event epitomizes the “Hawaii festival.” With food, dance, fashion, fire knives, and tons more, the rich culture of the Island of Hawaii will be celebrated at the source. You’d be hard-pressed to find a single event that checks more boxes for enthusiastic Hawaii visitors than this one.

When: June 9th - 11th, 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Where: 75-5660 Palani Road, Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel

More Info: hikuauli.com

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King Kamehameha Day Parade & Festival

Cultural celebrations on the Big Island will hit their June peak on King Kamehameha Day. A renowned parade occurred across the islands and reached its 106th annual iteration in 2023. The King Kamehameha Day Parade will be held in Historic Kailua Village on June 10th.

When: Saturday, June 10th, 9 AM - 11:30 PM

Where: Historic Kailua Village, Kailua-Kona

More Info: King Kamehameha Day Parade & Festival

10th Annual Big Island Jazz & Blues Festival

This event speaks for itself. Music lovers will not want to miss this scenic showcase featuring numerous award-winning musicians at the beautiful Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in Waimea. It is an oceanfront event, and the music roars all evening. 

While Saturday is the main event, Thursday the 1st will also see a kickoff dinner show from 6 PM - 9 PM at Red Water Cafe in Waimea. The following day, Friday the 2nd, there will also be a jazz teaser show at Copper Bar at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. 

When: Saturday, June 3rd, 5 PM - 9 PM

Where: 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Waimea, (Mauna Kea Beach Hotel)

More Info: Big Island Jazz & Blues Festival

Kona Coffee Espresso Workshop

Another exciting food-related event that showcases what is unique about the Big Island, the Kona Coffee Espresso Workshop, will be held at Puna Chocolate Company in Kailua-Kona. This year, instead of a one-time date, the event is recurring - every Monday and Wednesday of the month at 9 AM. 

When: Every Monday and Wednesday, 9 AM - 10 AM

Where: 74-5606 Pawai Place, Kailua-Kona (Puna Chocolate Company)

More Info: Puna Chocolate - Espresso Workshop

We hope you find this a helpful starting point for planning your June experience on the Big Island. As always, mahalo, and best wishes for your visit!

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