2023 Events and Festivities

If you’re traveling to the Island of Hawaii in March, there will be no shortage of excitement. With its geographic size (not-so-subtly implied by its nickname) and incredible diversity, both “geo” and “bio,” there’s a virtually endless list of beautiful things to do and see here year-round. But that rarely stops the local community from throwing insanely great events. You are also welcome to join while you’re at it - and March 2023 appears to be no exception!

Here are our picks for the best events and festivals coming to the Big Island this March.

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Kona Brewers Festival

The Kona Brewers Festival is a massive community celebration held every March, hosted by the Ke Kai Ala Foundation. 2023 marks the festival’s 28th anniversary. Beer. Food. Live music. Live dancing/performances. Fashion shows. All by the beach. In 2023, it is also a zero-waste event supporting community organizations and nonprofits. 

There will be a ceremonial blessing at Ahuena Heiau at 3:45, and then gates open, and the uproar begins at 4.

Where: 74-5617 Pawai Pl, Kailua-Kona
When: Saturday March 11th, 4 PM - 7 PM
More Info: https://konabrewersfestival.com/


Big Island International Marathon

As far as significant races go, even the most experienced globetrotters would be hard-pressed to find a marathon route more stunning than this one - or, for that matter, a half-marathon, 10K, or 5K. March marks the annual return of the coveted Big Island International Marathon, which runs along the scenic coastline of Onomea Bay and Hilo Bay on the island’s west side.
Where: 71 Banyan Dr, Hilo (Hilo Hawaiian Hotel)
When: Sunday, March 19th
More Info: http://hilomarathon.org/

Tumua - Not Even Joking

World-famous comedians are a rare breed - ultra-talented icons who rise to the top of a highly competitive and uniquely daunting profession. How do they get there? Just ask Tumua - Hawaii’s rising star in the wide comedy world. At 26, the former University of Hawaii defensive lineman has amassed hundreds of thousands of online followers and sold out significant theaters all across the state with his once-in-a-generation gift for standup.   

March is your chance to see Tumua live in action before he inevitably becomes a household name - but seize that chance quickly because tickets are going royally fast.

Where: 38 Haili St, Hilo (Palace Theater)
When: Friday, March 3rd & Saturday, March 4th; 6:30 PM & 8:30 PM
More Info: Hilo Palace - Tumua Not Even Joking Tour 2023


Lavaman Triathlon

Another sought-after outdoor event coming to the Big Island in March is the famous Lavaman Triathlon. Set in Waikoloa, there is scarcely another place with lovelier scenery or weather to take on this endurance sports staple.

When: Sunday, March 26th
Where: Waikoloa Beach Resort
More Info: Lavaman Triathlon 2023

From fitness to brewers festivals, it’s safe to say the Island of Hawaii has unique offerings for those looking to experience food, drink, and culture this March.

We hope you find this helpful guide to planning your March on the Big Island. As always, mahalo, and best wishes for your visit! 

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