2023 Events and Festivities
Lots of music is coming to the Big Island this September - plenty of enticing food and drinks. Some special events also focus on the unique cultures and traditions, and even some seriously epic outrigger canoe races.
Whether you’re a lover of the outdoors, a music lover, an outrigger canoe lover, or some combination of all 3 and more - here are the best events and festivals coming to the Island of Hawaii in September 2023.
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9th Hawaii Island All Nations Powwow
This impressive outdoor event is a celebration of Native American culture. It is quite a spectacle, with drumming and intertribal dancing galore. You’ll also have the chance to try the delectable Indigenous treat that is frybread.
When: September 16th, September 17th, 9 AM - 4 PM
Where: 16-492 Old Volcano Rd, Keaau
More Info: Hawaii All Nations Powwow
Big Island Chocolate Festival - Sip, Dip, and Paint Event
Would you like to spend an afternoon with friends and family on an island paradise painting, drinking wine, and enjoying world-famous locally-grown chocolate? What if the chocolate comes from a fountain and the wine is unlimited?
When: Saturday, September 9th, 1 PM - 3 PM
Where: 75-5801 Ali’i Dr, Kailua-Kona (Island Lava Java)
More Info: Sip, Dip, and Paint Event
Na Palapalai - Live at Hilo Palace Theater
One of the best things about Hawaii is its distinctive music. Stylistically, it perfectly conveys the beauty and serenity of this place. Na Palapalai is as quintessential a Hawaiian music group as you’re likely to ever find. They return to their hometown of Hilo on September 2nd.
When: Sunday, September 2nd, 7 PM - 9 PM
Where: 38 Haili St, Hilo (Palace Theater)
More Info: Na Palapalai
Kona, It's a Wrap
Kona's famous Marlin Tournament Series continues into September for those looking to fish, soak up the sunshine, and potentially win big. September's event runs for three days at the scenic small boat harbor in Honokohau.
When: September 15th-17th
Where: Honokohau Harbor, Kailua-Kona
More Info: Humdinger Sport Fishing
2023 Queen Liliuokalani Outrigger Canoe Races
This event is proud to be the world’s largest outrigger canoe race series - and what better place than in the shimmering waters of Hawaii’s Big Island? Four main events culminate in the Kapuna classic on Monday, September 4th.
When: August 31st - September 4th, 8 AM - 5 PM
Where: Kailua Pier, Kaahumanu Pl, Kailua-Kona
More Info: Queen Liliuokalani Canoe Race
We hope you find this helpful to planning your September on the Big Island. As always, mahalo, and best wishes for your visit!