Did you know that the first week in August is one of the Big Island’s most popular times to be here? Families are taking that “last chance” for vacation before school starts and it also offers everyone a chance to sneak some more sunshine into their lives before heading back to work on the Mainland. August also brings some tasty fun at the annual Mai Tai Festival, and musical enjoyment at the Big Island Blues Festival. Read on for more unique and memorable things to do this month! 

WHAT: A Taste of Napa Valley, Kona Style 

WHEN: August 6, 2010  5:30-7:00 pm 

WHERE: Gertrude’s Jazz Bar- Kailua Village

Enjoy tasting wine from the heart of Napa Valley and nibbling on paired appetizers at this monthly event. Limited seating keeps it intimate and fun. After the tasting, stay for free entertainment. 

Tickets are $20 each and include five tastes of your choice of 6 different wines. 


WHAT: Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival 

WHEN: August 17, 2019

WHERE: Royal Kona Resort 

A full day of fun including a Battle of the BBQ from 11am-2pm; a Marketplace from 11am-4pm; a Pool Party with Henry Kapono from 2:30-4pm; and The Mai Tai Mix-Off from 4:30-7:30pm, where some of the world’s best bartenders will compete for the title of the world’s best mai tai and a $10,000 first prize, a $5000 second prize, and a $2500 third prize. Call 808/930-3255 or visit donsmaitaifest.com/ for more info.

WHAT: Relay For Life Kona 

WHEN: August 17-18, 2019

WHERE: Hale Halawai-Kailua Village 

There will be live entertainment, a silent auction, food, family fun and a chance to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Reservations for dinner and reception should be made at 989-7067; please call the same number if you are interested in having a team or to volunteer. For more information, email anne.p.rflkona@gmail.com or visit www.RelayForLife.org/konahi.

WHAT: Pu’ukohola Heiau 47th Annual Ho’oku’ikahi Hawaiian Cultural Festival 

WHEN: August 17 and 18, 2019

WHERE: Pu’ukohola Heiau National Park 

Cultural Ceremony and Festivities, including Hawaiian food tasting, traditional Hawaiian arts & crafts, traditional games, lauhala weaving, canoe rides, music and much more. Free to the public. For more info, call (808) 882-7218, ext. 1011 or visit www.nps.go/puhi.

WHAT: Annual Hospice of Kona Royal Tea Benefit

WHEN: August 18, 2019

WHERE: Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Enjoy a unique high tea with a Hawaiian twist, to benefit Hospice of Kona’s residential home, Nakamaru Hale. Time: 11am-1pm. Assorted teas, mini-sandwiches, French pastries, scones and muffins, decadent desserts – and unlimited wine with a commemorative wine glass. Tickets $75 each/tables of 10, $875. Visit www.hospiceofkkona.org for more info and to purchase tickets.

WHAT: Afternoon at the Palace Concert/Hula and Village Stroll

WHEN: August 18, 2019

WHERE: Hulihe’s Palace and Kailua Village 

Free Hawaiian music and hula on the grounds of Hulihe’e Palace on Alii Drive from 4-5pm. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For more info about the Stroll, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

WHAT: 3rd Annual Big Island Blues Festival 

WHEN: August 24, 2019

There will be something for everyone to enjoy – great original Blues, local brews, unique vendors, delicious BBQ and more! BLUES, BREWS, & BBQ! This year’s event will take place at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel’s Lu’au Grounds, from 4-10pm. For tickets, visit Bigislandbluesfest2019.eventbrite.com

Cost: $20. For more information, email offthegridpro@gmail.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/452215532267276/?ti=icl.

WHAT: 48th Annual Queen Lili’uokalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Races

WHEN: August 29-September 2, 2019

WHERE: Kailua Bay 

The Queen Lili’uokalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Races welcomes more than 2,500 outrigger canoe paddlers from all over the world to Kona for its signature 18-mile long distance race, the world’s largest long distance outrigger canoe race, which is slated for August 31st. Other official race events unfold throughout the weekend. Free to the public. For more information, visit www.qlcanoerace.com. For a course map: https://www.qlcanoerace.com/ql-course-maps.asp

As lifestyle experts in West Hawaii, LUVA Real Estate agents are here to provide insight, guidance and knowledge to all the amazing things that make the Big Island of Hawaii an incredible place to call home. Contact us today if you have questions about making a move here or deciding to sell your home. We hope to see you out at one of these exciting events!