Posts under ‘Things to Do’

O-Bon Dance in Honomu

Honomu is just a 15 minute drive North up the coast from our house and is on the way to Akaka Falls State ParkĀ (another 5 minutes from Honomu). The village (of about 500) itself is a nice place to grab some ice cream or lunch and then check out the Buddhist temple and the huge [...]

Premier Hula Festival

The next Merrie Monarch festival is scheduled for April 8-14, 2012 in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii. The week-long event features a hula competition, arts & crafts fair and a grand parade in downtown Hilo. Our home is a short 5 minutes away! The festival honors the legacy of King David Kalakaua (reigned [...]

Seeing stars in the cold

It’s cold up there. Not the Milky Way, but the Mauna Kea Visitors Information Center. So, if you are planning a trip up, definitely dress warmly. In the summer the nighttime temperatures get down to 40 and sometimes lower. You are packed and ready for spending time in temperatures in the 80′s, it’ll be hard [...]

Volcano July 4th parade

One of our highlights in the summer is the Volcano town July 4th parade. Unfortunately, we will arrive in Hawaii a few days late to go this year, but if you are there, you really should check it out. It has the feel of a old-time small town Mayberry-type parade and is a lot of fun. [...]

Kamehameha Festival, June 11, 2011

June 11th seems to be the day for cultural experiences. Not only can you watch the O-Bon festival in Honomu that day, but you can also go to the Kamehameha festival in Hil0 in celebration of King Kamehameha. The festival is free (always nice). It is part of a larger celebration of King Kamehameha day. [...]