Kona’s Alii Drive hosts Kokua Kailua marketplace. // © 2017 Kailua Village Business Improvement District
SPOTLIGHT: HAWAII ISLAND
03.19: Kokua Kailua. This monthly outdoor marketplace draws crowds to historic Kailua Village, where oceanfront Alii Drive turns into a pedestrian-only shopper’s delight. Island craftspeople and retailers sell their wares from 1 to 6 p.m., with tasty food options as well.
03.03: Hanapepe Art Night. The sleepy westside town stays up late each Friday for a street party, Kauai-style. Twinkling lights create a magical mood as vendors and artists interact with guests. Musicians serenade attendees, and food trucks tout local treats.
03.18: Anahola Prince Kuhio Celebration. Islanders observe the birthday of a beloved Hawaii monarch during this family-friendly affair. Anahola Beach Park sets the stage for cultural demonstrations, health and wellness exhibits, craft and food booths, live music and hula performances.
03.01: Masters of Hawaiian Music. Top Hawaii performers grace the stage at Napili Kai Beach Resort’s Aloha Pavilion for the weekly Grammy Award-winning concert series. Local Renaissance man George Kahumoku Jr. hosts the shows, which star big names such as Mark Yamanaka and Ledward Kaapana.
03.4-5: Whale and Ocean Arts Festival. In the 19th century, Lahaina was the world’s whaling hub. Today, this annual celebration honors the humpbacks that migrate to Hawaii each winter. Visitors can buy marine-themed artwork, try their hand at crafts and enjoy live hula.
03.03: First Friday. If it’s the first Friday evening of the month in Honolulu, head directly to this neighborhood party for fine food and entertainment. Galleries and boutiques welcome guests through their doors, buskers perform for passersby and hip bars and eateries offer a variety of specials.
03.11-12: Honolulu Festival. The Aloha State lives up to its name during this free event promoting harmony in the Pacific Rim. Clients can view traditional art and dances from Japan, Australia and other countries. The night culminates in a parade and fireworks show.