May 2024 Hawaii Island Events Calendar


May in Hawaii brings the perfume of plumeria AND leis as Lei Day is celebrated around the island during the first week of the month. Hilo has a fantastic Lei Day festival, now in its 19th year. Other celebrations can be found in Waikoloa and Keauhou. Learn how to make lei and learn more about the culture of Hawaii at any of these celebrations.

May also brings Mother’s Day and this month we included a variety of brunch options at some of the best restaurants and resorts on the island!

And get your cowboy boots and hat and head to Honokaa’s’ Western Week from May 18-27th with bands, talent shows and a chance to see ANOTHER side of the cowboy culture on the island! Enjoy the variety of our island events as we head into Spring!

Hawaii Island Events Calendar for May 2024

May 1, 2024

May Day is Lei Day

Kalakaua Park, Hilo

10am to 2pm

May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii! The celebration takes place annually on the 1st of May at Kalakaua Park in Hilo. The event is free and open to the public. Learn about Hawaiian history and the culture of the lei. The opening ceremonies feature oli and ho’okupu being made and throughout the day there is hula, lei making demonstrations and Classic Lei Day Mele.

May 1, 2024

Lei Day at Queens’ Marketplace

69-201 Waikoloa Beach Dr., Waikoloa, HI

4:00pm to 7:00pm

Celebrate Lei Day at Queens’ Marketplace with live music, lei making, an ukulele lesson, and hula show finale. Plus, keiki can enjoy face painting and lawn games! 4:00 PM – Kris Fuchigami 5:00 PM – John Keawe 6:00 PM – Beamer-Solomon Halau O Po’ohala Wednesday, May 1 | 4 – 7 PM. For More Information Click Here

May 3, 2023

Keauhou Shopping Center welcomes you to our Free Friday Hula Shows at our Center Courtyard at 6 p.m. We hope to see you there! In addition, our restaurants are open if you want to stay for dinner. Please note the schedule is subject to change. For more information, visit

May 3, 2024

Henry Kaponos Artist2Artist Concert & Kalae Parish, Kalenaku, Pat SimmonsJr

Kona Salt Farm by Sea Salts of Hawaii

73-907 Makako Bay Drive, Kailua Kona

5:30pm to 8:30pm

Multiple award-winning and GRAMMY® nominee, Henry Kapono is back on the Kona Salt Farm with his with his 7th season of his hit Artist 2 Artist Concerts. Season 7 is presented by the Henry Kapono Foundation in support of the We Are Friends Maui program and shines the spotlight on husband and wife Kala’e Parish & Kalenaku with Maui’s own Pat Simmons Jr. Join Henry and his guests as they discuss their connection and recovery efforts for the Maui community. For More Information Click Here

May 4, 2024

The Hawai‘i Chrysalis, The Arts and Sciences Center and Big Island Pulse, are proud to present ANUHEA & Friends!

Nani Mau Gardens

421 Makalika St., Hilo, H

5:00pm to 10:30pm

Join us outdoors and under the stars in the large grassy acreage of the gardens! BRING an umbrella and/or chairs & mats for a fun-filled musical night! Including a Keiki Corner with a bounce castle, face painting and more! Performances by: ames Mcwhinney of Big Mountain, Vibes Up Strong, Peni Dean (former member of Natural Vibrations), Star from The Steppas, Kanaka Fyah, and international artist Oesen. Special Host: Pomai.ASC is partnering with Hawai’i Chrysalis in producing the Mālama Healing Fest – to highlight the healing of our communities and increase access for Hawaii Youth to Music, Arts and Athletics programming. KIDS 12 and under are FREE! Local vendors, food and beer gardens & alcohol available for purchase!Tickets available at: EVENTBRITE TICKETS HERE for more info

May 4, 2024

May Day Celebration with Pūlama Nā Liko

Keauhou Shopping Center

78-6831 Alii Dr, Kailua Kona


May Day is free and open to the public! Activity times and seats are first come, first served. *We are still working on the agenda and activities, but there should be a few changes from last year.Reminder: May Day activities are for ten and older. We will be using lei needles. Please call the office at 808-322-3000 if you have questions. For More Information click here

May 5, 2024

Cinco De Mayo with Fuego Latin Orchestra

King Kamehameha Kona Beach Resort – Kamakahonu Ballroom

75-5660 PALANI ROAD Kailua Kona

5:00pm to 10:00pm

Come join us for this special night celebrating 5 De Mayo with LIVE MUSIC by FUEGO LATIN ORCHESTRA HAWAII. There will be a MARGARITA BAR – TACO BAR and MORE! Cumbia Dance Class by ELIAS Traditional Dance performance by BALLET FOLCLORICO

LA NEGRA 5:45 to 6:00pm Live Music and Social Dance 6:00 to 9:00pm ———– Live Music – Social Dance – Food – Drinks KAMAKAHONU BALLROOM + FOYER. Tickets are: $20

May 5, 2024

Keiki Market

Kai Store

2010 Kilauea Avenue, Hilo

We are excited to host a very special event for the keiki entrepreneurs in our community. This will be our very first outdoor market. We will also be celebrating Children’s Day! There will be various keiki vendors selling a wide range of products. Come by and support the future business owners our Big Island community!  FREE ENTRY and drawings throughout the event.

May 5, 2024

Honokaa People’s Theatre

45-3574 Mamane St, Honokaa, HI

2:00am to 5:00pm

LIVE MUSIC featuring Hawai’i Island artist Maka Gallinger with new music from her developing album HULI! A fun family event and fundraiser for HULI PAC! For More Information Click Here

May 5, 2024


Hilo Town Market

69 Waianuenue Ave, Hilo,

Join us for an unforgettable night of roots reggae music! Get ready to rock and come in to all of the Israel Vibes hits including “Cool and Calm,” “Rude Boy Shufflin’,” “Vultures” and “Same Song.”With special guests THE STEPPAS & KANAKA FYAH and sounds by DJ EMPRESS NERIAH. Don’t miss this special event! More Information Click Here

May 10, 2024

Mother’s Day Sip’ N Shop-Sponsored by Kona Stories

Keauhou Shopping Center

3:00pm to 6:00pm

You + Mom + Sips + Shopping
Best afternoon ever, right?

You’ll enjoy the free floral bar, light refreshments, retail tenant specials, and more! You won’t want to miss this special celebration just for the mom in your life!While supplies last. Free Friday hula show to follow at 6 PM. For More Information Click Here

May 11, 2024

Kona Orchid Society Mother’s Day Show & Sale

Inside and out at the Makaeo County Pavilion at the Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area

9:00am to 2:00pmEnjoy Early Bird Special Shopping, Talk Story with Plant ExpertsOffering blooming plants, locally crafted gifts and more in time for gifting your favorite person! Admission is $2 cash and includes a host of educational offerings.New to this yearʻs annual event is an Early Bird Special admitting up to 100 beat-the-crowd shoppers starting at 8 a.m. Admission is $20 and includes a cup of coffee. Tickets are sold online while they last at


May 11-12, 2024

Kona Veterans of Foreign Wars Golf Tournament

Kona Country Club

78-7000 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona

8:00am (6:00 to 7;30 regestration)

Come out for a fun day in that sun at the beautiful Kona Country Club supporting our Vets! We will have a 4 man scramble with 120 golfers maximum. For More Information Click Here

May 12, 2024

Mothers Day Brunch

King Kamehameha Kona Beach Resort

75-5660 Palani Road, Kailua-Kona, HI

10:00am to 1:00pm

Join us for Mother’s Day Brunch at Honu’s on the Beach and celebrate the special mother figures in your life with delicious food, drinks, and more. See you there!Join us for Mother’s Day Brunch at Honu’s on the Beach and celebrate the special mother figures in your life with delicious food, drinks, and more.Breakfast classics and local favorites to be served to inclued sland-Style Poke | Shrimp Cocktal, Prime Rib Carving Station , Snow Crab, Legs Carrot Cake, Lilikoi Cheesecake & more!$85 PER PERSON. $42.50 FOR KIDS 6-12. FREE FOR KIDS UNDER 5For More information Click Here

May 12, 2024

Volcano Garden Arts and Cafe Ono Mothers Day Brunch

19-3834 Old Volcano Rd, Volcano, HI

Join us for a delicious Mother’s Day brunch! Reservations recommended. For More Information Click Here

May 12, 2024

Pāwehi Hō’ike -Mother’s Day Lūʻau

At the Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo – a DoubleTree by Hilton

93 Banyan Dr, Hilo, HI


Continuing its enduring commitment to protecting, preserving, and perpetuating the Hawaiian culture, the evening is a partnership with Island Breeze Productions and Hālau Ka Lehua Pua Kamaehu, and Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo. A tribute to music and hula that make our home so special. Hosted in the legendary CROWN Room with a special Hō’ike style lūʻau show, telling stories of Polynesia, Hawai’i Island and Hilo town.

The Grand Naniloa Hotel in Hilo was inspired by the rich and deep-rooted history of Hilo, the property’s location, all the musicians and Hālau who have graced us with their vignettes from various parts of Polynesia; and of course, Hilo storytelling through the hands and expressions by hula dancers and beautiful mele (melodies) by the musicians.

A delicious dinner….a beautiful show…an evening of songs and hula telling the moʻolelo (stories) of Hilo. For More Information Click Here

May 12, 2024

Mothers Day Brunch

Fairmont Orchid

1 North Kaniku Drive, Kohala Coast

11:00am to 12:00pm

Treat mom to a memorable brunch fit for a queen! Enjoy live music, breakfast favorites, seafood delights, carving stations, and an irresistible dessert spread. Every mom receives a complimentary mimosa and flower lei upon arrival!Adults $135 | Kids (6-12) $50 | 5 & Under Eat Free. RESERVATIONS: Kama’aina may enjoy 10% off with a valid Hawai‘i I.D.

May 14, 2024

East Hawaii Women’s Network Pau Hana

Hilo Town Tavern

168 Keawe St, Suite A, Hilo, HI

4:30pm to 6:30pm

Calling all East Hawaii women! We are a informal network of community minded women who meet every second Tuesday to support one another in business and in life! We look forward to meeting you! For more information Click Here


May 18-27, 2024



Honoka’a’s main street will be closed for this party, which will include live music, a Saloon Girls Contest, a Cowboy’s Got Talent contest, beer tents, vendors and more. For more Information Click Here

May 18, 2024

Hala Festival

Maku’u Marketplace

10:00am to 2:00pm

15-2131 Keaʻau-Pāhoa Rd., Pāhoa, HI 

Join us as we celebrate one of Hawaiʻi’s most iconic native trees. Cherished for its versatile uses in weaving, leimaking, and other traditional practices, hala holds a special place in Hawaiian culture. Join us from 10am-2pm to learn from expert weavers and cultural practitioners and discover how you can play a role in protecting hala for future generations. Enjoy hands-on workshops, live entertainment, local vendors, and much more! This event is organized by the Big Island Invasive Species Committee in collaboration with Pōhaku Pelemaka. For More Information Click Here


May 18, 2024



62-100 Kauna’oa Drive, Kohala Coast, Hawaii

6:30pm to 8:30pm

The Casino Night Gala is a fundraiser to support the programs and services of Hospice of Kona. Guests will enjoy a night of fun, with casino gaming, food and wine, raffle prizes and a silent auction, at the beautiful Westin Hapuna Beach Resort. Ticket cost $150 per person/$1500 VIP table. For more info, visit this link or email

May 18, 2024


Elks Lodge (old Hualalai Theater)

5-170 Hualalai Rd., Kailua-Kona

6:00 to 8:30pm
An evening of slack key and fingerstyle guitar with Hawaiian legend John Keawe, joined by Chris Yeaton for an evening of acoustic excellence. . Admission $35

May 18, 2024

Kailua-Kona Ghost Walk

King Kamehameha Kona Beach Resort (75-5660 Palani Road, Kailua-Kona, HI)

Expect to learn about Hawaii’s haunted heritage and to hear accounts of Kona’s unique paranormal activity. Enigmatic local entities include ‘aumakua, ancestors transformed into family gods, superhumans known as kupua, and Hawaiian deities such as Pele and Kihawahine. For more information Click Here

May 18, 2024

World Bee Day

Mokupapapa Discovery Center

76 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo, HI

10:00am to 3:00pm

Join in a family friendly fair featuring local arts and crafts, Beekeeper talks and demonstrations. For more informaiton Click Here

May 18, 2024

Henry Kapono’s Artist 2 Artist Concert with Jerry Santos & Joshua Kahula

Kona Salt Farm by Sea Salts of Hawaii

73-907 Makako Bay Drive, Kailua Kona, HI

6:00pm to 9:00pm

Multiple award-winning and GRAMMY® nominee, Henry Kapono is back on the Kona Salt Farm with his with his 7th season of his hit Artist 2 Artist Concerts. The fourth and final show in season 7 is presented by the Henry Kapono Foundation in support of the We Are Friends Maui program and shines the spotlight on multi award-winning and legendary Jerry Santos with talented Lahaina, Maui artist Josh Kahula. Join Henry and his guests as they discuss their connection and recovery efforts for the Maui community. For More Information Click Here

May 24, 2024

Jake Shimabukuro

The Palace Theater

38 Haili St, Hilo, HI,

Doors, Box Office and Concessions open at 6:00pm

The Palace Theater is proud to present beloved ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro for an intimate concert performance Tickets available now:
$55 Priority Orchestra/$35 General Admission, All tickets $5 more on day of show. All sales final, tickets are non-refundable or transferable. All seating is assigned for this show, seats are selected at time of ticket purchase. For More Information Click Here

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The Outrigger Kona resort and Spa in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii hosts a “Talk Story Under the New Moon” event on the last Tuesday of every month from 5pm to 6:30pm at Ka’ukulaelae. The events highlights the historic Hawaiian traditions. Free Event.

Kona Area Farmers Markets


Directions: At the intersection of Hualalai Rd. and Aliʻi Dr., in the parking lot next to the Kona Public Library (across from Hale Halawai) in Kailua-Kona

Market days: Wednesday to Sunday from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM


Directions: 75-6129 Aliʻi Drive, Kailua-Kona

Market days: Tuesday – Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM


Directions:Located on the Lawn in front of Outrigger Kona at Keauhou bay – 78-128 Ehukai Street, Kailua-Kona, HI. 96740

Market days: Every Wednesday and Friday between 09:00 AM and 2:00 PM


Directions: Keauhou Shopping Center, fronting Ace Hardware. 78-6831 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740-2

Market days: Saturdays between 8:00 AM and 12 PM (noon)


Directions: Near the old Higashi Store, between mile marker 103 &104. 84-4770 Mamalahoa Hwy, Captain Cook

Market days: Open 9am-5pm Monday and Wednesday through Friday, Closed Tuesdays. Open on Saturday & Sunday from 10am to 4pm.


Formerly known as the South Kona green market.

Directions: Located at the Amy Greenwell Botanical Gardens across from the Manago hotel in Captain Cook

Market day: Sunday between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM

Hilo Area Farmers Markets


At the end of highway 137 where the 1990 lava flow covered the majority of the Kalapana village and the famous Kaimu Black Sand Beach.

Directions: 12-5038 Kalapana Kapoho Beach Rd, Pāhoa, HI 96778.

Market daysWednesday between 5:00 PM and 9:00 PM (website) for the night market, also known as the “Wednesday Night Hoʻolauleʻa Market”. Note that there is a $20/pp cover charge for entrance.  Saturday between 8:00 AM and noon for Uncles Kaimū Farmers Market (website) .

More information: The venue for the farmers market (Uncles ʻAwa Club) is also opened daily from 7:00 AM on. There is a smoothie shack and ‘Uncles Kitchen’ which serves BBQ plates, local style food plates, burgers, appetizers, and fresh fish burgers or plates from 11 am till 7 pm. Uncles ʻAwa Bar is open from 10 am till closing (website).


Directions: TEMPORARY Location: Hakalau Veteran’s Park (see the website linked below for the most recent location)

Market Day: Tuesdays afternoon between 3 pm and 5 pm

More information: at the Hakalau farmers market website.

HILO COFFEE MILL “MARKET @ THE MILL” (between Hilo and Volcano). Directions: Hilo Coffee Mill Farm, 17-995 Volcano Rd. (Between Mile Markers 12 and 13)

Market days: Saturday between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM

More information: Market @ the mill website


Directions: Corner of Kamehameha Avenue and Mamo Street

Market days: Wednesday and Saturday between 7:00 AM and 2:00 PM. The market is also open all other days of the week between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., but there will be less vendors.

More information


The Keaau village farmers market is a small farmers market in the village of Keaʻau, 8 miles (15 minutes) south of Hilo.  You can find most of the fruit, vegetables and flowers/plants that most of your bigger markets have.

Directions: on the open parking lot between McDonald’s and the Shell gas station (16-573 Old Volcano Road, Keaau, HI.)Distance from Hilo: 8 miles (15 minutes by car)

Market days: Tuesday to Saturday between 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM


The Maku‘u Farmers Market is a large market with stalls for up to 200 local merchants and artisans.  You can find produce and food at the market, and a wide variety of new and recycled products including crafts, plants, jewelry, clothing, books, and more.  They boast several food trucks and stalls that the locals have come to love.   Its the place to be to “talk story” and find special gifts and fresh produce. 

Directions: on the Makuʻu Farmer’s lot along the Keaʻau/Pahoa Hwy. bypass road between Keaʻau and Pahoa. Distance from Hilo: 15 miles (22 minutes by car)

Market days: Sunday between 7:00 AM and 2:00 PM

More information:

Nanala Sunset Farmers Market 

Address: 16-296 Orchid Land Dr, Keaau, HI 96749

Market days: Second and fourth Monday 4-7 pm

More information: Facebook


This is a good stop if you are looking for a  local (less touristy) farmers market in Hilo. The Kinoole farmers market prides itself to sell only 100% Hawaiian grown products, the best of which sell out early.  The best things sell out early so make this a stop at the start of your day if you are interested in visiting.  Directions: next to Kuwate Seed Shop, two streets Ma Kai of Puainako Town Center. 1990 Kinoole Street, Hilo, HI

Market days: Saturday between 06:00 am to 11:00 am

More information:


The Keaukaha Panaʻewa Farmers Market is committed to helping the Panaʻewa and island community, local farmers and food providers offer fresh, Hawaiʻi grown and/or produced products. The market aims to support food and environmental sustainability and to foster a sense of community among people from diverse backgrounds.

Try to drop by if you are shopping for groceries at the shopping mall next door for a more local taste of Hawaii.

Directions: This market is located on land leased from the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands along Railroad Avenue across of the Home Depot parking lot (363 Railroad Ave, Panaʻewa)

Market days: Saturday between 6:00 AM and 10:00 AM

More information: Keaukaha Panaʻewa Farmers website .


Directions: 69 Waianuenue Avenue (near The Temple and Jackie Rey’s — directly across the street from Mo’s Fish & Chips)

Market days: Friday afternoon/evening from 5pm – 8pm

More information:  Hilo Town Market website


Farmers markets near and in Volcano Village. The Kaʻu farmers market is on the road between Kona and Volcano.


Directions: 19-4030 Wright Road, Cooper Center, Volcano, HI

Market days: Sunday between 6:30 AM and 10:00 AM

More information:  Volcano Village Farmers Market


in Naʻalehu between Volcano and Kona)

Directions: The Ma Uka (mountain) side of the highway just before the 77 gas station and Bay Clinic (when coming from Hilo/volcano).

Market days: Wednesday and Saturday from 8:00 AM to noon (Wednesday is the main market day with most vendors)

More information


(not a farmers market but a farm stand with locally produced produce, coffee, honey, macnuts, and chocolate)

Paradise meadows is a 75 acre farm close to the most southern point of the USA. Their farm stand is open 7 days a week from 9 AM – 5:30 PM where you can get free samples of the products in sale and also get enjoy a brief tour of the farm.

Directions: About 7/10ths of a mile down South Point rd from the turnoff at Hwy 11 (between mile markers 69 and 70)

Farm stand days: the stand is open 7 days a week from 9 AM – 5:30 PM

More information:


Waimea Town Market

Waimea Town Market at Parker School is home to over 50 vendors who offer a wide variety of terrific produce, food and other unique items. Please join us, talk story with our vendors, learn about their businesses and crafts, and enjoy breakfast or lunch at our picnic tables with the Mauna Kea view—where North Hawaii comes together.

Directions: Parker School  behind the Paniolo Country Inn 65-1224 Lindsey Rd, Waimea, HI 96743

Market days: Open every Saturday at  7:30 to 12:00. Live music every Saturday

More information:

Overview of the stands at the Sunday Farmers’ Market at Hāmākua Harvest. Image credit: the Farmers market at Hamakua Harvest.


Directions: Pukalani Stables. 67-139 Pukalani Road, Kamuela, HI

Market days: Wednesday between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM

More information


Note that this is a *farm* market, not a *farmers* market. This means that you can buy farm-fresh produce from one provider (the Kekela farm) at the following two locations:

Directions: 64-604 Mana Road, Kamuela, HI 96743

Market days: Tuesday between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM at 64-604 Mana Road

Directions (2): Waimea Town Market at Parker School, Kamuela

Market days (2): Saturday between 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM

More information:


Directions: Pukalani Stables. 67-139 Pukalani Road, Kamuela, HI

Market days: Saturday from 7:00 AM to noon

More information:


Directions: 250 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738, USA

Market days: every Tuesday from 9 AM to 2:30 PM

More information: The Kings’ Shops weekly Farmers Market is held throughout the center and features local produce, crafts and freshly made pastries and jams.  More information at the ‘weekly events’ section of the


Directions: 55-514 Hawi Rd, Kapaau, HI, United States, Hawaii

Market days: every Saturday from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm at the 1Heart Hub

More information: Hawi famers market facebook page.

Honoka’a Farmers Market


The Sunday Farmers’ Market at Hāmākua Harvest offers only locally produced goods, ono food, live music and a free educational event weekly. Drink a coconut, buy a t-shirt and experience the warm hospitality of Hamakua. SNAP/EBT welcome!

Directions: At the intersection of Mamane St. and Hwy 19 in Historic Honoka’a Town

Market days: Sunday between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM

More information:

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