October Events in Kona 2022

As West Hawaii continues to bring back its festivals and events, I wanted to give you a few things to do this month to enjoy Kona AND Halloween! We have a brand new festival, a fun trail race, shopping on Alii and a free family friendly Halloween event!

October 13-15
First Annual Aloha Shirt Festival
Outrigger Kona Resort & Spa

From the inspiration of fashionistas, Uncle George Na‘ope, and Cyril Lani Pahinui, we have crafted one of the biggest spectacles of the year for Kona to celebrate Island heritage. The festival focuses on the local garment industry offering vintage Aloha Wear exhibits, sales, and appraisals, contemporary designers, vintage collections, and repurposed clothing collections showcased in exciting fashion runway shows. Fashion fair pop-ups feature individual designers, wearable arts and accessories, giving participants the opportunity to connect with their favorite designers.

We invite you to explore the history, artistry, and production of Hawai‘i’s enduring fashion statement, the Aloha Shirt. This exhibition of over sixty objects, including original textile artwork, production sketches and swatches, advertisements, and vintage shirts tells the story of an industry that has left an indelible mark on fashion in the United States and the world.

The exhibition includes selections from private collections of Gwen and Evan Olins of Flamingos and Hula Heaven, and Sylvia Kop of Hula Supply Center, provides visitors the opportunity to view Aloha shirts from a designer’s perspective, as well as excellent vintage examples of the finished product.
Get tickets and more info at https://alohashirtfestival.com/

Sunday October 16
Kokua Kailua Village Stroll

Held monthly on Alii Drive near the Pier, the street is closed for the Stroll from 1-6pm, with local vendors and artists’ booths. Leashed dogs are ok.

Saturday October 22, 2022
Run for the Dry Forest: Dash for the Top! 5K/10K OR 1/4-mile keiki run

The race will take place at Pu’uwa’awa’a Forest Reserve from 6:45am till noon at 71-1646 Hawai’i Belt Rd. The race is a 10km run, 5km run/walk and 1/4-mile keiki run. You can choose to run or walk a 5km course (suitable for most people) or do a 10km run (an “extreme trail running experience” featuring a 1200 ft elevation gain in the first 3 miles). There is also a free fun, non-competitive 1/4-mile keiki run on flat surfaces; parents are welcome to join the kids. Pu’uwa’awa’a is home to several species of endangered birds and many endangered plants, some of which are found nowhere else in the world. Proceeds from the race events contribute to conservation of these species. Registration is required. PLEASE NOTE: No pets are allowed, as there are endangered nene geese in the area. Cost: $35 per entrant for 5k/10k. For more information, contact the race director at 808-315-5101, email edith.d.adkins@hawaii.gov or visit the­ Pu‘uwa‘awa‘a Facebook page.

Friday October 28
Lanihau-lloween is finally back after two long years!
6-9 pm at Lanihau Shopping Center

This FREE Family friendly event features:
Trick or treating in the Lanihau shops
Keiki Pumpkin Decorating
Black Light Glow Tent hosted by the Autism Moms of Kona
Face Painting by Alayna Debina
Costume Contest with Prizes for Best Ohana, Adult, and Keiki Costumes!
Spooky Live music by Tsalami Alarm featuring Alica Brauer
D.J., Lights, and Visuals by the Boombox Truck
Fire performance by Lucent Entertainment!

Artisan Vendor Market

PLEASE STOP BY the 365Hawaii booth as we are collecting food and monetary donations for the Hawaii Island Food Bank! Our volunteers will be collecting from 6-9!


Kona Dance is hosting a golf tournament fundraiser Sunday November 6th at the Kona Country Club golf course. The organizers are looking for players to enter, donations of goods or gift certificates, sponsors for the event and many volunteers!
Here is a link to the website page with more info and options to download forms for players and sponsors and a signup genius link for volunteers.

You can bounce to the event using these helpful time stamps for the searching the video!

Time Stamps
00:00 intro
1:42 First Annual Aloha Shirt Festival
2:42 Kokua Kailua Village Stroll
3:02 Run for the Dry Forest 2022
4:18 Lanihau-lloween
5:02 365 Hawaii Food Drive

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