West Hawaii Events Calendar-July 2023

A few things that make July a great time to be here in West Hawaii is the sand is back on the beaches, the ocean is warm and calm, and the plumeria is in full bloom, scenting the air with its tropical fragrance. We also have some great fireworks and events for the 4th of July in Kona and family fun in Waikoloa and the Mauna Lani Resort to enjoy, too!

Upcoming Events

July 4, 2023
4th OF JULY FIREWORKS – Kailua Kona 
Parade at 6pm; Fireworks over Kailua Bay at 8pm.

You can come early to the parade route to set up so you can see the parade and the fireworks. Some folks like to get seats at the restaurants and bars along Alii Drive to see both, as well.

July 4, 2023


Enjoy entertainment, free keiki activities, merchant offers and the 10,000 bathtub cuties paddling to victory for their adoptive owners.  First 50 finishers and last place duckie wins prizes!  Here is the schedule of events! 


🍉 11am // A-Bay’s Island Grill Watermelon Eating Contest

🍧 12p // Original Big Island Shave Ice Co. Shave Ice Eating Contest

🎤 1p // Live Performances

🏁 3p // Great Waikoloa Rubber Duckie Race at Lakeside

🦆 3:30p // Duck Waddling & Duck Calling Contests

🏆 4:30 // Duck Hunt Winners

🥇 5p // Awards Ceremony

Turtle Independence Day at the Mauna Lani

An annual community celebration that has endured for more than 30 years, Turtle Independence Day represents the rebirth of our Green sea turtle hatchlings after 2 to 3 years of growth in the turtle pond. Gather along Mauna Lani’s oceanfront on July 4th, aptly known as Turtle Independence Day, to witness their homecoming to the Pacific Ocean. Learn more here: https://aubergeresorts.com/maunalani/culture-heritage/inquiry/

July 25th 5 -6:30 pm

Under The New Moon​

​Outrigger Kona Resort and Spa

Bring your chairs or blankets for an evening of culture and connection as Kumu Keala Ching provides entertainment and insight into Hawaiian culture.

Musical Theater at the Kahilu Theater in Waimea
Into the Woods by Hawaii Performing Arts

Saturday, July 22, 2023    7:00 PM

Sunday, July 23, 2023    4:00 PM

Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical takes us on a magical journey in search of the cow as white as milk, the cape as red as blood, the hair as yellow as corn, the slipper as pure as gold! Approximate run time for show is 2.5 hours with intermission

Price $48 / $38 / $28

Experience Volcano Festival

July 29 and July 30- 10 am- 4 pm

Experience Volcano Hawaii is proud to announce the return of its 4th annual festival this summer! This unique festival offers locals and visitors a wide array of art, food, music, Hawaiian cultural performances and more! Festivities will span from the Volcano Area with a concentration of activities in the heart of historic Volcano Village. Restaurants will be featuring special menus and drink options alongside their everyday menus. So mark your calendars now for this FREE family friendly event that offers local and visitors the opportunity to Experience Volcano Hawaii!WEBSITE

FOR KIDS: Looking for a way to get out of the sun and provide your Keiki with entertainment AND education? Hawaii Keiki Museum in Kona, at International Marketplace is the place this summer.

July 2023 Events at Hawai’i Keiki Museum

Subject to Change – please inquire at the Front Desk 808-731-6311 or check out the website

4th of July – Community FREE ADMISSION Day

Experience the museum with FREE ADMISSION thanks to a generous sponsorship by KTA Super Stores in celebration of summer in Kailua-Kona

10am – 5pm

Story Time at Hawai’i Keiki Museum

Ideal for keiki aged 0-5

Caregivers must attend with children (not a drop-off event)

Every Monday from 10:30am – 11:15am

July Theme: Count Me In! Numbers and Math.

Storytime meets in the Library Nook

Regular Admission Applies

Chess Mates – In-Person Keiki Chess Matches

Ideal for all abilities – newcomers welcome

Caregivers stay with the children (not a drop-off event)

Every Tuesday from 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Bring a chess board, if can

Chess Mates meets at the Picnic Table/Periodic Table Mural

Regular Admission Applies (NOT meeting Tuesday, July 4)

Sensory Friendly Hour

Ideal for all ages and abilities

Caregivers stay with keiki (not a drop-off event)

Every Tuesday from 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Quiet environment for family members who have sensory needs.

Regular Admission Applies (NOT meeting Tuesday, July 4)

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