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August 2002 Hawaii Island Events

Information about August 2002 events on the Big Island of Hawaii.

August 2-4, 2002 INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE PACIFIC Sample a taste of our cultures at the 42nd annual International Festival of the Pacific. Hilo, Hawaii. For more information call the Japanese Chamber of Commerce at (808) 934-0177 or visit the website at: www.international-festival.com Japanese Chamber of Commmerce & Industry of Hawaii 808/934-0177

DATE: August 3, 2002 COOKING LOCAL STYLE: A culinary workshop with Loke Kamanu, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Learn Loke's secret family recipe for crockpot laulau and how to make lomi salmon, ho'i'o salad, and poi. You'll go home with recipes and your own crockpot laulau full and ready to cook, after sharing a meal of all the dishes. Cooper Center; $40. Call (808) 967-8222 for info. or email: vacpro@verizon.net

DATE: August 3, 2002 OPENING RECEPTION FOR GOURDS, BASKETS, & FIBER ART created from natural materials by Jelena Clay at Volcano Art Center Gallery, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Free (Park entrance fees may apply). Show will be on display daily, thru September 22nd, 2002, from 9:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m.; Hawaii Volcanoes Nat'l Park. Call 967-7565 for more info.

DATE: August 3-10, 2002 HAWAIIAN INTERNATIONAL BILLFISH TOURNAMENT The Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament has been the most prestigious fishing tournament in the State of Hawaii for 42 years. Join us at the parade, opening ceremonies, and daily weigh-ins at Kailua Pier. Sue Vermillion 808/329-6155

DATE: August 3, 2002 THE ANNUAL HAWAII STATE CHAMPIONSHIP OUTRIGGER CANOE RACES - Hawaii Canoe Racing Association, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Hilo Bay, Hilo. A colorful and exciting visitor event with cultural entertainment at the start of the canoe races (8:00 a.m.), food booths, and arts and crafts for sale throughout the day. The Association consists of clubs from the 5 major Hawaiian islands and consists of over 3,000 paddlers. The Regattas are measured courses broken into 1/4 mile intervals. Club canoes line up in lanes marked by flags to race to their 1/4 mile flag. The day starts with 12 year olds racing first, followed by teenagers and adults. Youngsters race 1/4 mile - more experienced racers go 1/2 mile to two miles. All canoes used are carved from the rare koa logs now only found on Big Island and cost in excess of $30,000 per canoe. Call: (808) 324-1541for more info.

DATE: August 3-10, 2002 43RD HAWAIIAN INTERNATIONAL BILLFISH TOURNAMENT - Four days of fishing off the beautiful Kona Coast and several social and cultural events throughout the week. In this prestigious tournament, teams compete for the coveted Governor's Award, koa bowl trophy, and bronze marlin trophy. Over 50 teams from more than a dozen countries are expected. The public is welcome to attend daily weigh-ins at Kailua Pier, the Opening Ceremonies, Billfish Parade and HIBA Auction. Call: Sue Vermillion (808) 329-6155.

DATE: August 15-17, 2002 16th ANNUAL BIG ISLAND MARLIN TOURNAMENT 4th qualifying event of the Maui Jim Hawaii Marlin Tournament Series. Big game fishing for cash prizes. Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Honokohau Harbor, Kailua-Kona, Cost:$350.00. For information call: (808) 327-1440 or email info@konatournaments.com or visit www.konatournaments.com

DATE: August 17 and 18, 2002 ELVIS LIVES! ...and has been sighted in the vicinity of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. He'll be "taking care of business in a flash" at Mauna Kea's August 17th Clambake, 6:00 p.m., and August 18th's Sunday Brunch at 11:00am. The Clambake will be held at North Pointe, and Na Ho'oko Street Band will be donning their blue suede shoes to keep up with "The Man." Call early for reservations, at 808/882-5810. For more information call: 880-3449 or email ctarleton@hapunabeachprincehotel.com

DATE: August 19-23, 2002 ORIGINAL PLAY FESTIVAL The ninth annual Original Play Festival, debuting scripts by new playwrights, at the Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu at 7:00 pm. A different new play is featured each night in readers theatre format. Tickets are $5. For information call the Kona Association for the Performing Arts at (808) 329-8839 or email kculliskapa@hawaii.rr.com.

DATE: August 24, 2002 NA MEA HAWAI'I HULA KAHIKO PERFORMANCE With kumu hula Paul Neves and Halau Ha'a Kea o Akala of Keaukaha at the hula mound in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Hawaiian crafts demonstrations including lauhala weaving with Katie Lowrey and a booksigning and reading of "Pele Ma: Legends of Pele from Kauai" with Frederick Wichman at the Volcano Art Center Gallery from 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Aloha Festivals Royal Court Investiture ceremony at 12 noon at Halema'uma'u crater. Free (Park entrance fees may apply). Phone (808) 967-8222 for info., or email: vacpro@verizon.net

DATE: August 31, 2002 FABULOUS GOURDS: CONTEMPORARY DECORATING TECHNIQUES with Jelena Clay, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Experience the fun of decorating your own gourd with one of Hawai'i's most creative gourd and fiber artists. Learn free-form design and styling techniques in this hands-on workshop, and take home a beautiful finished gourd; $68. Phone (808) 967-8222 for info., or email: vacpro@verizon.net

DATE: August 31-Sept 1, 2002 HULA AND THE ARTS CULTURAL FESTIVAL-WAI'OHINU The 6th annual celebration in Ka'u. Continuous performances of hula and Hawaiian music, this year featuring musicians Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom, Ho'okena, Pu'uwai and many more - Hawaiian and international hula halau (schools). Silent auctions each day, food and crafts booths. Free admission. An Aloha Festival event. Aug. 31, 9am-9pm; Sept. 1, 9am-4pm (Royal Court Ho'okupu at 1pm).

DATE: August 31-September 1, 2002 QUEEN LILIUOKALANI OUTRIGGER CANOE RACES August 31 starts at 7:30 a.m.; Sept. 1 starts at 9 a.m. at Kailua Pier, Kailua-Kona. The world's largest long distance canoe race attended by paddlers from all over the world. On day 1, women race first from Kailua to Honaunau (approx. 18 miles, 2 hour race), then men race back from Honaunau to Kailua. On day 2, women race double hull canoes from Kailua Bay to Keauhou Bay (approx. 5-1/2 miles) and then men race the double-hull canoes back from Keauhou to Kailua Bay. In addition, on day 2 there are single and two person canoe races over the same course with women first to Keauhou Bay and men back to Kailua Bay. An extremely popular and colorful international event with thousands of spectators. After the race on day 1, there is a torchlight parade down Kailua's Alii Drive followed by a dance. After the race on day 2, the awards ceremonies are held in the afternoon along with a luau, and entertainment. The public is invited to purchase tickets to the luau and festivities. Call: (808) 324-1541 for more info.


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