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* Naalehu Parade, 11 a.m.

Parade travels down Highway 11. Sponsored by O Ka‘u Kakou.

* Independence Day Rodeo, Naalehu

Follows parade at rodeo grounds next to Naalehu Community Center. Rodeo will take place both Saturday and Sunday, with roping, mugging, barrels and other paniolo events for men, women and children.


* The Shops At Mauna Lani, 1-5 p.m.

Hula performances ulu maika, hu and konane, coconut husking and
weaving, lei-making, ipu-making and more. Party bouncers, airbrush tattoos, rock wall climbing and hula hoops. Support local halau with a hot dog and corn on the cob fundraiser. Free. Information:

* Independence Day Rodeo, Naalehu

Second day action at rodeo grounds next to Naalehu Community Center with roping, mugging, barrels and other paniolo events for men, women and children.


* Volcano Parade & Celebration – Volcano Village, 9 a.m.
The parade begins at the Volcano Post Office, along Old Volcano Road to Cooper Community Center. Music, games, food booths, dunking pond, craft fair and prizes to follow. Information: Betsy at 967-7209.

* The Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (FHVNP) Silent Auction – Volcano, 9-11:30 a.m.

Final bids at 11:30 a.m. Auction sales support HVNP volunteer and educational projects, Volcano Community Association and the Cooper Center. Donations welcome through July 3. Information: 985-7373, or

Klem Kaniho and Gordon Kalaniopio (Photo courtesy of Parker Ranch)

* Parker Ranch 49th Annual Horseraces & Rodeo, Parker Ranch Rodeo Arena, 9 a.m.-noon

“Flag of Heroes” will be raised in honor of the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Special Honoree will be cattleman, Alan Gottlieb. Cost: $5 in advance/$6 at the gate; kids 10 & under free. Information, 885-2323, or

* Hilo Bay Blast – 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Activities for families throughout the day at the Hilo Bayfront areas, concluding with the traditional Lehua Jaycees Fireworks Exhibition Finale.

Hilo Bay Cook-off competitors are set to fire up their grills at the Hilo Bayfront Commuter Parking lot adjacent to the Mooheau Ball Field. Information: Rick at 935-1860.

The “Hot Rides Expo” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Mauka Soccer Field on Kamehameha Avenue. On display will be Classic Hot Rods and Drag Racing Vehicles courtesy of the Hawaii Classic Cruisers and Big Island Auto Club. Live music, rumba, line dancing and special performances by local groups. Games and activities for keiki.

Bayfront Highway closed 6-10 p.m. Fireworks at 8 p.m. Alcohol, drug and litter free event. Information: 961-8706

* Ka’u Parade and Hoolaulea, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Parade 10 a.m. on Highway 11 will feature pa’u riders, classic cars. floats and marchers. Hoolaulea starts 11a.m. at the ball park – food, crafts, service booths and entertainment.

* Turtle Independence Day, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows – 10:30 a.m.

The honu will be paraded to the beach front for the release. There will be live entertainment, BBQ, & an educational display about
green sea turtles. Information: 885-6622, sbredo@maunalani,.com or

* Queen’s MarketPlace – 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

Festivities take place at the Queens’ MarketPlace Coronation Pavilion and throughout the shopping center, concluding with a grand finale as the Air Force Band of the Pacific plays the prelude for a fireworks extravaganza at the Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens.

Proceeds from the day’s events will benefit the Food Basket, Hawaii Island’s Food Bank. Non-perishable food items and monetary donations accepted.
Beach mats or chairs are welcome for open lawn seating, however coolers, alcoholic beverages and smoking are not permitted.  Admission free. Information: 886-8822,,

11 a.m. – Arneleo the Magician
11 a.m.-6 p.m. - Zoo Choo rides, Carnival games, Popcorn, cotton candy and balloon twist art by Balloon Monsoon
Noon - Honokaa Alumni Band
12:45-2:45 p.m. – The Great Barusky, Strolling Magic
1 p.m. – Lorenzo’s Army
2 p.m. – Hot Lava 808
3 p.m. – Mystik Rhythmz
4 p.m. – Ryan Hiraoka
5 p.m. – I‘land Boiz. Waikoloa Bowl gates open
6-8:15 p.m. – U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific, Waikoloa Bowl
8 p.m. – Fireworks show!
8:30 p.m. – Music by Full Circle

* Democratic Party Family Reunion Picnic, Old Kona Airport State Park Pavilion – 1:30-4 p.m.

Members of the Hawaii County Democratic Party celebrate the Annual Independence Day Family Reunion. Rummage Sale will open the festivities 10:30 a.m. with a multitude of treasures. Food, fun and entertainment for all ages. Special games and activities will be offered for the keikis, while attendees will also have the opportunity to discuss current public issues with Democratic
office holders and candidates. Gov. Neil Abercrombie is expected to attend. Free. Information: 557-0067, or

* Great Waikoloa Rubber Duckie Race, Kings’ Shops, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

Free entertainment at the Coronation Pavilion. Forms for “Duckie adoption” available at all Kings’ Shops merchants. Race is at 3 p.m. Benefit for United Cerebral Palsy Assn. of Hawaii. Fireworks and laser light show at 8:30 p.m.

* Kailua-Kona Parade, 5:30-7 p.m.

Parade runs from Kona Pool/Gym to Walua Road past Coconut Grove. Sign up or volunteer online at Information: 990-4785,

* Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, 6-9 p.m.

All American Celebration on North Point Lawn. Desiree and The Cruisers performing 60s, 70s & 80s songs. Bountiful Buffet priced at $75 adults/$38 children (5-12 years). Firework show at 8:30 p.m.

* Waikoloa Beach Resort Family Extravaganza, Waikoloa Bowl – 6-8pm (Gates open at 5 p.m.)

Free music concert with the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific. Beach chairs and mats welcome. No coolers; alcohol and drug free event. 8 p.m. Fireworks Extravaganza over Waikoloa Bowl. Information: 886-8822, or

* Kailua-Kona Fireworks, Kailua Bay – 8:15-8:30 p.m. (Start approximate)

Donors include Kona Commons, Queen Liliuokalani Trust, Holualoa Management, Lanihau Partners and community members. To donate, visit or call Barbara Kossow at 938-0806. Free. Information, email

* If we’ve missed anything, please feel free to add events in the comment section below.

3 Responses to “Need something to do this weekend?”

  1. Jennifer says:

    I heard on the radio that Paula Fuga will be performing at the grand opening of the Eddie Aikau restaurant in the King’s Shops on Sunday, July 3. I haven’t been able to verify it anywhere on the web but did see an article from West Hawaii Today that they are doing the restaurant’s grand opening on Sunday, 7/3. Does anyone know if Paula Fuga will actually be performing there? If so, she is an amazingly talented musician and has a wonderful stage presence, she’s a must see/hear!

    • Karin says:

      Yes, Jennifer, Paula Fuga certainly is on the slate of entertainers for the Eddie Aikau opening! Live music by Kevin Teves, and Paula Fuga-Mike Love-Sam Ites begins 3 p.m. outdoors onstage, with the blessing by Kahu Billy Mitchell at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 3 at King’s Shops.

  2. Jennifer says:

    Mahalo Karin for the information. I will see you there!


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