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Holualoa Music & Light Festival coming up Saturday (Dec 3)


Kona Hotel in Holualoa during the Music & Light Festival

Kona Hotel in Holualoa during the Music & Light Festival

Holualoa Village celebrates the beginning of the holiday season this Saturday evening with its 15th annual Music & Light Festival. The free public event begins with the lighting of the Village Christmas tree on the lawn of the Library at dusk and runs until 8:30 p.m.

Santa arrives in his convertible ‘sleigh’, as all the shops and art galleries light up at sunset, and takes his place next to the Holualoa Gallery beside the Post Office to greet the children and hear their Christmas wishes. Village merchants have donated small gifts and treats for every keiki who visits with Santa.

Music will fill the upcountry town from stages at the Library and historic Kona Hotel. Scheduled to perform are John Keawe and ‘ohana, the Friends of Bluegrass and Bosco the amazing one-man band. Additional impromptu performances by harpist Jim Elliott at the old Holualoa Theater and ukulele enthusiasts at the Holualoa Ukulele Gallery will go on all evening.

The town’s historic buildings, many of them now art galleries and gift shops, will offer visitors beverages and pupus as they show off their latest gift creations from Holualoa wood workers, artists and ceramicists.

As visitors stroll the half mile of Mamalahoa Highway between the Holualoa School and Ipu Hale Gallery they will find food vendors with crepes, plate lunches, dessert treats and beverages for sale. The Holuakoa Gardens & Cafe will be presenting dinners featuring locally grown produce, fresh fish and meats; reservations are recommended: 322-2233.

The Highway will be restricted to alternating single lane one-way traffic between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. No parking will be allowed in town but will be available at the school, the Imin Center and new parking lot next to the Library

For more information contact Music & Light Festival chair Debbie Downes at 322-5263 or visit

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