WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT, Hawai‘i Island — Hawaiian music, hula, crafts and food make Hawai‘i Fest an exciting, only-in-Hawai‘i celebration, Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Queens’ MarketPlace, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Admission to Hawai‘i Fest is free and the community is invited to explore an extensive art and craft fair with numerous artists and producers of handmade treasures and products for sale. Plus, top island entertainers John Keawe, Lito Arkangel, Hālau Malanai, Diana Aki, Kris Fuchigami and Darlene Ahuna will perform throughout the day at the Coronation Pavilion, emceed by Darde Gamayo.
A collaboration with Nā Mākua Designs, Hawai‘i Fest brings together some of Hawaii’s most popular and skilled crafters, sharing a unique selection of items—jewelry, fine art, made-in-Hawai‘i food products, hula implements, aloha wear by Nā Mākua Designs, and more.
In addition to perusing products, visitors may also stop and learn from master crafters in traditional Hawaiian arts, with hands-on cultural demonstrations. These include Lei Making with Randy Lee and Dana Castro, Lau Hala Weaving by Kona Weavers, ‘Ohe Kāpala (bamboo stamping) with Ha‘amauliola Makua Aiona, and Kalo Poi Pounding with Kala‘i Aiona.
The Queens’ MarketPlace family of shops and restaurants will also participate in the festivities with a variety of tasty food booths and vendor displays from Hawaiian ‘Ukulele and Guitar, Pacific Nature, and others.
“Our Hawai‘i Festival makes a great companion for the Poke Contest happening that same Saturday at the Waikoloa Beach Marriot,” said Scott Head, Vice President of Resort Operations, Waikoloa Beach Resort. “Everyone’s welcome to come to Queens’ MarketPlace, enjoy the music, do a little shopping, have a snack. Then stroll over to the Marriott and taste some of the best poke our island has to offer. All around, the day is a fun and interactive celebration of Hawaiian culture, and we’re proud to offer Hawai‘i Fest to our community.”
9:20 a.m. Opening with Darde Gamayo
9:30 a.m. Hālau Malanai
10:30 a.m. John Keawe
11:30 a.m. Lito Arkangel
12:30 p.m. Diana Aki
1:30 p.m. Kris Fuchigami
2:30 p.m. Darlene Ahuna
Hawai‘i Fest is free and open to all, with free parking. For more information, visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net or call 808-886-8822.
Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa Beach Resort has earned a reputation among visitors and kama‘āina as “the gathering place of the Kohala Coast,” full of shopping opportunities, services and great food, along with entertainment and arts programs, the island’s first luxury movie theatre/bistro, and large-scale concerts in Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens. For more information, visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net or call 886-8822.