PANIOLO DAY AT THE SHOPS AT MAUNA LANI: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 18. The event features activities including roping, face painting, balloons, a photo booth, live entertainment, and a costume contest for adults and children. Food vendors will provide pizza, dessert, kettle corn and more for purchase. In addition, guests are encouraged to explore the history of Hawaii Island’s cowboys through the “Paniolo Hall of Fame” exhibit at The Shops at Mauna Lani. For more information, visit www.shopsatmaunalani.com.
KAHILU THEATRE’S FAMILY FUN DAY: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 18 at Kahilu Theatre. As part of Keiki Fest, activities will include live music from “Life in Pursuit,” performances from Hiccup Circus at 10.30 a.m. and noon, hands-on origami, a pavement chalking contest, free balloon animals, and try-it yourself hula hoops and juggling. Refreshments will be provided by a food truck outside the theatre, and soft drinks and coffee at the theater’s bar. A separate Kahilu table at Keiki Fest will provide more pavement chalks and information about upcoming Summer Arts and Keiki Performing Arts Workshop programs.
16TH ANNUAL WAIMEA HEALTHY KEIKI FEST: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 18 at the Parker Ranch Center. Children ages three to 12, along with their parents, are invited to spend a fun, free day exploring a variety of hands-on activities about the environment, fitness, health, mind, nutrition and safety. For more information, contact Laurie Edmondson with North Hawaii Community Hospital at 881-4425 or by email at [email protected].
BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE TO SYAKAMUNI BUDDHA: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, April 19 at Honokaa Hongwanji social hall. The public is invited to a free, family-friendly event open to all regardless of religious beliefs. Music and dance performances by the New Dharma Band and others, games and prize drawings for keiki, a birthday cake contest, and great food are included. RSVP is appreciated to the Rev. Shingo at [email protected] or by calling 775-7232.
KOHALA WATERSHED PARTNERSHIP EARTH DAY: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 25 at The Kohala Center office in Waimea to carpool to the work site. Volunteers will help continue a six-year tradition of planting native trees in honor of Earth Day, including ohia lehua to reforest the slopes of Kohala Mountain. Come prepared for a variety of weather conditions and wear long pants, sturdy shoes or boots and long sleeves are suggested. Bring lunch, a water bottle and backpack. Tools and gloves are provided. RSVP by April 22 through email at [email protected].
10TH ANNUAL LAUPAHOEHOE MUSIC FESTIVAL: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 25 at Laupahoehoe Point. A variety of of ono foods such as smoked meat, laulau, shave ice and shrimp chips will be available. Craft vendors, games for keiki, a silent auction will be offered. Entertainers will include Halau O Ke Anuenue, Ho’onanea, Positive Motion, Times 5, and the Laupahoehoe Public Conversion Charter School Band. Advance tickets are $10, or $15 at the gate. Keiki ages 10 and younger are free. For more information go to http://www.laupahoehoemusicfestival.org/.