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September Events on the Big Island

Information about September events on the Big island of Hawaii. See also more about Big Island Events, information about Big Island Travel, and our guides to other Islands of Hawaii.

Festivals

Queen Liliuokalani Festival
Annual, ALL celebration in Hilo honoring the achievements on Queen Lilioukalani Held in the Queen Liliuokalani Park and Gardens in the East Hawaii Island town of Hilo.

Taste of the Hawaii Range
Annual tasting gala event and agricultural fair organized jointly by the Big Island Farm Bureau, the Hawaii Cattlemen's Association, and the College of Tropical Agriculture at the University of Hawaii. Also known as Mealani's Taste of the Hawaiian Range.

Hawaii Food and Wine Festival
The Big Island edition of the Hawaii=wide Hawaii Food and Wine Festival is usually held in September or October.

Big Island Style Slack Key Guitar Festival

Breadfruit Festival

He Halia Aloha No Ka Queen Liliuokalani Festival

Sports Events

Queen Liliuokalani Canoe Race

Kona Classic Fishing Tournament
After not being held for a few years, the event returned September 80-11, 2016. 2008 was the 12th annual event.

Holidays

Hawaii Statehood Day
State of Hawaii holiday observed on the third Friday in August.

Labor Day on the Big Island
State and federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September.

U.N. International Day of Peace Parade and Festival

More About September Events

Hawaii Island Festival
The Big Island events organized under the umbrella of Aloha Festivals Hawaii until 2007 have been produced independent of that organization since 2008. The locally organized event is called the "Hawaii Island Festival". 2009 Hawaii Island Festival events will include a Royal Court Investiture Ceremony, the Ms. Aloha Nui "Big Woman" Pageant, a poke making contest, the Kindy Sproat Falsetto Contest, the Waimea Paniolo Parade, and appearances of the Royal Court at the Hula Palua, the Kupuna Hula Festival, and the Queen Liliuokalani Festival. The 2009 Hawaii Island Festival took place August 29 through September 27, 2009.

Waikoloa Hawaiian Cultural Weekend
An annual weekend of events at the Waikoloa Resort highlighting traditional Hawaiian culture. These events are also part of the above Hawaii Island Festival. The 2009 Waikoloa Hawaiian Cultural Weekend took place the first week in September and it included the Miss Aloha Nui Pageant on September 4, 2009 the Great Waikoloa Poke Contest and the Holoku Ball on Saturday, September 5, 2009, and the Clyde Kindy Sproat Falsetto Contest on Sunday, September 6, 2009.

Big Island Farm Fair
This annual fair is held at Old Kona Airport State Park and it features agriculture exhibits and carnival rides. The 2009 Big Island Farm Fair will take place September 6-9, 2009.

Waimea Hoolaulea and Paniolo Parade
The 2009 Waimea Paniolo Parade and Hoolaulea took place on September 19, 2009 in Kamuela Town (aka Waimea). The parade began at 10:00 .am. and the Hoolaulea began at 11:00 a.m. The Waimea Hoolaulea and Paniolo Parade is one of the events in the Hawaii Island Festival.

Labor Day Up Country Fair
Family fair held every year at the Christ Episcopal Church of Kona on Konawaena School Road in Kealakekua. The 8th Annual Up Country Fair will take place in Kealakekua on Monday, September 7, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more information about this event call the church office at 808-323-3429.

Hawaiian Music Events in September on the Big Island

Clyde Kindy Sproat Falsetto Contest
This annual male falsetto singing contest was part of the Hawaii Aloha Festivals until 2007, but since 2008 it has been part of the Hawaii Island Festival. The 2009 Kindy Sproat Falsetto Contest took place on Sunday, September 6, 2009 at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Hotel.

Kona Style Slack Key Guitar Festival
Annual slack key guitar festival produced by Milton Lau. The 17th Annual "Kona Style" Slack Key Guitar Festival on the Big Island of Hawaii will take place September 6, 2009 at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort in West Hawaii, from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.

Hula Events in September on the Big Island

Queen Liliuokalani Music Festival
All day festival in Hilo's Queen Liliuokalani Park featuring ore then 300 hula dancers, multi-ethnic dancing, music, food, and a flower drop. Parking and a shuttle service is usually available at the Civic Auditorium. The 2009 Queen Liliuokalani Festival will take place September 27, 2009 at Queen Liliuokalani Park in Hilo, EAst Hawaii, beginning at 10:00 a.m. For more information call 808-961-8706.

Kupuna Hula Festival
Hula competition for elders that was held for many years at the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel. The 2009 Kupuna Hula Festival will take place September 17, 2009 at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort in West Hawaii, beginning at 5:30 p.m. For more information call 808-961-8592 or 808-322-1812.

Hula Palua
The 2009 Hula Palua took place at the Keauhou Beach Resort Hotel on September 11, 2009 beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Sports Events in September on the Big Island

Parker Ranch Round Up Club Rodeo
This two day rodeo at the Parker Ranch Rodeo Arena has been held in Waimea for many years. It is a scholarship fundraiser for the young children of Parker Ranch employees. Event takes place every year in August or September. The 35th Annual Parker Ranch Rodeo will take place September 5-6, 2009 at the Parker Ranch Arena beginning at 12:00 noon.

Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Canoe Race
Annual canoe race on Hawaii Island that was founded in 1972 as a training event to prepare for the Na Wahine O Ke Kai and Molokai Hoe canoe races. The race was named in honor of Hawaii's Queen Liliuokalani and it is held every September, on or near the anniversary of her birth. The 38th Annual Liliuokalani Long Distance Canoe Races took place on Saturday and Sunday, September 5-6, 2009,

Lavaman Triathlon (moved to March in 2010)
The Lavaman Triathlon took place on September 13, 2009 but in 2010 the event is being moved to March. The 2010 Lavaman Triathlon will take place on March 28, 2010.

Run for Hope (PDF)
Annual 10K running and walking event held at the Four Seasons Hualalai Resort that also includes a 5K running and walking event. The 13th Annual "Run for Hope" was held on September 5, 2009 beginning at 7:00 a.m. For more information about this event call 808-325-8036.

Hualalai Tennis and Golf Tournament (PDF)
The annual Taste of Hawaii Island event at the Four Seasons Hualalai Resort is a fund raiser for cancer research that includes the Hualalai Golf Scramble and the Hualalai Tennis Tournament. In 2009, both events were held on Saturday, September 5, the 2009 Hualalai Golf Scramble at 1:00 p.m. and the 2009 Hualalai Tennis Tournament from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Other September Big Island Events

Miss Aloha Nui Pageant
The Miss Aloha Nui Pageant is held every September. It has been part of the Hawaii Island Festival since 2008 and before that it was part of the Hawaii Aloha Festivals event. The Miss Aloha Nui Pageant is a "big beautiful woman" beauty pageant for women weighing 200 pounds or more. The 2009 Miss Aloha Nui Pageant will take place at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Hotel on Friday, September 4, 2009 beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Great Waikoloa Poke Contest
Amateur and professional chefs compete to make the best version of this raw fish snack. In the past this event has been known as the Sam Choy Poke Festival and the Big Island Poke Festival. The 2009 Great Waikoloa Poke Contest took place at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Hotel on September 5, 2009 at 11:00 a.m.

Taste of Hawaii Island (PDF)
Annual two-day event held at the Four Seasons Hualalai Resort to benefit cancer research. Includes an evening gala featuring food prepared by Hawaii Island Chefs, a golf tournament, and a tennis tournament. The 13th Annual Taste of Hawaii Island event was held on Friday and Saturday, September 4-5, 2009. The dining event took place at the Hoku Amphitheatre from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, September 4, 2009. The Hualalai Golf Scramble and the Hualalai Tennis Tournament both took place on Saturday, September 5,, 2009. For more information about this event call 808-325-8052.



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