Lunar New Year
A celebration of the Lunar New Year and a rousing welcome to the Year of the Rabbit, Queens’ Marketplace invites the community to join in the excitement of the Lunar Year Celebration. The free event is a unique and popular way to experience and enjoy the music and customs of China, with special Japanese taiko and koto performances to add to the festivities. Highlights of the event include nonstop entertainment and a spectacular Lion Dance. A centuries-old tradition, essential to New Year’s festivities in Hawai‘i, the colorful Chinese Lion Dancers perform acrobatic feats and leaps, interacting with the audience and parading through Queens’ Marketplace from door to door. Visit Website
Waikoloa Lei Day Festival
The Waikoloa Lei Day Festival celebrates the origin and art of lei-making in Hawaii. This free festival includes free lei-making workshops, a craft fair at the Marriott, sidewalk sales at Kings’ Shop and Queens’ Marketplace, keiki activities, live music, and hula performances. Annually April/May.
This challenging and exhilarating race starts at ’Anaeho ’omalu Bay and the bike and run portion covers much of the Waikoloa Beach Resort. The Lavaman Triathlon Weekend kicks-off with the Lavaman Sunset 5K at Queens’ Marketplace. The run is a fun 5K course through the Waikoloa Beach Resort featuring beautiful sunset views and a preview of the Lavaman Triathlon course. Annually April. Visit Website
The Hawai’i Lodging & Tourism Association’s Charity Walk started almost 40 years ago on Oahu, and today takes place on every major island. Participants are encouraged to get support from family and friends to “sponsor” their walk. All proceeds are donated to on island nonprofit organizations. After the walk, enjoy entertainment, keiki activities, a silent auction, and delicious food samples at the Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens. Annually May. Visit Website
The Annual Kona Marathon is held at Waikoloa Beach Resort. The race starts and finishes at the Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens. The Kona Marathon course has one gentle climb not exceeding 175 feet above sea level. Annually June.