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Later this month the iconic Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Canoe Races welcomes paddlers from around the world including Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Peru, Tahiti, United Kingdom, the mainland US and of course Hawaii. Activities run August 30 through September 3 and include an extensive race calendar in addition to dryland activities: Historic Kailua Village Cultural Walk, Cultural Fair and a Torchlight Parade.
The signature 18-mile long distance race is slated for Saturday, September 1. Detailed information online at
Volcano Grill Opens
Another new restaurant has opened on Alii Drive in the Alii Sunset Plaza. Congrats to Volcano Grill now serving breakfast daily from 7 am to 12 noon. Need more info? Call 327-1432.
Kona Named One of Great Manta Dive Spots in the Americas
Word's out: Luxury Travel Blog named Kona as one of the 5 greatest manta ray diving sites in the Americas. Other dive sites mentioned included Mexico, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. The Travel Channel described the activity as, "one of the 10 things you must do in life."
Make plans to spend a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Kokua Kailua with local vendors, artists and musicians in Historic Kailua Village. On Sunday, August 19, Alii Drive is the place to be from 1 pm to 6 pm for a festive, pedestrian-only outdoor marketplace that makes for a family friendly experience. Leashed dogs are welcome to stroll too!
Hawaiian Sunset Saturdays
Everyone is invited to gather on the last Saturday of the month (Saturday, August 25) at the Coconut Grove Marketplace on Alii Drive from 5:30 to 6:30 pm to celebrate Kona's spectacular sunset with live Hawaiian music and beautiful hula performed by Halau Ka'eaikahelelani. Bring a lawn chair or beach mat and enjoy the outdoor lawn setting as the sun begins its journey over the horizon. Coolers are not permitted.
As Hawaiian Sunset Saturday comes to a close, extend your evening at one of many nearby restaurants. Hawaiian Sunset Saturday is presented at no charge by KVBID with support from Hawaii Tourism Authority.