Kings’ Shops brings Cultural Festival to Waikoloa Oct. 20: Free all-day event, charity evening concert

WAIKOLOA — Kings’ Shops Cultural Festival will bring food, libations and performances to Waikoloa Beach Resort throughout the day and evening Oct. 20.

At the second annual event, families can experience a day of free entertainment, activities and demonstrations including drum carving led by Keoni Aweau Turalde of He Ola Hou O Ke Kumu Niu, kapa stamping with Janie Fisher of Puakea Kapa, lauhala weaving by Lauhala in the Raw and coconut frond weaving with Te E a o Te Turama.

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Activities will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a guided petroglyph tour, followed by a basic flower lei making class at 10:30 a.m. An introductory hula lesson will commence at 12:30 p.m., concluding with a beginner ukulele lesson with Hilo Ukulele and Guitar at 2:30 p.m. All activities are limited to 20 people and spots can be reserved in advance by calling 886-8811. Children 8 to 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Other participants will include Hawaii Wildlife Center, Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative and Hawaii Pacific Parks.

An opening performance by Halau Maunalei will begin at 10 a.m., followed by Keauhou at 11 a.m. and Amy Hanaialai’i at 3 p.m. Darde Gamayo will emcee the festivities.

That evening, a benefit concert for the Hawaiian Cultural Center of Hamakua (HCCOH) will begin at 5:30 p.m. with food tastings at Kings’ Shops and Kohala Coast neighboring restaurants including Roy’s Waikoloa Bar &Grill, Foster’s Kitchen, A-Bay’s Island Grill, Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Mai Grille by Chef Hess and Lava Lava Beach Club. Hawane Rios and world famous Kealii Reichel will perform a benefit concert at 7 p.m.

All $150 tickets include food tastings, access to the beer &wine garden, premium concert seating within the first two rows and a personal meet and greet with Kealii Reichel at a private champagne reception after the concert. Tickets are limited.

The $100 and $150 ticket holders can check in at the reception table at the Roy’s Waikoloa Bar &Grill entrance starting at 5:15 p.m. A paper ticket, online ticket printout or ID will be required for will call tickets to gain entrance, no exceptions. Food tents and the beer &wine garden will shut down promptly at 7 p.m.

All $50 ticket holders have access to the concert and will need to check in at the reception table near Michael Kors starting at 6:45 p.m. A paper ticket, online ticket printout or ID will also be needed for will call tickets to gain entrance.

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All concert proceeds will go directly to HCCOH via The Hilo-Hamakua Community Development Corporation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the acting fiscal agent for the Cultural Center.

Tickets: Go to https://hccohkealii.brownpapertickets.com.