Posted on: Thursday, March 08, 2012For visitors to the island this month, there are a couple of activities that we suggest checking out:
The first is the “Kokua Kailua” town walk, on March 18 from 1-6. These walks happen once a month and are a wonderful community event. The main road through Kailua town (the biggest town on the West side of the island), Alii Drive, is closed to all cars and open to pedestrian traffic only. Local vendors set up booths and offer a variety of local artwork, clothing, jewelry, etc. There’s also live music and entertainment. Alii Drive is always a fun place to walk, since it runs along the water, right through the heart of little Kailua, surrounded by shops and restaurants, and these special afternoons are even more fun. For more information, please visit the Kokua Kailua website: http://historickailuavillage.com/ and click on Celebrations.
Secondly, Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Park (City of Refuge), a must-see stop for visitors to the island, has an additional offering worth enjoying: evening talks by various local experts. The one on Humpback whales is coming up on March 21st at six pm, and is a wonderful talk for anyone interested in Hawaii’s special annual visitor. I went a few years ago and enjoyed it thoroughly. Mr. Justin Viezbicke, the Big Island Program coordinator for the Hawaiian Island Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary will be discussing current threats and what the Sanctuary program here in Hawaii is doing to help protect these gentle giants. The program will be held in the amphitheater. For more information, please contact: Ranger Charles T. Hua, at 808.328.2326 Ext. 1241. Here is Pu’uhonua’s website: http://www.nps.gov/puho/index.htm
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