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Big Island’s Weekend: Bikers, Music and More

August 24, 2012, 5:48 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 7:15 PM
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There’s more than enough fun to be had this weekend. Check out the options below for some diversity and spice in your weekend plans.

Windshield Cowboys

A jam band from Santa Cruz is playing at the Humpy’s in Kailua-Kona on Friday August 24, at 9 p.m. to 12 p.m., with no cover charge. On Saturday August 25 the Cowboys play at Akebono Theater in Pahoa. A $10 ticket gets you into a screaming rock show.

Doors open at 7 p.m., with music starting at 8 p.m. The band performs with members of the Counting Crows and Van Morrison.

Humpy’s is located at 5815 Ali’i Drive in Kailua-Kona. The Akebono Theater is located at 15-2942 Pahoa Village Road in Pahoa.

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Great Waikoloa Canoe Race

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The 23rd Annual Great Waikola Canoe Race takes place in Anaeho’omalu Bay at 8 a.m. on Saturday. Eighty teams throughout the state and world will compete to place and win.

The competition ends around 12 noon. Anaeho’omalu Bay is located on the Kohala Coast adjacent to the Waikoloa Beach Resort. For more information visit www.waikoloacanoeclub.com. The Waikoloa Beach Resort is located at

Biker and Family Fest

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On Saturday August 25, the United Way has a big benefit with entertainers Willie K., Amy Hanaiali’i, Lehua Kalima and more keeping the mood upbeat. Gates open at 11 a.m. and tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

The fun begins at 12 noon and ends at 7 p.m. Keiki 10 years old and younger get in free. Tickets available at Music Exchange Hilo and Kona, Big Island Harley Davidson, Ellsworth’s Custom Cycles, CD Wizard Hilo, Taro Patch in Honoka’a.

Willie K., courtesy image from williek.com.

There will be food and craft vendors and motorcycle show and competition with awards.

This event takes place at the Laupahoehoe County Park. There’s a free shuttle running from Laupahoehoe High School to the park.

1,000 Bowls

Enjoy hiyashi somen, or chilled Japanese noodles in handcrafted and designed bowls at the Donkey Mill Art Center in Holualoa on Saturday August 25 from 12 noon to 3 p.m.

Grammy and Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner John Keawe will perform while attendees slurp a cooling lunch in a handmade bowl of their choosing. Take your bowl home and remember the day spent relaxing on the lawn, eating somen.

1000 Bowls event at Donkey Mill Art Center, courtesy image from Donkey Mill Art Center

Event costs $20 for adults and $10 for children aged 12 and younger. The Donkey Mill Art Center is located at 78-6670 Mamalahoa Highway in Holualoa.

Taste of Life Benefit

HIV/AIDS Foundation fundraiser takes place Saturday night from 6 p.m. at the Sheraton Keahou Bay Resort in Kona. The night will feature a silent auction, dinner, drinks, music, and of course dancing. Live music to be provided by Leche de Tigre.

Tickets are $75 in advance and $85 at the door.

The Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort is located at 78-128 Ehukai Street in Kailua-Kona. Call 331-8177 for more information.

Return of Country Lion

At Hilo Town Tavern members of Mixjah and ‘Aipohaku join Country Lion for a night of chill vibes on Saturday August 25.

Music begins around 10 p.m. and the $8 cover charge will be collected around 9 p.m. Hilo Town Tavern is located at 168 Keawe Street in Hilo.

Finally, don’t forget the floating lantern ceremony on Sunday at Pauoa Bay at sunset at the Fairmont Orchid in Kohala. Admission is free, suggested donation for a paper lantern is $10. For more detailed information see event coverage on www.bigislandnow.com

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