‘Egg-citing’ public Easter events planned around the Big Island

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Image from the Easter Brunch menu at Hawai‘i Calls Restaurant.

Easter is almost here and there are several “egg-cellent” Easter Bunny-approved community events planned around the Big Island to celebrate with the whole family.

Whether searching for Easter eggs is your jam or maybe you would rather have someone else do the holiday cooking, there’s something for everyone. So don those new Easter clothes and hop on over to one or more of these “egg-citing” events.

Also, don’t forget to vote in this week’s Big Island Now 30-second poll in which we ask, “What is your favorite Easter tradition?” Look for the results on Easter Sunday.

Pictures with the Bunny at Center Court

When: Daily through Saturday, April 8

Where: Prince Kūhiō Plaza, Hilo


Details: Get a picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Reservations are encouraged, but walk-up guests are welcome. Get two free gifts — an issue of the children’s magazine “Highlights” and access to MyPhoto, a virtual tool that transforms your favorite photos into festive images — by booking your visit online. For more information or to reserve your spot, click here.

The Biggest Easter Egg Hunt

When: 8 to 10 a.m. Friday, April 7

Where: Dr. Francis F.C. Wong Stadium, Ho‘olulu Park, Hilo

Details: Goodie bags will be given to the first 100 participants ages 3 years old and younger who enter the gate. This Easter “egg-stravaganza” will include special keiki events such as carnival games, crafts and an ice cream eating contest at 9 a.m. for age groups 4 to 5 years old, 6 to 8 years old and 9 to 12 years old. The hunts search for more than 17,000 eggs, each containing a special prize, begin at 10 a.m. for keiki 4 to 5 years old, followed at 10:30 a.m. for kids 6 to 8 years old and 11 a.m. for those 9-12 years old. Six grand prizes are up for grabs. No baskets are necessary; bags will be provided at the start of each egg hunt. Parents/guardians are not allowed on the field during the hunts. For more information, call Royden Chow at 808-938-2014.

Pa‘auilo Easter Egg Hunt

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 7


Where: Pa‘auilo Gym, Pa‘auilo

Details: First 100 participants will receive a free basket. Look for the registration table the day of the event; participants need to be registered to participate in the egg hunts. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the egg hunts to follow at 9:30 a.m. for keiki 2 to 4 years old, 10 a.m. for those 5 to 8 years old and 10:30 a.m. for kids 9 to 12 years old. Live entertainment and food will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with games, crafts and prizes in the gym between each egg hunt. For more information, call Kami Shigematsu at 808-936-4285.

Screenshot from Prince Kūhiō Plaza website.

2nd Annual Easter Egg Rush and Waimea Spring Fest

When: 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 7

Where: Pukalani Stables, Waimea

Details: Hop over to Pukalani Stables for a family Easter egg hunt, food trucks, a live DJ, photo booth, face painting, crafts and other retail items from local vendors and more. For additional information, call 808-854-1541.

Honoka‘a Golden Egg Hunt


When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 8

Where: Honoka‘a

Details: Golden Eggs will be hidden throughout town, each containing prizes and gift certificates to Honoka‘a businesses. Food trucks, pop-up vendors, live music and more are planned during the day. Be sure to keep an eye out for the Easter Bunny, too. He will be hopping up and down Māmane Street, ready for photo ops from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Honoka‘a People’s Theatre will also host a spring stand-up comedy show at 7 p.m. Check out the event’s Facebook page.

Easter at Keauhou

When: Noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 8

Where: Keauhou Shopping Center Courtyard, Keauhou

Details: The shopping center welcomes the community for visits and photos with the Easter Bunny and activities for keiki and the entire ‘ohana. Cute as a Bunny Crafts will feature Easter-themed arts and crafts that will encourage learning and curiosity. Registration is required. Click here for more information or to register.

Easter Brunch at Hawai‘i Calls Restaurant

When: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 9

Where: Hawai‘i Calls Restaurant, Marriott Resort Waikōloa Bach

Details: Cost is $89 for adults and $44 for keiki ages 6 to 12 years old. You can also meet the Easter Bunny from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the hotel lobby. Reservations are recommended on Open Table. For more information, including a full menu, click here.

Easter Brunch at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

When: 10:30 a.m. to noon Sunday, April 9

Where: WSW Steakhouse, Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Hilo

Details: Cost is $90 for adults and $44 for children; keiki 10 years old and younger are free. There will also be live music and an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids. Click here to reserve tickets. For more information, including a full menu, click here.

Easter Brunch at the Fairmont Orchid

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Orchid Court, Fairmont Orchid resort, Waimea

Details: Cost is $99 for adults, $49 for children and free for keiki 5 years old and younger. Celebrate Easter with a lavish brunch for the whole family. For more information, including a full menu, click here.

Nathan Christophel
Nathan Christophel is a full-time reporter with Pacific Media Group. He has more than 25 years of experience in journalism as a reporter, copy editor and page designer. He previously worked at the Hawaii Tribune-Herald in Hilo. Nathan can be reached at [email protected]
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