Top 10 things to do on Big Island for March 21-27: Katchafire returns to Kona, volunteer at a dry forest reserve, watch some comedy and more

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This week’s top events include performances by Katchafire in Kona and local group Kalapana Awa Band in Pāhoa.

If you are a nature lover come volunteer at Waikōloa Dry Forest Preserve to restore one of Hawai‘i’s rarest ecosystems. Volunteers will assist in building trails, clearing weeds, planting trees, collecting native seeds and propagating the plants that will grow into future forests.

Check out the local standup comedy scene at Kona’s Elk’s Lodge or head to Palace Theater in Hilo to take in the Shakespearean play “Caesar.”

We encourage everyone to post their events to the calendar, as they could be featured in future top 10 lists.

All you have to do is visit the Big Island Events section, click “POST AN EVENT” and then just follow the prompts and provide your information to create an account and get posted so the entire island knows what you have happening.

Here are our top 10 things to do on the Big Island for March 21-27.


No. 1 — Katchafire concert (Kona, March 21)

The Reggae band Katchafire will be in concert at KBXtreme Premier Entertainment Center, 75-5591 Palani Rd., on Thursday from 8 to 11:30 p.m. General admission is $40. Keiki under 4 years old are free. Click here for more information.

No. 2 — Monthly book sale at Kailua-Kona Public Library (Kona, March 22)

Check out this month’s book sale inside the Kona library at 75-138 Hualalai Rd. Books featured include adult paperback fiction, young adult’s and children’s books, Hawaiiana, non-fiction, cookbooks nutrition and health books, comics, and other interesting specials. As always, all funds raised will support the programs and services of the libraries in Kealakekua and Kailua-Kona. The library will also accept book donations during the sale. Click here for more information.

No. 3 — Kalapana Awa Band (Pāhoa, March 22)


The Kalapana Ewa Band will be playing at Coco Cantina, 15-2714 Pāhoa Village Rd., from 6 to 9 p.m. The group will play some Ono Hawaiian, Country and Jawaiian favorites. Admission is free.

No. 4 — Volunteer at Waikōloa Dry Forest Preserve (Waikōloa, March 23)

Visit the Waikōloa Dry Forest Preserve and volunteer your time and energy to mālama ʻāina and help restore one of Hawaiʻi’s rarest ecosystems. Mālama ʻĀina volunteer days will be offered on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Volunteer workdays run from 8 a.m. to noon and groups of up to 40 volunteers can be accommodated on these workdays, and activities will be determined by need, time of year, and weather. Hand tools, gloves, safety equipment, water and refreshments will be provided. Participants should come prepared with sturdy shoes, sun protection, and a refillable water bottle. Click here for more information.

No. 5 — Voodoo Glow Skulls (Hilo, March 24)

Get ready 90s skate kids as Ska-punk legends Voodoo Glow Skulls, with special guests Kauz of Affliction, El Sancho, and Badass Noise, head to Hilo Town Market, 69 Wainuenue Ave. Performances start at 6 p.m. Advance tickets, costing $25, can be purchased here.


No. 6 — ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi at Aloaliʻi Cultural Center (Kona, March 24)

Come learn ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi through reading, games and conversation at King Kamehameha Beach Hotel, 75-5660 Aliʻi Drive. This is a free weekly event that occurs every Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

No. 7 — CAESAR (Hilo, March 22-24)

This is the final weekend to catch the live stage production of CAESAR at Palace Theater. CAESAR brings William Shakespeare’s classic 1599 tragedy of ambition, assassination, and civil war to terrifying, fully modern life in an audience-immersing multimedia production directed by Hilo Shakespeare veteran Theon Weber. On Friday and Saturday, the play starts at 7 p.m. A matinee performance will take place Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Doors, box office and concessions open one hour before showtime. Cost is $15 general admission and $10 for students with a valid student ID. All Tickets are $5 more on Day of Show. This show is for mature audiences, with a suggested rating of PG-13 for brief bloody violence and threatening situations. Click here for more information.

No. 8 — Community drop-in ukulele group (Kona, March 25)

Check out a collaborative kanikapila-style ukulele jam session to learn, play and share every and second and fourth Monday of the month at Unity of Kona, 74-5599 Luhia Street #F3, from 6-7 p.m. Some ukes are available for use, but bring your own instrument if you can. All levels welcome at this free event.

No. 9 — Super Secret Comedy Show (Kona, March 26)

Prepare for a comedy experience like no other at the Elk’s Lodge Coconut Comedy Lounge, 75-170 Hualalai Rd., every Tuesday. Standup comics from Hawai‘i and the world will take to the stage at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. and it’s $10 at the door. Click here for more information.

No. 10 — Waimea Midweek Farmer’s Market (Waimea, March 27)

Stop by and pick up your fresh produce, eggs, meat & cheese in the open air during this regular mid-week market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday. Click here for more information.

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