If you're visiting the Island of Hawaii in November and you’re worried you’ll miss the peak of the festivities, fear not - November on the Big Island will be action-packed, especially if you love food!
Here are the best events and festivals coming to the Island of Hawaii in November 2023.
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2023 Events and Festivities
Kona Coffee Cultural Festival
November is the month when Kona’s world-famous coffee is harvested. This special occasion is celebrated with an annual festival that lasts over a week. Whether you’re a coffee lover or just interested in this iconic Big Island tradition, you won’t want to miss it.
When: November 3rd - November 12th
Where: Kona (Various Locations)
More Info: Kona Coffee Fest
Ikuwa is the 11th month in the Hawaiian calendar. This naturally corresponds to many traditions, but in 2023, it will celebrated on the Big Island by a free event held at the Imolia Astronomy Center. Canoes, vendors, storytelling, live entertainment/demonstrations, games, and more await.
When: Saturday, November 4th, 10 AM - 3 PM
Where: 600 Imolia Pl, Hilo (Imolia Astronomy Center
More Info: Ikuwa Festival 2023
12th Annual Hawaiian Honey Challenge - People’s Choice Honey Tasting
Another agricultural staple in the Big Island’s repertoire that gets less recognition than coffee is honey. The Big Island has its association of beekeepers, and for a dozen years, the association has hosted a Honey Challenge in search of the island’s best-tasting honey.
When: Friday, November 3rd, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Where: 76 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo (Mokupapapa Discovery Center)
More Info: Big Island Beekeepers Association - Hawaiian Honey Challenge
Keauhou Farmers Market
The Keauhou Farmers Market continues into November and offers a fantastic variety of entirely locally sourced food products in their freshest state. Don’t miss these flavors and friendly smiles!
When: Saturdays, November 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th; 8 AM - 12 PM
Where: 78-6831 Ali’i Drive, Kailua-Kona (Keauhou Shopping Center)
More Info: Keauhou Farmer's Market
43rd Annual Hawaii International Film Festival
Most of the film festival takes place in Oahu, but the final week includes dates across the islands, including the Big Island at Hilo’s Palace Theater.
When: November 2nd - November 5th
Where: 38 Haili Street, Hilo (Palace Theater)
More Info: Hawaii International Film Festival
Thanksgiving Weekend at Volcano Village Art Studio Tour
If meeting and connecting with local artists in Hawaii sounds up your alley, especially if doing so includes visiting one of the most unique towns on the island, then you should not miss the annual Thanksgiving Weekend held at the Village Art Studio in Volcano. Here you can purchase art directly from the people who created it, making it a fantastic opportunity to discover the talents of the local art community. .
When: November 24th - November 26th
Where: 19-3834 Old Volcano Rd, Volcano (Volcano Garden Arts)
More Info: Volcano Village Artists Hui - Events
We hope you find this a helpful starting place for planning your November on the Big Island. As always, mahalo, and best wishes for your visit!