Royal Kona Resort

Big Island Events

The Big Island of Hawaii is host to many popular events including sports competitions, cultural experiences, film and music festivals, concerts, food and wine events, stage shows and more. For more information about special activities and events happening during you stay please visit the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau website.

The Royal Kona Resort's stunning oceanfront setting is perfect for special events and concerts. We have proudly hosted the annual Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival; and concerts by Five for Fighting, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Spin Doctors, Henry Kapono, and the David Bromberg Trio.

Sean Wilkinson:

Sundays from 5pm-7pm

After playing back up for big name entertainers for dozens of years, award-winning percussionist Sean Wilkinson ventured to Hawaii some 30 years ago and now brings his smooth, easy listening jazz sounds to Don's Mai Tai Bar at Royal Kona Resort. Free admission. Happy hour from 4pm-6pm. Dates and information subject to change. Call 808-930-3286 for more information.

Brian Pi'ikea Vasquez:

Select Saturdays from 5pm-7pm

Check out Brian Pi'ikea Vasquez rockin' da uke at Don's Mai Tai Bar at Royal Kona Resort. Free admission. Happy hour from 4pm-6pm. Dates and information subject to change. Call 808-930-3286 for more information.

Hawaiian Music Series Concerts:

Thursdays from 5pm - 7pm

Royal Kona Resort presents free Legends of Hawaiian Music concert series showcasing the diversity of today's Hawaiian music scene every Thursday at Don's Mai Tai Bar. Free admission. Happy hour from 4pm-6pm. Dates and information subject to change. Call 808-930-3286 for more information.

  • First Thursday with John Cruz
    John Cruz has distinguished himself as one of the most talented artists to ever come from Hawaii. He is a Grammy winning singer songwriter whose albums have earned Na Hoku Awards. His contemporary melodies are warm and heartfelt, and his vocals are passionate and soulful. Enjoy hearing him perform live on the first Thursday of each month.

  • Second Thursday with John Keawe
    John Keawe is a Grammy and multiple Na Hoku award-winning slack-key guitarist, recording artist, and composer. John's playing of the Hawai'ian slack key guitar is Hawai'ian music at its modern finest, taking the best of an established tradition and embellishing it with a personal touch. Hear him live the second Thursday of the month.

  • Third Thursday with Henry Kapono
    Henry Kapono is an award-winning, Grammy nominated singer/songwriter. His contemporary rock sound touches the soul with the simple honesty of his lyrics and music, and his gift of an evocative, plaintive balladeer's voice haunts you long after he leaves the stage. Join us the third Thursday of the month for a spellbinding performance.

  • Fourth Thursday with Brother Noland
    On the fourth Thursday of the month, catch Brother Noland, an impactful player in Hawaii's music scene and one of Hawaii's most respected artists. Credited with the birth of "Jawaiian" (fusion of Hawaiian & Reggae) music, Brother Noland also excels in traditional Hawaiian music, slack key and Hawaiian swing. Honored in 2014 by the State of Hawaii for a "Lifetime Achievement in Music", Brother Noland continually infuses Hawaiian music with creativity and innovation to pave new paths inspiring music around the world.

  • Fifth Thursday with Led Kaapana
    Led Kaapana's mastery of stringed instruments, particularly slack key guitar, and his extraordinary baritone have made him a musical legend. He has been thrilling audiences for more than 40 years. With an easy-going style and charm, he has built a loyal corps of Led Heads from Brussels to the Big Island of Hawaii. Recognition by his peers earned Led four Grammy nominations and two wins for slack key compilations. Join us during those months with a fifth Thursday to hear Led Kaapana perform his contemporary style music.