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.

Island of Hawaii Tiki Festival:

November 16th - 18th 2017

Mark your calendars Tiki Tribe. Royal Kona Resort, Naked Turtle Rum and Tiki Shark Art Inc. will be hosting the First Annual Tiki Festival on the Island of Hawaii. This Star Studded three day FREE Art event will start at the Royal Kona Resort on Thursday November 16th and end at Kozy's Tiki Palace at The Shops at Mauna Lani on Saturday November 18th. Hawaii's own celebrity artist Brad "Tiki Shark" Parker along with mainland Tiki greats, Doug Horne, Ken Ruzic and Tom "Big Toe" Laura will be showing and selling their latest works. Grammy nominated Henry Kapono, Internationally heralded musician Sean Wikinson and local favorite LT Smooth will be playing their tunes with celebrity Chef Sam Choy giving out samples of his famous Poke.

First Annual Island of Hawaii Tiki Festival

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 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 the first Thursday of the month to hear Led Kaapana perform his contemporary style music.

  • 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.