“Why Should I Live on The Big Island?” Reason #1: Community Festivals Like the Kohala Country FairPhoto: Kohala Country Fair.
Who doesn’t love a good fall festival?
After all, they’re a great way for communities to gather together to chat, eat, dance, and celebrate their unique corner of the world—before the clutches of winter close in.
When it comes to this cozy tradition, the Big Island may not have the harsh winter weather to worry about, but there’s still plenty to celebrate in October!
On October 4, 2014, the Kohala Country Fair marks its 30th year of entertaining visitors and residents on the west coast of the Big Island with a full schedule of music, dancing, and food.
Your taste buds will be happy to find dozens of vendors selling local specialties and treats. Meanwhile, craft booths provide a place for local artists to show off and sell their work. In the past, fairgoers have been able to purchase everything from homemade pickled ginger to handmade quilts.
Vendors are encouraged to focus on food, art, and other items that are specific North Kohala, so there are always local treasures to be found.
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The Kohala Country Fair tradition started 30 years ago as a celebration for North Kohala residents working at the Mauna Lani resort, and it has grown every year since, with this year’s festival slated to be the biggest yet.
Held on a 10-acre ocean view ranch outside of Kohala, the Country Fair showcases the pride North Kohala residents have in their rural, country roots and their thriving community.Photo: Kohala Country Fair.
The Kohala Country Fair is inclusive, welcoming and not the least bit pretentious. And admission is FREE.
Tourists and locals alike come to enjoy the old-fashioned fair games like tug-of-war and pie-eating contests, and the performances, which this year include Robi Kahakalau, the Keawe Trio, North Shor Live, Lorenzo’s Army, Na Kupuna O Kohala, LavaRoots African dance and drumming, and the HICCUP children’s circus.
The Kohala Country Fair is just one more benefit to add to the list of reasons to live on the Big Island, and just one of many year-round things to do in Kohala.