The 7th Annual Waikoloa Wiliwili Festival Happening in February

Itʻs that time of year again. The 7th annual Wiliwili festival is being held in Waikoloa Village on February 10th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Waikoloa stables.

What is the Wiliwili Festival, and why should you care?

The Wiliwili Festival is a free, fun and educational event for everyone hosted by the Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative. The Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative is dedicated to educating the community about Hawaiian culture and the importance of raising awareness about the island’s native ecosystems. There will be many informational booths sponsored by public and non-profit agencies. There will also be a silent auction, free lectures, live music, hula performances, food, and best of all, native plants for sale.

Our two year old Wiliwili grown from a seed

If great food, lots of education and live music arenʻt enough, there will also be guided tours of the Waikoloa Dry Forest Preserve offered throughout the day.  In my opinion,  the guided tour is a must so make sure to wear your hiking shoes to take advantage of this great opportunity to see first hand all of the hard work that goes into preserving this amazing place.

The Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative is a non-profit organization that manages a 275 acre dry forest preserve and restoration project. For more information about the Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative and the 7th annual Wiliwili festival, visit

Olelo Noeau – Hawaiian Proverb

Pua ka wiliwili nanahu ka manō pua ka wahine u‘i nanahu ke kānāwai.

When the wiliwili tree blooms, the sharks bite. It is said that when the wiliwili trees are in bloom the sharks bite because it is their mating season.

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Beth Thoma Robinson

February 2, 2018

Thanks for reminding us of the Festival, Linda. One of my favorite headlines in West Hawaii Today was a story about the festival titled “We had a Wili Wili Good Time”

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