Waikoloa Beach Resort invites the community to celebrate the pursuit of happiness, and their freedom of choice, with ten free mini concerts on two stages, carnival food and games, the annual Rubber Duckie Race and more, capped off with spectacular fireworks over Waikoloa Bowl.
Non-stop family entertainment starts at 10 a.m. with live music until 1 p.m. at Kings’ Shops, followed by the ever-popular Merriman’s Market Café Watermelon Eating contest. New this year, Chef Ippy Aiona of Three Fat Pigs will host a “mystery box” cooking challenge at 1:30 p.m.
At 12:30 p.m., Salsa Latinos fire up the music at Queens’ MarketPlace, building up momentum for the fun to start, with free cotton candy, popcorn, balloons, and face painting from 1-5 p.m. Throughout the shopping center, colorful Zoo Choo Train rides ($2) and carnival games (25 cents) treat the keiki to extra fun, benefitting Special Olympics West Hawaii. Live music continues all afternoon, with Vizion 20/20, Life in Pursuit, I‘land Boiz and Bobby G & the Generous Thieves.
At 3 p.m., Kings’ Lake (Kings’ Shops) is the place to be for the start of the annual wet, wild and wacky Rubber Duckie Race, where thousands of the bright yellow waterfowl take a “quack” at crossing the finish line first. Great prizes go to the winning ducks and 100% of the proceeds benefit the United Cerebral Palsy Association. To adopt your duck, call Kings’ Shops, 886-8811.
The main attraction happens just after dark, as the fireworks extravaganza lights up the skies at Waikoloa Beach Resort. Doors open at 5 p.m., with pre-show music by Vizion 20/20 followed by the big rock & roll sounds of Bump City. Admission is free, and beach mats or chairs are welcome for open lawn seating, however coolers, alcoholic beverages and smoking are not permitted. For more information visit www.WaikoloaBeachResort.com or call Queens’ MarketPlace 886-8822.
Kings’ Shops Events
10:00 a.m. – Kahikina Nahenahe ‘Ohana
11:45 a.m. – Dam Str8
1:00 p.m. – Merriman’s Market Cafe Watermelon Eating Contest
1:30 p.m. – The Three Fat Pigs’ Black Box Challenge by Chef Ippy
3:00 p.m. – Rubber Duckie Race
3:30 p.m. – Mystik Rhythmz
5:00 p.m. – Duck Waddling / Duck Calling Contests
5:30 p.m. – Honoring our First Responders & Awards
Win great prizes by adopting your duckie in support of United Cerebral Palsy.
Queens’ MarketPlace Events
12:30 p.m. – Salsa Latinos
1-5 p.m. – Free cotton candy, popcorn, balloons, and face painting! Plus Zoo Choo Train rides ($2) and carnival games (25 cents) benefit Special Olympics West Hawaii.
2:00 p.m. – Vizion 20/20
3:00 p.m. – Life in Pursuit
4:00 p.m. – I‘land Boiz
5:00 p.m. – Bobby G and the Generous Thieves
8:30 p.m. – Full Circle
Avoid the rush! After the fireworks for entertainment until 9:30 p.m. at the Coronation Pavilion!
Waikoloa Beach Resort is a complete destination resort that encompasses two championship golf courses and over 3,000 guest rooms in two upscale hotels, and seven luxury condominiums and vacation home properties. The Resort also includes award-winning Queens’ MarketPlace and Kings’ Shops, offering a wide variety of shopping opportunities, services and dining experiences, plus free entertainment and cultural programs. For more information visit www.WaikoloaBeachResort.com or call 886-8822.