Astro Day West Hawaii

AstroDay, an annual science and astronomy education event sponsored by the Maunakea Astronomy Outreach Committee (MKAOC), is coming to Kona Commons on Saturday, November 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This free, family-oriented, science celebration has been a tradition in Hilo for the past 16 years and will be in Kona for the first time. AstroDay will be at the former Sports Authority space at Kona Commons.

Observatories from Maunakea and Haleakala will be represented, as well as other technology, education, and cultural organizations. Highlights include Starlab--a portable planetarium provided by the Canada France Hawaii and Gemini observatories, solar viewing with experienced astronomers, robotic demos, educational games and toys, and many hands-on activities. Colorful and informative material will be available as well as displays from diverse organizations and a live broadcast by KWXX Radio.

For more information and updates on AstroDay, visit: or follow MKOAC on Facebook.




Bus' A Move - 2017 - Fundraiser for Special Olympics West Hawaii

Special Olympics West Hawaii announced their annual “Bus’ a Move” throw down bus pull competition will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Kona Commons located at located 74-5450 Makala Blvd in Kailua-Kona. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. for all teams and the mandatory captain’s briefing begins at 9:30 a.m. The event begins at 10:00 a.m. and the order in which teams pull the bus will be determined by a random drawing.

This annual fundraising events encourages supporters who think they’re strong enough to pull a Roberts Hawaii Bus to form a team of 10 and enter one of two categories:

• Fastest pull – All ten members of the team will be on the rope at the beginning of the pull. Teams will pull a Roberts Hawaii Charter Bus that weighs approximately 37,400 pounds, for a distance of 30 feet, within ONE MINUTE.
Lowest combined weight – teams determine the least number of team members needed to pull a 16,500-pound AIRGAS vehicle. Team members may be added as needed to move the vehicle 15 feet. If the team does not pull the vehicle within ONE MINUTE, the team get’s a “No Pull.”
• Most enthusiastic team – judges will award a prize to the most enthusiastic team!

Teams can register by emailing or by calling 808-345-0433. Entry forms, rules and event information are available by clicking this link:

The entry fee for a team is $300 and the deadline to enter is September 11. After September 11, the entry fee will be $350.

Event t-shirts will be given to all pre-registered participants that enter by September 11 and are not guaranteed to teams entering after the deadline. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and can bring gloves if desired.

About Special Olympics
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Special Olympics West Hawaii is always looking for volunteers to help make this event run smoothly and safely. If you would like to volunteer please email

Dinner and A Movie at Kona Commons

Kick-Off the Holiday Season with Dinner and a Movie!

Bring the entire family and kick-off the holiday season on December 2nd from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Kona Commons’ annual holiday Kailua Kalikimaka Dinner and a Movie. Watch “Moana” on the big screen inside the former Sports Authority space and experience the story of Moana, the strong-willed daughter of a chief of a Polynesian village, who is chosen by the ocean itself to reunite a mystical relic with a goddess.

Dinner and a Movie is FREE and includes photos with Santa and a performance by the keiki from Kona Dance and Performing Arts. Enter win great door prizes and enjoy lots of holiday spirit. Bentos and box dinners will be available for purchase provided by Kona Commons restaurants.

Bring your own chair (no coolers please) and come early to grab dinner from one of your favorite restaurants including Daiichi Ramen, Dairy Queen/Orange Julius, Genki Sushi, McDonald’s, Panda Express, Subway and Ultimate Burger.

Petco presents Free Puppy Play Time!

Tuesdays at 5:30 pm and Saturdays at 3:00pm

Touch a Truck on August 12, 2017

Join Kuleana Education for a FREE Touch a Truck event in the Kona Commons parking lot on Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 10 am to 12 noon!

Touch a Truck offers kids a hands-on opportunity to explore working trucks of all types. Children of all ages are invited to creatively explore the trucks with guidance from the professionals who use the trucks. Meet the people who build, protect and serve on the Big Island.

Trucks include emergency vehicles, military, construction and more!

Mahalo to our community sponsors:  West Hawaii Today, Ali'i Lawn, TNT, Johnson and Associates, Paper Crane Soaps and Top Shape.