Wiliwili Festival

Wiliwili Festival 2.9.19

The 8th Annual Wiliwili Festival hosted by Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative and Waikoloa Village Towncenter is coming up on Saturday, February 9th at the Waikoloa Stables from 9am-3pm. The Wiliwili Festival is free and has activities for the whole family! We’ll be bringing together leaders in conservation and cultural preservation from around the island and the State to share their work with the public and information about how to get involved in some of the incredible work going on in our community. Activities will include games and a scavenger hunt for kids, a native plant sale and free lectures and workshops for adults and older children. There will also be live music including Jeff Peterson at 10:00am, Widdy Loo at 12:30pm and Tani Waipā and Mila Polevia at 1:45pm and food vendors throughout the day. Our famous silent auction will also take place from 9am to 1pm and you can find gift certificates for local restaurants, hotels, and tours as well as art, fashion, collectibles, housewares and more!

WDFI will be hosting guided tours of the Waikoloa Dry Forest Preserve throughout the day with tours leaving from the Waikoloa Stables every hour between 8am and 1pm. Hawaii Forest & Trail will provide transportation for the excursions where participants will see ancient wiliwili trees, learn about the native dry forest ecosystem and the progress toward restoration that WDFI has made since 2011. The preserve will also be open to visitors from 9am-2pm and trails will be open for hiking. Tours fill up fast and advanced reservations are recommended. To book a tour, please email jen@waikoloadryforest.org or call us at (808) 494-2208. Please indicate the tour time and number of people you’d like to sign up.  

Free lectures and workshops will be occurring throughout the day and are free to attend with no reservation necessary. Talks will include updates about coastal and forest projects, the recent volcanic eruption, wiliwili trees in Hawaiian ecology and cultural practices and lei making. Here is our lineup:


10:00am Forest Health in Hawaii JB Friday, Extension Forester, UH CTAHR

10:30am Kilauea Eruption Don Swanson, Volcanologist, USGS

11:30pm Try Wait Update Panel Discussion

12:30pm Wiliwili Emily Grave, UH Manoa 

1:00pm Waikoloa Dry Forest Jen Lawson, WDFI

Workshops & Demos:

10:30am Introduction to Haku Lei with Pua & Malia Heimuli (please email jen@waikoloadryforest.org to sign up)

12:00pm Lau Hala Weaving & Other Traditional Crafts with Solomon Apio

                1:00pm  Invasive Species & Rapid ‘Ōhi’a Death Vehicle Decontamination with Big Island Invasive Species Committee



You’ll also find WDFI merchandise for sale and native plants and growing guides to take home. Please join us for this fun, free, family-friendly event and show your support for the Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative and our extended conservation community!


The Wiliwili Festival is hosted by the Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative and Waikoloa Plaza. Other sponsors include Hilton Waikoloa Village, Kings’ Shops, Hawaii Forest & TrailHawaii Outdoor Guides, Hawaii Water Service, Forest Solutions, W. Stewart Lawrence MD FACP and Vanessa Osedo-Bleecher MD, White Sands Construction, Mana Physical Therapy, SunRun, Goodfellow Bros & First Hawaiian Bank.