Free Entertainment on the Big Island


If a Big Island luau doesn’t fit in your vacation budget, but you’d still like to hear live Hawaiian music or see a hula dance, then you’re in luck.  You can find some good free shows on the island.  Here’s where to find the some of the good free stuff:

  • The Shops at Mauna Lani offers free shows every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings.  You can learn more about the various shows and times here.
  • The Kings Shops in Waikoloa have free Hawaiian music performances on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings. See this link for a day by day list of the ongoing entertainment options at the Kings Shops and throughout Waikoloa resort.
  • The Queens Marketplace in Waikoloa have several free or low cost Hawaiian craft making classes as well as free traditional Hawaiian entertainment.  See this link more information of show times and other resort area no or low cost activities.
  • Many hotels offer free live music, usually in their lounge area. So ask your hotel what free entertainment they offer.

Here’s a short video sample of the type of free entertainment you might find.  This video was filmed at the Kings Shops stage in Waikoloa.

If you are looking for other budget-minded things to do on the Big Island, then don’t miss our suggestions for the best Big Island budget activities.

  1. Ooooh! Also, at the Kilauea Military Camp at HVNP, there’s a free show at the Crater Rim Cafe on Friday nights at 7pm. It’s my old halau, and a great show!

    1. A lot of events and happenings have been put on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions. That’s why we put a notice at the top of every page to check directly with the venues to determine any disruption to the schedule. Hopefully this entertainment will return again when more COVID restrictions are lifted.

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