January is the perfect time to travel and visit the Big Island. Humpback whale sightings are at their peak during the winter months, as these giants congregate in the shallow waters along the Kohala Coast. Temperatures remain warm and pleasant, perfect for afternoon basking on the beach or more adventurous excursions across the island and on the water. Some of the most beautiful resort properties in the world are found along the Kohala Coast and host to festival programs.
Kona is the airport most convenient to the festival. During the Waimea portion of the event a car will likely be necessary. When the festival moves to Four Seasons Resort Hualālai attendees can stay on property without requiring additional transport.
If you would like to coordinate a carpool situation with other attendees, please contact the festival office.