While the island of Hawai‘i can essentially boast of having summer weather all year round, the actual summer season brings with it the bonus of longer days to enjoy it all.

That means more time to really take in all that extra sun and warmth, the island’s breathtaking natural world, its many towns and national parks, and enjoy its wonderfully blue waters and white sand beaches. From canoe races and food festivals to island-wide tours and cultural activities and experiences, the summer offers plenty of time to celebrate all the seasonal fun it brings to Hawai‘i Island.

In celebration of Earth Day, Honua Hawaiian Skincare is partnering with Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection’s Kainalu Ocean Sports team to host an SPF Swap on April 22. Residents and visitors are invited to stop by the resort that day to exchange sunscreens containing harmful chemicals such as Oxybenzone and Octinoxate for Honua Hawaiian Skincare’s reef-safe MALU Day Cream, broad spectrum SPF 30. A percentage of proceeds from MALU sales benefits Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, a nonprofit dedicated to keeping our oceans clean and inspiring communities to practice coastal stewardship. For more information, call (855) 550-5008.

Nonprofit disability support organization, The Arc of Hilo, has set June 4 for its second annual King Kamehameha’s Awesome Athletes Inclusive Canoe Race for youth and adults with special needs. The Hilo Bay outrigger race is hosted by The Arc of Hilo in partnership with inclusive canoe clubs ‘Ohana Wa‘a Laulima and OSMD Hawai‘i Foundation. More than 100 athletes and volunteers competed in the event’s 2022 races and organizers expect even more participants this year. Registration is open now at www.hilocanoerace.com for participants and volunteers. Come celebrate the warrior spirit of the event’s awesome athletes.