Festivals of Hawaii Island

Hawaii Island has a reputation for inspiring visitors and nowhere is this attribute more visible than at a Hawaii Island festival.

Visitors can experience a wide range of music and art events, including the Big Island Film Festival (May), The Big Island Hawaiiana Music Festival (July) – which focuses on ukulele, slack key, steel guitar, and traditional falsetto singing – and the Merrie Monarch Festival (follows Easter Sunday in March - April) – Hawaii’s premier hula competition held annually in Hilo.

If you’re a foodie, you can satisfy your appetite at Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range (October), a deliciously diverse festival that features over 30 of Hawaii’s best chefs and tastings of everything from grass-fed beef to fresh island vegetables. And if you want a quick jolt of energy, don’t miss the annual Kau Coffee Festival held every May or the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival held in November in venues throughout Kona.

Cultural celebrations and sports events also abound, from the Kamehameha Festival (June) – which features everything from a Hawaiian chant competition to food, arts and crafts – to the Kona Portuguese Festival, the Hilo Wayfinding & Navigation Festival, and the internationally-renowned Ironman World Championship (October).

For more events, see Hawaii Island Events.