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The Hawaiian Islands Cultural Events

Hawaii’s cultural traditions connect us to the memories of generations past, allowing us to walk the in the footsteps of the ancestors. Though many Hawaiian cultural practices have given way to modern lifestyles, events have become invaluable venues to share and experience culture. Hearing a chant as it has been performed for centuries, learning from artisans immersed in their craft, or simply enjoying a music festival celebrating ukulele or slack-key guitar –  instruments introduced to Hawaii by immigrants generations ago – can deepen your connection to the wealth of cultural assets that make these islands so special.

 

See the majesty of more than 20 premier halau, or schools, performing ancient and contemporary forms of hula at the Prince Lot Hula Festival (July), Hawaii’s largest non-competitive hula event. Learn about Hawaiian royalty through song, dance and storytelling at the King Kamehameha Celebration (June) and Eo E Emalani I Alakai Festival (October). And celebrate the local culture of coffee growing at the Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival.

 

These cultural events are much more than entertainment and exhibition. They serve as touchpoints and training grounds for future generations of cultural practitioners. Participating in and experiencing Hawaii’s cultural events helps us understand that the native culture of these islands is alive and thriving, and that the cultures of those who later migrated to these shores add their brilliance to the dynamic, cosmopolitan Hawaii of today.

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Sep 3 2020
Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Canoe Races
Hawaii

Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Canoe Races

Occurs between: Thursday, September 3, 2020 - Monday, September 7, 2020, 8:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

The Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Canoe Races have been held annually since 1971. Hosted by Kai Opua Canoe Club over the Labor Day holiday, this is the world's largest long distance canoe race. The women's and men's 18-mile races follow a historically and culturally significant course running [...]

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  • Contact Name: Doug VeraCruz
  • Contact Organization: Kai Opua Canoe Club
Nov 6 2020
Kona Coffee Cultural Festival (50th Annual)
Hawaii

Kona Coffee Cultural Festival (50th Annual)

Occurs between: Friday, November 6, 2020 - Sunday, November 15, 2020, 9:00am - 6:00pm
Summary

Each year in November, Kona coffee's world-renown reputation along with the unique cultural heritage of the past tells the story of coffee traditions that produced this American legacy. The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival experience is unique, enriching and ensures that the story of Kona coffee's [...]

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  • Contact Name: Val Cocoran, President
  • Contact Organization: Kona Coffee Cultural Festival
May 30 2020
Hawaii

The Farmers' Market at Hamakua Harvest

Occurs between: Saturday, May 30, 2020 - Sunday, December 27, 2020, 9:00am - 2:00pm
Summary

The Sunday Farmers' Market at Hamakua Harvest, located at the intersection of Mamane St. and Mamalahoa Hwy in Historic Honokaa Town, offers only locally produced goods, ono food, live music, and a free educational event weekly. It's beautiful location and celebratory character provides a vibrant [...]

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  • Contact Name: Elizabeth Mallion
  • Contact Organization: Hāmākua Harvest
May 30 2020
The weekly Maui Sunday Market shines the spotlight on Maui’s hardworking entrepreneurs in an effort to grow their businesses.
Maui

Maui Sunday Market

Occurs between: Saturday, May 30, 2020 - Sunday, December 19, 2021, 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Summary

The Maui Sunday Market is held each Sunday from 4 pm to 8 pm in the Kahului Shopping Center parking lot. This popular event features live entertainment, food trucks, island vendors, Family Bingo, and activities showcasing the local community and Hawaii's cultural traditions. Public admission and [...]

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  • Contact Name: Luana Mahi
  • Contact Organization: Maui Food Technology Center
May 30 2020
Debra Drexler; Golden Stream; 2018; acrylic on canvas
Maui

Abstraction x3

Occurs between: Saturday, May 30, 2020 - Sunday, May 31, 2020
Summary

Three artists from Hawaii individually address issues informing abstraction in the 21st century. Debra Drexler is professor of drawing and painting, UH Manoa, with a working studio in New York. Her work communicates on many levels, through the dynamics of temperature, saturation, and focus. [...]

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  • Contact Name: Elaine Roe
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
May 30 2020
Waimea Community Chorus: Tribute to Elton John
Hawaii

Waimea Community Chorus: Tribute to Elton John

Occurs on: Saturday, May 30, 2020, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Summary

Kahilu Theatre is proud to present the 27th annual Waimea Community Chorus spring concert A Tribute to Elton John on Saturday, May 30, 2020, at 7 PM. The Waimea Community Chorus (WCC) will celebrate the last 50 years of Sir Elton John’s musical career with a choral tribute to his works, starting [...]

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  • Contact Name: kristin lake
  • Contact Organization: Kahilu Theatre Foundation
May 30 2020
Mana Kalo with Namea Hoshino
Maui

Mana Kalo with Namea Hoshino

Occurs on: Saturday, May 30, 2020, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Summary

Learn about the Mana family of kalo (taro) with MNBG Kalo Varieties Manager, Namea Hoshino. Participants will learn about the cultural uses of the Mana group of kalo (taro) and identification tips. Samples for tasting will be included in the class. Cost: $50, or $25 for current garden members. [...]

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  • Contact Name: Whit Germano
  • Contact Organization: Maui Nui Botanical Garden
May 30 2020
Maui

Apo A Noeau: A Celebration of Hawaiian Craftsmanship Exhibition

Occurs between: Saturday, May 30, 2020 - Friday, July 17, 2020, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

Apo A Noeau (grasp until mastery) is an exhibition honoring the hana noeau (arts) of Hawaii. Artwork should feature or draw inspiration from traditional Hawaiian handmade forms such as lauhala, kapa, wood working, feather work, ohe kapala, or any other aspects of Hawaiian material culture. A [...]

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  • Contact Organization: Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center
May 30 2020
Kauai

Old Koloa Town Market

Occurs between: Saturday, May 30, 2020 - Saturday, May 15, 2021, 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Summary

The Old Koloa Town Market brings together Kauai's best artisans, food trucks, and live music for a wonderful outdoor evening. We invite you to connect with the many Kauai artisans, and find your new favorite thing. Our vendors change monthly, but you can expect to find locally made art, clothing, [...]

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  • Contact Name: Kristin Green
  • Contact Organization: Old Koloa Town Market
May 30 2020
HIFF@Home (Online)
Oahu

[email protected] (Online)

Occurs between: Saturday, May 30, 2020 - Thursday, July 2, 2020
Summary

The Hawaii International Film Festival is proud to announce a new virtual initiative, [email protected], a specially curated program of short films, which will be available to view online and for free. These selected short films have screened in previous HIFF editions, many of them award winners. These [...]

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  • Contact Name: Gianni Minga
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii International Film Festival

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