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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.
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 [...]
- Contact Name: Val Cocoran, President
- Contact Organization: Kona Coffee Cultural Festival
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 [...]
- Contact Name: Luana Mahi
- Contact Organization: Maui Food Technology Center
Due to the conditions related to the current COVID-19 pandemic The Annual Queen Liliuokalani Keiki Hula Competition had to be canceled and in it's place a 4 night televised special broadcast presentation was created to carry on the annual event and be a platform for the art of hula, Hawaiian [...]
- Contact Name: Guy Sibilla
- Contact Organization: The Kalihi-Pālama Culture & Arts Society, Inc
Since 2014, HIFF and Ward Village have been bringing top notch films, special guests, and fun activities to the Honolulu community with this amazing program. CINEMA IN THE PARK will be held the second WEDNESDAY of each month at Victoria Ward Park, 1020 Auahi Street, Honolulu, HI 96814. Free tickets [...]
- Contact Name: Gianni Minga
- Contact Organization: Hawai‘i International Film Festival
The Princeville Night Market brings together Kauai's finest artisans for an evening of shopping, live music, and food trucks. You'll find a diverse collection of more than 40 Kauai artisans, ranging from paintings and wood carvings to hot sauce and handmade soap all Made in Hawaii. Enjoy dinner [...]
- Contact Name: Kristin Green
- Contact Organization: Princeville Night Market, LLC
Since the Spring of 2015, Hui o Koolaupoko has been working at the mouth of Heeia Stream to clear invasive mangrove and other non-native plants in an effort to restore stream flow, re-plant native plants and improve habitat for native aquatic species and shorebirds. The majority of invasive species [...]
Anaina Hou Farmers Market every Saturday in Kilauea. Saturdays 9am - 1pm: hosted by Anaina Hou Community Park. Enjoy fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables and locally made prepared food. Buy gifts and art from local artists. Stock up on tropical flowers and talk story with the local families [...]
- Contact Name: Robyn Petterson
- Contact Organization: Anaina Hou Community Park
Have you ever wanted to take a class at the Donkey Mill but never had time? Are you interested in spending a few hours experiencing a new art technique? If this sounds like you, please join us for our Summer Art Experiences for Adults! Leave the kids at home, bring a friend, and come make and [...]
- Contact Name: Kasey Lindley
- Contact Organization: Donkey Mill Art Center
The night sky landscapes of New York-based photojournalist Stan Honda show the beauty of the sky in relation to the Earth as it moves through the universe with a multitude of celestial objects.
He has worked as an artist-in-residence at six national parks including Haleakala National Park [...]
- Contact Name: Elaine Roe
- Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Learn to work with lau niu (coconut leaves): weave, pattern, shaping, and form. Participants will weave a lei poo (head lei), peahi (fan), and a hanging umeke (basket) with cultural practitioners, Ui Kahue and Mario Siatris. Cost: $65, or $40 for current garden members. Email [email protected] for [...]
- Contact Name: Whit Germano
- Contact Organization: Maui Nui Botanical Garden