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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.
Tune in to our Facebook Watch Party on Wednesday, October 28th at 2:30 p.m. for this month’s virtual Keiki Club! Jen Schultze will be hosting a keiki friendly painting class! You won't want to miss it! Be sure to pick up your painting supplies, available for pick up at the Town Center of Mililani [...]
- Contact Name: Sara Teixeira
- Contact Organization: Town Center of Mililani
The art of making clothing and material goods from the bark of trees has been practiced around the world. Hawaii and the Pacific used the plants such as wauke (paper mulberry) to make kapa (bark cloth). Learn the history and future of kapa in Hawaii with Dalani Tanahy of Kapa Hawaii, and spend [...]
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
Halloween, October 31 via zoom. Register at outreach.hawaii.edu/SCEP.
The Statewide Cultural Extension Program (SCEP), a program of UH Manoa Outreach College, hosts a special HALLOWEEN edition of its SCEP Live Online Fall International Storyteller Series (running October 19 to November [...]
- Contact Name: Outreach College
- Contact Organization: Outreach College Community Services
The Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) is unique in discovering features, documentaries and shorts from Asia made by Asians, films about the Pacific made by Pacific Islanders, and films made by Hawaii filmmakers that present Hawaii in a culturally accurate way.
HIFF also conducts [...]
- Contact Name: Gianni Minga
- Contact Organization: Hawai‘i International Film Festival
Lee Cataluna takes advantage of the unique platform of "live, digital theatre" with this tribute to 1980s Hawaii, framed by the clothes we wore. Your invitation to the 80s includes the vaguely defined dresscode: "aloha attire" What does that even mean? In this play, written specifically for [...]
- Contact Name: Tsuyuno Amos
- Contact Organization: Kumu Kahua Theatre
Makahiki Festival & Heiwa Tuaro Competition at Waimea Valley November 7th Saturday. Festivities start at TBD with the opening ceremony on the Main Lawn followed by an exciting coconut tree race. The rest of the competition brings a foot race, wrestling, rock lifting live music, food vendors, [...]
- Contact Name: Waimea Valley
- Contact Organization: Waimea Valley
In partnership with Maui Electric Company and Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program, Maui Nui Botanical Gardens will give away 1,000 Hawaiian trees for free, 1 tree per person, any age! Experts will be available to recommend the best Hawaiian tree for your area of residence. The [...]
- Contact Name: Whit Germano
- Contact Organization: Maui Nui Botanical Garden
'Tis the season! We're Hohohome for the holidays and decking the halls! With two times the holiday cheer, kick off your holiday shopping November 7th and 15th at Aloha Home Market!There will be Christmas creations, holiday-themed flavors and decor from our amazing selection of vendor, and [...]
- Contact Name: Cristy Lloveras
- Contact Organization: Aloha Home Market
One Sunday each month from 1pm to 6pm, oceanfront Alii Drive along scenic Kailua Bay in Historic Kailua Village becomes a festive pedestrian-only walkway and marketplace. Enjoy free music, artists, and friendly merchants for great shopping and delicious dining. At 4pm, there is free Hawaiian [...]
- Contact Name: Dorlene Silva
- Contact Organization: Kailua Village Business Improvement District