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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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Dec 5 2020
Wreath Making With Native Plants
Maui

Wreath Making With Native Plants

Occurs on: Saturday, December 5, 2020, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Summary

Native plants provide more than just great food and habitat for wildlife: they also provide great beauty all year long! Learn to make a wreath from Native Hawaiian Plants in time for the Holidays with MNBG Executive Director, Tamara Sherrill and ohana. Cost: $50, or $25 for current garden [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Whit Germano
  • Contact Organization: Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
Dec 5 2020
Living Wreath Making with Native Hawaiian Plants
Maui

Living Wreath Making with Native Hawaiian Plants

Occurs on: Saturday, December 5, 2020, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Summary

Native plants provide more than just food and habitat for wildlife: they also provide great beauty all year long!  Learn to make a living wreath from Native Hawaiian Plants in time for the Holidays with MNBG Executive Director, Tamara Sherrill and ohana.  Cost: $50, or $25 for current garden [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Whit Germano
  • Contact Organization: Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
Dec 6 2020
(POSTPONED) Alii Sunday - Kamehameha Elima (V)
Oahu

(POSTPONED) Alii Sunday - Kamehameha Elima (V)

Occurs on: Sunday, December 6, 2020, 9:00am - 10:00am
Summary

Alii Sundays are among the many long and honored traditions of Kawaiahao Church, which began about 1914. In the 1970's our people were embarking on a tidal wave of change. In the midst of circumstance and sensing the urgency to unite Hawaii's people and rekindle their strength and purpose in Ke [...]

Dec 6 2020
Hana Hou Holiday Market!
Oahu

Aloha Home Market - Hana Hou Holiday Market

Occurs on: Sunday, December 6, 2020, 9:00am - 2:00pm
Summary

We're back in Kailua for our last market of 2020 on December 6th! This is the perfect time to pick up those last minute made-in-Hawaii gifts and stocking stuffers! Santa will be back for family photos, along with our favorite vendors who will be helping us deck the halls one more time before the [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Cristy Lloveras
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Home Market
Dec 13 2020
(POSTPONED) Alii Sunday - Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop
Oahu

(POSTPONED) Alii Sunday - Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop

Occurs on: Sunday, December 13, 2020, 9:00am - 10:00am
Summary

Alii Sundays are among the many long and honored traditions of Kawaiahao Church, which began about 1914. In the 1970's our people were embarking on a tidal wave of change. In the chaos of circumstance and sensing the urgency to unite Hawaii's people and rekindle their strength and purpose in Ke [...]

Jan 14 2021
Aloha Fry-Day by Hannah Ii-Epstein
Oahu

Aloha Fry-Day by Hannah Ii-Epstein

Occurs between: Thursday, January 14, 2021 - Sunday, January 31, 2021
Summary

In many indigenous cultures, hallucinogens are inextricably linked to rituals celebrating liminality, their consciousness-expanding qualities can also induce therapeutic emotional release from trauma, but during a night of jubilant euphoria in the 1990s, Sherrie’s unresolved memories erupt into [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Tsuyuno Amos
  • Contact Organization: Kumu Kahua Theatre
Mar 13 2021
Luau Party
Maui

Luau Party

Occurs on: Saturday, March 13, 2021, 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Summary

Our Luau Party will be held March 13, 2021 5-10 PM. Come for food, fun and fellowship, enjoy live music and Hula with Aunty Doll and Ka Pa Hula O Maui, and participate in our Las Vegas trip raffle. Dinner is served at 6 PM / B.Y.O.B. $30 ticket can be purchased online or at the door. We hope to [...]

Mar 18 2021
other: a micro-story by Daniel A. Kelin II
Oahu

other: a micro-story by Daniel A. Kelin II

Occurs between: Thursday, March 18, 2021 - Saturday, April 3, 2021
Summary

Told backward in time during the 2000s, featuring the traditional trickster god Letao, other: a micro-story  illustrates the challenge of fitting into a new world faced by the Marshallese in Hawaii, who arrived dreaming of a future for their families.   Notorious trickster Letao [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Tsuyuno Amos
  • Contact Organization: Kumu Kahua Theatre
Jun 1 2021
Rejuvenate your Spirit in Halawa Valley, Molokai.
Molokai

Molokai Hula Bliss & Huakai (Journey) 2021

Occurs between: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - Friday, June 11, 2021, 3:00pm - 10:30am
Summary

Molokai Hula Bliss & Huakai (Journey) 2021

7th Annual 10-day retreat from June 1 - June 11, 2021 on the island of Molokai, Hawaii

What to expect:

+ Experience Aloha, the Hawaiian value of unconditional love.

+ Participate in Hawaiian ceremonies and protocol

+ [...]

Jun 11 2021
Annual King Kamehameha Celebration lei-draping
Oahu

King Kamehameha Statue Lei Draping Ceremony

Occurs on: Friday, June 11, 2021, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Summary

Each year the King Kamehameha Celebration honors the founder and first ruler of the Kingdom of Hawaii, Kamehameha I. The celebration begins with cultural protocols and pageantry as beautiful hand-made lei are draped on the outstretched arms of the monarch's iconic statue and the Royal Hawaiian [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Amy Hammond
  • Contact Organization: King Kamehameha Celebration Commission

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