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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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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
Jun 12 2021
Pa'u riders at the King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade.
Oahu

King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade (105th Annual)

Occurs on: Saturday, June 12, 2021, 9:00am - 1:00pm
Summary

In celebration of the founder and first ruler of the Kingdom of Hawaii, this popular parade features floats decorated with Hawaiian flowers and greenery; marching bands and other parade units; and the celebration's Moi (King) and Queen escorted by elegant pau riders on horseback. Dressed in 19th [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Amy Hammond
  • Contact Organization: King Kamehameha Celebration Commission
Jul 16 2021
Pa'u riders are a favorite tradition at the annual Parade.
Kauai

Koloa Plantation Days

Occurs between: Friday, July 16, 2021 - Sunday, July 25, 2021, 9:00am - 9:00am
Summary

Celebrate the plantation heritage and modern-day vitality of Koloa, Kauai during this 10-day family oriented festival held the last two weekends in July and the week in between on Kauai's sunny south shore. Each year highlights a different theme. Founded in 1835, Koloa Plantation was Hawaii's [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Melissa McFerrin Warrack
  • Contact Organization: Koloa Plantation Days, Inc.
Jul 31 2021
Kauai

Heiva I Kauai 2021

Occurs between: Saturday, July 31, 2021 - Sunday, August 1, 2021, 10:00am - 4:30pm
Summary

This is a 2-day Tahitian dance and drumming competition and festival which features participants from Hawai`i, the Mainland and other overseas places. Competitors range in age from toddler to elder. Both solo and group competitions are held. A variety of Pacific island related products are sold by [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Sally Jo Manea
  • Contact Organization: Heiva I Kaua`i

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