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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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Aug 22 2020
LT Smooth & Kimberly Hope Jamming
Hawaii

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival "Kona Style" (24th Annual)

Occurs on: Saturday, August 22, 2020, 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Summary

Event will feature 15 of Hawaii's finest artists in the slack key guitar genre over a period of 6 hours. Each artist performing slack key guitar in his own style. Further, food and beverage will be available for purchase. In addition, free give-aways will be done throughout the day including [...]

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  • Contact Name: Milton Lau
  • Contact Organization: Ki-hoalu Foundation
Aug 30 2020
Sep 4 2020
BEAT-LELE
Kauai

BEAT-LELE, An Ukulele Tribute to the Beatles

Occurs on: Friday, September 4, 2020, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Summary

If you love the Beatles, you will love BEAT-LELE, an Ukulele Tribute to the Beatles. This band plays all Beatles songs with ukuleles and a cajon, a percussion instrument. Their talented voices and harmony will take you down memory lane when you listen to many of the hits of the Beatles. BEAT-LELE [...]

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  • Contact Name: Derrick Lining
  • Contact Organization: Silver Lining Productions
Sep 5 2020
La Ulu: Breadfruit Day At Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
Maui

La Ulu: Breadfruit Day At Maui Nui Botanical Gardens

Occurs on: Saturday, September 5, 2020, 10:00am - 3:00pm
Summary

Sponsored by the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Maui Nui Botanical Gardens will host the 4th annual La Ulu: Breadfruit Day! This free community event will include food booths, breadfruit cooking demonstrations, Pacific ulu varieties for sale, Hawaiian plant sale, free cultural activities, Hawaiian [...]

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  • Contact Name: Whit Germano
  • Contact Organization: Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
Sep 11 2020
Hawaii Kuauli Pacific & Asia Cultural Festival
Hawaii

Hawaii Kuauli Pacific & Asia Cultural Festival

Occurs between: Friday, September 11, 2020 - Sunday, September 13, 2020, 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Summary

A celebration of Hawaii Island and its beauty as a cultural melting pot. This 3 day event will be packed with food, fashion, cultural expressions, a keiki hula competition and cultural workshops. The event begins Friday evening with protocol from the various cultures represented. Saturday is [...]

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  • Contact Name: Leinaala Fruean
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Pacific & Asia Cultural Festivals
Sep 12 2020
Waimea Valley Kalo & Awa Day
Oahu

Waimea Valley Kalo & Awa Day

Occurs on: Saturday, September 12, 2020
Summary

Waimea Valley's annual Kalo & Awa Day is happening September 12, 2020 Saturday. Come join us for a rich day of education and culture with food, vendors, keiki crafts, huli distribution, demonstrations and more. Waimea Valley's Kalo and Awa day is dedicated to the education and conservation of [...]

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  • Contact Name: Waimea valley
  • Contact Organization: Waimea Valley
Sep 19 2020
Kona Pride
Hawaii

Kona Pride Festival

Occurs on: Saturday, September 19, 2020
Summary

Join in on this years 3rd Annual Kona PRIDE Festival. This event embraces the main focus of Kona Pride that celebrates diversity, acceptance, education, and equality for the LGBTQ and supporting allies community. We invite you to attend this years Pride festival packed with music, entertainment, [...]

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  • Contact Name: Curtis Vick
  • Contact Organization: Kona Pride
Sep 25 2020
Moana's Hula Halau
Molokai

Molokai Canoe Festivals Presents - 7th Annual Kulaia Hoolaulea

Occurs on: Friday, September 25, 2020, 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Summary

In remembering the early years of the Molokai Hoe along with the Aloha Festivals Hoolaulea at Hale o Lono, this was Molokai's version of kulaia. The festivities lasted an entire weekend and the spirit of aloha radiated to all; including our Molokai community, paddlers, visitors and spectators from [...]

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  • Contact Name: Lori-Lei Rawlins-Crivello
  • Contact Organization: Molokai Canoe Festivals
Sep 27 2020
Maui Ukulele Festival (15th Annual)
Maui

Maui Ukulele Festival (15th Annual)

Occurs on: Sunday, September 27, 2020, 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Summary

Enjoy a relaxed afternoon on the lawn as acclaimed ukulele musicians fill the air with island music!

Renowned ukulele advocate and teacher, Roy Sakuma, will serve as emcees to help us celebrate Hawaii's beloved instrument. This year's lineup will be announced at a later date.

Fine [...]

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  • Contact Name: Elaine Roe
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Oct 9 2020
Kauai Matsuri Festvial 2020
Kauai

Kauai Matsuri Festvial 2020

Occurs between: Friday, October 9, 2020 - Sunday, October 11, 2020, 6:00pm - 12:00pm
Summary

The Kauai Japanese Cultural Society presents its three-day Kauai Matsuri Festival 2020.  Beginning with a Welcome & Kickoff Dinner on Friday evening with Kauai and Japan delegations, this year's theme is "Kasseika" (rejuvenation of timeless traditions).  On Saturday, the heritage festival will [...]

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  • Contact Name: Jeffrey Kimoto
  • Contact Organization: Kauai Japanese Cultural Society

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