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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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Nov 6 2020
(POSTPONED) Kona Coffee Cultural Festival (50th Annual)
Hawaii

(POSTPONED) Kona Coffee Cultural Festival (50th Annual)

Occurs between: Friday, November 6, 2020 - Sunday, November 15, 2020, 9:00am - 6:00pm
Summary

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 Info
  • Contact Name: Val Cocoran, President
  • Contact Organization: Kona Coffee Cultural Festival
Nov 21 2020
Kauai

(CANCELLED) Old Koloa Town Market

Occurs between: Saturday, November 21, 2020 - Saturday, May 15, 2021, 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Summary

The Old Koloa Town Market brings together Kauai's best artisans, food trucks, and live music for a wonderful outdoor evening. We invite you to connect with the many Kauai artisans, and find your new favorite thing. Our vendors change monthly, but you can expect to find locally made art, clothing, [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Kristin Green
  • Contact Organization: Old Koloa Town Market
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 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 [...]

Oct 25 2020
Cinema in the Park
Oahu

(POSTPONED) Cinema In The Park

Occurs between: Sunday, October 25, 2020 - Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Summary

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 Info
  • Contact Name: Gianni Minga
  • Contact Organization: Hawai‘i International Film Festival
Jun 11 2021
Performing Arts Showcase
Oahu

2021 Pan-Pacific Festival

Occurs between: Friday, June 11, 2021 - Sunday, June 13, 2021, 10:00am - 9:30pm
Summary

The Pan-Pacific Festival celebrates culture, traditions, and family fun! The next Festival takes place June 11-13, 2021 in beautiful Waikiki and is expected to draw 100,000 attendees from Hawaii and around the world. The Festival kicks off on Friday with our Hoolaulea, a block party that [...]

Nov 5 2020
Aloha Attire by Lee Cataluna
Oahu

Aloha Attire by Lee Cataluna

Occurs between: Thursday, November 5, 2020 - Sunday, November 22, 2020
Summary

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 Info
  • Contact Name: Tsuyuno Amos
  • Contact Organization: Kumu Kahua Theatre
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
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
Nov 7 2020
Happy Holidays Market!
Oahu

Aloha Home Market Happy Holidays Market

Occurs between: Saturday, November 7, 2020 - Sunday, November 15, 2020, 9:00am - 2:00pm
Summary

'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 Info
  • Contact Name: Cristy Lloveras
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Home Market

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