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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
Kona Coffee Cultural Festival (50th Annual)
Hawaii

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 [...]

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  • Contact Name: Val Cocoran, President
  • Contact Organization: Kona Coffee Cultural Festival
Sep 3 2020
Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Canoe Races
Hawaii

Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Canoe Races

Occurs between: Thursday, September 3, 2020 - Monday, September 7, 2020, 8:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

The Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Canoe Races have been held annually since 1971. Hosted by Kai Opua Canoe Club over the Labor Day holiday, this is the world's largest long distance canoe race. The women's and men's 18-mile races follow a historically and culturally significant course running [...]

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  • Contact Name: Doug VeraCruz
  • Contact Organization: Kai Opua Canoe Club
Jun 12 2020
Performing Arts Showcase
Oahu

(CANCELED) Pan-Pacific Festival

Occurs between: Friday, June 12, 2020 - Sunday, June 14, 2020, 10:00am - 9:30pm
Summary

The 41st annual Pan-Pacific Festival celebrates culture, traditions, and family fun! The Festival takes place June 12-14, 2020 in beautiful Waikīkī and is expected to draw 100,000 attendees from Hawaii and around the world. The Festival kicks off Friday with a Hoolaulea that features a little [...]

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  • Contact Name: Sally
  • Contact Organization: Pan-Pacific Festival
Jun 11 2020
Hawaii

(CANCELLED) Hilo King Kamehameha Celebration Hoolaulea

Occurs on: Thursday, June 11, 2020, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

King Kamehameha Celebration Hoolaulea in Hilo, Hawaii. Hilo Festival King Kamehameha Hoolaulea. Part of a week long celebration of King Kamehameha. The Hoolaulea in Hilo is one of several events occurring throughout the state to commemorate and celebrate King Kamehameha. What: King Kamehameha [...]

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  • Contact Name: Amy Hammond
  • Contact Organization: Special Events Hawaii
Jun 11 2020
Hawaii

(CANCELLED) Hilo King Kamehameha Celebration Lei Draping Ceremony

Occurs on: Thursday, June 11, 2020, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Summary

King Kamehameha Celebration Lei Draping Ceremony in Hilo, Hawaii. Annual King Kamehameha Statue Lei Draping Ceremony taking place at Wailoa State Park in Hilo, Hawaii. Part of a week long statewide celebration of King Kamehameha. This is one of several events across the state that commemorates [...]

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Jun 13 2020
(CANCELLED) King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade (104th Annual)
Oahu

(CANCELLED) King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade (104th Annual)

Occurs on: Saturday, June 13, 2020, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Summary

Saturday, June 13, 2020 from 9 am. as in year's past, the parade will take a route beginning at King Street fronting Iolani Palace. Participants will then head down Punchbowl Street, before making a left on to Ala Moana Boulevard and eventually Kalakaua Avenue. The parade comes to a finish at [...]

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Jun 8 2020
Kauai

(CANCELLED) King Kamehameha Celebration Hoolaulea in Lihue

Occurs on: Monday, June 8, 2020, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Summary

King Kamehameha Celebration Hoolaulea in Lihue Kamehameha Day Hoolaulea Part of a week long celebration of King Kamehameha. The King Kamehameha Celebration Hoolaulea is one of several events occurring throughout the state. Various events include Lei Draping ceremonies at different King [...]

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  • Contact Name: Amy Hammond
  • Contact Organization: Special Events Hawaii
Jun 12 2020
Lei draping
Oahu

(CANCELLED) King Kamehameha Celebration Lei Draping in Honolulu

Occurs on: Friday, June 12, 2020, 2:30pm - 5:00pm
Summary

Don't miss this annual lei draping event on June 12 at the King Kamehameha statue at Aliiolani Hale in downtown Honolulu. The lei draping ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m. Expect to see cultural protocols and pageantry, along with beautiful hand-made lei being draped on the outstretched arms of [...]

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  • Contact Name: Amy Hammond
  • Contact Organization: King Kamehameha Celebration Commission
Jun 4 2020
(CANCELLED) Molokai Ka Hula Piko
Molokai

(CANCELLED) Molokai Ka Hula Piko

Occurs between: Thursday, June 4, 2020 - Saturday, June 6, 2020
Summary

Join Halau Hula O Kukunaokala and Hula Halau O Molokai for a free 3-day festival honoring Molokai as the birthplace of hula. The first day will take you to an on-site excursion to Kaana, the birthplace of the hula. The following evening will be a talk story session with guest kumu hula and [...]

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  • Contact Name: Uakea Weisbarth-Tafaoimalo
  • Contact Organization: Halau Hula O Kukunaokalā
Aug 1 2020
Save the Date!  Saturday, August 1, 2020 at the Waikalua Loko Fishpond, Kane'ohe Hawaii
Oahu

(CANCELLED) Waikalua Moomeheu a Mele Hoolaulea

Occurs on: Saturday, August 1, 2020, 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Summary

On Saturday, August 1, 2020, something wonderful is going to happen in our community. An opportunity to walk in the footsteps of our ancestors while bridging to a new era of learning by bringing people, families and the hope that is Aloha together in one special place. To honor our past and [...]

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  • Contact Name: Herb Lee, Jr.
  • Contact Organization: Pacific American Foundation

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