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Hawaii's Annual Events & Festivals

The Festive Islands of Aloha

Dive deep into Hawaii’s local community and you’ll discover a culture alive with paniolo (cowboys), Chinese dragons, fire dancers, ethnic festivals, culinary events and an exotic collection of celebrations. Throughout the year, you’ll also encounter parades, street parties, food and craft fairs, concerts and family activities that honor every aspect of Hawaii’s diverse culture.

Annual Events

Many of Hawaii’s most memorable celebrations occur annually. Some, like the Honolulu Marathon (December) and the Hawaii International Film Festival (October), draw visitors and participants from around the globe. Others, like Oahu’s Prince Lot Hula Competition (July) or the Eo E Emalani I Alakai Festival (October) on Kauai and Molokai's Festivals of Aloha (October) are primarily local occasions. These events have a strong allure for visitors who want to get an authentic glimpse of Hawaii during their trip.

Food Festivals

Events that feature local foods and agricultural products attract both locals and visitors. The Hawaii Food and Wine Festival on Oahu (October and November) and the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival (June) on Maui are long-running culinary events, hosting world-class chefs, winemakers and master sommeliers for thousands of wine and food lovers. The Island of Hawaii’s Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival (November) celebrates all things coffee and includes nearly 50 events over 10 days.

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Oct 18 2017
Lauhala Weaving
Hawaii

"Hands On History" Activities

Occurs between:
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Summary

Every Wednesday and Friday at 11 a.m., the Kona Coffee Living History Farm hosts "Hands On History" activities on their site in Captain Cook. "Hands On History" provides visitors and with the opportunity to learn, experience and practice activities important to the daily lives of Kona's Japanese [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Gavin Miculka
  • Contact Organization: Kona Coffee Living History Farm
Oct 18 2017
Agroforestry Team Work Day
Kauai

Breadfruit Agroforestry Fridays!

Occurs between:
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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Friday, September 7, 2018
Summary

The Breadfruit Institute at National Tropical Botanical Garden is seeking agroforestry volunteers to help implement a new, global model in sustainable and regenerative agriculture at the Breadfruit Research Orchard in McBryde Garden on Kauai.

Become a volunteer and be a part of this [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Volunteer Program Coordinator
  • Contact Organization: National Tropical Botanical Garden
Oct 18 2017
Oahu

Animation Academy: From Pencils to Pixels

Occurs between:
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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Sunday, January 14, 2018
Summary

The Animation Academy: From Pencils to Pixels exhibition explores the unique world of animation, from traditional hand-drawn cels to exciting breakthroughs in stop-motion and CGI. Come create your own stop-motion animated short, Learn about the art of storyboarding, Go behind the scenes with [...]

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  • Contact Name: Bishop Museum
  • Contact Organization: Bishop Museum
Oct 18 2017
Keeping our trees healthy by adding fresh compost material
Kauai

Tropical Horticulture Garden Work Day

Occurs between:
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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Friday, September 14, 2018
Summary

The National Tropical Botanical Garden on the South Shore of Kauai is seeking environmental & conservation minded volunteers to aid in the care and maintenance of our unique living collections. We offer service options for visiting volunteers in McBryde Garden, which is a veritable botanical ark of [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Volunteer Coordinator x232
  • Contact Organization: National Tropical Botanical Garden - Kalaheo, HI
Oct 18 2017
The ladies of "Shout! The Mod Musical"
Hawaii

SHOUT! The Mod Musical

Occurs between:
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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Sunday, October 29, 2017
Summary

The Palace Theater and The Hilo Community Chorus are Proud to Present our 16th Annual Fall Musical. SHOUT! THE MOD MUSICAL SHOUT! promises to be a fun romp through the sixties with songs like "Georgy Girl", "These Boots were Made for Walkin' " and "To Sir With Love". Set in London, SHOUT! takes [...]

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Oct 18 2017
Oahu

Red Bull Queen of the Bay 2017

Occurs between:
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Summary

This will be the first ever Women's big wave event on the North Shore of Oahu, held at legendary Waimea Bay, the birthplace of big wave riding. The North Shore is ground zero for not only big wave surfing, but for the entire surf world, and Waimea Bay is its grandstand. The time has come for Women [...]

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  • Contact Name: Betty Depolito
  • Contact Organization: Waimea Bay Championship
Oct 18 2017
ART Kaua`i 2017
Kauai

Art Kauai 2017 Exhibition

Occurs between:
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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Saturday, October 28, 2017
Summary

The Kauai Soceity of Artists presents its premier annual Exhibition ART Kauai.

Outstanding artists, living and working on Kauai, submitted artwork to be chosen by this year's Juror, Patricia Correia, Topanga Canyon, CA.

Art works include: Paintings, Mixed Media, Ceramics, [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Rose Anne Jones
  • Contact Organization: Kauai Society of Artists
Oct 18 2017
Another amazing sunset from Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
Hawaii

Chef Fest

Occurs between:
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Summary

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, the only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star hotel on Hawaii Island, announces Chef Fest 2017. From October 4 to 8, 2017, the Resort will host a multi-day food and wine event featuring high-profile dinners, interactive cooking classes and culinary experiences. The [...]

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  • Contact Name: Allison Tan
  • Contact Organization: Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
Oct 18 2017
Oahu

Sumi-e In Paradie: Exhibition of Student Work

Occurs between:
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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Friday, October 27, 2017
Summary

An exhibition of Sumi-e artwork by students of local instructor and artist Hisae Shouse. In the Japanese art of Sumi-e, artists use simple materials, such as black ink and water, to express the essence of a subject with a variety of tones and dynamic brush strokes. The exhibit will be available [...]

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  • Contact Name: Hawaii State Library
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii State Library
Oct 18 2017
Oahu

Hawaii Plantation Village - Haunted Plantation

Occurs between:
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Summary

Hawaii's largest, scariest & best Haunted House is back! Due to heavy attendance the past 11 years, the plantation has decided to open for 10 nights. You will be chased and taunted by spirits of Hawaii that are located in the Hawaii Plantation Village. October 13, 14 & 15; 20, 21 & 22; 27, 28, [...]

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  • Contact Name: Haunted Plantation
  • Contact Organization: Haunted Plantation