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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, 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 the statewide King Kamehameha Celebration (June) 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 the islands of Hawaii, Maui and Oahu (October) 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. Kauai Chocolate & Coffee Festival (October) highlights al things cacao and coffee industries of Kauai.

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Jun 29 2019
Paddle Race Series for all paddle craft with up to 35 miles of racing!
Molokai

Molokai Holokai Hoolaulea (Festival)

Occurs between: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - Sunday, June 30, 2019, 7:00am - 9:00pm
Summary

The Molokai Holokai Hoolaulea (Festival) seeks to function as an opportunity for professional SUP/Paddle racers to experience a race which is fun and challenging, whilst also being a community event that invites (amateur) locals to participate. It aims to encourage racers to interact with our [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Clare Mawae/Kaela Pereira
  • Contact Organization: Youth in Motion
Jul 27 2019
Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament
Hawaii

Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament

Occurs between: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - Sunday, August 4, 2019, 8:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

The Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament (HIBT), founded in 1959, is the second oldest big game sport fishing event in the world. HIBT is a five-day tournament built on prestige, trophies and strict International Game Fish Association rules for big game fish world records and does not [...]

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  • Contact Name: Tournament Admin
  • Contact Organization: HIBT
Aug 29 2019
Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Canoe Races
Hawaii

Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Canoe Races

Occurs between: Thursday, August 29, 2019 - Monday, September 2, 2019, 7:00am - 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
Oct 13 2019
Half Marathon Start
Maui

Maui Marathon & Half Marathon

Occurs on: Sunday, October 13, 2019, 5:00am - 2:00pm
Summary

The Maui Marathon is the longest consecutively held running event in the state of Hawaii and is the oldest marathon west of the Mississippi River. It has been chosen as one of the top 10 Most Scenic Marathons in the nation by Runner's World magazine (Feb. 96), and the #10 destination marathon in [...]

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  • Contact Name: Jon Emerson
  • Contact Organization: Maui Marathon
Dec 8 2019
Honolulu Marathon (47th Annual) including the Kalakaua Merrie Mile & Start to Park 10K
Oahu

Honolulu Marathon (47th Annual) including the Kalakaua Merrie Mile & Start to Park 10K

Occurs on: Sunday, December 8, 2019, 5:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

26.2 miles, 385 yards or 42.195 kilometers - The Honolulu Marathon's scenic course includes spectacular ocean views alongside world-famous Waikiki Beach, and Diamond Head and Koko Head volcanic craters. The terrain is level except for short uphill grades around Diamond Head.  At the starting [...]

Feb 19 2019
Legends of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert
Kauai

Legends of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert

Occurs on: Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Summary

Award winning traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar & ukulele concert featuring songs & stories telling its history.   Gift Drawing.  Family Friendly.  Tickets $25 ($20  Ages 13-19 & 50+;  $10 Ages 6-12).  Audience rating 20+ yrs is 99.3% "Excellent, Highlight of our trip!".This concert [...]

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  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty
Feb 19 2019
2.	Woman with takona (body painting).  Photo by Mokomae, one of eight featured artists in the “Ka U‘i: Contemporary Art from Rapa Nui” exhibition
Oahu

Bishop Museum Presents the "Rapa Nui: The Untold Stories of Easter Island" Exhibition

Occurs between: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - Sunday, May 5, 2019, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Summary

More than 150 cultural treasures and never-before-seen biological specimens from Bishop Museum's collections will be on display together for the first time in the museum's history. The "Rapa Nui: The Untold Stories of Easter Island" exhibit will allow visitors to go beyond the world-famous moai [...]

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  • Contact Name: Claudette Springer
  • Contact Organization: Bishop Museum
Feb 19 2019
Wailoa Center
Hawaii

Wailoa Art Exhibit of Hawaiian Quilt, Oil Painting and Koa Wood

Occurs between: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - Thursday, February 28, 2019
Summary

February's exhibit in Wailoa Center's Main Gallery is a remarkable display of elements depicting visual qualities of Hawaii's landscape and culturally significant disciplines of craftsmanship. Hawaiian quilts will be on display by members of the group Kapa Apana o Hilo, along with landscape oil [...]

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  • Contact Name: Wailoa Center
  • Contact Organization: Wailoa Center
Feb 19 2019
Oahu

BUFFALO's 43rd Annual Big Board Surfing Classic

Occurs between: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - Sunday, February 24, 2019, 6:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

In 1976, the year of the nation's bicentennial celebration and the height of a Hawaiian renaissance, Polynesian Voyaging Canoe Hokulea set sail on its maiden voyage of cultural rediscovery to Tahiti. Buffalo Keaulana was the double-hulled canoe's steersman. After enduring 35 days beating in [...]

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  • Contact Name: Juice Aguirre
  • Contact Organization: Juice Productions Hawaii
Feb 19 2019
250 South Hotel St.
Oahu

Second Saturday Make and Take at the Hawaii State Art Museum

Occurs between: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - Saturday, November 9, 2019, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Summary

Free make-and-take activities for all ages! Drop in at any time during activity hours, allowing at least 30 minutes to finish a project. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Museum galleries are also open on the second floor, including the hands-on "I Love Art" activity gallery (go [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Mamiko Carroll
  • Contact Organization: State Foundation on Culture and the Arts