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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 [...]

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  • 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 15 2019
Sunday Farmers Market - Kalalea Anahola Farmer's Hui
Kauai

Sunday Farmers Market - Kalalea Anahola Farmer's Hui

Occurs between: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - Sunday, February 17, 2019, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Summary

A Hawaiian style market featuring local farmers and artisans with their fruits, vegetables, plants/flowers, crafts, jewelry, lei, plate lunches, etc. The market is sponsored by the Kalalea Anahola Farmer's Hui. The Kalalea/Anehola Farmer's Hui is a nonprofit farmer's organization created to [...]

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  • Contact Organization: Kalalea Anahola Farmer's Hui
Feb 15 2019
Hawaiian Music Series Concert at Baldwin Home, Lahaina, Maui
Maui

Hawaiian Music Series

Occurs between: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - Thursday, December 26, 2019, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Summary

The Hawaiian Music Series is held on the last Thursday of every month in the cool of the evening from 6 – 7:30 pm. Although just steps away, the hustle and bustle of Front Street fades into the background as the pleasant sounds of Hawaiian music fill the air. Seated on the lanai (porch) of the [...]

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  • Contact Name: judy kinser
  • Contact Organization: Lahaina Restoration Foundation
Feb 15 2019
MauiOpenStudios.com
Maui

Maui Open Studio Weekend (9th Annual)

Occurs between: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - Sunday, February 24, 2019, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Summary

The Annual Maui Open Studios Event is a series of free self-guided tours of artist studios and exhibitions throughout the island of Maui. It kicks off with a festive Opening Celebration and Preview Exhibition on Saturday, February 2 from 5pm - 8pm at the UHMC Paina Culinary Arts Center in [...]

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  • Contact Name: Carolyn Quan
  • Contact Organization: Dream World Media
Feb 15 2019
Farm Fridays
Kauai

Farm Fridays

Occurs between: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - Friday, March 1, 2019, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Summary

Please join Malama Kauai for our Farm Fridays, an opportunity for the community and visitors to join us on the Community Farm in Kalihiwai for a variety of service projects! We will meet every Friday from 9am-12noon to take some time to mālama our space.This can be a wide variety of projects from [...]

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  • Contact Name: Julia
  • Contact Organization: Malama Kauai
Feb 15 2019
Ala Moana Farmers' Market Flyer
Oahu

Ala Moana Farmers' Market

Occurs between: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - Sunday, April 28, 2019, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Summary

The Ala Moana Farmers' Market will be located in the street level parking lot on the corner of Atkinson Drive and Ala Moana Boulevard street. As with all Farm Bureau farmers' markets, the Ala Moana Farmers' Market will feature only Hawaii grown products exclusively, including fresh fruits, [...]

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  • Contact Name: Megan Kono
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Farm Bureau