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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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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
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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
May 30 2020
HIFF@Home (Online)
Oahu

[email protected] (Online)

Occurs between: Saturday, May 30, 2020 - Thursday, July 2, 2020
Summary

The Hawaii International Film Festival is proud to announce a new virtual initiative, [email protected], a specially curated program of short films, which will be available to view online and for free. These selected short films have screened in previous HIFF editions, many of them award winners. These [...]

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  • Contact Name: Gianni Minga
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii International Film Festival
May 30 2020
Debra Drexler; Golden Stream; 2018; acrylic on canvas
Maui

Abstraction x3

Occurs between: Saturday, May 30, 2020 - Sunday, May 31, 2020
Summary

Three artists from Hawaii individually address issues informing abstraction in the 21st century. Debra Drexler is professor of drawing and painting, UH Manoa, with a working studio in New York. Her work communicates on many levels, through the dynamics of temperature, saturation, and focus. [...]

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  • Contact Name: Elaine Roe
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
May 30 2020
Mark Farina-Hawaii Summer Tour
Hawaii

Mark Farina-Hawaii Summer Tour

Occurs between: Saturday, May 30, 2020 - Friday, June 12, 2020, 9:00pm - 2:00am
Summary

Off The Grid Productions is proud to present Mark Farina's Hawaii Summer Tour!!! It is our pleasure to be bringing you legendary House Producer Mark Farina all the way out for his Hawaii Summer Tour! Friday at NextDoor on Oahu and Saturday at Lavern's on the Big Island of Hawaii! Come show your [...]

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  • Contact Name: Zack Kuyten
  • Contact Organization: Off The Grid Productions
May 30 2020
Hawaii

The Farmers' Market at Hamakua Harvest

Occurs between: Saturday, May 30, 2020 - Sunday, December 27, 2020, 9:00am - 2:00pm
Summary

The Sunday Farmers' Market at Hamakua Harvest, located at the intersection of Mamane St. and Mamalahoa Hwy in Historic Honokaa Town, offers only locally produced goods, ono food, live music, and a free educational event weekly. It's beautiful location and celebratory character provides a vibrant [...]

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  • Contact Name: Elizabeth Mallion
  • Contact Organization: Hāmākua Harvest
May 30 2020
Maui

Apo A Noeau: A Celebration of Hawaiian Craftsmanship Exhibition

Occurs between: Saturday, May 30, 2020 - Friday, July 17, 2020, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

Apo A Noeau (grasp until mastery) is an exhibition honoring the hana noeau (arts) of Hawaii. Artwork should feature or draw inspiration from traditional Hawaiian handmade forms such as lauhala, kapa, wood working, feather work, ohe kapala, or any other aspects of Hawaiian material culture. A [...]

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  • Contact Organization: Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center
May 30 2020
Waimea Community Chorus: Tribute to Elton John
Hawaii

Waimea Community Chorus: Tribute to Elton John

Occurs on: Saturday, May 30, 2020, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Summary

Kahilu Theatre is proud to present the 27th annual Waimea Community Chorus spring concert A Tribute to Elton John on Saturday, May 30, 2020, at 7 PM. The Waimea Community Chorus (WCC) will celebrate the last 50 years of Sir Elton John’s musical career with a choral tribute to his works, starting [...]

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  • Contact Name: kristin lake
  • Contact Organization: Kahilu Theatre Foundation
May 30 2020
The weekly Maui Sunday Market shines the spotlight on Maui’s hardworking entrepreneurs in an effort to grow their businesses.
Maui

Maui Sunday Market

Occurs between: Saturday, May 30, 2020 - Sunday, December 19, 2021, 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Summary

The Maui Sunday Market is held each Sunday from 4 pm to 8 pm in the Kahului Shopping Center parking lot. This popular event features live entertainment, food trucks, island vendors, Family Bingo, and activities showcasing the local community and Hawaii's cultural traditions. Public admission and [...]

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  • Contact Name: Luana Mahi
  • Contact Organization: Maui Food Technology Center
May 30 2020
Oahu

Honolulu Museum of Arts Welcomes "30 Americans" Exhibit

Occurs between: Saturday, May 30, 2020 - Sunday, June 21, 2020, 10:00am - 4:30pm
Summary

30 Americans Henry R. Luce Gallery and Clare Boothe Luce Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art Feb 22 – June 21, 2020 Honolulu Museum of Art presents the celebrated exhibition 30 Americans, featuring works by 30 contemporary artists connected through their African-American cultural history. The [...]

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  • Contact Name: Information
  • Contact Organization: Honolulu Museum of Art
May 30 2020
Kauai

Old Koloa Town Market

Occurs between: Saturday, May 30, 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, [...]

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  • Contact Name: Kristin Green
  • Contact Organization: Old Koloa Town Market