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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 7 2017
Oahu

Waikiki International Food Fest

Occurs on:
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Summary

The Rotary Club of Waikiki uses the proceeds of this major annual fundraiser to support community and international service projects, which include water sanitation projects in Southwest Asia to dozens of service projects right here in the heart of our community. Following are just a few of the [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: David Livingston
Nov 19 2017
Audience enjoying the smooth and wonderful slack key music
Kauai

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival "Kauai Style" (25th Annual)

Occurs on:
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Summary

Event will feature up to 16 performing artists in the Slack Key Guitar Genre including award winning artists and newcomers. Also appearing will be a couple of special guest from Hawaii and the mainland. The event will also feature "Made In Hawaii" products and favorite foods and snacks. [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Milton Lau
  • Contact Organization: Ki-hoalu Foundation, Inc.
Sep 21 2017
Oahu

The Balllad Of Mu Lan

Occurs between:
Thursday, September 21, 2017
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Saturday, September 30, 2017
Summary

THE BALLAD OF MU LAN
by Alvin Chan
recommended ages 5+

When Mu Lan dresses up as a boy to take her father's place in the army she has lots to learn and lots to prove, but her biggest battle might be with herself. This new telling of an ancient Chinese legend mixes [...]

Sep 21 2017
Agroforestry Team Work Day
Kauai

Breadfruit Agroforestry Fridays!

Occurs between:
Thursday, September 21, 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 [...]

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  • Contact Name: Volunteer Program Coordinator
  • Contact Organization: National Tropical Botanical Garden
Sep 21 2017
Maui

Exhibit: Spineless: Portraits Of Marine Invertebrates The Backbone Of Life

Occurs between:
Thursday, September 21, 2017
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Sunday, October 1, 2017
Summary

Acclaimed photographer, Susan Middleton, who is well known for the exhibitions Archipelago, and Remains of a Rainbow, brings us a new body of work exploring the mysterious world of marine invertebratesa"underwater animals without backbones. More than 98% of known species in the ocean are [...]

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  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Sep 21 2017
Keeping our trees healthy by adding fresh compost material
Kauai

Tropical Horticulture Garden Work Day

Occurs between:
Thursday, September 21, 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
Sep 21 2017
Lauhala Weaving
Hawaii

"Hands On History" Activities

Occurs between:
Thursday, September 21, 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
Sep 21 2017
Oahu

Korean Artists Association of Hawaii Poetry, Art & Flowers Exhibition

Occurs between:
Thursday, September 21, 2017
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Thursday, September 28, 2017
Summary

Korean Artists Association of Hawaii Art Exhibit from Sept. 6-14 with reception on Sept. 7 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Poetry, Art & Flowers exhibit from Sept. 19-28. Reception on Sept. 19 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. An exhibit of words, images and Ikebana by the Korean Literature Association of Hawaii, to [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: MOCA Hotline
Sep 21 2017
Worldwide Voyage Exhibition
Hawaii

Worldwide Voyage: Hawai’i Shares Its Culture With The World

Occurs between:
Thursday, September 21, 2017
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Saturday, September 30, 2017
Summary

The Isaacs Art Center is privileged to present "Worldwide Voyage: Hawaii Shares Its Culture With The World", a fine art exhibition in which the navigational story of the Hokulea's Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage is told through photographs, cultural items, and art inspired by the voyage. The [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Justin Sandulli
  • Contact Organization: Isaacs Art Center
Sep 21 2017
Kauai

Kauai Museum Presents Robert Cazimero in Concert

Occurs on:
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Summary

Kauai Museum presents legendary entertainer Robert Cazimero in concert on Thursday, September 21, 2017 in the Kaumualii Hall. Doors open at 5:30pm, No host cocktail/pupu at 6:00pm and concert from 7:00pm-8:30pm. Enjoy an evening with Robert Cazimero Hawaii's legend in the entertainment world. For [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Kauai Museum
  • Contact Organization: Kauai Museum