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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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Events Around the Hawaiian Islands

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Nov 17 2017
Oahu

Red Bull Queen of the Bay 2017

Occurs between:
Saturday, November 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 [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Betty Depolito
  • Contact Organization: Waimea Bay Championship
Nov 17 2017
Hawaii

Hawaii International Film Festival - Hilo

Occurs between:
Saturday, November 18, 2017
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Sunday, November 19, 2017
Summary

HIFF37 presented by Halekulani is here! Taking place from November 2 through 12 on Oahu and November 16 - 19 on the Big Island and Kauai, HIFF37 presented by Halekulani is the premiere cultural event of the State of Hawaii and the film festival of record of cinematic works from the Asia-Pacific [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Hilo Palace Theatre
  • Contact Organization: HIFF
Nov 17 2017
Kauai

Hawaii International Film Festival - Kauai

Occurs between:
Saturday, November 18, 2017
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Sunday, November 19, 2017
Summary

HIFF37 presented by Halekulani is here! Taking place from November 2 through 12 on Oahu and November 16 - 19 on the Big Island and Kauai, HIFF37 presented by Halekulani is the premiere cultural event of the State of Hawaii and the film festival of record of cinematic works from the Asia-Pacific [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Waimea Theatre Kauai
  • Contact Organization: HIFF
Nov 17 2017
Kauai

Ian's Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Occurs between:
Saturday, November 18, 2017
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Sunday, November 26, 2017
Summary

Hawaii Children’s Theatre presents Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! Everyone’s favorite flying car comes to life in the musical adaption of the beloved family film. Opening Friday November 10th and running 3 weekends through Sunday November 26th at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall. Don’t miss [...]

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  • Contact Name: Hawaii Childrens Theatre
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Childrens Theatre
Nov 17 2017
Kaori
Hawaii

Serenely Proliferating: Kaori Ukaji

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Saturday, November 18, 2017
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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Summary

Kahilu Exhibits presents a solo show by internationally recognized artist, Kaori Ukaji, from October 26 – December 20, 2017. There will be an opening reception and artist’s walk-through on Thursday, October 26 from 5-7pm. A no host bar and light pupu will be offered during the reception. Work [...]

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  • Contact Name: Kahilu Theatre Galleries
  • Contact Organization: Kahilu Theatre Galleries
Nov 17 2017
Oahu

Animation Academy: From Pencils to Pixels

Occurs between:
Saturday, November 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 [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Bishop Museum
  • Contact Organization: Bishop Museum
Nov 17 2017
Hawaii

Hawaii Nei Art Exhibit

Occurs between:
Saturday, November 18, 2017
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Friday, December 15, 2017
Summary

Hawaii Nei is a juried art exhibition celebrating the native flora and fauna of Hawaii Island hosted by the Three Mountain Alliance, the Natural Area Reserves System, and the Wailoa Center. Amateur and professional artists of all ages have been invited to submit works of art celebrating the native [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Codie King
  • Contact Organization: Wailoa Center
Nov 17 2017
Oahu

The “Holo Moana: Generations of Voyaging” Exhibition at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum

Occurs between:
Saturday, November 18, 2017
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Sunday, June 24, 2018
Summary

The “Holo Moana: Generations of Voyaging” exhibition at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum will celebrate the story of how a centuries-old ancestral practice has been re-awakened, re-activated, and re-envisioned by Hawaiian and Oceanic voyagers over the past five decades. INTERACTIVE ELEMENTS [...]

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  • Contact Name: Bishop Museum
  • Contact Organization: Bishop Museum
Nov 17 2017
Lauhala Weaving
Hawaii

"Hands On History" Activities

Occurs between:
Saturday, November 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
Nov 17 2017
Maui

The Shane Victorino Foundation Presents MAHALO MAUI! A Free Concert Event

Summary

Friday November 17, 2017; A&B Amphitheater/Yokouchi Pavilion; gates 5:00 pm; show 6:00 pm Join Shane Victorino and his ‘ohana for a FREE concert event at the MACC. Local-boy Shane welcomes Maui favorites Fiji, Ekolu, Anuhea, PeniDean, & more as his guests in a Mahalo Maui concert for all the [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center