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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 20 2017
Kauai Chocolate & Coffee Festival
Kauai

Kauai Chocolate & Coffee Festival

Occurs between:
Friday, October 20, 2017
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Saturday, October 21, 2017
Summary

Kauai Chocolate & Coffee Festival Showcasing Hawaii grown chocolate and coffee products. Mark your calendar for the annual Kauai Chocolate & Coffee Festival a celebration of all things chocolate and coffee with lots of sampling, educational displays and workshops, entertainment and exhibitor [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Amy Hammond
  • Contact Organization: Special Events Hawaii
Oct 20 2017
Families in search for the perfect pumpkin at Aloun Farms 17th Annual Pumpkin Festival
Oahu

Aloun Farms 17th Annual Pumpkin Festival

Occurs between:
Friday, October 20, 2017
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Saturday, October 28, 2017
Summary

Aloun Farm presents its 17th Annual Pumpkin Festival in Kapolei. Annually over 60,000 visitors participate in our harvest activities, carnival rides, and ono local grinds. Continuing with its long time family tradition Aloun Farms will have FREE tractor hay ride and self pick activities for the [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Michael Moefu
  • Contact Organization: Aloun Farm Inc.
Oct 20 2017
Oahu

Tim Burton Film Festival

Occurs between:
Friday, October 20, 2017
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Sunday, October 22, 2017
Summary

Tim Burton's films don't all take place around Halloween, but they're still creepy enough to get you in the spooky mood. Here's your chance to see Beetlejuice, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Edward Scissorhands and Corpse Bride on the big screen in a (supposedly) haunted theater. [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Hawaii Theatre Center Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Theatre Center
Oct 20 2017
Lauhala Weaving
Hawaii

"Hands On History" Activities

Occurs between:
Friday, October 20, 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
Oct 20 2017
Agroforestry Team Work Day
Kauai

Breadfruit Agroforestry Fridays!

Occurs between:
Friday, October 20, 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 [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Volunteer Program Coordinator
  • Contact Organization: National Tropical Botanical Garden
Oct 20 2017
Kauai

Legends of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert

Occurs on:
Friday, October 20, 2017
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 18+ yrs is 99.3% "Excellent, Highlight of our trip!".

This [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty
Oct 20 2017
The ladies of "Shout! The Mod Musical"
Hawaii

SHOUT! The Mod Musical

Occurs between:
Friday, October 20, 2017
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Sunday, October 29, 2017
Summary

The Palace Theater and The Hilo Community Chorus are Proud to Present our 16th Annual Fall Musical. SHOUT! THE MOD MUSICAL SHOUT! promises to be a fun romp through the sixties with songs like "Georgy Girl", "These Boots were Made for Walkin' " and "To Sir With Love". Set in London, SHOUT! takes [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: info@hilopalace.com
  • Contact Organization: Palace Theater
Oct 20 2017
Oahu

Animation Academy: From Pencils to Pixels

Occurs between:
Friday, October 20, 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
Oct 20 2017
Keeping our trees healthy by adding fresh compost material
Kauai

Tropical Horticulture Garden Work Day

Occurs between:
Friday, October 20, 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
Oct 20 2017
Oahu

Red Bull Queen of the Bay 2017

Occurs between:
Friday, October 20, 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