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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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Jul 14 2018
HONOLULU Magazine's Best of Honolulu Festival presented by American Savings Bank
Oahu

HONOLULU Magazine's Best of Honolulu Festival presented by American Savings Bank

Occurs on: Saturday, July 14, 2018, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

HONOLULU Magazine brings together the best of the best in the 3rd Annual Best of Honolulu Festival presented by American Savings Bank. A free, family-friendly event featuring 'ono food, keiki zone, entertainment and a marketplace. HONOLULU Family Magazine will also be holding its annual Cover [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Christy Davis
  • Contact Organization: HONOLULU Magazine
Sep 2 2018
Oceanfront finish line
Kauai

The Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon

Occurs on: Sunday, September 2, 2018, 6:00am - 2:00pm
Summary

The Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon are one of the most beautiful destination races in the world today. Taking place on September 2, 2018 this race is a great way to combine a unique experience and a get-away that only Kauai can offer. Participants pass hula dancers and Taiko drum troupes along [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Robin Jumper
  • Contact Organization: The Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon
Sep 23 2018
2017 Kauai Mokihana Festival Hula Competition - Halau Kaulakahi. Photo Credit Joe Olivas.
Kauai

Kauai Mokihana Festival 2018

Occurs between: Sunday, September 23, 2018 - Saturday, September 29, 2018
Summary

The Kauai Mokihana Festival, September 23-29, 2018, Presents: September 23, 10a, Kapaa First Hawaiian Church Service, 4-1320 Kuhio Hwy. No Fee. September 24, 7p, Kauai Composers Contest and Concert: at the Historical Waimea Theatre. September 25, 9a, "Eo, E Liliu" Children's/Youth Music [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: S. Maka Herrod
  • Contact Organization: Malie Foundation
Oct 19 2018
Kauai Chocolate & Coffee Festival
Kauai

Kauai Chocolate & Coffee Festival

Occurs on: Friday, October 19, 2018
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
Nov 8 2018
Oahu

Hawaii International Film Festival (38th Annual)

Occurs between: Thursday, November 8, 2018 - Sunday, November 18, 2018
Summary

Established as the premier international film event in the Pacific, HIFF showcases features and documentaries from Asia, the Pacific Islands and Hawaii, and all films depict their region/culture in a culturally accurate way. HIFF is a statewide event and the only one of its kind in the U.S. It has [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Ticket Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii International Film Festival
Nov 9 2018
Kona Coffee Cultural Festival
Hawaii

Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

Occurs between: Friday, November 9, 2018 - Sunday, November 18, 2018, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Summary

For nearly 200 years much has been celebrated, discussed and enjoyed over a cup of Kona’s world famous coffee. Kona coffee takes center stage at the 48th Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival happening Friday November 9 through Sunday November 18, 2018. The award-winning Kona Coffee Cultural [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Val Cocoran, President
  • Contact Organization: Kona Coffee Cultural Festival
Nov 10 2018
Happy finisher at last year's race
Hawaii

100% Pure Kona Coffee Half Marathon

Occurs on: Saturday, November 10, 2018, 6:30am - 11:30am
Summary

Come and join us for the 3rd annual 100% Pure Kona Coffee Half Marathon. Run the scenic coastline of Kailua-Kona from Coconut Grove Marketplace on Alii Drive south to the (in)famous "Pit" and the "End of the World." Challenge yourself to some hills and then enjoy 100% Pure Kona Coffee at the [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Keely McGhee
  • Contact Organization: Big Island Race Events
Dec 9 2018
Honolulu Marathon (46th Annual)
Oahu

Honolulu Marathon (46th Annual)

Occurs on: Sunday, December 9, 2018, 5:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

26 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 [...]

Jun 21 2018
Wes Awana's 'ukulele workshop
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program

Occurs between: Thursday, June 21, 2018 - Friday, December 7, 2018, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Summary

Come play music with Hawaii's ukulele practitioner Wes Awana on the first Friday of every month. Volcano area musician Wes Awana invites visitors and Kamaaina alike to share his love of the ukulele and Hawaiian music. Wes will be giving family-friendly lessons on the iconic and inviting ukulele. [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Jun 21 2018
Oahu

Dead Of Night By Edward Sakamoto - Local Drama

Occurs between: Thursday, June 21, 2018 - Saturday, June 23, 2018, 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Summary

Pre-statehood Honolulu, 1956: despite recently unionizing, Alex and his three best friends desperately struggle to provide for their families. Joined by a mainlander, the four local men decide to violently pressure their company's boss to meet the union's demands. When money is always the bottom [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Sarah Bauer
  • Contact Organization: Kumu Kahua Theartre