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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
(POSTPONED) Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Canoe Races
Hawaii

(POSTPONED) Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Canoe Races

Occurs between: Thursday, September 3, 2020 - Monday, September 7, 2020, 8:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

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
Jul 11 2020
Iao Valley 10K & 5K
Maui

(CANCELLED) Iao Valley 10K & 5K

Summary

Where: Wailuku Municipal Parking Lot off Vineyard Street Distance: 10k, elevation is 780 feet gain and descent 5k, elevation is 300 feet gain and descent Course Description 10K : Starting at the Wailuku Municipal parking lot, runners follow Vineyard Street to Main Street up to the scenic Iao Valley [...]

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  • Contact Name: Jon Emerson
  • Contact Organization: Valley Isle Road Runners
Jul 11 2020
Discover unique art, jewelry, and more at the Princeville Night Market
Kauai

(Month of June Cancelled) Princeville Night Market

Occurs between: Sunday, July 12, 2020 - Sunday, December 12, 2021, 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Summary

The Princeville Night Market brings together Kauai's finest artisans for an evening of shopping, live music, and food trucks. You'll find a diverse collection of more than 40 Kauai artisans, ranging from paintings and wood carvings to hot sauce and handmade soap all Made in Hawaii. Enjoy dinner [...]

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  • Contact Name: Kristin Green
  • Contact Organization: Princeville Night Market, LLC
Jul 11 2020
Maui

Apo A Noeau: A Celebration of Hawaiian Craftsmanship Exhibition

Occurs between: Sunday, July 12, 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
Jul 11 2020
Kauai

Old Koloa Town Market

Occurs between: Sunday, July 12, 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
Jul 11 2020
Oahu

Freaky Friday - A New Musical

Occurs between: Sunday, July 12, 2020 - Sunday, August 2, 2020
Summary

Freaky Friday, a new musical based the hit Disney films, is a heartfelt, comedic, and unexpectedly emotional update on an American classic. When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right by spending a day in each other's [...]

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  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Diamond Head Theatre
Jul 11 2020
SeedLab: The Growing of Ideas
Maui

SeedLab: The Growing of Ideas

Occurs on: Sunday, July 12, 2020
Summary

The gallery will become a creative play space for cultivating ideas with an ongoing work-in-progress under the guidance of artist-in-residence, Wes Sam-Bruce, who made the unforgettable fort in the gallery, “Taken by Wonder, 2013.” Thematic learning areas will invite folks of all ages to [...]

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  • Contact Name: Elaine Roe
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Jul 11 2020
Oahu

Aina Momona Festival

Occurs between: Sunday, July 12, 2020 - Thursday, July 16, 2020, 8:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

Made on the Waianae Coast Aina Momona Festival and Events. Our festival theme, Aina Momona," speaks to the richness of the environments that sustain us. Residents on the Waianae Coast don't need to be convinced that we are blessed to live in such a beautiful and bountiful place. Long maligned as [...]

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  • Contact Name: Pohai
  • Contact Organization: Blue Oceans Management
Jul 11 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: Sunday, July 12, 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
Jul 11 2020
Seasonal fruit
Kauai

Anaina Hou Farmers Market

Occurs between: Saturday, July 18, 2020 - Saturday, December 26, 2020, 9:00am - 1:00pm
Summary

Anaina Hou Farmers Market every Saturday in Kilauea. Saturdays 9am - 1pm: hosted by Anaina Hou Community Park. Enjoy fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables and locally made prepared food. Buy gifts and art from local artists. Stock up on tropical flowers and talk story with the local families [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Robyn Petterson
  • Contact Organization: Anaina Hou Community Park