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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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Nov 16 2018
Kona Coffee Cultural Festival
Hawaii

Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

Occurs between: Friday, November 16, 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 16 2018
Oahu

Hawaii International Film Festival (38th Annual)

Occurs between: Friday, November 16, 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
Dec 2 2018
Oahu

XTERRA Trail Run World Championship

Occurs on: Sunday, December 2, 2018, 9:00am - 1:00pm
Summary

The crown jewel of the XTERRA Trail Run Series is the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship, and the majestic Kualoa Ranch in Hawaii has served as the host site since the creation of this prestigious event in 2008. A 21-kilometer half-marathon course is considered the world championship course, and [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: XTERRA
  • Contact Organization: XTERRA
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 29 2019
Paddle Race Series for all paddle craft with up to 35 miles of racing!
Molokai

Molokai Holokai Ho'olaule'a (Festival)

Occurs between: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - Sunday, June 30, 2019, 7:00am - 9:00pm
Summary

The Molokai Holokai Ho'olaule'a (Festival) seeks to function as an opportunity for professional SUP/Paddle racers to experience a race which is fun and challenging, whilst also being a community event that invites (amateur) locals to participate. It aims to encourage racers to interact with our [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Clare Mawae/Kaela Pereira
  • Contact Organization: Youth in Motion
Nov 16 2018
Sunday Farmers Market - Kalalea Anahola Farmer's Hui
Kauai

Sunday Farmers Market - Kalalea Anahola Farmer's Hui

Occurs between: Friday, November 16, 2018 - Sunday, February 17, 2019, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Summary

A Hawaiian style market featuring local farmers and artisans with their fruits, vegetables, plants/flowers, crafts, jewelry, lei, plate lunches, etc. The market is sponsored by the Kalalea Anahola Farmer's Hui. The Kalalea/Anehola Farmer's Hui is a nonprofit farmer's organization created to [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Organization: Kalalea Anahola Farmer's Hui
Nov 16 2018
Ala Moana Farmers' Market Flyer
Oahu

Ala Moana Farmers' Market

Occurs between: Friday, November 16, 2018 - Sunday, April 28, 2019, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Summary

The Ala Moana Farmers’ Market will be located in the street level parking lot on the corner of Atkinson Drive and Ala Moana Boulevard street. As with all Farm Bureau farmers’ markets, the Ala Moana Farmers’ Market will feature only Hawai’i grown products exclusively, including fresh fruits, [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Megan Kono
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Farm Bureau
Nov 16 2018
"Fall Footholds" Dance Concert at Kennedy Theatre, November 14-18, 2018
Oahu

Fall Footholds Dance Concert

Occurs between: Friday, November 16, 2018 - Sunday, November 18, 2018, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Summary

This biannual dance concert showcases the culmination of years of study and sweat. It features exemplary undergraduate student choreography as well as graduating MFA students' thesis works in a variety of dance styles.

Performances are Wednesday, November 14 through Saturday, November 17 [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Kennedy Theatre Box Office
  • Contact Organization: UHM Department of Theatre and Dance
Nov 16 2018
Members of the West Hawai'i County Band with director Bernaldo Evangalista
Hawaii

West Hawai'i County Band in Concert

Occurs on: Friday, November 16, 2018, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Summary

The West Hawai'i County Band presents the November Free Friday Concert at Hale Halawai Park on Ali'i Drive in Kailua-Kona. The more than 20 members of the band, from all walks of life, will present an hour of band music for the holiday season. Selections for the concert will be made from the [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Al
  • Contact Organization: West Hawai'i County Band
Nov 16 2018
Hula Arts At Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program - Ukulele Master Wes Awana
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program - Ukulele Master Wes Awana

Occurs between: Friday, November 16, 2018 - Friday, December 21, 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 Kama'aina alike to share his love of the 'ukulele and Hawaiian music. Wes will be giving family-friendly lessons on the iconic and inviting [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center