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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 25 2018
2017 Kauai Mokihana Festival Hula Competition - Halau Kaulakahi. Photo Credit Joe Olivas.
Kauai

Kauai Mokihana Festival 2018

Occurs between: Tuesday, September 25, 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
Sep 25 2018
2017 Best of Show Scott Hare's Now You See Me, Now You Don't:EXTINCTION
Oahu

Hawaii's Woodshow™ (26th Annual)

Occurs between: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - Sunday, October 7, 2018, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Summary

Hawaii's Woodshow™ is the premier statewide exhibition of exquisite woodwork by talented woodworkers from Hawaii and abroad who submit entries showcasing the versatility and beauty of Hawai‘i woods across design mediums including furniture, woodturning, sculpture and musical instruments. [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Heather Simmons
  • Contact Organization: HFIA
Sep 29 2018
STORIES FROM MY ISLAND HOME WITH AUNTY NYLA
Oahu

Stories From My Island Home With Aunty Nyla

Occurs on: Saturday, September 29, 2018, 10:30am - 11:15am
Summary

Storyteller “Aunty Nyla” Fujii-Babb will celebrate our islands’ cultural roots with wonderful stories about Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and Asian folklore. Born and raised in Hawaii, Aunty Nyla has been a storyteller, children’s librarian, actress, voice-over talent, and producer [...]

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  • Contact Name: Nanakuli Public Library
  • Contact Organization: Nanakuli Public Library
Sep 30 2018
Maui Ukulele Festival 2018
Maui

Maui Ukulele Festival 2018

Occurs on: Sunday, September 30, 2018, 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Summary

Enjoy a relaxed afternoon on the lawn as acclaimed ukulele musicians fill the air with island music! Renowned ukulele advocate and teacher, Roy Sakuma, will serve as emcees to help us celebrate Hawaii's beloved instrument.This year's lineup will be announced at a later date. Fine ukulele will be [...]

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  • Contact Name: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Oct 14 2018
Half Marathon Start
Maui

Maui Marathon & Half Marathon

Occurs on: Sunday, October 14, 2018, 5:00am - 2:00pm
Summary

The Maui Marathon is the longest consecutively held running event in the state of Hawaii and is the oldest marathon west of the Mississippi River. It has been chosen as one of the top 10 Most Scenic Marathons in the nation by Runner’s World magazine (Feb. 96), and the #10 destination marathon in [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Jon Emerson
  • Contact Organization: Maui Marathon
Oct 19 2018
Kauai Chocolate & Coffee Festival
Kauai

Kauai Chocolate & Coffee Festival

Occurs between: Friday, October 19, 2018 - Saturday, October 20, 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 [...]

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  • Contact Name: Amy Hammond
  • Contact Organization: Special Events Hawaii
Oct 28 2018
Xterra
Maui

XTERRA World Championship - Maui

Occurs on: Sunday, October 28, 2018, 9:00am - 1:00pm
Summary

The world's premier off-road triathlon, combining a 1.5-kilometer (1-mile) swim that starts at D.T. Fleming Beach in front of the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, a 32-kilometer (20-miles) mountain bike that climbs 3,500 feet up and down the lower slopes of the West Maui Mountains, and a 10.5-kilometer [...]

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  • Contact Name: Janet Clark
  • Contact Organization: Xterra
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