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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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Jan 20 2018
Hawaii

Eclectic Diversity

Occurs between:
Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Thursday, January 25, 2018
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"Eclectic Diversity" Showcases Masterful Artistic Talent and Disciplines.

Unique Invitational Offers An Array Of Collectibles From Each Big Island Artist.

This unique art exhibition of island-wide master talent features eleven artists working in eleven different media, offering an [...]

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  • Contact Name: Terry Cromwell
  • Contact Organization: Wailoa Center
Jan 20 2018
Kauai

Inspirational Film Festival

Occurs between:
Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Thursday, February 8, 2018
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THE INSPIRATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is your opportunities to see 22 wonderful classic films at Kukui Grove Cinema in Lihue on the big screen the way they were meant to be seen. The tickets may be shared with friends and family. For example see a film at 4:30 PM then pass the ticket to your cousin to [...]

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  • Contact Name: Information
  • Contact Organization: Kukui Grove Cinema 4
Jan 20 2018
Hawaii

Beginning Hawaiian Language Classes: Papa Olelo Hawaii Part One

Occurs between:
Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Thursday, March 1, 2018
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Have you always wanted to learn Hawaiian but haven't had the time? Just visiting the islands and want to immerse yourself in the culture? Or, are you new to the islands and unsure of how to pronounce street and place names? "Papa Olelo Hawaii Part One," beginning Hawaiian language courses taught [...]

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  • Contact Name: Alyssa Johnasen
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Jan 20 2018
Oahu

Manoa Valley Theatre Presents - Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

Occurs between:
Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Sunday, January 28, 2018
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Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

Mystery from the 2015 regional theatre season

A comedy by Ken Ludwig

A Hawaii premiere

Comedic genius Ken Ludwig transforms Arthur Conan Doyle's classic The Hound of the Baskervilles into a murderously funny adventure. Sherlock [...]

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  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Manoa Valley Theatre
Jan 20 2018
Bollywood Film Festival
Oahu

Bollywood Film Festival 2018 (11th) Annual

Occurs between:
Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Friday, January 26, 2018
Summary

For the 11th annual Bollywood Film Festival, we focus on the women who work in front of and behind the camera in the largest film industry in the world. The lineup includes all the song and dance to satisfy any diehard Bollywood fan with films like our opener Bareilly Ki Barfi and the socially [...]

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  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Doris Duke Theatre
Jan 20 2018
Maui

Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton

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Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Saturday, January 20, 2018; Castle Theater; 7:30 pm **This show will have a dance floor!** After four decades of singing background for icons like the Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, Chaka Khan, and Nine Inch Nails, Lisa Fischer has stepped into her own spotlight, accompanied by her inventive [...]

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  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Jan 20 2018
Lauhala Weaving
Hawaii

"Hands On History" Activities

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Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Wednesday, February 28, 2018
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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 [...]

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  • Contact Name: Gavin Miculka
  • Contact Organization: Kona Coffee Living History Farm
Jan 20 2018
Natural Vibrations Mahalo Tour - Bishop Museum
Oahu

Hawaiiʻs Finest Presents Natural Vibrations Mahalo Tour

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Saturday, January 20, 2018
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DATE: Saturday, January 20, 2018 TIME: 4:00 p.m. – 10 p.m. LOCATION: The Great Lawn at Bishop Museum Hawaii’s Finest presents, the return of the original Natural Vibrations. That’s right, the Naty Vibe Mahalo tour, Saturday, January 20th, at The Bishop Museum. Featuring Three Plus, Hoonua, [...]

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  • Contact Name: Bishop Museum
  • Contact Organization: Bishop Museum
Jan 20 2018
Maui

Hui Noeau 2018 Annual Juried Exhibition

Occurs between:
Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Friday, February 16, 2018
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Hui Noeau 2018 Annual Juried Exhibition

Juror: Lynn Shue of Village Galleries Maui

In Gallery: January 12 - February 16

Open Daily 9am – 4pm • Free Admission

This prestigious competition gives visitors an opportunity to view current work by local artists in all [...]

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  • Contact Name: Erin Wooldridge
  • Contact Organization: Hui No'eau
Jan 20 2018
Bishop Museum
Oahu

The “Holo Moana: Generations of Voyaging” Exhibition at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum

Occurs between:
Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Sunday, June 24, 2018
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The “Holo Moana: Generations of Voyaging” exhibition at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum will celebrate the story of how a centuries-old ancestral practice has been re-awakened, re-activated, and re-envisioned by Hawaiian and Oceanic voyagers over the past five decades. INTERACTIVE ELEMENTS [...]

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  • Contact Name: Bishop Museum
  • Contact Organization: Bishop Museum