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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 25 2021
Oahu

Mai Kinohi Mai: Surfing in Hawaii Exhibit

Occurs between: Monday, January 25, 2021 - Sunday, March 28, 2021, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Summary

Surfing is a culture, an art, a science, and a way of life. Mai Kinohi Mai: Surfing in Hawaii is an original exhibit featuring unique treasures from the Museum’s collection of surfing materials and archival surfing photographs. Mai Kinohi Mai (“from the beginning”) offers the greatest [...]

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  • Contact Name: Bishop Museum
  • Contact Organization: Bishop Museum
Jan 25 2021
Wood art in the show
Hawaii

Hawaii Wood Guild Masters Invitational Show

Occurs between: Monday, January 25, 2021 - Friday, February 26, 2021, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Summary

The Hawaii Wood Guild's 35th Masters Invitational show will be on view at the Isaacs Art Center from Monday 18 January through Friday 26 February. The exhibition is free and open to the public, Monday – Friday, 10am to 5pm. We are always excited to see the latest creations by these talented [...]

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  • Contact Name: Mollie Hustace
  • Contact Organization: Isaacs Art Center
Jan 25 2021
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: Monday, January 25, 2021 - 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
Jan 25 2021
"Kamran Samimi: In Stillness" Art Exhibit
Oahu

"Kamran Samimi: In Stillness" Art Exhibit

Occurs between: Monday, January 25, 2021 - Sunday, August 15, 2021
Summary

Kamran Samimi grew up in rural Laupahoehoe on Hawaii Island, and received a BFA in printmaking in 2010 and an MFA in sculpture and print media in 2016 from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is currently an artist in residence at the Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, & Design. Samimi finds [...]

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  • Contact Name: Honolulu Museum of Art
  • Contact Organization: Honolulu Museum of Art
Jan 25 2021
Oahu

"Hokusai's Mount Fuji" Art Exhibit

Occurs between: Monday, January 25, 2021 - Sunday, September 5, 2021
Summary

October 2020–September 2021 From October 2020 through September 2021, the Honolulu Museum of Art’s newly designated Atsuhiko and Ina Tateuchi Foundation Japanese Thematic Gallery will feature Hokusai’s Mount Fuji, an in-depth exploration of one of the most famous ukiyo-e series in the [...]

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  • Contact Name: Honolulu Museum of Art
  • Contact Organization: Honolulu Museum of Art
Jan 25 2021
Oahu

Kaula Piko - The Source of Strings

Occurs between: Monday, January 25, 2021 - Sunday, January 31, 2021, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Summary

Starting in the late nineteenth century, Hawaiian musicians began a major movement that spread far beyond their island home. Bishop Museum’s Kaula Piko: The Source of Strings exhibit will, for the first time, present these groundbreaking individuals as more than the virtuoso performers they are [...]

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  • Contact Name: Bishop Museum
  • Contact Organization: Bishop Museum
Jan 25 2021
Discover unique art, jewelry, and more at the Princeville Night Market
Kauai

Princeville Night Market

Occurs between: Monday, January 25, 2021 - 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
Jan 26 2021
Come laugh with us Tuesdays at Beach House Aloha Tower $10.
Oahu

Beach House Bust a Gut Comedy Tuesdays

Occurs on: Tuesday, January 26, 2021, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Summary

Come out to Beach House at Aloha Tower for hilarious, local comedy every single Tuesday nite 7-9pm $10 cover + one food item. The talented Joel Kop headlines the 1/26/21 show and Ian Shippen hosts. Erika Swartzkopf, Johnny Sparkles, Clarisse Lee, Zak Hadjali, Mike Rayo & Jeffrey Ray perform [...]

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  • Contact Name: Erika Swartzkopf
  • Contact Organization: The Female Comics of Hawaii
Jan 28 2021
Justin Morris and Matt Del Olmo at da Playground Maui
Maui

Justin Morris and Matt Del Olmo at da Playground Maui

Occurs on: Thursday, January 28, 2021, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Summary

Join us at this celebration of music and entertainment as we turn the page to 2021 at a NEW VENUE with a special performance by Justin Morris and Matt Del Olmo. Doors open at 5P / Show at 7P - Tickets are limited to accommodate social distance between tables. Matt Del Olmo and Justin Morris have [...]

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  • Contact Organization: da Playground Maui
Jan 28 2021
Aloha Fry-Day by Hannah Ii-Epstein
Oahu

Aloha Fry-Day by Hannah Ii-Epstein

Occurs between: Thursday, January 28, 2021 - Sunday, January 31, 2021
Summary

In many indigenous cultures, hallucinogens are inextricably linked to rituals celebrating liminality, their consciousness-expanding qualities can also induce therapeutic emotional release from trauma, but during a night of jubilant euphoria in the 1990s, Sherrie’s unresolved memories erupt into [...]

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  • Contact Name: Tsuyuno Amos
  • Contact Organization: Kumu Kahua Theatre