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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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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 [...]

Contact Info
  • 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 [...]

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  • 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 [...]

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  • 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 [...]

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  • Contact Name: Keely McGhee
  • Contact Organization: Big Island Race Events
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 [...]

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  • 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 [...]

Oct 23 2018
Gannenmono: A Legacy of Eight Generations in Hawai‘i exhibition
Oahu

Gannenmono: A Legacy of Eight Generations in Hawai‘i Exhibition

Occurs between: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - Sunday, February 24, 2019, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Summary

Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum presents a new exhibit to honor the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese plantation workers to Hawai‘i – known as the gannenmono. Drawing from Bishop Museum’s rich plantation-era collections, Gannenmono: A Legacy of Eight Generations in Hawai‘i [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Claudette Springer
  • Contact Organization: Bishop Museum
Oct 23 2018
Raymond Kane
Kauai

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert - Honoring Raymond Kane

Occurs on: Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Summary

Award winning traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar & ukulele concert featuring songs & stories telling its history. Gift Drawing. Family Friendly. Tickets $25 ($20 Ages 13-19 & 50+; $10 Ages 6-12). Audience rating 18+ yrs is 99.3% "Excellent, Highlight of our trip!".

This concert will [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty
Oct 23 2018
Maui

Malama Wao Akua

Occurs between: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - Sunday, November 4, 2018, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

Mālama Wao Akua A native species exhibition presented in collaboration with East Maui Watershed Partnership September 14 – November 9 Receiving Day: August 28, 9am-6pm Opening Reception: September 14, 5-8pm Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center in collaboration with East Maui Watershed Partnership [...]

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  • Contact Name: Hui No'eau Visual Art Center
  • Contact Organization: Hui No'eau Visual Art Center
Oct 23 2018
Alaka'i Cunningham plays Myles Fukunaga in "A Walking Shadow" at Paliku Theatre, based on a true and tragic bit of history from 1928. Photo by Orrin Nakanelua
Oahu

A Walking Shadow

Occurs between: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - Saturday, October 27, 2018, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Summary

Windward Community College presents A Walking Shadow, written by Taurie Kinoshita, onstage at Palikū Theatre October 19 through October 27. The performance chronicles the tragic and true story of Myles Fukunaga, a mentally ill 19-year-old, who was executed on Oahu in 1929. This heartbreaking, [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Taurie Kinoshita
  • Contact Organization: WCC Theatre