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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 [...]

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 [...]

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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 22 2018
Honolulu Museum of Art
Oahu

"Ho‘oulu: The King Kalākaua Era" Art Exhibit

Occurs between: Monday, October 22, 2018 - Sunday, January 27, 2019, 10:00am - 4:30pm
Summary

Ho‘oulu: The King Kalākaua Era considers art and experimentation in the Hawaiian Kingdom during the reign of King David Kalākaua (1874–1891). Cosmopolitanism—the idea that local polities share systemic parallels internationally as part of a world citizenry—was a thriving philosophy in the [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Honolulu Museum of Art
  • Contact Organization: Honolulu Museum of Art
Oct 22 2018
Art Kaua`i 2018
Kauai

Art Kaua`i 2018

Occurs between: Monday, October 22, 2018 - Saturday, October 27, 2018, 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Summary

The Kauai Society of Artists presents its 33rd Annual Art Kauai--the premier art exhibition for artists to display their original artwork in the categories of Ceramics, Fiber, Glass, Metal, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Wood. 

Free of charge and open to the public the Exhibition [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Rose Anne Jones
  • Contact Organization: Kaua`i Society of Artists
Oct 22 2018
Kumu Hula Moses Kaho'okele Crabbe
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program - Kumu Hula Moses Kahookele Crabbe

Occurs between: Monday, October 22, 2018 - Friday, December 21, 2018, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Summary

Hula is Hawaii's most sacred and ancient cultural practice. Originally developed by Polynesians, the Hula portrays the words of the oli (chant) and mele (song/chant/poetry) in a visual dance form.  Hula helps pass down the tradition of the Hawaiian culture and keeps the spirit of Hawaii alive. [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Oct 22 2018
Living Goddess Kumari
Oahu

EWC Exhibition Gala Opening: "Capturing a Legacy: Four Generations of Nepalese Photographers"

Occurs between: Monday, October 22, 2018 - Sunday, January 6, 2019, 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Summary

Capturing a Legacy: Four Generations of Nepalese Photographers tells the story of the legacy of the Chitrakar family as artists and visual documentarians. Nepal has witnessed dramatic political and cultural changes and this photographic exhibition captures key moments in Nepal’s history through [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Eric Chang
  • Contact Organization: East-West Center Arts Program