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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 24 2020
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: Friday, January 24, 2020 - Sunday, December 19, 2021, 4:00pm - 8:00pm
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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 24 2020
Oahu

Honolulu Tattoo Expo

Occurs between: Friday, January 24, 2020 - Sunday, January 26, 2020
Summary

The Honolulu Tattoo Expo is bringing some of the best tattoo artists in the world to the state of the art Hawaii Convention Center! Artists from all over the country will meet in Honolulu, Hawaii and share, network and tattoo. Friday from 3-10 p.m.; Saturday from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. & Sunday from [...]

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  • Contact Name: Information
  • Contact Organization: Tattoo Tour
Jan 24 2020
Honolulu Bollywood Film Festival & South Asian Cinema 2020
Oahu

Honolulu Bollywood Film Festival & South Asian Cinema 2020

Occurs between: Friday, January 24, 2020 - Friday, January 31, 2020
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The 13th Annual Honolulu Bollywood Film Festival returns to the Doris Duke Theatre with a month-long showcase of South Asian cinema that includes some of the biggest Hindi blockbusters alongside new and provocative works by emerging talents that celebrate the richness and diversity of India’s [...]

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  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Honolulu Museum of Art
Jan 24 2020
Hawaii

The Farmers' Market at Hamakua Harvest

Occurs between: Friday, January 24, 2020 - Sunday, December 27, 2020, 9:00am - 2:00pm
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The Sunday Farmers' Market at Hamakua Harvest, located at the intersection of Mamane St. and Mamalahoa Hwy in Historic Honokaa Town, offers only locally produced goods, ono food, live music, and an occasional free educational event. It's beautiful location and celebratory character provides a [...]

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  • Contact Name: Elizabeth Mallion
  • Contact Organization: Hamakua Harvest
Jan 24 2020
Oahu

Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express

Occurs between: Friday, January 24, 2020 - Sunday, February 16, 2020
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Agatha Christie's MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS combines the talents of two literary giants in the retelling of this masterful mystery. Ken Ludwig's adaptation captures all the suspense that you expect from well-known crime novelist Agatha Christie. Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the [...]

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  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Diamond Head Theatre
Jan 24 2020
“Entering the 0cean in Kalapana 2017”
Hawaii

Collective Synergy 2020 Art Exhibit - Made in Hawaii

Occurs on: Friday, January 24, 2020, 9:30am - 5:00pm
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"Collective Synergy 2020" , an exhibition by South Kona Artists Collective - SOKO, will feature the diverse art of this group of local professional artists. The public is invited to join the artists for the opening reception on Saturday, January 11, 5-7 p.m. at Pictures Plus in Kona.

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  • Contact Name: Andrea Pro
  • Contact Organization: SOKO
Jan 24 2020
Kauai Community Players presents The Rocky Horror Show
Kauai

Kauai Community Players Presents The Rocky Horror Show

Occurs between: Friday, January 24, 2020 - Sunday, February 2, 2020
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Kauai Community Players opens it 2020 season with The Rocky Horror Show This cult classic musical by Richard O’Brien is playing January 17th through February 2nd at the Puhi Warehouse Theater Thursdays through Saturdays at 7 PM & Sundays at 4 PM SPECIAL MIDNIGHT PERFORMANCE, Saturday, Jan 18th. [...]

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  • Contact Name: Elizabeth Hahn
  • Contact Organization: Kauai Community Players
Jan 24 2020
Hawaii Kuauli Pacific & Asia Cultural Festival
Hawaii

Hawaii Kuauli Pacific & Asia Cultural Festival

Occurs between: Friday, January 24, 2020 - Sunday, May 17, 2020, 5:30pm - 9:30pm
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A celebration of Hawaii Island and its beauty as a cultural melting pot. This 3 day event will be packed with food, fashion, cultural expressions, a keiki hula competition and cultural workshops. The event begins Friday evening with protocol from the various cultures represented. Saturday is [...]

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  • Contact Name: Leinaala Fruean
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Pacific & Asia Cultural Festivals
Jan 24 2020
Maui

Annual Juried Exhibition

Occurs between: Friday, January 24, 2020 - Friday, February 21, 2020, 9:00am - 4:00pm
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This prestigious competition gives visitors an opportunity to view current work by local artists in all media. The Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture & the Arts recognizes this exhibition each year through its Art in Public Places Program. With renowned guest jurors offering a different [...]

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  • Contact Name: Josephine Bergill-Gentile
  • Contact Organization: Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center
Jan 24 2020
Three-lined Nudibranch Flabellina trilineata © Susan Middleton
Oahu

Bishop Museum Presents Spineless Wonders Rising From the Deep Exhibition

Occurs between: Friday, January 24, 2020 - Sunday, March 29, 2020, 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Bishop Museum presents a new exhibition that gives visitors a rare glimpse into the undersea world of marine invertebrates through both an artistic and scientific lens. “Spineless Wonders: Rising From the Deep” will allow guests to explore stunning images of marine invertebrates by acclaimed [...]

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  • Contact Name: Claudette Springer
  • Contact Organization: Bishop Museum