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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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Jun 29 2019
Paddle Race Series for all paddle craft with up to 35 miles of racing!
Molokai

Molokai Holokai Hoolaulea (Festival)

Occurs between: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - Sunday, June 30, 2019, 7:00am - 9:00pm
Summary

The Molokai Holokai Ho'olaule'a (Festival) seeks to function as an opportunity for professional SUP/Paddle racers to experience a race which is fun and challenging, whilst also being a community event that invites (amateur) locals to participate. It aims to encourage racers to interact with our [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Clare Mawae/Kaela Pereira
  • Contact Organization: Youth in Motion
Jul 27 2019
Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament
Hawaii

Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament

Occurs between: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - Sunday, August 4, 2019, 8:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

The Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament (HIBT), founded in 1959, is the second oldest big game sport fishing event in the world. HIBT is a five-day tournament built on prestige, trophies and strict International Game Fish Association rules for big game fish world records and does not [...]

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  • Contact Name: Tournament Admin
  • Contact Organization: HIBT
Oct 13 2019
Half Marathon Start
Maui

Maui Marathon & Half Marathon

Occurs on: Sunday, October 13, 2019, 5:00am - 2:00pm
Summary

The Maui Marathon is the longest consecutively held running event in the state of Hawaii and is the oldest marathon west of the Mississippi River. It has been chosen as one of the top 10 Most Scenic Marathons in the nation by Runner's World magazine (Feb. 96), and the #10 destination marathon in [...]

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  • Contact Name: Jon Emerson
  • Contact Organization: Maui Marathon
Dec 8 2019
Honolulu Marathon (47th Annual) including the Kalakaua Merrie Mile & Start to Park 10K
Oahu

Honolulu Marathon (47th Annual) including the Kalakaua Merrie Mile & Start to Park 10K

Occurs on: Sunday, December 8, 2019, 5:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

26.2 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 [...]

Jan 21 2019
Ala Moana Farmers' Market Flyer
Oahu

Ala Moana Farmers' Market

Occurs between: Monday, January 21, 2019 - Sunday, April 28, 2019, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Summary

The Ala Moana Farmers’ Market will be located in the street level parking lot on the corner of Atkinson Drive and Ala Moana Boulevard street. As with all Farm Bureau farmers’ markets, the Ala Moana Farmers’ Market will feature only Hawai’i grown products exclusively, including fresh fruits, [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Megan Kono
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Farm Bureau
Jan 21 2019
Cover of Hawaii, illustrated souvenir booklet, 1943 Private Collection. Published by Curteich, a prolific printer of postcards in Illinois, this small picture book was primarily sold to military personnel in Hawaiʻi during World War II. Its colorful cover includes many of the favorite Hawaiian image
Oahu

Unreal: Hawaii in Popular Imagination

Occurs between: Monday, January 21, 2019 - Sunday, January 27, 2019, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Summary

Bishop Museum’s new exhibition “Unreal: Hawaiʻi in Popular Imagination” presents rare images and objects drawn from one of the largest private collections of Hawaiʻi-themed printed ephemera. The exhibition gives visitors a unique opportunity to see the breadth of Hawaiʻi-themed commercial [...]

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  • Contact Name: Lance Aquino
  • Contact Organization: Stryker Weiner & Yokota Public Relations
Jan 21 2019
Discover unique art, jewelry, and more at the Princeville Night Market
Kauai

Princeville Night Market

Occurs between: Monday, January 21, 2019 - Sunday, January 12, 2020, 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 [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Kristin Green
  • Contact Organization: Princeville Night Market, LLC
Jan 21 2019
Japanese Urushi + Ettore Sottsass International Exhibit
Oahu

Japanese Urushi + Ettore Sottsass International Exhibit

Occurs between: Monday, January 21, 2019 - Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Summary

The Pantheon Contemporary of the Hawaii Theatre Centre is proud to present its first international exhibition, Japanese Urushi and Ettore Sottsass. The exhibit showcases 22 unique works of urushi made by urushi craftsmen in Japan. The craftsmen worked together across the regions of Wakasa, Echizen, [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Miki Shimokawa
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Theatre Center
Jan 21 2019
Maui Sunday Market
Maui

Maui Sunday Market

Occurs between: Monday, January 21, 2019 - Sunday, March 31, 2019, 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Summary

Don't miss this week's "Maui Sunday Market." Held each Sunday, from 4 pm to 8 pm, in the Kahului Shopping Center parking lot, this popular event features island vendors (crafters, artisans, food purveyors, and more); entertainment; food trucks; and activities showcasing Hawaiian Cultural [...]

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  • Contact Name: Luana Mahi
  • Contact Organization: Maui Food Technology Center
Jan 21 2019
Honolulu Museum of Art
Oahu

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

Occurs between: Monday, January 21, 2019 - 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