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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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Jul 24 2021
Na Kaulana Mahina: The Phases of the Moon Art Exhibition
Hawaii

Na Kaulana Mahina: The Phases of the Moon Art Exhibition

Occurs between: Sunday, July 25, 2021 - Saturday, August 21, 2021, 10:00am - 6:00pm
Summary

As the Donkey Mill strengthens our Fiber Arts program, we are also able to reconnect with our aina in an intimate way. This summer, we invited a host of Hawaii Island artists to take our keiki on a journey, exploring a range of aina-based projects inspired by our island cultures and the cycles of [...]

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  • Contact Name: Information
  • Contact Organization: Donkey Mill Art Center
Jul 24 2021
Brown & White
Oahu

Out in the Elements

Occurs between: Sunday, July 25, 2021 - Saturday, July 31, 2021, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Summary

Hawaii Craftsmen's Raku Hoolaulea, founded in 1977, is an annual outdoor community ceramics festival that promotes and teaches Raku pottery traditions that date back to 16th century Japan. The Plein Air Painters of Oahu is a casual group of painters who meet regularly to paint "in the open air" [...]

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  • Contact Name: Downtown Art Center
  • Contact Organization: Downtown Art Center
Jul 24 2021
Winds and Rains of Kilauea Hawaii Nei Invitational Exhibition
Hawaii

Winds and Rains of Kilauea Hawaii Nei Invitational Exhibition

Occurs between: Sunday, July 25, 2021 - Sunday, August 15, 2021, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Summary

The Volcano Art Center (VAC) is proud to announce The Hawaii Nei Invitational Exhibition: The Winds and Rains of Kīlauea on display daily from July 3– August 15 from 9am – 5pm, at Volcano Art Center gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The multi-media exhibition showcases six outstanding [...]

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  • Contact Name: Information
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center Gallery
Jul 24 2021
Mahalo I Kau Kumu Gift Fair & Supply Drive for Teachers @ Windward Mall
Oahu

Mahalo I Kau Kumu Gift Fair & Supply Drive for Teachers @ Windward Mall

Summary

Help kick off the new school year by helping teachers on the windward and east side of Oahu! Its the Mahalo I Kau Kumu Gift fair and school supply drive for teachers! a portion fo the booth fees and all the donations made at this event will go to teachers on the windward and east side of oahu! [...]

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  • Contact Name: Island Craft Fairs
  • Contact Organization: Island Craft Fairs
Jul 24 2021
"Kamran Samimi: In Stillness" Art Exhibit
Oahu

"Kamran Samimi: In Stillness" Art Exhibit

Occurs between: Sunday, July 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
Jul 24 2021
Joyful Return
Oahu

Joyful Return Exhibit

Occurs between: Sunday, July 25, 2021 - Sunday, January 16, 2022
Summary

Joyful Return April 17, 2021 – Jan 16, 2022 Join us for some unexpected, interactive fun this year! Joyful Return is a museum-wide exhibition featuring a series of six outdoor pop-up installations and one gallery installation, each a mix of engaging, evolving, hands-on elements brought to life by [...]

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  • Contact Name: Honolulu Museum of Art
  • Contact Organization: Honolulu Museum of Art
Jul 24 2021
Oahu

"Hokusai's Mount Fuji" Art Exhibit

Occurs between: Sunday, July 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
Jul 24 2021
POW! WOW! Hawaii -  photographed by Brandon Shigeta. All images are courtesy of POW! WOW!
Oahu

POW! WOW! The First Decade: From Hawaii to the World

Occurs between: Sunday, July 25, 2021 - Sunday, September 19, 2021, 9:00am - 5:00pm
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We're excited to share a new, original exhibition, POW! WOW! The First Decade: From Hawaii to the World presented by Hawaiian Airlines. Celebrating 10 years of POW! WOW!, the exhibition provides a contemporary art experience that bridges culture, creative expression, and Indigenous perspectives [...]

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  • Contact Name: Information
  • Contact Organization: Bishop Museum
Jul 24 2021
Bishop Museum
Oahu

(Re)Generations

Occurs between: Sunday, July 25, 2021 - Sunday, October 24, 2021, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Summary

(Re)Generations: Challenging Scientific Racism in Hawaii explores a collection of photographs and plaster busts created by anthropologist Louis R. Sullivan as a tool to measure and classify the physical traits of a supposedly "pure" Native Hawaiian race. The collection was presented at the [...]

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  • Contact Name: Bishop Museum
  • Contact Organization: Bishop Museum
Jul 24 2021
TIGHT HIDE- Ken Little Exhibition Poster
Hawaii

Tight Hide: An Exhibition by Ken Little

Occurs between: Sunday, July 25, 2021 - Friday, July 30, 2021, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

“Disturbing” and “a bit like Frankenstein” are the words that postmodern artist Ken Little first used to describe his pieces on view in the exhibition “Tight Hide.” But, says the artist, his friends had a different reaction – they saw humor and pathos in creations like the one that [...]

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  • Contact Name: Andrzej Kramarz
  • Contact Organization: East Hawaii Cultural Center/HMOCA