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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 15 2018
Maui Chef's Table
Maui

Maui Chef's Table

Occurs between: Monday, October 15, 2018 - Saturday, December 29, 2018, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Summary

AN INTERACTIVE, MULTI-COURSE DINING EXPERIENCE

Dive into a menu of dishes inspired by The Mill House Chefs' personal stories and told through Maui's seasonal ingredients. A combination of ingredients at their peak of flavor paired with creative minds and innovative techniques results in a [...]

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  • Contact Organization: Maui Tropical Plantation
Oct 15 2018
Caring for Lawai
Kauai

Community Caring Day at Lawai International Center

Occurs between: Monday, October 15, 2018 - Saturday, December 1, 2018, 9:00am - 1:00pm
Summary

Lawai International Center is sparkling from the caring hands of helpful volunteers. Please join us as we nurture the grounds and plant orchids together on Saturday, October 6, and every first Saturday of the month from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Lunches made by the aunties of Lawai will be served. [...]

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  • Contact Name: Lynn Muramoto
  • Contact Organization: Lawai International Center
Oct 15 2018
Sunday Farmers Market - Kalalea Anahola Farmer's Hui
Kauai

Sunday Farmers Market - Kalalea Anahola Farmer's Hui

Occurs between: Monday, October 15, 2018 - Sunday, February 17, 2019, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Summary

A Hawaiian style market featuring local farmers and artisans with their fruits, vegetables, plants/flowers, crafts, jewelry, lei, plate lunches, etc. The market is sponsored by the Kalalea Anahola Farmer's Hui. The Kalalea/Anehola Farmer's Hui is a nonprofit farmer's organization created to [...]

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  • Contact Organization: Kalalea Anahola Farmer's Hui
Oct 15 2018
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: Hawaiʻi in Popular Imagination

Occurs between: Monday, October 15, 2018 - 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
Oct 15 2018
Maui

Malama Wao Akua

Occurs between: Monday, October 15, 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 15 2018
Kumu Hula Moses Kaho'okele Crabbe
Hawaii

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

Occurs between: Monday, October 15, 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. [...]

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  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Oct 15 2018
Honolulu Museum of Art
Oahu

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

Occurs between: Monday, October 15, 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 [...]

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  • Contact Name: Honolulu Museum of Art
  • Contact Organization: Honolulu Museum of Art
Oct 15 2018
Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami
Maui

Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami

Occurs between: Monday, October 15, 2018 - Saturday, December 1, 2018, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Summary

Gallery hours: Tue – Sun 10 am - 5 pm (Also open before Castle Theater shows and during intermission)

Free Admission

Above the Fold presents the work of nine renowned artists from four different continents, working in six different countries.

These artists have been [...]

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  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Oct 15 2018
Master Lei Maker Kaipo AhChong
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program - Lei Making with Kaipo AhChong

Occurs between: Monday, October 15, 2018 - Friday, December 28, 2018, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Summary

The lei is a Hawaiian flower garland that is worn for many different special occasions.  The lei also represents and symbolizes a variety of celebrations from friendship, love, welcoming, departures and everything in between.  Come join agriculture farmer Kaipo AhChong TEMPORARILY at Volcano [...]

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  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Oct 15 2018
Hula Arts At Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program - Ukulele Master Wes Awana
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program - Ukulele Master Wes Awana

Occurs between: Monday, October 15, 2018 - Friday, December 21, 2018, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Summary

Come play music with Hawaii's ukulele practitioner Wes Awana on the first Friday of every month. Volcano area musician Wes Awana invites visitors and Kama'aina alike to share his love of the 'ukulele and Hawaiian music. Wes will be giving family-friendly lessons on the iconic and inviting [...]

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  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center