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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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Dec 13 2018
2.	Woman with takona (body painting).  Photo by Mokomae, one of eight featured artists in the “Ka U‘i: Contemporary Art from Rapa Nui” exhibition
Oahu

Bishop Museum Presents the "Rapa Nui: The Untold Stories of Easter Island" Exhibition

Occurs between: Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Sunday, May 5, 2019, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Summary

More than 150 cultural treasures and never-before-seen biological specimens from Bishop Museum’s collections will be on display together for the first time in the museum’s history. The “Rapa Nui: The Untold Stories of Easter Island” exhibit will allow visitors to go beyond the world-famous [...]

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  • Contact Name: Claudette Springer
  • Contact Organization: Bishop Museum
Dec 13 2018
Farm Fridays
Kauai

Farm Fridays

Occurs between: Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Friday, March 1, 2019, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Summary

Please join Malama Kauai for our Farm Fridays, an opportunity for the community and visitors to join us on the Community Farm in Kalihiwai for a variety of service projects! We will meet every Friday from 9am-12noon to take some time to mālama our space.This can be a wide variety of projects from [...]

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  • Contact Name: Julia
  • Contact Organization: Malama Kauai
Dec 13 2018
Maui Chef's Table
Maui

Maui Chef's Table

Occurs between: Thursday, December 13, 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
Dec 13 2018
Honolulu Museum of Art
Oahu

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

Occurs between: Thursday, December 13, 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
Dec 13 2018
Oahu

Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Meiji Restoration and Immigration to Japan Exhibition

Occurs between: Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Sunday, January 6, 2019, 10:00am - 4:30pm
Summary

In 1868, Japan underwent a political revolution. With the coronation of Emperor Mutsuhito (known commonly as the Meiji Emperor), the Imperial Family regained political control, and the feudal stratocracy—in which regional lords (daimyō) and a military chief (shogun) ruled the nation for more [...]

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  • Contact Name: Honolulu Museum of Art
  • Contact Organization: Honolulu Museum of Art
Dec 13 2018
Photo credit: Ron Slauson
Oahu

Honolulu City Lights (34th Annual)

Occurs between: Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Summary

The annual Honolulu City Lights Public Worker's Electric Light Parade will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 1, in Chinatown and downtown Honolulu. The parade features work vehicles adorned with lights and special decorations. Among the more than 50 units expected to participate are fire [...]

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  • Contact Name: Honolulu City Lights
Dec 13 2018
Maui Sunday Market
Maui

Maui Sunday Market

Occurs between: Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 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
Dec 13 2018
Ala Moana Farmers' Market Flyer
Oahu

Ala Moana Farmers' Market

Occurs between: Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 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, [...]

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  • Contact Name: Megan Kono
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Farm Bureau
Dec 13 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: Thursday, December 13, 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
Dec 13 2018
Historic Hanapepe by Kathy Kovala
Kauai

Hanapepe Walk and Talk Story

Occurs between: Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Thursday, January 3, 2019, 9:30am - 11:30am
Summary

Walk & Talk Story in Hanapepe Available every Tuesday & Thursday 9:30am- 11:00am and by calendar appointment. The Walk and Talk Story Tour of historic Hanapepe town is a 90 minute walk through one of Kauai's most whimsical old towns. Tour participants will meet in front Storybook Theatre at [...]

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  • Contact Name: Mark Jeffers
  • Contact Organization: Storybook Theatre of Hawaii