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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, fire dancers, 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 Molokai's Festivals of Aloha (October) 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 Oahu (October and November) 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.

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Nov 22 2017
Lauhala Weaving
Hawaii

"Hands On History" Activities

Occurs between:
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Summary

Every Wednesday and Friday at 11 a.m., the Kona Coffee Living History Farm hosts "Hands On History" activities on their site in Captain Cook. "Hands On History" provides visitors and with the opportunity to learn, experience and practice activities important to the daily lives of Kona's Japanese [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Gavin Miculka
  • Contact Organization: Kona Coffee Living History Farm
Nov 22 2017
Billabong Pipe Masters Tower from the water's perspective. Image: WSL
Oahu

Vans Triple Crown Of Surfing

Occurs between:
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Summary

The three-part series lasts 39 days and begins at Haleiwa Alii Beach, the North Shore's gateway to the famous 7 Mile Miracle. The second stop is the Vans World Cup, which takes place at the deep-water big wave venue of Sunset Beach from November 25 – December 6, and the third and final [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Lauren Rolland
  • Contact Organization: WSL Hawaii
Nov 22 2017
Mt. Ka'ala as a backdrop to the Hawaiian Pro in Haleiwa. Image: WSL
Oahu

Hawaiian Pro

Occurs between:
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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Friday, November 24, 2017
Summary

A World Surf League Quaifying Series (QS) 10,000 event, the Hawaiian Pro is where athletes assert their dominance for an early start to the competitive big wave season. Surfers also have the opportunity to gain valuable points toward qualification onto the Championship Tour and take the lead of the [...]

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  • Contact Name: Lauren Rolland
  • Contact Organization: WSL Hawaii
Nov 22 2017
The Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center
Maui

Hui Holidays

Occurs between:
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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Sunday, December 24, 2017
Summary

Hui Holidays showcases Made on Maui artwork by local artists in a festive historical setting.

Hui Noeau's programs are made possible with support from the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Erin Wooldridge
  • Contact Organization: Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center
Nov 22 2017
American CiCi Bellis serves against top-seed Shaui Zhang for the 2016 Hawaii Open championship title.
Oahu

Hawaii Open presented by Hawaii Tourism Authority

Occurs between:
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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Sunday, November 26, 2017
Summary

Come and watch the world's best tennis players this Thanksgiving Week at the 2017 Hawaii Open! The Hawaii Open is a Women's Tennis Association (WTA) professional tennis tournament and features a 32-player singles main draw, an 8-player qualifying draw, and a 16-team doubles draw. Cheer from the [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Kyla Brown
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Open
Nov 22 2017
Accession Exhibit at HiSAM
Oahu

Accession

Occurs between:
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Summary

Accession, sponsored by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA), invites you to engage with a selection of recent additions to the Art in Public Places Collection of the SFCA in the Diamond Head gallery of the Hawaii State Art Museum (HiSAM). This exhibit features 33 works by [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Scott Young
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
Nov 22 2017
Maui

Exhibit: He Makana: The Gertrude Mary Joan Damon Haig Collection of Hawaiian Art, Paintings, and Prints

Occurs between:
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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Saturday, December 23, 2017
Summary

He Makana, meaning “a gift,” is a distinguished collection of paintings, prints, and traditional art forms of Hawai‘i from the 1930s-1970s, that capture the history and nostalgia of old Hawai‘i. Among the treasures to be seen are paintings by three giants of early-20th century island [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Nov 22 2017
Six tastings with owner interaction, insider access and more
Kauai

Tasting Kauai Food Tour - South Shore

Occurs between:
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Summary

Follow us in the comfort of your own car and sample the sights, flavors and culture of Kauai's sunny South Shore. The stops on this tour are a celebration of food inspired by Hawaii's diverse cultures.

Highlights
Six tastings with owner interaction, insider access and more!

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Marta Lane
  • Contact Organization: Tasting Kauai
Nov 22 2017
Kauai

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert - In the Real Old Style

Occurs between:
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Summary

Award winning traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar & ukulele concert featuring songs & stories telling its history. Gift Drawing. Family Friendly. Tickets $25 ($20 Ages 13-19 & 50+; $10 Ages 6-12). Audience rating 18+ yrs is 99.3% "Excellent, Highlight of our trip!".

This concert will [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty
Nov 23 2017
Maui

Turkey Trot

Occurs on:
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Summary

Not your average run, the winners of this marathon aren’t the ones with the fastest time but those who’ve come closest to guessing their finish time. Start your Thanksgiving off with either an 8- or 16-mile run through Rice Park and enjoy an unobstructed view of the entire Maui valley. After [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Jon Emerson
  • Contact Organization: VIRR