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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 19 2018
Kumu Hula Moses Kaho'okele Crabbe
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program

Occurs between: Tuesday, June 19, 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
Jun 19 2018
Master Lei Maker Kaipo AhChong
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program

Occurs between: Tuesday, June 19, 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 [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Jun 19 2018
Outlook: Photography Exhibition
Hawaii

Outlook: Photography Exhibition

Occurs between: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - Friday, June 29, 2018, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

These responsive photographs are reminiscent of time and place, framing a perspective of people to the landscape they live within. This collection of work from individual artists impart insight of the social participation, conscious and unconscious, with place. Each image inquires how the human [...]

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  • Contact Name: Monique Ortiz
  • Contact Organization: East Hawai'i Cultural Center
Jun 19 2018
Randy Lee Master lei maker
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program

Occurs between: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - Friday, December 14, 2018, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Summary

Come join Master lei maker, Randy Lee, on the front porch of Volcano Art Center Gallery.  Watch and learn as Randy Lee passes on his knowledge and craftsmanship of the iconic Hawaiian Lei.  Lee uses a variety of natural materials to fashion the most gorgeous of leis.  This hands-on workshop [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Jun 19 2018
Gannenmono: A Legacy of Eight Generations in Hawai‘i exhibition
Oahu

Gannenmono: A Legacy of Eight Generations in Hawai‘i Exhibition

Occurs between: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - Sunday, February 24, 2019, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Summary

Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum presents a new exhibit to honor the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese plantation workers to Hawai‘i – known as the gannenmono. Drawing from Bishop Museum’s rich plantation-era collections, Gannenmono: A Legacy of Eight Generations in Hawai‘i [...]

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  • Contact Name: Claudette Springer
  • Contact Organization: Bishop Museum
Jun 19 2018
Upper Left: Aerial view of Kahului (1944); Upper Right: Kula Hospital (1987);  Lower Left: Seaplane landing in Kahului Harbor (1923); Lower Right: U.S. Seamen’s Hospital (unknown date)
Maui

E Pulama Mau Ia Maui - 2018 Exhibition Series

Occurs between: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

AN EXHIBITION SERIES IN 2018 :

The Maui Historical Society has chosen to extend a yearlong series,  E Pūlama Mau Iā Maui, in 2018. There will be two (2) exhibits that run bi-annually throughout the year:

 Ola Pono: Evolution of Health Care on Maui (April – July)

 1. [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Sissy Lake-Farm
  • Contact Organization: Maui Historical Society
Jun 19 2018
E K Fernandez
Oahu

50th State Fair

Occurs between: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - Sunday, July 1, 2018
Summary

It's just not a Hawaiian summer without a family trip to the 50th State Fair. Opening this Friday at Aloha Stadium, the event offers six weekends of rides, games, special attractions and "my diet starts tomorrow" carnival eats. Along with the return of Techno Power and Speed, E.K. Fernandez will [...]

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  • Contact Name: E K Fernandez Shows
  • Contact Organization: E K Fernandez Shows
Jun 19 2018
Hula Arts At Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program

Occurs between: Tuesday, June 19, 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 [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Jun 19 2018
Explorers Club
Oahu

Explorers Club

Occurs between: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - Friday, June 22, 2018, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

STEM camp for grades 3-5, featuring hands-on activities that promote collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving. Program cost is $240 ($210 for Museum members), and covers lunches, snacks, t-shirt, and all materials. Free add-on Family Membership for those who register at the non-member [...]

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  • Contact Name: Shauna Tonkin
  • Contact Organization: Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor
Jun 19 2018
Volunteers after a breadfruit harvest
Kauai

Tropical Horticulture Garden Work Day

Occurs between: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 8:00am - 12:00pm
Summary

The National Tropical Botanical Garden on the South Shore of Kauai is seeking environmental & conservation minded volunteers to aid in the care and maintenance of our unique living collections.

We offer service options for visiting volunteers in McBryde Garden, which is a veritable [...]

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  • Contact Name: Volunteer Coordinator x232
  • Contact Organization: National Tropical Botanical Garden - Kalaheo, HI