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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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Sep 22 2017
ART Kaua`i 2017
Kauai

Art Kauai 2017 Exhibition

Occurs between:
Friday, September 22, 2017
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Saturday, October 28, 2017
Summary

The Kauai Soceity of Artists presents its premier annual Exhibition ART Kauai.

Outstanding artists, living and working on Kauai, submitted artwork to be chosen by this year's Juror, Patricia Correia, Topanga Canyon, CA.

Art works include: Paintings, Mixed Media, Ceramics, [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Rose Anne Jones
  • Contact Organization: Kauai Society of Artists
Sep 22 2017
Mimes, Masks and Miracles at the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre
Oahu

Mimes, Masks, and Miracles

Occurs between:
Friday, September 22, 2017
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Saturday, September 23, 2017
Summary

The UHM Theatre + Dance Department Late Night Theatre Company presents a whimsical evening of physical theatre showcasing the work of master mime Todd Farley. The show features stories from around the world using the celebrated techniques of French mime, blacklight theatre, and puppetry. It is a [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Kennedy Theatre Box Office
  • Contact Organization: UHM Department of Theatre & Dance Late Night Theatre
Sep 22 2017
Molokai

Molokai Canoe Festivals Presents - 4th Annual Kulaia Hoolaulea

Occurs on:
Friday, September 22, 2017
Summary

In remembering the early years of the Molokai Hoe along with the Aloha Festivals Hoolaulea at Hale o Lono, this was Molokai's version of kulaia. The festivities lasted an entire weekend and the spirit of aloha radiated to all; including our Molokai community, paddlers, visitors and spectators [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Lori-Lei Rawlins-Crivello
  • Contact Organization: Molokai Canoe Festivals
Sep 22 2017
Agroforestry Team Work Day
Kauai

Breadfruit Agroforestry Fridays!

Occurs between:
Friday, September 22, 2017
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Friday, September 7, 2018
Summary

The Breadfruit Institute at National Tropical Botanical Garden is seeking agroforestry volunteers to help implement a new, global model in sustainable and regenerative agriculture at the Breadfruit Research Orchard in McBryde Garden on Kauai.

Become a volunteer and be a part of this [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Volunteer Program Coordinator
  • Contact Organization: National Tropical Botanical Garden
Sep 22 2017
Oahu

The Balllad Of Mu Lan

Occurs between:
Friday, September 22, 2017
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Saturday, September 30, 2017
Summary

THE BALLAD OF MU LAN
by Alvin Chan
recommended ages 5+

When Mu Lan dresses up as a boy to take her father's place in the army she has lots to learn and lots to prove, but her biggest battle might be with herself. This new telling of an ancient Chinese legend mixes [...]

Sep 22 2017
Maui

"Talk Story" & Demonstration with Piilani Lua

Occurs on:
Friday, September 22, 2017
Summary

Join kumu hula Piilani Lua for a casual conversation and demonstration! Born and raised on Oahu, Piilani now lives in Hana, Maui, her ancestral home, where she works at Kahanu Garden. Piilani is a descendant of Kahanu who was awarded that land in 1848 by Kamehameha III.  Piilani is a Merrie [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Haley A Eligio
  • Contact Organization: Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center
Sep 22 2017
Maui

Exhibit: Spineless: Portraits Of Marine Invertebrates The Backbone Of Life

Occurs between:
Friday, September 22, 2017
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Sunday, October 1, 2017
Summary

Acclaimed photographer, Susan Middleton, who is well known for the exhibitions Archipelago, and Remains of a Rainbow, brings us a new body of work exploring the mysterious world of marine invertebratesa"underwater animals without backbones. More than 98% of known species in the ocean are [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Sep 22 2017
Malama Wao Akua Opening
Maui

Malama Wao Akua

Occurs between:
Friday, September 22, 2017
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Thursday, November 9, 2017
Summary

This landmark show is presented in collaboration with East Maui Watershed Partnership (EMWP) to raise awareness about the native species of Maui Nui. The Hui hosts an information session & collaborates with EMWP to host artist hikes leading up to the exhibition. Lectures by leaders from the field [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Erin Wooldridge
  • Contact Organization: Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center
Sep 22 2017
Kahuna Vapor Portrait
Oahu

"Feeding The Immortals" By Taiji Terasaki

Occurs between:
Friday, September 22, 2017
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Summary

The stunning artwork and unusual imagery of Taiji Terasaki come to life in his debut solo exhibit in Downtown Honolulu. While visiting his wife's parents in Japan, Terasaki noticed the family's ritual of kneeling before an altar in the tatami room and making a food offering. The event and [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Organization: Ravizza Brownfield Gallery
Sep 22 2017
Oahu

Royal Hawaiian Band At Kapiolani Bandstand

Occurs between:
Friday, September 22, 2017
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Sunday, September 24, 2017
Summary

Founded in 1836 by King Kamehameha III, it is the only band in the United States with a royal legacy. With cultural roots dating back to the time of the Hawaiian monarchy, the mission of the Royal Hawaiian Band is to promote and foster music, both current and historic, to preserve the Hawaiian [...]

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  • Contact Name: Royal Hawaiian Band