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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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Mar 8 2019
Oahu

John Pizzarelli

Occurs between: Friday, March 8, 2019 - Saturday, March 9, 2019, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Summary

World-renowned guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli has been hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” The Toronto Star pegged him as “the genial genius of the guitar,” and the Seattle Times saluted him as “a rare entertainer of [...]

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  • Contact Name: Letrice Mitchell
  • Contact Organization: Blue Note Hawaii
Mar 8 2019
Kabuki in Hawaii poster
Oahu

Kabuki in Hawaii

Occurs on: Friday, March 8, 2019
Summary

Kabuki, the traditional theater drama of Japan, returns to Hawaii stages with famed Kabuki actor Shikan Nakamura VIII, joined by his sons, performing the popular Kabuki dance, Renjishi.

In conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the Honolulu Festival, the finale will be at the Hawaii [...]

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  • Contact Name: Maribell Pabalan
  • Contact Organization: Anthology Marketing Group
Mar 8 2019
Superhero Soundtrack
Oahu

Superhero Soundtrack

Occurs on: Friday, March 8, 2019, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Summary

Dust off your cape and come dressed as your favorite superhero (or villain!) for a concert that will take you up, up and away! Maestro Stuart Chafetz conducts an iconic program that includes: Captain America Theme, Theme from The Avengers, music from Spider-Man, Theme from The Incredibles and more! [...]

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  • Contact Name: Heather Arias de Cordoba
  • Contact Organization: Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra
Mar 9 2019
On Ensemble Group
Oahu

On Ensemble

Occurs on: Saturday, March 9, 2019, 7:00pm - 8:45pm
Summary

Ōn Ensemble is one of the most respected ensembles in the taiko world. Recognized for infusing the powerful rhythms of taiko with a wide range of musical influences from jazz and rock to Central Asian overtone singing, their fearless musical exploration has expanded the artistic range of the [...]

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  • Contact Name: Eric Chang
  • Contact Organization: East-West Center Arts Program
Mar 9 2019
Hula Arts At Kilauea: Hula Kahiko Performance & Na Mea Demonstrations
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Hula Kahiko Performance & Na Mea Demonstrations

Occurs on: Saturday, March 9, 2019, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Summary

Na Mea Hula with Na Kumu Hula Kaea Lyons & Lily Lyons with Halau Kaeaikahelelani 11am-1pm Na Kumu Hula Kaea Lyons & Lily Lyons with Halau Kaeaikahelelani perform in a one-of-a-kind outdoor setting at the kahua hula (platform) in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The kahua hula is located just [...]

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  • Contact Name: Emily Catey
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Mar 9 2019
Maui Cycle Exploration - March Ride
Maui

Maui Cycle Exploration - March Ride

Occurs on: Saturday, March 9, 2019, 7:45am - 1:00pm
Summary

Route: Kalama Park Pavilion to Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve and back. Google Maps Route: https://bit.ly/2SMBIgx Distance: 19.3 miles roundtrip Expected Duration: 2.5 - 3 hours roundtrip including scenic stops Sites to see: Palauea Beach, Maluaka Beach Learn more about the geology, the reef [...]

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  • Contact Name: Kelsey Colpitts
  • Contact Organization: Maui Bicycling League
Mar 9 2019
Ke Kai O Kahiki Merrie Monarch Fundraiser
Oahu

Ke Kai O Kahiki Merrie Monarch Fundraiser

Occurs on: Saturday, March 9, 2019, 10:30am - 2:00pm
Summary

Come and join us for a fun filled day of food, music and hula. Browse thru our marketplace, grab a sweet from our bake sale or bring the kids to our Keiki Korner to learn how to make a lei and make a hawaiian craft. Buffet lunch is included in ticket price. There will be a stellar line up of [...]

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  • Contact Name: Brandy Perry
  • Contact Organization: Ke Kai O Kahiki
Mar 9 2019
Kaha  Native Plant Garden
Oahu

Kaha Native Plant Garden

Occurs between: Saturday, March 9, 2019 - Saturday, May 11, 2019, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Summary

Volunteers at Kaha Garden are taught to identify the native and Invasive plants, how to properly propagate and where to plant different species to maximize their ecological benefits, and how to properly remove invasive species. Community workdays are held every other month at this site. This [...]

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  • Contact Name: Jamie Miller
  • Contact Organization: Hui O Koolaupoko
Mar 9 2019
Kauaiʻs Monthly Poetry Slam
Kauai

Kauai Poetry Slam

Occurs on: Saturday, March 9, 2019, 5:00pm - 8:30pm
Summary

HA Cafe Presents Kauaiʻs Poetry Slam Showcasing Talent from the Beautiful Island of Kauai Kapaa, HI – February 6, 2019 –Kauaiʻs Poetry Slam a New Open-Mic Series, Featured at HA Cafe in Lihue, HI.  Will Open The Doors March 9 at 5-PM. There will be a sign up sheet for performers will be [...]

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  • Contact Name: Aaris A. Schroeder
  • Contact Organization: UBO Mag
Mar 9 2019
Stu Conducts Brahms
Oahu

Stu Conducts Brahms

Occurs between: Saturday, March 9, 2019 - Sunday, March 10, 2019, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Summary

The HSO’s former Principal Timpanist, Stuart Chafetz, has traded his mallets for a baton and now regularly takes the podium of orchestras around the country. He returns to conduct a beloved Brahms symphony and is joined by the award-winning pianist Ran Dank to perform Prokofiev’s demanding and [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Heather Arias de Cordoba
  • Contact Organization: Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra