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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
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
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 [...]

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  • Contact Name: Heather Arias de Cordoba
  • Contact Organization: Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra
Mar 9 2019
Solo Sessions: Tavana
Maui

Solo Sessions: Tavana

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

Solo Sessions: Tavana (Art) Saturday, March 9, 2019; McCoy Studio Theater; 7:30 pm Tavana is a one-man band from Honolulu, HI, who uses electronic drum triggers to lay down a variety of grooves with his feet to accompany himself on guitar, banjo, lap steel, or ukulele, while singing soulful, [...]

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  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Mar 10 2019
Ohana Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert
Kauai

Ohana Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert

Occurs on: Sunday, March 10, 2019, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
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 20+ yrs is 99.3% "Excellent, Highlight of our trip!".

This concert will [...]

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  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty
Mar 10 2019
Strat
Oahu

Honolulu Rainbow EKIDEN 2019

Occurs on: Sunday, March 10, 2019, 8:00am - 1:00pm
Summary

5K Relay! Run on a 3 person or 5 person team and enjoy Hawaii's scenic Diamond Head Road! Or just join our relaxing Fun Run & Walk! Kids are welcome to run in the "Family Challenge"! Total 11 awards will be given out not only to the fastest teams,but also to teams with best costumes and best [...]

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  • Contact Name: Manu
  • Contact Organization: Sports Navigator Hawaii
Mar 10 2019
Spring Pops with Debbie Gravitte & Sal Viviano
Maui

Spring Pops with Debbie Gravitte & Sal Viviano

Occurs on: Sunday, March 10, 2019
Summary

Spring Pops with Debbie Gravitte & Sal Viviano Sunday, March 10, 2019; Castle Theater; 3:00 pm Prolific entertainer Sal Viviano joins forces with Tony Award-winner Debbie Gravitte to thrill and delight our audience in “The Sweet Sounds of Big Band” - a celebration of music from the Big Band [...]

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  • Contact Name: Carin
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Mar 11 2019
Oahu

All In Love

Occurs between: Monday, March 11, 2019 - Monday, March 11, 2019, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Summary

All In Love was established in Ann Arbor in 1973, playing original compositions and covers by Tower of Power, Chicago, Average White Band, The Doobie Brothers, Stevie Wonder, and many others. 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of the band’s formation. Three band members have been close friends [...]

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  • Contact Name: Letrice Mitchell
  • Contact Organization: Blue Note Hawaii