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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 23 2018
Making a Hand-Made Book Workshop with Minny Lee
Hawaii

Making a Hand-Made Book Workshop with Minny Lee

Occurs between: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - Sunday, June 24, 2018, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

In this two (2) day workshop, students will learn how to make various types of books: basic instant, accordion fold, pocket accordion, self-hinged accordion with a cover, single signature chapbook using a three-hole pamphlet stitch and a five- hole pamphlet stitch. Asian bookbinding methods, [...]

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  • Contact Name: Kanani Daley
  • Contact Organization: East Hawai'i Cultural Center
Jun 23 2018
Zenshin Daiko’s 19th Annual Taiko Festival
Maui

Zenshin Daiko’s 19th Annual Taiko Festival

Occurs on: Saturday, June 23, 2018, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Summary

Saturday, June 23, 2018; Castle Theater; 7:00 pm With special guests, Stanford Taiko and Kenny Endo!

Zenshin Daiko's 19th annual Taiko Festival concert will start with Stanford Taiko, one of the leading collegiate taiko groups in North America. During its 26-year history, the group has [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Jun 23 2018
Ai Iwane: Island in My Mind, Fukushima  AND  Melissa Ann Pinney: Girl Transcendent
Maui

Ai Iwane: Island in My Mind, Fukushima AND Melissa Ann Pinney: Girl Transcendent

Occurs between: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - Saturday, August 18, 2018, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Summary

Melissa Ann Pinney: Girl Transcendent

Ai Iwane: Island in My Mind, Fukushima

Exhibit dates: June 23- Aug 18, 2018

Exhibit Location: Schaefer International Gallery

Gallery Hours: Tue – Sun 10am - 5 pm (Also open before Castle Theater shows and during [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Jun 23 2018
Jun 24 2018
Ki Hoalu Guitar Festival (27th Annual)
Maui

Ki Hoalu Guitar Festival (27th Annual)

Occurs on: Sunday, June 24, 2018, 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Summary

Sunday, June 24, 2018; A&B Amphitheater; 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm/Gates at 12:30 pm

An all-star lineup including some of Hawai'i's best slack key guitar players will perform a full afternoon of melodious Hawaiian music at this FREE festival! Kī Hō`alu, translating literally from the Hawaiian [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Jun 24 2018
Spirit of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert
Kauai

Spirit of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert

Occurs on: Sunday, June 24, 2018, 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 18+ yrs is 99.3% "Excellent, Highlight of our trip!".

This concert will [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty
Jun 24 2018
Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival "Maui Style" (27th Annual)
Maui

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival "Maui Style" (27th Annual)

Occurs on: Sunday, June 24, 2018, 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Summary

Festival to feature some of the top artists in the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Genre performing for 6 solid hours at the beautiful Amphitheater of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Festival will also feature local arts and crafts, snacks, soft drinks and other favorite local foods. A minimum of 15 [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Milton Lau
  • Contact Organization: Ki-ho'alu Foundation
Jun 24 2018
Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival "Maui Style" (27th Annual)
Maui

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival "Maui Style" (27th Annual)

Occurs on: Sunday, June 24, 2018, 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Summary

Festival to feature some of the top artists in the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Genre performing for 6 solid hours at the beautiful Amphitheater of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Festival will also feature local arts and crafts, snacks, soft drinks and other favorite local foods. A minimum of 15 [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Milton Lau
  • Contact Organization: Ki-ho'alu Foundation
Jun 26 2018
I Love A Piano with Phil Kadet
Hawaii

I Love A Piano with Phil Kadet

Occurs on: Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Summary

New York City's Phil Kadet, a perennial favorite of HPAF audiences, returns for a fun and spirited evening of piano bar favorites.  Join us as we launch the 14th season of the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival in the beautiful atmosphere of the Mauna Lani Bay Resort and Bungalows. Seating is [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Genette Freeman
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Performing Arts Festival Inc.
Jun 26 2018
"Jax Bench" by Fred Roster
Oahu

Artists of Hawaii - Fred Roster

Occurs on: Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Summary

Art Lunch is a free monthly art lecture series at the Hawaii State Art Museum, held on the last Tuesday of the month. Bring your own lunch (or buy one at Artizen cafe!) and feed your creativity! June 2018: watch the Fred Roster episode of the "Artists of Hawaii" documentary series, produced by the [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Susan Hogan
  • Contact Organization: State Foundation on Culture and the Arts