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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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Dec 4 2018
Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert - Hawaii's Sunset Music
Kauai

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert - Hawaii's Sunset Music

Occurs on: Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
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 [...]

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  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty
Dec 4 2018
Hakalau Farmers Market
Hawaii

Hakalau Farmers Market and Food Share

Occurs on: Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Summary

On Tuesday, December 4th, Hakalau Farmers Market and FoodShare will return to its former location, Hakalau Veteran’s Park, located on the Old Mamalahoa Highway in Wailea. The market has been held at other nearby locations for the past 18 months. Enjoy Live Music by the Alternative Medicine Band; [...]

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  • Contact Name: Deb Scrivens
  • Contact Organization: Hakalau Farmers Market and FoodShare
Dec 5 2018
Doug & Sandy McMaster
Kauai

Heart of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert

Occurs on: Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
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
Dec 5 2018
Maui

Jazz at The Shops at Wailea

Occurs on: Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Summary

HUSBAND AND WIFE TEAM PHIL AND ANGELA BENOIT HEAD UP THIS MAUI BASED JAZZ GROUP THAT HAS BEEN PERFORMING SINCE 1997. Angela was born in Paia, Maui to a musical family. She is gifted with extraordinary talent and has been singing since she was a child. In the late ‘90s she began singing [...]

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  • Contact Name: Diana Whit
  • Contact Organization: The Shops at Wailea
Dec 5 2018
Oahu

Community Christmas Tree Lighting at Castle Medical Center

Occurs on: Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 6:15pm - 9:30pm
Summary

Castle Medical Center's (CMC) Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will take place on December 5, 2018. Enjoy the colorful decorations, bright lights, trolley rides and Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus,  Castle Medical Center will present in concert musical artist, composer and producer [...]

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  • Contact Name: Castle Medical Center
  • Contact Organization: Castle Medical Center
Dec 6 2018
Blackened Canteen Ceremony
Oahu

Blackened Canteen Ceremony

Occurs on: Thursday, December 6, 2018, 7:00am - 9:00am
Summary

Hosted by National Park Service, Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, and Dr. Hiroya Sugano, M.D., aboard the USS Arizona Memorial, 7:00 am. Dr. Hiroya Sugano, Director General of the Zero Fighter Admirers’ Club, comes from Japan to conduct this annual commemoration of peace and reconciliation ceremony [...]

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  • Contact Name: JoBeth Marihugh
  • Contact Organization: Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum
Dec 6 2018
A Manoa Christmas
Oahu

A Manoa Christmas

Occurs on: Thursday, December 6, 2018, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Summary

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Music Department and Department of Theatre and Dance are collaborating on a classical holiday celebration of live music, dance, and theatre. Join the musicians, actors, and dancers of UH Mānoa for this festive celebration of the season with performances [...]

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  • Contact Name: Kennedy Theatre
  • Contact Organization: Kennedy Theatre
Dec 6 2018
Blackened Canteen Youth Symposium
Oahu

Blackened Canteen Youth Symposium

Occurs on: Thursday, December 6, 2018, 10:00am - 11:00am
Summary

Following the ceremony, Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum hosts the Blackened Canteen Youth Symposium to commemorate this story of forgiveness, reconciliation, and friendship borne out of the horror of World War II. The Symposium will be held at the Museum’s theater from 10-11 am. It will feature Dr. [...]

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  • Contact Name: Lynda Davis
  • Contact Organization: Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum
Dec 6 2018
The Merwin Conservancy presents Lewis Hyde and Matthew Zapruder in the Green Room
Maui

The Merwin Conservancy presents Lewis Hyde and Matthew Zapruder in the Green Room

Occurs on: Thursday, December 6, 2018
Summary

The Merwin Conservancy presents Lewis Hyde and Matthew Zapruder in the Green Room Thursday, December 6, 2018; McCoy Studio Theater; 7:00 pm The Merwin Conservancy hosts an intimate conversation between renowned scholar, writer, and MacArthur Fellow, Lewis Hyde, and acclaimed poet and former poetry [...]

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  • Contact Name: Carin
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Dec 7 2018
Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade
Oahu

Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade

Occurs on: Friday, December 7, 2018, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Summary

Our gaily lit and decorated F-104 Starfighter joins the other floats and bands, to parade down Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki, to honor and pay respect to the Pearl Harbor survivors, our veterans, active duty military and their families. The Museum will be giving out free “Traveling P-40” magnets [...]

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  • Contact Name: Gabriel Lennon
  • Contact Organization: Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum