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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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Feb 8 2018
Oahu

Pacific Rim Cup

Occurs between:
Thursday, February 8, 2018
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Saturday, February 10, 2018
Summary

Tickets now are on sale for the first annual Pacific Rim Cup, an international soccer tournament scheduled for Feb. 8 and 10 at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii. The two-day event will feature stars from Japan, Canada and the USA and will mark the first time in six years that the Japan Professional Football [...]

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  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Stadium
Feb 9 2018
Maui

The Merwin Conservancy presents Tracy K. Smith in the Green Room

Occurs on:
Friday, February 9, 2018
Summary

Friday, February 9, 2018; McCoy Studio Theater; 7:00 pm The Merwin Conservancy presents an intimate evening with current U.S. Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith, in the Green Room, an environmental and literary salon series on Maui that is hosted by the Conservancy and fosters a reverence for language, [...]

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  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Feb 10 2018
Maui

Dave Mason’s “The Very Best of Dave Mason” Tour

Occurs on:
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Summary

Saturday, February 10, 2018; Castle Theater; 7:30 pm Blues Bear Hawaii is proud to present Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Dave Mason and “The Very Best of Dave Mason” tour based on his recently filmed concert for PBS. Originally released in 1979, Dave Mason’s “The Very Best of Dave Mason” [...]

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  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Feb 10 2018
Maui

Ms. Lauryn Hill

Occurs on:
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Summary

With Special Guest, Eli-Mac Saturday, February 10, 2018; Events Lawn; 6:00 pm show, 5:00 pm gates Ms. Lauryn Hill, a native of South Orange, New Jersey, first came to attention with the multitalented group, the Fugees. Their real breakthrough came with the sophomore album, "The Score," which [...]

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  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Feb 10 2018
Oahu

Vietnamese-American Lunar New Year Festival 2018

Occurs between:
Saturday, February 10, 2018
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Sunday, February 11, 2018
Summary

Vietnamese-American New Year festival on Saturday, February 10, 2018 and and Sunday, February 11, 2018 at Kapiolani Park from 9am to 4pm. Enjoy a fun filled family day with cultural food, crafts, musical entertainment, games and inflatable play area for the kids. The event is sponsored by the [...]

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  • Contact Name: Phen Bob Pham
  • Contact Organization: Hoi Den Hung Foundation
Feb 11 2018
Maui

Doric String Quartet

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Sunday, February 11, 2018
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Sunday, February 11, 2018; Castle Theater; 3:00 pm The Doric String Quartet has firmly established itself as the leading British string quartet of its generation, receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the globe. The quartet has won international prizes in Japan, Italy, [...]

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  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Feb 16 2018
Great Aloha Run
Oahu

Great Aloha Sports, Health and Fitness Expo

Occurs between:
Friday, February 16, 2018
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Sunday, February 18, 2018
Summary

The Hawaii Pacific Health Great Aloha Run Sports Health & Fitness Expo (HPHGAR) encourages a healthy and active lifestyle. Our goal is to provide and experience where people can explore health and fitness options and become empowered to improve their quality of life in whatever way feels right for [...]

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  • Contact Name: Great Aloha Run
  • Contact Organization: Great Aloha Run
Feb 16 2018
2017 Hawaii Regional Scholastic Art Awards exhibit
Oahu

55th Annual Hawaii Regional Scholastic Art Awards

Occurs between:
Friday, February 16, 2018
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Friday, April 13, 2018
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Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm, evening hours First Friday of each month, 6-9 pm. This annual art exhibition recognizes creative excellence among Hawaii's public and private school students in grades 7-12. Please note that some works will be removed mid-March for the national level exhibition. [...]

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  • Contact Name: Mamiko Carroll
  • Contact Organization: State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
Feb 16 2018
Fights & Delights at UHM Kennedy Theatre
Oahu

Fights and Delights: Three Chinese Comedies

Occurs between:
Friday, February 16, 2018
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Sunday, February 25, 2018
Summary

Xiqu (Chinese "opera") performed in English! Showcasing the vibrancy of traditional Chinese theatre, these delightfully contrasting plays celebrate the "chou" – or comic – character, an irrepressible force of comedy who continually reveals the laughter in life. Filled with convoluted [...]

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  • Contact Name: Kennedy Theatre Box Office
  • Contact Organization: UHM Department of Theatre and Dance
Feb 17 2018
Cyrus Chestnut
Hawaii

Cyrus Chestnut Trio

Occurs on:
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Summary

Described as the best jazz pianist of his generation, Cyrus Chestnut leads his trio in a performance of both original tunes and Jazz standards. "I like to construct melodies that tell stories, based on what I've seen, what I feel and what I hear," Chestnut explains. "If I can connect to what I am [...]

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  • Contact Name: Kristin Lake
  • Contact Organization: Kahilu Theatre