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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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Feb 20 2019
Winter Footholds Dance Concert
Oahu

Winter Footholds Dance Concert

Occurs between: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - Sunday, February 24, 2019, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Summary

The second of two Kennedy Theatre Footholds 2018/2019 dance concerts spotlights additional undergraduate and graduate student choreography and performance.

Performances take place Wednesday-Saturday, February 20-23 at 7:30pm and Sunday, February 24 at 2:00pm. Tickets 

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Kennedy Theatre Box Office
  • Contact Organization: UHM Department of Theatre + Dance
Feb 21 2019
Ackerman Art Exhibit Reception
Hawaii

Ackerman Art Exhibit Reception

Occurs on: Thursday, February 21, 2019, 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Summary

Exhibit Reception for the newest works of Gary Ackerman at the Ackerman Galleries in historical North Kohala. Enjoy beautiful live music by Mila Polevia, Libations and meet the artist. When you come to the reception you will receive a complimentary signed book by Ackerman with over 200 images of [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Maylan Ackerman
  • Contact Organization: Ackerman Galleries
Feb 21 2019
Oahu

Pato Banton

Occurs on: Thursday, February 21, 2019, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Summary

Island 98.5 Rocksteady Reggae Series Positive Vibrations abound with a beat to keep you on your dancing feet, while Pato Banton delivers a message that is food for the mind and soul. Many have considered his charismatic performance as live theatre where no show is alike and audience members become [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Letrice
  • Contact Organization: Blue Note Hawaii
Feb 22 2019
Hanalei Community Center
Kauai

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert - Sweet Hawaii Dreams

Occurs on: Friday, February 22, 2019, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
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 [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty
Feb 22 2019
Oahu

Amazing Comic Con Aloha

Occurs between: Friday, February 22, 2019 - Sunday, February 24, 2019
Summary

For Marvel fans, all four original creators of the "Thanos: Infinity Gauntlet" comic book series that inspired the recent feature film "Avengers: Infinity War" -- Jim Starlin, George Perez, Ron Lim and Joe Rubenstein -- will be in attendance for a speaking and signing event. Other guests include [...]

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  • Contact Organization: Comic Con
Feb 22 2019
Oahu

Yellowjackets

Occurs between: Friday, February 22, 2019 - Saturday, February 23, 2019, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Summary

Throughout their storied 35-year history, the Yellowjackets have recorded 23 albums, received 17 GRAMMY® nominations – won 2 – performed countless sold-out tours, and enjoyed worldwide critical acclaim and commercial success. The Yellowjackets formed in the late 1970’s as the backup band for [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Letrice Mitchell
  • Contact Organization: Blue Note Hawaii
Feb 22 2019
International Nights
Hawaii

International Nights

Occurs between: Friday, February 22, 2019 - Saturday, February 23, 2019, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Summary

Annual event featuring performances from around the world. See the shows, see the World! Tickets: $5 for students and children 17 years and under, $10 for senior citizens, and $15 for general admission. Tickets may be purchased at the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center Box Office from 10:00 am to 2:00 [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Jim Mellon
  • Contact Organization: UH Hilo
Feb 23 2019
Keiki Concert Cruise
Maui

Keiki Concert Cruise

Occurs on: Saturday, February 23, 2019, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Summary

Keiki cruise for free, with accompanied adult, on this special Concert Cruise as part of the 39th annual Maui Whale Festival. Marine education is FUN with whalewatching opportunities, naturalist interpretation, and the Banana Slug String Band, impassioned musicians, songwriters, performers, [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Organization: Pacific Whale Foundation
Feb 23 2019
Storytime with the Banana Slug String Band
Maui

Storytime with the Banana Slug String Band

Occurs on: Saturday, February 23, 2019, 10:30am - 11:30am
Summary

Part of the Maui Whale Festival, Pacific Whale Foundation and Kihei Public Library present Storytime with the Banana Slug String Band, environmental educators, impassioned musicians, songwriters, performers, and eco-warriors. This award-winning band has been playing music for children over 30 years [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Alicia Wood
  • Contact Organization: Pacific Whale Foundation
Feb 23 2019
Vincent's Protea by SOKO artist Mark Martel
Hawaii

SOKO 5th Annual Artist's Studio Weekend

Occurs between: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - Sunday, February 24, 2019, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

Visit 20 artists in their studios at 12 locations along the winding and scenic Mamalahoa Highway from Keauhou throughout Kona to Honaunau. Plan on a full day of learning and talking with the artists about their inspiration and techniques. A wide range of fine art, smaller items and gifts are [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Kathy Carr
  • Contact Organization: South Kona Artists Collective