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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 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
Dec 7 2018
Oahu

First Friday Art Walk - Downtown - Chinatown (December)

Occurs on: Friday, December 7, 2018, 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Summary

Come join us for the most exciting event to hit downtown Honolulu on the first Friday of every month! Chinatown is the place to be if you want to join the hip crowds at the many unique galleries, boutiques, cafes and restaurants that feature exciting art exhibits and free entertainment. Come to see [...]

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  • Contact Name: First Friday Hawaii
Dec 7 2018
2016 & 2017 Hana Legends performances
Maui

Hana Legends Community Performance

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

Hana Arts is excited to produce our third annual Hana Legends community theatre program in December of 2018! Hana Legends is a theatrical program which allows cultural practitioners a platform to teach their skills and knowledge of hula (dance), mele (music), oli (chant), and noeau (artistic [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Becky Lind
  • Contact Organization: Hana Arts
Dec 8 2018
Museum Annual Dinner Gala
Oahu

Museum Annual Dinner Gala

Occurs on: Saturday, December 8, 2018, 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Summary

The Museum’s annual dinner fundraiser helps support the Museum’s Restoration and Education programs. Gala will include cocktails, dinner, entertainment, and an auction. Guests will get a first look at newly restored aircraft fresh out of Lt. Ted Shealy’s Restoration Shop. Information, sponsor [...]

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  • Contact Name: Vangie Villa
  • Contact Organization: Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum
Dec 8 2018
Oahu

Kalakaua Merrie Mile

Occurs on: Saturday, December 8, 2018, 7:00am - 9:00am
Summary

This is a fun one mile race in Waikiki followed by a beach party. Great as a warm-up for the marathon as well as visiting friends and family. Children of all ages are welcome to run the Merrie Mile. Starts are in waves based on predicted finish time. The last wave is the professional wave starts [...]

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  • Contact Name: Honolulu Marathon
  • Contact Organization: Honolulu Marathon
Dec 8 2018
Kauai

NTBG Christmas Craft Fair

Occurs on: Saturday, December 8, 2018
Summary

National Tropical Botanical Garden is happy to announce the date for our 2018 Christmas Craft Fair will be December 8th, 2018. Come enjoy a day of holiday shopping and entertainment featuring Kauai-made products, jewelry, clothing and more! Get gifts for everybody on your list including [...]

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  • Contact Name: Ann Nicol
  • Contact Organization: Gilbert & Associates
Dec 8 2018
Oahu

Kama'aina Christmas 2018 @ Honolulu Museum of Art

Occurs on: Saturday, December 8, 2018, 6:00pm - 11:00pm
Summary

Kama‘aina Christmas is the museum’s premier fundraising event and proceeds make it possible for the museum to present world-class exhibitions, meet a growing demand for arts education in our community, and ensure the museum is accessible to everyone. Chaired by Joji Baptiste, Kelly Huang, and [...]

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  • Contact Name: Honolulu Museum of Art
  • Contact Organization: Honolulu Museum of Art
Dec 8 2018
Mele Kalikimaka Market
Oahu

Mele Kalikimaka Marketplace 2018

Occurs between: Saturday, December 8, 2018 - Sunday, December 9, 2018
Summary

Come celebrate the holidays and enjoy a shoppers emporium of great local gifts and activities for the whole family. This show will feature over 150 exhibitors with a weekend full of interactive family activities. Features include a winter wonderland with real snow effect, food samplings from [...]

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  • Contact Name: Jadelin Chun
  • Contact Organization: Pacific Expos
Dec 8 2018
Maui

Maui Academy of Performing Arts presents "Nutcracker Sweets"

Occurs between: Saturday, December 8, 2018 - Sunday, December 9, 2018
Summary

Maui Academy of Performing Arts presents “Nutcracker Sweets” Saturday & Sunday, December 8 & 9, 2018; Castle Theater Show times vary: 7:00 pm Saturday; 3:00 pm Sunday Maui audiences are in for a sweet treat this holiday season when Maui Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA) presents Nutcracker [...]

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  • Contact Name: Carin
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Dec 8 2018
John John Florence, 2x World Champion and 3x Vans Triple Crown Champion, at Backdoor Pipeline
Oahu

Billabong Pipe Masters

Occurs on: Saturday, December 8, 2018, 8:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing culminates at world-famous Pipeline with the Billabong Pipe Masters and awards the highest honor in the sport – the Championship title – to the greatest competitive surfer in the world. The Billabong Pipe Masters also awards an event winner and a Vans Triple [...]

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  • Contact Name: Lauren Rolland
  • Contact Organization: World Surf League Hawaii