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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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Mar 20 2019
Concerts at The Shops
Maui

Concerts at The Shops

Occurs on: Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Summary

Join us for a special evening of music with Paula Fuga Na Hoku hanohano award for Most Promising Artist. Location is the Lower Level in the Fountain Courtyard, from 5:30 PM to 7:00 Pm. The Shops at Wailea is Maui's premier shopping and dining destination with more than 70 distinct boutiques, shops, [...]

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  • Contact Name: Diana Whitt
  • Contact Organization: The Shops at Wailea
Mar 20 2019
"Public Love" by Morgan Thorson and Collaborators
Maui

"Public Love" by Morgan Thorson and Collaborators

Occurs on: Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Summary

Morgan Thorson is a choreographer based in Minneapolis. She creates original dance works that combine movement, light, sound, and objects while taking into consideration the site of the work, representation of the body, and history of the field. In “Public Love,” Thorson and her team of dance [...]

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  • Contact Name: Carin
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Mar 21 2019
Zakir Hussain, tabla, with Niladri Kumar, sitar
Maui

Zakir Hussain, tabla, with Niladri Kumar, sitar

Occurs on: Thursday, March 21, 2019, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Summary

Ustad Zakir Hussain is the world's best known Indian tabla player. Popularly known as the Tabla Maestro, his consistently brilliant and exciting performances have not only established him as a national treasure in India, but also earned him worldwide fame. Widely considered a chief architect of the [...]

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  • Contact Name: Carin
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Mar 21 2019
The Watcher of Waipuna by Gary Pak
Oahu

The Watcher of Waipuna by Gary Pak

Occurs between: Thursday, March 21, 2019 - Saturday, April 20, 2019
Summary

Gilbert Sanchez is the Watcher of Waipuna, defending his tiny corner of paradise against evil commercial expansion and greedy family members.

Based on Gary Pak's short story, this local fairy tale-like parable includes a chorus of housewives, supernatural elements, and examines the [...]

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  • Contact Name: Sarah Bauer
  • Contact Organization: Kumu Kahua Theatre
Mar 22 2019
Traditional Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele
Kauai

Traditional Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele

Occurs on: Friday, March 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 will [...]

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  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty
Mar 22 2019
Season EP Release Concert--"The Two Sided Story of Grace"
Oahu

Season EP Release Concert--"The Two Sided Story of Grace"

Occurs on: Friday, March 22, 2019, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Summary

Hawaii Convention Center Presents: TWELVENOONANDMIDNITE, in celebration of their newly released EP entitled, "Season" featuring Johnny Suite, and a few special guests. TWELVENOONANDMIDNITE is a musicial duo comprised of TWELVENOON (Freddy Leone) and MIDNITE (Gabriel Miller). Freddy Leone, born and [...]

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  • Contact Name: Chantel Fonseca
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Convention Center
Mar 22 2019
Oahu

Brian Culbertson

Occurs between: Friday, March 22, 2019 - Sunday, March 24, 2019, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Summary

Brian Culbertson is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, writer and producer who crosses genres between contemporary jazz, R&B, and funk. Inspired by the great R&B/jazz/pop artists of the 70’s like EWF, Tower of Power, Chicago, and David Sanborn, Brian Culbertson started composing original [...]

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  • Contact Name: Letrice Mitchell
  • Contact Organization: Blue Note Hawaii
Mar 23 2019
Oahu

Honolulu Chamber Music Series - Cortona Trio

Occurs on: Saturday, March 23, 2019, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Summary

The Cortona Trio unites the energy and artistry of three stellar solo and chamber musicians: violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti, cellist Julie Albers, and pianist Elizabeth Pridgen. The Cortona Trio is a natural collaboration of these artists who perform, teach and work together on a regular basis [...]

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  • Contact Name: Tickets
  • Contact Organization: Honolulu Chamber
Mar 23 2019
Poly's Finest Fest 2019
Oahu

Poly's Finest Fest 2019

Occurs on: Saturday, March 23, 2019, 4:30pm - 10:00pm
Summary

Hawaii's Finest & The Surfjack Hotel invite you to spend the night with us, dancing under the stars on March 15, 2019! This is an ALL AGES event and will be held on the Great Lawn at Bishop Museum. This one night festival will feature some of the best Polynesian artists, including, Sammy J, Josh [...]

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  • Contact Name: Dayna Lau
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii's Finest
Mar 23 2019
Prince Kuhio Maui Hoolaulea
Maui

Prince Kuhio Maui Hoolaulea

Occurs between: Saturday, March 23, 2019 - Sunday, March 24, 2019, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Summary

Known as "Ke Alii Makaainana" or the Prince of the People, Kuhio is well known for his efforts to protect, preserve and perpetuate the Hawaiian culture and people. Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole, founder of the Hawaiian Civic Club movement and proponent of the Hawaiian Homestead Act of 1920. [...]

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  • Contact Name: Daryl Fujiwara
  • Contact Organization: Lahaina Hawaiian Civic Club