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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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Sep 12 2018
Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert - Your Island of Peace
Kauai

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert - Your Island of Peace

Occurs on: Wednesday, September 12, 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
Sep 12 2018
Bilal
Oahu

Bilal

Occurs between: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - Thursday, September 13, 2018, 6:30pm - 10:30pm
Summary

Bilal will be performing at Blue Note Hawaii with 2 shows nightly at 6:30pm & 9:00pm. Although he has been categorized in the neo soul category, Bilal's music transcends that label, with elements of soul, jazz, R&B, and even rock music being heard within his sound. Doors open at 5:00 and 8:30 [...]

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  • Contact Name: Shaun
  • Contact Organization: Blue Note Hawaii
Sep 13 2018
Honolulu Museum of Art
Oahu

"Ho‘oulu: The King Kalākaua Era" Art Exhibit

Occurs between: Thursday, September 13, 2018 - Sunday, January 27, 2019, 10:00am - 4:30pm
Summary

Ho‘oulu: The King Kalākaua Era considers art and experimentation in the Hawaiian Kingdom during the reign of King David Kalākaua (1874–1891). Cosmopolitanism—the idea that local polities share systemic parallels internationally as part of a world citizenry—was a thriving philosophy in the [...]

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  • Contact Name: Honolulu Museum of Art
  • Contact Organization: Honolulu Museum of Art
Sep 14 2018
Hanalei Community Center
Kauai

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele - Tour of the Islands

Occurs on: Friday, September 14, 2018, 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 18+ yrs is 99.3% "Excellent, Highlight of our trip!".

This concert will [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty
Sep 14 2018
"Cat in The Hat" at Kennedy Theatre Sep 14-23, 2018
Oahu

Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat

Occurs between: Friday, September 14, 2018 - Sunday, September 23, 2018, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Summary

"I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny." Join Sally and her brother as their rainy day blues are turned upside-down by a mischievous stranger in a striped hat. The Cat in the Hat creates a day full of wacky adventure, wondrous balancing feats, [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Kennedy Theatre Box Office
  • Contact Organization: UHM Department of Theatre and Dance
Sep 15 2018
Art Kaua`i 2018
Kauai

Art Kaua`i 2018

Occurs between: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - Saturday, October 27, 2018, 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Summary

The Kauai Society of Artists presents its 33rd Annual Art Kauai--the premier art exhibition for artists to display their original artwork in the categories of Ceramics, Fiber, Glass, Metal, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Wood. 

Free of charge and open to the public the Exhibition [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Rose Anne Jones
  • Contact Organization: Kaua`i Society of Artists
Sep 15 2018
Kumu Hula Paul Neves
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Hula Kahiko Performance

Occurs on: Saturday, September 15, 2018, 10:30am - 11:30am
Summary

Hula Halau Ha Kea o Kinohi with Kumu Hula Paul Neves perform in a one-of-a-kind outdoor setting at the kahua hula (platform) in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This performance is presented authentically in a natural setting, rain or shine without electronic amplification. Audience members [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Sep 15 2018
It Comes in Threes: An Evening of Quick Comedies
Oahu

It Comes in Threes: An Evening of Quick Comedies

Occurs between: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - Sunday, September 23, 2018, 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Summary

A night of hilarity is sure to ensue at Late Night's Production of It Comes in Threes: An Evening of Quick Comedies. This performance features three one-act comedies, including Christopher Durang's The Actor's Nightmare, where an accountant finds himself mistaken for an understudy and thrust [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Kennedy Theatre Box Office
  • Contact Organization: UHM Department of Theatre and Dance
Sep 15 2018
Sep 15 2018
Loke Kamanu and her 'ohana
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Na Mea Hula Demonstrations

Occurs on: Saturday, September 15, 2018, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Summary

Held in conjunction with monthly Na Mea hula kahiko performances, join our Native Hawaiian cultural specialist Loke Kamanu and her `ohana on the lanai of the Volcano Art Gallery as they share with you "Nā Mea Hula" (all things hula).  Come and learn a hula, use various hula implements and [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center