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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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Jun 30 2018
Hawaii

Opera on the Rocks

Occurs on: Saturday, June 30, 2018, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Summary

Come be entertained as HPAF's faculty serenades you with famous operatic arias and musical theatre classics. Lively and fun, taking opera out of the stuffy opera house and into the bar. Featuring Grammy award winner Danny Belcher, HPAF Executive Director Justin John Moniz and many more. Tickets are [...]

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  • Contact Name: Genette Freeman
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Performing Arts Festival Inc.
Jun 30 2018
Auwahi Forest Exhibition
Maui

Auwahi Forest Exhibition

Occurs between: Saturday, June 30, 2018 - Friday, August 3, 2018, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

Receiving Day: June 19 / 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Opening Reception: June 30 / 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Auwahi leeward forest was previously known to be among the most diverse of Hawaiian ecosystems. Currently, Auwahi is among the world's most endangered tropical dry forests with nine species listed as [...]

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  • Contact Name: Erin Wooldridge
  • Contact Organization: Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center
Jun 30 2018
Watercolor Monoprint with Molly Aubrey
Hawaii

Watercolor Monoprint with Molly Aubrey

Occurs on: Saturday, June 30, 2018, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

With an emphasis on creativity, experimentation, and discovery, this workshop will focus on an incredibly liberating and painterly form of non-toxic printmaking: watercolor monotypes. Students will learn many techniques, including preparing a matrix applying watercolors to create various effects, [...]

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  • Contact Name: Kanani Daley
  • Contact Organization: East Hawai'i Cultural Center
Jun 30 2018
Imu Workshop with Ikaika Nakahashi
Maui

Imu Workshop with Ikaika Nakahashi

Occurs between: Saturday, June 30, 2018 - Sunday, July 1, 2018, 9:00am - 6:00pm
Summary

Saturday, June 30 (9 AM to 6 PM), & Sunday, July 1 (8 AM to 11 AM): Imu Workshop with Ikaika Nakahashi- This two-day, in-depth workshop will teach many aspects of imu (Hawaiian underground oven) creation and use. Hands-on instruction in how to gather materials, how to create, ignite, seal, and open [...]

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  • Contact Name: Whit Germano
  • Contact Organization: Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
Jul 1 2018
Hawaii

Opera on the Rocks - Hapuna

Occurs on: Sunday, July 1, 2018, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Summary

HPAF's renowned artists will serenade you with famous operatic and musical theatre classics, Relax and enjoy opera in an informal setting, the beautiful Breezeway of the newly remodeled Hapuna Beach Westin Hotel. Food and drink available for purchase. Tickets $60, available at [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Genette Freeman
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Performing Arts Festival Inc.
Jul 1 2018
Swimmers taking the plunge at the Hanalei Bay Swim Challenge
Kauai

Hanalei Bay Swim Challenge (12th Annual)

Occurs on: Sunday, July 1, 2018, 7:00am - 11:00am
Summary

The 12th Annual Hanalei Bay Swim Challenge, named one of America's top 100 Swims by the World Open Water Swimming Association, takes place on July 1, 2018 on the beautiful island of Kauai. Competitors come from around the world to participate in this fun event. Hanalei Bay, with it's warm waters [...]

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  • Contact Name: Pam Murphy
  • Contact Organization: Namolokama O Hanalei Canoe Club
Jul 4 2018
Jazz Orchestra performs at 4th of July in Lahaina
Maui

Jazz Maui 4th Of July Concerts In Lahaina

Occurs on: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Summary

Jazz Maui presents live music on two stages for the 4th of July Celebration in Lahaina! On Lahaina Library's oceanside lawn next to Pioneer Inn, the Chop Suey Jazz Orchestra with special guests will kick-off the concert at 5 pm. Entertainment continues with the Maui Community Band until the [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Bryant Neal
  • Contact Organization: Jazz Maui
Jul 5 2018
Summer Songs
Hawaii

Summer Songs

Occurs on: Thursday, July 5, 2018, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Summary

Join two highly accomplished HPAF artists, soprano Rachel Copeland and pianist Paul Floyd, for an evening of classical song in an intimate setting. Ms. Copeland has graced opera stages throughout the world, and Mr. Floyd has collaborated with some of the world's finest opera singers and conductors. [...]

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  • Contact Name: Genette Freeman
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Performing Arts Festival Inc.
Jul 5 2018
Manoa Valley Theatre Presents - The Princess and the Iso Peanut
Oahu

Manoa Valley Theatre Presents - The Princess and the Iso Peanut

Occurs between: Thursday, July 5, 2018 - Sunday, July 22, 2018
Summary

The Princess and the Iso Peanut

From the Library of Hawaii Favorites

A local-kine Hawaiian pidgin musical comedy by Lisa Matsumoto and Roslyn Catracchia

Produced in association with Kaimuki High School Performing Arts Center

What can happen when a traditional [...]

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  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Manoa Valley Theatre
Jul 5 2018
Desiree Moana Cruz
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Hula Voices

Occurs on: Thursday, July 5, 2018, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Summary

Hula Voices presents an engaging, intimate “talk story” session with Hawaii Island’s hula practitioners who eat, sleep and live on the practice of hula and its associated arts. Embrace the opportunity to listen to Kumu Hula, long time Humana (student) and artisans whose live and breathe Hula. [...]

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