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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 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
Dec 8 2018
Oahu

Kapolei City Lights

Occurs on: Saturday, December 8, 2018, 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Summary

Free Kapolei City Lights Opening Night Celebration Saturday, December 8, 2018 5 PM – 9 PM PARADE: Begins at 6:00 PM at Ft. Barrette Road and Kapolei Parkway TREE LIGHTING: 7:15 PM Don’t miss this festive holiday event for the whole family. Visit the beautifully decorated Kapolei Hale. Get an [...]

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  • Contact Organization: Kapolei City Lights
Dec 9 2018
Taiko Drummer Kenny Endo - photo by Marcia Campbell
Oahu

Hawaii Symphonic Band Winter Concert with Special Guest Kenny Endo

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

The Hawaii Symphonic Band Presents its Winter Concert featuring special guest Kenny Endo. Sunday, December 9, 2018, 7:00pm at the Palladium at Ala Wai Golf Club. Program Highlights: March from Suite for Variety Orchestra by Dmitri Shostakovich, Glenn Miller Medley arranged by Naohiro Iwai, Overture [...]

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  • Contact Name: Amie Kobayashi
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Symphonic Band
Dec 9 2018
Oahu

Uta nu Michi: The Path of Learning Okinawan Song

Occurs on: Sunday, December 9, 2018, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Summary

Performance Demonstration: “Uta nu Michi: The Path of Learning Okinawan Songs” by Norman Kaneshiro, artist.This event will be held in connection with the East-West Center Gallery exhibition titled, "Capturing a Legacy: Four Generations of Nepalese Photographers", on view until January 6th, [...]

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  • Contact Name: Eric Chang
  • Contact Organization: East-West Center
Dec 9 2018
Hanalei Taro fields and Mountains
Kauai

Spirit of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert

Occurs on: Sunday, December 9, 2018, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
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 [...]

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  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty
Dec 9 2018
Alii Sunday - Kamehameha Elima (v)
Oahu

Alii Sunday - Kamehameha Elima (v)

Occurs on: Sunday, December 9, 2018, 9:00am - 10:00am
Summary

Alii Sundays are among the many long and honored traditions of Kawaiahao Church, which began about 1914. In the 1970's our people were embarking on a tidal wave of change. In the chaos of circumstance and sensing the urgency to unite Hawaii's people and rekindle their strength and purpose in Ke [...]

Dec 11 2018
Local Koa Guitar
Kauai

Kauai Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert

Occurs on: Tuesday, December 11, 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 [...]

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  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty
Dec 12 2018
All Saints' Church, Kapaa
Kauai

Traditional Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele

Occurs on: Wednesday, December 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 [...]

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  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty
Dec 12 2018
Oahu

Holiday Pops - Hawaii Symphony Orchestra - A Benefit for the Hawaii Theatre Center

Occurs on: Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Summary

Join the HSO for its annual Holiday Pops Concert Wednesday, December 12, at 7:30 p.m. This festive, annual event is at the Hawaii Theatre this year. Maestro Rob Fisher leads the HSO in a seasonal celebration of holiday favorites, featuring classics with local flair. Share the excitement of the [...]

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  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Theatre