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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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Apr 14 2018
Molokai

Punana Leo O Molokai Hoomau

Occurs on:
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Summary

Join us for a fun filled day in celebration of the Hawaiian Language with ono food, craft vendors, informational booths, lucky numbers, awesome silent auction items, demonstrations, and nahenahe entertainment. This is a free event for all! Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Lanikeha Center in Hoolehua [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Pilahi Arce
  • Contact Organization: Punana Leo O Molokai
Apr 14 2018
Cacao & Chocolate Festival
Hawaii

Hilo Cacao & Chocolate Festival (1st Annual)

Occurs on:
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Summary

The East Hawaii Cacao Association will be presenting this fun and informative free event to support and expand the growing and processing of cacao on Hawaii Island as well as the tourism focus for cacao farm tours and world class chocolate that is created here. Displays will show the complete [...]

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  • Contact Name: East Hawaii Cacao Association
  • Contact Organization: East Hawaii Cacao Association
Apr 15 2018
Hawaii

Kokua Kailua In Historic Kailua Village (9th Annual) - April

Occurs on:
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Summary

One Sunday each month from 1pm to 6pm Alii Drive in Kona's Historic Kailua Village becomes a festive, pedestrian-only outdoor "Made in Hawaii" marketplace that makes for a fun family-friendly day. Leashed dogs are welcome to stroll too!

 

Celebrating its 9th year, Kokua Kailua [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Dorlene Silva
  • Contact Organization: Kailua Village Business Improvement District
Apr 20 2018
Oahu

Iolani Fair 2018

Occurs between:
Friday, April 20, 2018
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Saturday, April 21, 2018
Summary

Enjoy a weekend of fun for the whole family at Iolani School's Fair, themed "Dino Days." There's something for everyone--games, rides, crafts, keiki activities, live entertainment by some of Hawaii's top local artists and, of course, food. Beloved fair classics include giant turkey legs, gumbo, [...]

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  • Contact Name: Lei-Ann Field
  • Contact Organization: Anthology
Apr 20 2018
The Nature Conservancy
Molokai

Molokai Earth Day Celebration

Occurs on:
Friday, April 20, 2018
Summary

Since 1995, The Nature Conservancy has sponsored Molokai Earth Day. The purpose of the event is to educate residents and visitors about the part they can play in preserving our natural and cultural resources. The event will be held from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Mitchell Pauole Center in Kaunakakai. [...]

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  • Contact Name: Information
  • Contact Organization: The Nature Conservancy
Apr 21 2018
Hawaii

Kau Coffee Festival (10th Annual)

Occurs between:
Saturday, April 21, 2018
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Sunday, May 6, 2018
Summary

The 10th annual Kau Coffee Festival celebrates its award-winning brew with a host of events on various dates from April 21-May 6. Fun culminates May 5-6 at the Pahala Community Center with a java-jumpin' hoolaulea'a on Saturday and the Kau Coffee College educational series on Sunday. Supported [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Chris Manfredi
  • Contact Organization: Kau Coffee Festival
Apr 21 2018
Halau Nakaulakuhikuhi
Maui

East Maui Taro Festival (26th Annual)

Occurs on:
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Summary

The 26th Annual East Maui Taro Festival will take place on Saturday, April 21st at the Hana Ballpark from 9 am – 5 pm. Admission is free. The event focuses on Kalo/Taro as a staple food of the Hawaiian diet, as well as being the symbolic "Elder Brother" of Native Hawaiians. The Festival [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Judy Kinser
  • Contact Organization: East Maui Taro Festival
Apr 26 2018
Hawaiian Music Series free concerts at Baldwin Home in Lahaina
Maui

Hawaiian Music Series Concerts in Lahaina - April

Occurs on:
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Summary

This year we're celebrating 10 years of free Hawaiian music concerts in Lahaina! Get ready to relax under the shade trees of the Baldwin Home Museum at the corner of Dickenson and Front Streets in Lahaina for a FREE Hawaiian music concert on the last Thursday of each month. You will enjoy the [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Theo Morrison
  • Contact Organization: Lahaina Restoration Foundation
Apr 27 2018
Leonard Slatkin Conducts the Music of John Williams
Oahu

Slatkin Conducts the Music of John Williams

Occurs on:
Friday, April 27, 2018
Summary

Internationally renowned American conductor, Leonard Slatkin takes us on a melodious adventure through the musical genius of John Williams' greatest hits.

Be transported beyond your imagination with orchestral favorites such as The Theme from Star Wars, Indiana Jones and E.T. the [...]

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Apr 27 2018
Maui

Art with Aloha: Kumulaau & Haunani Sing• FREE Talk Story & Demo

Occurs on:
Friday, April 27, 2018
Summary

"Talk Story" and Demo with Kumulaau Sing Jr. & May Haunani Balino-Sing – FREE!

Friday, April 27 / 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Kumulaau & Haunani will talk about the origin of kites in Polynesia, biomimicry, and how kite designs were inspired from nature. Together, we may even string up some [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Lana Coryell
  • Contact Organization: Hui No'eau