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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 28 2018
Internationally acclaimed American conductor, Leonard Slatkin and Finland’s Elina Vähälä
Oahu

The Debuts of Slatkin & Vahala

Occurs between:
Saturday, April 28, 2018
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Sunday, April 29, 2018
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Internationally acclaimed American conductor, Leonard Slatkin, will guide audiences through a powerful program that pairs Finland's Elina Vähälä with Finnish master composer, Jean Sibelius.

The Violin Concerto is filled with rich textures that evoke a Nordic spirit and showcase the [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: HSO Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra
Apr 28 2018
Good times!
Kauai

Kauai Brewers Festival

Occurs on:
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Summary

The Kauai Brewers Festival will be held Saturday afternoon 2pm to 6pm April 28th, 2018 at the Poipu Beach Athletic Club. The event will feature craft beer from local Hawaii brewers and mainland, delicious nibbles from top local restaurants, live music, sunshine and fun. Event is 21 and over only. [...]

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  • Contact Name: Chris Young
  • Contact Organization: Kauai Habitat for Humanity
May 1 2018
2017 Lei Queen and Court
Oahu

Lei Day Celebration (91st Annual)

Occurs on:
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Summary

The first Lei Day was in 1927 (the Academy Awards began in 1929) and celebrated in downtown Honolulu with a few people wearing lei. From that it grew and more and more people began to wear lei on May 1. We are told that the first celebration and exhibit of lei was at the Bank of Hawa‘i. In [...]

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  • Contact Name: Kaiulani Kauahi
  • Contact Organization: C&C of Honolulu Parks & Recreation
May 3 2018
Oahu

Manoa Valley Theatre Presents - Shear Madness

Occurs between:
Thursday, May 3, 2018
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Sunday, May 20, 2018
Summary

Shear Madness

running continuously in the U.S. for the past 37 years

An comedy who-dun-it by Paul Pörtner

When the landlady who lives above a unisex hair salon is murdered, the audience gets involved in solving the crime by openly questioning the strange array of [...]

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  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Manoa Valley Theatre
May 5 2018
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Maui

Na Holo Wahine 5K & 1 Mile Walk

Occurs on:
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Summary

Maui’s ONLY ALL WOMEN’S EVENT Race date is a tentative date only. Please visit our website at www.virr.com for updates. Race proceeds go to The Maui Farm, a community-based nonprofit organization providing farm-based, family-centered programs that teach essential life skills for self-sufficient [...]

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  • Contact Name: Jon Emerson
  • Contact Organization: Valley Isle Road Runners
May 5 2018
Oahu

Hawaii Book & Music Festival

Occurs between:
Saturday, May 5, 2018
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Sunday, May 6, 2018
Summary

Bank of Hawaii presents the 13th annual Hawaii Book & Music Festival on Friday and Saturday, May 5 & 6, 2018.  This celebration of story and song takes place at the Frank F. Fasi Civic Grounds (Honolulu Hale) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day with free admission and parking. Book and music [...]

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  • Contact Name: Amy Hammond
  • Contact Organization: Specail Events Hawaii
May 19 2018
Oahu

Waikiki Artfest

Occurs between:
Saturday, May 19, 2018
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Sunday, May 20, 2018
Summary

Our Waikiki Artfest is located in Kapiolani Park at the Diamond Head end of Waikiki. We host approximately 60 fine artists and Made in Hawaii handcraft artisans who create and display their own artwork for sale. We have casual entertainment shave ice, and great food for our guests.  Artwork [...]

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  • Contact Name: Nancy Calhoun
  • Contact Organization: Handcrafters and Artisans Alliance
May 20 2018
Hawaii

Farm Festival at Hamakua Harvest (3rd Annual)

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Sunday, May 20, 2018
Summary

The Third Annual Farm Festival at Hamakua Harvest in Honokaa will feature an all-day line-up of entertainment, educational presentations, kid's activities, a silent auction and a 45-vendor farmers' market, featuring locally grown products, delicious food and arts and crafts.

Hāmākua [...]

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  • Contact Name: Lori Beach
  • Contact Organization: Hamakua Harvest, Inc.
May 20 2018
Hawaii

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

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Sunday, May 20, 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
May 29 2018
Molokai Hula Bliss & Huakaʻi
Molokai

Molokai Hula Bliss & Huakai (Journey) 2018

Occurs between:
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
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Sunday, June 10, 2018
Summary

Are you looking for that genuine Aloha - unconditional love? Do you feel the call of the island of Molokai with its ancient culture and traditions? Do you love to dance hula, the Hawaiian dance and to know and see where the dances come [...]

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  • Contact Name: Kumu Paa Lawrence Aki
  • Contact Organization: Kumu Paa Lawrence Aki