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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, fire dancers, 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 Molokai's Festivals of Aloha (October) 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 Oahu (October and November) 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.

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Dec 20 2017
Maui

"Talk Story" & Demo with Kumulaau & Haunanu Sing - FREE!

Occurs on:
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Summary

Kumulaau & Haunani will demonstrate how to weave some examples of ie basketry and will display various representations of the art form. In this intimate setting, they will also share and answer questions about how pieces were created and the complexities that come with perpetuating the cultural [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Haley A Eligio
  • Contact Organization: Hui No'eau
Dec 21 2017
Maui

Ulana Ie: Beginning Hawaiian Basketry with Kumula‘au & Haunani Sing

Occurs between:
Thursday, December 21, 2017
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Friday, December 22, 2017
Summary

This workshop will teach participants the fundamentals of starting and finishing a basket with a cover. Using brightly colored dyed rattan wicker, students will learn how baskets were traditionally made using the aerial rootlets of the ie ie (Freycinetia arborea) plant. The class will cover many [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Haley A Eligio
  • Contact Organization: Hui No'eau
Dec 21 2017
Hawaii

Nutcracker Ballet

Occurs between:
Thursday, December 21, 2017
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Saturday, December 23, 2017
Summary

West Hawaii Dance Theatre and Academy lights up the holidays  by presenting  "The Nutcracker Ballet". This delightful  holiday classic is performed at Kahilu Theatre  on Thursday, December  21 and  Friday, December 22, 6:00pm and Saturday, December 23, 2:00pm. A Full Orchestra under the [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Virginia Holte
  • Contact Organization: West Hawaii Dance Theatre
Dec 27 2017
Maui

Teach the Teachers: Professional Development - E Kapala Kii: Printing For Indigenous Consciousness with Kumula‘au & Haunani Sin

Occurs on:
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Summary

This short workshop will provide classroom teachers with cultural and historical insights on traditional Hawaiian printing. Participating teachers will create neo-traditional stamps that reflect the lifestyle and local culture of Hawaii today. Teachers will make their own personalized block [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Haley A Eligio
  • Contact Organization: Hui No'eau
Dec 28 2017
Maui

Ulana Ie: Hinalea Fish Trap with Kumulaau & Haunani Sing

Occurs between:
Thursday, December 28, 2017
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Friday, December 29, 2017
Summary

This workshop will teach participants advanced weaving techniques to create the hinai hinalea (Wrasse funnel trap) complete with ulei crosspieces lashed to an anchor stone using hau cordage. Participants will learn how to weave the funnel trap, create their own hilo (twisted) cordage using hau [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Haley A Eligio
  • Contact Organization: Hui No'eau
Jan 1 2018
Shishimai Lion Dance
Oahu

Hatsumode 2018

Occurs on:
Monday, January 1, 2018
Summary

For the Japanese community, New Years is the most important of all cultural holidays when millions of people visit a shrine on New Years day.

Embrace the spirit of the Japanese here in Hawaii at Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha-Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu where you can be blessed for the new year, get [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Irene Takizawa
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha - Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu
Jan 24 2018
Winter Footholds Dance Concert at Kennedy Theatre's Earle Ernst Lab Theatre
Oahu

Winter Footholds Dance Concert

Occurs between:
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
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Sunday, January 28, 2018
Summary

This biannual dance concert, presented by the UHM Theatre + Dance Department, showcases the culmination of years of study and sweat. It features exemplary undergraduate student choreography as well as graduating MFA students' thesis works in a variety of dance styles.

Performances run [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Kennedy Theatre Box Office
  • Contact Organization: UHM Department of Theatre + Dance
Jan 27 2018
Molokai

Ka Molokai Makahiki 2018 (35th Annual)

Occurs on:
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Summary

Native Hawaiians traditionally celebrated Makahiki, a four-month long season that began in mid-October and included athletic competitions, ceremonies dedicated to the deity Lono, celebrations of renewal and perpetuation of the life cycle with a prohibition on warfare. The Ka Molokai Makahiki [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Shirley Rawlins
  • Contact Organization: Ka Molokai Makahiki
Feb 10 2018
Oahu

Vietnamese-american Lunar New Year Festival 2018

Occurs between:
Saturday, February 10, 2018
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Sunday, February 11, 2018
Summary

Vietnamese-American New Year festival on Saturday, February 10, 2018 and and Sunday, February 11, 2018 at Kapiolani Park from 9am to 4pm. Enjoy a fun filled family day with cultural food, crafts, musical entertainment, games and inflatable play area for the kids. The event is sponsored by the [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Phen Bob Pham
  • Contact Organization: Hoi Den Hung Foundation
Feb 16 2018
Fights & Delights at UHM Kennedy Theatre
Oahu

Fights and Delights: Three Chinese Comedies

Occurs between:
Friday, February 16, 2018
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Sunday, February 25, 2018
Summary

Xiqu (Chinese "opera") performed in English! Showcasing the vibrancy of traditional Chinese theatre, these delightfully contrasting plays celebrate the "chou" – or comic – character, an irrepressible force of comedy who continually reveals the laughter in life. Filled with convoluted [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Kennedy Theatre Box Office
  • Contact Organization: UHM Department of Theatre and Dance