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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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Mar 14 2018
Spring Footholds Dance Concert at the Kennedy Theatre's Earle Ernst Lab Theatre
Oahu

Spring Footholds Dance Concert

Occurs between:
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
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Sunday, March 18, 2018
Summary

The second of two UHM Department of Theatre + Dance "Footholds" 2017/2018 dance concerts, "Spring Footholds" 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 [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Kennedy Theatre Box Office
  • Contact Organization: UHM Department of Theatre + Dance
Mar 16 2018
Ukulele Ohana Molokai March 16-20, 2018
Molokai

Ukulele Ohana Molokai

Occurs between:
Friday, March 16, 2018
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Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Summary

Spend five intimate days on Molokai experiencing the roots that have inspired generations of Hawaiian music. Your Ohana Ukulele embrace will teach you Old Style Hawaiian music and lifestyle. The people and culture of Molokai will empower you to become personally involved with your Ukulele music [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Melany Berry
  • Contact Organization: Full Heart Productions
Mar 16 2018
Ukulele Ohana Molokai March 16-20, 2018
Molokai

Ukulele Ohana Molokai

Occurs on:
Friday, March 16, 2018
Summary

Spend five intimate days on the Spirit Isle experiencing the roots that have inspired generations of Hawaiian music. Your Ohana Ukulele embrace will teach you Old Style Hawaiian music and lifestyle. The people and culture of Molokai will empower you to become personally involved with your [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Melany Berry
  • Contact Organization: Full Heart Productions
Mar 18 2018
Mid Century Mod Print at Wiki Wiki One Day Vintage Show
Oahu

Wiki Wiki One Day Vintage Collectibles & Hawaiiana Show & Sale Spring!

Occurs on:
Sunday, March 18, 2018
Summary

The three times yearly Wiki Wiki One Day Vintage Collectibles & Hawaiiana Show is an all vintage (20 yrs & older) collectibles and antiques show and sale. Shop ninety three tables with vendors from Oahu, Outer Islands, and Mainland U.S. This is Hawaii's only strictly vintage show with no [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Ilene Wong
  • Contact Organization: Ilene & Wayne Productions Inc
Mar 31 2018
Kauai

Waikiki Artfest

Occurs between:
Saturday, March 31, 2018
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Sunday, April 1, 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 [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Nancy Calhoun
  • Contact Organization: Handcrafters and Artisans Alliance
Apr 1 2018
The Merrie Monarch Logo
Hawaii

The Merrie Monarch Festival

Occurs between:
Sunday, April 1, 2018
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Saturday, April 7, 2018
Summary

This is the premiere cultural event in the Hawaiian Islands. Held each year in Hilo, Hawaii, the Festival honors King Kalakaua, and his contributions to the Hawaiian people. It includes crafts, food, cultural demonstrations, a parade, art exhibits, live music and features three nights of Hula [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Luana Kawelu
  • Contact Organization: The Merrie Monarch Festival
Apr 13 2018
Nora at the Kennedy Theatre
Oahu

Nora

Occurs between:
Friday, April 13, 2018
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Sunday, April 22, 2018
Summary

Creating "Nora," legendary filmmaker Ingmar Bergman took Henrik Ibsen's masterpiece, "A Doll's House," and stripped it to the bare essentials. With only the central characters depicted, the psychological drama is intensified and exposes the heart of Ibsen's controversial play without mercy or [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Kennedy Theatre Box Office
  • Contact Organization: UHM Department of Theatre + Dance
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
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 [...]

Contact Info
  • 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 [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Manoa Valley Theatre