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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 11 2019
Sean Dorsey’s "Boys in Trouble"
Maui

Sean Dorsey’s "Boys in Trouble"

Occurs on: Thursday, April 11, 2019, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Summary

Sean Dorsey’s “Boys in Trouble” Thursday, April 11, 2019; Castle Theater; 7:30 pm Trailblazing transgender choreographer Sean Dorsey returns to the MACC stage with “Boys in Trouble,” a new production that unpacks masculinity with unflinching honesty, from unapologetically trans and queer [...]

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  • Contact Name: Elaine
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Apr 12 2019
Hidden Hawaii
Molokai

Hidden Hawaii MOLOKAI By-Land By-Sea By-Air

Occurs between: Friday, April 12, 2019 - Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 1:00pm - 12:00pm
Summary

Experience Hidden Hawaii this April 12-16.  A nature printing workshop featuring rare and beautiful plants, fish and birds of the Hawaiian Islands. This workshop is a unique blend of fine art printing, fascinating field trips to see the Islands native flora and fauna and an immersion into [...]

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  • Contact Name: Melany Berry
  • Contact Organization: Full Heart Productions
Apr 12 2019
HSO musicthatROCKS
Oahu

Brass Transit

Occurs on: Friday, April 12, 2019, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Summary

Brass Transit pays tribute to the decades-long multi-platinum songbook of CHICAGO. The eight-piece band joins the HSO on-stage to play popular hits such as: Saturday In The Park, 25 or 6 to 4, If You Leave Me Now, Feelin' Stronger Every Day and Beginnings.

Brass Transit goes far [...]

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  • Contact Name: Heather Arias de Cordoba
  • Contact Organization: Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra
Apr 13 2019
Halau O Nakaulakuhikuhi
Maui

East Maui Taro Festival (27th Annual)

Occurs on: Saturday, April 13, 2019, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Summary

The festival is held to feature Taro/Kalo in all its various forms, and to honor its symbolic status as the Elder Brother of the Hawaiian people. East Maui Taro Farmers make fresh poi for tasting and for sale, as well as other taro products such as kulolo. All day, hands on Poi pounding is [...]

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  • Contact Name: Judy Kinser
  • Contact Organization: East Maui Taro Festival
Apr 13 2019
Maui

The Color Festival Hawaii

Occurs on: Saturday, April 13, 2019, 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Summary

The Color Festival Hawaii (Candy) Saturday, April 13, 2019; Events Lawn; 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm In the spirit of inclusion, celebrating the beauty of diversity and the uniqueness of each and every child, this spectacular and colorful event will feature energetic, nonstop, live music for dancing from [...]

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  • Contact Name: Elaine
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Apr 13 2019
Group color throw at the Color Festival Hawaii
Maui

The Color Festival Hawaii

Occurs on: Saturday, April 13, 2019, 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Summary

Hawaii's most colorful event is back! Join us for an afternoon of family friendly food, performances, and of course color. Headliner Rayland Baxter along with Shea Butter and the Cream, Yum Yum Beast, DJ Boomshot and more! Tickets on Sale March 1st. FREE for keiki up to 5 years. $15 for ages 6-16. [...]

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  • Contact Name: Lindsey Shiroma
  • Contact Organization: Imua Family Services
Apr 13 2019
Arabian Nights
Oahu

Arabian Nights

Occurs between: Saturday, April 13, 2019 - Sunday, April 14, 2019, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Summary

Since his time as HSO Principal Clarinet, David Shifrin has become an artist in demand around the world. Performing as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. He returns for his solo appearance with the Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra collaborating with Rei Hotoda, newly appointed Fresno [...]

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  • Contact Name: Heather Arias de Cordoba
  • Contact Organization: Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra
Apr 14 2019
Apr 19 2019
Tribute to Broadway
Oahu

Tribute to Broadway

Occurs on: Friday, April 19, 2019, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Summary

A Tribute to Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber In April the HSO salutes the two most successful Broadway composers of the past 50 years; Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Broadway stars Debbie Gravitte, Scarlett Strallen and Hugh Panaro join the HSO to sing favorite songs from [...]

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  • Contact Name: Heather Arias de Cordoba
  • Contact Organization: Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra
Apr 20 2019
Glass and a Fifth
Oahu

Glass and a Fifth

Occurs between: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - Sunday, April 21, 2019, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Summary

The distinguished former Toronto Symphony Music Director, Peter Oundjian makes his HSO debut conducting Beethoven’s iconic Fifth Symphony. From opera houses, concert halls, the dance world, film, and pop, the music of Philip Glass has made him one of the most influential composers of our time. [...]

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  • Contact Name: Heather Arias de Cordoba
  • Contact Organization: Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra