Events and Festivals
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The Festive Islands of AlohaDive 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.
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.
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.
Located in beautiful Nuuanu Valley, Nichiren Mission’s 10th annual Bon Dance offers a variety of food, rummage sale, children’s activities, and free yukata rental, along with traditional dancing and taiko performances by Hawai‘i Matsuri Taiko. Free parking & free shuttle from 4:00-10:00pm at [...]
- Contact Name: Sandra Taga
- Contact Organization: Nichiren Mission of Hawai‘i
Come join us the last Saturday of every month from 4-8 pm. 20+ artists, food vendors and LIVE MUSIC! Fun for the whole family. Bring your friends and see you there!
- Contact Name: Maile Walters
- Contact Organization: Anaina Hou Community Park
In the Buddhist tradition, during the summer months Japanese residents welcome back the spirits of departed loved ones at lively and festive dance events called o-bon. All are free. Honohina Hongwanji Mission: 7 p.m. Aug. 25 in Ninole; service at 6 p.m.
Come join fiber artist and nationally recognized gourd artist, Jelena Clay TEMPORARILY LOCATED at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus for a workshop on Lauhala weaving. Lauhala leaves come from the Hala tree, a very special Pacific Island tree. Students will learn how to select, prepare and [...]
- Contact Name: Anisha Clay
- Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Gallery hours: Tue – Sun 10 am - 5 pm (Also open before Castle Theater shows and during intermission)
Above the Fold presents the work of nine renowned artists from four different continents, working in six different countries.
These artists have been [...]
- Contact Name: Box Office
- Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
The 49th Waikiki Roughwater Swim will be held on September 1. Nearly 1000 swimmers of all ages will participate in this Labor Day weekend tradition that features Hawaii's best as well as swimmers from around the world. 2.38 miles this is a challenging swim. Visit: [...]
- Contact Name: Kaia Hedlund
- Contact Organization: Waikiki Roughwater Swim Committee Inc.
Kuana Torres Kahele presents NA PALAPALAI REUNION CONCERT As promised onstage at Hawaii Theatre Center during Kuana Torres Kahele’s recent three-day tour de force Christmas concert, Kuana’s Winter Wonderland, multi-award-winning supergroup Na Palapalai, with band members Kuana Torres Kahele, [...]
- Contact Name: Box Office
- Contact Organization: Hawaii Theatre Center
Alii Sundays are among the many long and honored traditions of Kawaiahao Church, which began about 1914. In the 1970's our people were embarking on a tidal wave of change. In the chaos of circumstance and sensing the urgency to unite Hawaii's people and rekindle their strength and purpose in Ke [...]
The festival will feature performances by steel guitar masters and by next generation steel guitar students. In addition to the featured performances, there will also be workshops & jam sessions "kanikapila" where festival guests can play along with the steel guitar masters, and Open Stage [...]
- Contact Name: Alan Akaka
- Contact Organization: HIMELE
The Ms. Aloha Nui Pageant was created to celebrate the Women of great stature who embodies the “Spirit of Aloha ". In celebrating the beautiful women of the big island, we must educate all and honor the Old Hawaiian Culture, which is in the traditional sense, weighing in at least 200 lbs. as a [...]
- Contact Name: M. Akana
- Contact Organization: Hawaii Island Festival