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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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Aug 25 2018
Oahu

Nichiren Mission's Bon Dance in Nuuanu Valley (10th Annual)

Occurs on: Saturday, August 25, 2018, 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Summary

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 Info
  • Contact Name: Sandra Taga
  • Contact Organization: Nichiren Mission of Hawai‘i
Aug 25 2018
Aug 25 2018
Aug 31 2018
Lauhala weaving
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program

Occurs on: Friday, August 31, 2018, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Summary

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 [...]

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  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Sep 1 2018
Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami
Maui

Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami

Occurs between: Saturday, September 1, 2018 - Saturday, December 1, 2018, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Summary

Gallery hours: Tue – Sun 10 am - 5 pm (Also open before Castle Theater shows and during intermission)

Free Admission

Above the Fold presents the work of nine renowned artists from four different continents, working in six different countries.

These artists have been [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Sep 1 2018
48th Annual Waikiki Roughwater Swim
Oahu

Waikiki Roughwater Swim (49th Annual)

Occurs on: Saturday, September 1, 2018, 8:30am - 11:30am
Summary

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 Info
  • Contact Name: Kaia Hedlund
  • Contact Organization: Waikiki Roughwater Swim Committee Inc.
Sep 2 2018
Oahu

Na Palapalai Reunion Concert At The Historic Hawaii Theatre

Occurs on: Sunday, September 2, 2018, 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Summary

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, [...]

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  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Theatre Center
Sep 2 2018
Alii Sunday - Queen Liliuokalani
Oahu

Alii Sunday - Queen Liliuokalani

Occurs on: Sunday, September 2, 2018, 9:00am - 10:00am
Summary

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 [...]

Sep 7 2018
A  fun jam session in the foyer of the hotel promotes the “kanikapila” aspect of the festival.
Hawaii

Hawaii Island Steel Guitar Festival At Mauna Lani

Occurs between: Friday, September 7, 2018 - Sunday, September 9, 2018
Summary

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 Info
  • Contact Name: Alan Akaka
  • Contact Organization: HIMELE
Sep 7 2018
Hawaii

Ms. Aloha Nui Pageant

Occurs on: Friday, September 7, 2018, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
Summary

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 Info
  • Contact Name: M. Akana
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Island Festival