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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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Feb 23 2019
Kainani Kahaunaele
Maui

Kainani Kahaunaele

Occurs on: Saturday, February 23, 2019, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Summary

Kainani Kahaunaele Saturday, February 23, 2019; McCoy Studio Theater; 7:30 pm Born and raised on Kaua‘i, Kainani Kahaunaele works with a sense of deep responsibility to perpetuate the Hawaiian language, particularly through the art of Hawaiian songwriting and poetry. Winner of five Nā Hōkū [...]

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  • Contact Name: Carin
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Feb 26 2019
Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert - Your Island of Peace
Kauai

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert - Your Island of Peace

Occurs on: Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Summary

Award winning traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar & ukulele concert featuring songs & stories telling its history.   Gift Drawing.  Family Friendly.  Tickets $25 ($20  Ages 13-19 & 50+;  $10 Ages 6-12).  Audience rating 20+ yrs is 99.3% "Excellent, Highlight of our trip!".This concert [...]

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  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty
Feb 27 2019
Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele - Tour of the Islands
Kauai

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele - Tour of the Islands

Occurs on: Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Summary

Award winning traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar & ukulele concert featuring songs & stories telling its history.   Gift Drawing.  Family Friendly.  Tickets $25 ($20  Ages 13-19 & 50+;  $10 Ages 6-12).  Audience rating 20+ yrs is 99.3% "Excellent, Highlight of our trip!".This concert [...]

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  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty
Mar 1 2019
Corinne Bailey Rae
Maui

Corinne Bailey Rae

Occurs on: Friday, March 1, 2019, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Summary

Corinne Bailey Rae Friday, March 1, 2019; Castle Theater; 7:30 pm From Leeds, England, singer/songwriter/musician Corinne Bailey Rae shot to stardom with her self-titled #1 UK debut album in 2006, featuring the global hits “Put Your Records On“ and “Like A Star.” Bailey Rae has received two [...]

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  • Contact Name: Carin
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Mar 1 2019
Corinne Bailey Rae
Maui

Corinne Bailey Rae

Occurs on: Friday, March 1, 2019, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Summary

From Leeds, England, singer/songwriter/musician Corinne Bailey Rae shot to stardom with her self-titled #1 UK debut album in 2006, featuring the global hits “Put Your Records On“ and “Like A Star.” Bailey Rae has received two Grammy Awards, two MOBOS (the UK's Music of Black Origin awards), [...]

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  • Contact Name: Carin
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Mar 2 2019
Art with Aloha: "Talk Story" & Demo with Dalani Tanahy - FREE
Maui

Art with Aloha: "Talk Story" & Demo with Dalani Tanahy - FREE

Occurs on: Saturday, March 2, 2019, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Summary

Dalani will "talk story" about the art of kapa-a Hawaiian cloth made from the pounded bark of the wauke (paper mulberry) plant. You'll also get to see a bit of the complex process that goes into making these lovely pieces of natural Hawaiian cloth used as clothing, blankets, and for ceremonial [...]

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  • Contact Name: Erin Wooldridge
  • Contact Organization: Hui Noeau
Mar 3 2019
Emmy award-winning filmmaker, Tom Vendetti
Maui

Ebb & Flow Ensemble

Occurs on: Sunday, March 3, 2019, 2:00pm - 5:30pm
Summary

Ebb & Flow Ensemble featuring IGNACE JANG, violin, Sung Chan Chang, 'cello, Robert Pollock, piano Program includes a newly E&FA commissioned work by Shinhee Park (Seoul); also works by Korean composers - Eugene Lee's "Etude No. 3" for piano, Isang Yun's "Konigliches Thema" for solo violin, Sun [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Robert Pollock
  • Contact Organization: Ebb & Flow Arts, Inc.
Mar 3 2019
Art with Aloha: Understanding Hawaiian Kapa with Dalani Tanahy
Maui

Art with Aloha: Understanding Hawaiian Kapa with Dalani Tanahy

Occurs on: Sunday, March 3, 2019, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Summary

Join us for this special opportunity to gain hands-on experience with kapa making! After learning about the historic importance and demise of Hawaiian kapa, students will make ohe kapala stamps, beat the kapa using traditional tools and methods, make dyes, and discover different Hawaiian kapa [...]

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  • Contact Name: Erin Wooldridge
  • Contact Organization: Hui Noeau
Mar 8 2019
Retrospective: Douglas Chun
Maui

Retrospective: Douglas Chun

Occurs between: Friday, March 8, 2019 - Friday, April 12, 2019, 9:00am - 4:00am
Summary

The Retrospective Series was designed to acknowledge the contributions of individuals who have made a profound influence on local art and to share their work and ideas with the community. Celebrated Maui artist Douglass Chun will be the featured Retrospective Artist in honor of his contributions [...]

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  • Contact Name: Erin Wooldridge
  • Contact Organization: Hui Noeau
Mar 8 2019
Superhero Soundtrack
Oahu

Superhero Soundtrack

Occurs on: Friday, March 8, 2019, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Summary

Dust off your cape and come dressed as your favorite superhero (or villain!) for a concert that will take you up, up and away! Maestro Stuart Chafetz conducts an iconic program that includes: Captain America Theme, Theme from The Avengers, music from Spider-Man, Theme from The Incredibles and more! [...]

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