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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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Dec 13 2018
Japanese Urushi + Ettore Sottsass International Exhibit
Oahu

Japanese Urushi + Ettore Sottsass International Exhibit

Occurs between: Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Summary

The Pantheon Contemporary of the Hawaii Theatre Centre is proud to present its first international exhibition, Japanese Urushi and Ettore Sottsass. The exhibit showcases 22 unique works of urushi made by urushi craftsmen in Japan. The craftsmen worked together across the regions of Wakasa, Echizen, [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Miki Shimokawa
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Theatre Center
Dec 13 2018
Agroforestry Team Work Day
Kauai

Volunteer with Breadfruit Agroforestry Project (Tropical Food Forest)

Occurs between: Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Saturday, December 29, 2018, 8:00am - 3:00pm
Summary

The Breadfruit Institute at National Tropical Botanical Garden is seeking agroforestry volunteers to help with a new, global model in sustainable and regenerative agriculture at the Breadfruit Research Orchard in McBryde Garden on Kauai.

Become a volunteer and be a part of this exciting [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Volunteer Program Coordinator
  • Contact Organization: National Tropical Botanical Garden
Dec 13 2018
Volunteers after a breadfruit harvest
Kauai

Tropical Horticulture Garden Work Day

Occurs between: Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Monday, December 31, 2018, 8:00am - 12:00pm
Summary

The National Tropical Botanical Garden on the South Shore of Kauai is seeking environmental & conservation-minded volunteers to aid in the care and maintenance of our unique living collections.

We offer service options for visiting volunteers in McBryde Garden, which is a veritable [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Volunteer Coordinator
  • Contact Organization: National Tropical Botanical Garden - Kalaheo, HI
Dec 13 2018
NTBG Free Weekly Hula Show
Kauai

NTBG Free Weekly Hula Show

Occurs between: Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Thursday, December 26, 2019, 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Summary

Come out the National Tropical Botancial Garden South Shore Visitors Center and experience a traditional hula performance. Hālau Ka Lei Mokihana o Leinaala will perform a traditional Hula show highlighting the wahi pane, sacred places, of Kauai along with intriguing stories of the Hawaiian [...]

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  • Contact Name: Ann Nicol
  • Contact Organization: Gilbert & Associates
Dec 13 2018
Maui

Coconut Frond Weaving at The Shops at Wailea

Occurs between: Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Thursday, December 27, 2018, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Summary

Thursdays at 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Weaving was a highly developed skill that Hawaiians used to make baskets, mats, jewelry and toys for the keiki. Learn how to make your very own keepsake to take home as a memory of your visit to Maui.

The Shops at Wailea is Maui's premier shopping and dining [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Diana Whit
  • Contact Organization: The Shops at Wailea
Dec 13 2018
Santa's Gone Kauaian! at Kauai Festival of Lights
Kauai

Kauai Festival of Lights

Occurs between: Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Saturday, December 29, 2018, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Summary

Santa's Gone Kauaiian at the Festival of Lights! It's a Kauai-style Holiday Wonderland inside the Historic County Building. This December marks the 22nd Anniversary of this glorious celebration founded by artist Elizabeth Freeman in 1997. It showcases the beloved "Trash to Treasure" Folk Art [...]

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  • Contact Name: Elizabeth Freeman
  • Contact Organization: Kauai Festival of Lights
Dec 13 2018
Richard Marx
Oahu

Richard Marx

Occurs between: Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Saturday, December 15, 2018, 6:30pm - 11:00pm
Summary

Richard Marx will be performing at Blue Note Hawaii with 2 shows nightly at 6:30pm & 9:00pm. He holds the honor of being one of a handful of artists who have had a number one hit in each of the past four decades. Doors open at 5:00pm & 8:30pm respectively. Seating first come first served, no [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Charisse
  • Contact Organization: Blue Note Hawaii
Dec 13 2018
Alsarah & the Nubatones
Maui

Alsarah & the Nubatones

Occurs on: Thursday, December 13, 2018, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Summary

Alsarah & the Nubatones came together out of a collective love for Nubian music and a genuine belief that soul transcends all cultural and linguistic barriers. Inspired by the pentatonic scale, they blend a selection of Nubian 'songs of return' from the 1970s to today with original and traditional [...]

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  • Contact Name: Carin
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Dec 14 2018
Doug & Sandy McMaster
Kauai

Legends of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert

Occurs on: Friday, December 14, 2018, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
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 18+ yrs is 99.3% "Excellent, Highlight of our trip!".

This concert will [...]

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  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty
Dec 14 2018
Oahu

Sunset Mele and Night Market

Occurs on: Friday, December 14, 2018, 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Summary

Sunset Mele and Made in Hawaii Night Market is a free community event showcasing live entertainment, family-friendly movie, pop-up marketplace, local eats and drinks. Friday, December 14, 2018 4:00 pm-9:00 pm Free admission, parking is $5 per vehicle. Hawai'i Convention Center, Mauka Side of [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Hawaii Convention Center