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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, fire dancers, 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 Molokai's Festivals of Aloha (October) 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 Oahu (October and November) 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.

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Nov 23 2017
Maui

Turkey Trot

Occurs on:
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Summary

Not your average run, the winners of this marathon aren’t the ones with the fastest time but those who’ve come closest to guessing their finish time. Start your Thanksgiving off with either an 8- or 16-mile run through Rice Park and enjoy an unobstructed view of the entire Maui valley. After [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Jon Emerson
  • Contact Organization: VIRR
Nov 23 2017
Honolulu Marathon Clinic
Oahu

Turkey Trot Fun Run

Occurs on:
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Summary

The Honolulu Marathon Clinic presents its 42st Annual Turkey Trot, a popular Thanksgiving Day tradition, where the fastest runner rarely wins the top prize! This 10-mile run, scheduled for November 23, 2017 at the Kapiolani Park Bandstand, awards prizes to those who finish closest to their own [...]

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  • Contact Name: Alan Sunio
  • Contact Organization: Honolulu Marathon Clinic
Nov 23 2017
Meet a passionate farmer with a doctorate and learn about Hawaiian culture and plantation history
Kauai

Tasting Kauai Food Tour - East Side

Occurs between:
Thursday, November 23, 2017
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Thursday, December 28, 2017
Summary

Hop in your car and follow us on a tasting adventure through the East Side of Kauai, known as the Royal Coconut Coast. Take a short stroll down an old plantation road and learn about taro farming; sample burgers with a local twist and enjoy tastings at some of the East Side's best farm-to-table [...]

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  • Contact Name: Marta Lane
  • Contact Organization: Tasting Kauai
Nov 24 2017
Hawaii

Volcano Village Art Studio Weekend

Occurs between:
Friday, November 24, 2017
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Sunday, November 26, 2017
Summary

The Volcano Village Artists Hui will host their 31st annual Art Studio Tour & Sale over Thanksgiving weekend, November 24 - 26. Meet the artists in their studios, and see artwork in a wide variety of media including hand blown art glass, wood & metal sculpture, pottery, jewelry and fiber art as [...]

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  • Contact Name: Emily Herb
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Village Artists Hui
Nov 24 2017
Oahu

Waikiki Holiday Parade

Occurs on:
Friday, November 24, 2017
Summary

The Waikiki Holiday Parade commemorates Pearl Harbor by honoring survivors and veterans in memory of the attacks from December 7, 1941. Local Hawaiian bands, marching bands from the mainland, military units, local officials and dignitaries march down torch-lit Kalakaua Avenue along Waikiki Beach. [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Stacy
  • Contact Organization: Music Festivals
Nov 24 2017
Oahu

Islandwide Christmas Crafts & Food Expo (31st Annual)

Occurs between:
Friday, November 24, 2017
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Sunday, November 26, 2017
Summary

Hawaii's largest and best holiday craft expo celebrates its 31st year! Enjoy shopping with our 400 warmhearted vendors offering the state's finest "Made in Hawaii" handmade crafts and ono food, plus award-winning entertainment, our famous $10,000-plus in prize giveaways, and tons of FUN! Our [...]

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  • Contact Name: Islandwide Craft Expo
  • Contact Organization: Islandwide Craft Expo
Nov 24 2017
Hawaii

Joann "Goose" Williams Christmas Treasures Art. Jewelry, Gift & Craft Fair (35th Annual)

Occurs between:
Friday, November 24, 2017
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Saturday, November 25, 2017
Summary

The 35th Annual Joann "Goose" Williams Christmas Treasures Art, Gift & Craft Fair will be held at the Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel on Friday, Nov. 24th & Saturday, Nov. 25th 2017. The event feature the best vendors from all over Hawaii with exclusive Made In Hawaii items for [...]

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  • Contact Name: Joann Williams
  • Contact Organization: Christmas Treasures Art, Gift & Craft Fair
Nov 24 2017
Hawaii

Kailua Kalikimaka 2017

Occurs between:
Friday, November 24, 2017
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Sunday, December 10, 2017
Summary

Friday, November 24 Village Holiday Tree Lighting Holiday festivities kick off on Friday, November 27 with a traditional lighting of the Village Christmas tree. Meet friends and family, and yes, bring the kids to Emma’s Square, across from Hulihee Palace, at 5:45 pm to begin the holiday season. [...]

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  • Contact Name: Kailua Village
  • Contact Organization: Historic Kailua Village
Nov 24 2017
Kenny Endo
Oahu

The Art of Taiko with Kenny Endo

Occurs on:
Friday, November 24, 2017
Summary

Master taiko drummer Kenny Endo and his Taiko Center of the Pacific ensemble will demonstrate and discuss taiko in group and festival drumming. Learn about the different drums and percussion instruments of Japan as used in traditional and contemporary music. Kenny Endo and his ensemble have [...]

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  • Contact Name: Aina Haina Public Library
  • Contact Organization: Aina Haina Public Library
Nov 24 2017
Kauai

Legends of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert

Occurs on:
Friday, November 24, 2017
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 [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty