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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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Nov 10 2018
Happy finisher at last year's race
Hawaii

100% Pure Kona Coffee Half Marathon

Occurs on: Saturday, November 10, 2018, 6:30am - 11:30am
Summary

Come and join us for the 3rd annual 100% Pure Kona Coffee Half Marathon. Run the scenic coastline of Kailua-Kona from Coconut Grove Marketplace on Alii Drive south to the (in)famous "Pit" and the "End of the World." Challenge yourself to some hills and then enjoy 100% Pure Kona Coffee at the [...]

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  • Contact Name: Keely McGhee
  • Contact Organization: Big Island Race Events
Dec 2 2018
Oahu

XTERRA Trail Run World Championship

Occurs on: Sunday, December 2, 2018, 9:00am - 1:00pm
Summary

The crown jewel of the XTERRA Trail Run Series is the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship, and the majestic Kualoa Ranch in Hawaii has served as the host site since the creation of this prestigious event in 2008. A 21-kilometer half-marathon course is considered the world championship course, and [...]

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  • Contact Name: XTERRA
  • Contact Organization: XTERRA
Dec 9 2018
Honolulu Marathon (46th Annual)
Oahu

Honolulu Marathon (46th Annual)

Occurs on: Sunday, December 9, 2018, 5:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

26 miles, 385 yards or 42.195 kilometers - The Honolulu Marathon's scenic course includes spectacular ocean views alongside world-famous Waikiki Beach, and Diamond Head and Koko Head volcanic craters. The terrain is level except for short uphill grades around Diamond Head.  At the starting [...]

Aug 17 2018
Historic Hanapepe by Kathy Kovala
Kauai

Hanapepe Walk and Talk Story

Occurs between: Friday, August 17, 2018 - Thursday, January 3, 2019, 9:30am - 11:30am
Summary

Walk & Talk Story in Hanapepe Available every Tuesday & Thursday 9:30am- 11:00am and by calendar appointment. The Walk and Talk Story Tour of historic Hanapepe town is a 90 minute walk through one of Kauai's most whimsical old towns. Tour participants will meet in front Storybook Theatre at [...]

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  • Contact Name: Mark Jeffers
  • Contact Organization: Storybook Theatre of Hawaii
Aug 17 2018
Gannenmono: A Legacy of Eight Generations in Hawai‘i exhibition
Oahu

Gannenmono: A Legacy of Eight Generations in Hawai‘i Exhibition

Occurs between: Friday, August 17, 2018 - Sunday, February 24, 2019, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Summary

Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum presents a new exhibit to honor the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese plantation workers to Hawai‘i – known as the gannenmono. Drawing from Bishop Museum’s rich plantation-era collections, Gannenmono: A Legacy of Eight Generations in Hawai‘i [...]

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  • Contact Name: Claudette Springer
  • Contact Organization: Bishop Museum
Aug 17 2018
William Shakespeare's: All's Well That Ends Well
Oahu

William Shakespeare's: All's Well That Ends Well

Occurs between: Friday, August 17, 2018 - Saturday, August 18, 2018, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Summary

Picnic on the Grounds 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Performance at 7:00 p.m.

Under the direction of Tony Pisculli, Hawaii Shakespeare will be bringing the production of All's Well That Ends Well to Hawaiian Mission Houses' outdoor stage.

Helena loves Bertram, a "bright particular [...]

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  • Contact Name: Lisa Solomine
  • Contact Organization: Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives
Aug 17 2018
HCT Presents: Into the Woods
Kauai

HCT Presents: Into the Woods

Occurs between: Friday, August 17, 2018 - Sunday, August 19, 2018, 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Summary

HCT’s “After Dark" presents the Tony award winning musical, Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods! One of Sondheim's most popular works, Into the Woods is a musically sophisticated show, a dark comedy. This show will be rated PG-13. Into the Woods will perform at the Puhi Theatrical Warehouse [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Erin
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Children's Theatre
Aug 17 2018
29th Annual Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival (key image)
Oahu

Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival (29th Annual)

Occurs between: Friday, August 17, 2018 - Sunday, August 19, 2018, 12:00pm - 10:00pm
Summary

The Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation (HGLCF) is honored to present the 29th Annual Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival (HRFF29)-- one of the longest-running LGBT film festivals in the country! The festival will run August 09-19 at the Honolulu Museum of Art Doris Duke Theatre and will offer [...]

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  • Contact Name: Dylan Arrieta
  • Contact Organization: Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundaiton
Aug 17 2018
Third World
Oahu

Third World

Occurs on: Friday, August 17, 2018, 6:30pm - 10:30pm
Summary

Third World will be performing at Blue Note Hawaii with 2 shows nightly at 6:30pm & 9:00pm. Celebrating 45 years, Third World is one of the longest-lived Reggae bands of all time, and one of Jamaica's most consistently popular crossover acts among international audiences. Mixing in elements of R&B, [...]

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  • Contact Name: Shaun
  • Contact Organization: Blue Note Hawaii
Aug 17 2018
Photo by Gayle Goodman
Oahu

EWC Gallery Exhibition "Lost and Found: Jewish Communities of India"

Occurs between: Friday, August 17, 2018 - Sunday, September 9, 2018, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Summary

India has a long been a diverse region made up of different peoples, customs, religions, languages, and ethnicities. The majority of people are Hindu, with large Muslim, Christian, Jain, Sikh, and indigenous tribal communities. There are also three small historic Jewish communities. Two of the [...]

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  • Contact Name: Eric Chang
  • Contact Organization: East-West Center