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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 20 2020
When We Were Young
Oahu

When We Were Young

Occurs between: Friday, November 20, 2020 - Sunday, November 22, 2020, 9:30pm - 11:00pm
Summary

November 20-22, 2020

FRI/SAT at 9:30pm

SUN at 7:30pm

Online Virtual Performance Experience

Written by Kimberlee Stone

Directed by Thea Wigglesworth

Two girls, CVS, and a whole mess of trouble. Kayli and Diana spend their days riding skateboards, working [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Kennedy Theatre
  • Contact Organization: Kennedy Theatre
Nov 21 2020
Oahu

Waikiki Artfest

Occurs between: Saturday, November 21, 2020 - Sunday, November 22, 2020, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

The Waikiki Artfest features 75 of Hawaii's fine artists and handcraft artisans who display their own artwork for sale, to include all types of jewelry, clothing, wood products, stained glass, ceramics, soaps and candles, quilts, ahd photography. We are located in Kapiolani Park at the Diamond [...]

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  • Contact Name: Nancy Calhoun
  • Contact Organization: Handcrafters and Artisans Alliance
Nov 21 2020
Kauai

(CANCELLED) Old Koloa Town Market

Occurs between: Saturday, November 21, 2020 - Saturday, May 15, 2021, 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Summary

The Old Koloa Town Market brings together Kauai's best artisans, food trucks, and live music for a wonderful outdoor evening. We invite you to connect with the many Kauai artisans, and find your new favorite thing. Our vendors change monthly, but you can expect to find locally made art, clothing, [...]

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  • Contact Name: Kristin Green
  • Contact Organization: Old Koloa Town Market
Nov 21 2020
AK 2019
Maui

Aloha Kalikimaka

Occurs on: Saturday, November 21, 2020, 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Summary

Aloha Kalikimaka by the Pacific Cancer Foundation. An elegant and memorable gala benefiting the Pacific Cancer Foundation. Join us for an unforgettable night at the Four Seasons Maui Resort while supporting Maui's cancer community. The night will include an incredible dinner and open bar, live [...]

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  • Contact Name: Maile Anderson
  • Contact Organization: Pacific Cancer Foundation
Nov 22 2020
Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival "Kauai Style" (28th Annual)
Oahu

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival "Kauai Style" (28th Annual)

Occurs on: Sunday, November 22, 2020, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Summary

This "Virtual"Festival will feature 10 of some of the finest artists in the slack key guitar and Hawaiian music genre over a 3 hour period. Artists include LT Smooth, Brother Noland, Tavana, Bobby Moderow, George Kuo, Danny Carvalho, Stephen Inglis, Dwight Kanae, Kamuela Kahoano, and Ian [...]

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  • Contact Name: Milton Lau
  • Contact Organization: Ki-hoalu Foundation
Dec 4 2020
Oahu

I’m Lot Lane (a solo effort)

Occurs on: Friday, December 4, 2020, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Summary

STREAMING: December 4, 2020 at 7:30pm

December 5, 2020 at 7:30pm

December 6, 2020 at 2pm

By MFA Directing Candidate Keola Simpson

Following the Uprising of 1895's final battle against the Republic of Hawaii, the last remaining royalist insurgent, Lot Lane, turned [...]

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  • Contact Name: Kennedy Theatre
  • Contact Organization: Kennedy Theatre
Dec 6 2020
Hana Hou Holiday Market!
Oahu

Aloha Home Market - Hana Hou Holiday Market

Occurs on: Sunday, December 6, 2020, 9:00am - 2:00pm
Summary

We're back in Kailua for our last market of 2020 on December 6th! This is the perfect time to pick up those last minute made-in-Hawaii gifts and stocking stuffers! Santa will be back for family photos, along with our favorite vendors who will be helping us deck the halls one more time before the [...]

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  • Contact Name: Cristy Lloveras
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Home Market
Jan 14 2021
Aloha Fry-Day by Hannah Ii-Epstein
Oahu

Aloha Fry-Day by Hannah Ii-Epstein

Occurs between: Thursday, January 14, 2021 - Sunday, January 31, 2021
Summary

In many indigenous cultures, hallucinogens are inextricably linked to rituals celebrating liminality, their consciousness-expanding qualities can also induce therapeutic emotional release from trauma, but during a night of jubilant euphoria in the 1990s, Sherrie’s unresolved memories erupt into [...]

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  • Contact Name: Tsuyuno Amos
  • Contact Organization: Kumu Kahua Theatre
Mar 18 2021
other: a micro-story by Daniel A. Kelin II
Oahu

other: a micro-story by Daniel A. Kelin II

Occurs between: Thursday, March 18, 2021 - Saturday, April 3, 2021
Summary

Told backward in time during the 2000s, featuring the traditional trickster god Letao, other: a micro-story  illustrates the challenge of fitting into a new world faced by the Marshallese in Hawaii, who arrived dreaming of a future for their families.   Notorious trickster Letao [...]

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  • Contact Name: Tsuyuno Amos
  • Contact Organization: Kumu Kahua Theatre
Jun 1 2021
Rejuvenate your Spirit in Halawa Valley, Molokai.
Molokai

Molokai Hula Bliss & Huakai (Journey) 2021

Occurs between: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - Friday, June 11, 2021, 3:00pm - 10:30am
Summary

Molokai Hula Bliss & Huakai (Journey) 2021

7th Annual 10-day retreat from June 1 - June 11, 2021 on the island of Molokai, Hawaii

What to expect:

+ Experience Aloha, the Hawaiian value of unconditional love.

+ Participate in Hawaiian ceremonies and protocol

+ [...]