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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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Jun 19 2018
Accession Exhibit at HiSAM
Oahu

Accession

Occurs between: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - Saturday, June 30, 2018, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

Accession, sponsored by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA), invites you to engage with a selection of recent additions to the Art in Public Places Collection of the SFCA in the Diamond Head gallery of the Hawaii State Art Museum (HiSAM). This exhibit features 33 works by [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Scott Young
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
Jun 19 2018
Maui

Ke Ola Pono - Evolution of Hawaiian Health on Maui

Occurs between: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Summary

KE OLA PONO

Evolution of Hawaiian Health on Maui

Free Community Events at Hale Hoikeike at the Bailey House

The Maui Historical Society is inviting the public to attend a series of Wellness Presentations at Hale Hoʻikeʻke at the Bailey House, Wailuku on Saturday, May 19, [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Sissy Lake-Farm
  • Contact Organization: Maui Historical Society
Jun 20 2018
Honolulu Zoo Society
Oahu

Wildest Show In Town Summer Concert Series - Roy Sakuma's Super Keiki

Occurs on: Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Summary

The Honolulu Zoo is getting wilder this summer with the Wildest Show n Town, the summer's best family concert! Hosted by Hawaii's premier ukulele teacher Roy Sakuma, the 10-week after-hours concert series features live local entertainment every Wednesday evening from June 6 through August 15, 2018. [...]

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  • Contact Name: Honolulu Zoo
  • Contact Organization: Honolulu Zoo Society
Jun 20 2018
Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert - Hawaii's Sunset Music
Kauai

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert - Hawaii's Sunset Music

Occurs on: Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 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 18+ yrs is 99.3% "Excellent, Highlight of our trip!". This concert will ‘Tune your [...]

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  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty
Jun 21 2018
Joe Moore (L) Pat Sajak (R) in Wrestling Ernest Hemingway
Oahu

Dial M For Murder at the Hawaii Theatre Center

Occurs between: Thursday, June 21, 2018 - Saturday, June 23, 2018, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Summary

Hawaii’s most recognized and highly rated news anchor Joe Moore and his long-time friend and television game show celebrity Pat Sajak return to the stage this summer where they will appear in a Benefit Performance for the historic Hawaii Theatre Center in an extended run of the classic thriller [...]

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  • Contact Name: Suzanne Watanabe Lai
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Theatre Center
Jun 21 2018
NTBG Free Weekly Hula Show
Kauai

NTBG Free Weekly Hula Show

Occurs between: Thursday, June 21, 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
Jun 21 2018
Foster Botanical Gardens
Oahu

Twilight Summer Concert Series - Dragon Beat (Taiko Drum)

Occurs on: Thursday, June 21, 2018, 4:30pm - 7:00pm
Summary

Visit the garden for a free summer sunset concert. Free admission, begins at 4:30 p.m. every Thursday of June and July. The concert begins at 5:45 p.m. so you have time to explore the gardens before the music starts. June 21 - Dragon Beat (Taiko Drum)

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  • Contact Name: Foster Botanical Garden
  • Contact Organization: Foster Botanical Garden
Jun 22 2018
Obon Dance & Festival - Lihue Hongwanji Mission, a Shin Buddhist Temple
Kauai

Obon Dance & Festival - Lihue Hongwanji Mission, a Shin Buddhist Temple

Occurs between: Friday, June 22, 2018 - Saturday, June 23, 2018, 6:00pm - 10:30pm
Summary

Andagi, and Shave Ice. Beverages for purchase include water, soda and coffee. Country Store, Fish Pond and Children's Games open at 6:00 PM. Bon Dance celebration begins at 7:30 PM Temple area will be available for Q & A from 6:00 PM. 6:30 Service begins.

Jun 22 2018
Hawaiian Mission Houses presents: Cemetery Pupu Theatre: At Your Service
Oahu

Hawaiian Mission Houses presents: Cemetery Pupu Theatre: At Your Service

Occurs between: Friday, June 22, 2018 - Saturday, June 23, 2018
Summary

At Your Service Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23, 29 and 30, 2018

5 p.m. doors open. 6 p.m. performance begins.

$55 per person includes pupu and 2 complimentary drink tickets, with cash bar thereafter* and followed by a "talk back" session with the actors and researcher. [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Lisa Solomine
  • Contact Organization: Hawaiian Mission Houses
Jun 22 2018
Maui

Merwin Conservancy presents poets Naomi Nye & Cathy Song in the Green Room

Occurs on: Friday, June 22, 2018, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Summary

Friday, June 22, 2018; McCoy Studio Theater; 7:00 pm

Poets Naomi Shihab Nye (of Texas) and Cathy Song (of Hawaii), dear longtime friends, take the stage together for an evening immersed in the power of poetry as part of the Merwin Conservancy's Green Room environmental and literary salon [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center