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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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Feb 22 2018
Hawaiian Music Series concert at Baldwin Home Museum in Lahaina
Maui

Hawaiian Music Series Concerts in Lahaina - February

Occurs on:
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Summary

This year, we're celebrating 10 years of free Hawaiian music concerts in Lahaina! Get ready to relax under the shade trees of the Baldwin Home Museum at the corner of Dickenson and Front Streets in Lahaina for a FREE Hawaiian music concert on the last Thursday of each month. You will enjoy the [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Theo Morrison
  • Contact Organization: Lahaina Restoration Foundation
Feb 23 2018
A Hoolaulea of Knowledges
Oahu

A Ho‘olaulea of Knowledges

Occurs on:
Friday, February 23, 2018
Summary

Join Hawaii Sea Grant's Center for Integrated Science, Knowledge, and Culture for an evening of celebrating the Hawaiian language!  

Featuring keynote speaker Sir Tīmoti Karetu, a champion of language and culture revitalization for his native Maori and a mentor in revitalization [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Cindy Knapman
  • Contact Organization: University of Hawaii Sea Grant
Feb 23 2018
International Nights
Hawaii

International Nights

Occurs between:
Friday, February 23, 2018
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Saturday, February 24, 2018
Summary

This annual event features performances from around the world. See the Shows! See the World! Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for senior citizens, and $5 for students and children 17 years and under. Tickets may be purchased with cash or checks in-person at the UH Hilo Performing Arts [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Jim Mellon
  • Contact Organization: UH Hilo
Feb 23 2018
Chinese lions, crowd at Wo Hing on Front Street in Lahaina
Maui

Celebrate Chinese New Year In Lahaina

Occurs on:
Friday, February 23, 2018
Summary

Ring in the lunar new year in Lahaina during this FREE community celebration, featuring Chinese lion dancing with drums, cymbals and firecrackers at the Wo Hing Museum and Cookhouse on Front Street. After a martial arts demonstration, firecrackers are lit at 5 pm and the lions dance down Front [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Busaba Yip Douglas
  • Contact Organization: Lahaina Restoration Foundation
Feb 23 2018
Kauai

KCP Presents "Lovers, Wives and Tennis Players"

Occurs between:
Friday, February 23, 2018
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Sunday, March 11, 2018
Summary

Kauai Community Players presents "Lovers, Wives and Tennis Players" - February 23-March 11 Written and directed by Richard Peck, this is a classic-style farce with mistaken identities, razor-sharp dialogue and split second timing that will have you laughing as the absurdity builds. Buy Tickets [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Erin
  • Contact Organization: KCP
Feb 23 2018
Fights & Delights at UHM Kennedy Theatre
Oahu

Fights and Delights: Three Chinese Comedies

Occurs between:
Friday, February 23, 2018
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Sunday, February 25, 2018
Summary

Xiqu (Chinese "opera") performed in English! Showcasing the vibrancy of traditional Chinese theatre, these delightfully contrasting plays celebrate the "chou" – or comic – character, an irrepressible force of comedy who continually reveals the laughter in life. Filled with convoluted [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Kennedy Theatre Box Office
  • Contact Organization: UHM Department of Theatre and Dance
Feb 24 2018
Kamehameha Schools Kapalama 93rd Annual Hoolaulea 2018
Oahu

Kamehameha Schools Kapalama 93rd Annual Hoolaulea 2018

Occurs on:
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Summary

The Sophomore class of 2020 is happy to invite you and your ohana to the Kamehameha Schools 93rd annual Hoolaulea to be held on the heights of Kapalama on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Join us for a fun filled day of Hawaiian entertainment, student performances, ono [...]

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  • Contact Name: Kamehameha Schools Kapalama
  • Contact Organization: Kamehameha Schools Kapalama
Feb 24 2018
Maui

The Songs of C&K Hana Hou

Occurs on:
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Summary

Saturday, February 24, 2018; Castle Theater; 7:30 pm Celebrating good times together and “a lifetime party of friends," recent Grammy Museum inductee, Henry Kapono, brings his SONGS OF C&K to the MACC! Joining Henry in a tribute to the music of Cecilio & Kapono is Johnny Valentine, Alx Kawakami [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Feb 24 2018
Love the Arts 2018 at Volcano Art Center
Hawaii

LOVE THE ARTS Fundraiser Gala (14th Annual)

Occurs on:
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Summary

Volcano Art Center announces our 14th Annual Love the Arts fundraiser at the Ni‘aulani Campus on Saturday, February 24, 2017 from 5 – 9 pm. This year's theme is "Save the Arts," taking a nautical approach to the event. Guests will be treated to an evening of fine wine, brews, a luxurious [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Alyssa Johnasen
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Feb 24 2018
Artfest
Oahu

Waikiki Artfest

Occurs between:
Saturday, February 24, 2018
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Sunday, February 25, 2018
Summary

Our Waikiki Artfest is located in Kapiolani Park at the Diamond Head end of Waikiki. We host approximately 60 fine artists and Made in Hawaii handcraft artisans who create and display their own artwork for sale. We have casual entertainment shave ice, and great food for our guests.  Artwork [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Nancy Calhoun
  • Contact Organization: Handcrafters and Artisans Alliance