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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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Jan 19 2019
Pacific Island Arts Festival (19th Annual)
Oahu

Pacific Island Arts Festival (19th Annual)

Occurs between: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - Sunday, January 20, 2019, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

The 19th annual Pacific Island Arts Festival held in Kapiolani Park offers our guests the opportunity to enjoy more than 75 Hawaii artists who display their work for sale. Admission is free, and we have weekend long demonstrations by artists, some of whom offer our guests the chance to create [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Nancy Calhoun
  • Contact Organization: Handcrafters and Artisans Alliance
Jan 22 2019
Kauai

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert - Gift of the Ancestors

Occurs on: Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 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 [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty
Jan 23 2019
Maui

David Sedaris

Occurs on: Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Summary

David Sedaris Wednesday, January 23, 2019; Castle Theater; 7:30 pm With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Carin
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Jan 25 2019
Filmed in Hawaii
Oahu

Filmed in Hawaii

Occurs on: Friday, January 25, 2019, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Summary

This exciting program takes concertgoers on a whirlwind adventure across the silver screen. Maestro Richard Kauffman conducts a melodic journey of music from movies filmed here on our beautiful islands.

Program includes music from Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean, Hook, Lost, [...]

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  • Contact Name: Heather Arias de Cordoba
  • Contact Organization: Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra
Jan 26 2019
Ka Molokai Makahiki 2019 (36th Annual)
Molokai

Ka Molokai Makahiki 2019 (36th Annual)

Occurs on: Saturday, January 26, 2019, 7:30am - 3:00pm
Summary

Native Hawaiians traditionally celebrated Makahiki, a four-month long season that began in mid-October and included athletic competitions, ceremonies dedicated to the deity Lono, celebrations of renewal and perpetuation of the life cycle with a prohibition on warfare. The Ka Molokai Makahiki [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Shirley Rawlins
  • Contact Organization: Ka Molokai Makahiki
Jan 29 2019
Albatross in Princeville
Kauai

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert - For the Birds

Occurs on: Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 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 [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty
Jan 31 2019
Derek Gripper
Maui

Derek Gripper

Occurs on: Thursday, January 31, 2019, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Summary

Derek Gripper Thursday, January 31, 2019; McCoy Studio Theater; 7:30 pm Derek Gripper is a classical guitarist from South Africa who has taken a unique path. He arranges and interprets complex songs usually played on two koras—a 21-stringed West African lute—and plays them on one classical [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Carin
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Feb 1 2019
"A Midsummer Night's Bollywood Dream" at Kennedy Theatre, February 1-10, 2019
Oahu

A Midsummer Night's Bollywood Dream

Occurs between: Friday, February 1, 2019 - Sunday, February 10, 2019, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Summary

"The course of true love never did run smooth…."–so true for both Shakespeare and Bollywood shows. Shakespeare's most popular comedy meets the high energy song and dance of Bollywood as magic rules the forest in India, and the mischievous Puck plays havoc with everyone's love life. Join the [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Kennedy Theatre Box Office
  • Contact Organization: UH Manoa Department of Theatre and Dance
Feb 2 2019
MauiOpenStudios.com
Maui

Maui Open Studio Weekend (9th Annual)

Occurs between: Saturday, February 2, 2019 - Sunday, February 24, 2019, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Summary

The Annual Maui Open Studios Event is a series of free self-guided tours of artist studios and exhibitions throughout the island of Maui. It kicks off with a festive Opening Celebration and Preview Exhibition on Saturday, February 2 from 5pm - 8pm at the UHMC Pa'ina Culinary Arts Center in [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Carolyn Quan
  • Contact Organization: Dream World Media
Feb 7 2019
Pražák and Zemlinsky Quartets
Maui

Pražák and Zemlinsky Quartets

Occurs on: Thursday, February 7, 2019, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Summary

The Pražák Quartet-one of today´s leading international chamber music ensembles-served as the mentor ensemble for the Zemlinksy Quartet when they were students at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. For this special concert, they will perform on stage together, for a unique [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Carin
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center