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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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Sep 7 2018
`Ohina at the Hawaii Theatre
Oahu

Ohina Short Film Showcase-Oahu

Occurs on: Friday, September 7, 2018, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Summary

`Ohina is back at the historic Hawai'i Theatre for an evening of incredible independent films before hosting a full weekend of filmmaker workshops with our `Ohina special guests. Since 1999, the `Ohina Short Film Showcase is Hawai'i's largest annual short film festival dedicated to gathering and [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Gerard Elmore
  • Contact Organization: Ohina LLC
Sep 9 2018
Siona Benjamin
Oahu

Family Sunday: “Rosh Hashanah Celebration”

Occurs on: Sunday, September 9, 2018, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Summary

Family Sunday: "Rosh Hashanah Celebration" Sidewalk Chalk Art Workshop with Siona Benjamin and Bollywood Indian Dance Workshop with Harmony Turner

3:00-4:00 p.m. Illustrated Talk by guest artist Siona Benjamin.

This event will be held in connection with the EWC gallery exhibition [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Eric Chang
  • Contact Organization: East-West Center Arts Program
Sep 14 2018
Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat
Oahu

Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat

Occurs between: Friday, September 14, 2018 - Sunday, September 23, 2018, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Summary

"I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny." Join Sally and her brother as their rainy day blues are turned upside-down by a mischievous stranger in a striped hat. The Cat in the Hat creates a day full of wacky adventure, wondrous balancing feats, [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Kennedy Theatre Box Office
  • Contact Organization: UHM Department of Theatre and Dance
Sep 15 2018
Kumu Hula Paul Neves
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Hula Kahiko Performance

Occurs on: Saturday, September 15, 2018, 10:30am - 11:30am
Summary

Hula Halau Ha Kea o Kinohi with Kumu Hula Paul Neves perform in a one-of-a-kind outdoor setting at the kahua hula (platform) in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This performance is presented authentically in a natural setting, rain or shine without electronic amplification. Audience members [...]

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  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Sep 15 2018
Sep 15 2018
It Comes in Threes: An Evening of Quick Comedies
Oahu

It Comes in Threes: An Evening of Quick Comedies

Occurs between: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - Sunday, September 23, 2018, 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Summary

A night of hilarity is sure to ensue at Late Night's Production of It Comes in Threes: An Evening of Quick Comedies. This performance features three one-act comedies, including Christopher Durang's The Actor's Nightmare, where an accountant finds himself mistaken for an understudy and thrust [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Kennedy Theatre Box Office
  • Contact Organization: UHM Department of Theatre and Dance
Sep 15 2018
Loke Kamanu and her 'ohana
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Na Mea Hula Demonstrations

Occurs on: Saturday, September 15, 2018, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Summary

Held in conjunction with monthly Na Mea hula kahiko performances, join our Native Hawaiian cultural specialist Loke Kamanu and her `ohana on the lanai of the Volcano Art Gallery as they share with you "Nā Mea Hula" (all things hula).  Come and learn a hula, use various hula implements and [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Sep 21 2018
Moana's Hula Halau
Molokai

Molokai Canoe Festivals Presents - 5th Annual Kulaia Hoolaulea

Occurs on: Friday, September 21, 2018, 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Summary

In remembering the early years of the Molokai Hoe along with the Aloha Festivals Hoolaulea at Hale o Lono, this was Molokai's version of kulaia. The festivities lasted an entire weekend and the spirit of aloha radiated to all; including our Molokai community, paddlers, visitors and spectators from [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Lori-Lei Rawlins-Crivello
  • Contact Organization: Molokai Canoe Festivals
Sep 21 2018
`Ohina at the Hawaii Theatre
Maui

Ohina Short Film Showcase-Maui

Occurs on: Friday, September 21, 2018, 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Summary

It's Ohina very first time on Maui!  Join us at the McCoy Theater at the MACC for an evening of incredible independent films from Hawaii.  Since 1999, the `Ohina Short Film Showcase is Hawaii's largest annual short film festival dedicated to gathering and presenting original works by students, [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Gerard Elmore
  • Contact Organization: Ohina LLC
Sep 22 2018
Artfest
Oahu

Waikiki Artfest

Occurs between: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - Sunday, September 23, 2018, 9:00am - 4:00pm
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