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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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Apr 13 2019
Group color throw at the Color Festival Hawaii
Maui

The Color Festival Hawaii

Occurs on: Saturday, April 13, 2019, 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Summary

Hawaii's most colorful event is back! Join us for an afternoon of family friendly food, performances, and of course color. Headliner Rayland Baxter along with Shea Butter and the Cream, Yum Yum Beast, DJ Boomshot and more! Tickets on Sale March 1st. FREE for keiki up to 5 years. $15 for ages 6-16. [...]

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  • Contact Name: Lindsey Shiroma
  • Contact Organization: Imua Family Services
Apr 13 2019
Arabian Nights
Oahu

Arabian Nights

Occurs between: Saturday, April 13, 2019 - Sunday, April 14, 2019, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Summary

Since his time as HSO Principal Clarinet, David Shifrin has become an artist in demand around the world. Performing as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. He returns for his solo appearance with the Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra collaborating with Rei Hotoda, newly appointed Fresno [...]

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  • Contact Name: Heather Arias de Cordoba
  • Contact Organization: Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra
Apr 14 2019
Apr 19 2019
Tribute to Broadway
Oahu

Tribute to Broadway

Occurs on: Friday, April 19, 2019, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Summary

A Tribute to Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber In April the HSO salutes the two most successful Broadway composers of the past 50 years; Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Broadway stars Debbie Gravitte, Scarlett Strallen and Hugh Panaro join the HSO to sing favorite songs from [...]

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  • Contact Name: Heather Arias de Cordoba
  • Contact Organization: Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra
Apr 20 2019
Glass and a Fifth
Oahu

Glass and a Fifth

Occurs between: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - Sunday, April 21, 2019, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Summary

The distinguished former Toronto Symphony Music Director, Peter Oundjian makes his HSO debut conducting Beethoven’s iconic Fifth Symphony. From opera houses, concert halls, the dance world, film, and pop, the music of Philip Glass has made him one of the most influential composers of our time. [...]

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  • Contact Name: Heather Arias de Cordoba
  • Contact Organization: Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra
Apr 22 2019
Lei making
Oahu

Free Lei Making Workshops - Manoa Valley District Park

Occurs on: Monday, April 22, 2019, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Summary

Learn about kui & hili making styles at this hand-on workshop.  REGISTRATION: Please call in advance to register for this free class. A list of recommended items will be given to registered participants. This is a free class. All ages, children 8 years and younger must be accompanied by an [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Mark Koga
Apr 23 2019
Lei making
Oahu

Free Lei Making Workshops - Manoa Valley District Park

Occurs on: Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Summary

Learn about kui & hili making styles at this hand-on workshop.  REGISTRATION: Please call in advance to register for this free class. A list of recommended items will be given to registered participants. This is a free class. All ages, children 8 years and younger must be accompanied by an [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Mark Koga
Apr 24 2019
"Country Wife" at Kennedy Theatre, April 24-28, 2019
Oahu

The Country Wife

Occurs between: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - Sunday, April 28, 2019, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Summary

Restoration Comedy (written in 17th century England) is known for bawdiness and a satirical, sometimes farcical, view of sexuality and marriage. The Country Wife includes diabolical cads, flirts, rakes, and other delightful yet unsavory characters in a war of wits and dimwits.

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Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Kennedy Theatre Box Office
  • Contact Organization: UHM Kennedy Theatre
Apr 25 2019
Leimaking
Oahu

Free Lei Making Workshops - Manoa Valley District Park

Occurs on: Thursday, April 25, 2019, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Summary

Practice and continue development of wili lei making styles at this hands on workshop.

REGISTRATION: You must call in advance to register for this class. A list of recommended items will be given to registered participants. This is a free class. All ages. Children 8 years and younger must [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Mark Koga
Apr 25 2019
Lei making
Oahu

Free Lei Making Workshops - Waialua District Park

Occurs on: Thursday, April 25, 2019, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Summary

Learn the wili style of lei making. Bring flowers and leaves from your yard to use in your lei. A material list will be provided at registration. REGISTRATION: This is a free class and space is limited. You must call or email in advance to register for this class. 18 years and older. 6-7:30 [...]

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  • Contact Name: Anita Lagundimao