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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 26 2019
Dr. Busaba-Yip Douglas  Kite Presentation
Maui

Kite Festival

Occurs between: Friday, April 26, 2019 - Saturday, April 27, 2019
Summary

Kite Festival features two days of family fun with kite making and spectacular kite displays. April is National Kite Month. During the Wo Hing Museum festival on Friday, guests can see kites from around the world in traditional and modern styles; kites will be available for purchase.  [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Judy Kinser
  • Contact Organization: Lahaina Restoration Foundation
Apr 26 2019
Kau Coffee Festival
Hawaii

Kau Coffee Festival

Occurs between: Friday, April 26, 2019 - Sunday, May 5, 2019
Summary

The 11th annual Kau Coffee Festival celebrates its award-winning brew with a host of events at various venues on multiple dates from April 26-May 5, 2019. Fun culminates May 4-5 at the Pahala Community Center with a java-jumpin' hoolaulea on Saturday and the Kau Coffee College educational series [...]

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  • Contact Name: Chris Manfredi
  • Contact Organization: Ka'u Coffee Festival
Apr 26 2019
Themed Juried Exhibition: Six Word Memoirs
Maui

Themed Juried Exhibition: Six Word Memoirs

Occurs between: Friday, April 26, 2019 - Friday, June 7, 2019, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

Legend has it that Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in only six words. His response? "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." In November 2006, Larry Smith, founder of SMITH Magazine, gave the six-word novel a personal twist by asking his community to describe their lives in [...]

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  • Contact Name: Erin Wooldridge
  • Contact Organization: Hui Noeau
Apr 26 2019
Big Island Chocolate Festival
Hawaii

Big Island Chocolate Festival

Occurs between: Friday, April 26, 2019 - Saturday, April 27, 2019, 9:00am - 9:00pm
Summary

With the theme, “Black & White,” the eighth annual Big Island Chocolate Festival is April 26-27 with events headquartered from The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort. The two-day chocolate extravaganza includes a guided cacao plantation tour at Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory in Keauhou-Kona, a [...]

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  • Contact Name: Farsheed Bonakdar
  • Contact Organization: Kona Cacao Association
Apr 26 2019
Free Lei Making Workshops - Manoa Valley District Park
Oahu

Free Lei Making Workshops - Manoa Valley District Park

Occurs on: Friday, April 26, 2019, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Summary

Practice and continued 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 [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Marc Koga
Apr 26 2019
Friday Pau Hana Film Night - SEEDS: The Untold Story
Hawaii

Friday Pau Hana Film Night - SEEDS: The Untold Story

Occurs on: Friday, April 26, 2019, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Summary

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical [...]

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  • Contact Name: Sophia
  • Contact Organization: Donkey Mill Art Center
Apr 29 2019
Lei Making
Oahu

Free Lei Making Workshops - Enchanted Lake Community Park

Occurs on: Monday, April 29, 2019, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Summary

Learn to make wili, haku, kui and humupapa style. Bring flowers with three-inch stems; greenery, such as fern and ti leaf; raffia, scissors or snippers, button and carpet thread, spray bottle with water and aluminum pan. All ages 2-5 p.m.

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Jennifer Lee
May 3 2019
St. Joseph Feast
Maui

St. Joseph Feast

Occurs between: Friday, May 3, 2019 - Sunday, May 5, 2019, 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Summary

St. Joseph Feast: announces its annual event Friday, May 03, 2019 - 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 04, 2019 - 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, May 05, 2019 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A fulfilled weekend of delicious food such as Portuguese Soup, Waffle Dogs, Chow Fun, Nachos, BBQ Teriyaki, Burgers, Mocha [...]

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  • Contact Name: Donna
  • Contact Organization: St. Joseph Church & School
May 4 2019
Guests enjoying the community & exhibitor fair at Parade of Farms. Learn from local farms and community organizations about agriculture in Hawai'i!
Oahu

Parade of Farms

Occurs on: Saturday, May 4, 2019, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

The annual Parade of Farms is back for a fourth year with a spotlight on farms in Waianae! The day-long event, presented by Oahu Resource Conservation and Development Council, will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A free community fair will be hosted at Kahumana [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Jean Brokish
  • Contact Organization: Oahu Resource Conservation & Development Council
May 9 2019
KCP Presents "Sweeney Todd"
Kauai

KCP Presents "Sweeney Todd"

Occurs between: Thursday, May 9, 2019 - Sunday, May 26, 2019, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Summary

KCP is proud to produce Steven Sondheim’s Tony-winning master work Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Attend the dark, witty and Tony Award-winning tale of love, murder and revenge set against the backdrop of 19th century London. An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Erin Gaines
  • Contact Organization: Kauai Community Players