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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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Aug 18 2019
Uke Ohana Oahu
Oahu

Uke Ohana Oahu

Occurs between: Sunday, August 18, 2019 - Thursday, August 22, 2019, 12:00pm - 12:00pm
Summary

Imerse youself in five melodic days of Aloha, playing and composing Ukulele, experiencing the cultural traditions of the north shore of Oahu, enjoying delicious local foods and savoring the beauty of the land and sea scapes. Ukulele classes with world famous musicians will open up new [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Melany Berry
  • Contact Organization: Full Heart Productions LLC
Sep 1 2019
Alii Sunday - Queen Liliuokalani
Oahu

Alii Sunday - Queen Liliuokalani

Occurs on: Sunday, September 1, 2019, 9:00am - 10:00am
Summary

 Alii Sundays are among the many long and honored traditions of Kawaiahao Church, which began about 1914. In the 1970's our people were embarking on a tidal wave of change. In the midst of circumstance and sensing the urgency to unite Hawaii's people and rekindle their strength and purpose in [...]

Sep 13 2019
Malama Wao Akua 2019
Maui

Malama Wao Akua 2019

Occurs between: Friday, September 13, 2019 - Friday, November 8, 2019, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center in collaboration with East Maui Watershed Partnership (EMWP) brings you Mālama Wao Akua (Caring for the Realm of the Gods) – a juried art exhibition celebrating the native species of Maui Nui (Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Kahoolawe). We invite Maui artists to explore our [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Erin Wooldridge
  • Contact Organization: Hui Noeau
Sep 20 2019
Moana's Hula Halau
Molokai

Molokai Canoe Festivals Presents - 5th Annual Kulaia Hoolaulea

Occurs on: Friday, September 20, 2019, 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 20 2019
Moana's Hula Halau
Molokai

Molokai Canoe Festivals Presents - 5th Annual Kulaia Hoolaulea

Occurs on: Friday, September 20, 2019, 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 28 2019
Uncle Wayne and the Howling Dog Band on our Kahua Ho`okipa Stage at Hawaiian Mission Houses
Oahu

Open House and Family Day at the Hawaiian Mission Houses Museum

Occurs on: Saturday, September 28, 2019, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

Our Annual Open House and Family Day! Featuring free admission, family and kid-friendly activities, and entertainment from Uncle Wayne and the Howling Dog Band! This one of only 2 free admission days we have during the year. Come learn about life at the Honolulu Mission Station in the 19th century [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Michael Smola
  • Contact Organization: Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives
Oct 6 2019
Wiki Wiki One Day Vintage Collectibles & Hawaiiana Show
Oahu

Wiki Wiki One Day Vintage Collectibles & Hawaiiana Show

Occurs on: Sunday, October 6, 2019, 10:30am - 4:30pm
Summary

The three times yearly Wiki Wiki One Day Vintage Collectibles & Hawaiiana Show is an all vintage (20 yrs & older) collectibles and antiques show and sale. Shop ninety three tables with vendors from Oahu, Outer Islands, and Mainland U.S. This is Hawaii's only strictly vintage show with no [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Ilene Wong
  • Contact Organization: Ilene & Wayne Productions Inc
Oct 12 2019
Ironman World Championship 2019
Hawaii

Ironman World Championship 2019

Occurs on: Saturday, October 12, 2019, 6:30am - 1:00pm
Summary

The inaugural Hawaiian IRON MAN Triathlon was conceptualized in 1977 as a way to challenge athletes who had seen success at endurance swim, running and biathlon events. Honolulu-based Navy couple Judy and John Collins proposed combining the three toughest endurance races in Hawaii-the 2.4-mile [...]

Oct 13 2019
Alii Sunday - Princess Kaiulani
Oahu

Alii Sunday - Princess Kaiulani

Occurs on: Sunday, October 13, 2019, 9:00am - 10:00am
Summary

 Alii Sundays are among the many long and honored traditions of Kawaiahao Church, which began about 1914. In the 1970's our people were embarking on a tidal wave of change. In the midst of circumstance and sensing the urgency to unite Hawaii's people and rekindle their strength and purpose in [...]

Oct 25 2019
'I'iwi bird by Jack Jeffries
Hawaii

Hawaii Island Festival of Birds (4th Annual)

Occurs between: Friday, October 25, 2019 - Monday, October 28, 2019
Summary

Highlighting the migratory and accidental avian visitors that arrive in Hawaii each year, the 2019 HIFB theme will be "Wanderers and Migrants-Hawaii's Unique Avian Visitors." The festival includes a reception and film festival, guided birding excursions on land and sea, a bird fair and [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Cindy Pacheco
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Island Festival of Birds