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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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Dec 21 2018
The Nutcracker Ballet - A Holiday Classic
Hawaii

The Nutcracker Ballet - A Holiday Classic

Occurs between: Friday, December 21, 2018 - Sunday, December 23, 2018, 6:00pm - 2:00pm
Summary

West Hawaii Dance Theatre and Academy lights up the holidays by presenting "The Nutcracker Ballet”. This delightful holiday classic showcasing our dancer’s talents will be performed at Kahilu Theatre on Friday, Dec. 21 at 6pm and Saturday, Dec. 22 and Sunday, Dec. 23 at 2pm. A full orchestra [...]

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  • Contact Name: Virginia Holte
  • Contact Organization: West Hawaii Dance Theare
Dec 22 2018
The San Diego State Aztecs Claim the 2016 Trophy!
Oahu

Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic

Occurs between: Saturday, December 22, 2018 - Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Summary

The 2018 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic will be held Dec. 22, 23 & 25 at Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.

The Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic will celebrate its tenth year in 2018. Returning NCAA Tournament teams Bucknell, Rhode Island and TCU headline a stellar field that [...]

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  • Contact Name: Daryl Garvin
  • Contact Organization: ESPN Events
Dec 22 2018
Dec 22 2018
The 2016 Hawai'i Bowl Championship and Runner Up Trophies
Oahu

Hawaii Bowl

Occurs on: Saturday, December 22, 2018, 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Summary

The Hawai'i Bowl, Hawai'i's holiday tradition, will be played at Aloha Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 5:30 p.m. local time and televised nationally on ESPN. Celebrating its 17th year in 2018, the Hawai'i Bowl will pit a team from Conference-USA against a team from the Mountain West. Last year, [...]

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  • Contact Name: Daryl Garvin
  • Contact Organization: ESPN Events
Dec 29 2018
Hawaii

Traditional Mochi (rice cake) Pounding for New Year (21st Annual)

Occurs on: Saturday, December 29, 2018, 8:00am - 2:00pm
Summary

Akiko's over the years has become synonymous with MOCHI POUNDING. This will be our 21st year. Started with 23 people, mostly neighbors, and now it has become a popular community and public event. This past year we had between 600-700 folks visit our wee village to participate in mochi pounding [...]

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  • Contact Name: Akiko Masuda
  • Contact Organization: Wailea Village Historic Preservation Community
Dec 29 2018
SOLO SESSIONS: Steve Earle
Maui

SOLO SESSIONS: Steve Earle

Occurs on: Saturday, December 29, 2018, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Summary

SOLO SESSIONS: Steve Earle Saturday, December 29, 2018; McCoy Studio Theater; 7:30 pm Rock/country/folk singer and songwriter Steve Earle began his career writing songs in Nashville, breaking to fame with the 1986 album, Guitar Town. He has released 15 other studio albums since then, received 3 [...]

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  • Contact Name: Carin
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Dec 30 2018
Voices of Aloha presents “Songs of Peace”
Oahu

Voices of Aloha Holiday Concert ~ "Songs of Peace"

Occurs on: Sunday, December 30, 2018, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Summary

Voices of Aloha, the renowned community choir of Honolulu will present their holiday concert, "Songs of Peace" one night only at the historic Kawaiahao church. Concert under the direction of Sangeet Gellhorn. The concert is free and all are welcome. Limited parking on church grounds – street [...]

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  • Contact Name: Creig Lam
  • Contact Organization: Voices of Aloha
Dec 30 2018
Bill Maher’s 8th Annual New Year's Comedy Extravaganza starring Bill Maher, with Natasha Leggero & Wendy Liebman
Maui

Bill Maher’s 8th Annual New Year's Comedy Extravaganza starring Bill Maher, with Natasha Leggero & Wendy Liebman

Occurs on: Sunday, December 30, 2018, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Summary

The tradition continues! For the eighth year in a row, Bill Maher will be ringing in the New Year in Hawaii! Making the celebration extra special this year, Bill will be joined by two very special guest comedians and queens of late-night comedy, Natasha Leggero and Wendy Liebman. Natasha Leggero is [...]

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  • Contact Name: Carin
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Dec 31 2018
New Year's Eve Fireworks Celebration at Poipu Beach Park
Kauai

New Year's Eve Fireworks Celebration at Poipu Beach Park

Occurs on: Monday, December 31, 2018, 5:00pm - 8:30pm
Summary

Grab your lawn chairs and blankets and join us for the annual New Year’s Eve Fireworks Celebration at Poipu Beach Park. We will be showing a FREE family-friendly movie, (TBA), on the big outdoor screen followed by a spectacular fireworks show. Food trucks will be lined up to keep bellies happy. [...]

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  • Contact Name: Maile Reinhardt
  • Contact Organization: Poipu Beach Resort Association
Jan 1 2019
2019 Festival Art
Hawaii

Waimea Ocean Film Festival

Occurs between: Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Summary

The 2019 annual Waimea Ocean Film Festival (Waimea Film) kicks off the new year January 1-9, in Waimea, as well as The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, Mauna Kea Resort and Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. Festival passes are available online starting July 11, 2018 at www.waimeaoceanfilm.org with extra [...]

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  • Contact Name: Tania Howard
  • Contact Organization: Waimea Ocean Film Festival