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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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Nov 3 2018
Made In Maui County Festival – BIG FESTIVAL DAY
Maui

Made In Maui County Festival – BIG FESTIVAL DAY

Occurs on: Saturday, November 3, 2018, 8:00am - 4:30pm
Summary

Maui County's largest products show, the annual Made In Maui County Festival, features over 140 vendors offering a wide variety of locally made products, including food, produce, art, crafts, jewelry, fashions, furniture, gifts, collectibles, and more. Held at Maui Arts & Cultural Center, enjoy a [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Carin
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Nov 3 2018
Art with Aloha: Pahi Aku Lure with Keith Maile
Maui

Art with Aloha: Pahi Aku Lure with Keith Maile

Occurs on: Saturday, November 3, 2018, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Summary

Keith Maile

Kailua, Hawai'i

Keith Maile is a recognized Native Hawaiian artist and cultural practitioner. He uses natural materials like bone, stone, wood, shell and native fibers in his work, which ranges from traditional implements to customized, one-of-a-kind musical [...]

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  • Contact Name: Erin Wooldridge
  • Contact Organization: Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center
Nov 4 2018
Art with Aloha: Kepa Lima with Keith Maile
Maui

Art with Aloha: Kepa Lima with Keith Maile

Occurs on: Sunday, November 4, 2018, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Summary

Keith Maile

Kailua, Hawai'i

Keith Maile is a recognized Native Hawaiian artist and cultural practitioner. He uses natural materials like bone, stone, wood, shell and native fibers in his work, which ranges from traditional implements to customized, one-of-a-kind musical [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Erin Wooldridge
  • Contact Organization: Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center
Nov 5 2018
Kauai Writers Conference
Kauai

Kauai Writers Conference

Occurs between: Monday, November 5, 2018 - Sunday, November 11, 2018, 8:00am - 7:00pm
Summary

Attracting major authors of both literary and popular fiction, non-fiction, screenplay and poetry, The Kauai Writers Conference features writing and publishing workshops, one-on-one pitch sessions and manuscript critiques with influential literary agents. Whether you're new to writing or have a [...]

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  • Contact Name: Katie McMillan
  • Contact Organization: Kauai Writers Conference
Nov 7 2018
Chef Competition + Poipu Culinary Market - Poipu Food & Wine Festival
Kauai

Chef Competition + Poipu Culinary Market - Poipu Food & Wine Festival

Occurs on: Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 3:30pm - 6:00pm
Summary

Hawaiian regional cuisine is blossoming and every Wednesday the Kauai Culinary Market is hosted by The Shops at Kukui`ula in partnership with the Kauai County Farm Bureau from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in the traditional pau hana (after work) style. Live island music fills the air; fresh, locally-grown [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Maile Reinhardt
  • Contact Organization: Poipu Beach Resort Association
Nov 8 2018
In the Kitchen - Poipu Food & Wine Festival
Kauai

In the Kitchen - Poipu Food & Wine Festival

Occurs on: Thursday, November 8, 2018, 8:00am - 6:00pm
Summary

Cook with some of Poipu's finest Chefs at this year's Poipu Food Wine Festival. Participate in a hands-on cooking class with some of Poipu’s top chefs in their own restaurant. Classes at $50.00 per person per class will be limited in size and include a tasting and a commemorative gift. Various [...]

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  • Contact Name: Maile Reinhardt
  • Contact Organization: Poipu Beach Resort Association
Nov 8 2018
June is the First Fall - Yilong Liu
Oahu

June is the First Fall - Yilong Liu

Occurs between: Thursday, November 8, 2018 - Sunday, December 9, 2018
Summary

Don, a queer Chinese man in Hawai'i, escapes to New York as a family tragedy intertwines with his sexuality. When he returns home to Mānoa Valley, he finds his sister engaged to his first love. June is the First Fall is a queer and moving slice of life with interweaving scenes in Hawai'i and [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Sarah Bauer
  • Contact Organization: Kumu Kahua Theatre
Nov 9 2018
Hula O Nā Keiki
Maui

Hula O Nā Keiki

Occurs between: Friday, November 9, 2018 - Saturday, November 10, 2018, 8:00am - 9:00pm
Summary

Kā'anapali Beach Hotel is proud to host its 28th annual Hula O Nā Keiki – Maui’s only children’s solo hula competition. This year’s event will be held November 9-10, 2018 in the Kanahele ballroom. Children ages 5 to 17 compete in kahiko (traditional) and ʻauana (modern) style hula, as [...]

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  • Contact Name: Gayle Miyaguchi
  • Contact Organization: Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel
Nov 9 2018
Sun Yat-sen Festival displays at Wo Hing Museum in Lahaina
Maui

Chinese Heritage Festival in Lahaina

Occurs on: Friday, November 9, 2018, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Summary

Lahaina celebrates the town's enduring Chinese heritage and also honors the achievements of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, known as The Father of Modern China, during this annual festival at Wo Hing Museum and Cookhouse on Front Street. Enjoy a film tribute and historical displays depicting the Sun family [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Busaba Yip
  • Contact Organization: Lahaina Restoration Foundation
Nov 9 2018
Flavors of Poipu + KCC Chef Demonstration  - Poipu Food & Wine Festival
Kauai

Flavors of Poipu + KCC Chef Demonstration - Poipu Food & Wine Festival

Occurs on: Friday, November 9, 2018, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Summary

Groove to the music of top island artists, while enjoying local delicacies served street-food style along with outdoor beer and wine gardens at this festive pau hana party at the Shops at Kukui`ula. This Flavors feature Chefs as the "headliners" with culinary demonstrations by one of Kauai's [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Maile Reinhardt
  • Contact Organization: Poipu Beach Resort Association