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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 2 2018
Each year, Maui County’s largest products show, the annual Made in Maui County Festival, attracts thousands of visitors and residents to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului for two days of awesome shopping, food and fun.
Maui

Made In Maui County Festival (5th Annual)

Occurs between: Friday, November 2, 2018 - Saturday, November 3, 2018, 8:00am - 4:30pm
Summary

Maui County's largest products show, the annual Made in Maui County Festival, returns on November 2 and 3, 2018. Now in its fifth year, this popular event features over 140 vendors offering a wide variety of made in Maui County products, including food, art, crafts, jewelry, fashion, furniture, [...]

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  • Contact Name: Linn Nishikawa
  • Contact Organization: Linn Nishikawa & Associates, Inc.
Nov 3 2018
Arbor Day 1,000 Hawaiian Tree Giveaway
Maui

Arbor Day 1,000 Hawaiian Tree Giveaway

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

In partnership with Maui Electric Company and Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program, Maui Nui Botanical Gardens will give away 1,000 Hawaiian trees for free, 1 tree per person, any age! Experts will be available to recommend the best Hawaiian tree for your area of residence. The [...]

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  • Contact Name: Whit Germano
  • Contact Organization: Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
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 8 2018
Oahu

Hawaii International Film Festival (38th Annual)

Occurs between: Thursday, November 8, 2018 - Sunday, November 18, 2018
Summary

Established as the premier international film event in the Pacific, HIFF showcases features and documentaries from Asia, the Pacific Islands and Hawaii, and all films depict their region/culture in a culturally accurate way. HIFF is a statewide event and the only one of its kind in the U.S. It has [...]

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  • Contact Name: Ticket Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii International Film Festival
Nov 9 2018
Kona Coffee Cultural Festival
Hawaii

Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

Occurs between: Friday, November 9, 2018 - Sunday, November 18, 2018, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Summary

For nearly 200 years much has been celebrated, discussed and enjoyed over a cup of Kona’s world famous coffee. Kona coffee takes center stage at the 48th Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival happening Friday November 9 through Sunday November 18, 2018. The award-winning Kona Coffee Cultural [...]

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  • Contact Name: Val Cocoran, President
  • Contact Organization: Kona Coffee Cultural Festival
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 [...]

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  • Contact Name: Busaba Yip
  • Contact Organization: Lahaina Restoration Foundation
Nov 10 2018
Happy finisher at last year's race
Hawaii

100% Pure Kona Coffee Half Marathon

Occurs on: Saturday, November 10, 2018, 6:30am - 11:30am
Summary

Come and join us for the 3rd annual 100% Pure Kona Coffee Half Marathon. Run the scenic coastline of Kailua-Kona from Coconut Grove Marketplace on Alii Drive south to the (in)famous "Pit" and the "End of the World." Challenge yourself to some hills and then enjoy 100% Pure Kona Coffee at the [...]

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  • Contact Name: Keely McGhee
  • Contact Organization: Big Island Race Events
Nov 14 2018
Fall Footholds Dance Concert
Oahu

Fall Footholds Dance Concert

Occurs between: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - Sunday, November 18, 2018, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Summary

This biannual dance concert showcases the culmination of years of study and sweat. It features exemplary undergraduate student choreography as well as graduating MFA students' thesis works in a variety of dance styles.

Performances are Wednesday, November 14 through Saturday, November 17 [...]

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  • Contact Name: Kennedy Theatre Box Office
  • Contact Organization: UHM Department of Theatre and Dance
Nov 17 2018
Ke Kula 'O Nawahīokalani'ōpu'u Iki Lab Public Charter School
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Hula Kahiko Performance

Occurs on: Saturday, November 17, 2018, 10:30am - 11:30am
Summary

Ke Kula O Nawahīokalaniopuu Iki Lab Public Charter School with Kumu Hula Haamauliola Aiona perform in a one-of-a-kind outdoor setting at the kahua hula (platform) in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This performance is presented authentically in a natural setting, rain or shine without [...]

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  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Nov 17 2018
Maui

Pacific Cancer Foundation Aloha Kalikimaka Benefit Gala

Occurs on: Saturday, November 17, 2018, 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Summary

Pacific Cancer Foundation is once again hosting their Aloha Kalikimaka Benefit Gala at the beautiful Yokouchi Estate on Saturday, November 17th from 5pm-10pm. Each year guests enjoy a fabulous evening filled with live entertainment, festive holiday adornments, delicious cuisine, fine wine and [...]

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  • Contact Name: Annie Joya
  • Contact Organization: Pacific Cancer Foundation