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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 30 2018
Lauhala Bookmark
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program

Occurs on: Friday, November 30, 2018, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Summary

Come join fiber artist and nationally recognized gourd artist, Jelena Clay on the lanai of Volcano Art Center Gallery for a workshop on Lauhala weaving.  Lauhala leaves come from the Hala tree, a very special Pacific Island tree.  Students will learn how to select, prepare and dye Lauhala [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Dec 1 2018
Living Wreath Making with Native Hawaiian Plants
Maui

Living Wreath Making with Native Hawaiian Plants

Occurs on: Saturday, December 1, 2018, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Summary

Saturday, December 1, from 9 AM to 12 PM: Living Wreath Making with Native Plants Native plants provide more than just food and habitat for wildlife: they also provide great beauty all year long! Learn to make a living wreath from Native Hawaiian Plants in time for the Holidays with MNBG Executive [...]

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  • Contact Name: Whit Germano
  • Contact Organization: Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
Dec 1 2018
Photo credit: Ron Slauson
Oahu

Honolulu City Lights (34th Annual)

Occurs between: Saturday, December 1, 2018 - Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Summary

The Honolulu City Lights opening night festivities kick off a month long celebration of dazzling lights and displays, family-friendly activities, and merry fun on the Frank F. Fasi Civic Center Grounds.

One of the many highlights of the opening night festivities evening is the Public [...]

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  • Contact Name: Honolulu City Lights
Dec 1 2018
Santa's Gone Kauaian! at Kauai Festival of Lights
Kauai

Kauai Festival of Lights

Occurs between: Saturday, December 1, 2018 - Saturday, December 29, 2018, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Summary

Santa's Gone Kauaiian at the Festival of Lights! It's a Kauai-style Holiday Wonderland inside the Historic County Building. This December marks the 22nd Anniversary of this glorious celebration founded by artist Elizabeth Freeman in 1997. It showcases the beloved "Trash to Treasure" Folk Art [...]

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  • Contact Name: Elizabeth Freeman
  • Contact Organization: Kauai Festival of Lights
Dec 7 2018
Kauai

Flavor's of Hanapepe - December

Occurs on: Friday, December 7, 2018, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Summary

Come celebrate the diverse Flavors of Hanapepe at Friday Art Night, 6 – 9 pm. Hanapepe Town is the home to restaurants and food suppliers serving a wide range of food products from many cultures. This cultural diversity and variety of restaurants and food establishments is a special and unique [...]

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  • Contact Name: Tiffany Carolan
  • Contact Organization: Hanapepe Economic Alliance
Dec 7 2018
Oahu

First Friday Art Walk - Downtown - Chinatown (December)

Occurs on: Friday, December 7, 2018, 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Summary

Come join us for the most exciting event to hit downtown Honolulu on the first Friday of every month! Chinatown is the place to be if you want to join the hip crowds at the many unique galleries, boutiques, cafes and restaurants that feature exciting art exhibits and free entertainment. Come to see [...]

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  • Contact Name: First Friday Hawaii
Dec 8 2018
Kauai

NTBG Christmas Craft Fair

Occurs on: Saturday, December 8, 2018
Summary

National Tropical Botanical Garden is happy to announce the date for our 2018 Christmas Craft Fair will be December 8th, 2018. Come enjoy a day of holiday shopping and entertainment featuring Kauai-made products, jewelry, clothing and more! Get gifts for everybody on your list including [...]

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  • Contact Name: Ann Nicol
  • Contact Organization: Gilbert & Associates
Dec 9 2018
Dec 15 2018
Hula Arts At Kilauea: Hula Kahiko Performance
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Hula Kahiko Performance

Occurs on: Saturday, December 15, 2018, 10:30am - 11:30am
Summary

Hula Halau Unuokeahi with Kumu Hula Kapuaokalaniikapoliopele Kaaua 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 electronic amplification. [...]

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  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Dec 15 2018
Kumu hula Kaho'okele Crabbe
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Na Mea Hula Demonstrations

Occurs on: Saturday, December 15, 2018, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Summary

Held in conjunction with monthly Na Mea hula kahiko performances, join Kumu hula Kahookele Crabbe with Halauolaokalani on the lanai of the Volcano Art Gallery as they share with you "Na Mea Hula" (all things hula). Come and learn a hula, use various hula implements and try your hand at lei [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center