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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, fire dancers, 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 Molokai's Festivals of Aloha (October) 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 Oahu (October and November) 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.

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Nov 25 2017
Koko Marina Center
Oahu

Hawaii Kai's Annual Keiki Kalikimaka Parade and Celebration

Occurs on:
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Summary

Hawaii Kai's Annual Keiki Kalikimaka Parade starting at the corner of Lunalilo Home Road and Hawaii Kai Dr. After the parade, join us at Koko Marina Center's Christmas Celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Marina Courtyard featuring Keiki Hula, Balloon Monsoon, Cookie decorating with New Hope Hawaii [...]

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  • Contact Name: Koko Marina Center
  • Contact Organization: Koko Marina Center
Nov 25 2017
Oahu

Hawaiian Classical Guitar with Ian O'Sullivan

Occurs on:
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Summary

Ian O’Sullivan is a classically-trained guitarist who will perform his various instrumental tunes and discuss his music style. Ian is well-versed in Hawaiian slack-key guitar and the ukulele, in addition to the Western classical repertoire. He is the first guitarist from Hawaii to be accepted to [...]

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  • Contact Name: Salt Lake-Moanalua Public Library
  • Contact Organization: Salt Lake-Moanalua Public Library
Nov 25 2017
Hilo Downtown Improvement Association
Hawaii

Downtown Hilo Christmas Light Parade (32nd Annual)

Occurs on:
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Summary

Hilo Downtown Improvement Association proudly presents the 32nd Annual Downtown Hilo Christmas Light Parade “Christmas Parade of Lights” on Saturday, November 25th, 2017. We are proud to continue this long standing tradition for the Keikis of our Hilo Community and will also be collaborating a [...]

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  • Contact Name: Hilo Downtown Improvement Association
  • Contact Organization: Hilo Downtown Improvement Association
Nov 25 2017
Oahu

Sustainable Saturday

Occurs on:
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Summary

Honolulu Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Invites you to join us for our second annual Sustainable Saturday-A Recycling & Storewide Sale Event. Our second annual Sustainable Saturday Event includes:

• Information about keeping items out of our landfills

• Being an [...]

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  • Contact Name: April Bullis
  • Contact Organization: Honolulu Habitat for Humanity
Nov 25 2017
John John Florence hones his skill at Sunset. Image: WSL
Oahu

Vans World Cup Of Surfing

Occurs between:
Saturday, November 25, 2017
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Summary

The second event of the Vans Triple Crown, the Vans World Cup displays the fierce talent and athleticism of surfers as they navigate the shifting lineup of Sunset Beach. One of the best and most consistent big waves on the planet, Sunset delivers dramatic victories and upsets as competitors fight [...]

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  • Contact Name: Lauren Rolland
  • Contact Organization: WSL Hawaii
Nov 25 2017
Maui

Thompson Square

Occurs on:
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Summary

Saturday, November 25, 2017; Castle Theater; 7:30 pm Multi-platinum selling duo Thompson Square will perform on Maui as part of their first ever acoustic tour, appropriately titled This Is Us. With just two stools and an acoustic guitar, the "This Is Us" tour will bring the fan experience closer [...]

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  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Nov 26 2017
Maui

Maui Choral Arts Association – Happy Holly-Jolly Days

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Sunday, November 26, 2017
Summary

Sunday, November 26, 2017; Castle Theater; 3:00 pm Maui Choral Arts Association invites you to join artistic director, Gary Leavitt, and pianist, Lotus Dancer, and an exciting chorus of nearly 100 talented singers as they kick off the holiday season with their annual smash holiday concert, “Happy [...]

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  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Nov 26 2017
Oahu

Silvia Martz Memorial 5K Run

Occurs on:
Sunday, November 26, 2017
Summary

Silvia A. Martz, “SAM,” was a long-time volunteer and office manager for the Honolulu Marathon Association. She was a champion for the average runner, cheering them at nearly every finish line on Oahu for many years. SAM died of cancer in 1992. This race is in memory of SAM and all that she [...]

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  • Contact Name: Information
  • Contact Organization: MPRRC
Nov 26 2017
Kauai

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert - Honoring Raymond Kane

Occurs on:
Sunday, November 26, 2017
Summary

Award winning traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar & ukulele concert featuring songs & stories telling its history. Gift Drawing. Family Friendly. Tickets $25 ($20 Ages 13-19 & 50+; $10 Ages 6-12). Audience rating 18+ yrs is 99.3% "Excellent, Highlight of our trip!".

This concert will [...]

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  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty
Nov 28 2017
Kauai

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert - Poina Ole - Never to be Forgotten

Occurs on:
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Summary

Award winning traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar & ukulele concert featuring songs & stories telling its history.   Gift Drawing.  Family Friendly.  Tickets $25 ($20  Ages 13-19 & 50+;  $10 Ages 6-12).  Audience rating 18+ yrs is 99.3% "Excellent, Highlight of our trip!".

This [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty