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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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Sep 26 2017
Oahu

Meet The Artist - Megan Porter, Science And Art

Occurs on:
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Summary

Free public lecture by Megan Porter, Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, College of Natural Sciences. She recently participated in the ArtSci 2016 "Where Art and Science Meet" project. Ground floor Multipurpose Room (to the right as you enter through the front doors).

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Mamiko Carroll
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
Sep 26 2017
Nosh on Hawaii’s iconic food, including kalua pork and poi by a 6 generation family farm
Kauai

Tasting Kauai Food Tour - North Shore

Occurs between:
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
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Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Summary

Hop in your car and follow us on a tasting adventure through Kauai's lush North Shore. We'll experience out-of-the way establishments, taste products made with canoe crops and exotic fruit, sample Hawaiian food, learn about Tiki cocktail culture, meet chefs … and more. This food tour is [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Marta Lane
  • Contact Organization: Tasting Kauai
Sep 27 2017
Sep 27 2017
Six tastings with owner interaction, insider access and more
Kauai

Tasting Kauai Food Tour - South Shore

Occurs between:
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
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Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Summary

Follow us in the comfort of your own car and sample the sights, flavors and culture of Kauai's sunny South Shore. The stops on this tour are a celebration of food inspired by Hawaii's diverse cultures.

Highlights
Six tastings with owner interaction, insider access and more!

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Marta Lane
  • Contact Organization: Tasting Kauai
Sep 28 2017
Audience watching Hawaiian Music concert at Baldwin Home in Lahaina
Maui

Hawaiian Music Series Concerts in Lahaina - September

Occurs on:
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Summary

Relax under the shade trees of the Baldwin Home Museum at the corner of Front and Dickenson Streets in Lahaina for a FREE Hawaiian music concert on the last Thursday of each month! Kick back to enjoy the sweet island sounds of rising star musicians who sing traditional and popular tunes, play [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Theo Morrison
  • Contact Organization: Lahaina Restoration Foundation
Sep 28 2017
Meet a passionate farmer with a doctorate and learn about Hawaiian culture and plantation history
Kauai

Tasting Kauai Food Tour - East Side

Occurs between:
Thursday, September 28, 2017
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Thursday, December 28, 2017
Summary

Hop in your car and follow us on a tasting adventure through the East Side of Kauai, known as the Royal Coconut Coast. Take a short stroll down an old plantation road and learn about taro farming; sample burgers with a local twist and enjoy tastings at some of the East Side's best farm-to-table [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Marta Lane
  • Contact Organization: Tasting Kauai
Sep 29 2017
Hawaii

Aloha Friday On The Porch - Hula And Oli With Kahookele Crabbe

Occurs on:
Friday, September 29, 2017
Summary

Kumu hula of Halau Ke Ola o Ka Lani, Moses Kahookele Crabbe shares his extensive knowledge to teach the basics of hula, language and chant. These free events are supported in part by a grant from the County of Hawaii, Dept. of Research and Development and the Hawaii Tourism Authority. However, [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Jenette Goss
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Sep 29 2017
Maui

Shank's Mare

Occurs on:
Friday, September 29, 2017
Summary

Yara Arts Group and Maui Arts & Cultural Center present a collaborative puppet performance by American puppet artist, Tom Lee, and Japanese traditional puppeteer, Koryu Nishikawa V. This beautiful and detailed production combines Japanese traditional puppetry, live video projection of miniature [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Sep 30 2017
HopeFest Maui Gala presents "Maui by Moonlight" ft. Napua Greig
Maui

HopeFest Maui Gala

Occurs on:
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Summary

Get ready to party with a purpose at the American Cancer Society HopeFest Maui Gala to be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea located at 3900 Wailea Alanui Drive. The theme this year is "Maui by Moonlight" which showcases the best of what [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Joni Lynne Celiz
  • Contact Organization: American Cancer Society, Maui
Sep 30 2017
Lanai

Festivals Of Aloha - Lanai Hoolaulea

Occurs on:
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Summary

Lanai, a quiet hamlet for retreat and relaxation. Join the people of Lanai as they celebrate the Hawaiian culture. The Hoolaulea will feature live entertainment; cultural demonstrations, free keiki activities, crafters and artisans and ‘ono food.

The annual Festivals of Aloha, Maui [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Nani Watanabe
  • Contact Organization: Festivals Of Aloha