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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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Apr 21 2018
Maui

Mahalo Uncle Willie K Benefit Concert

Occurs on:
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Summary

Saturday, April 21, 2018; A&B Amphitheater/Yokouchi Pavilion; 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, gates open at 12:00 pm

Maui Tribe Productions and the Ohana and Friends of Willie K are presenting benefit concerts on three islands to help compensate for the lost income and mounting health care expenses [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Apr 21 2018
KAUAI VOLUNTEER WEEK: The Friends of Kamalani and Lydgate Park
Kauai

KAUAI VOLUNTEER WEEK: The Friends of Kamalani and Lydgate Park

Occurs on:
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Summary

Participate in Kauai Volunteer Week 2018 and join us for a week of service across our island's mokus! Partnering with the statewide Volunteer Week Hawaii Campaign, the focus of this year's event is to engage with your community, give back to your moku, and recognize the collective impact of [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Tommy
  • Contact Organization: The Friends of Kamalani and Lydgate Park
Apr 21 2018
Halau Nakaulakuhikuhi
Maui

East Maui Taro Festival (26th Annual)

Occurs on:
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Summary

The 26th Annual East Maui Taro Festival will take place on Saturday, April 21st at the Hana Ballpark from 9 am – 5 pm. Admission is free. The event focuses on Kalo/Taro as a staple food of the Hawaiian diet, as well as being the symbolic "Elder Brother" of Native Hawaiians. The Festival [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Judy Kinser
  • Contact Organization: East Maui Taro Festival
Apr 21 2018
Oahu

Loko Ea Fishpond Community Workday

Occurs between:
Saturday, April 21, 2018
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Saturday, December 15, 2018
Summary

Join Malama Loko Ea Foundation in Haleiwa for their ongoing restoration project at a 400 year old traditional Hawaiian fishpond called Loko Ea, or rising pond. Every 3rd Saturday of the month, Malama Loko Ea Foundation hosts a community volunteer workday open to the public and allows [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Rae DeCoito
  • Contact Organization: Mālama Loko Ea Foundation
Apr 21 2018
Music of Indonesia
Oahu

The Music of Bali and Java

Occurs on:
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Summary

Be transported to the magic of Bali and Java in this enchanting evening of gamelan music and dance. Three gamelan ensembles will grace you with their unique music. The Balinese Anklung, the Balinese Gong Kebyar and the Javanese court gamelan from Yogjakarta will each play. There will be music from [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Byron Moon
  • Contact Organization: University of Hawaii
Apr 22 2018
Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert - Hawaii's Sunset Music
Kauai

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert - Hawaii's Sunset Music

Occurs on:
Sunday, April 22, 2018
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 [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty
Apr 23 2018
Upper Left: Aerial view of Kahului (1944); Upper Right: Kula Hospital (1987);  Lower Left: Seaplane landing in Kahului Harbor (1923); Lower Right: U.S. Seamen’s Hospital (unknown date)
Maui

E Pulama Mau Ia Maui - 2018 Exhibition Series

Occurs between:
Monday, April 23, 2018
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Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Summary

AN EXHIBITION SERIES IN 2018 :

The Maui Historical Society has chosen to extend a yearlong series,  E Pūlama Mau Iā Maui, in 2018. There will be two (2) exhibits that run bi-annually throughout the year:

 Ola Pono: Evolution of Health Care on Maui (April – July)

 1. [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Sissy Lake-Farm
  • Contact Organization: Maui Historical Society
Apr 24 2018
Waikiki Aquarium’s Distinguished Lecture Series: Finding Hope Under A Dark Cloud
Oahu

Waikiki Aquarium’s Distinguished Lecture Series: Finding Hope Under A Dark Cloud

Occurs on:
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Summary

On Thursday, April 24, 2018, Dr. Chip Fletcher of the University of Hawaii at Manoa will highlight the effects of climate change as part of the Friends of the Waikiki Aquarium’s (FOWA’s) Distinguished Lecture Series. The discussion, “Finding Hope Under a Dark Cloud,” will take place at 6 [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Waikiki Aquarium
  • Contact Organization: Waikiki Aquarium
Apr 24 2018
Heart of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert
Kauai

Heart of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert

Occurs on:
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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 [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty
Apr 24 2018
Oil Tanker Sunset #4, Alison Beste
Oahu

Meet the Artist: Alison Beste, Oil Tanker Sunsets

Occurs on:
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Summary

Alison Beste will speak about her series titled Oil Tanker Sunsets. In this body of work, oil barges at sea are presented as both stereotypical sunset postcards and abstract explosions of light disrupting the ocean horizon. The images call into question the viewer’s expectation of what [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Mamiko Carroll
  • Contact Organization: State Foundation on Culture and the Arts