Events and Festivals
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The Festive Islands of AlohaDive 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.
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.
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.
Drive-through Live Christmas Nativity Crossroads Christian Fellowship, Kapaa Bypass Road Friday and Saturday, December 14th & 15th 6:30-8:00pm Two Nights Only! Celebrate Christmas this year with a visit to a drive-through Live Christmas Nativity Scene. Bring your ohana to Crossroads Christian [...]
- Contact Name: Regina Floyd
- Contact Organization: Crossroads Christian Fellowship
The 2018 Holiday Craft & Gift Fair Season officially begins this weekend with 3 days of exciting, fun-filled "Made in Hawaii" shopping and food frenzy. Don't wait in long lines and traffic this holiday season. Shop early, mail early, and get the BEST! Over 250 vendors will be selling everything [...]
- Contact Name: Season's Best Craft Fair
- Contact Organization: Season's Best Craft Fair
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 Name: Sandy
- Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty
Sunset Mele and Made in Hawaii Night Market is a free community event showcasing live entertainment, family-friendly movie, pop-up marketplace, local eats and drinks. Friday, December 14, 2018 4:00 pm-9:00 pm Free admission, parking is $5 per vehicle. Hawai'i Convention Center, Mauka Side of [...]
- Contact Name: Hawaii Convention Center
Fridays at 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Pau Hana is more than just a happy hour, it’s a time to celebrate the end of the work week with live musical performances by Maui’s talented up and coming artists as well as Maui’s established musicians. Pau Hana at The Shops happens every Friday from 4:00 pm to [...]
- Contact Name: Diana Whit
- Contact Organization: The Shops at Waile
Celebrate musical magic this holiday season with two of Maui's favorite entertainers, Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom and Willie Kahaiali'i, on stage together as a dynamic duo of Hawaiian music and song.
Amy's rich, sultry voice joins Willie K's own exceptional vocal abilities and guitar prowess [...]
- Contact Name: Elaine Roe
- Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Jeff Peterson – slack key guitar • Kenny Endo – taiko drums • Riley Lee – shakuhachi Island Breeze is a trio of world-class musicians, each masters of their own instruments, who have come together to create new and beautiful music. Grammy nominated slack key guitarist, Jeff Peterson, and [...]
- Contact Name: Carin
- Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Poet Ruth Thompson and dancers Jenn Eng, Colee Garr and Karen Masaki are featured in this performance of poetry and dance. Ms. Thompson will read poems from her new book, Whale Fall & Black Sage; the musical soundtrack includes works of John Cage, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, David Rothenberg, Meredith [...]
- Contact Name: Karen Masaki
- Contact Organization: Dance Imagined
Big Island Road Runners presents the Jingle Bell Run to bring in the holiday season. Registration starts at 7 am in Liliuokalani Park and run starts at 7:30 am. Run or walk as many times around the park as you like. No timing, no pressure, just enjoy the morning getting out and moving. Santa Clause [...]
- Contact Name: Lory Hunter
- Contact Organization: Big Island Road Runners
The 8th Annual Makahiki Challenge will be held at Kualoa Ranch on December 15, 2018. “Get Lepo” (dirty) at the state’s First 5K Obstacle Mud Run, which includes around 12 obstacles. In the past, the challenge incorporated a 12-foot wall, mud bogs, rope swing, and monkey bars. Runners will be [...]
- Contact Name: Kapu Gaison
- Contact Organization: Makahiki Challenge