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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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Dec 14 2018
Oahu

Season's Best Craft Fair 2018

Occurs between: Friday, December 14, 2018 - Sunday, December 16, 2018
Summary

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 [...]

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  • Contact Name: Season's Best Craft Fair
  • Contact Organization: Season's Best Craft Fair
Dec 14 2018
Doug & Sandy McMaster
Kauai

Legends of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert

Occurs on: Friday, December 14, 2018, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
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
Dec 14 2018
Oahu

Sunset Mele and Night Market

Occurs on: Friday, December 14, 2018, 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Summary

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 [...]

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  • Contact Name: Hawaii Convention Center
Dec 14 2018
Holidays on the Silver Screen
Kauai

Kauai Chorale Presents Holidays on the Silver Screen

Occurs on: Friday, December 14, 2018, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Summary

Sleigh bells, snowflakes and silver screen favorites are on the program for the 53rd annual Kauai Chorale Holiday Concert – Holidays on the Silver Screen. The Chorale is pleased to continue its more than 50-year tradition of ringing in the holiday season with a spectacular evening of chorale [...]

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  • Contact Name: Tessa McSwain
  • Contact Organization: Kauai Chorale
Dec 14 2018
Maui

Pau Hana at The Shops

Occurs between: Friday, December 14, 2018 - Friday, December 28, 2018, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Summary

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 [...]

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  • Contact Name: Diana Whit
  • Contact Organization: The Shops at Waile
Dec 14 2018
Amy & Willie K: A Holiday Concert
Maui

Amy & Willie K: A Holiday Concert

Occurs between: Friday, December 14, 2018 - Saturday, December 15, 2018, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Summary

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 [...]

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  • Contact Name: Elaine Roe
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Dec 14 2018
Island Breeze
Maui

Island Breeze

Occurs on: Friday, December 14, 2018, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Summary

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 [...]

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  • Contact Name: Carin
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Dec 15 2018
Dancers Colee Garr & Jenn Eng; photo credit Uncommon Sense Images
Hawaii

Whale Fall: A Collaborative Performance of Poetry and Dance

Occurs on: Saturday, December 15, 2018, 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Summary

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 [...]

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  • Contact Name: Karen Masaki
  • Contact Organization: Dance Imagined
Dec 15 2018
Hawaii

Big Island Road Runners Jingle Bell Run

Occurs on: Saturday, December 15, 2018, 7:30am - 9:00am
Summary

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 [...]

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  • Contact Name: Lory Hunter
  • Contact Organization: Big Island Road Runners
Dec 15 2018
2018 Makahiki Challenge
Oahu

Makahiki Challenge (8th Annual)

Occurs on: Saturday, December 15, 2018, 7:00am - 1:30pm
Summary

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 [...]

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  • Contact Name: Kapu Gaison
  • Contact Organization: Makahiki Challenge