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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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Oct 18 2018
NTBG Free Weekly Hula Show
Kauai

NTBG Free Weekly Hula Show

Occurs between: Thursday, October 18, 2018 - Thursday, December 26, 2019, 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Summary

Come out the National Tropical Botancial Garden South Shore Visitors Center and experience a traditional hula performance. Hālau Ka Lei Mokihana o Leinaala will perform a traditional Hula show highlighting the wahi pane, sacred places, of Kauai along with intriguing stories of the Hawaiian [...]

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  • Contact Name: Ann Nicol
  • Contact Organization: Gilbert & Associates
Oct 18 2018
Oahu

Kaleo Phillips "E Mama" CD Release

Occurs on: Thursday, October 18, 2018, 6:30pm - 11:00pm
Summary

Kaleo Phillips will be performing at Blue Note Hawaii with 2 shows at 6:30pm & 9:00pm. Kaleo Phillips brings a new refreshing sound from his island home “Maui” and wakes your heart up with a smile! Doors open at 5:00pm & 8:30pm respectively. Seating first come first served, no reserved seating. [...]

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  • Contact Name: Charisse
  • Contact Organization: Blue Note Hawaii
Oct 18 2018
Haleakala Night - Movie Premiere
Maui

Haleakala Night - Movie Premiere

Occurs on: Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Summary

Join us for an evening celebrating the wonder and beauty of Maui’s only National Park with the premiere of short film, “Haleakalā – A Rare and Sacred Landscape.” The premiere event will consist of a lovely dance performance by Hālau Hula Wehena O Ke Ao, songs from George Kahumoku, Jr., [...]

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  • Contact Name: Carin
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Oct 18 2018
Harold López-Nussa Trio with Ruy López-Nussa & Gaston Joya
Maui

Harold López-Nussa Trio with Ruy López-Nussa & Gaston Joya

Occurs on: Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Summary

As scion of an illustrious musical family, 34-year-old Cuban pianist Harold López-Nussa is one of the brightest lights on Havana’s thriving jazz scene. Son of drummer Ruy López-Nussa and nephew of pianist Ernan López-Nussa, Harold gained international attention when he won top honors at the [...]

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  • Contact Name: Carin
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Oct 19 2018
Alaka'i Cunningham plays Myles Fukunaga in "A Walking Shadow" at Paliku Theatre, based on a true and tragic bit of history from 1928. Photo by Orrin Nakanelua
Oahu

A Walking Shadow

Occurs between: Friday, October 19, 2018 - Saturday, October 27, 2018, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Summary

Windward Community College presents A Walking Shadow, written by Taurie Kinoshita, onstage at Palikū Theatre October 19 through October 27. The performance chronicles the tragic and true story of Myles Fukunaga, a mentally ill 19-year-old, who was executed on Oahu in 1929. This heartbreaking, [...]

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  • Contact Name: Taurie Kinoshita
  • Contact Organization: WCC Theatre
Oct 19 2018
Chef Roy Yamaguchi (far left) hits the links with celeb chefs and tournament players. Join them!
Maui

Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival: Roy's 21st Annual Gold Classic

Occurs on: Friday, October 19, 2018, 11:30am - 9:00pm
Summary

Put your best foot fore-ward at the 21st Annual Roy’s Golf Classic at Ka‘anapali Golf Course. Rub shoulders with chef Roy Yamaguchi and some of Maui's best pros as you drive your way through delectable chef creations, refreshing beer and thirst-quenching cocktails. Dinner reception and award [...]

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  • Contact Name: Lesa Griffith
  • Contact Organization: Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival
Oct 19 2018
Comedy collab with Honolulu Pride and The Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation!
Oahu

The Hawai'i Sketch Comedy Festival: Giggle & Be Gay - Collab Event w/ Honolulu Pride

Occurs on: Friday, October 19, 2018, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Summary

Drag and improv and sketch…OH MY! Join us for a very colorful night featuring some special celebrity guests and local artists. Perfect way to kick off Honolulu Pride weekend!!!

Special Celebrity Guest: Bruce Vilanch

Special Video Welcome By: Mark Kanemura

Live Performances [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Team HI Sketch Fest
  • Contact Organization: The Hawai'i Sketch Comedy Festival
Oct 19 2018
Hanalei Valley Overlook
Kauai

Hanalei Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert

Occurs on: Friday, October 19, 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
Oct 19 2018
Maui Friday Town Parties
Maui

Makawao Third Friday Town Party

Occurs between: Friday, October 19, 2018 - Friday, December 21, 2018, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Summary

Maui Friday Town Parties happen every Aloha Friday! Spearheaded by the Maui County Office of Economic Development, each party highlights one of Maui’s historic small towns and along with their unique, local businesses. Whether it’s an eccentric art show in Lahaina or a paniolo party in Makawao, [...]

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  • Contact Name: Information
  • Contact Organization: Maui Friday Town Parties
Oct 19 2018
Oahu

Jazz Legends: Bob James

Occurs between: Friday, October 19, 2018 - Sunday, October 21, 2018, 6:30pm - 11:00pm
Summary

Bob James will be performing at Blue Note Hawaii with 2 shows nightly at 6:30pm & 9:00pm. From his first days in Marshall, Missouri, the music of Bob James has captivated audiences throughout the world. Doors open at 5:00pm and 8:30pm respectively. Seating first come first served, no reserved [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Charisse
  • Contact Organization: Blue Note Hawaii