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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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Aug 17 2018
Randy Lee Master lei maker
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program

Occurs between: Friday, August 17, 2018 - Friday, December 14, 2018, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Summary

Come join Master lei maker, Randy Lee, on the front porch of Volcano Art Center Gallery.  Watch and learn as Randy Lee passes on his knowledge and craftsmanship of the iconic Hawaiian Lei.  Lee uses a variety of natural materials to fashion the most gorgeous of leis.  This hands-on workshop [...]

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  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Aug 17 2018
Ai Iwane: Island in My Mind, Fukushima  AND  Melissa Ann Pinney: Girl Transcendent
Maui

Ai Iwane: Island in My Mind, Fukushima AND Melissa Ann Pinney: Girl Transcendent

Occurs between: Friday, August 17, 2018 - Saturday, August 18, 2018, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Summary

Melissa Ann Pinney: Girl Transcendent

Ai Iwane: Island in My Mind, Fukushima

Exhibit dates: June 23- Aug 18, 2018

Exhibit Location: Schaefer International Gallery

Gallery Hours: Tue – Sun 10am - 5 pm (Also open before Castle Theater shows and during [...]

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  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Aug 17 2018
Hawaii

Gatewood & Amemiya Art Exhibition

Occurs between: Friday, August 17, 2018 - Friday, August 31, 2018, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

East Hawaii Cultural Center/HMOCA's will feature abstract paintings from Lamerol Gatewood's Energy Series and Hilo's own Clayton Amemiya with his wood fired ceramics for the entire month of August! JOIN US FOR THE OPENING RECEPTION ON AUGUST 3RD AT 6PM (First Friday). Exhibition is available to [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Monique Ortiz
  • Contact Organization: East Hawaii Cultural Center/HMOCA
Aug 17 2018
Historic Hanapepe by Kathy Kovala
Kauai

Hanapepe Walk and Talk Story

Occurs between: Friday, August 17, 2018 - Thursday, January 3, 2019, 9:30am - 11:30am
Summary

Walk & Talk Story in Hanapepe Available every Tuesday & Thursday 9:30am- 11:00am and by calendar appointment. The Walk and Talk Story Tour of historic Hanapepe town is a 90 minute walk through one of Kauai's most whimsical old towns. Tour participants will meet in front Storybook Theatre at [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Mark Jeffers
  • Contact Organization: Storybook Theatre of Hawaii
Aug 17 2018
Gannenmono: A Legacy of Eight Generations in Hawai‘i exhibition
Oahu

Gannenmono: A Legacy of Eight Generations in Hawai‘i Exhibition

Occurs between: Friday, August 17, 2018 - Sunday, February 24, 2019, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Summary

Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum presents a new exhibit to honor the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese plantation workers to Hawai‘i – known as the gannenmono. Drawing from Bishop Museum’s rich plantation-era collections, Gannenmono: A Legacy of Eight Generations in Hawai‘i [...]

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  • Contact Name: Claudette Springer
  • Contact Organization: Bishop Museum
Aug 17 2018
Bring your friends!
Kauai

Volunteer Build the North Shore Playground

Occurs between: Friday, August 17, 2018 - Sunday, August 19, 2018, 7:00am - 6:00pm
Summary

We are looking for volunteers to help build the NEW north shore playground! It's going to be an amazing opportunity to be a part of a community effort that will impact multiple generations on the north shore. No experience necessary! Sign up for a 4 hour shift building the playground (skilled and [...]

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  • Contact Name: Maile
  • Contact Organization: Anaina Hou Community Park
Aug 17 2018
Volunteers after a breadfruit harvest
Kauai

Tropical Horticulture Garden Work Day

Occurs between: Friday, August 17, 2018 - Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 8:00am - 12:00pm
Summary

The National Tropical Botanical Garden on the South Shore of Kauai is seeking environmental & conservation minded volunteers to aid in the care and maintenance of our unique living collections.

We offer service options for visiting volunteers in McBryde Garden, which is a veritable [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Volunteer Coordinator x232
  • Contact Organization: National Tropical Botanical Garden - Kalaheo, HI
Aug 17 2018
Youth Arts Exhibition
Maui

Youth Arts Exhibition

Occurs between: Friday, August 17, 2018 - Friday, August 24, 2018, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

August 10 - August 24 Opening Reception: August 10 / 4:00 - 6:00 pm This unique exhibition showcases the work of 250+ youth ages 5 through teen participating in the Hui's summer arts programming. The result is an explosion of vibrant creativity that features the extraordinary possibilities [...]

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  • Contact Name: Erin Wooldridge
  • Contact Organization: Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center
Aug 17 2018
Oahu

Islanding: Reuben Tam Art Exhibit

Occurs between: Friday, August 17, 2018 - Sunday, October 7, 2018, 10:00am - 4:30pm
Summary

Born on Kauaʻi in 1916, Reuben Tam spent his artistic career studying the elemental forces that shape the natural world. Tidal movement across sandbars and shorelines, jagged cliffs, and churning ocean currents are among his favorite subjects. Islanding features a selection of works from the [...]

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  • Contact Name: Honolulu Museum of Art
  • Contact Organization: Honolulu Museum of Art
Aug 17 2018
Raymond Kane
Kauai

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert - Honoring Raymond Kane

Occurs on: Friday, August 17, 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