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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 25 2018
Spirit of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert
Kauai

Spirit of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert

Occurs on:
Wednesday, April 25, 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 25 2018
Fire Knife Dancer amazes the audience.
Maui

Migrations Luau At Sugar Beach Events

Occurs on:
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Summary

Immerse in the action of authentic Polynesian dance with master of ceremonies, dancers, musicians and fire artists, Manutea Nui E, a hula halau. There will be traditional awa ceremony with performer at each table and custom head lei made with master lei maker. Enjoy plated, locally sourced [...]

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  • Contact Name: Sylvia Kikuyama
  • Contact Organization: Sugar Beach Events
Apr 26 2018
Mele Mei
Oahu

Mele Mei 2018

Occurs between:
Thursday, April 26, 2018
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Saturday, June 16, 2018
Summary

Mele Mei is the celebration of Hawaii's music, hula and culture. The 7th Annual Mele Mei Celebration was our biggest year yet! Music and hula events are held from April through June at various hotels, venues, on the beach and statewide. From ukulele to steel guitar, traditional Hawaiian music to [...]

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  • Contact Name: Information
  • Contact Organization: Mele Mei
Apr 26 2018
Hawaiian Music Series free concerts at Baldwin Home in Lahaina
Maui

Hawaiian Music Series Concerts in Lahaina - April

Occurs on:
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Summary

This year we're celebrating 10 years of free Hawaiian music concerts in Lahaina! Get ready to relax under the shade trees of the Baldwin Home Museum at the corner of Dickenson and Front Streets in Lahaina for a FREE Hawaiian music concert on the last Thursday of each month. You will enjoy the [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Theo Morrison
  • Contact Organization: Lahaina Restoration Foundation
Apr 27 2018
Art with Aloha: Kumulaau & Haunani Sing• FREE Talk Story & Demo
Maui

Art with Aloha: Kumulaau & Haunani Sing• FREE Talk Story & Demo

Occurs on:
Friday, April 27, 2018
Summary

"Talk Story" and Demo with Kumulaau Sing Jr. & May Haunani Balino-Sing – FREE!

Friday, April 27 / 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Kumulaau & Haunani will talk about the origin of kites in Polynesia, biomimicry, and how kite designs were inspired from nature. Together, we may even string up some [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Lana Coryell
  • Contact Organization: Hui No'eau
Apr 27 2018
Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert - Poina Ole - Never to be Forgotten
Kauai

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert - Poina Ole - Never to be Forgotten

Occurs on:
Friday, April 27, 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 27 2018
Leonard Slatkin Conducts the Music of John Williams
Oahu

Slatkin Conducts the Music of John Williams

Occurs on:
Friday, April 27, 2018
Summary

Internationally renowned American conductor, Leonard Slatkin takes us on a melodious adventure through the musical genius of John Williams' greatest hits.

Be transported beyond your imagination with orchestral favorites such as The Theme from Star Wars, Indiana Jones and E.T. the [...]

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Apr 27 2018
Mana Up Inaugural Product Showcase
Oahu

Mana Up Inaugural Product Showcase

Occurs on:
Friday, April 27, 2018
Summary

Join us for Mana Up's inaugural Showcase at Salt in our Kakaako. The Showcase will feature presentations from Mana Up's first cohort -- some of Hawaii's fastest growing, authentic products -- followed by a reception with drinks, local food, tastings, and a local product marketplace. Hear the [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Meli James
  • Contact Organization: Mana Up
Apr 27 2018
Zenshin Daiko Opens 2018 Maui Matsuri Kick Off Event
Maui

Maui Matsuri Kick Off

Occurs on:
Friday, April 27, 2018
Summary

The 18th annual Maui Matsuri Festival shares all things Japanese with residents and visitors. The festival features four days of events – April 27, May 3, 4 and 5 - and held at various locations. The Kick Off Event will feature Taiko (Japanese drumming), Japanese classic and folk dancing, and [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Kay Fukumoto
  • Contact Organization: Japanese Cultural Society of Maui
Apr 27 2018
Hawaii

Big Island Chocolate Festival

Occurs between:
Friday, April 27, 2018
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Saturday, April 28, 2018
Summary

With the theme, "Chocolate Around the World," the seventh annual Big Island Chocolate Festival is April 27-28 with events headquartered from the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. Admission is $85, also available are overnight room packages and I LOVE Chocolate! Passes. [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Farsheed Bonakdar
  • Contact Organization: Kona Cacao Association