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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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Jul 8 2020
Cinema In The Park - GREASE: SING-A-LONG
Oahu

Cinema In The Park - GREASE: SING-A-LONG

Occurs on: Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Summary

The Hawaii International Film Festival and Ward Village / Howard Hugs proudly co-present Cinema in the Park, our FREE monthly screening series at Victoria Ward Park. Since 2014, HIFF and Ward Village have been bringing top notch films, special guests, and fun activities to the Honolulu community [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Gianni Minga
  • Contact Organization: Hawai‘i International Film Festival
Jul 10 2020
Oahu

Freaky Friday - A New Musical

Occurs between: Friday, July 10, 2020 - Sunday, August 2, 2020
Summary

Freaky Friday, a new musical based the hit Disney films, is a heartfelt, comedic, and unexpectedly emotional update on an American classic. When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right by spending a day in each other's [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Diamond Head Theatre
Jul 11 2020
Iao Valley 10K & 5K
Maui

Iao Valley 10K & 5K

Occurs on: Saturday, July 11, 2020, 7:30am - 10:00am
Summary

Where: Wailuku Municipal Parking Lot off Vineyard Street Distance: 10k, elevation is 780 feet gain and descent 5k, elevation is 300 feet gain and descent Course Description 10K : Starting at the Wailuku Municipal parking lot, runners follow Vineyard Street to Main Street up to the scenic Iao Valley [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Jon Emerson
  • Contact Organization: Valley Isle Road Runners
Jul 17 2020
Pa'u riders are a favorite tradition at the annual Parade.
Kauai

Koloa Plantation Days

Occurs between: Friday, July 17, 2020 - Sunday, July 25, 2021, 9:00am - 9:00am
Summary

Celebrate the plantation heritage and modern-day vitality of Koloa, Kauai during this 10-day family oriented festival held the last two weekends in July and the week in between on Kauai's sunny south shore. Each year highlights a different theme. Founded in 1835, Koloa Plantation was Hawaii's [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Melissa McFerrin Warrack
  • Contact Organization: Koloa Plantation Days, Inc.
Jul 19 2020
Ukulele displays by top manufacturers in the Islands
Oahu

Ukulele Festival Hawaii (50th Annual)

Occurs on: Sunday, July 19, 2020, 10:30am - 5:00pm
Summary

Celebrating five decades of sharing Hawaii's icon of aloha with the world, America's first and largest ukulele festival returns to Waikiki this summer with a commemorative Golden Anniversary event, bringing together more than 10,000 people to salute the Islands' most revered instrument. The 50th [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Roy Sakuma / Kathy Sakuma
  • Contact Organization: Ukulele Festival Hawaii
Aug 1 2020
Heiva I Kauai 2020
Kauai

Heiva I Kauai 2020

Occurs between: Saturday, August 1, 2020 - Sunday, August 2, 2020, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Summary

Heiva I Kauai is a unique, colorful and exciting 2 day Tahitian dance and drumming competition and festival. The legends and traditions of Tahiti are presented through song and dance by participants from Hawaii, the U.S. Mainland and Japan. Competition and exhibition solo and group dancing [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Sally Jo Manea
  • Contact Organization: Heiva I Kauai 2020
Aug 7 2020
Maui

Youth Art Exhibition

Occurs between: Friday, August 7, 2020 - Friday, August 28, 2020, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

Featuring art by 250+ Maui youth annually, this exhibition showcases the work of young artists participating in the Hui's summer art camps. The exhibition kicks off with a Family Day celebration that is free and open to the public. Sharing their talent and creativity, the Hui's young artists show [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Organization: Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center
Aug 8 2020
Slack Key Jam
Oahu

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival "Waikiki Style" (38th Annual)

Occurs on: Saturday, August 8, 2020, 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Summary

Event will feature 15 of some of Hawaii's finest artists in the slack key guitar genre over a 6 hour period. Each artist performing his own signature slack key guitar stylings. In addition, there will be food and refreshments available for sale throughout the day including everyone's favorite [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Milton Lau
  • Contact Organization: Ki-hoalu Foundation
Aug 9 2020
Stan Honda, Lava, Haleakala 2019; photography
Maui

Infinite Night, Photography by Stan Honda

Occurs between: Sunday, August 9, 2020 - Sunday, September 27, 2020, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Summary

The night sky landscapes of New York-based photojournalist Stan Honda show the beauty of the sky in relation to the Earth as it moves through the universe with a multitude of celestial objects.

He has worked as an artist-in-residence at six national parks including Haleakala National Park [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Elaine Roe
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Aug 12 2020
Cinema In The Park - FROZEN 2
Oahu

Cinema In The Park - FROZEN 2

Occurs on: Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Summary

The Hawai‘i International Film Festival and Ward Village / Howard Hugs proudly co-present Cinema in the Park, our FREE monthly screening series at Victoria Ward Park. Since 2014, HIFF and Ward Village have been bringing top notch films, special guests, and fun activities to the Honolulu community [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Gianni Minga
  • Contact Organization: Hawai‘i International Film Festival