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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, fire dancers, 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 Molokai's Festivals of Aloha (October) 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 Oahu (October and November) 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.

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Nov 28 2017
Hawaiian Serenaders
Maui

Story of the Ukulele and Concert

Occurs on:
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Summary

The Hawaiian Serenaders, Richard Tom and Mele Fong, will share information about the ukulele, Hawaii’s official instrument. Learn the history, types, parts, and tuning the instrument, and how playing the ukulele has evolved from rhythm accompaniment to a solo instrument. The husband and wife duo [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Kahului Public Library
  • Contact Organization: Kahului Public Library
Nov 28 2017
Hawaii State Art Museum
Oahu

Art Lunch At The Hawaii State Art Museum (HISAM)

Occurs on:
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Summary

Nanette Napoleon, "Hawaii Sons of the Civil War." Local historian Nanette Napoleon will share highlights from her research on Hawaii's connections to the American Civil War and the little known stories of individuals from the independent Kingdom of Hawaii who fought in the conflict.

Bring [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Mamiko Carroll
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
Nov 28 2017
Nosh on Hawaii’s iconic food, including kalua pork and poi by a 6 generation family farm
Kauai

Tasting Kauai Food Tour - North Shore

Occurs between:
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
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Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Summary

Hop in your car and follow us on a tasting adventure through Kauai's lush North Shore. We'll experience out-of-the way establishments, taste products made with canoe crops and exotic fruit, sample Hawaiian food, learn about Tiki cocktail culture, meet chefs … and more. This food tour is [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Marta Lane
  • Contact Organization: Tasting Kauai
Nov 28 2017
Kauai

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert

Occurs between:
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
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Tuesday, December 26, 2017
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
Nov 29 2017
Hawaiian Serenaders
Maui

Story of the Ukulele and Concert

Occurs on:
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Summary

The Hawaiian Serenaders, Richard Tom and Mele Fong, will share information about the ukulele, Hawaii's official instrument. Learn the history, types, parts, and tuning the instrument, and how playing the ukulele has evolved from rhythm accompaniment to a solo instrument. The husband and wife duo [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Hana Public Library
  • Contact Organization: Hana Public Library
Nov 29 2017
Fa'alavelave (The Interruption) at Kennedy Theatre's Earle Ernst Lab Theatre
Oahu

Faalavelave (The Interruption)

Occurs between:
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
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Sunday, December 3, 2017
Summary

"Faalavelave" ("The Interruption") continues the journey of Mele, a Samoan-Filipino lesbian from Hawaii, a character that was introduced to Honolulu audiences who attended Puzzy at Kumu Kahua Theatre in early 2017. In this new play, the death of one of Mele's family members opens doors to the [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Kennedy Theatre Box Office
  • Contact Organization: UHM Department of Theatre + Dance
Nov 29 2017
Kauai

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert - Whales Homecoming

Occurs on:
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
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
Nov 30 2017
Kenny Endo
Hawaii

The Art of Taiko with Kenny Endo

Occurs on:
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Summary

Master taiko drummer Kenny Endo and his Taiko Center of the Pacific ensemble will demonstrate and discuss taiko in group and festival drumming. Learn about the different drums and percussion instruments of Japan as used in traditional and contemporary music. Kenny Endo and his ensemble have [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Naalehu Public Library
  • Contact Organization: Naalehu Public Library
Nov 30 2017
Maui

FREE Moonlit Movies at Sugar Beach Events

Occurs on:
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Summary

MOONLIT MOVIES AT SUGAR BEACH EVENTS presents ELF THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2017 5:30-9pm FREE (Maui, Hawaii) November 14, 2017 – On Thursday, November 30th, Chef Lee Anderson of Sugar Beach Events presents an outdoor moonlight showing of ‘Elf’. Doors open at 5:30pm. Film starts at 6:30pm. [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Jelyn Domingo
  • Contact Organization: Sugar Beach Events
Nov 30 2017
Lahaina's Hawaiian Music Series concert in the park
Maui

Hawaiian Music Series Concerts in Lahaina - November

Occurs on:
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Summary

Relax under the shade trees of the Baldwin Home Museum and park on Front Street in Lahaina for a FREE Hawaiian music concert on the last Thursday of each month! Kick back to enjoy the sweet island sounds of rising star musicians who sing traditional and popular tunes, play ukulele, slack key and [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Theo Morrison
  • Contact Organization: Lahaina Restoration Foundation