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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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Events Around the Hawaiian Islands

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Oct 6 2017
Tropical Flower Arrangement
Hawaii

Tropical Flower Arranging

Occurs on:
Friday, October 6, 2017
Summary

Hawaiian cultural practitioner Kaipo Ah Chong will offer his popular tropical flower arranging workshop once again at Volcano Art Center. Leave the workshop with your own arrangement to take with you and enjoy! A tropical agriculture farmer and member of Halau Na Kamalei, Ah Chong will share his [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Alyssa Johnasen
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Oct 6 2017
Oct 6 2017
Molokai

Festivals Of Aloha - Molokai Investiture

Occurs on:
Friday, October 6, 2017
Summary

Molokai's Royal Court will receive their Royal symbols in a traditional ceremony, the Royal Court installation. The evening will also include Poke Contest and Ulu-Uala-Kalo Contest, showing off their ono dishes, Youth Talent Contest with hidden Molokai talents and Special off-island entertainment. [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Raquel Dudiot
  • Contact Organization: Festivals Of Aloha
Oct 7 2017
Maui

Festivals Of Aloha - Hana Parade & Hoolaulea

Occurs on:
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Summary

Hana Ball Park – 11:00am to 7:00pm – Opening Parade with the Grand Marshall, Hana Royal Court, Pa'u Riders, Floral Floats, Vintage Cars, Custom Motorcycles, Marching Band and much more.  Ho'olaule'a  to follow with The presentation of the coveted 2017 "Tiny Malaikini Public Service Award", [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Neil Hasegawa
  • Contact Organization: Festivals Of Aloha
Oct 7 2017
Kumu Tony Conjugacion
Oahu

Kamau Pono Concert Series 2017

Occurs on:
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Summary

After a two-year break, the highly anticipated Kamau Pono concert returns for "Iwakalua": an evening celebrating 20 years of hula, family, and tradition. Hawaii actor, composer, and recording artist Kumu Hula Tony Conjugacion has performed all over the world. Now, he is bringing an incredible [...]

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  • Contact Name: Tony Conjugacion
  • Contact Organization: Lamaku Society
Oct 7 2017
Oahu

Animation Academy: From Pencils to Pixels

Occurs between:
Saturday, October 7, 2017
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Sunday, January 14, 2018
Summary

The Animation Academy: From Pencils to Pixels exhibition explores the unique world of animation, from traditional hand-drawn cels to exciting breakthroughs in stop-motion and CGI. Come create your own stop-motion animated short, Learn about the art of storyboarding, Go behind the scenes with [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Bishop Museum
  • Contact Organization: Bishop Museum
Oct 7 2017
Molokai

Festivals Of Aloha - Molokai Parade & Hoolaulea

Occurs on:
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Summary

Ho'olaule'a follows the Parade. Hawaiian artisans, game and food booths, local entertainer and special off-island entertainment. Hawaiian traditional and cultural displays feature hands-on practitioners. Find your seat in the shade, eat a plate lunch in your lap, relax, and enjoy the nahenahe [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Raquel Dudiot
  • Contact Organization: Festivals Of Aloha
Oct 7 2017
Hawaii

Amy Hanaialii at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel

Occurs on:
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Summary

5 time Grammy nominee & 18 time winner of Na Hoku Hanohano awards, Amy Hanaialii performs for a Music Scholarship Fundraiser for Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. October 7, 2017 at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel at 4:00 pm. Gen adm is $60, VIP seating $95 with artist reception following the [...]

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  • Contact Name: Genette Freeman
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Performing Arts Festival
Oct 7 2017
Oct 7 2017
Family time at Windward Hoolaulea
Oahu

Windward Hoolaulea

Occurs on:
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Summary

It's a classic homegrown celebration. Grab your beach chair or blanket and meet us on the Great Lawn! Family and friends are invited to the 17th annual Windward Hoolaulea on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the Windward Community College campus in Kaneohe. Windward Hoolaulea [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Bonnie Beatson
  • Contact Organization: Windward Community College