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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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Dec 16 2018
Rock Opera Theatre Presents The Music Of The Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Oahu

Rock Opera Theatre Presents The Music Of The Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Occurs on: Sunday, December 16, 2018, 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Summary

Rock Opera Theatre will be performing the music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra Christmas Music. This will include music that is a mix of styles including Rock, Blues, and Classical. The show will include Animated Backgrounds that go with each song. Check out our sample recordings and video on [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Andy
  • Contact Organization: Rock Opera Theatre
Dec 16 2018
Oahu

Jingle Rock Run (6th Annual)

Occurs on: Sunday, December 16, 2018, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Summary

Jingle Rock Run 2018 Walk with us and local keiki facing critical illnesses that need your support this holiday season. WHAT: Our 6th Annual Jingle Rock Run! Come see the Honolulu City Lights through this family-friendly festive holiday walk. WHO: FUN FOR ALL! Walkers, joggers, runners, strollers, [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Make-A-Wish
  • Contact Organization: Make-A-Wish
Dec 16 2018
2018 Keiki MC
Oahu

Keiki Makahiki Challenge 2018

Occurs on: Sunday, December 16, 2018, 8:00am - 11:00am
Summary

Hawaii’s favorite obstacle mudrun is now available for the keiki. The first ever Keiki MC will take place on Sunday, December 16, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The 1.5 miles mudrun will feature 10 obstacles designed to introduce the keiki to the world of obstacle course racing. The Keiki [...]

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  • Contact Name: Kapu Gaison
  • Contact Organization: Makahiki Challenge
Dec 16 2018
Doug & Sandy McMaster
Kauai

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert - Ahupua'a - Mountain to Sea

Occurs on: Sunday, December 16, 2018, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
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
Dec 16 2018
Farmers' Market at Hamakua Harvest
Hawaii

Farmers' Market at Hamakua Harvest

Occurs on: Sunday, December 16, 2018, 9:00am - 2:00pm
Summary

The Sunday Farmers' Market at Hamakua Harvest, located at the intersection of Mamane St. and Hwy 19 in Historic Honokaa Town, offers only locally produced goods, ono food, live music and a free educational event weekly. It's beautiful location and celebratory character provides a vibrant social [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Mallion
  • Contact Organization: Hamakua Harvest
Dec 16 2018
Kona Jingle Bell Beach 5k Fun Run
Hawaii

Jingle Bell Beach Run - 5k Run

Occurs on: Sunday, December 16, 2018, 7:30am - 10:00am
Summary

The 14th Annual Jingle Bell Beach Run

The ultimate Kona running event!  Start time is at 7:30 AM SHARP with timing provided by JTL Timing Systems.  The featured 5k event encourages participation from all fitness levels and running backgrounds.  Great fun for everyone, family oriented [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Penn Henderson
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Sport Events
Dec 16 2018
Hawaii

The Farmers' Market at Hamakua Harvest

Occurs between: Sunday, December 16, 2018 - Sunday, December 29, 2019, 9:00am - 2:00pm
Summary

The Sunday Farmers’ Market at Hāmākua Harvest, located at the intersection of Mamane St. and Hwy 19 in Historic Honoka’a Town, offers only locally produced goods, ono food, live music and a free educational event weekly. It’s beautiful location and celebratory character provides a vibrant [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Elizabeth Mallion
  • Contact Organization: Hamakua Harvest
Dec 16 2018
Alii Sunday - Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop
Oahu

Alii Sunday - Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop

Occurs on: Sunday, December 16, 2018, 9:00am - 10:00am
Summary

Alii Sundays are among the many long and honored traditions of Kawaiahao Church, which began about 1914. In the 1970's our people were embarking on a tidal wave of change. In the chaos of circumstance and sensing the urgency to unite Hawaii's people and rekindle their strength and purpose in Ke [...]

Dec 16 2018
Exhibit: Surfing Hawaii
Maui

Exhibit: Surfing Hawaii

Occurs between: Sunday, December 16, 2018 - Friday, February 15, 2019, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Summary

Exhibit: Surfing Hawaii December 16, 2018 – February 15, 2019 Schaefer International Gallery Tue – Sun 10am - 5 pm (Also open before Castle Theater shows and during intermission) This exhibition explores our most popular water sport beginning with Native Hawaiian history and knowledge of he‘e [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Carin
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Dec 16 2018
Jingle Rock Run
Oahu

Jingle Rock Run

Occurs on: Sunday, December 16, 2018, 3:00pm - 9:00pm
Summary

Come see the Honolulu City Lights and support local children facing critical illnesses at the 6th annual Jingle Rock Run! This signature holiday event features a keiki sprint, activities, food trucks, and more. Walkers, joggers, runners, strollers, and pets (especially reindeer!) invited. Walk with [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Michelle Fujii
  • Contact Organization: Make-A-Wish Hawaii