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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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Nov 30 2017
Hawaiian Serenaders
Maui

Story of the Ukulele and Concert

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Thursday, November 30, 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: Wailuku Public Library
  • Contact Organization: Wailuku Public Library
Dec 1 2017
Hawaii State Art Museum
Oahu

First Friday At The Hawaii State Art Museum (HISAM)

Occurs on:
Friday, December 1, 2017
Summary

Museum galleries will be open late, with live music. Skylark will be playing the music of composers such as Bach and Tchaikovsky, Skylark's recorder instruments are what sets them apart. These are not the plastic recorders you played in primary school! Some are over 6 feet long, and these [...]

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  • Contact Name: Mamiko Carroll
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
Dec 1 2017
"ACCESSION" exhibit features recent additions to the Art in Public Places Collection of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.
Oahu

First Friday at the Hawaii State Art Museum

Occurs on:
Friday, December 1, 2017
Summary

Free, family-friendly evening of art and music with Skylark. "Christmas Through the Ages" - music starting in the Medieval period and coming up to contemporary pieces. Playing the music of composers such as Bach and Tchaikovsky, Skylark’s recorder instruments are what sets them apart. These are [...]

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  • Contact Name: Scott Young
  • Contact Organization: State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
Dec 1 2017
Kauai

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert - Honoring Kelii Mawae of Molokai

Occurs on:
Friday, December 1, 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 [...]

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  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty
Dec 2 2017
Oahu

Holiday Wreath Display at the Honolulu City Lights (32nd Annual)

Occurs between:
Saturday, December 2, 2017
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Monday, January 1, 2018
Summary

See beautiful holiday wreath displays while enjoying the sights and sounds of the Honolulu City Lights at the John C. Lane Gallery at Honolulu Hale. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day except for opening ceremony held on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. 

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  • Contact Name: Information
  • Contact Organization: Friends of Honolulu City Lights
Dec 2 2017
Maui

Maui Bird Conservation Center's Annual Open House

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Saturday, December 2, 2017
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Sunday, December 3, 2017
Summary

The Maui Bird Conservation Center will be holding the annual Open House on Saturday the 2nd and Sunday the 3rd of December. MBCC is a non-public facility that focuses on captive breeding and reintroduction of endangered Hawaiian birds, so now is your chance to come encounter and learn all about [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Jen Holler
  • Contact Organization: Maui Bird Conservation Center
Dec 2 2017
Photo credit: Ron Slauson
Oahu

Honolulu City Lights (33th Annual)

Occurs between:
Saturday, December 2, 2017
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Monday, January 1, 2018
Summary

Lions and zebras and giraffes, oh my! Downtown Honolulu will soon be aglow as the 33rd annual Honolulu City Lights goes bright on Saturday, December 2, 2017, featuring the theme, "It's a Zoo Out There."

This year's opening night festivities will feature the unveiling of 56 new [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Honolulu City Lights
Dec 2 2017
Wreath Making at MNBG
Maui

Wreath Making With Native Plants

Occurs on:
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Summary

Native plants provide more than just great food and habitat for wildlife: they also provide great beauty all year long! Learn to make a wreath from Native Hawaiian Plants in time for the Holidays with MNBG Executive Director, Tamara Sherrill and ohana. Cost: $50, or $25 for current garden [...]

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  • Contact Name: Whit Germano
  • Contact Organization: Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
Dec 2 2017
Maui

Eric Church & Friends

Occurs on:
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Summary

Part of the 3rd annual BMI Maui Songwriters Festival Saturday, December 2, 2017; A&B Amphitheater; 6:00 pm / Gates 5:00 pm Enjoy an acoustic evening of music with country superstar, Eric Church, with special guests Maren Morris, and Jon Pardi, plus Randy Houser, Ed Roland of Collective Soul, and [...]

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  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Dec 2 2017
Maui

Let it Snow!

Occurs between:
Saturday, December 2, 2017
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Saturday, December 23, 2017
Summary

Back by popular demand, Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center will once again transform into a giant snow globe with its award-winning “Let it Snow!” snowfall experience returning on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from December 2 through 23. Snowflakes will descend on Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center’s [...]

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  • Contact Name: Taylor
  • Contact Organization: Queen Kaahumanu Center