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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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Apr 27 2018
Hawaii

Big Island Chocolate Festival

Occurs between:
Friday, April 27, 2018
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Saturday, April 28, 2018
Summary

With the theme, "Chocolate Around the World," the seventh annual Big Island Chocolate Festival is April 27-28 with events headquartered from the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. Admission is $85, also available are overnight room packages and I LOVE Chocolate! Passes. [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Farsheed Bonakdar
  • Contact Organization: Kona Cacao Association
Apr 27 2018
Master Lei Maker Kaipo AhChong
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program

Occurs between:
Friday, April 27, 2018
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Friday, December 28, 2018
Summary

The lei is a Hawaiian flower garland that is worn for many different special occasions.  The lei also represents and symbolizes a variety of celebrations from friendship, love, welcoming, departures and everything in between.  Come join agriculture farmer Kaipo AhChong on the front porch of [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Apr 27 2018
Lei Day Celebration
Oahu

Lei Making Workshops - Kailua

Occurs on:
Friday, April 27, 2018
Summary

Learn to make wili style and ti-leaf lei. ring flowers with three=inch stems; greeny, such as fern and ti leaf; raffia; scissors or snippers; button and carpet thread; spray bottle with water and aluminum pan. Must register for workshop before attending.

All ages, FREE!

Just in [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Niles Ezawa
  • Contact Organization: Dept. of Parks
Apr 28 2018
Good times!
Kauai

Kauai Brewers Festival

Occurs on:
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Summary

The Kauai Brewers Festival will be held Saturday afternoon 2pm to 6pm April 28th, 2018 at the Poipu Beach Athletic Club. The event will feature craft beer from local Hawaii brewers and mainland, delicious nibbles from top local restaurants, live music, sunshine and fun. Event is 21 and over [...]

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  • Contact Name: Chris Young
  • Contact Organization: Kauai Habitat for Humanity
Apr 28 2018
Cazimero Lei Day Concert
Maui

Cazimero Lei Day Concert

Occurs on:
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Summary

Saturday, April 28, 2018; Castle Theater; 7:30 pm

Kumu Hula Robert Uluwehi Cazimero will perform in this perennially popular Lei Day event, along with the musicians and dancers from his award-winning Halau Na Kamalei – big winners at the 2015 Merrie Monarch Festival. Enjoy the smooth [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Apr 28 2018
Maile's Thai Bistro
Oahu

East Honolulu Food Festival

Occurs on:
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Summary

You're invited to attend one of the largest food and wine festivals, the “East Honolulu Food Festival," on Sat., April 28th from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Star of the Sea's school grounds. Top local chefs will serve signature dishes from around the world. Featured restaurants include: A Cup of [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Lois
  • Contact Organization: East Honolulu Food Festival
Apr 28 2018
Maui

Art with Aloha: E Hoolele Lupe Kakou! Let's Fly Kites!

Occurs between:
Saturday, April 28, 2018
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Sunday, April 29, 2018
Summary

E Ho'olele Lupe Kakou! Let's Fly Kites! 

Saturday & Sunday, April 28 & 29 / 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Participants will learn the story and origins of hoolele lupe (kite flying) from its conception and invention by Maui, the kupua and clever trickster who is credited throughout [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Lana Coryell
  • Contact Organization: Hui No'eau
Apr 28 2018
Elemental Design: Contemporary Craft in Glass, Metal & Wood Exhibit
Maui

Elemental Design: Contemporary Craft in Glass, Metal & Wood Exhibit

Occurs between:
Saturday, April 28, 2018
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Friday, June 15, 2018
Summary

Elemental Design: Contemporary Craft in Glass, Metal & Wood

In Gallery: April 28 - June 15

Open Daily 9am - 4pm • Free Admission

Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center is excited to offer Hawaii artists a chance to challenge and explore their artistry using glass, metal and wood for [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Katie Peterson
  • Contact Organization: Hui No'eau
Apr 28 2018
Plant Dye Making with Lisa & Lei
Maui

Plant Dye Making with Lisa & Lei

Occurs on:
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Summary

Participants will learn innovative processing techniques of many Hawaiian plants, and other substances, to produce traditional natural dyes used on kapa cloth! Lisa Schattenburg-Raymond and Lei Ishikawa will share information on identifying, collecting, preparing dyes, and the use of natural [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Whit Germano
  • Contact Organization: Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
Apr 28 2018
Maui

Olukai Hoolaulea (10th Annual)

Occurs between:
Saturday, April 28, 2018
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Sunday, April 29, 2018
Summary

Hoolaulea – literally, it means “celebration”, but for us, it’s also an expression of gratitude. Each year, we hold our interpretation of this storied Hawaiian tradition on Maui’s north shore. The event blends elite competition with family-friendly cultural activities and gathers some of [...]

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  • Contact Name: Information
  • Contact Organization: Olukai