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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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Oct 20 2018
HISketchFest Workshop: Improv Harold Workshop
Oahu

HISketchFest Workshop: Improv Harold Workshop

Occurs on: Saturday, October 20, 2018, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Summary

Experience Level:

Participants should have some knowledge of the Harold form

About this Workshop:

This workshop will focus on the basics and technique of the Harold form. How to effectively generate ideas in your openings, creating fun first beats and then exploring the game [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Team HI Sketch Fest
  • Contact Organization: The Hawai'i Sketch Comedy Festival
Oct 20 2018
HISketchFest Workshop: The Writer’s Room
Oahu

HISketchFest Workshop: The Writer’s Room

Occurs on: Saturday, October 20, 2018, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Summary

Experience Level:

For intermediate to advanced writers who are currently working on sketches.

About the Workshop:

In this workshop, we will go over different types of collaborative brainstorming as well as the steps that it takes to write a great comedy sketch. Along with [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Team HI Sketch Fest
  • Contact Organization: The Hawai'i Sketch Comedy Festival
Oct 20 2018
Oahu

Spook Life Park - Legends of the Sea

Occurs on: Saturday, October 20, 2018, 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Summary

DIVE DEEP WITH HEROES, LEGENDS AND MONSTERS OF THE SEA THIS HALLOWEEN AT SPOOK LIFE PARK! Epic “Legends of the Sea: Beware the Creature of Debris” Tale to Feature Neptune Battling Pollution to Save the Underwater Kingdom! Festivities include trick-or-treating throughout the decorated Park [...]

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  • Contact Name: Sea Life Park
  • Contact Organization: Sea Life Park
Oct 20 2018
Oahu

Loko Ea Fishpond Community Workday

Occurs between: Saturday, October 20, 2018 - Saturday, December 15, 2018, 8:45am - 12:30pm
Summary

Join Malama Loko Ea Foundation in Haleiwa for their ongoing restoration project at a 400 year old traditional Hawaiian fishpond called Loko Ea, or rising pond. Every 3rd Saturday of the month, Malama Loko Ea Foundation hosts a community volunteer workday open to the public and allows [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Rae DeCoito
  • Contact Organization: Mālama Loko Ea Foundation
Oct 20 2018
Heeia  Estuary Restoration
Oahu

Heeia Estuary Restoration

Occurs between: Saturday, October 20, 2018 - Saturday, December 15, 2018, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Summary

Since the Spring of 2015, Hui o Koolaupoko has been working at the mouth of Heeia Stream to clear invasive mangrove and other non-native plants in an effort to restore stream flow, re-plant native plants and improve habitat for native aquatic species and shorebirds. The majority of invasive species [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Jamie Miller
  • Contact Organization: Hui O Koolaupoko
Oct 20 2018
Mohala Mai 2018 – Kumu Hula Nāpua Greig & Hālau Nā Lei Kaumaka O Uka
Maui

Mohala Mai 2018 – Kumu Hula Nāpua Greig & Hālau Nā Lei Kaumaka O Uka

Occurs on: Saturday, October 20, 2018, 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Summary

Mohala Mai 2018 – Kumu Hula Nāpua Greig & Hālau Nā Lei Kaumaka O Uka Saturday, October 20, 2018; McCoy Studio Theater; 5:30 pm Silent auction begins at 3:30 pm Hālau Nā Lei Kaumaka O Uka, the overall champions at this year’s Merrie Monarch Festival, collaborate with Nā Hōkū Hanohano [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Carin
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Oct 21 2018
YouTube baking star Rosanna Pansino will help kids make unicorn cupcakes!
Maui

Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival: Keiki in the Kitchen Kaanapali

Occurs on: Sunday, October 21, 2018, 10:00am - 3:00pm
Summary

This year, the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival's popular Keiki in the Kitchen event makes its Maui debut in Kaanapali. Headlining the free event is YouTube baking star Rosanna Pansino, known for her series "Nerdy Nummies." Come out and play at Whalers Village Lower Level Courtyard for a day packed [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Lesa Griffith
  • Contact Organization: Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival
Oct 21 2018
Kauai

"Who Dunnit?" St. Michael’s Gala - Music, mystery theatre, fine dining

Occurs on: Sunday, October 21, 2018, 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Summary

Are you yearning for a good mystery reminiscent of a suspenseful Agatha Christie novel set in a historic mansion? Deck yourself out in 1920s garb and step back in time at Gaylord’s Restaurant. While a sumptuous dinner is being served, there's an exciting Silent Auction going on. All of a sudden, [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Marilyn Allen
  • Contact Organization: St. Michael's Episcopal Church
Oct 21 2018
Los Angeles-based “Nihongo Dake” bring their hilarity to Hawaii, all in Japanese!
Oahu

The Hawai'i Sketch Comedy Festival: Whose Da Kine Is It Anyway?

Occurs on: Sunday, October 21, 2018, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Summary

We are excited to close out this year's Hawaii Sketch Comedy Festival with our very first all improv night! This special night of comedy will feature visiting Los Angeles team Nihongo Dake, who will do an entire set in Japanese! Whether you're fluent or not…DON'T MISS THIS SHOW!

Nihongo [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Team HI Sketch Fest
  • Contact Organization: The Hawai'i Sketch Comedy Festival
Oct 21 2018
Albatross
Kauai

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert - For the Birds

Occurs on: Sunday, October 21, 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 [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty