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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 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 [...]

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  • Contact Name: Lesa Griffith
  • Contact Organization: Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival
Oct 21 2018
The evening ends with a bang!
Maui

Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival: Symphony of Flavors

Occurs on: Sunday, October 21, 2018, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Summary

As the sun sets over the Pacific, the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa’s Kitchen Stadium (created specially for this event) raises the baton for a six-course dinner that will hit all the right notes. Six culinary masters known for orchestrating indulgence will create dishes that would make [...]

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  • 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, [...]

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  • Contact Name: Marilyn Allen
  • Contact Organization: St. Michael's Episcopal Church
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 [...]

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  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty
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 [...]

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  • Contact Name: Team HI Sketch Fest
  • Contact Organization: The Hawai'i Sketch Comedy Festival
Oct 21 2018
Farmer in Field
Oahu

Family Sunday: Music Workshop

Occurs on: Sunday, October 21, 2018, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Summary

Join us for a family Sunday music workshop with Dr. Chet-Yeng Loong, Professor of Music at UHM and a Nepalese Folk Dance Workshop with Sophiya Singh, of SNEHA (Society of Nepalese in Hawai'i). Gallery Admission is free. Parking on the UH Manoa campus is normally free and ample on Sundays. This [...]

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  • Contact Name: Eric Chang
  • Contact Organization: East-West Center
Oct 21 2018
Friends of Hōkūle`a and Hawai`iloa Fundraiser
Oahu

Friends of Hōkūle`a and Hawai`iloa Fundraiser

Occurs on: Sunday, October 21, 2018, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Summary

Hard Rock Cafe Honolulu presents a fundraiser to benefit traditional voyaging canoe, Hawai'iloa. Please join us for a special event to keep Hawai'iloa sailing and traditional Hawaiian canoe building alive!

​$40 Pre sale ticket includes ​general admission standing room, heavy pupus, [...]

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  • Contact Name: Joy Ancheta
  • Contact Organization: Friends of Hokule'a and Hawai'iloa
Oct 23 2018
Raymond Kane
Kauai

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert - Honoring Raymond Kane

Occurs on: Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
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
Oct 23 2018
Oahu

Mike Lewis Presents: Hawaii’s High School All Star Big Band at Blue Note Hawaii

Occurs on: Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 6:30pm - 11:00pm
Summary

Mike Lewis will be performing at Blue Note Hawaii with 2 shows at 6:30pm & 9:00pm showcasing the best of the state's high school musicians in an All-Star Big Band showcase! Doors open at 5:00pm & 8:30pm respectively. Seating first come first served, no reserved seating. $10 minimum food or beverage [...]

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  • Contact Name: Charisse
  • Contact Organization: Blue Note Hawaii
Oct 24 2018
Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert -Whales Homecoming
Kauai

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert -Whales Homecoming

Occurs on: Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
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