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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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Jun 29 2018
Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert - Poina Ole - Never to be Forgotten
Kauai

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert - Poina Ole - Never to be Forgotten

Occurs on: Friday, June 29, 2018, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
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
Jun 29 2018
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Oahu

Mango Jam Honolulu

Occurs between: Friday, June 29, 2018 - Saturday, June 30, 2018, 4:30pm - 9:00pm
Summary

Mango Jam Honolulu celebrates Hawaii's love for mango and island culture at the premier FREE family event of the summer. Friday, June 29, 2018 4:30pm-9:00pm Saturday, June 30, 2018 10:00am-9:00pm Frank F. Fasi Civic Center Grounds Mango Jam Honolulu, presented by the Mayor's Office of Culture [...]

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  • Contact Name: Kanoe Takitani-Puahi
  • Contact Organization: Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts
Jun 29 2018
Hawaiian Mission Houses presents: Cemetery Pupu Theatre: At Your Service
Oahu

Hawaiian Mission Houses presents: Cemetery Pupu Theatre: At Your Service

Occurs between: Friday, June 29, 2018 - Saturday, June 30, 2018, 5:00pm - 8:30am
Summary

At Your Service Friday and Saturday, June 29 and 30, 2018

5 p.m. doors open. 6 p.m. performance begins.

$55 per person includes pupu and 2 complimentary drink tickets, with cash bar thereafter* and followed by a "talk back" session with the actors and researcher.

Presented [...]

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  • Contact Name: Lisa Solomine
  • Contact Organization: Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives
Jun 29 2018
Obon Dance
Kauai

Obon Dance & Festival - Waimea Shingon Mission

Occurs between: Friday, June 29, 2018 - Saturday, June 30, 2018, 6:00pm - 10:30pm
Summary

Experience this island celebration of the Obon Festival, brought to Hawaii by Japanese immigrants that have evolved into a social and cultural event. The Obon honors ancestors that have passed on with dances and festivals across the island that are held throughout the summer. 6 to 10:30 p.m. [...]

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  • Contact Name: Waimea Shingon Mission
  • Contact Organization: Waimea Shingon Mission
Jun 29 2018
Obon Dance & Festival - Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin
Oahu

Obon Dance & Festival - Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin

Occurs between: Friday, June 29, 2018 - Saturday, June 30, 2018, 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Summary

Experience this island celebration of the Obon Festival, brought to Hawaii by Japanese immigrants that have evolved into a social and cultural event. The Obon honors ancestors that have passed on with dances and festivals across the island that are held throughout the summer. June 29 & 30, 1727 [...]

Jun 29 2018
Maui

Jazz Maui Presents East Meets West Festival

Occurs between: Friday, June 29, 2018 - Saturday, June 30, 2018, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Summary

Jazz Maui Presents the 2nd Annual East Meets West Festival with two concerts featuring nationally and locally renowned talent at King Kekaulike's new Performing Arts Center. With a line up of professional jazz fusion and multi-cultural dance artists, The East Meets West Festival features a [...]

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  • Contact Name: Katie McMillan
  • Contact Organization: Katie McMillan Communications
Jun 29 2018
Sammay, choreographer from San Francisco
Maui

East Meets West Festival with Dance & Jazz Concerts

Occurs between: Friday, June 29, 2018 - Saturday, June 30, 2018, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Summary

The East Meets West Festival encourages cross-cultural dance and musical collaborations in a variety of traditional and original styles inspired by east and west. This two-night concert program features an exciting lineup of professional jazz fusion and international dance artists along with [...]

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  • Contact Name: Bryant Neal
  • Contact Organization: Jazz Maui
Jun 30 2018
Watercolor Monoprint with Molly Aubrey
Hawaii

Watercolor Monoprint with Molly Aubrey

Occurs on: Saturday, June 30, 2018, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

With an emphasis on creativity, experimentation, and discovery, this workshop will focus on an incredibly liberating and painterly form of non-toxic printmaking: watercolor monotypes. Students will learn many techniques, including preparing a matrix applying watercolors to create various effects, [...]

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  • Contact Name: Kanani Daley
  • Contact Organization: East Hawai'i Cultural Center
Jun 30 2018
Imu Workshop with Ikaika Nakahashi
Maui

Imu Workshop with Ikaika Nakahashi

Occurs between: Saturday, June 30, 2018 - Sunday, July 1, 2018, 9:00am - 6:00pm
Summary

Saturday, June 30 (9 AM to 6 PM), & Sunday, July 1 (8 AM to 11 AM): Imu Workshop with Ikaika Nakahashi- This two-day, in-depth workshop will teach many aspects of imu (Hawaiian underground oven) creation and use. Hands-on instruction in how to gather materials, how to create, ignite, seal, and open [...]

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  • Contact Name: Whit Germano
  • Contact Organization: Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
Jun 30 2018
Waimea Valley Summer Concert Series
Oahu

Waimea Valley Summer Concert Series: Hoi Hou Mai i Waimea

Occurs between: Saturday, June 30, 2018 - Saturday, August 25, 2018, 3:00pm - 6:30pm
Summary

2018 marks Waimea Valley’s 6th annual Summer Concert Series celebrating Hawaiian music and dance. Join the festivities June 30, July 28, and August 25 this summer with the one and only radio celebrity hosts, “Da Kolohe Krew” from Hawaiian 105 Kine, Mele Apana and Shannon Scott. Presale [...]

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  • Contact Name: Office Manager
  • Contact Organization: HI