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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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Dec 3 2017
Kauai

Ohana Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert

Occurs between:
Sunday, December 3, 2017
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Sunday, January 7, 2018
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
Dec 3 2017
Maui

Holiday Pops featuring Na Leo Pilimehana

Occurs on:
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Summary

Sunday, December 3, 2017; Castle Theater; 3:00 pm Under the baton of Music Director James Durham, the Maui Pops Orchestra invites you to ring in the holiday season with a festive concert featuring 22-time Na Hoku Hanohano award winners, Na Leo Pilimehana. Enjoy some of their most-loved songs of the [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Dec 3 2017
Oahu

Kapolei Ki-hoalu Kristmas Festival

Occurs on:
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Summary

Festival to feature 15 artists in the Slack Key Guitar genre kicking off the Christmas shopping season! These artists are some of Hawaii's finest artists in the slack key guitar genre who perform as solos, duos, trios, and other combinations. Festival kicks off the Christmas Shopping Season at [...]

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  • Contact Name: Milton Lau
  • Contact Organization: Ka-Hoku Productions
Dec 3 2017
Hawaii

Hilo Elks Lodge 759 Presents "World of Magic"

Occurs on:
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Summary

This year's special performers are Puna Taiko and magician The Great Barusky! Founded in 2002, Puna Taiko's mission is to "perpetuate the rich cultural tradition of taiko (Japanese drumming) while reinforcing the concepts of individual uniqueness and interdependent teamwork." To this end, Puna [...]

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  • Contact Name: Lily
  • Contact Organization: Hilo Elks
Dec 5 2017
Maui

Grammy Winner Kalani Pea Performs Live at QKC’s Let it Snow!

Occurs on:
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Summary

Queen Kaahumanu Center's "Let it Snow!" snowfall experience this holiday season will feature a special live performance on December 5 by Grammy and Na Hoku award winner, Kalani Pea. Snowflakes will descend on Queen Kaahumanu Center's center court as Pea sings his original compositions, classics [...]

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  • Contact Name: Guest Services
  • Contact Organization: Queen Kaahumanu
Dec 5 2017
Kauai

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert - Aloha Music

Occurs on:
Tuesday, December 5, 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 [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty
Dec 6 2017
Meadow Gold
Oahu

Holiday Fun and Lani Moo and Calci!

Occurs on:
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Summary

Join us for a fun holiday event featuring special guests, Lani Moo and Calci! The Meadow Gold duo will offer a special storytime for families. A picture taking opportunity and a make-and-take craft for keiki will follow this storytime. Receive free milk and cookies as you go! This program is [...]

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  • Contact Name: Kapolei Public Library
  • Contact Organization: Kapolei Public Library
Dec 6 2017
Oahu

Community Christmas Tree Lighting at Castle Medical Center

Occurs on:
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Summary

Castle Medical Center's (CMC) Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will take place on December 6, 2017. This event, a beloved family tradition for Windward Oahu, has grown larger and more exciting each year and promises to be spectacular this year. Plans include the colorful [...]

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  • Contact Name: Castle Medical Center
  • Contact Organization: Castle Medical Center
Dec 6 2017
All Saints' Church Kapaa
Kauai

Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert - Hawaii's Sunset Music

Occurs on:
Wednesday, December 6, 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 [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty
Dec 8 2017
Hawaii

Feast on the Beach (5th Annual)

Occurs on:
Friday, December 8, 2017
Summary

Feast on the Beach celebrates under the stars on Anaehoomalu Bay. This popular holiday event will wow guests with delicious food stations, along with beer, wine, libations and its signature toes-in-the-sand ambiance. Recent Grammy museum inducted, Henry Kapono, will perform SONGS OF C&K, a tribute [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Nick Roschi
  • Contact Organization: Lava Lava Beach CLub