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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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Aug 18 2018
Heiva i Honolulu
Oahu

Heiva i Honolulu

Occurs on: Saturday, August 18, 2018, 9:00am - 9:00pm
Summary

HEIVA I HONOLULU, produced by Tahiti Nui International, is Hawaii’s biggest and best Tahitian dance competition. On Saturday, August 18, 2018, the Hawaii Convention Center will be full of hundreds of soloists and premier Tahitian performances representing Hawaii, North America and Asia. [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Rose Perreira
  • Contact Organization: Tahiti Nui International
Aug 18 2018
Oahu

Loko Ea Fishpond Community Workday

Occurs between: Saturday, August 18, 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
Aug 18 2018
Kumu Hula Kaho'okele Crabbe
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Na Mea Hula Demonstrations

Occurs on: Saturday, August 18, 2018, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Summary

Held in conjunction with monthly Na Mea hula kahiko performances, join Kumu hula Kaho`Hokele Crabbe with Halauolaokalani on the lanai of the Volcano Art Gallery as they share with you “Nā Mea Hula” (all things hula). Come and learn a hula, use various hula implements and try your hand at lei [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Aug 19 2018
Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert -Sea Turtle Serenade
Kauai

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert -Sea Turtle Serenade

Occurs on: Sunday, August 19, 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
Aug 19 2018
Photo by Gayle Goodman
Oahu

Film: “Turn Left at the End of the World”

Occurs on: Sunday, August 19, 2018, 2:00pm - 3:45pm
Summary

Film: "Turn Left at the End of the World" (108 minutes) Hebrew with English subtitles. The film takes place in a small Israeli development town in 1968 and narrates the struggle of Moroccan and Indian immigrants, focusing on the relationship between two girls. This event will be held in [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Eric Chang
  • Contact Organization: East-West Center Arts Program
Aug 19 2018
Happy Crowd At The Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival
Oahu

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival "Waikiki Style" (36th Annual)

Summary

Festival to feature some of the top artists in the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Genre performing for 6 solid hours on the beautiful grounds of the Waikiki Aquarium. Festival will also feature local arts and crafts, snacks, soft drinks and other favorite local foods. A minimum of 15 artists will [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Milton Lau
  • Contact Organization: Ki-ho'alu Foundation
Aug 19 2018
Moon Walk & Dinner Buffet
Oahu

Moon Walk & Dinner Buffet

Occurs on: Sunday, August 19, 2018, 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Summary

Waimea Valley’s Moon Walk is back for its 35th year. On the full moon come down to Waimea Valley after dark to experience it like never before. For these special nights the Proud Peacock will reopen with a dinner buffet of fresh local ingredients by Ke Nui Kitchen. Dinner buffet is from 6pm to [...]

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  • Contact Name: Waimea
  • Contact Organization: Waimea
Aug 20 2018
Augie Rey
Oahu

Augie Rey

Occurs on: Monday, August 20, 2018, 6:30pm - 11:00pm
Summary

Augie Rey will be performing at Blue Note Hawaii with 2 shows nightly at 6:30pm & 9:00pm. As an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, Augie plays keyboards, congas & timbales, and also sings, combining styles such as latin jazz, soul, and funk within his sets. Doors open at 5:00pm and 8:30pm [...]

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  • Contact Name: Shaun
  • Contact Organization: Blue Note Hawaii
Aug 21 2018
Oahu

Hawaii Shorts Film Screening at the Waikiki Aquarium - Under the Stars (5th Annual)

Occurs on: Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Summary

From the producer of Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Austin, and Euro International Short Film Festivals comes the 5th annual Hawaii International Shorts Films Festival at the Waikiki Aquarium. Hawaii Shorts International Film Festival showcases the best short films and its filmmakers from [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Waikiki Aquarium
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Shorts International Film Festival
Aug 21 2018
Kauai

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert - Honoring Kelii Mawae of Molokai

Occurs on: Tuesday, August 21, 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