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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 8 2017
Hawaii

Aloha Friday on the Porch - Lei Making with Randy Lee

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Friday, December 8, 2017
Summary

Each Friday, on the front porch of the Volcano Art Center Gallery, visitors and kama`aina alike are invited to experience a free, hands-on workshop presented by hospitable Hawai`i Island practitioners. Master lei maker, Randy Lee uses a variety of natural materials to fashion gorgeous lei from the [...]

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  • Contact Name: Jenette
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Dec 8 2017
Kauai

Heart of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert

Occurs between:
Friday, December 8, 2017
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Friday, January 12, 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 [...]

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  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty
Dec 8 2017
Maui

FREE Moonlit Movie At Sugar Beach Events

Occurs on:
Friday, December 8, 2017
Summary

On Friday, December 8th, Chef Lee Anderson of Sugar Beach Events presents an outdoor moonlight showing of ‘Elf’. Doors open at 5:30pm. Film starts at 6:30pm. It’s an opportunity to enjoy a fun movie under the stars. Event is FREE. You will need to have a free pass to get in the door. Get your [...]

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  • Contact Name: Jelyn Domingo
  • Contact Organization: Sugar Beach Events
Dec 8 2017
Hawaii

The Nutcracker Ballet

Occurs between:
Friday, December 8, 2017
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Sunday, December 10, 2017
Summary

Island Dance Academy and The Palace Theater Present THE NUTCRACKER BALLET Welcome to the Land of the Sweets! Whether this is your first year attending or you make it a treasured holiday tradition, Island Dance Academy’s fast paced version of this yuletide classic is entertainment for the entire [...]

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  • Contact Name: Sheron
  • Contact Organization: Palace Theater
Dec 8 2017
Maui

The Merwin Conservancy presents Billy Collins in the Green Room

Occurs on:
Friday, December 8, 2017
Summary

Friday, December 8, 2017; McCoy Studio Theater; 7:00 The Merwin Conservancy presents an evening with former U.S. Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, whose critical acclaim and widespread popular appeal has earned him the title, “the most popular poet in America” (The New York Times). Collins has [...]

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  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Dec 9 2017
Mele Kalikimaka Marketplace
Oahu

Mele Kalikimaka Marketplace (3rd Annual)

Occurs between:
Saturday, December 9, 2017
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Sunday, December 10, 2017
Summary

The 3rd Annual Mele Kalikimaka Marketplace is a one-stop local holiday shop catering to visitors and residents who are looking for "Made in Hawaii" holiday gifts and family activities. The event will be held December 9-10, 2017 at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. The two-day event is anticipated to [...]

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  • Contact Name: Jade Chun
  • Contact Organization: Mele Kalikimaka Marketplace
Dec 9 2017
Holiday Pops featuring Amy Hānaiali’i
Oahu

Holiday Pops Featuring Amy Hanaialii

Occurs on:
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Summary

Enjoy a well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra (HSO) at its annual Holiday Pops concert, part of its music that POPS series, featuring Grammy-nominated vocalist Amy Hanaialii at 7:30 pm on Saturday, December 9. The 18-time Na Hoku [...]

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  • Contact Name: Heather Arias de Cordoba
  • Contact Organization: Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra
Dec 9 2017
Bassist Katie Thiroux
Maui

Jazz Maui Concert with Katie Thiroux Trio

Occurs on:
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Summary

Rising star jazz bassist and vocalist Katie Thiroux has garnered considerable attention for her bravura playing, assured singing and compelling compositions. Quincy Jones selected Katie to perform at his new club, Q’s Bar and Lounge, in Dubai for the 2017 summer program as artist in residence. [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Bryant Neal
  • Contact Organization: Jazz Maui/AECG
Dec 9 2017
Examples of woven lauhala ornaments
Oahu

Lauhala Ornaments - Second Saturday at HiSAM

Occurs on:
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Summary

Lauhala Hui - learn to make ornaments by weaving with hala leaves (lauhala). Free hands-on art activities for all ages! Every second Saturday of the month. Museum galleries will be open; admission is always free. Drop in at any time, allowing about 30 minutes to complete a project. All materials [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Susan Hogan
  • Contact Organization: State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
Dec 9 2017
Na Leo Lani Chorus
Oahu

Na Leo Nani Chorus Presents An Aloha Christmas!

Occurs on:
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Summary

Learn a little about a unique American art form as performed a cappella in four-part harmony by this Sweet Adelines International chorus which was founded on Oahu in 1975. The performance will include the chorus, an ensemble, and two quartets. Join them for a fun morning filled with holiday songs [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Hawaii Kai Public Library
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Kai Public Library