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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 24 2018
Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival: The Howard Hughes Corporation Presents Crops & Hops
Oahu

Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival: The Howard Hughes Corporation Presents Crops & Hops

Occurs on: Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Summary

Locally grown emerging crops and 20 craft beers from around the world are the stars at this grazing event in the heart of Kaka‘ako on the brand new Ward Village field. Get a taste of eight different dishes featuring breakthrough agricultural products grown in our islands. Paired them with IPAs [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Lesa Griffith
  • Contact Organization: Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival
Oct 24 2018
Body/Mind/Funk/Time: Dance class with Michael Sakamoto
Maui

Body/Mind/Funk/Time: Dance class with Michael Sakamoto

Occurs on: Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Summary

Body/Mind/Funk/Time: Dance class with Michael Sakamoto Wednesday, October 24, 2018; Omori Studio A; 5:00 – 6:30 pm Working from elements inspired by butoh and hip hop dance practices, Michael will lead students through a series of movement and image exercises in order to demonstrate his unique [...]

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  • Contact Name: Carin
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Oct 24 2018
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 ‘Tune your [...]

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  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty
Oct 24 2018
Oahu

Jazz Maui Featuring Joie Yasha: Jobim and the Bossa Nova

Occurs on: Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 6:30pm - 11:00pm
Summary

Dr. Joie Yasha will be performing at Blue Note Hawaii with 2 shows at 6:30pm & 9:00pm. Dr. Joie Yasha has been a saxophonist for over 25 years and has been a member and leader of several bands in Montgomery, Atlanta, Ithaca and Maui. Doors open at 5:00pm & 8:30pm respectively. Seating first come [...]

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  • Contact Name: Charisse
  • Contact Organization: Blue Note Hawaii
Oct 25 2018
Robert Cazimero & Friends Present: Concerts For All Seasons - Fall
Oahu

Robert Cazimero & Friends Present: Concerts For All Seasons - Fall

Occurs on: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 6:30pm - 11:00pm
Summary

Robert Cazimero will be performing at Blue Note Hawaii with 2 shows nightly at 6:30pm and 9:00pm. In the 1970's, Robert Cazimero was instrumental in the resurgence of Hawaiian music and culture. That resurgence began a career that almost thirty years later is stronger than ever. Musician, composer, [...]

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  • Contact Name: Shaun
  • Contact Organization: Blue Note Hawaii
Oct 25 2018
Feng Shui & Cocktails takes place on The Modern Honolulu's two pool decks.
Oahu

Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival: Feng Shui & Cocktails

Occurs on: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Summary

Let the Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival's chi guide you through the exquisite flavors of Asia at this chic party—where the energy will be perfectly balanced, of course! Wander around the Sunrise and Sunset pools at THE MODERN HONOLULU as you enjoy invigorating cocktails by the country’s finest [...]

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  • Contact Name: Lesa Griffith
  • Contact Organization: Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival
Oct 26 2018
Enjoy world-class wines under the stars at Winederland.
Oahu

Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival: Hawaiian Airlines Presents Winederland

Occurs on: Friday, October 26, 2018, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Summary

Enter Winederland—a fantasy world for oenophiles featuring a who’s who of the world’s greatest Cabernets, including Opus One, Silver Oak, and Favia. Swirl, sip, and savor 20 acclaimed wines poured by their actual winemakers and pair them with dishes by 20 renowned chefs on the rooftop of the [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Lesa Griffith
  • Contact Organization: Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival
Oct 26 2018
Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival: 7-Eleven Presents Slurp
Oahu

Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival: 7-Eleven Presents Slurp

Occurs on: Friday, October 26, 2018, 9:00pm - 1:00am
Summary

You can throw your dining etiquette aside at 7-Eleven Hawaii Presents Slurp! For our highly anticipated annual after party, six world-class chefs serve up their creative takes on dishes such as pho and ramen that will have you loudly inhaling your food. Think of it as the best night market you’ve [...]

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  • Contact Name: Lesa Griffith
  • Contact Organization: Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival
Oct 26 2018
James Keli'ipio Kahea Mawae
Kauai

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

Occurs on: Friday, October 26, 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 [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty
Oct 26 2018
Workshops with the enthusiastic and creative Hitomi Gilliam inspire all who attend.
Hawaii

Celebrations '18

Occurs between: Friday, October 26, 2018 - Monday, October 29, 2018, 10:00pm - 4:00pm
Summary

Hitomi Gilliam, a floral designer and author known internationally, will return to Hilo for a floral design workshop and design event in late October. Starting Friday, Oct. 26, Celebrations '18 will host a class on mechanics at Nani Mau Gardens in Hilo. A floral design demonstration by Ms. Gilliam [...]

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  • Contact Name: Judy Schilling
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Floriculture & Nursery Association