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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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Mar 10 2018
Loke Kamanu and her 'ohana
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Na Mea Hula Demonstrations

Occurs on:
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Summary

Held in conjunction with monthly Na Mea hula kahiko performances, join our Native Hawaiian cultural specialist Loke Kamanu and her ohana on the lanai of the Volcano Art Gallery as they share with you "Na Mea Hula" (all things hula).  Come and learn a hula, use various hula implements and try [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Mar 11 2018
Kauai

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert - Honoring Raymond Kane

Occurs on:
Sunday, March 11, 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
Mar 11 2018
Sara David Buechner performs with the Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra
Oahu

Rhapsody in Blue

Occurs on:
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Summary

Audience favorite, Victor Yampolsky, makes his third HSO appearance with this stunning program. A change in program, Sara Davis Buechner will now perform Saint-Saëns' Piano Concerto No. 2. Add a touch of Mendelssohn and we have a recipe for a truly extraordinary program.

Victor [...]

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  • Contact Name: HSO Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra
Mar 11 2018
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Oahu

Honolulu Rainbow EKIDEN 2018

Occurs on:
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Summary

EKIDEN is a long distance road relay race that uses a sash instead of the more familiar baton in the track and field. The sash represents your team spirit which the runner hand off to the next runner at the end of each leg which makes the event an unique team building fun run event for all ages! If [...]

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  • Contact Name: Ayumi Sakamoto
  • Contact Organization: JTB Hawaii Inc.
Mar 11 2018
Oahu

Alii Sunday - Queen Kaahumanu

Occurs on:
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Summary

Alii Sundays are among the many long and honored traditions of Kawaiahao Church, which began about 1914. In the 1970's our people were embarking on a tidal wave of change. In the chaos of circumstance and sensing the urgency to unite Hawaii's people and rekindle their strength and purpose in Ke [...]

Mar 13 2018
Kauai

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert - Whales Homecoming

Occurs on:
Tuesday, March 13, 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
Mar 14 2018
Kauai

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

Occurs on:
Wednesday, March 14, 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
Mar 14 2018
Spring Footholds Dance Concert at the Kennedy Theatre's Earle Ernst Lab Theatre
Oahu

Spring Footholds Dance Concert

Occurs between:
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
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Sunday, March 18, 2018
Summary

The second of two UHM Department of Theatre + Dance "Footholds" 2017/2018 dance concerts, "Spring Footholds" showcases the culmination of years of study and sweat. It features exemplary undergraduate student choreography as well as graduating MFA students' thesis works in a variety of dance [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Kennedy Theatre Box Office
  • Contact Organization: UHM Department of Theatre + Dance
Mar 16 2018
Kauai

Ohana Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert

Occurs on:
Friday, March 16, 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
Mar 16 2018
Kumu Hula Moses Kaho'okele Crabbe
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program

Occurs between:
Friday, March 16, 2018
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Friday, December 21, 2018
Summary

Hula is Hawaii's most sacred and ancient cultural practice. Originally developed by Polynesians, the Hula portrays the words of the oli (chant) and mele (song/chant/poetry) in a visual dance form.  Hula helps pass down the tradition of the Hawaiian culture and keeps the spirit of Hawaii alive. [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center