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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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May 1 2018
2017 Lei Queen and Court
Oahu

Lei Day Celebration (91st Annual)

Occurs on:
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Summary

The first Lei Day was in 1927 (the Academy Awards began in 1929) and celebrated in downtown Honolulu with a few people wearing lei. From that it grew and more and more people began to wear lei on May 1. We are told that the first celebration and exhibit of lei was at the Bank of Hawa‘i. In [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Kaiulani Kauahi
  • Contact Organization: C&C of Honolulu Parks & Recreation
May 1 2018
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: May Day is Lei Day

Occurs on:
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Summary

In Hawaii, May Day is Lei Day, beloved island celebration, May Day honors the unique ways that Hawai`i's multi-cultural traditions have woven together to create a more interesting, tolerant and beautiful community. Meet our local Volcano musician Wes Awana as he shares how to play local [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
May 3 2018
Manoa Valley Theatre Presents - Shear Madness
Oahu

Manoa Valley Theatre Presents - Shear Madness

Occurs between:
Thursday, May 3, 2018
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Sunday, May 20, 2018
Summary

Shear Madness

running continuously in the U.S. for the past 37 years

An comedy who-dun-it by Paul Pörtner

When the landlady who lives above a unisex hair salon is murdered, the audience gets involved in solving the crime by openly questioning the strange array of [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Manoa Valley Theatre
May 3 2018
Desiree Moana Cruz
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Hula Voices

Occurs on:
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Summary

Hula Voices presents an engaging, intimate “talk story” session with Hawaii Island’s hula practitioners who eat, sleep and live on the practice of hula and its associated arts. Embrace the opportunity to listen to Kumu Hula, long time Humana (student) and artisans whose live and breathe Hula. [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
May 4 2018
Nidaime Teishin Kai
Oahu

First Friday at the Hawaii State Art Museum

Occurs on:
Friday, May 4, 2018
Summary

May 2018: Nidaime Teishin Kai, Okinawan folk music. This music group specializes in traditional Okinawan folk music, such as “Asadoya Yunta” and “Tinsagu” nu Hana, which are two songs that are very representative of their style of music.They perform a range of songs from upbeat songs that [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Scott Young
  • Contact Organization: State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
May 4 2018
Service Provider: A Musical 'Selfie' of a Modern Relationship
Oahu

Service Provider: A Musical 'Selfie' of a Modern Relationship

Occurs on:
Friday, May 4, 2018
Summary

"Not all opera is a six-hour ordeal with a woman beating on a breastplate. Opera can also be short and in English. It can deal with modern-day problems and even, God forbid, be funny." - Washington Post HOT invites you to a unique opportunity to 'plug in' to Christopher Weiss and John de los [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Allison Kronberg
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Opera Theatre
May 4 2018
Young Artists of Hawaii
Oahu

Young Artists of Hawaii: My Culture, My Family, and Me

Occurs between:
Friday, May 4, 2018
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Friday, June 29, 2018
Summary

The Young Artists of Hawaii is an annual student art exhibition that recognizes creative excellence among Hawaii's public and private school students in grades Kindergarten through sixth grade. This exhibit is presented by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA), Hawaii State [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Mamiko Carroll
  • Contact Organization: State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
May 4 2018
Maui Taiko opens the 18th Annual  Maui Matsuri Musical Extravaganza
Maui

Maui Matsuri Musical Extravaganza

Occurs on:
Friday, May 4, 2018
Summary

The 18th annual Maui Matsuri Festival shares all things Japanese with residents and visitors. The festival features four days of events – April 27, May 3, 4 and 5 - and held at various locations. The free Musical Extravaganza event is Maui County’s 150th Gannenmono Celebration, honoring the [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Kay Fukumoto
  • Contact Organization: Japanese Cultural Society of Maui
May 4 2018
Makawao Union Church 2017 festival
Maui

Maui Classical Music Festival

Occurs on:
Friday, May 4, 2018
Summary

A young guitarist lauded for "achingly beautiful" interpretations is joining celebrated veterans for the Maui Classical Music Festival in May. Colin Davin's guitar has provided "some of the finest interpretations I've heard," said the American Record Guide's critic. Festival violinist Benny Kim [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Tom Jezierny
  • Contact Organization: Maui Classical Music Festival
May 4 2018
Wes Awana's 'ukulele workshop
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program

Occurs between:
Friday, May 4, 2018
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Friday, December 7, 2018
Summary

Come play music with Hawaii's ukulele practitioner Wes Awana on the first Friday of every month. Volcano area musician Wes Awana invites visitors and Kama'aina alike to share his love of the 'ukulele and Hawaiian music. Wes will be giving family-friendly lessons on the iconic and inviting 'ukulele. [...]

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