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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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Jun 30 2018
Waimea Valley Summer Concert Series
Oahu

Waimea Valley Summer Concert Series: Hoi Hou Mai i Waimea

Occurs between: Saturday, June 30, 2018 - Saturday, August 25, 2018, 3:00pm - 6:30pm
Summary

2018 marks Waimea Valley’s 6th annual Summer Concert Series celebrating Hawaiian music and dance. Join the festivities June 30, July 28, and August 25 this summer with the one and only radio celebrity hosts, “Da Kolohe Krew” from Hawaiian 105 Kine, Mele Apana and Shannon Scott. Presale [...]

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  • Contact Name: Office Manager
  • Contact Organization: HI
Jun 30 2018
Auwahi Forest Exhibition
Maui

Auwahi Forest Exhibition

Occurs between: Saturday, June 30, 2018 - Friday, August 3, 2018, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

Receiving Day: June 19 / 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Opening Reception: June 30 / 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Auwahi leeward forest was previously known to be among the most diverse of Hawaiian ecosystems. Currently, Auwahi is among the world's most endangered tropical dry forests with nine species listed as [...]

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  • Contact Name: Erin Wooldridge
  • Contact Organization: Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center
Jul 1 2018
Hawaii

Opera on the Rocks - Hapuna

Occurs on: Sunday, July 1, 2018, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Summary

HPAF's renowned artists will serenade you with famous operatic and musical theatre classics, Relax and enjoy opera in an informal setting, the beautiful Breezeway of the newly remodeled Hapuna Beach Westin Hotel. Food and drink available for purchase. Tickets $60, available at [...]

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  • Contact Name: Genette Freeman
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Performing Arts Festival Inc.
Jul 1 2018
Iron Hands
Oahu

UH KIDS FIRST! Film Festival 2018

Occurs on: Sunday, July 1, 2018, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Summary

The 12th annual UH KIDS FIRST! Film Festival presents family-friendly, award-winning films on Sundays: June 24 and July 1, 8 & 15 2018. Age-appropriate groupings of films from around the world...plus door prizes!

The Festival is FREE of charge; parking is free on campus. Follow balloons [...]

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  • Contact Name: Ann Brandman
  • Contact Organization: UH KIDS FIRST! Film Festival
Jul 1 2018
Swimmers taking the plunge at the Hanalei Bay Swim Challenge
Kauai

Hanalei Bay Swim Challenge (12th Annual)

Occurs on: Sunday, July 1, 2018, 7:00am - 11:00am
Summary

The 12th Annual Hanalei Bay Swim Challenge, named one of America's top 100 Swims by the World Open Water Swimming Association, takes place on July 1, 2018 on the beautiful island of Kauai. Competitors come from around the world to participate in this fun event. Hanalei Bay, with it's warm waters [...]

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  • Contact Name: Pam Murphy
  • Contact Organization: Namolokama O Hanalei Canoe Club
Jul 1 2018
Prem Brosio and Friends performing
Maui

Jazz Maui presents First Sunday Jazz Concert

Occurs between: Sunday, July 1, 2018 - Sunday, December 2, 2018, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Summary

Jazz Maui presents First Sunday Jazz concerts as part of its annual East Meets West Festival and Queen Kaahumanu Center's Maui Made Sundays.

Rising star artist, Prem Brosio from Maui headlines Sunday Jazz with Friends on the main stage. As a professional guitarist and music educator, Prem [...]

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  • Contact Name: Bryant Neal
  • Contact Organization: Jazz Maui
Jul 4 2018
53 By The Sea
Oahu

53 By The Sea Fourth of July Barbecue

Occurs on: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Summary

Red, White and Grilled!  53 By The Sea is hosting it's 3rd Annual Fourth of July Barbecue with delicious classic BBQ items, fresh seafood, dessert and live entertainment!  With a spectacular front row view of Hawaii's biggest firework show at Ala Moana Beach Park, celebrating Independence Day [...]

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  • Contact Name: Sascha Koki
  • Contact Organization: Media Etc
Jul 4 2018
Jazz Orchestra performs at 4th of July in Lahaina
Maui

Jazz Maui 4th Of July Concerts In Lahaina

Occurs on: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Summary

Jazz Maui presents live music on two stages for the 4th of July Celebration in Lahaina! On Lahaina Library's oceanside lawn next to Pioneer Inn, the Chop Suey Jazz Orchestra with special guests will kick-off the concert at 5 pm. Entertainment continues with the Maui Community Band until the [...]

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  • Contact Name: Bryant Neal
  • Contact Organization: Jazz Maui
Jul 4 2018
Oahu

Fourth of July Fireworks At Ala Moana Beach Park

Occurs on: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 8:15pm - 9:00pm
Summary

For the 27th consecutive year, Ala Moana Center will host its signature Independence Day celebration, including Hawaii's largest Fourth of July fireworks show. From July 1 - 4, shoppers can enjoy four days of exclusive savings, live entertainment from Hawaii's top musicians, and a chance to win [...]

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  • Contact Organization: Ala Moana Center
Jul 5 2018
Summer Songs
Hawaii

Summer Songs

Occurs on: Thursday, July 5, 2018, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Summary

Join two highly accomplished HPAF artists, soprano Rachel Copeland and pianist Paul Floyd, for an evening of classical song in an intimate setting. Ms. Copeland has graced opera stages throughout the world, and Mr. Floyd has collaborated with some of the world's finest opera singers and conductors. [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Genette Freeman
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Performing Arts Festival Inc.