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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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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. [...]

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  • Contact Name: Genette Freeman
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Performing Arts Festival Inc.
Jul 5 2018
Desiree Moana Cruz
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Hula Voices

Occurs on: Thursday, July 5, 2018, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
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
Jul 5 2018
Jul 6 2018
2017 Evening of Jazz
Oahu

Evening of Jazz

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

Free, family-friendly evening of art and music at HiSAM! 7th Annual Evening of Jazz with the Hawaii Friends of Civil Rights, featuring Ginai, Mike Lewis & Friends, Chanter Ikaika Bantolina, Clare-Marie Anderson, Sarah Catino and more! 6:00 - 9:00 PM, second floor of the No 1. Capitol District [...]

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  • Contact Name: Mamiko Carroll
  • Contact Organization: State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
Jul 6 2018
Obon Dance & Festival - Moiliili Hongwanji Mission and Moiliili Summer Fest
Oahu

Obon Dance & Festival - Moiliili Hongwanji Mission and Moiliili Summer Fest

Occurs between: Friday, July 6, 2018 - Saturday, July 7, 2018, 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Summary

The Obon tradition was brought to Hawaii by Japanese immigrants and evolved into a social and cultural event, as well as a religious custom designed to honor ancestors through an evening of dance, music and merry-making.  Moiliili Hongwanji Mission: 6:30 to 10 p.m. July 6 & 7 1100 University [...]

Jul 6 2018
Ira Flatow as himself on "The Big Bang Theory"
Oahu

First Take with Science Friday

Occurs on: Friday, July 6, 2018, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Summary

Hawaii Public Radio presents the first live appearance in the islands by host of public radio's SCIENCE FRIDAY, Ira Flatow. He'll lead lively conversations with scientists doing innovative work in Hawaii and take questions from the audience. Music by slack key rock guitarist Makana. The evening [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Phyllis Look
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Public Radio
Jul 6 2018
Contemporary Perspectives from the Paradise Studio Tour Artist Collective
Hawaii

Contemporary Perspectives from the Paradise Studio Tour Artist Collective

Occurs between: Friday, July 6, 2018 - Thursday, July 26, 2018, 8:30am - 4:30pm
Summary

Show July 6-26. Opening reception July 6th, 5-7 pm. A showcase of some of the collective's finest works in clay, fiber, oil/acrylics/watercolor, glass, jewelry, and photography. Featuring new ideas and directions you may not have seen from the Hawaiian Paradise Park Studio Tour held every [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Patti Pease Johnson
  • Contact Organization: Paradise Studio Tour Artist Collective
Jul 6 2018
Obon Dance & Festival - Koloa Jodo Mission
Kauai

Obon Dance & Festival - Koloa Jodo Mission

Occurs between: Friday, July 6, 2018 - Saturday, July 7, 2018, 6:00pm - 10:30pm
Summary

Experience this island celebration of the Obon Festival, brought to Hawaii by Japanese immigrants that have evolved into a social and cultural event. The Obon honors ancestors that have passed on with dances and festivals across the island that are held throughout the summer. Koloa Jodo Mission [...]

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  • Contact Name: Koloa Jodo Mission
  • Contact Organization: Koloa Jodo Mission
Jul 7 2018
Paddle Race Series for all paddle craft with up to 35 miles of racing!
Molokai

Molokai Holokai Festival

Occurs between: Saturday, July 7, 2018 - Sunday, July 8, 2018, 7:00am - 9:00pm
Summary

The Molokai Holokai Festival seeks to function as an opportunity for professional SUP/Paddle racers to experience a race which is fun and challenging, whilst also being a community event that invites (amateur) locals to participate. It aims to encourage racers to interact with our community, [...]

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  • Contact Name: Clare Mawae/Kaela Pereira
  • Contact Organization: Youth in Motion
Jul 7 2018
Moiliili Summer Fest
Oahu

Moiliili Summer Fest

Occurs on: Saturday, July 7, 2018, 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Summary

The Moiliili Summer Fest celebrates historic Moiliili and the Obon season on Saturday July 7, 2018 at 1110 University Ave., the former Varsity Theatre parking lot, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The annual event is a modern street festival alongside Honolulu’s largest Bon Dance and aims to [...]

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  • Contact Name: Information
  • Contact Organization: Moiliili Summer Fest