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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 26 2018
Concert organist Rick Mazurowski
Maui

Church Organ Concert

Occurs on: Friday, October 26, 2018, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Summary

Maui's largest digital church organ will be featured in a free concert at Saint Anthony Catholic Church, in Wailuku, on Friday, October 26, at 7:00 p.m. This concert is co-sponsored by St. Anthony Church and Church Organs Hawaii. Performing on the Allen Organ will be Rick Mazurowski, organist [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Bob Alder
  • Contact Organization: Church Organs Hawaii LLP
Oct 26 2018
Kauai

Princeville Community Fine Arts Exhibit (10th Annual)

Occurs between: Friday, October 26, 2018 - Sunday, October 28, 2018, 4:00pm - 4:00pm
Summary

Princeville Community Fine Arts Exhibit North Shore artists will be sharing drawings, paintings, ceramics and sculptures never before exhibited on Kauai. The event is free to the public and everyone is encouraged to enjoy the Friday evening reception or the Saturday and Sunday afternoon viewings. [...]

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  • Contact Name: April McGinnis
  • Contact Organization: Princeville Community Association
Oct 26 2018
Maui

Spookfest 2018

Occurs on: Friday, October 26, 2018, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Summary

Spookfest is a family-friendly halloween event for all ages hosted at Kalama Intermediate School in Makawao. There will be trunk or treat, concessions, keiki games, costume contest, and a middle school dance open to all middle schoolers. Unlimited games will be $10 and the dance will be $6 at the [...]

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  • Contact Name: Arielle Axelrod
  • Contact Organization: Kalama Intermediate
Oct 26 2018
War of the Worlds
Oahu

War of the Worlds

Occurs between: Friday, October 26, 2018 - Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Summary

“Radio Listeners in Panic, Taking War Drama as Fact” read the New York Times headline on October 31, 1938. Many across the country who tuned in late to Orson Welles’ live radio broadcast of H. G. Wells’ War of the Worlds became panicked, thinking the broadcast play about aliens [...]

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  • Contact Name: Joseph Governale
  • Contact Organization: UHM Theatre and Dance Association
Oct 26 2018
Maui

Livingston Taylor

Occurs on: Friday, October 26, 2018, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Summary

Livingston Taylor picked up his first guitar at the age of 13, which began a 50-year career that has encompassed performance, songwriting, and teaching. From top 40 hits, including “I Will Be In Love with You” and “I’ll Come Running” to “I can Dream of You” and “Boatman,” [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Carin
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Oct 26 2018
Ja Rule
Maui

Ja Rule

Occurs on: Friday, October 26, 2018, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Summary

Ja Rule Friday, October 26, 2018; Castle Theater; 7:30 pm Born in Hollis, Queens, Ja Rule was signed to Def Jam Records in 1998, and made his radio debut as a featured artist on Jay-Z's single "Can I Get A..." The heavily promoted single started to gather a buzz around the raspy-voiced rapper. The [...]

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  • Contact Name: Carin
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Oct 27 2018
Oahu

NAMIWalks Hawaii

Occurs on: Saturday, October 27, 2018, 9:00am - 2:00pm
Summary

NAMIWalks Hawaii

To help provide free mental illness support services in Hawaii, the nonprofit organization will hold its largest annual event, NAMIWalks Hawaii, at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, at the Honolulu Hale Civic Grounds. Registration is free. Team and individual [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Jen
  • Contact Organization: namiwalks.org/Hawaii
Oct 27 2018
Church of the Crossroads Fall Fair
Oahu

Church of the Crossroads Fall Fair

Occurs on: Saturday, October 27, 2018, 8:00am - 1:00pm
Summary

Join us for the legendary fall fair at Church of the Crossroads. A day full of activity in the beautiful surrounding in Mo'ili'ili near the University of Hawaii Campus.  Kids activities and live music compliment half a day of fun and discovery for the entire family.

Our plant sale has a [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Markus Faigle
  • Contact Organization: Church of the Crossroads
Oct 27 2018
Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival: Decadence
Oahu

Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival: Decadence

Occurs on: Saturday, October 27, 2018, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Summary

Allow yourself a night of pure indulgence. As you gaze at the sunset on the sands of the Ko Olina Resort lagoon, 12 world-renowned chefs will be preparing a lavish feast. Winemakers from across the country will transport you to their vineyards through sips of their finest wines and mixologists will [...]

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  • Contact Name: Lesa Griffith
  • Contact Organization: Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival
Oct 27 2018
Barron Mamiya is a regular standout in competition along the North Shore of Oahu
Oahu

HIC Pro

Occurs between: Saturday, October 27, 2018 - Friday, November 9, 2018, 8:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

The HIC Pro annually kick-starts the North Shore’s competitive surf season and is characteristically graced with monstrous surf and high drama. The event takes place at Sunset Beach, which is one of the world’s most preeminent deep-water big wave spots that spans across a stadium-sized playing [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Lauren Rolland
  • Contact Organization: World Surf League Hawaii