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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, fire dancers, 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 Molokai's Festivals of Aloha (October) 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 Oahu (October and November) 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.

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Dec 9 2017
Oahu

Kamaaina Christmas 2017

Occurs on:
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Summary

Saturday, Dec 9 • 6-11pm Kamaaina Christmas is the museum's premier fundraising event and proceeds make it possible for the museum to present world-class exhibitions, meet a growing demand for arts education in our community, and ensure the museum is accessible to everyone. Held at Honolulu [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Honolulu Museum of Art
  • Contact Organization: Honolulu Museum of Art
Dec 9 2017
Oahu

Kalakaua Merrie Mile

Occurs on:
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Summary

A one mile event held at 7am on Saturday December 9, the day before the marathon. The course is on Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. Perfect as a tune up for the marathon and for non-marathoning friends and family. Ends with a post race party on Queen's Beach with live music and post race fun. Starts [...]

Dec 9 2017
Oahu

Kalakaua Merrie Mile

Occurs on:
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Summary

A one mile event held at 7am on Saturday December 9, the day before the marathon. The course is on Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. Perfect as a tune up for the marathon and for non-marathoning friends and family. Ends with a post race party on Queen's Beach with live music and post race fun. Starts [...]

Dec 9 2017
Dec 9 2017
Hawaii

Holiday Favorites!

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Saturday, December 9, 2017
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Sunday, December 10, 2017
Summary

Sing out the holiday cheer with the Waimea Community Chorus as they celebrate their 24th Annual Holiday Concert, Holiday Favorite's! This year there are over 70 community members participating in the choir, ages 16 to 86, and a 16-piece orchestra comprised of local musicians will accompany them [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Kristin Lake
  • Contact Organization: Kahilu Theatre
Dec 9 2017
Holiday concert
Oahu

Holiday Choral Concert

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Saturday, December 9, 2017
Summary

57th Annual Holiday Choral Concert presented by the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus. Youth performers grades K - 12. Featuring 120 singers in 9 ensembles. Hawaii's most advanced and longest running community youth choir. Performing holiday music from Hawaii, favorite holiday tunes and music for the [...]

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  • Contact Name: Malia Kaai-Barrett
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus
Dec 10 2017
Oahu

Honolulu Marathon (45th Annual)

Occurs on:
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Summary

26 miles, 385 yards or 42.195 kilometers - The Honolulu Marathon's scenic course includes spectacular ocean views alongside world-famous Waikiki Beach, and Diamond Head and Koko Head volcanic craters. The terrain is level except for short uphill grades around Diamond Head.  At the starting line [...]

Dec 10 2017
Kauai

Spirit of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert

Occurs between:
Sunday, December 10, 2017
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Sunday, January 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
Dec 10 2017
Maui

Medicine Tribe Presents: Nahko – My Name is Bear

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Sunday, December 10, 2017
Summary

Sunday, December 10, 2017; Yokouchi Pavilion; 7:00 pm In news that will make his loyal fans and followers clap their hands with glee, acclaimed artist Nahko of Medicine for the People has announced the much-anticipated release of his first solo album, “My Name Is Bear,” as well as a four-show [...]

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  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Dec 12 2017
Kauai

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert

Occurs on:
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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