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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 19 2018
Bishop Museum
Oahu

The “Holo Moana: Generations of Voyaging” Exhibition at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum

Occurs between: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - Sunday, June 24, 2018, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Summary

The “Holo Moana: Generations of Voyaging” exhibition at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum will celebrate the story of how a centuries-old ancestral practice has been re-awakened, re-activated, and re-envisioned by Hawaiian and Oceanic voyagers over the past five decades. INTERACTIVE ELEMENTS [...]

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  • Contact Name: Bishop Museum
  • Contact Organization: Bishop Museum
Jun 19 2018
Maui Chef's Table
Maui

Maui Chef's Table

Occurs between: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - Saturday, December 29, 2018, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Summary

AN INTERACTIVE, MULTI-COURSE DINING EXPERIENCE

Dive into a menu of dishes inspired by The Mill House Chefs' personal stories and told through Maui's seasonal ingredients. A combination of ingredients at their peak of flavor paired with creative minds and innovative techniques results in a [...]

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  • Contact Organization: Maui Tropical Plantation
Jun 19 2018
Photo by Gayle Goodman
Oahu

EWC Gallery Exhibition "Lost and Found: Jewish Communities of India"

Occurs between: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - Sunday, September 9, 2018, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Summary

India has a long been a diverse region made up of different peoples, customs, religions, languages, and ethnicities. The majority of people are Hindu, with large Muslim, Christian, Jain, Sikh, and indigenous tribal communities. There are also three small historic Jewish communities. Two of the [...]

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  • Contact Name: Eric Chang
  • Contact Organization: East-West Center
Jun 19 2018
Young Artists of Hawaii
Oahu

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

Occurs between: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - Friday, June 29, 2018, 10:00am - 4:00pm
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 [...]

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  • Contact Name: Mamiko Carroll
  • Contact Organization: State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
Jun 19 2018
Wes Awana's 'ukulele workshop
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program

Occurs between: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - Friday, December 7, 2018, 11:00am - 1:00pm
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 Kamaaina alike to share his love of the ukulele and Hawaiian music. Wes will be giving family-friendly lessons on the iconic and inviting ukulele. [...]

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  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Jun 19 2018
Oahu

Dead Of Night By Edward Sakamoto - Local Drama

Occurs between: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - Saturday, June 23, 2018, 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Summary

Pre-statehood Honolulu, 1956: despite recently unionizing, Alex and his three best friends desperately struggle to provide for their families. Joined by a mainlander, the four local men decide to violently pressure their company's boss to meet the union's demands. When money is always the bottom [...]

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  • Contact Name: Sarah Bauer
  • Contact Organization: Kumu Kahua Theartre
Jun 19 2018
Kumu Hula Moses Kaho'okele Crabbe
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program

Occurs between: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - Friday, December 21, 2018, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Summary

Hula is Hawaii's most sacred and ancient cultural practice. Originally developed by Polynesians, the Hula portrays the words of the oli (chant) and mele (song/chant/poetry) in a visual dance form.  Hula helps pass down the tradition of the Hawaiian culture and keeps the spirit of Hawaii alive. [...]

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  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Jun 19 2018
Master Lei Maker Kaipo AhChong
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program

Occurs between: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - Friday, December 28, 2018, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Summary

The lei is a Hawaiian flower garland that is worn for many different special occasions.  The lei also represents and symbolizes a variety of celebrations from friendship, love, welcoming, departures and everything in between.  Come join agriculture farmer Kaipo AhChong TEMPORARILY at Volcano [...]

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  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Jun 19 2018
Outlook: Photography Exhibition
Hawaii

Outlook: Photography Exhibition

Occurs between: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - Friday, June 29, 2018, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

These responsive photographs are reminiscent of time and place, framing a perspective of people to the landscape they live within. This collection of work from individual artists impart insight of the social participation, conscious and unconscious, with place. Each image inquires how the human [...]

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  • Contact Name: Monique Ortiz
  • Contact Organization: East Hawai'i Cultural Center
Jun 19 2018
Randy Lee Master lei maker
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program

Occurs between: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - Friday, December 14, 2018, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Summary

Come join Master lei maker, Randy Lee, on the front porch of Volcano Art Center Gallery.  Watch and learn as Randy Lee passes on his knowledge and craftsmanship of the iconic Hawaiian Lei.  Lee uses a variety of natural materials to fashion the most gorgeous of leis.  This hands-on workshop [...]

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