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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 29 2019
Paddle Race Series for all paddle craft with up to 35 miles of racing!
Molokai

Molokai Holokai Hoolaulea (Festival)

Occurs between: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - Sunday, June 30, 2019, 7:00am - 9:00pm
Summary

The Molokai Holokai Ho'olaule'a (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 [...]

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  • Contact Name: Clare Mawae/Kaela Pereira
  • Contact Organization: Youth in Motion
Oct 13 2019
Half Marathon Start
Maui

Maui Marathon & Half Marathon

Occurs on: Sunday, October 13, 2019, 5:00am - 2:00pm
Summary

The Maui Marathon is the longest consecutively held running event in the state of Hawaii and is the oldest marathon west of the Mississippi River. It has been chosen as one of the top 10 Most Scenic Marathons in the nation by Runner's World magazine (Feb. 96), and the #10 destination marathon in [...]

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  • Contact Name: Jon Emerson
  • Contact Organization: Maui Marathon
Dec 13 2018
Gannenmono: A Legacy of Eight Generations in Hawai‘i exhibition
Oahu

Gannenmono: A Legacy of Eight Generations in Hawai‘i Exhibition

Occurs between: Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Sunday, February 24, 2019, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Summary

Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum presents a new exhibit to honor the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese plantation workers to Hawai‘i – known as the gannenmono. Drawing from Bishop Museum’s rich plantation-era collections, Gannenmono: A Legacy of Eight Generations in Hawai‘i [...]

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  • Contact Name: Claudette Springer
  • Contact Organization: Bishop Museum
Dec 13 2018
Japanese Urushi + Ettore Sottsass International Exhibit
Oahu

Japanese Urushi + Ettore Sottsass International Exhibit

Occurs between: Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Summary

The Pantheon Contemporary of the Hawaii Theatre Centre is proud to present its first international exhibition, Japanese Urushi and Ettore Sottsass. The exhibit showcases 22 unique works of urushi made by urushi craftsmen in Japan. The craftsmen worked together across the regions of Wakasa, Echizen, [...]

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  • Contact Name: Miki Shimokawa
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Theatre Center
Dec 13 2018
Sunday Farmers Market - Kalalea Anahola Farmer's Hui
Kauai

Sunday Farmers Market - Kalalea Anahola Farmer's Hui

Occurs between: Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Sunday, February 17, 2019, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Summary

A Hawaiian style market featuring local farmers and artisans with their fruits, vegetables, plants/flowers, crafts, jewelry, lei, plate lunches, etc. The market is sponsored by the Kalalea Anahola Farmer's Hui. The Kalalea/Anehola Farmer's Hui is a nonprofit farmer's organization created to [...]

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  • Contact Organization: Kalalea Anahola Farmer's Hui
Dec 13 2018
Cover of Hawaii, illustrated souvenir booklet, 1943 Private Collection. Published by Curteich, a prolific printer of postcards in Illinois, this small picture book was primarily sold to military personnel in Hawaiʻi during World War II. Its colorful cover includes many of the favorite Hawaiian image
Oahu

Unreal: Hawaiʻi in Popular Imagination

Occurs between: Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Sunday, January 27, 2019, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Summary

Bishop Museum’s new exhibition “Unreal: Hawaiʻi in Popular Imagination” presents rare images and objects drawn from one of the largest private collections of Hawaiʻi-themed printed ephemera. The exhibition gives visitors a unique opportunity to see the breadth of Hawaiʻi-themed commercial [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Lance Aquino
  • Contact Organization: Stryker Weiner & Yokota Public Relations
Dec 13 2018
Kumu Hula Moses Kaho'okele Crabbe
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program - Kumu Hula Moses Kahookele Crabbe

Occurs between: Thursday, December 13, 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. [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Dec 13 2018
Joy of Christmas
Kauai

Joy of Christmas

Occurs between: Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Sunday, December 30, 2018, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Summary

Join us at the inaugural "Joy of Christmas" festival of lights hosted at St. Raphael Church. FREE ADMISSION.

We have invited parishioners, local businesses and organizations to join us in creating a celebration of Christmas for all Kauai residents and visitors. Festivities begin every [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Lillian Vierra
  • Contact Organization: Laulima Campaign
Dec 13 2018
Master Lei Maker Kaipo AhChong
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program - Lei Making with Kaipo AhChong

Occurs between: Thursday, December 13, 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 [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Dec 13 2018
Living Goddess Kumari
Oahu

EWC Exhibition Gala Opening: "Capturing a Legacy: Four Generations of Nepalese Photographers"

Occurs between: Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Sunday, January 6, 2019, 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Summary

Capturing a Legacy: Four Generations of Nepalese Photographers tells the story of the legacy of the Chitrakar family as artists and visual documentarians. Nepal has witnessed dramatic political and cultural changes and this photographic exhibition captures key moments in Nepal’s history through [...]

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  • Contact Name: Eric Chang
  • Contact Organization: East-West Center Arts Program