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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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Oct 7 2017
Oahu

Waikiki International Food Fest

Occurs on:
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Summary

The Rotary Club of Waikiki uses the proceeds of this major annual fundraiser to support community and international service projects, which include water sanitation projects in Southwest Asia to dozens of service projects right here in the heart of our community. Following are just a few of the [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: David Livingston
Nov 19 2017
Audience enjoying the smooth and wonderful slack key music
Kauai

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival "Kauai Style" (25th Annual)

Occurs on:
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Summary

Event will feature up to 16 performing artists in the Slack Key Guitar Genre including award winning artists and newcomers. Also appearing will be a couple of special guest from Hawaii and the mainland. The event will also feature "Made In Hawaii" products and favorite foods and snacks. [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Milton Lau
  • Contact Organization: Ki-hoalu Foundation, Inc.
Sep 22 2017
Hawaii

Aloha Friday On The Porch - Lei Making With Kaipo Ah Chong

Occurs on:
Friday, September 22, 2017
Summary

Tropical Agriculture farmer Kaipo Ah Chong will share his expert lei-making skills with VAC visitors. As a member of Halau Na Kamalei, his unique experience marries the science of agriculture with Hawaiian lei and hula traditions. These free events are supported in part by a grant from the County [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Jenette Goss
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Sep 22 2017
Maui

A Touch of Soul with Hawaii’s Male Vocalist of the Year: Josh Tatofi

Occurs on:
Friday, September 22, 2017
Summary

Friday, September 22, 2017; McCoy Studio Theater; 7:30 pm Hawaiian Music Live calls him the Polynesian Luther Vandross, which aptly describes the soothing voice of Josh Tatofi. Born in Honolulu, Josh Tatofi comes from a musical lineage – his father is Tivaini Tatofi, original member of the [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Sep 22 2017
ART Kaua`i 2017
Kauai

Art Kauai 2017 Exhibition

Occurs between:
Friday, September 22, 2017
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Saturday, October 28, 2017
Summary

The Kauai Soceity of Artists presents its premier annual Exhibition ART Kauai.

Outstanding artists, living and working on Kauai, submitted artwork to be chosen by this year's Juror, Patricia Correia, Topanga Canyon, CA.

Art works include: Paintings, Mixed Media, Ceramics, [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Rose Anne Jones
  • Contact Organization: Kauai Society of Artists
Sep 22 2017
Mimes, Masks and Miracles at the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre
Oahu

Mimes, Masks, and Miracles

Occurs between:
Friday, September 22, 2017
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Saturday, September 23, 2017
Summary

The UHM Theatre + Dance Department Late Night Theatre Company presents a whimsical evening of physical theatre showcasing the work of master mime Todd Farley. The show features stories from around the world using the celebrated techniques of French mime, blacklight theatre, and puppetry. It is a [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Kennedy Theatre Box Office
  • Contact Organization: UHM Department of Theatre & Dance Late Night Theatre
Sep 22 2017
Molokai

Molokai Canoe Festivals Presents - 4th Annual Kulaia Hoolaulea

Occurs on:
Friday, September 22, 2017
Summary

In remembering the early years of the Molokai Hoe along with the Aloha Festivals Hoolaulea at Hale o Lono, this was Molokai's version of kulaia. The festivities lasted an entire weekend and the spirit of aloha radiated to all; including our Molokai community, paddlers, visitors and spectators [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Lori-Lei Rawlins-Crivello
  • Contact Organization: Molokai Canoe Festivals
Sep 22 2017
Agroforestry Team Work Day
Kauai

Breadfruit Agroforestry Fridays!

Occurs between:
Friday, September 22, 2017
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Friday, September 7, 2018
Summary

The Breadfruit Institute at National Tropical Botanical Garden is seeking agroforestry volunteers to help implement a new, global model in sustainable and regenerative agriculture at the Breadfruit Research Orchard in McBryde Garden on Kauai.

Become a volunteer and be a part of this [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Volunteer Program Coordinator
  • Contact Organization: National Tropical Botanical Garden
Sep 22 2017
Oahu

The Balllad Of Mu Lan

Occurs between:
Friday, September 22, 2017
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Saturday, September 30, 2017
Summary

THE BALLAD OF MU LAN
by Alvin Chan
recommended ages 5+

When Mu Lan dresses up as a boy to take her father's place in the army she has lots to learn and lots to prove, but her biggest battle might be with herself. This new telling of an ancient Chinese legend mixes [...]

Sep 22 2017
Maui

"Talk Story" & Demonstration with Piilani Lua

Occurs on:
Friday, September 22, 2017
Summary

Join kumu hula Piilani Lua for a casual conversation and demonstration! Born and raised on Oahu, Piilani now lives in Hana, Maui, her ancestral home, where she works at Kahanu Garden. Piilani is a descendant of Kahanu who was awarded that land in 1848 by Kamehameha III.  Piilani is a Merrie [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Haley A Eligio
  • Contact Organization: Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center