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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 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
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
Dec 13 2018
Honolulu Museum of Art
Oahu

"Ho‘oulu: The King Kalākaua Era" Art Exhibit

Occurs between: Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Sunday, January 27, 2019, 10:00am - 4:30pm
Summary

Ho‘oulu: The King Kalākaua Era considers art and experimentation in the Hawaiian Kingdom during the reign of King David Kalākaua (1874–1891). Cosmopolitanism—the idea that local polities share systemic parallels internationally as part of a world citizenry—was a thriving philosophy in the [...]

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  • Contact Name: Honolulu Museum of Art
  • Contact Organization: Honolulu Museum of Art
Jan 6 2019
Jhola Movie Poster
Oahu

"Jhola"

Occurs on: Sunday, January 6, 2019, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Summary

Film Description: Nepalese film about Sati culture prevalent until the 1920s in which the wife had to immolate herself upon her husband's death, typically on his funeral pyre. 2014, 90 minutes. This event will be held in connection with the East-West Center Gallery exhibition titled, "Capturing a [...]

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  • Contact Name: Eric Chang
  • Contact Organization: East-West Center
Jan 10 2019
"The Essence" - A Surfing Movie Premiere
Maui

"The Essence" - A Surfing Movie Premiere

Occurs on: Thursday, January 10, 2019, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Summary

"The Essence" Thursday, January 10, 2019 Castle Theater; 7:00-9:00 pm Filmed by the father of the surf film genre, Bud Browne, "The Essence" evocatively shares the beauty of surfing while pondering the reason why we surf. Beautifully produced with archival footage from the Bud Browne Film [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Carin
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Jan 2 2019
' Ohana Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert
Kauai

' Ohana Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert

Occurs on: Wednesday, January 2, 2019, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
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 20+ yrs is 99.3% "Excellent, Highlight of our trip!".

This concert will [...]

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  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty
Dec 31 2018
Waikiki Improvement Association
Oahu

2019 Waikiki New Year's Fireworks!

Occurs between: Monday, December 31, 2018 - Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 11:45pm - 12:15am
Summary

Sponsored by the members of the Waikīkī Improvement Association, the New Year’s fireworks show will start at 11:55 pm on December 31st. From a barge just off Waikiki Beach, one announcement salute will be fired every minute until 1 minute before midnight. This is the signal for everyone to [...]

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  • Contact Name: Information
  • Contact Organization: Waikiki Improvement Association
Dec 24 2018
A Charlie Brown Christmas with Mike Lewis & Friends
Oahu

A Charlie Brown Christmas with Mike Lewis & Friends

Occurs between: Monday, December 24, 2018 - Tuesday, December 25, 2018, 6:30pm - 11:00pm
Summary

Mike Lewis and Friends will be performing at Blue Note Hawaii with 2 shows nightly at 6:30pm & 9:00pm. Native New-Yorker and trumpeter Mike Lewis presents A Charlie Brown Christmas, featuring some of Hawaii's best jazz musicians. The show will highlight selections from the soundtrack to A Charlie [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Charisse
  • Contact Organization: Blue Note Hawaii
Dec 21 2018
A Christmas Cabaret
Hawaii

A Christmas Cabaret

Occurs between: Friday, December 21, 2018 - Sunday, December 23, 2018, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Summary

Hilo Community Players presents A Christmas Cabaret A fundraiser event to fund their 2019-2020 theatre season. This fabulous cabaret with take place Friday and Saturday, December 21st and 22nd at 7:30pm, and Sunday December 23rd at 2:30pm, at the East Hawaii Cultural Center’s Kahua 'Elua [...]

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  • Contact Name: Dr. Rachel Klein
  • Contact Organization: Hilo Community Players
Dec 17 2018
A Frank Sinatra Holiday featuring Mike Lewis & Friends Big Band
Oahu

A Frank Sinatra Holiday featuring Mike Lewis & Friends Big Band

Occurs on: Monday, December 17, 2018, 6:30pm - 11:00pm
Summary

Mike Lewis and Friends will be performing at Blue Note Hawaii with 2 shows at 6:30pm & 9:00pm. Native New-Yorker and trumpeter Mike Lewis presents a celebration of what would be Frank Sinatra's 103rd birthday with his very own Mike Lewis Big Band! Doors open at 5:00pm & 8:30pm respectively. Seating [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Charisse
  • Contact Organization: Blue Note Hawaii