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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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Nov 10 2018
Happy finisher at last year's race
Hawaii

100% Pure Kona Coffee Half Marathon

Occurs on: Saturday, November 10, 2018, 6:30am - 11:30am
Summary

Come and join us for the 3rd annual 100% Pure Kona Coffee Half Marathon. Run the scenic coastline of Kailua-Kona from Coconut Grove Marketplace on Alii Drive south to the (in)famous "Pit" and the "End of the World." Challenge yourself to some hills and then enjoy 100% Pure Kona Coffee at the [...]

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  • Contact Name: Keely McGhee
  • Contact Organization: Big Island Race Events
Jun 19 2018
E K Fernandez
Oahu

50th State Fair

Occurs between: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - Sunday, July 1, 2018
Summary

It's just not a Hawaiian summer without a family trip to the 50th State Fair. Opening this Friday at Aloha Stadium, the event offers six weekends of rides, games, special attractions and "my diet starts tomorrow" carnival eats. Along with the return of Techno Power and Speed, E.K. Fernandez will [...]

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  • Contact Name: E K Fernandez Shows
  • Contact Organization: E K Fernandez Shows
Jul 4 2018
53 By The Sea
Oahu

53 By The Sea Fourth of July Barbecue

Occurs on: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Summary

Red, White and Grilled!  53 By The Sea is hosting it's 3rd Annual Fourth of July Barbecue with delicious classic BBQ items, fresh seafood, dessert and live entertainment!  With a spectacular front row view of Hawaii's biggest firework show at Ala Moana Beach Park, celebrating Independence Day [...]

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  • Contact Name: Sascha Koki
  • Contact Organization: Media Etc
Feb 1 2019
A Midsummer Night's Bollywood Dream
Oahu

A Midsummer Night's Bollywood Dream

Occurs between: Friday, February 1, 2019 - Sunday, February 10, 2019, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Summary

"The course of true love never did run smooth…."–so true for both Shakespeare and Bollywood shows. Shakespeare's most popular comedy meets the high energy song and dance of Bollywood as magic rules the forest in India, and the mischievous Puck plays havoc with everyone's love life. Join the [...]

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  • Contact Name: Kennedy Theatre Box Office
  • Contact Organization: UH Manoa Department of Theatre and Dance
Sep 1 2018
Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami
Maui

Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami

Occurs between: Saturday, September 1, 2018 - Saturday, December 1, 2018, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Summary

Gallery hours: Tue – Sun 10 am - 5 pm (Also open before Castle Theater shows and during intermission)

Free Admission

Above the Fold presents the work of nine renowned artists from four different continents, working in six different countries.

These artists have been [...]

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  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Jun 19 2018
Accession Exhibit at HiSAM
Oahu

Accession

Occurs between: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - Saturday, June 30, 2018, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

Accession, sponsored by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA), invites you to engage with a selection of recent additions to the Art in Public Places Collection of the SFCA in the Diamond Head gallery of the Hawaii State Art Museum (HiSAM). This exhibit features 33 works by [...]

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  • Contact Name: Scott Young
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
Jun 23 2018
Ai Iwane: Island in My Mind, Fukushima  AND  Melissa Ann Pinney: Girl Transcendent
Maui

Ai Iwane: Island in My Mind, Fukushima AND Melissa Ann Pinney: Girl Transcendent

Occurs between: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - Saturday, August 18, 2018, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Summary

Melissa Ann Pinney: Girl Transcendent

Ai Iwane: Island in My Mind, Fukushima

Exhibit dates: June 23- Aug 18, 2018

Exhibit Location: Schaefer International Gallery

Gallery Hours: Tue – Sun 10am - 5 pm (Also open before Castle Theater shows and during [...]

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  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Jul 7 2018
Hawaii

Alcina

Occurs between: Saturday, July 7, 2018 - Sunday, July 8, 2018, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Summary

Sorcery, seduction and love--don't miss HPAF's first-ever staging of G.F. Handel's classic operatic masterpiece, accompanied by harpsichord and period chamber orchestra. Directed by Jennifer McGregor. The sorceress Alcina inhabits a world made up of the souls of her past lovers. Her kingdom is in [...]

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  • Contact Name: Genette Freeman
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Performing Arts Festival Inc.
Aug 5 2018
Dec 9 2018