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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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Nov 22 2017
Lauhala Weaving
Hawaii

"Hands On History" Activities

Occurs between:
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Summary

Every Wednesday and Friday at 11 a.m., the Kona Coffee Living History Farm hosts "Hands On History" activities on their site in Captain Cook. "Hands On History" provides visitors and with the opportunity to learn, experience and practice activities important to the daily lives of Kona's Japanese [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Gavin Miculka
  • Contact Organization: Kona Coffee Living History Farm
Dec 20 2017
Maui

"Talk Story" & Demo with Kumulaau & Haunanu Sing - FREE!

Occurs on:
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
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Kumulaau & Haunani will demonstrate how to weave some examples of ie basketry and will display various representations of the art form. In this intimate setting, they will also share and answer questions about how pieces were created and the complexities that come with perpetuating the cultural [...]

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  • Contact Name: Haley A Eligio
  • Contact Organization: Hui No'eau
Dec 16 2017
Maui

Aaron Lewis, the Sinner Tour

Occurs on:
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Summary

Saturday, December 16, 2017; Castle Theater; 7:30 pm Known for genuinely gritty lyrics and hard rock anthems, Aaron Lewis gets back to his country roots with his latest album, “Sinner.” Lewis comes out of the gate “with both fists flying” on the lead single, “That Ain’t Country,” [...]

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  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Nov 22 2017
Accession Exhibit at HiSAM
Oahu

Accession

Occurs between:
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
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
Dec 8 2017
Hawaii

Aloha Friday on the Porch - Lei Making with Randy Lee

Occurs on:
Friday, December 8, 2017
Summary

Each Friday, on the front porch of the Volcano Art Center Gallery, visitors and kama`aina alike are invited to experience a free, hands-on workshop presented by hospitable Hawai`i Island practitioners. Master lei maker, Randy Lee uses a variety of natural materials to fashion gorgeous lei from the [...]

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  • Contact Name: Jenette
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Jan 12 2018
Maui

An Evening with Judy Collins

Occurs on:
Friday, January 12, 2018
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Blues Bear Hawaii presents singer/songwriter and folk music icon, Judy Collins. Judy is on tour in support of her latest release “Strangers Again,” a collection of duets with some of her favorite male artists, including Don Mclean, Michael McDonald, Jeff Bridges, Willie Nelson, & Jackson [...]

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  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Nov 22 2017
Oahu

Animation Academy: From Pencils to Pixels

Occurs between:
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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Sunday, January 14, 2018
Summary

The Animation Academy: From Pencils to Pixels exhibition explores the unique world of animation, from traditional hand-drawn cels to exciting breakthroughs in stop-motion and CGI. Come create your own stop-motion animated short, Learn about the art of storyboarding, Go behind the scenes with [...]

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  • Contact Name: Bishop Museum
  • Contact Organization: Bishop Museum
Jan 25 2018
Maui

Aotearoa’s Finest

Occurs on:
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Summary

Thursday, January 25, 2018; Castle Theater; 7:30 pm This is music that fuses cultural roots, memorable tunes, and honest, gripping lyrics by Māori singer/songwriters Maisey Rika, Rob Ruha, & Seth Haapu, joined by Horomona Horo, New Zealand's leading practitioner in traditional Maori instruments. [...]

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  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Nov 28 2017
Hawaii State Art Museum
Oahu

Art Lunch At The Hawaii State Art Museum (HISAM)

Occurs on:
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Summary

Nanette Napoleon, "Hawaii Sons of the Civil War." Local historian Nanette Napoleon will share highlights from her research on Hawaii's connections to the American Civil War and the little known stories of individuals from the independent Kingdom of Hawaii who fought in the conflict.

Bring [...]

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  • Contact Name: Mamiko Carroll
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
Dec 15 2017
Ballet Hawaii
Oahu

Ballet Hawaii - The Nutcracker

Occurs between:
Friday, December 15, 2017
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Sunday, December 17, 2017
Summary

The Nutcracker A Holiday Tradition with a Hawaiian Twist Celebrate the Holidays with Ballet Hawaii's Nutcracker presented with a unique Hawaiian historical theme. Enjoy Tchaikovsky's classic ballet re-interpreted and set in the 1858 Kingdom of Hawaii. What better way to celebrate the Holidays [...]

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  • Contact Name: Ticketmaster
  • Contact Organization: Ballet Hawaii