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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 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.
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 [...]

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  • Contact Name: David Livingston
Sep 22 2017
Kahuna Vapor Portrait
Oahu

"Feeding The Immortals" By Taiji Terasaki

Occurs between:
Friday, September 22, 2017
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Summary

The stunning artwork and unusual imagery of Taiji Terasaki come to life in his debut solo exhibit in Downtown Honolulu. While visiting his wife's parents in Japan, Terasaki noticed the family's ritual of kneeling before an altar in the tatami room and making a food offering. The event and [...]

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  • Contact Organization: Ravizza Brownfield Gallery
Sep 22 2017
Lauhala Weaving
Hawaii

"Hands On History" Activities

Occurs between:
Friday, September 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 [...]

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  • 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
Summary

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
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 [...]

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  • Contact Name: Haley A Eligio
  • Contact Organization: Hui No‘eau Visual Arts 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 [...]

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  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Nov 16 2017
Maui

Abe Lagrimas, Jr. Trio

Occurs on:
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Summary

Thursday, November 16, 2017; McCoy Studio Theater; 7:30 pm Na Hoku Hanohano winner Abe Lagrimas, Jr. is a versatile multi-instrumentalist. Most well-known as a drummer, Abe is proficient on vibraphone and ukulele, and performs throughout the world on all three instruments. Earlier in his career, [...]

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  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Nov 3 2017
Oahu

Almost, Maine

Occurs between:
Friday, November 3, 2017
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Sunday, November 12, 2017
Summary

The UHM Theatre + Dance Department Late Night Theatre Company presents "Almost, Maine," a whimsical, romantic, and quirky play set in a winter spectacle that takes place in a town so far north that it is almost in Canada. It is almost a love story… Almost. Described as "A gem. Refreshing. [...]

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  • Contact Name: Kennedy Theatre Box Office
  • Contact Organization: UHM Department of Theatre and Dance Late Night Theatre
Sep 23 2017
Oahu

Aloha Festivals Waikiki Hoolaulea

Occurs on:
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Summary

The 2017 Aloha Festivals celebrates the love for Hawaii's children and future with He Lei Aloha Ke Keiki - Children Are Our Garland of Love.” Throughout olelo noeau (Hawaiian proverbs) there are poetic references to children as pua (flower) and lei (garland) for their promise and need for [...]

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  • Contact Name: Aloh Festivals