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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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Sep 14 2019
Hawaii

Hawaii Island Festival - 30 Days of Aloha - Kindy Sproat Falsetto & Hawaiian Storytelling Competition

Occurs on: Saturday, September 14, 2019, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
Summary

Our kane come out to show their skills to throw their voice in higher registers. They also share the manao of their mele, the songwriter and the hidden meaning (kaona). This is to honor the late Uncle Kindy Sproat, a true Hawaiian who lived in Pololu Valley, as his kupuna before him. This event [...]

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  • Contact Name: M. Akana
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Island Festival
Sep 21 2019
Hawaii

Hawaii Island Festival - 30 Days of Aloha - Waimea 43rd Annual Paniolo Parade

Occurs on: Saturday, September 21, 2019, 10:00am - 11:00am
Summary

We show off our paniolo, the art of pa'u, the art of hula, oli, olelo, our royal society Ahahui Kaahumanu Waimea Chapter. We have schools, church groups, hula halau, businesses, etc, as participants in our annual Paniolo Parade.

Many of our paniolo and pau riders are true paniolo; they [...]

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  • Contact Name: M. Akana
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Island Festival - 30 Days of Aloha
Sep 21 2019
Hawaii

Hawaii Island Festival - 30 Days of Aloha - Waimea Hoolaulea

Occurs on: Saturday, September 21, 2019, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

A relaxing day in beautiful Waimea, God's country indeed. We start off with community olelo Hawaii by our keiki, Taiko drummers "sound the alarm" and draw people in from the Parade.

Our Craft Tent is filled with clothing, purses, jewelry, lauhala products.

Delicious food and snacks [...]

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  • Contact Name: M. Akana
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Island Festival - 30 Days of Aloha
Aug 29 2019
Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Canoe Races
Hawaii

Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Canoe Races

Occurs between: Thursday, August 29, 2019 - Monday, September 2, 2019, 7:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

The Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Canoe Races have been held annually since 1971. Hosted by Kai Opua Canoe Club over the Labor Day holiday, this is the world's largest long distance canoe race. The women's and men's 18-mile races follow a historically and culturally significant course running [...]

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  • Contact Name: Doug VeraCruz
  • Contact Organization: Kai Opua Canoe Club
Jul 19 2019
Oahu

"The Shape of the Wave to Come" Art Exhibit

Occurs between: Friday, July 19, 2019 - Sunday, July 28, 2019, 10:00am - 9:00pm
Summary

This summer, the next generation of artists and creators in Hawai‘i will be featured at The Shape of the Wave to Come gallery in South Shore Market. Curated by Mark Kushimi, the gallery embodies the lifestyle and culture of oceanfront living and highlights artists and creators in different [...]

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  • Contact Name: Kelly Wyrick
  • Contact Organization: Ward Village
Jul 20 2019
Oahu

A Very Special Night with Melveen Leed Melveen's Birthday Celebration

Occurs on: Saturday, July 20, 2019, 6:30pm - 10:15pm
Summary

Melveen Leed will be performing at Blue Note Hawaii with 2 shows nightly at 6:30pm & 9:00pm. Melveen Leed (born on Molokai island, Hawaii) is an American singer. After winning the title of "Miss Molokai" she begin singing in the mid-1960s and has released a number of records in the genres of [...]

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  • Contact Name: Marley Kirton
  • Contact Organization: Blue Note Hawaii
Jul 21 2019
Adam Tendler
Maui

Adam Tendler, pianist

Occurs on: Sunday, July 21, 2019, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Summary

Adam Tendler, (NYC) returns to Maui for a fourth time in a piano recital that celebrates Ebb & Flow Arts's 20th anniversary. His varied program will feature compositions by Arthur Berger, George Walker, and John Cage. Admission is free. Tendler is a very active musicians who concertizes nationally. [...]

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  • Contact Name: Robert
  • Contact Organization: Ebb & Flow Arts, Inc.
Nov 23 2019
Oahu

AHA MAKAHIKI

Occurs on: Saturday, November 23, 2019
Summary

It would be an understatement to say that it's been a long time since Hawaii has celebrated the season of the Makahiki on a large scale. But what if we could change that? What if we could attend an authentic and exciting event that opened the Makahiki season? What if we could make Makahiki a [...]

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  • Contact Name: Kapu Gaison
  • Contact Organization: MC Events LLC
Jul 21 2019
Aloha Home Market Details!
Oahu

Aloha Home Market - Endless Summer Market PopUp!

Occurs on: Sunday, July 21, 2019, 9:00am - 1:00pm
Summary

Let's celebrate Hawaii's endless summer! Check out Aloha Home Market on Sunday July 21th! We'll be in our covered lot by Assagio's in beautiful Kailua from 9am-2pm!

The address is: 340 Uluniu St. Kailua, HI. Aloha Home Market is Hawaii's premier quarterly pop-up market and showcase for [...]

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  • Contact Name: Jessica
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Home Market
Oct 6 2019
Aloha Home Market Details!
Oahu

Aloha Home Market - Fall Festival PopUp!

Occurs on: Sunday, October 6, 2019, 9:00am - 2:00pm
Summary

Celebrate the season with Aloha Home Market on Sunday October 6th!

We'll be in our covered lot by Assagio's in beautiful Kailua from 9am-2pm! The address is: 340 Uluniu St. Kailua, HI.

Aloha Home Market is Hawaii's premier quarterly pop-up market and showcase for unique local [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Jessica
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Home Market