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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 3 2020
Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Canoe Races
Hawaii

Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Canoe Races

Occurs between: Thursday, September 3, 2020 - Monday, September 7, 2020, 8:00am - 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
Jun 12 2020
Performing Arts Showcase
Oahu

(CANCELED) Pan-Pacific Festival

Occurs between: Friday, June 12, 2020 - Sunday, June 14, 2020, 10:00am - 9:30pm
Summary

The 41st annual Pan-Pacific Festival celebrates culture, traditions, and family fun! The Festival takes place June 12-14, 2020 in beautiful Waikīkī and is expected to draw 100,000 attendees from Hawaii and around the world. The Festival kicks off Friday with a Hoolaulea that features a little [...]

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  • Contact Name: Sally
  • Contact Organization: Pan-Pacific Festival
Jun 11 2020
Hawaii

(CANCELLED) Hilo King Kamehameha Celebration Hoolaulea

Occurs on: Thursday, June 11, 2020, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

King Kamehameha Celebration Hoolaulea in Hilo, Hawaii. Hilo Festival King Kamehameha Hoolaulea. Part of a week long celebration of King Kamehameha. The Hoolaulea in Hilo is one of several events occurring throughout the state to commemorate and celebrate King Kamehameha. What: King Kamehameha [...]

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  • Contact Name: Amy Hammond
  • Contact Organization: Special Events Hawaii
Jun 8 2020
Kauai

(CANCELLED) King Kamehameha Celebration Hoolaulea in Lihue

Occurs on: Monday, June 8, 2020, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Summary

King Kamehameha Celebration Hoolaulea in Lihue Kamehameha Day Hoolaulea Part of a week long celebration of King Kamehameha. The King Kamehameha Celebration Hoolaulea is one of several events occurring throughout the state. Various events include Lei Draping ceremonies at different King [...]

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  • Contact Name: Amy Hammond
  • Contact Organization: Special Events Hawaii
Jun 4 2020
(CANCELLED) Molokai Ka Hula Piko
Molokai

(CANCELLED) Molokai Ka Hula Piko

Occurs between: Thursday, June 4, 2020 - Saturday, June 6, 2020
Summary

Join Halau Hula O Kukunaokala and Hula Halau O Molokai for a free 3-day festival honoring Molokai as the birthplace of hula. The first day will take you to an on-site excursion to Kaana, the birthplace of the hula. The following evening will be a talk story session with guest kumu hula and [...]

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  • Contact Name: Uakea Weisbarth-Tafaoimalo
  • Contact Organization: Halau Hula O Kukunaokalā
May 25 2020
Debra Drexler; Golden Stream; 2018; acrylic on canvas
Maui

Abstraction x3

Occurs between: Monday, May 25, 2020 - Sunday, May 31, 2020
Summary

Three artists from Hawaii individually address issues informing abstraction in the 21st century. Debra Drexler is professor of drawing and painting, UH Manoa, with a working studio in New York. Her work communicates on many levels, through the dynamics of temperature, saturation, and focus. [...]

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  • Contact Name: Elaine Roe
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Jul 6 2020
Oahu

Aina Momona

Occurs between: Monday, July 6, 2020 - Thursday, July 16, 2020, 8:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

Made on the Waianae Coast Aina Momona Festival and Events Our festival theme, Aina Momona," speaks to the richness of the environments that sustain us. Residents on the Waianae Coast don't need to be convinced that we are blessed to live in such a beautiful and bountiful place. Long maligned as [...]

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  • Contact Name: Pohai
  • Contact Organization: Blue Oceans Management
Nov 21 2020
AK 2019
Maui

Aloha Kalikimaka

Occurs on: Saturday, November 21, 2020, 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Summary

Aloha Kalikimaka by the Pacific Cancer Foundation An elegant and memorable gala benefiting the Pacific Cancer Foundation. Join us for an unforgettable night at the Four Seasons Maui Resort while supporting Maui's cancer community. The night will include an incredible dinner and open bar, live [...]

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  • Contact Name: Maile Anderson
  • Contact Organization: Pacific Cancer Foundation
May 30 2020
Seasonal fruit
Kauai

Anaina Hou Farmers Market

Occurs between: Saturday, May 30, 2020 - Saturday, December 26, 2020, 9:00am - 1:00pm
Summary

Anaina Hou Farmers Market every Saturday in Kilauea. Saturdays 9am - 1pm: hosted by Anaina Hou Community Park. Enjoy fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables and locally made prepared food. Buy gifts and art from local artists. Stock up on tropical flowers and talk story with the local families [...]

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  • Contact Name: Robyn Petterson
  • Contact Organization: Anaina Hou Community Park
May 25 2020
Oahu

Anything Goes

Occurs between: Monday, May 25, 2020 - Sunday, June 7, 2020
Summary

The age-old tale of Boy-Meets-Girl and the complications which ensue intrigue every audience, and no musical does it better than ANYTHING GOES. Wrapped around one of Cole Porter's most magical scores, the show features tunes such as "Anything Goes", "I Get a Kick Out of You", "Easy to Love" and [...]

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  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Diamond Head Theatre