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Every year, Hawaiian music is celebrated in music festivals that celebrate the uniqueness of Hawaii instruments, musicians, and songs. The Ukulele Festival (July) at Kapiolani Park Bandstand in Waikiki honors what many visitors believe to be a hand-me-down from ancient Hawaii, but in reality, the ukulele was brought here by Portuguese immigrants at the end of the 19th century. Today, the ukulele is still a fundamental part of the musical landscape, not simply on stage but also at family picnics or on the beach.

The island of Hawaii's Kona Slack Key Festival (September) pays tribute to a uniquely local way of playing the guitar – another Hawaiian music staple. Slack key is a “slacked” or loosened tuning or technique that reflects the breezy, flowing quality of both local climate and culture.

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Jul 19 2018
Oahu

Queen Liliuokalani Keiki Hula Competition (43rd Annual)

Occurs between: Thursday, July 19, 2018 - Saturday, July 21, 2018
Summary

The Kalihi-Palama Culture & Arts Society, Inc. is presenting the 43nd Annual Queen Liliuokalani Keiki Hula Competition on July 19-21, 2018 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center Arena. This competition was established in 1976 to provide a venue for children ages 5-12 to showcase their achievements in [...]

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  • Contact Name: Information
  • Contact Organization: Kalihi-Palama Culture & Arts Society, Inc.
Jul 21 2018
Ka Hanohano O Kamehameha…The Glory of Kamehameha, the 41st Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival
Oahu

Ka Hanohano O Kamehameha…The Glory of Kamehameha, the 41st Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival

Occurs between: Saturday, July 21, 2018 - Sunday, July 22, 2018, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

Ka Hanohano O Kamehameha…The Glory of Kamehameha, the 41st Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival, will be return to Iolani Palace on Saturday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, July 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 pm.   The largest non-competitive hula event in Hawaii, the festival honors Prince [...]

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  • Contact Name: Pauline Worsham
  • Contact Organization: Moanalua Gardens Foundation
Aug 3 2018
Taiko Kauai
Kauai

Soto Zen Bon Festival

Occurs between: Friday, August 3, 2018 - Saturday, August 4, 2018, 6:00pm - 10:30pm
Summary

The major elements of the Soto Zen Bon Festival are: (a) traditional Japanese folk dancing, singing, and drumming, (b) food booths, (c) games booths, (d) cultural exhibits, (e) opening and intermission performances, (f) country store/bazaar, and (g) religious memorial services. The festival has [...]

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  • Contact Name: Gerald Hirata
  • Contact Organization: Kauai Soto Zen Temple
Aug 4 2018
Heiva I Kauai 2018
Kauai

Heiva I Kauai 2018

Occurs between: Saturday, August 4, 2018 - Sunday, August 5, 2018, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Summary

In 2018, Heiva I Kauai celebrates the 17th anniversary of a unique, exciting and colorful Tahitian dance and drumming competition. This annual event provides a venue for the next generation of Polynesian performers to present their talent, skill and cultural knowledge to an audience of more than [...]

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  • Contact Name: Jo Manea
  • Contact Organization: Heiva I Kauai 2018
Aug 11 2018
Happy Crowd At The Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival
Oahu

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival "Waikiki Style" (36th Annual)

Occurs on: Saturday, August 11, 2018, 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Summary

Festival to feature some of the top artists in the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Genre performing for 6 solid hours on the beautiful grounds of the Waikiki Aquarium. Festival will also feature local arts and crafts, snacks, soft drinks and other favorite local foods. A minimum of 15 artists will [...]

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  • Contact Name: Milton Lau
  • Contact Organization: Ki-ho'alu Foundation
Aug 18 2018
Duke Oceanfest
Oahu

Duke's Oceanfest 2018: Waikiki's Premier Ocean Sports Festival

Occurs between: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - Sunday, August 26, 2018
Summary

The annual Duke's OceanFest features a variety of ocean sports that were close to Duke Kahanamoku's heart, including Longboard Surfing, Paddleboard Racing, Swimming, Tandem Surfing, Surf Polo, Beach Volleyball, and Stand-Up Paddling.

The festival celebrates Duke Kahanamoku's life, his [...]

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  • Contact Name: James Fulton
  • Contact Organization: Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation
Aug 30 2018
Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Canoe Races
Hawaii

Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Canoe Races

Occurs between: Thursday, August 30, 2018 - Monday, September 3, 2018, 7:30am - 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: Uncle Bo Campos
  • Contact Organization: Kai Opua Canoe Club
Sep 8 2018
Hawaii

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

Occurs on: Saturday, September 8, 2018, 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 8 2018
La Ulu 2018 (Breadfruit Day!)
Maui

La Ulu 2018 (Breadfruit Day!)

Occurs on: Saturday, September 8, 2018, 10:00am - 3:00pm
Summary

Saturday, September 8, from 10 AM to 3 PM: La Ulu (Breadfruit Day!)

In partnership with the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Maui Nui Botanical Gardens will host the second annual La Ulu: Breadfruit Day! This free community event will include food booths, breadfruit cooking demonstrations, [...]

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  • Contact Name: Whit Germano
  • Contact Organization: Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
Sep 8 2018
Hawaii

Hawaii Island Festival - 30 Days of Aloha Poke Contest

Occurs on: Saturday, September 8, 2018, 11:00am - 2:00pm
Summary

Featuring cube sized fish (poke) and various ocean delicacies, tako, opihi, loli. We share our delicious fish with the bounty from our ocean, limu eleele, limu kohu, opihi, opae, wana, loli. Visitors as well as our host culture get to taste various preparations of poke. Our host culture is [...]

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  • Contact Name: Monica Lindsey
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Island Festival

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