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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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May 24 2018
KCP Presents: "Angel Street"
Kauai

KCP Presents: "Angel Street"

Occurs between: Friday, May 25, 2018 - Sunday, May 27, 2018, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Summary

“Angel Street” May 10-27 Directed by Cass Foster, Angel Street is a mystery/thriller which tells the story of the Manninghams, who live on Angel Street in 19th century London. As the curtain rises, all appears to be the essence of Victorian tranquility. This is a fun Victorian thriller not to [...]

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  • Contact Name: Erin
  • Contact Organization: Kauai Community Players
May 24 2018
Upper Left: Aerial view of Kahului (1944); Upper Right: Kula Hospital (1987);  Lower Left: Seaplane landing in Kahului Harbor (1923); Lower Right: U.S. Seamen’s Hospital (unknown date)
Maui

E Pulama Mau Ia Maui - 2018 Exhibition Series

Occurs between: Friday, May 25, 2018 - Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

AN EXHIBITION SERIES IN 2018 :

The Maui Historical Society has chosen to extend a yearlong series,  E Pūlama Mau Iā Maui, in 2018. There will be two (2) exhibits that run bi-annually throughout the year:

 Ola Pono: Evolution of Health Care on Maui (April – July)

 1. [...]

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  • Contact Name: Sissy Lake-Farm
  • Contact Organization: Maui Historical Society
May 24 2018
Honokaa Business Association
Hawaii

Honokaa Western Week 2018

Occurs between: Friday, May 25, 2018 - Monday, May 28, 2018
Summary

Honokaa's favorite party, Western Week rides into town May 20-28, 2018, celebrating the colorful, tasty, and somewhat bodacious paniolo heritage of Hamakua. From Portuguese Bean Soup to Stick Horse championships, line dancing and more, events lead up to the Paniolo Parade and Block Party on [...]

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  • Contact Name: Honokaa Business Association
  • Contact Organization: Honokaa Business Association
May 24 2018
Mele Mei
Oahu

Mele Mei 2018

Occurs between: Friday, May 25, 2018 - Saturday, June 16, 2018
Summary

Mele Mei is the celebration of Hawaii's music, hula and culture. The 7th Annual Mele Mei Celebration was our biggest year yet! Music and hula events are held from April through June at various hotels, venues, on the beach and statewide. From ukulele to steel guitar, traditional Hawaiian music to [...]

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  • Contact Name: Information
  • Contact Organization: Mele Mei
May 24 2018
Hawaii

Hilo Hula Tuesday At The Bandstand

Occurs between: Friday, May 25, 2018 - Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Summary

Every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 12 noon our well-known local entertainers provide a program of Hawaiian music and hula at this FREE event in Historic Downtown Hilo at the bandstand across from the Hilo Farmers Market. The entertainers will vary from week to week. They will "talk story" and share the [...]

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  • Contact Name: Dinnie Kysar
  • Contact Organization: Destination Hilo
May 24 2018
Loliana: A Native Hawaiian Exhibit
Hawaii

Loliana: A Native Hawaiian Exhibit

Occurs on: Friday, May 25, 2018, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

The concept is to exhibit artists who are native born and have been raised with cultural and spiritual values that empower their work today. Contemporary thought and visual imagery are encouraged to inquire about the changes that have impacted native Hawaiians and native culture, to also seek [...]

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  • Contact Name: Monique Ortiz
  • Contact Organization: East Hawai'i Cultural Center
May 24 2018
Wes Awana's 'ukulele workshop
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program

Occurs between: Friday, May 25, 2018 - Friday, December 7, 2018, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Summary

Come play music with Hawaii's ukulele practitioner Wes Awana on the first Friday of every month. Volcano area musician Wes Awana invites visitors and Kamaaina alike to share his love of the ukulele and Hawaiian music. Wes will be giving family-friendly lessons on the iconic and inviting ukulele. [...]

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  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
May 24 2018
Elemental Design: Contemporary Craft in Glass, Metal & Wood Exhibit
Maui

Elemental Design: Contemporary Craft in Glass, Metal & Wood Exhibit

Occurs between: Friday, May 25, 2018 - Friday, June 15, 2018, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

Elemental Design: Contemporary Craft in Glass, Metal & Wood

In Gallery: April 28 - June 15

Open Daily 9am - 4pm • Free Admission

Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center is excited to offer Hawaii artists a chance to challenge and explore their artistry using glass, metal and wood for [...]

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  • Contact Name: Katie Peterson
  • Contact Organization: Hui No'eau
May 24 2018
Kumu Hula Moses Kaho'okele Crabbe
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program

Occurs between: Friday, May 25, 2018 - Friday, December 21, 2018, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Summary

Hula is Hawaii's most sacred and ancient cultural practice. Originally developed by Polynesians, the Hula portrays the words of the oli (chant) and mele (song/chant/poetry) in a visual dance form.  Hula helps pass down the tradition of the Hawaiian culture and keeps the spirit of Hawaii alive. [...]

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  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
May 24 2018
Master Lei Maker Kaipo AhChong
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program

Occurs between: Friday, May 25, 2018 - Friday, December 28, 2018, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Summary

The lei is a Hawaiian flower garland that is worn for many different special occasions.  The lei also represents and symbolizes a variety of celebrations from friendship, love, welcoming, departures and everything in between.  Come join agriculture farmer Kaipo AhChong TEMPORARILY at Volcano [...]

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  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center