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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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Dec 2 2018
Oahu

XTERRA Trail Run World Championship

Occurs on: Sunday, December 2, 2018, 9:00am - 1:00pm
Summary

The crown jewel of the XTERRA Trail Run Series is the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship, and the majestic Kualoa Ranch in Hawaii has served as the host site since the creation of this prestigious event in 2008. A 21-kilometer half-marathon course is considered the world championship course, and [...]

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  • Contact Name: XTERRA
  • Contact Organization: XTERRA
Dec 9 2018
Honolulu Marathon (46th Annual)
Oahu

Honolulu Marathon (46th Annual)

Occurs on: Sunday, December 9, 2018, 5:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

26 miles, 385 yards or 42.195 kilometers - The Honolulu Marathon's scenic course includes spectacular ocean views alongside world-famous Waikiki Beach, and Diamond Head and Koko Head volcanic craters. The terrain is level except for short uphill grades around Diamond Head.  At the starting [...]

Sep 25 2018
Maui Sunday Market
Maui

Maui Sunday Market

Occurs between: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - Sunday, October 28, 2018, 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Summary

Don't miss this week's "Maui Sunday Market." Held each Sunday, from 4 pm to 8 pm, in the Kahului Shopping Center parking lot, this popular event features island vendors (crafters, artisans, food purveyors, and more); entertainment; food trucks; and activities showcasing Hawaiian Cultural [...]

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  • Contact Name: Luana Mahi
  • Contact Organization: Maui Food Technology Center
Sep 25 2018
Maui

Malama Wao Akua

Occurs between: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - Sunday, November 4, 2018, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

Mālama Wao Akua A native species exhibition presented in collaboration with East Maui Watershed Partnership September 14 – November 9 Receiving Day: August 28, 9am-6pm Opening Reception: September 14, 5-8pm Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center in collaboration with East Maui Watershed Partnership [...]

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  • Contact Name: Hui No'eau Visual Art Center
  • Contact Organization: Hui No'eau Visual Art Center
Sep 25 2018
Honolulu Museum of Art
Oahu

"Ho‘oulu: The King Kalākaua Era" Art Exhibit

Occurs between: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - Sunday, January 27, 2019, 10:00am - 4:30pm
Summary

Ho‘oulu: The King Kalākaua Era considers art and experimentation in the Hawaiian Kingdom during the reign of King David Kalākaua (1874–1891). Cosmopolitanism—the idea that local polities share systemic parallels internationally as part of a world citizenry—was a thriving philosophy in the [...]

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  • Contact Name: Honolulu Museum of Art
  • Contact Organization: Honolulu Museum of Art
Sep 25 2018
Art Kaua`i 2018
Kauai

Art Kaua`i 2018

Occurs between: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - Saturday, October 27, 2018, 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Summary

The Kauai Society of Artists presents its 33rd Annual Art Kauai--the premier art exhibition for artists to display their original artwork in the categories of Ceramics, Fiber, Glass, Metal, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Wood. 

Free of charge and open to the public the Exhibition [...]

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  • Contact Name: Rose Anne Jones
  • Contact Organization: Kaua`i Society of Artists
Sep 25 2018
Hula Arts At Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program - Ukulele Master Wes Awana
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program - Ukulele Master Wes Awana

Occurs between: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - Friday, December 21, 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 Kama'aina alike to share his love of the 'ukulele and Hawaiian music. Wes will be giving family-friendly lessons on the iconic and inviting [...]

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  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Sep 25 2018
Caring for Lawai
Kauai

Community Caring Day at Lawai International Center

Occurs between: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - Saturday, December 1, 2018, 9:00am - 1:00pm
Summary

Lawai International Center is sparkling from the caring hands of helpful volunteers. Please join us as we nurture the grounds and plant orchids together on Saturday, October 6, and every first Saturday of the month from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Lunches made by the aunties of Lawai will be served. [...]

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  • Contact Name: Lynn Muramoto
  • Contact Organization: Lawai International Center
Sep 25 2018
Historic Hanapepe by Kathy Kovala
Kauai

Hanapepe Walk and Talk Story

Occurs between: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - Thursday, January 3, 2019, 9:30am - 11:30am
Summary

Walk & Talk Story in Hanapepe Available every Tuesday & Thursday 9:30am- 11:00am and by calendar appointment. The Walk and Talk Story Tour of historic Hanapepe town is a 90 minute walk through one of Kauai's most whimsical old towns. Tour participants will meet in front Storybook Theatre at [...]

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  • Contact Name: Mark Jeffers
  • Contact Organization: Storybook Theatre of Hawaii
Sep 25 2018
Cover of Hawaii, illustrated souvenir booklet, 1943 Private Collection. Published by Curteich, a prolific printer of postcards in Illinois, this small picture book was primarily sold to military personnel in Hawaiʻi during World War II. Its colorful cover includes many of the favorite Hawaiian image
Oahu

Unreal: Hawaiʻi in Popular Imagination

Occurs between: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - Sunday, January 27, 2019, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Summary

Bishop Museum’s new exhibition “Unreal: Hawaiʻi in Popular Imagination” presents rare images and objects drawn from one of the largest private collections of Hawaiʻi-themed printed ephemera. The exhibition gives visitors a unique opportunity to see the breadth of Hawaiʻi-themed commercial [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Lance Aquino
  • Contact Organization: Stryker Weiner & Yokota Public Relations