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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 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
Volunteers after a breadfruit harvest
Kauai

Tropical Horticulture Garden Work Day

Occurs between: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 8:00am - 12:00pm
Summary

The National Tropical Botanical Garden on the South Shore of Kauai is seeking environmental & conservation minded volunteers to aid in the care and maintenance of our unique living collections.

We offer service options for visiting volunteers in McBryde Garden, which is a veritable [...]

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  • Contact Name: Volunteer Coordinator x232
  • Contact Organization: National Tropical Botanical Garden - Kalaheo, HI
Sep 25 2018
Harry Tsuchidana, Low Tide, 1964 watercolor on paper. Courtesy of the artist.
Oahu

Harry Tsuchidana: Works on Paper

Occurs between: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - Friday, October 5, 2018, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

"It's about the process, not about hitting the target. If you hit the target you are lost." –Harry Tsuchidana

More than eighty diverse drawings and paintings on paper are featured in the exhibition "Harry Tsuchidana: Works on Paper," on view at The Art Gallery, University of Hawai'i at [...]

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  • Contact Name: Sharon Tasaka
  • Contact Organization: Department of Art + Art History
Sep 25 2018
Oahu

Islanding: Reuben Tam Art Exhibit

Occurs between: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - Sunday, October 7, 2018, 10:00am - 4:30pm
Summary

Born on Kauaʻi in 1916, Reuben Tam spent his artistic career studying the elemental forces that shape the natural world. Tidal movement across sandbars and shorelines, jagged cliffs, and churning ocean currents are among his favorite subjects. Islanding features a selection of works from the [...]

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  • Contact Name: Honolulu Museum of Art
  • Contact Organization: Honolulu Museum of Art
Sep 25 2018
Hawaii

Hilo Hula Tuesday At The Bandstand

Occurs between: Tuesday, September 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
Sep 25 2018
Rodney Cazimero
Oahu

Rodney Cazimero

Occurs on: Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 6:30pm - 11:00pm
Summary

Rodney Cazimero will be performing at Blue Note Hawaii with 2 shows nightly at 6:30pm & 9:00pm. Rodney composed 14 original songs on his first CD, Kohala Moon and received 2 Hoku Hanohano Nominations. He is currently a featured solo singer with the famous Royal Hawaiian Band. Doors open at 5:00pm [...]

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  • Contact Name: Zen Chambers
  • Contact Organization: Blue Note Hawaii
Sep 26 2018
Doug & Sandy McMaster
Kauai

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert - Aloha Music

Occurs on: Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Summary

Award winning traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar & ukulele concert featuring songs & stories telling its history. Gift Drawing. Family Friendly. Tickets $25 ($20 Ages 13-19 & 50+; $10 Ages 6-12). Audience rating 18+ yrs is 99.3% "Excellent, Highlight of our trip!".

This concert will [...]

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  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty
Sep 26 2018
Meet the Artists: Kaili Chun & Lori Uyehara
Oahu

Meet the Artists: Kaili Chun & Lori Uyehara

Occurs on: Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Summary

Meet artists Kaili Chun and Lori Uyehara at this free, informal presentation in the Hawaii State Art Museum galleries! There will be time to chat and mingle after the artist presentations, and a wine/beer bar on the ground floor by the HiSAM Museum Gallery Shop. Museum galleries on the second floor [...]

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  • Contact Name: Mamiko Carroll
  • Contact Organization: State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
Sep 26 2018
Hands on History
Hawaii

Hands on History

Occurs between: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - Friday, September 28, 2018, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Summary

Kona Historical Society's Kona Coffee Living History Farm in Captain Cook will be having "Hands On History" activities every Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 11a.m. - 1p.m. that help visitors explore Kona's history in a deeper and more sensory way. Participation is free with the purchase of admission [...]

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  • Contact Name: Dance Aoki
  • Contact Organization: Kona Historical Society