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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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Jul 19 2018
Auwahi Forest Exhibition
Maui

Auwahi Forest Exhibition

Occurs between: Thursday, July 19, 2018 - Friday, August 3, 2018, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

Receiving Day: June 19 / 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Opening Reception: June 30 / 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Auwahi leeward forest was previously known to be among the most diverse of Hawaiian ecosystems. Currently, Auwahi is among the world's most endangered tropical dry forests with nine species listed as [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Erin Wooldridge
  • Contact Organization: Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center
Jul 19 2018
Gannenmono: A Legacy of Eight Generations in Hawai‘i exhibition
Oahu

Gannenmono: A Legacy of Eight Generations in Hawai‘i Exhibition

Occurs between: Thursday, July 19, 2018 - Sunday, February 24, 2019, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Summary

Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum presents a new exhibit to honor the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese plantation workers to Hawai‘i – known as the gannenmono. Drawing from Bishop Museum’s rich plantation-era collections, Gannenmono: A Legacy of Eight Generations in Hawai‘i [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Claudette Springer
  • Contact Organization: Bishop Museum
Jul 19 2018
AARP Movies for Grownups: “Borg vs. McEnroe”
Maui

AARP Movies for Grownups: “Borg vs. McEnroe”

Occurs on: Thursday, July 19, 2018, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Summary

Thursday, July 19, 2018; McCoy Studio Theater; 6:00 pm

It's the summer of 1980, and Björn Borg is the top tennis player in the world, dominating the sport both on and off the court. A powerful and rigorously disciplined player, there is only one obstacle in his pursuit of a [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Jul 19 2018
Wes Awana's 'ukulele workshop
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program

Occurs between: Thursday, July 19, 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. [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Jul 19 2018
The Youth Arts Series: Summer 2018
Hawaii

The Youth Arts Series: Summer 2018

Occurs between: Thursday, July 19, 2018 - Friday, July 27, 2018, 8:00am - 12:30pm
Summary

Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM- 12:00 Noon Drop off period: 7:30 AM- 7:55 AM Pick up period: 12:00 PM- 12:30 PM Ages 7-12 Week 1: July 16th- 20th Week 2: July 23rd- 27th Registration Deadline: Tuesday, June 5th, 4:00 PM Tuition: $125 Non EHCC Member $105 EHCC Member (15% discount) -Per student, per week [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Monique Ortiz
  • Contact Organization: East Hawai'i Cultural Center
Jul 19 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: Thursday, July 19, 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
Jul 19 2018
Hula Arts At Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program

Occurs between: Thursday, July 19, 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 [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Jul 19 2018
Kumu Hula Moses Kaho'okele Crabbe
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program

Occurs between: Thursday, July 19, 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. [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Jul 19 2018
Maui Chef's Table
Maui

Maui Chef's Table

Occurs between: Thursday, July 19, 2018 - Saturday, December 29, 2018, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Summary

AN INTERACTIVE, MULTI-COURSE DINING EXPERIENCE

Dive into a menu of dishes inspired by The Mill House Chefs' personal stories and told through Maui's seasonal ingredients. A combination of ingredients at their peak of flavor paired with creative minds and innovative techniques results in a [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Organization: Maui Tropical Plantation
Jul 19 2018
Hawaii

Women's Exhibition (1st Annual)

Occurs between: Thursday, July 19, 2018 - Friday, July 27, 2018, 6:00pm - 4:00pm
Summary

“25,000 years ago, on the banks of the Danube River in Austria, a woman looked down at her own body and constructed a model reflective of her perspective. This was the Venus of Willendorf.  Lumpy, faceless, almost monstrous, she stands in stark contrast to the male-oriented, refined, idealized [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Monique Ortiz
  • Contact Organization: East Hawai'i Cultural Center