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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 20 2018
Maui Friday Town Parties
Maui

Makawao Third Friday Town Party

Occurs between: Friday, July 20, 2018 - Friday, December 21, 2018, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Summary

Maui Friday Town Parties happen every Aloha Friday! Spearheaded by the Maui County Office of Economic Development, each party highlights one of Maui’s historic small towns and along with their unique, local businesses. Whether it’s an eccentric art show in Lahaina or a paniolo party in Makawao, [...]

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  • Contact Name: Information
  • Contact Organization: Maui Friday Town Parties
Jul 20 2018
Obon Dance & Festival - Kahului Hongwanji Mission
Maui

Obon Dance & Festival - Kahului Hongwanji Mission

Occurs between: Friday, July 20, 2018 - Saturday, July 21, 2018, 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Summary

The summer Obon season perpetuates the Buddhist tradition of honoring the spirit of those passed on celebrated with special services and festivals. The festival includes food booths, taiko drummers and other colorful sights and sounds, bon dances that have become a cultural touchstone for all in [...]

Jul 20 2018
Obon Dance
Oahu

Obon Dance & Festival - Higashi Hongwanji Betsuin

Occurs between: Friday, July 20, 2018 - Saturday, July 21, 2018, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Summary

Experience this island celebration of the Obon Festival, brought to Hawaii by Japanese immigrants that have evolved into a social and cultural event. The Obon honors ancestors that have passed on with dances and festivals across the island that are held throughout the summer. Higashi Hongwanji [...]

Jul 20 2018
Obon Dance & Festival - Kapaa Hongwanji Mission
Kauai

Obon Dance & Festival - Kapaa Hongwanji Mission

Occurs between: Friday, July 20, 2018 - Saturday, July 21, 2018, 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Summary

The dance is held at night and differs slightly depending on the Mission but generally involves people circling around a high wooden yagura. The appropriate way to welcome the ancestors souls is to play happy music and create a feeling of happiness. Everyone is welcome regardless of religious [...]

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  • Contact Name: Kapaa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple
  • Contact Organization: Kapaa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple
Jul 21 2018
Hawaii

Hit Makers Concert

Occurs on: Saturday, July 21, 2018, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Summary

Hit Makers Concert with special guest Kenny Loggins!! Join us at Hale Hoaloha (Mauna Lani Bay Hotel) for an unforgettable night of performances. You will hear professional songwriters perform and tell the stories behind the songs they wrote for artists like Camilla Cebello, Chris Brown, Demi [...]

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  • Contact Name: Jody Brotman
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Songwriting Festival
Jul 21 2018
Aloha Puna Benefit Concert
Hawaii

Aloha Puna Benefit Concert

Occurs on: Saturday, July 21, 2018, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Summary

MAUNA LANI-On Saturday, July 21, 2018, Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning stars will align to perform at, "Aloha Puna" a benefit concert put together by Makaliʻi Productions in partnership with Tommy Bahama to help those who are affected by the volcanic eruptions. Grammy Award and Na Hoku Hanohano [...]

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  • Contact Name: Shane Lee
  • Contact Organization: Makalii Productions
Jul 21 2018
Movie Nights on Rice
Kauai

Movie Nights on Rice

Occurs on: Saturday, July 21, 2018, 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Summary

"Movie Night on Rice" proudly presents a Disney story that follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel who is accidentally transported to the Land of the Dead, where he seeks the help of his deceased musician great-great-grandfather to return him to his family among the living. This family-oriented [...]

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  • Contact Name: Bev Brody
  • Contact Organization: Get Fit Kauai
Jul 21 2018
UNBRIDLED WILD JOY the Workshop!
Hawaii

UNBRIDLED WILD JOY the Workshop!

Occurs on: Saturday, July 21, 2018, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Summary

Join Cara for this workshop on how to release your inner JOY. You have it. You just may not know how to release it.

W O M E N ' S  O N L Y  W O R K S H O P  I N C L U D E S:

F U LL  E M B O D Y  D A N C E  C L A S S, G U I D E D  M E D I T A T I O N S, T H E T A  H E A L I [...]

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  • Contact Name: Cara Viana
  • Contact Organization: Cara Viana
Jul 21 2018
Moonlight & Music
Kauai

Moonlight & Music

Occurs on: Saturday, July 21, 2018, 6:00pm - 10:30pm
Summary

Join National Tropical Botanical Garden for the Annual Moonlight & Music Fundraiser in the McBryde Garden on Saturday, July 21st, 2018. Kauai`s premier gala event features dinner and dancing under the stars and benefits the critical plant conservation, research and educational efforts of NTBG. [...]

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  • Contact Name: Ann Nicol
  • Contact Organization: Gilbert & Associates
Jul 21 2018
Kumu Moses Kaho'okele Crabbe
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Hula Kahiko Performance

Occurs on: Saturday, July 21, 2018, 10:30am - 11:30am
Summary

Halauolaokalani with Kumu Hula Moses Kahookele Crabbe perform in a one-of-a-kind outdoor setting at the kahua hula (platform) in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This performance is presented authentically in a natural setting, rain or shine without electronic amplification. Audience members [...]

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