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Island of Hawaii Events Calendar

Plan your trip during one of the many special events happening on the island of Hawaii. Some of the biggest events on the island include the annual Merrie Monarch Festival (follows Easter Sunday in March - April) in Hilo, the largest hula competition in the world; and the IRONMANTM World Championship (October) race from Historic Kailua Village in Kona to Hawi and back. No matter what time of the year, you’re bound to find one-of-a-kind festivals, cultural performances and musical events to entertain you during your stay on the island.

Events on the Island of Hawaii

Please note: We apologize for any inconvenience, but our event listings below are in English only.
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Aug 29 2019
Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Canoe Races
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Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Canoe Races

Occurs between: Thursday, August 29, 2019 - Monday, September 2, 2019, 7:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

The Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Canoe Races have been held annually since 1971. Hosted by Kai Opua Canoe Club over the Labor Day holiday, this is the world's largest long distance canoe race. The women's and men's 18-mile races follow a historically and culturally significant course running [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Doug VeraCruz
  • Contact Organization: Kai Opua Canoe Club
Sep 7 2019
Hawaii Island Festival - 30 Days of Aloha Poke Contest
Hawaii

Hawaii Island Festival - 30 Days of Aloha Poke Contest

Occurs on: Saturday, September 7, 2019, 11:00am - 2:00pm
Summary

Featuring cube sized fish (poke) and various ocean delicacies, tako, opihi, loli. We share our delicious fish with the bounty from our ocean, limu eleele, limu kohu, opihi, opae, wana, loli. Visitors as well as our host culture get to taste various preparations of poke. Our host culture is [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Monica Lindsey
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Island Festival
Sep 14 2019
Hawaii

Hawaii Island Festival - 30 Days of Aloha - Kindy Sproat Falsetto & Hawaiian Storytelling Competition

Occurs on: Saturday, September 14, 2019, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
Summary

Our kane come out to show their skills to throw their voice in higher registers. They also share the manao of their mele, the songwriter and the hidden meaning (kaona). This is to honor the late Uncle Kindy Sproat, a true Hawaiian who lived in Pololu Valley, as his kupuna before him. This event [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: M. Akana
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Island Festival
Sep 21 2019
Hawaii

Hawaii Island Festival - 30 Days of Aloha - Waimea 43rd Annual Paniolo Parade

Occurs on: Saturday, September 21, 2019, 10:00am - 11:00am
Summary

We show off our paniolo, the art of pa'u, the art of hula, oli, olelo, our royal society Ahahui Kaahumanu Waimea Chapter. We have schools, church groups, hula halau, businesses, etc, as participants in our annual Paniolo Parade.

Many of our paniolo and pau riders are true paniolo; they [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: M. Akana
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Island Festival - 30 Days of Aloha
Sep 21 2019
Hawaii

Hawaii Island Festival - 30 Days of Aloha - Waimea Hoolaulea

Occurs on: Saturday, September 21, 2019, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

A relaxing day in beautiful Waimea, God's country indeed. We start off with community olelo Hawaii by our keiki, Taiko drummers "sound the alarm" and draw people in from the Parade.

Our Craft Tent is filled with clothing, purses, jewelry, lauhala products.

Delicious food and snacks [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: M. Akana
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Island Festival - 30 Days of Aloha
Nov 1 2019
Kona Coffee Cultural Festival (49th Annual)
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Kona Coffee Cultural Festival (49th Annual)

Occurs between: Friday, November 1, 2019 - Sunday, November 10, 2019, 9:00am - 6:00pm
Summary

Each year in November, Kona coffee's world-renown reputation along with the unique cultural heritage of the past tells the story of coffee traditions that produced this American legacy. The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival experience is unique, enriching and ensures that the story of Kona coffee's [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Val Cocoran, President
  • Contact Organization: Kona Coffee Cultural Festival
Aug 22 2019
Hawaii

The Farmers' Market at Hamakua Harvest

Occurs between: Thursday, August 22, 2019 - Sunday, December 29, 2019, 9:00am - 2:00pm
Summary

The Sunday Farmers' Market at Hamakua Harvest, located at the intersection of Mamane St. and Hwy 19 in Historic Honokaa Town, offers only locally produced goods, ono food, live music and a free educational event weekly. It's beautiful location and celebratory character provides a vibrant social [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Elizabeth Mallion
  • Contact Organization: Hamakua Harvest
Aug 22 2019
The Hula Sisters perform at Hilo Hula Tuesdays
Hawaii

Hilo Hula Tuesday at the Bandstand

Occurs between: Thursday, August 22, 2019 - Tuesday, December 31, 2019, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Summary

Every Tuesday our non-profit organization, Destination Hilo, presents a one-hour free performance featuring our talented local musicians and hula halau at the bandstand. In addition, a cultural practitioner teaches the art of lei-making. Conveniently located at the Bandstand across from the Hilo [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Deane Kysar
  • Contact Organization: Destination Hilo
Aug 22 2019
'Sisters of the Brush'
Hawaii

Sisters of the Brush: Women Artists of Hawaii, 1880-2000

Occurs between: Thursday, August 22, 2019 - Saturday, September 21, 2019, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Summary

Isaacs Art Center is proud to unveil the largest survey of women artists of Hawaii in state history, covering more than a century of diverse responses to the places and people in the islands. The exhibition includes works spanning the center's permanent collection, recent acquisitions, and loans [...]

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Aug 22 2019
Hula Art At Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program
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Hula Art At Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program

Occurs between: Thursday, August 22, 2019 - Friday, August 23, 2019, 11:00am - 1:00am
Summary

Fourth Friday of each month: Aloha Friday at VAC Gallery: Lei making with Kaipo Ah Chong Aloha Friday cultural demonstrations are held each week from 11 am – 1 pm on the porch of Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This month’s offerings include: Lei making with Kaipo [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Emily Catey
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center

Festivals on the Island of Hawaii

Festivals on the Island of Hawaii

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