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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 3 2020
Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Canoe Races
Hawaii

Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Canoe Races

Occurs between: Thursday, September 3, 2020 - Monday, September 7, 2020, 8:00am - 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 [...]

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  • Contact Name: Doug VeraCruz
  • Contact Organization: Kai Opua Canoe Club
Mar 28 2020
Oahu

Ozomatli

Summary

Ozomatli is an American six-piece band playing primarily Latin, hip hop, and rock music, formed in 1995 in Los Angeles. They are known both for their vocal activist viewpoints and their wide array of musical styles - including salsa, jazz, funk, reggae, rap, and others. The group formed in 1995 and [...]

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  • Contact Name: Gabby
  • Contact Organization: Bamp Project
Mar 28 2020
Oahu

Deadbeats Hawaii

Summary

Is a group of Edm Artist Lineup Zeds Dead, Rusko, 1788-L, Grandtheft, Lick, Sippy Ticket Prices: $40 - $60 $100 VIP 21+ $5 increase day of show Ticket Locations: The Republik Box Office (Tues-Fri 10 am-6 pm, cash only, $2 fee per ticket) UH Campus Center Navy ITT Offices Army LTS Office 18+ For [...]

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  • Contact Name: Ramona Sidlo
  • Contact Organization: Bamp Project
Mar 28 2020
Hawaii Artist Collaboration Fundraising Auction
Hawaii

Hawaii Artist Collaboration Fundraising Auction

Summary

Since 2011 the Hawaii Artist Collaboration (HAC) has been a gathering place for Local and International Artists in 14 different media. This year, 40 Artists from Hawaii and around the globe will gather together over a four day period melding their different arts into unique and stunning [...]

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  • Contact Name: Jillian Bristow
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Artist Collaboration
Mar 28 2020
Three-lined Nudibranch Flabellina trilineata © Susan Middleton
Oahu

Bishop Museum Presents Spineless Wonders Rising From the Deep Exhibition

Occurs on: Sunday, March 29, 2020, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Summary

Bishop Museum presents a new exhibition that gives visitors a rare glimpse into the undersea world of marine invertebrates through both an artistic and scientific lens. “Spineless Wonders: Rising From the Deep” will allow guests to explore stunning images of marine invertebrates by acclaimed [...]

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  • Contact Name: Claudette Springer
  • Contact Organization: Bishop Museum
Mar 28 2020
Hawaii

The Farmers' Market at Hamakua Harvest

Occurs between: Sunday, March 29, 2020 - Sunday, December 27, 2020, 9:00am - 2:00pm
Summary

The Sunday Farmers' Market at Hamakua Harvest, located at the intersection of Mamane St. and Mamalahoa Hwy 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 [...]

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  • Contact Name: Elizabeth Mallion
  • Contact Organization: Hāmākua Harvest
Mar 28 2020
Oahu

Honolulu Museum of Arts Welcomes "30 Americans" Exhibit

Occurs between: Sunday, March 29, 2020 - Sunday, June 21, 2020, 10:00am - 4:30pm
Summary

30 Americans Henry R. Luce Gallery and Clare Boothe Luce Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art Feb 22 – June 21, 2020 Honolulu Museum of Art presents the celebrated exhibition 30 Americans, featuring works by 30 contemporary artists connected through their African-American cultural history. The [...]

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  • Contact Name: Information
  • Contact Organization: Honolulu Museum of Art
Mar 28 2020
Retrospective: Deybra Fair - Trinkets, Tokens and Treasures of a Charmed Life
Maui

Retrospective: Deybra Fair - Trinkets, Tokens and Treasures of a Charmed Life

Occurs between: Sunday, March 29, 2020 - Friday, May 8, 2020, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

The Retrospective Series was designed to acknowledge the contributions of individuals who have made a profound influence on local art and to share their work and ideas with the community. The Hui is honored to present celebrated Maui artist Deybra Fair as the Retrospective Artist for 2020. Deybra [...]

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  • Contact Organization: Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center
Mar 28 2020
The weekly Maui Sunday Market shines the spotlight on Maui’s hardworking entrepreneurs in an effort to grow their businesses.
Maui

Maui Sunday Market

Occurs between: Sunday, March 29, 2020 - Sunday, December 19, 2021, 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Summary

The Maui Sunday Market is held each Sunday from 4 pm to 8 pm in the Kahului Shopping Center parking lot. This popular event features live entertainment, food trucks, island vendors, Family Bingo, and activities showcasing the local community and Hawaii's cultural traditions. Public admission and [...]

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  • Contact Name: Luana Mahi
  • Contact Organization: Maui Food Technology Center
Mar 28 2020
The Conversion of Kaahumanu
Oahu

The Conversion of Kaahumanu

Occurs between: Sunday, March 29, 2020 - Sunday, April 19, 2020, 8:00pm - 4:00pm
Summary

When Lucy Thurston and Sybil Bingham arrive on the shores of Oahu in 1820, a year after Queen Kaahumanu overthrew the traditional Kapu system in ancient Hawaii, they immediately attempt their missionary task. Queen Kaahumanu, however, is more interested in their dresses than a new god and has no [...]

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  • Contact Name: Chloe Amos
  • Contact Organization: Kumu Kahua Theatre