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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 [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Doug VeraCruz
  • Contact Organization: Kai Opua Canoe Club
Feb 19 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: Wednesday, February 19, 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
Feb 19 2020
"Fabulous, Fashionable Women" Art Exhibit
Oahu

"Fabulous, Fashionable Women" Art Exhibit

Occurs between: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - Sunday, March 22, 2020, 10:00am - 4:30pm
Summary

Utagawa Kunisada / Toyokuni III (1786–1865) Survey of Styles of Contemporary Beauties (Tōsei bijin fūryū asobi) Japan, Edo period (1615–1868), 1852 Woodblock print; ink and color on paper Gift of Mrs. Sibyl Kidder Paris, 1993 (25289) During the Edo period (1615–1868) in Japan, the Tokugawa [...]

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  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Honolulu Museum of Art
Feb 19 2020
Traditional Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Concert
Kauai

Traditional Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Concert

Occurs between: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - Saturday, February 29, 2020, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
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 20+ yrs is 99.3% "Excellent, Highlight of our trip!".

This concert will [...]

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  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty
Feb 19 2020
Traditional Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Concert
Kauai

Traditional Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Concert

Occurs between: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - Saturday, February 29, 2020, 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 20+ yrs is 99.3% "Excellent, Highlight of our trip!".

This concert will [...]

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  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty
Feb 19 2020
John Cruz Concert Cruises
Maui

John Cruz Concert Cruises

Occurs between: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - Saturday, February 22, 2020, 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Summary

Part of Maui Whale Festival’s 40th anniversary celebration, these special Concert Cruises offer a spectacular setting to enjoy some of the best live music on the island while supporting a great cause. Tasty appetizers, refreshing beverages, and special guest appearances by humpback whales add to [...]

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  • Contact Name: Reservations
  • Contact Organization: Pacific Whale Foundation
Feb 19 2020
Hawaii

The Farmers' Market at Hamakua Harvest

Occurs between: Wednesday, February 19, 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
Feb 19 2020
Exhibition: "Musical Instruments: Sounds of the Asia Pacific"
Oahu

Exhibition: "Musical Instruments: Sounds of the Asia Pacific"

Occurs between: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - Sunday, May 17, 2020, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Summary

This exhibition features Asia Pacific musical instruments from the Ethno musicology Instrument Collection at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. The collection has been acquired over the past 70 years, initially established by Professor Barbara B. Smith, and continues today under the supervision [...]

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  • Contact Name: Eric Chang
  • Contact Organization: East-West Center Gallery
Feb 19 2020
Maui

Annual Juried Exhibition

Occurs between: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - Friday, February 21, 2020, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

This prestigious competition gives visitors an opportunity to view current work by local artists in all media. The Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture & the Arts recognizes this exhibition each year through its Art in Public Places Program. With renowned guest jurors offering a different [...]

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  • Contact Name: Josephine Bergill-Gentile
  • Contact Organization: Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center
Feb 19 2020
Shingo Honda: Impermanence (Retrospective) Exhibition
Hawaii

Shingo Honda: Impermanence (Retrospective) Exhibition

Occurs between: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - Friday, February 28, 2020, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

February 6 - February 28 Shingo Honda: Impermanence (Retrospective) https://ehcc.org/content/impermanence From February 7 to 28, 2020, the East Hawaii Cultural Center will host a retrospective of works by beloved Big Island artist Shingo Honda. The exhibition, entitled Impermanence, will feature [...]

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  • Contact Name: Information
  • Contact Organization: East Hawaii Cultural Center