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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 5 2020
La Ulu: Breadfruit Day At Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
Maui

La Ulu: Breadfruit Day At Maui Nui Botanical Gardens

Occurs on: Saturday, September 5, 2020, 10:00am - 3:00pm
Summary

Sponsored by the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Maui Nui Botanical Gardens will host the 4th annual La Ulu: Breadfruit Day! This free community event will include food booths, breadfruit cooking demonstrations, Pacific ulu varieties for sale, Hawaiian plant sale, free cultural activities, Hawaiian [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Whit Germano
  • Contact Organization: Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
Sep 25 2020
Moana's Hula Halau
Molokai

Molokai Canoe Festivals Presents - 7th Annual Kulaia Hoolaulea

Occurs on: Friday, September 25, 2020, 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Summary

In remembering the early years of the Molokai Hoe along with the Aloha Festivals Hoolaulea at Hale o Lono, this was Molokai's version of kulaia. The festivities lasted an entire weekend and the spirit of aloha radiated to all; including our Molokai community, paddlers, visitors and spectators from [...]

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  • Contact Name: Lori-Lei Rawlins-Crivello
  • Contact Organization: Molokai Canoe Festivals
Sep 27 2020
Maui Ukulele Festival (15th Annual)
Maui

Maui Ukulele Festival (15th Annual)

Occurs on: Sunday, September 27, 2020, 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Summary

Enjoy a relaxed afternoon on the lawn as acclaimed ukulele musicians fill the air with island music!

Renowned ukulele advocate and teacher, Roy Sakuma, will serve as emcees to help us celebrate Hawaii's beloved instrument. This year's lineup will be announced at a later date.

Fine [...]

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  • Contact Name: Elaine Roe
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Oct 11 2020
Radha Chaddah, The Lord is Many, 2015; flourescent micrograph
Maui

Cellula

Occurs between: Sunday, October 11, 2020 - Sunday, December 20, 2020, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Summary

Canadian artist Radha Chaddah makes art about invisible realities in the cellular world using light as her primary medium.

Her combined background in film and molecular neurobiology inspired her to combine art and research in stem cell biology to create Cellula.

This multimedia [...]

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  • Contact Name: Elaine Roe
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Oct 15 2020
Hawaiian Pueo (hawk) spotted during festival excursion 2019.
Hawaii

Hawaii Island Festival of Birds (5th Annual)

Occurs between: Thursday, October 15, 2020 - Monday, October 19, 2020, 7:00am - 7:00pm
Summary

The Fifth Annual Hawaii Island Festival of Birds (HIFB) will be a four-day event October 15 to 19, 2020 headquartered at Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The 2020 theme is "Wanderers and Migrants-Celebrating Hawaii's Avian Voyagers" and will celebrate and [...]

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  • Contact Name: Cindy Pacheco
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Island Festival of Birds
Nov 5 2020
Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani (40th Annual)
Oahu

Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani (40th Annual)

Occurs between: Thursday, November 5, 2020 - Sunday, November 15, 2020
Summary

The Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) is unique in discovering features, documentaries and shorts from Asia made by Asians, films about the Pacific made by Pacific Islanders, and films made by Hawaii filmmakers that present Hawaii in a culturally accurate way.

HIFF also conducts [...]

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  • Contact Name: Gianni Minga
  • Contact Organization: Hawai‘i International Film Festival
Nov 6 2020
Kona Coffee Cultural Festival (50th Annual)
Hawaii

Kona Coffee Cultural Festival (50th Annual)

Occurs between: Friday, November 6, 2020 - Sunday, November 15, 2020, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Summary

The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is celebrated each November for 10 days with events that enrich and ensure that the story of Kona coffee’s cultural heritage continues to be shared with residents and visitors. Kona coffee’s world-renown reputation along with the unique cultural treasures [...]

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  • Contact Name: Laura Aquino
  • Contact Organization: Current Events
Nov 7 2020
Waimea Valley Makahiki Festival 2020
Oahu

Waimea Valley Makahiki Festival 2020

Occurs on: Saturday, November 7, 2020
Summary

Makahiki Festival & Heiwa Tuaro Competition at Waimea Valley November 7th Saturday. Festivities start at TBD with the opening ceremony on the Main Lawn followed by an exciting coconut tree race. The rest of the competition brings a foot race, wrestling, rock lifting live music, food vendors, [...]

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  • Contact Name: Waimea Valley
  • Contact Organization: Waimea Valley
Nov 22 2020
Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival "Kauai Style" (28th Annual)
Kauai

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival "Kauai Style" (28th Annual)

Occurs on: Sunday, November 22, 2020, 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Summary

Festival will feature some of Hawaii's top artists in the slack key guitar genre over a period of 6 hours. Each artist will display his/her special brand/style of slack key guitar with vocals from traditional to progressive. In addition, some of the islands finest crafters will be selling their [...]

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  • Contact Name: Milton Lau
  • Contact Organization: Ki-hoalu Foundation