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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 18 2021
Hawaiian Host Presents 51st Annual Ukulele Festival Hawaii (Virtual)
Oahu

Hawaiian Host Presents 51st Annual Ukulele Festival Hawaii (Virtual)

Occurs on: Sunday, July 18, 2021, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

The world's first and original ukulele festival returns this summer under a virtual format featuring an all-day celebration of the 'ukulele and music. The 51st Annual Ukulele Festival Hawaii presented by Hawaiian Host will be broadcasted on YouTube Live on Sunday, July 18, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to [...]

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  • Contact Name: Huy Vo
  • Contact Organization: Ukulele Festival Hawaii
Jul 31 2021
Kauai

Heiva I Kauai 2021

Occurs between: Saturday, July 31, 2021 - Sunday, August 1, 2021, 10:00am - 4:30pm
Summary

This is a 2-day Tahitian dance and drumming competition and festival which features participants from Hawai`i, the Mainland and other overseas places. Competitors range in age from toddler to elder. Both solo and group competitions are held. A variety of Pacific island related products are sold by [...]

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  • Contact Name: Sally Jo Manea
  • Contact Organization: Heiva I Kaua`i
Aug 6 2021
youth art exhibition
Maui

Youth Art Exhibition 2021

Occurs between: Friday, August 6, 2021 - Friday, August 27, 2021, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Summary

Youth Art Exhibition 2021

Fri, Aug 6, 2021 4:00 PM  Fri, Aug 27, 2021 4:00 PM

This unique exhibition showcases the work of 250+ youth participating in the Hui's summer arts programming. The result is an explosion of vibrant creativity that features the extraordinary possibilities [...]

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  • Contact Organization: Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center
Nov 4 2021
Oahu

Hawaii International Film Festival (41st Annual)

Occurs between: Thursday, November 4, 2021 - Sunday, November 21, 2021
Summary

The 41st Annual Hawaii International Film Festival will be held November 4-21, 2021 in Honolulu on the island of Oahu. HIFF will mark the festival's 41st edition with a special focus on contemporary Asian, Pacific, and North American cinema, films produced in Hawaii, outdoor screenings, and our [...]

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  • Contact Name: Hawaii International Film Festival
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii International Film Festival