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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 22 2019
Hawaii

The Farmers' Market at Hamakua Harvest 5th Birthday Celebration

Occurs on: Sunday, September 22, 2019, 9:00am - 2:00pm
Summary

5th Birthday Celebration for The Farmers' Market at Hamakua Harvest Sunday, September 22nd, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Hamakua Harvest, a growing educational and agricultural hub and weekly farmers' market, will be celebrating their 5th Birthday on Sunday, September 22nd from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their site [...]

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  • Contact Name: Elizabeth Mallion
  • Contact Organization: Hāmākua Harvest
Sep 22 2019
Exhibition Gala Opening: First Nations Art of British Columbia
Oahu

Exhibition Gala Opening: First Nations Art of British Columbia

Occurs between: Sunday, September 22, 2019 - Sunday, January 12, 2020, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Summary

East-West Center Arts Program presents: Sunday, September 22, 2:00–3:30 p.m Exhibition Gala Opening and reception, gallery walkthrough with the curators, and demonstrations by guest artists. This exhibition brings the artwork of some of the finest and most accomplished Indigenous artists of the [...]

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  • Contact Name: Eric Chang
  • Contact Organization: East-West Center Gallery
Sep 22 2019
"Raven and First Men" by Ben Davidson
Oahu

EWC Gallery Exhibition: First Nations Art of British Columbia

Occurs between: Sunday, September 22, 2019 - Sunday, January 12, 2020, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Summary

First Nations art of British Columbia is among the most vivid and distinctive artwork in North America. It is rich in tradition and continually evolving in response to cultural circumstances and thus facilitates the emergence of new tools, techniques, and materials, as well as the [...]

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  • Contact Name: Eric Chang
  • Contact Organization: East-West Center Gallery
Sep 22 2019
Hawaii

The Farmers' Market at Hamakua Harvest

Occurs between: Sunday, September 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 [...]

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  • Contact Name: Mallion
  • Contact Organization: Hāmākua Harvest
Sep 23 2019
Oahu

Lightnin’ Larry Dupio An Eclectic Night of Tradition and Original Big Island Blues

Occurs on: Monday, September 23, 2019, 6:30pm - 10:30pm
Summary

Influenced by guitar masters like BB King, Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Carlos Santana, local boy from Hawaii, Larry Dupio, emerges with a style all his own. While meeting Muddy Waters backstage at the Waikiki Shell in 1982, Waters asked Larry to do him a favor and "keep the [...]

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  • Contact Name: Letrice Mitchell
  • Contact Organization: Blue Note Hawaii
Sep 24 2019
Oahu

Hawaiian 105 Summer Concert Series Willie K

Occurs on: Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Summary

When the Honolulu Pulse said, “Willie K can play or sing almost anything an American audience might ask for,” that wasn’t hype, it was the literal truth. The Hawaiian phenomenon Willie K is undoubtedly the only artist in the world who can go into an Irish pub in the middle of Maui and play [...]

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  • Contact Name: Letrice Mitchell
  • Contact Organization: Blue Note Hawaii
Sep 25 2019
Oahu

Robben Ford

Occurs between: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - Thursday, September 26, 2019, 6:30pm - 10:30pm
Summary

Robben Ford is one of the premier electric guitarists today, particularly known for his blues playing, as well as his ability to be comfortable in a variety of musical contexts. A five-time GRAMMY nominee, he has played with artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Witherspoon, Miles Davis, [...]

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  • Contact Name: Letrice Mitchell
  • Contact Organization: Blue Note Hawaii
Sep 25 2019
Ohina at the Hawaii Theatre
Oahu

Hana Hou Picture Show 2019 - Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Occurs on: Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 6:30pm - 11:45pm
Summary

Consolidated Theatres will launch a new year of its celebrated Hana Hou Picture Show with movies hand-selected by the Ohina executive team-industry professionals behind the annual Ohina Short Film Showcase, the new Hawaii-based Ohina Films production group and a Filmmakers Lab created to help [...]

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  • Contact Name: Gerard Elmore
  • Contact Organization: Ohina LLC
Sep 26 2019
Meet John Rhys-Davies and many more at HawaiiCon 2019!
Hawaii

HawaiiCon 2019

Occurs between: Thursday, September 26, 2019 - Sunday, September 29, 2019, 9:00am - 10:00pm
Summary

HawaiiCon 2019 is a 4 day Pop Culture convention open to the public. Each year we bring stars of TV and movies together with comic book artists, world renowned scientists, educators, authors and cultural leaders to share about their work in an all-inclusive, family-friendly event. 2019 Guest [...]

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  • Contact Name: Jessica Gauthier
  • Contact Organization: HawaiiCon
Sep 27 2019
Members of the West Hawai'i County Band
Hawaii

West Hawaii County Band in Concert

Occurs on: Friday, September 27, 2019, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Summary

The West Hawaii County Band, is a 20 piece community band based in Kailua-Kona. The band can be heard around the Kona Coast at parades and community events through the year in addition to monthly concerts. The Free Friday monthly concerts are generally held on the 3rd Friday of the month at Hale [...]

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  • Contact Name: Al
  • Contact Organization: West Hawai'i County Band