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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
(POSTPONED) Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Canoe Races
Hawaii

(POSTPONED) 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
Sep 19 2020
Kona Pride
Hawaii

(CANCELLED) Kona Pride Festival

Occurs on: Saturday, September 19, 2020
Summary

Join in on this years 3rd Annual Kona PRIDE Festival. This event embraces the main focus of Kona Pride that celebrates diversity, acceptance, education, and equality for the LGBTQ and supporting allies community. We invite you to attend this years Pride festival packed with music, entertainment, [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Curtis Vick
  • Contact Organization: Kona Pride
Aug 7 2020
Discover unique art, jewelry, and more at the Princeville Night Market
Kauai

(Month of June Cancelled) Princeville Night Market

Occurs between: Friday, August 7, 2020 - Sunday, December 12, 2021, 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Summary

The Princeville Night Market brings together Kauai's finest artisans for an evening of shopping, live music, and food trucks. You'll find a diverse collection of more than 40 Kauai artisans, ranging from paintings and wood carvings to hot sauce and handmade soap all Made in Hawaii. Enjoy dinner [...]

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  • Contact Name: Kristin Green
  • Contact Organization: Princeville Night Market, LLC
Nov 21 2020
AK 2019
Maui

Aloha Kalikimaka

Occurs on: Saturday, November 21, 2020, 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Summary

Aloha Kalikimaka by the Pacific Cancer Foundation. An elegant and memorable gala benefiting the Pacific Cancer Foundation. Join us for an unforgettable night at the Four Seasons Maui Resort while supporting Maui's cancer community. The night will include an incredible dinner and open bar, live [...]

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  • Contact Name: Maile Anderson
  • Contact Organization: Pacific Cancer Foundation
Aug 8 2020
Seasonal fruit
Kauai

Anaina Hou Farmers Market

Occurs between: Saturday, August 8, 2020 - Saturday, December 26, 2020, 9:00am - 1:00pm
Summary

Anaina Hou Farmers Market every Saturday in Kilauea. Saturdays 9am - 1pm: hosted by Anaina Hou Community Park. Enjoy fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables and locally made prepared food. Buy gifts and art from local artists. Stock up on tropical flowers and talk story with the local families [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Robyn Petterson
  • Contact Organization: Anaina Hou Community Park
Sep 4 2020
BEAT-LELE
Kauai

BEAT-LELE, An Ukulele Tribute to the Beatles

Occurs on: Friday, September 4, 2020, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Summary

If you love the Beatles, you will love BEAT-LELE, an Ukulele Tribute to the Beatles. This band plays all Beatles songs with ukuleles and a cajon, a percussion instrument. Their talented voices and harmony will take you down memory lane when you listen to many of the hits of the Beatles. BEAT-LELE [...]

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  • Contact Name: Derrick Lining
  • Contact Organization: Silver Lining Productions
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 [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Elaine Roe
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Aug 12 2020
Cinema in the Park
Oahu

Cinema In The Park

Occurs between: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Summary

Since 2014, HIFF and Ward Village have been bringing top notch films, special guests, and fun activities to the Honolulu community with this amazing program. CINEMA IN THE PARK will be held the second WEDNESDAY of each month at Victoria Ward Park, 1020 Auahi Street, Honolulu, HI 96814. Free tickets [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Gianni Minga
  • Contact Organization: Hawai‘i International Film Festival
Aug 12 2020
Cinema In The Park - FROZEN 2
Oahu

Cinema In The Park - FROZEN 2

Occurs on: Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Summary

The Hawai‘i International Film Festival and Ward Village / Howard Hugs proudly co-present Cinema in the Park, our FREE monthly screening series at Victoria Ward Park. Since 2014, HIFF and Ward Village have been bringing top notch films, special guests, and fun activities to the Honolulu community [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Gianni Minga
  • Contact Organization: Hawai‘i International Film Festival
Aug 7 2020
Ka lei Hula - The Adorned Dance
Oahu

Free Hula Class - Ka Lei Hula

Occurs between: Friday, August 7, 2020 - Sunday, August 30, 2020, 9:00am - 10:00am
Summary

Ka Lei Hula "The Adorned Dance" Free Weekly Hula Classes! Enjoy a morning hula class out on Waikiki Beach Walk’s Plaza. This hour-long class is reserved up to 20 individuals, all ages and skill levels welcome. Masks are mandatory and social distancing guidelines in place. Classes offered every [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Blaine Kia
  • Contact Organization: Waikiki Beach Walk