Hawaii Events 2018

Hawaii Events 2018


From cultural and traditional to fun and quirky, there’s something for everyone!

Go to pursue a passion or try something new. Go to learn more about one of the many cultures that call the Islands home, or to try a Hawai‘i comfort food you’ve never eaten before. Whatever your intentions for attending and participating in one (or more) of Hawai‘i’s many festivals and events, just make sure to go. Each offers its own can’t-miss opportunities to mingle with locals, sample local cuisine, engage in local traditions and much more. Step back in time into Hawai‘i’s sugar-growing era at Kōloa Plantation Days on Kaua‘i, celebrate the Islands’ most world-renowned coffee at the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival on the island of Hawai‘i, learn about the cultural significance of taro at the East Maui Taro Festival, and experience Hawai‘i’s longtime love affair with a certain canned pink luncheon meat at Spam Jam Festival on O‘ahu. The following events celebrate much of what is unique and special about the Hawaiian Islands, and offer visitors opportunities to immerse themselves in the local experience. There’s an upcoming festival or event here we’re sure you’ll enjoy. Start exploring!

January Hawaii Events 2018

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February Hawaii Events 2018

Panaewa Stampede Rodeo

Panaewa Stampede Rodeo (island of Hawai’i|February 2018 TBD) – This amateur
rodeo features adult, keiki (child) and kūpuna (elders) roping and riding competitions, and showcases Hawai‘i’s storied paniolo (cowboy) culture. Held at the Pana‘ewa Equestrian Center near Hilo, the popular weekend event includes team roping, barrel racing, bronco riding and bull riding, all alongside food and craft booths, and interactive demonstrations. hawaiirodeostampede.com

 March Hawaii Events 2018

Prince Kūhiō Day Celebration

Prince Kūhiō Day Celebration (Kaua‘i|March 2018 TBD) – The annual Anahola Prince Kūhiō Day Celebration honors the life of turn-of-the-20th-century Hawai‘i Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana‘ole and his legacy as a leader and advocate for Native Hawaiians, and founder of local government systems still in place in modern Hawai‘i. Attendees of the annual celebration at Kaua‘i’s Anahola Beach Park can participate in a day of fun-filled activities, hula and live music, educational and cultural exhibits, and food and craft booths. PrinceKuhioDayCelebration.com

Honolulu Festival


Honolulu Festival (O‘ahu|March 9-11, 2018) – Celebrating its 24th anniversary, the Honolulu Festival is one of Hawai‘i’s premier cultural events. The three-day festival shares the rich, vibrant cultures of Hawai‘i and its Asia and Pacific Rim neighbors with attendees through educational programs and activities, craft fairs, arts and entertainment, and a grand evening parade through Waikīkī. The festival culminates with the colorful and dramatic Nagaoka Fireworks show off Waikīkī’s beaches. HonoluluFestival.com

April  Hawaii Events 2018

Celebration of the Arts

Celebration of the Arts (Maui|April 2018 TBD) – Held annually at The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, Celebration of the Arts is a participatory Hawaiian arts and cultural festival celebrating and discussing the past, present and future of the culture. The festival welcomes residents and visitors to experience and learn about Hawaiian culture through interactions and interactive activities with artisans, cultural practitioners, thought leaders, filmmakers, educators and entertainers in a setting of open discussion. KapaluaCelebrationOfTheArts.com

East Maui Taro Festival

EMTF 2016

East Maui Taro Festival (Maui|April 21, 2018) – This annual event in the east Maui community of Hāna offers one of the single best places to taste a variety of ‘ono (delicious) eats showcasing taro. Celebrating the multiple uses of the staple food source of the Native Hawaiian diet, as well the agricultural bounty of the island’s east side, the festival offers attendees opportunities to participate in taro-pounding demonstrations, learn all things taro-related, sample delicious locally-sourced dishes, and catch hula performances, live music and other cultural activities. TaroFestival.org

Spam Jam Festival

Spam Jam Festival (O‘ahu|April 28, 2018) – This annual street festival celebrates
Hawai‘i’s longtime appreciation of Spam and everything culinary that can be created with the canned pink luncheon meat. The all-ages-friendly Waikīkī event features local restaurants and chefs offering unique and creative Spam dishes, alongside entertainment stages, Hawai‘i artisans and, of course, lots of Spam eats and paraphernalia for purchase. Proceeds raised benefit the nonprofit Hawaii Foodbank. SpamJamHawaii.com

 May Hawaii Events 2018

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June Hawaii Events 2018

Maui Film Festival

Maui Film Festival (Maui|June 13-17, 2018) – Equal parts film and lifestyle, this starstudded event pairs Hawaiian culture and film in the luxurious resort area of Wailea. Fabulous film premieres, gala parties, celebrity appearances, and Hawaiian music and dance highlight five days of cinema – Maui style. MauiFilmFestival.com

July Hawaii Events 2018

Kōloa Plantation Days

Koloa Plantation Days, Kauai, Hawaii

Kōloa Plantation Days (Kaua‘i|July 2018 TBD) – Held in the Kaua‘i district where
Hawai‘i’s first sugar plantation and mill were founded in 1835, Kōloa Plantation Days offers a lively, family-oriented schedule of events celebrating the Kōloa district’s rich agricultural history and diverse multicultural traditions of its residents. The 10-day event features everything from sports contests and a town celebration day, to nature hikes, movies in the park, a rodeo and a parade. KoloaPlantationDays.com

Prince Lot Hula Festival

Prince Lot Hula Festival (O‘ahu|July 2018 TBD) – Named in honor of Lot Kupuāiwa, who reigned as Hawai‘i monarch Kamehameha V, this community festival at downtown Honolulu’s ‘Iolani Palace brings together hālau hula (hula schools) from communities throughout the Islands for a day of hula performances. The festival also includes Hawaiian cultural demonstrations, local foods, traditional games, lomilomi massages, and arts and crafts, including lauhala (pandanus leaf) weaving, and kapa (bark) and ipu (gourd drum) making. MoanaluaGardensFoundation.org

August Hawaii Events 2018

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September Hawaii Events 2018

Aloha Festivals

Aloha Festivals (O‘ahu|September 22-29, 2018) – Annually celebrating the diverse traditions of Hawai‘i’s multiple cultures – and especially, its indigenous Hawaiian culture – through music, dance, food, arts and history, Aloha Festivals is packed with pageantry, parades, concerts and family activities. Its biggest events include a multiblock Waikīkī ho‘olaule‘a (celebration) and colorful floral parade. AlohaFestivals.com

The Kaua‘i Marathon

The Kaua‘i Marathon (Kaua‘i|September 2018 TBD) – This 26.2-mile race promises to keep runners inspired (and maybe a bit visually distracted) on a course winding alongside sparkling blue ocean, white sand beaches, emerald rainforests and country towns. Proceeds from the event are donated to Kaua‘i charities. TheKauaiMarathon.com

October Hawaii Events 2018

Hawaii Yoga Festival

Hawaii Yoga Festival (island of Hawai‘i|October 9-14, 2018) – The fifth annual
Hawaii Yoga Festival at Kalani retreat center, located in the rain-forested KalapanaKapoho
area, will feature more than 60 sessions led by faculty from Hawai‘i and around
the world, including yoga teacher, writer and body-positivity advocate Jessamyn
Stanley. Attendees are also invited to enjoy Hawaiian cultural events, live music,
workshops, discussions, meals and body-positive activities. HawaiiYogaFestival.com

November Hawaii Events 2018

Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival

Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival (island of Hawai‘i, O‘ahu and Maui|October 6-28, 2018) – Featuring a world-class roster of renowned master chefs from Hawai‘i and around the world, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers, this prestigious annual event is co-chaired by two of Hawai‘i’s own James Beard award winning chefs, Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong. Each festival event boasts a diverse array of dishes showcasing Hawai‘i’s bounty of fresh and delicious locally grown, raised and produced ingredients. HawaiiFoodandWineFestival.com

Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

Kona Coffee Cultural Festival (island of Hawai‘i|November …  2018 Schedule Coming Soon!) – Hawai‘i’s longest-running food festival features more than 50 events in Kona honoring the region’s world-famous coffee. These include coffee plantation and mill tours, coffee cupping competitions, an evening lantern parade, a festival ho‘olaulea, a golf tournament, art exhibits and a coffee recipe contest. KonaCoffeeFest.com

December Hawaii Events 2018

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