Please note that events are subject to change without notice. For the most complete and updated Hawaii calendar, please visit GoHawaii.com/Events.

JANUARY 2020

  • January 14-June 11, 2020
    He Inoa No Kaumualii Hoolaulea and Na Makana Poinaole Lecture Series (Kauai) – This lecture series and hoolaulea (celebration) are aimed toward funding the creation of a statue of King Kaumualii – the last independent ruler of Kauai – and encouraging public appreciation of his vision for the land and people of the island. Companion workshops will engage participants in their individual related cultural practices. Lectures are set for these dates:
    • January 14
    • February 21
    • March 20
    • April 1
    • May 7
    • June 11

KauaiKingKaumualii.org

  • January-October 2020 (Last Friday of every month)
    (Oahu) – Offering a twist on pau hana (after work) happy hour, the Honolulu Museum of Art presents this monthly Friday evening event invigorating the senses with a combination of food, art, music, dancing and drinks. The theme for each ARTafterDARK event is based on the museums current feature exhibition, presenting a fun and social way to view art in a festive atmosphere. HonoluluMuseum.org  
  • January-December, 2020
    Maui Pops Orchestra 2020 Concerts (Maui) – Founded in 2004, the Maui Pops Orchestra is dedicated to presenting both light classical and contemporary pops music for Maui residents and visitors. Its family-friendly concert series showcases a broad spectrum of music written by and for Hawaii-based artists and entertainers. This years concert series will present artists such as Disneys original Little Mermaid animated film vocalist, Jodi Benson, singer-songwriter-musician Keola Beamer, vocalist Capathia Jenkins and pianist Tony DeSare. MauiPops.org
    • Broadway Pops – January 26
    • Winter Pops – February 23
    • Spring Pops – March 8
  • January-December, 2020
    Visual Arts Exhibition Program 2020 (Maui) – The Maui Arts and Cultural Centers Visual Arts Exhibition Program 2020 will present five visual arts exhibitions featuring works by local, regional and international artists on subjects reflecting important issues and ideas of our time. Curated to celebrate the spectrum of human experience, all of the exhibitions will be free, open to the public, and include exhibit-related activities, including workshops, lectures and/or hands-on art activities. MauiArts.org
    • The Wood Workers Journey: Concept to Creation – January 7-February 29
    • AbstractionX3 – April 14-May 31
    • SeedLab: The Growing of Ideas – June 16-July 12
  • January 1-5, 2020
    Sentry Tournament of Champions (Maui) – The Sentry Tournament of Champions is the calendar-year opening tournament of golfs PGA TOUR season at Kapalua Golf. This is the only event on the PGA TOUR Pro-Am featuring champions from the previous year with an array of more than 30 of the best players in the world. GolfAtKapalua.com
  • January 6-12, 2020
    Sony Open (Oahu) – Each January the Sony Open in Hawaii attracts over 144 of the worlds greatest golf professionals to the Waialae Country Club on the island of Oahu. The PGA TOUR event is one of the largest charity golf events in Hawaii and has raised over $19million dollars for over 350 local not-for-profits since 1999. SonyOpenInHawaii.com
  • January 12, 2020
    New Years Ohana Festival (Oahu) – The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii (JCCH) New Years Ohana Festival is the states largest festival celebrating Japanese New Year traditions.  The event held at JCCH and Moiliili Field features cultural music and dance on two stages, food booths, keiki games, kimono dressing, a craft & specialty items fair, cultural displays and demonstrations, free admission to Okage Sama De (JCCH historical gallery), which includes the Ellison Onizuka Remembrance Collection, and the Honouliuli National Monument Education Center.  The New Years Ohana Festival provides an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate the New Year and Hawaiis cultural diversity. JCCH.com
  • January 16-18, 2020
    Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai (island of Hawaii) – The PGA Tour Champions and Mitsubishi Electric is set to open the Champions Tour in Hawaii at Hualalai Resort Golf Club. The roster will be filled with official champion winners from the last five years and other tournament winners of the last two years. PGATour.com
     
  • January 17-18, 2020
    Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Weekend/High School All Star Game (Oahu) – The Polynesian Bowl is held annually during the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week and is where some of the worlds top high school football players gather to celebrate culture and play the game they love. PolynesianFootballHOF.org
     
  • January 18, 2020
    Night in Chinatown (Oahu) – Night In Chinatown is integrated with the Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Filipino, Thai, Cambodian, Laos, Japanese and all cross sections of the Hawaiian, Polynesian and Pacific Islander cultures. Enjoy a diverse selection of ethnic foods, local food, arts, crafts and various live sources of entertainment.  In addition to the Night in Chinatown festival, a celebration for the Lunar New Year will be held on January 25, 2020, in commemoration of the year of the Rat. ChineseNewYearInHawaii.com
     
  • January 18-28, 2020
    The Sunset Open (Oahu) – The first World Surf League (WSL) regional Hawaii/Tahiti Nui event of the new year features a Mens Qualifying Series competition as well as a Mens and Womens Pro Junior division contest, both happening at the North Shore of Oahus Sunset Beach. Winners of the Sunset Open get a leg-up on regional surf rankings and a confidence boost heading into the2020 WSL competition season. The Sunset Open is free and open to the public.  WorldSurfLeague.com   
     
  • January 19, 2020
    Maui Oceanfront Marathon (Maui) – The Maui Oceanfront Marathon is a community event benefiting local school teams, clubs, and various Maui non-profit groups. This gives runners the chance to run along the oceanside highways of the windswept western coast of Maui, with views of whales and surfers on the waves out in the ocean. There is also a half marathon starting in Lahaina, a 15K starting at Papalaua Beach, and a 5K from Lone Palm Point, finishing at Kamehameha Iki Park. MauiOceanFrontMarathon.com
     
  • January 20-March 21, 2020
    E Kanikapila Kakou "Mele, Hula & Moolelo" (Kauai) – Since 1984, the E Kanikapila Kakou Hawaiian Music program has focused on building a community of support for Hawaiian composers and musicians through recognition of their talents. This years 10 weeks of E Kanikapila Kakou performances at Kauai Beach Resort will include:
    • Maile Foundation Community Hula Night – January 20
    • Papakolea Serenaders – January 27
    • Jerry Santos and Kamuela Kimokeo  – February 3
    • Michael Pili Pang and halau hula (hula school) – February 10
    • Kupaoa and the Ke Ala Aumoe Dancers – February 17
    • NUE: Na Ukulele Ekolu – February 24
    • Napua Greig – March 2
    • Walt Keale and LT Smooth – March 9
    • Natalie Ai, Iolani Kamauu and Sha-Lei Kamauu – March 16
    • Hawaiian Sovereign String Band – March21
    • John Mahi and Oiwi present Kauai Falsetto Singers – March 23

GardenIslandArts.org

  • January 29 - February 10, 2020
    Volcom Pipe Pro (Oahu) – Waves at world-famous North Shore surf break Pipeline will be at their peak for the 2020 Volcom Pipe Pro, a World Surf League (WSL) Mens Qualifying Series 3,000 competition. Big-name pro surfers headline the contest each year hoping to capture the Volcom Pipe Pros warrior helmet trophy. The event is free and open to the public and will be streamed live on WorldSurfLeague.com.
     
  • January–March 2020, DATE TBD
    E Kanikapila Kakou 2020: Music is Our Moolelo (Kauai) – The Garden Island Arts Council presents ten weeks of E Kanikapila Kakou. This years theme centers around the stories of Hawaii that live on through music, and will feature an array of talented Hawaiian music, artists, composers and storytellers. Guests are also invited to learn from kumu hula who will share their songs, stories and dance. GardenIslandArts.org

FEBRUARY 2020

  • February 7-9, 2020
    Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival (island of Hawaii) – Presented by the Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences (HIMELE) and the Ke Kula Mele Hawaii School of Hawaiian Music, the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival annually brings together legendary steel guitarists for a celebration of the instrument and its music. Held at the Mauna Lani Auberge Resorts Collection Island of Hawaii resort, the three-day festival features performances, presentations, instructional workshops, jam sessions and school visitations focused on the Hawaiian steel guitar and its importance in Hawaiian music. HawaiiSteelGuitarFestival.com
  • February 7-16, 2020
    POW! WOW! Hawaii (Oahu) – POW! WOW! Hawaii is week-long celebration of culture, music and the arts in downtown Kakaako. Artists from around the globe will showcase their work and participate in a widespread beautification project to help promote the education of street art. The event will include gallery shows, live panel discussions, mural projects, concerts, live art installations and more. PowWowHawaii.com
  • February 8, 2020
    Hawaiian Makahiki Series Closing Event (Oahu) – The final Hawaiian makahiki season (see above) event of this series is celebrated with live performances by Hawaii musicians, dancers and entertainers, and fashion, food and drink at Kualoa Ranch. Competitions will include ancient and modern Hawaiian games. MakahikiChallenge.com
  • February 8, 2020
    Ka Moku O Manokalanipo Paani Makahiki (Kauai) ­– The tradition of makahiki festivals honors the Hawaiian god Lono with friendly sports competitions held statewide between November and February, the time of year it is believed Lono ruled the land. Participants in this season-closing makahiki can partake in friendly, competitive traditional Hawaiian games, and check out cultural demonstrations, displays from community groups, a made-on-Kauai craft fair and local food booths. Moikeha.org 
  • February 15-17, 2020
    Panaewa Stampede Rodeo (island of Hawaii) – Head to Hilos Panaewa Equestrian Center for the 29th annual rodeo. This large and diverse event features three days of rodeo that highlight the paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) skills of our local cowboys, cowgirls, keiki and traveling rodeo contestants in traditional rodeo events, as well as those unique to Hawaiis paniolo culture. HawaiiRodeoStampede.com
  • February 15-23, 2020
    Waimea Town Celebration (Kauai) – Celebrating its 43rd anniversary, this is Kauais longest running festival. Held in Waimea Town, visitors and residents alike can experience nine days of music concerts, cultural exhibits and vibrant cuisine, all culminating in a two-day hoolaulea (celebration) that allows attendees to engage in the rich history of Kauai. WaimeaTownCelebration.com
     
  • February 16, 2020
    Ukulele Picnic in Hawaii (Oahu) –The 12th annual Ukulele Picnic in Hawaii strings together a day of exciting events celebrating the states official musical instrument. This years festivities will be held at Kakaako Gateway Park and feature performances by musicians from Hawaii and Japan, and vendor booths for attendees to check out. All events are free and open to the public. UkulelePicnicInHawaii.org
     
  • February 17, 2020
    Great Aloha Run (Oahu) – The Great Aloha Run is an annual 8.15-mile foot race starting at Aloha Tower in downtown Honolulu and ending at Aloha Stadium in Halawa. The weekend of the run also features a three-day sports, health and fitness expo with an array of exhibition booths offering unique products and services, entertainment, workshops and more. GreatAloharun.com
     
  • February 28-29, 2020
    Kauai Steel Guitar Festival (Kauai) – Festivals on Kauai and the island of Hawaii include steel guitar performances by masters and youth players, steel guitar exhibits, hands-on experiences for festival guests, school presentations, workshops, open stage playing sessions, and public kanikapila (Hawaiian-style jam-session). Festivals offer performance opportunities for amateur and professional steel guitarists and provide visitors and residents opportunities to learn about and enjoy Hawaiian music and the Hawaiian steel guitar. KauaiSteelGuitarFestival.com
     
  • February 2020, DATE TBD
    Pacific Rim Cup (Oahu) – International soccer stars from Japan, Canada and the USA are geared up and ready to clash in the Pacific Rim Cup at Aloha Stadium. These world-class soccer leagues will go head-to-head for the championship title during four matches in February at the Aloha Stadium.  PacificRimCup.com
     
  • February-November, 2020
    Hoikeike Pili Kai (Oahu) –This new Waikīkī Aquarium event series comprises four two-day celebrations for residents and visitors, focused on ocean education.  WaikikiAquarium.org
    • February 16-17
    • May 1-2
    • June 5-7
    • November 6-7

MARCH 2020

  • March 1-December 31, 2020
    Kauai Museum Cultural Exhibit (Kauai) – Comprised of four culturally significant displays individually spotlighting the Hawaiian quilt, the Hawaii aloha shirt, kapa (bark cloth) and Niihau shells, this new exhibit will feature many one-of-a-kind pieces displayed on Kauai for the first time. The exhibits Niihau shell necklace display was previously showcased at the Bishop Museum on Oahu, and its aloha shirt display is being  brought in from California. The exhibits Hawaiian quilt and kapa displays are part of the Kauai Museums extensive, never-displayed collections. The full exhibit will include participation by 10 cultural practitioners, including members of the Kanahele ohana of Niihau. KauaiMuseum.org  
  • March 2, 2020
    Great Waikoloa Ukulele Festival (island of Hawaii) – Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Waikoloa Beach Resort is home to the Great Waikoloa Ukulele Festival held annually in March. Hawaiis top ukulele performers come forth for a special evening of entertainment in tribute to the popular instrument. Guests can enjoy a lineup of ukulele masters, take lessons, and enter ukulele giveaways. UkuleleFestivalHawaii.org
     
  • March 6-8, 2020
    Honolulu Festival (Oahu) – Celebrating its 26th anniversary, the Honolulu Festival is one of Hawaiis premier cultural events. This three-day festival shares the rich, vibrant cultures of Hawaii and its Pacific Rim neighbors with attendees through educational programs and activities, craft fairs, arts and entertainment, and a grand evening parade through Waikīkī. The festival concludes with the colorful and dramatic Nagaoka Fireworks show off Waikīkīs beaches. HonoluluFestival.com
  • March 14, 2020
    Prince Kuhio Day Celebration (Kauai) – The Annual Prince Kuhio Day celebrates the birthday and life of Prince Kuhio, and his legacy in promoting native Hawaiian culture and practices in both the hearts and minds of people everywhere. Visitors are welcome to participate in a day of fun-filled activities that are educational, cultural and enjoyable for the whole family. PrinceKuhioDayCelebration.com
  • March 15, 2020
    Big Island International Marathon (island of Hawaii) – Choose from a 26.2-mile marathon, 13.1-mile half marathon, a new 6.2-mile run, or 3.1-mile run in one of the most spectacular environments for a running event. The scenic marathon course follows the “the coast of old Hawaii” where runners will race alongside historic roads with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, picturesque waterfalls, lush tropical forests and expansive sugarcane fields. HiloMarathon.org
  • March 26, 2020
    Prince Kuhio Festival (Oahu) – The Prince Kuhio Festival is a series of events, ceremonies and activities organized by The Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs in celebration of the birthday of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole who became Hawaiis first delegate to Congress in 1900 and founded the first Hawaiian Civic Club in 1918. The collection of celebrations, some of which were founded in the early 1970s, have grown to include a full month of activities, including a commemorative parade, choral concert, hoolaulea or hoikeike (celebration) and more.
  • March 28-29, 2020
    Hawaii Scottish Festival and Highland Games (Oahu) – This annual festival celebrates the heritage and history of the Scots in Hawaii, and features highland games, athletics, dance competitions, swordplay demonstrations and entertainment, including piping, song and dance. HawaiianScottishAssociation.org

 

APRIL 2020

  • April 4, 2020
    Kapuuola Hula Festival (Oahu) – Kapuuola is community festival held at the pa hula (hula mound) at Puuokapolei. The festival includes hula performances by 10-15 halau hula (hula schools) and live Hawaiian music performances. There are various food vendors, cultural crafters, and activities for audience members and participants. Kapuuola provides both visitors and residents with an authentic experience of Hawaiian storytelling through mele (song), oli (chant) and hula. This festival aims to promote the perpetuation of Hawaiian culture and its many artforms as well as the preservation of the natural environment. Kapuuola strives to elevate Hawaii s value perception by sharing authentic cultural practices with the community. UluAe.org
  • April 5, 2020
    Lavaman Waikoloa Triathlon (island of Hawaii) – The annual Lavaman Triathlon is an extravaganza of sports and fitness held at Waikoloa Beach Resort. This event, comprised of a 10K run, 40K bike ride, and 1.5K swim, is open to individuals and relay teams of all ages and abilities. The triathlon is followed by an awards party and beach barbeque at Anaehoomalu Bay. LavamanTriathalon.com/Waikoloa
  • April 10-11, 2020
    Celebration of the Arts (Maui) – Held at The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, the award-winning Celebration of the Arts is one of Hawaiis premier hands-on arts and cultural festivals. Kamaaina (local residents) and visitors are invited to experience the “Hawaiian heart and soul” through interaction with artisans, cultural practitioners, speakers, and entertainers. KapaluaCelebrationOfTheArts.com
  • April 12-18, 2020
    Merrie Monarch Festival (island of Hawaii) – Held each spring in Hilo, Hawaii, this festival honors King Kalakaua and his contributions to the revitalization of hula and the Hawaiian people. The week-long celebration includes crafts, food, cultural demonstrations, a parade, art exhibits and live music, and culminates in the prestigious, three-night Merrie Monarch Hula Competition held at the Edith Kanakaole Stadium. While tickets to attend the evening competition are hard to come by, visitors can enjoy the rest of the festivities in Hilo town. MerrieMonarch.com
  • April 15-18, 2020
    LOTTE Championship (Oahu) – The 9th annual LPGA event will feature a star-studded field of marquee pros who grace the world stage of ladies professional golf, including defending champions. The 2020 LOTTE Championship will tee off at Ko Olina Golf Club in Kapolei. LOTTEChampionship.com
  • April 17-19, 2020
    Kauai Okinawan Festival (Kauai) – One of the islands largest annual cultural events – attracting more than 1,000 attendees over its two days – this festival shares touchstones of traditional Okinawan culture and tasty Okinawan foods, including andagi, rafute and champuru. It also features live Okinawan music and dance performances, including eisa drumming and a shishimai Okinawan lion dance. HUOA.org 
  • April 17-26, 2020
    Hawaii International Film Festival Spring Showcase (Oahu) – Dedicated to the advancement of cultural exchange among the peoples of Asia, the Pacific and North America through the medium of film, this 10-day showcase of Asia-Pacific independent film is the spring half of the larger, annual Hawaii International Film Festival, which screens on multiple islands in November. Attendees can expect the very best and newest in independent and global cinema. HIFF.org
  • April 17, 19, 25- May 9, 2020
    Honolulu Theatre for Youth – Ke Kula Keiki Alii: The Royal School (Oahu)– A new musical set in the short lived school for children of Hawaiian royalty. Set in the 1840s the play combines contemporary music with one of the most important historical moments in the kingdom of Hawaii. HTY will produce a Hawaiian language version (Ke Kula Keiki Alii) and an English language version (The Royal School) of this show. Htyweb.org
  • April 25, 2020
    East Maui Taro Festival (Maui) – Held in Hana, the festival features all-day hula and music, local arts and crafts, a farmers market wth all types of kalo (taro) for sale, from huli (shoots) to potted plants, to kulolo (dessert) and fresh poi, hands-on cultural activities including poi pounding, lauhala weaving, and kapa/tapa cloth making, and food booths. TaroFestival.org
  • April 25, 2020
    Waikiki SPAM JAM® (Oahu) – This annual street festival celebrates Hawaiis love for SPAM®. Great for all ages, the event takes place in the heart of Waikīkī and features local restaurants offering creative SPAM® dishes, entertainment stages, and Hawaii crafters. This special event benefits the Hawaii Foodbank, the largest non-profit in Hawaii that feeds those in need. SpamJamHawaii.com
  • April 25, 2020
    Gabby Pahinui Waimanalo Kanikapila / Hawaiian Music Masters Youth Outreach and Community Reinvestment and Live From Waimanalo Promotional Program (Oahu) – This gathering of more than 150 of Hawaiis best musicians and hula dancers is held annually in Waimanalo. The festival acknowledges the musical heritage of the Waimanalo community and honors Gabby Pahinui for his contributions to Hawaiian music. The event is free and includes educational booths, music workshops, cultural demonstrations and displays, lomilomi massage, food booths that support athletics and community groups, and arts and craft vendors. NaalehuTheatre.org
  • April 25, 2020
    Parade of Farms Festival (Oahu) – The Parade of Farms is an annual event featuring the unique diversity of Oahu agriculture. Each year the event focuses on a new and exciting community, and the 2020 will focus on sustainable agriculture and the many ways farmers and ranchers are working to grow local food while caring for the land. Guests will choose from four behind-the-scenes farm tours that engage the senses through hands-on activities and product tastings. Tours will be located in different communities across Oahu. Parade-Of-Farms.org
  • April 26, 2020
    Haleiwa Metric Century Ride (Oahu) – This annual event hosted by the Hawaii Bicycling League includes hundreds of bicycle enthusiasts and newcomers. The course takes riders through Haleiwa Town on Oahus North Shore, along the coastline, over Waimea Valley, Sunset Beach, Kahuku, and Kaaawa. All skill levels and ages are welcome. HBL.org
  • April 2020, DATE TBD
    Ukulele Ohana Molokai (Molokai) – Spend five intimate days on Molokai experiencing the roots that have inspired generations of Hawaiian music. This group of embracing music practitioners will teach old style Hawaiian music and lifestyle to those willing to learn. Through this unique experience, visitors can feel the spirit of the people and culture of Molokai while learning to play and compose traditional and contemporary Hawaiian folk music. There, one can relax and move at a slower pace as the lilting strums of the ukulele fill the listener with aloha. UkeOhana.com

MAY 2020

  • May 1, 2020
    Lei Day Celebration (Oahu) – As the most emblematic symbol of Hawaii, lei and Lei Day have been celebrated in the Hawaiian Islands since 1927. The event is held at Kapiolani Park in Waikīkī and honors lei and the traditions surrounding it. Festivities include pageants and competitions for lei queen, and the making of colorful and fragrant flower lei. HonoluluParks.com
  • May 1, 2020
    The 40th Annual Irmalee and Walter Pomroy May Day Lei Contest (Kauai) – Hosted by the Kauai Museum, this free, open-to-the-public contest is a benchmark for lei-making on the island, and one of Kauais signature May events. For the third consecutive year, the contest will also honor one of the islands cultural practitioners. The contest annually attracts participation from more than a hundred local lei makers, crafting lei for judging in six categories related to color and type. The festival opens with a traditional Hawaiian ceremony and chant recognizing the cultural and historical significance of the lei. Attendees can even craft their own lei with guidance from two master lei makers. KauaiMuseum.org 
  • May 1-2, 2020
    Big Island Chocolate Festival (island of Hawaii) – This annual fundraiser that benefits five local non-profits and Hawaii cacao farmers. The fun, interactive festival encompasses seminars, demonstrations, a student chef competition, a professionally judged cacao bean taste off, a festive gala fundraiser and a silent auction. This years theme is "Lei Day," and our chefs will create their dishes and table decor based on that interpretation. BigIslandChocolateFestival.com
  • May 6-9, 2020
    28th Annual World Fireknife Championships (Maui) – The worlds most talented fireknife dancers turn on the heat at this four-night competition at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Fireknife dancers as young as six years old will be seeking to win the coveted title of World Fireknife Champion (in their respective divisions). Attendees will be treated to a cultural experience unlike any other, and the best of the best will be crowned a World Champion in Women, Junior and Senior Divisions. WorldFireKnife.com
  • May 8, 2020
    Maui Classical Music Festival (Maui) – The annual festival gathers world-renowned musicians to create a program of wide appeal from the Baroque period to Twentieth Century works. The esteemed festival works to enrich and educate Mauis community by presenting renowned musicians to perform the highest quality chamber music, to build a growing audience of multi-cultural citizens of Maui, other Hawaiian Islands, and visitors.MauiClassicalMusicFestival.org
  • May 8-15, 2020
    Maui Classical Music Festival (Maui) – The festival entails a series of five chamber music concerts, performed in three historic Maui churches and Baldwin High School.  Chamber music is a form of music composed for a small number of acoustic instruments, one musician to a part, without a conductor. Due to its intimate nature, chamber music has been called "the music of friends." Ten world-class musicians (violin, viola, cello, piano, specialty instruments) will perform under the guidance of music directors Yizhak Schotten and Katherine Collier, of the University of Michigan. MauiClassicalMusicFestival.org
  • May 8, 15,16 2020
    Maui Matsuri Festival (Maui) – The Maui Matsuri festival includes three days of events consisting of a kick-off celebration of Japanese culture and traditions at Queen Kaahumanu Center, followed by a multi-cultural festival at the University of Hawaii Maui College. The festivities culminate with the Maui Matsuri Festival, featuring entertainment, food, and family-fun activities.
    • Friday, May 8 – International Culture Night
    • Friday, May 15 – Taiko Festival
    • Saturday, May 16 – Maui Matsuri Festival
  • May 8-17, 2020
    Kau Coffee Festival (island of Hawaii) – The Kau  region on the island of Hawaii has quickly become one of the up-and-coming premier coffee providers in the world and continues to celebrate its success year after year with a festival featuring its products. The festivities include the Miss Kau Coffee pageant, a hoolaulea (celebration) featuring competitions for the best coffee, coffee recipes, farm tours, coffee demos, and, of course, lots of food and entertainment. KauCoffeeFestival.com
  • May 9, 2020
    Ahahui Kīwila Hawaii O Moikeha – Ka Moku O Manikalanipo Paani Makahiki and May Day by the Bay (Kauai) –  Community event at Waioli Beach Park featuring mele (music), hula (dance), cultural practitioners, Kauaʽi made products, a silent auction and ono food in efforts to keep culture alive and create an experience for visitors to engage authentically. .Moikeha.org
  • May 9-10, 2020
    May Day by the Bay (Kauai) – Established in 1981, this annual event brings world-class music and hula to Kauaʽi and its scenic north shore Waioli Beach Park. Attendees enjoy five hours of live performances from Kauai musicians, hula halau (hula groups), and music groups from the neighbor islands. Theyre also encouraged to learn from and participate in a variety of cultural activities, including traditional Hawaiian games, poi pounding, lauhala weaving, lei making and more. The event also includes food vendors, made-on-Kauai products for sale, and a silent auction. Moikeha.org
  • May 9-10, 2020
    Second Annual Garden Island Boogie Board Classic (Kauai) – This two-day community-based amateur and professional boogie-boarding contest at Prince Kuhio Beach Park features competition in Super Grom (ages 9 and under), Menehune (ages 10 - 13), Masters (ages 35 and over) and Open Pro divisions.  Support and mentoring for participating surfers in the contests amateur divisions are provided by surfing kupuna (elders) and professional boogie boarders. The events awards ceremony is held at the park as well, at the end of the contests second day. Kaikeha.SurfSignUp.com 
  • May 10, 2020
    Honolulu Triathlon (Oahu) – This Olympic distance triathlon based at Ala Moana Beach Park features a 1.5K swim along the shore for spectator viewing, a 40K bike course along Oahus south shore, and a 10K double loop run. The run course finishes at Magic Island. HonoluluTriathlon.com
  • May 15-16, 2020
    Maui Steel Guitar Festival (Maui) – The 2020 Maui Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival features a line up of some of the worlds finest Hawaiian Steel Guitar players.  This free, three day festival includes a series of performances, presentations, instructional workshops, jam sessions and educational exhibitions that share the origins of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar and its importance in the Hawaiian music genre. MauiSteelGuitarFestival.com
  • May 15-17, 2020
    Kawaii Kon (Oahu) – Kawaii Kon is a three-day convention that celebrates Japanese anime (cartoons), manga (comics), and all facets of Japanese culture. Offering a variety of events and activities throughout the weekend, Kawaii Kon is held annually at the Hawaii Convention Center. KawaiiKon.com
  • May 15-17, 2020
    Hawaii Kuauli Pacific and Asia Cultural Festival (island of Hawaii) ­­­– This celebration features the island of Hawaii and its beauty as a cultural melting pot. The three-day event will be packed with food, fashion, cultural expressions, a keiki hula competition and cultural workshops. HIKuauli.com
  • May 17, 2020
    Farm Festival at Hamakua Harvest (island of Hawaii) – The annual farm festival at Hamakua Harvest in Honokaa will feature an all-day line-up of entertainment, educational presentations, childrens activities, a silent auction, arts and crafts, and a 45-vendor farmers market featuring locally grown products and delicious food. The festival is the official kick-off of Honokaa Western Week, which brings the districts vibrant ranching community together with the areas blossoming farming community. HamakuaHarvest.org
  • May 22, 2020
    Hawaii Book & Music Festival (Oahu) – The Hawaii Book & Music Festival is a unique event that strives to celebrate and honor books, storytelling and music in way that is fun, accessible, and memorable for people of all ages, backgrounds and tastes. The festival also introduces Hawaii books and music to the world, as well as introduces Hawaii to new worlds of books and music. http://hawaiibookandmusicfestival.com
  • May 25, 2020
    Lantern Floating Hawaii (Oahu) – A time-honored Buddhist rite, candle-lit lanterns are individually set afloat on the ocean during the Lantern Floating Hawaii festival. Each year, thousands of people locally and from around the world gather at Ala Moana Beach Park for this visually stunning and moving event to honor loved ones that have passed, and to wish for peace and happiness. LanternFloatingHawaii.com
  • May 30, 2020
    2020 Hawaii Polo Life Summer Invitational (Oahu) –This professional polo event features play from some of the worlds best polo. Its goal is building awareness of the sport, whose history in the Islands dates back to Hawaiis paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) roots during the era of the Kingdom of Hawaii. GseHawaii.com
  • May 30, 2020
    IRONMAN 70.3 Hawaii Triathlon (island of Hawaii) – This triathlon is a qualifying event for the IRONMAN World Championship held in October, also on the island of Hawaii. The Olympic distance race is comprised of a 1.2-mile swim at Hapuna Beach Park, 56-mile bike ride on the legendary Queen Kaahumanu Highway, and 13.1-mile run through Mauna Lani Resorts beautiful grounds. Ironman.com
  • May 30, 2020
    Maui County Agricultural Festival (Maui) – Hosted by Maui County Farm Bureau, the 12th annual festival shares, celebrates, and educates residents and visitors about Mauis local agriculture. Held at Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu, the Agricultural Fest includes Grand Taste Education, cooking demonstrations, livestock exhibits, entertainment, and Maui-centric food booths. MauiAgFest.org
  • May 2020 DATE TBD
    Banana Poka RoundUp (Kauai) – The Kokee Museum presents an educational fair highlighting the creative functions of the invasive South American pest, the Banana Poka vine. Bring the whole family to enjoy activities, including basket weaving, live music, educational presentations, face painting, hiking, and nature art for the kids. Kokee.org
  • May 2020, DATES TBD
    Molokai Ka Hula Piko (Molokai) – Engage in the annual cultural and educational festival celebrating the moolelo (history) of Molokai and origins of hula. The three-day festival culminates with a grand hoolaulea (celebration) with music, hula, and food and craft booths from vendors arriving from throughout the Hawaiian Islands. KaHulaPiko.com
  • May 2020, DATE TBD
    Filipino Fiesta and Parade (Oahu) –The annual Filipino Flores De Mayo Parade includes numerous bands, floats and marching groups created and supported by civic, cultural and community organizations. The post parade fiesta in Kapiolani Park welcomes all with an assortment of food, educational and craft booths dedicated to Filipino culture. Filcom.org

JUNE 2020

  • June 4-7, 2020
    Kapalua Wine & Food Festival (Maui)
    – One of the most prestigious festivals of its kind in Hawaii, the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival celebrates the art of fine food and wine with a four-day culinary extravaganza. Inspired by innovation and excellence, the festival explores some of the most exciting trends in the gastronomic world. The event brings together world-renowned winemakers, top master sommeliers, celebrated chefs, and industry insiders in fun, themed tastings, seminars, and evening gala events. KapaluaWineAndFoodFestival.com
  • June 12-14, 2020
    Pan-Pacific Festival (Oahu) – Matsuri (Japanese word for festival) in Hawaii began in 1980 as a cultural exchange between Japan and Hawaii. Visiting participants from Japan were able to enjoy the familiarity of Japanese music, crafts, traditions and foods, while Hawaii residents and other visitors were provided an opportunity to gain a deeper appreciation of Japanese sensibilities and cultural heritage. Today, the festival features events throughout Waikīkī showcasing Japans pageantry with a hoolaulea (celebration) block party, art fair and hula performances, culminating with a grand parade down Kalakaua Avenue. Pan-Pacific-Festival.com
  • June 11, 2020
    North Kohala Kamehameha Day Celebration (island of Hawaii) – Every June 11, thousands gather on the northern tip of the island of Hawaii to honor Kamehameha I, the chief who united the Hawaiian Islands in 1795. Festivities include a lei ceremony honoring the King Kamehameha statue, a floral parade, and a music festival with award-winning Hawaiian musicians at Kamehameha Park. KamehamehaDayCelebration.org  
  • June 13, 2020
    King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade (Oahu) – Celebrating its 104th year, this colorful celebration honors the reign of King Kamehameha, who was responsible for uniting the Hawaiian Islands under his rule in 1810. The parade features brightly decorated floats, energetic marching bands and traditional pau riders who represent a Hawaiian royal court on horseback. Following the parade will be a hoolaulea  (celebration). Hawaii.gov/Kamehameha
  • June 17-21, 2020
    Maui Film Festival at Wailea (Maui) – Equal parts film and lifestyle, this star-studded event pairs Hawaiian culture and film in the luxurious resort area of Wailea. Spanning five days, the Maui Film Festival at Wailea will consist of inspiring film premieres, gala parties, celebrity appearances, and Hawaiian music and dance. MauiFilmFestival.com
  • June 21-28 2020
    5th Annual East Meets West Festival & First Sunday Jazz Series (Maui) – Jazz Maui will feature the East Meets West Festival, a week-long event series that brings together performers, educators and students from Hawaii, the U.S. Mainland and Southeast Asia for a celebration of jazz music, contemporary dance and Mauis multi-ethnic cuisine. JazzMaui.org
  • June 21, 2020
    Kona Marathon & Family Fun Runs (island of Hawaii) – In addition to the usual marathon distance, the Kona Family Fun Runs offer half-marathon, 10K, and 5K courses for runners of all ages and abilities. The day before the marathon (June 20), dont miss The Health & Fitness Fair, a family-friendly event, with more than 45 booths, entertainment, a speakers series, and food. KonaMarathon.com
  • June 28, 2020
    29th Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival "Maui Style" (Maui) – The event provides an opportunity to engage and participate in a quality-laden cultural event that showcases 15-20 artists who specializes in the art form and the history behind kī hoalu (slack key guitar). These artists will share the origins of kī hoalu, its influences, and where the development is today. The festival will also feature "Made In Hawaii" crafters, local food vendors and festival merchandise. SlackKeyFestival.com
  • June-July 2020, DATES TBD
    Hawaii Performing Arts Festival (island of Hawaii) – Young musicians and performers from Hawaii and around the world are the stars of this series of concerts and stage performances, which are part of intensive study and performance training they undertake over the summer the festival occurs. The opportunity affords these young artists the chance to learn from and perform with some of the worlds most prominent teachers and mentors, while fest attendees enjoy their work at concerts and stage performances held throughout the festival. HawaiiPerformingArtsFestival.org
  • June-September 2020
    Hawaii Marlin Tournament Series (island of Hawaii) – Hawaii is renowned for its big-game fishing excitement as anglers from across the globe flock to the Islands in anticipation of snagging a prized marlin, yellow fin tuna, and other deep sea dwellers. The Hawaii Marlin Tournament Series captures the thrill with several events including:
    • Kona Kick Off– June 27-28
    • Firecracker Open – July 4-5
    • The Kona Throw Down – July 7-9
    • Skins Marlin Derby – July 10-12
    • The Hawaii Lure Makers Challenge – July 17-19
    • Big Island Marlin Tournament – August 21-23
    • Its a Wrap Tournament – September 13-15
      For more information, visit KonaTournaments.com

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About Meet Hawaii

Meet Hawaii is a collaboration of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), HTA’s Global Marketing Teams and the Hawaii Convention Center (HCC) to reinforce the brand of the Hawaiian Islands as a world-class destination for global business meetings, conventions, and incentive programs. The marketing efforts of the Meet Hawaii team are overseen by HTA, the state of Hawaii’s tourism agency. HTA was established in 1998 to ensure a successful visitor industry well into the future. Its mission is to strategically manage Hawaii tourism in a sustainable manner consistent with the state of Hawaii’s economic goals, cultural values, preservation of natural resources, community desires and visitor industry needs. For information about Meet Hawaii and the hosting of meetings, conventions and incentives, please visit MeetHawaii.com.


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