Hawaii Festivals & Shows

Hawaii Festivals & ShowsYou won't have to look far or wait long for a festival in Hawaii. The islands have plenty of events and ways to celebrate, from music to dance to film to the natural environment. Here's a list of some of the most popular festivals in Hawaii throughout the year.

Aloha Festival
Celebrate the music, dance and history of the islands at the annual Aloha Festival Hawaii every September. The festival is one of the largest and oldest of its kind in the nation. Dancers, a royal court, parades, music and more are all part of the festivities.

Web: www.alohafestivals.com

Hawaii International Film Festival
Attend the premier international film event in the Pacific, the Hawaii International Film Festival. The festival highlights film that emphasize the culture, language and themes of the native people of Hawaii. It's also a chance for people on the island to screen art-house films.

Web: www.hiff.org

International Aloha Koi Show
The peaceful tranquility of koi fish embodies the Aloha of Hawaii. Celebrate this mysterious and otherworldly creature at the International Aloha Koi Show, held every February in Honolulu. Some of the fish on display are well over 2 feet long.

Web: www.alohakoi.org

Merrie Monarch Festival
The art of hula is celebrated every April at the Merrie Monarch Festival, the largest 3-day dance festival on the islands and named after the last monarch of Hawaii, King David Kalakaua. In addition to the hula competition, there's also a crafts fair, an art show, hula shows, and a grand parade through Hilo town.

Web: www.merriemonarch.com

Annual Ukulele Festival
Enjoy the sweet strains of the instrument that has come to symbolize Hawaii. At the Annual Ukulele Festival in Hawaii, guest artists and a ukulele orchestra of more than 800 schoolchildren entertain the thousands who attend each year in downtown Waikiki.

Web: www.ukulelefestivalhawaii.org

Taste of Hawaii
Indulge in the ultimate Sunday brunch at the annual Taste of Hawaii, where more than 50 acclaimed chefs join together to create an amazing meal on a 50-acre private park. Vendors, musicians and entertainers round out the fun.

Web: www.tasteofhawaii.com

North Kohala Kamehameha Day Celebration
Join the residents of a small Hawaiian community as they celebrate the unification of the Hawaiian islands during the North Kohala Kamehameha Day Celebration every June 11. The day-long festival includes a statue ceremony, floral parade and more.

Web: www.kamehamehadaycelebration.org

Kona Brewers Festival
Sample the variety of tastes and the unique flavor of local hops at the annual Kona Brewers Festival on the shores of Kailua Bay. The growing microbrewery movement in Hawaii promotes local companies and their art form.

Web: www.konabrewersfestival.com