The Hawaiian Islands are full of unique culture and history – and with that comes some exceptional celebrations of everything from the “Aloha spirit” to one of Hawaii’s favorite foods, Spam. So, here are 10 festivals in Hawaii that are sure to provide a one-of-a-kind experience for anyone who attends.
1) Made in Hawaii Festival
The 21st annual Made in Hawaii Festival, which is being held August 21 – 23, 2015 on Oahu, is a showcase of products made in Hawaii, including food, books, art, gifts, fashion, plants, crafts and even produce.
2) Greek Festival of Hawaii
Who knew Hawaii had a prominent Greek presence? This year’s festival, scheduled for August 29 and 30 at Ala Moana Park, marks 34 years for the annual event. Cooking demonstrations, dance, music and food are showcased at this incredible event – and if you wear a toga, admission is only $1!
3) Hawaii Food and Wine Festival
The fifth annual event will be held August 29 – September 13, 2015, and is set to feature more than 100 internationally renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, as well as wine and spirit producers.
4) Molokai's Festivals of Aloha
For more than 50 years, the Festivals of Aloha have brought Hawaii communities together with onolicious grinds, fun games, dance, a royal court, and entertainment. This year’s event will take place October 8 – 10. Similar events on other islands will be held this fall as well.
5) Kona Coffee Cultural Festival
Taking place on the Big Island, from November 5 – 16, is this huge event featuring more than 50 events that showcase Hawaii’s unique culture and diversity. The festival’s mission is to preserve, perpetuate, and promote Kona’s unique coffee heritage.
6) Hawaii International Film Festival
This major film festival showcases the best of the best from Asia to Sundance. The event, which will take place November 12 – 22, attracts more than 70,000 film enthusiasts from around the world each year.
7) Maui Chinese New Year Festival
For more than 15 years, the Maui Chinese Cultural Society and the Maui Chinese Club have greeted the New Year with an annual festival, featuring firecrackers for good luck, and loud drums to ward off evil spirits.
8) Honolulu Festival
Oahu’s premier cultural event, the festival strives to promote understanding, economic cooperation, and ethnic harmony between the people of Hawaii and the Pacific Rim region. Activities are held throughout the city, and include performances, traditional art demonstrations, a craft fair, and parade. The 22nd annual event will be held March 11 – 13, 2016.
9) Hawaii Book and Music Festival
This event was designed to honor books, storytelling and music in a way that is fun, accessible and memorable for children and adults alike. Held on the grounds of Honolulu Hale, the event takes place each spring.
10) Waikiki Spam Jam
This annual spring street festival celebrates Hawaii’s love for Spam, offering attendees countless food options, and new ways to eat the Hawaii favorite. In 2014, an estimated 25,000 people attended the event, which shuts down Kalakaua Avenue in Honolulu.