With fall airfare to Hawaii being on sale, it’s the perfect time to plan to a getaway and perhaps experience one of the Aloha State’s cultural festivals. We’ll list what’s in store for the months of September, October, November and December. We’ve organized this list of top events in chronological order by date. The islands will be noted as well as any available links for further information. Note that some festivals have scattered dates and/or have various events over several days.
A note about the Festivals of Aloha
The biggest Hawaiian cultural festival is the Festivals of Aloha, which spans across most of the islands and over multiple dates in September and October. As we get further into the list, we list the festival dates by island. We also recommend looking through these links for the full lineup.
- Festivals of Aloha for Maui, Lanai and Molokai
- Festivals of Aloha for Hawaii (Big) Island
- Festivals of Aloha for Oahu
1st, 15th, 22nd, 29th – Oahu – events for the Festivals of Aloha. See this link for more details.
7th, 8th, 15th, 16th, 21st – Maui – events for the Festivals of Aloha. See this link for more details.
7th, 8th, 15th – Hawaii (Big) Island – events for the Festivals of Aloha. See this link for more details.
8th – Maui – La ‘Ulu (Breadfruit Day) – a celebration of the Polynesian food staple, breadfruit. See this link for more details.
23rd to 29th – Kauai – Kauai Mokihana Festival – Hawaiian cultural festival
29th – Lanai – True Hawaiian spirit Celebration Ho’olaule’a, which is part of the Festivals of Aloha. See this link for more details.
4th to 7th – Maui – 96th Maui Fair
5th to 6th – Molokai – events for the Festivals of Aloha. See this link for more details.
6th to 13th – Maui – events for the Festivals of Aloha in Hana. See this link for more details.
6th – Hawaii (Big) Island – Hawaii Food and Wine Festival event on Hawaii Island.
13th – Kauai – Emalani Festival -Hawaiian cultural festival paying homage to Queen Emma’s journey across the Alakai forest and swamp. See this link for more information.
19th to 21st – Maui – Hawaii Food and Wine Festival events on Maui.
24th to 28th – Oahu – Hawaii Food and Wine Festival events on Oahu.
31st – All islands – Halloween – Check with your concierge and local newspapers for special events. Also check for special events and trick or treating at local shopping centers. In Hawaii, Lahaina, Maui is known for their Halloween celebration with Front Street becoming one big Halloween Party with a children’s costume parade, family-friendly activities, music and more. See our Halloween in Hawaii article for more suggestions.
3rd – Kauai – This year’s Coconut Festival will be slightly different. A combined Kauai Veterans Parade, CocoFest Lite and 1st Saturday Event is planned.
9th to 10th – Maui – 28th Annual Hula O Na Keiki – A celebration of hula performed by children.
9th to 18th – Hawaii (Big) Island – The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is in it’s 48th year.
25th – Kauai – 26th Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival — “Kauai Style”
1st – Kauai – Opening night of the 22nd Annual Festival of Lights. Note that there are additional nights of the Festival of Lights throughout December.
1st – Maui – Opening night of the Banyan Tree Holiday Lighting in Lahaina. Check with VisitLahaina.com for information. Note that the Banyan Tree will be lit nightly through most of December.
1st – Oahu – Honolulu City Lights opening night. Note that the ornaments and lights will be on display throughout December.
Christmas season – All Hawaiian Islands – Celebrate the season with aloha. Special events including music, Santa’s arrival and more can be found across the islands. Pick up the local newspapers for a listing of events. As the time draws nearer to December, we’ll update our Waikiki Christmas and Maui Christmas posts.
31st – New Year’s Eve – Welcome 2019 with celebrations all across Hawaii. We create some of the most comprehensive lists of New Year’s Eve fireworks and events throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Our lists are currently in flux as we await the announcements of the coming celebrations, however you can take a peek at them now to get an idea of what may happen again this coming season. As the time draws nearer, these lists will be fully updated:
- Oahu New Year’s Eve Celebrations
- Maui New Year’s Eve Celebrations
- Hawaii (Big) Island New Year’s Eve Celebrations
- Kauai New Year’s Eve Celebrations
We’ve listed the major events, but there are many more festivals and events going on throughout the year. An easy way to discover festival happenings is to use the search feature at www.GoHawaii.com/trip-planning/events-festivals
Around December or January, we plan to create a list of the major cultural festivals for January through March 2019. In the meantime, if you are searching for more information on events for that time period or beyond, use the above instructions to search for them.