Contemporary local culture is a fusion of traditional Hawaiian culture and the many other ethnic groups that make up Hawai’i’s population. This fusion has influenced all things from dance, food, music, and sports.
Eight Sundays throughout the year designated to honor the Hawaiian Aliʻi. Aliʻi Sundays are held at Kawaiahaʻo Church.
Learn about traditional Hawaiian crafts or ʻIolani Palace history.
Enjoy art and culture classes at Nā Mea Hawaiʻi/Native Books in Ward Warehouse.
A calendar of performances and concerts in Hawaiʻi, on the continent and all over the world, presented by Hawaiʻi’s top entertainers.
This annual fundraiser supports the Kamehameha Schools and includes an extensive assortment of crafts, food and entertainment.
A long-standing tradition of the Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu, the ball is held annually in March as a fundraiser for scholarships.
March 26 is the Prince Kūhiō Day state holiday. The Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs sponsors a parade and other events in celebration.
Held in March or April, this Festival in Kapalua, Maui, celebrates the most respected Hawaiian artisans, educators, cultural practitioners, speakers and entertainers. Hands-on art, demonstrations, films, cultural panels, music and dance are just part of the weekend.
The Merrie Monarch honors the legacy left by King David Kalākaua with a week-long festival featuring an internationally acclaimed hula competition, a crafts fair, an art show, hula shows, and a grand parade through Hilo town.
Held annually in May, Maoli Arts Month celebrates Native Hawaiian arts at venues throughout Oʻahu.
Held every May on the grounds of Honolulu Hale, this Festival brings in national and local authors for readings and audience Q&A, as well as featuring some of the best musicians in Hawaiʻi.
The Kamehameha Schools song contest is a 90 year old tradition of the school held each spring, and broadcast live.
This music award show held in May celebrates achievements in the Hawaiian recording industry.
King Kamehameha Celebration
The King Kamehameha Celebration was established by King Kalākaua to honor Kamehameha I. Kamehameha Day, June 11, is a state holiday, and features a lei draping ceremony of the King Kamehameha statue on King Street across from ‘Iolani Palace..
King Kamehameha Hula Competition
Held in June on Oʻahu, the competition features performers from all over the world.
Honoring Hawaiʻi’s last reigning monarch, the Queen Liliʻuokalani Keiki Hula Competition is held annually at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center Arena in July. It features youngsters 6 to 12 years of age in hula ʻauana and hula kahiko categories.
The largest non-competitive hula event in Hawaiʻi, the festival is held each year to honor Prince Lot Kapuaʻiwa who revived the once banned hula during his reign as Kamehameha V beginning in 1863.
Each summer the Bishop Museum opens the museum in the evenings for a concert series of Hawaiian music.
Each year, Bishop Museum awards outstanding community leaders for their service.
Celebrated annually on July 31, Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea was first established in 1843 to celebrate the return of the Hawaiian kingdom after being seized by Great Britain, and is now commemorated each year with a festival at Thomas Square in Honolulu.
This bi-annual event includes crafts and other booths from Hawaiian practitioners and organizations. It is held on the grounds of Kawaiahaʻo Church.
This annual fundraiser supports the ʻIolani Palace.
A state-wide event held each fall, the Aloha Festivals showcase Hawaiian cultural heritage. Events include a hoʻolauleʻa and parade.
Held each fall, this event includes a day of crafts and booths on the Palace grounds.
Held also in the fall, the Annual Day includes wine and food booths, lei making and other activities that celebrate the history of the Palace.
Hawaiian Independence Day, this was a National Holiday of the Hawaiian Kingdom. This day is celebrated by groups across Hawaiʻi.
Native Hawaiians traditionally celebrated the season of Lono with games and cultural festivities. Makahiki is celebrated throughout the islands.