Perhaps you’ve heard of the Merrie Monarch Festival, a world-renowned hula competition in April, or seen pictures of the mouthwatering dishes served at the Hawaii Food & Wine and Festival in September, but there are so many family-friendly festivals and events that take place during the months in between.
From young keiki (children) to teenagers, travelers of all ages will enjoy the games, activities, and entertainment offered at many events, while also engaging in historic traditions and sampling local fare. And, you may even be lucky enough to catch a festive parade or fireworks show!
Find a fun festival on nearly every Hawaiian Island this summer. Here are a few suggestions to get started:
- May 2, 2015 – Waikiki Spam Jam (Oahu) – This annual street festival celebrates Hawaii’s love affair with Spam. Great for all ages, the event takes place in the heart of Waikiki and features local restaurants offering creative Spam dishes, entertainment stages, and Hawaii crafters.
- June 11-14, 2015 – Kapalua Wine & Food Festival (Maui) – One of the most prestigious festivals of its kind in Hawaii, this west Maui festival celebrates the art of fine food and wine with a four-day culinary extravaganza. Inspired by innovation and excellence, the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival explores some of the most exciting trends in the gastronomic world. The festival brings together celebrated chefs and industry insiders in fun, themed tastings, seminars, and evening gala events.
- June 27-28, 2015 – Puuhonua o Honaunau Annual Cultural Festival (Hawaii Island) – The festival held at Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park includes a royal court procession, hula performances, and cultural demonstrations in net fishing, weaving, and Hawaiian food preparation.
- July 3-4, 2015 – Lanai Pineapple Festival – The two-day event features a parade, a pineapple cooking contest, food, arts and crafts, games, entertainment, exhibits, and a fantastic fireworks display in Lanai City’s Dole Park.
- July 17-26, 2015 – Koloa Plantation Days (Kauai) – Held in the area where Hawaii’s first sugar plantation was founded in 1835, Koloa Plantation Days comprises a lively, family-oriented slate of events that showcase the area’s social and natural history and diverse cultural traditions. The 10-day festival also includes rodeo and sporting events, live music, culinary demonstrations, craft fairs, guided walks and hikes, and the historic parade and park celebration.
- August 22-30, 2015 – Duke’s OceanFest (Oahu) – In honor of the legend, Duke Kahanamoku, the weeklong Duke’s OceanFest will feature a variety of ocean sports events and a beach volleyball tournament, culminating with the Duke’s Statue lei draping ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of his birthday.
A full schedule of events can be found here.
-by So Much More Hawaii Staff