2: WAIKOLOA ‘UKULELE FESTIVAL
Kings’ Shops and Queens’ Marketplace, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Queens’ Marketplace Pavilion, 10 to 11 a.m.
‘Ukulele masters perform and encourage audience participation at this annual event. Strum along with your favorite musicians and participate in lessons, as well as a free workshop.
9: KONA BREWERS FESTIVAL
Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, Kailua-Kona, 3 to 7 p.m.
Sample handcrafted beer from 36 breweries across the state, as well as the mainland, and try food from Hawai‘i Island’s top restaurants. The festival’s mission is to raise funds and awareness for local nonprofit organizations.
8-20: KAUA‘I QUILT SHOW
Kukui Grove Shopping Center, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and Fridays until 8 p.m.
Check out beautiful homemade quilts at this yearly event. Sponsored by the NeNe Quilters and the Kaua‘i Quilt Guild, the exhibit showcases unique patterns created on the Garden Isle.
26: PRINCE KUHIO CELEBRATION
Various locations and times to be determined
In honor of Prince Kuhio who was a beloved ali‘i (royalty) and advocate of the Hawaiian people, this celebration features arts and crafts, educational activities, an elegant dinner and cultural entertainment on the South Shore.
3: MAUI 5K
Wailuku, 7 a.m.
Runners meet at the Mä‘alaea Triangle, located at 300 Mä‘alaea Rd. in Wailuku, for the 5k run, which also features a 1-mile children’s run/walk. Both events start at 7 a.m. Proceeds from the event go to participating schools to enhance and improve physical fitness and athletic programs.
16: JAKE SHIMABUKURO
Castle Theater at Maui Arts and Cultural Center, 7:30 p.m.
Listen to this ‘ukulele master who transformed the way the instrument is played. He includes elements of jazz, blues, rock, pop, classical and flamenco in his music. He will not only play original compositions but will mix in pop covers as he showcases songs from his previously released albums.
March 28–April 7: ALLEGIANCE
Hawai‘i Theatre, times vary
A musical drama that tells the tale of a family’s journey during a time of war after the main character receives a “mysterious envelope.” He reflects back on his life six decades ago when World War II raged on and he and his sister struggled to save their family from the wrongful imprisonment of Japanese Americans.
5–7: KAWAII KON
Hawai‘i Convention Center, times vary
Meet and get to know Japanese and American voice actors and artists, attend informational panels, and view Japanese animation screenings. Also gain access to the convention gaming room, Artist Alley and Dealers’ Room.
8–10: HONOLULU FESTIVAL
Waikiki, times vary
The 25th annual festival celebrates the wealth of the city’s cultural heritage, featuring a parade down Kaläkaua Avenue, craft fairs, hula and other cultural performances at various venues in Honolulu, including the Hawai‘i Convention Center and Kapi‘olani Park.
The Republik, 8 p.m.
Listen to the American, alternative rock and punk band, as they entertain audiences on their nationwide tour. The group’s name stands for “Multi-sensory Aesthetic Experience” and they hail from Virginia.
17: ST. PATRICK’S DAY BLOCK PARTIES
Nu‘uanu Avenue in Chinatown and Kaläkaua Avenue in Waikiki, times vary
Honolulu and Waikiki host massive block parties with traditional Irish food, music and drink in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.
30: HONOLULU ON TAP CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL
Neal S. Blaisdell Center’s Exhibition Hall, noon to 8 p.m.
Taste more than 100 samples from 50 of the nation’s finest breweries in one place. This is the 4th annual Honolulu on Tap, which includes sampling local food, shopping for items made by local vendors and listening to music. Choose between two pouring sessions from 1 to 4 p.m. or 5 to 8 p.m., or pick up a VIP ticket and find your favorite ales from noon to 4 p.m.