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Hawai‘i Events: May 2019

Hawaii Island     Kauai     Maui     Oahu

 

Hawaii Island

TBD: KA‘U COFFEE FESTIVAL
Pahala Community Center, days and times vary
Attend this all-day free Ho‘olaule‘a event that features coffee tasting, food, as well as entertainment, and farm and mill tours.

 

Kauai

Photo courtesy Hui o Laka

26: BANANA POKA ROUND-UP
Koke‘e State Park, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Guests of this family-friendly annual event, which takes place at the beautiful Kanaloahuluhulu Meadow and Civilian Conservation Corps Camp in Koke‘e State Park, and participate in cultural activities like basket weaving and lei making. The environmental fair, sponsored by the local organization, Hui o Laka, helps spread awareness regarding the importance of maintaining healthy native forests.

Maui

11: 46TH ANNUAL SEABURY HALL CRAFT FAIR
Seabury Hall, Makawao, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This is upcountry Maui’s favorite spring event, with all proceeds benefiting Seabury Hall’s financial aid program. Festivities include a juried craft fair with more than 100 local artisans, live entertainment, tasty food, a silent auction, games for keiki (children) and plant sales. $5 admission. Children under 13 are free.

18: 11TH ANNUAL MAUI BREWERS FESTIVAL
A&B Amphitheater at Maui Arts and Cultural Center, 3:30 to 7 p.m.
This is the MACC’s annual tribute to craft brews featuring those from Hawai‘i. Enjoy an afternoon of tasting from local and national breweries that offer a variety of styles and flavors. Sample püpü from local restaurants, listen to live music and enter to win door prizes.

Oahu

1: ANNUAL LEI DAY
Kapi‘olani Park, times vary
May Day is Lei Day in Hawai‘i and Honolulu pulls out all the stops for this floral celebration. The city puts on an annual event each year that pays tribute to the lei, which is considered a symbol of aloha. Check out a lei contest exhibit, hear stories, learn how to craft lei and listen to the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association’s musicians as they play tunes.

4-5: HAWAI‘I BOOK AND MUSIC FESTIVAL
Civic Grounds by Honolulu Hale, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This free event features books, storytelling and music for people of all ages and interests. Books and music by Hawai‘i authors are highlighted but the festival also showcases literature and music from around the world. Author readings, local food booths, live music and entertainment for keiki, will be among the activities for attendees to participate in.

12: HONOLULU TRIATHLON
Ala Moana Beach Park, 5:45 a.m.
A variety of events will occur at the 16th annual Honolulu Triathlon. The main activity, however, is the famous Olympic distance race that comprises a 1.5k swim, a 40k bike ride and a 10k run.

Photo by Lantern Floating Hawai‘i

27: LANTERN FLOATING HAWAI‘I
Ala Moana Beach Park, times vary
Every Memorial Day, people honor their loved ones and promote hope for the future by sending lighted lanterns into the ocean at Ala Moana Beach Park. The event is officiated by Her Holiness Shinso Ito, Head Priest of Shinnyo-en, and is a way for people to remember and reflect on those who have passed away. This annual festival draws around 50,000 people every year and includes hula performances, Taiko drumming and other ceremonial activities. It’s a beautiful sight to behold in person and also via a live streaming telecast.

 

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