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Mele Mei is a month-long celebration of Hawaii’s music, hula and culture. Immerse yourself at music and hula events held throughout the entire month of May at various hotels, venues, on the beach and statewide. From ‘ukulele to steel guitar, traditional Hawaiian music to slack key, island reggae to rock-and everything in between-Mele Mei has something for everyone. For more information, please visit www.melemei.com or call (808) 593-9424 Schedule: May 1 Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame Lei of Stars May 2 Hilton…Find out more »
E Komo Mai! The Puna Music Festival celebrates the music of Hawaiʻi and the undying spirit of Puna, with a wonderful week of concerts, events, and participatory workshops May 3rd-9th 2015. This year marks our fifth-annual festival, which has grown to become the second-largest multi-day festival in all of East Hawaiʻi (after Merrie Monarch). Hawaii musician Makana to perform at Sunday’s opening event at Pohoiki. Photo courtesy of Mike Coghlan of flickr.com creative commons.Find out more »
The world’s most talented fireknife dancers will come together at the Polynesian Cultural Center in three nights of heated competition. Fireknife dancers of all ages and of various experience will compete in their respective divisions for the chance to win the coveted title of World Fireknife Champion. Attendees will be treated to a cultural experience unlike any other, and the best of the best will be crowned a World Champion in both Junior and Senior Divisions. Thursday, May 7 –…Find out more »
The Big Island Chocolate Festival is being held on May 8-9th, 2015 at the Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii on the Kohala Coast on the Big Island of Hawaii. The Festival encompasses seminars, demonstrations, a student chef competition, a professionally judged taste off competition, a gala fundraiser and a silent auction. Photo: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Dana EdmundsFind out more »
May Day by the Bay features Hawaiian music performed by groups from throughout Hawaii. Cultural demonstrations by local practitioners, a craft fair of Kaua’i made products, Hawaiian food, displays of local non-profits, and a Silent Auction. Hanalei Bay at sunset. Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson.Find out more »
Triathletes from around the world visit Oahu each May to compete in the Honolulu Triathlon. The triathlon features 1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run courses that begin and end at Ala Moana Park. Events leading up to the triathlon include “Hustle Up the Hyatt Stair Race” and a short-distance kid’s triathlon at Kapiolani Park in Waikiki.Find out more »
Every year on Memorial Day, thousands of people gather together at Magic Island at Ala Moana Beach Park to honor ancestors and loved ones who have passed away. More than 1,100 candle-lit lanterns are set afloat on the ocean, a traditional Buddhist rite originating in Japan. The ceremony also combines the local culture of hula with the Japanese Shomyo Choir and Taiko drums.Find out more »
Prepare for a magical weekend at the 34th Kapalua Wine & Food Festival June 11-14th, 2015. This annual ‘migration’ of oenophiles, gourmands and enthusiasts of the good life reunite on the shores of the Kapalua resort to celebrate, learn and experience the finest culinary trends and viniculture.Find out more »
This special three-day celebration begins with Hawaiian festivities on Friday evening, including a block party where last year, more than 40,000 people enjoyed the entertainment and food. The celebration includes a hula festival held at Ala Moana Center, where spectators have the rare opportunity to see hula groups from Japan perform with Hawaiian hula halau. The event culminates with a grand parade along Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki.Find out more »