As America’s only island state, Hawaii is marked with a lush landscape, a mild climate and many animal species that are entirely unique to the islands. Hawaii consists of eight major islands that were formed by volcanic activity centuries ago. For many years, Hawaii was the home of profitable sugar and pineapple exports; today, the island’s economy relies on a steady influx of tourists. Beyond the state’s natural attractions, Hawaii is also home to cultural experiences, including musical festivals, art shows and much more.
Beginning in August and extending well into October, the people from the various islands come together to celebrate the Polynesian cultures found in the state. Hundreds of volunteers present a number of activities that include everything from art exhibits and costume displays to dancing and musical performances. Opening ceremonies introduce the royal court who reign throughout the festivities. Various stages present traditional demonstrations and shows. The event also features a gala floral parade, arts and craft vendors and plenty of native foods. All activities are free and open to the public.
- Molokai / Waikiki, Hawaii in Molokai, HI.
In October, approximately 1,000 athletes arrive, form teams and participate in this traditional canoe race that journeys 41 miles across open ocean in a test of endurance, strength and courage. The men's race begins at the Hale O Lono Harbor and finishes at Duke Kahanamoku Beach. The race commemorates the traditional form of island transportation and represents one of the oldest sporting events in the state.
The event spans a weekend in October and celebrates the native fruit that once grew here in abundance. The popular celebration includes a myriad of family friendly activities that include cooking demonstrations, crafts, games and contests all evolving around the coconut. The event provides the opportunity to learn various aspects about the fruit that include its various forms and uses.
- Honolulu, Hawaii in Honolulu, HI.
This annual December event welcomes tens of thousands to participate in the 26.2 mile foot race that begins in Waikiki and finishes at historic Diamond Head. Considered one of the most highly attended marathons in the country, the route provides runners with the chance to travel along the spectacular coast on beaches, through parks and past monuments. Watching the event costs nothing, but participating requires an entrance fee.
- Statewide in , HI.
Locals and guests alike ring in the New Year island style in the glamorous city by venturing to the Aloha Tower Marketplace for a variety of special events. Watch a dazzling fireworks display over the harbor, see art and plant exhibits, enjoy the live music, giveaways and carnivals in anticipation of midnight.