A roundup of 10 of the bigger festivals and events coming to Hawaii over the next year.
Going to Hawaii? Here’s a sampling of the islands’ bigger festivals and events — from music and hula to film and surfing — coming up over the next year. Some require tickets, some are free.
Hawaii’s glorious beaches, of course, are always free. And all are open to the public, even in front of the fanciest hotels, thanks to state law. If you’re lucky, you’ll see one of nature’s top shows — humpback whales breaching during their winter migration.
Get more information on Hawaii events and sights through the state’s tourism office, gohawaii.com
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Kona Coffee Cultural Festival: Hawaii’s oldest culinary festival — at 45 years — celebrates the Kona coffee that’s grown on Hawaii Island (the Big Island). Coffee plantation tours, art festivals, historical exhibits and more. And, of course, coffee drinking. Nov. 6-15, 2015. konacoffeefest.com.
Hawaii International Film Festival: East meets West with feature films, documentaries, seminars and receptions focused on films from the Asia-Pacific region. Honolulu, Nov. 12-22, 2015. HIFF.org.
Hawaii Slack Key Guitar Festival: Top slack-key musicians. Nov. 15, Kauai (plus concerts on other islands). slackkeyfestival.com.
Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. Top surfers compete in various events on Oahu’s North Shore, from mid November to mid December, culminating in the Billabong Pipe Masters. Visitors can watch from the North Shore beach by the big-wave Banzai Pipeline. TripleCrownOfSurfing.com.
PGA Tour: Two major golf tournaments will be played in January 2016 in Hawaii: the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Jan. 7-10 in Maui, and the Sony Open in Honolulu, Jan. 14-17. pga.com.
Honolulu Festival: Celebrating Hawaiian and Pacific Rim traditional and modern dance, art and more with three days of free performances/exhibits around Honolulu. March 11-13, 2016. honolulufestival.com.
Merrie Monarch Festival: A weeklong celebration of Hawaiian culture, including parades, crafts, music and hula. Hilo on the Big Island, March 27- April 2, 2016. merriemonarch.com.
Ukulele Festival Hawaii: A joyous day of ukulele concerts — including 800 schoolchildren strumming together. Waikiki, July 17, 2016. ukulelefestivalhawaii.org/en.
Hawaii Food and Wine Festival: This two-week culinary extravaganza is scattered across the islands, with many events in Honolulu from cooking demonstrations and specialty dining to food tours, wine tastings and more. Oct. 14-30, 2016. hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com.
Aloha Festivals: An annual weeklong September cultural celebration — Hawaii’s biggest — with performances, parades and more in Oahu, Maui and other islands. alohafestivals.com/aloha-events.htm.