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Hawaii Events , Festivals, & Public Holidays
Jan blue arrowMaui Pro Surf Meet (surfing competition at Honolua Bay & Hookipa Beach)
blue arrowChinese New Year (Chinatown, Oahu)
blue arrowPacific Islands Arts Festival (food & local art in Waikiki, Oahu)
Feb blue arrowWhale Fest Week (whale-related events, Lahaina & Kaanapali, Maui)
blue arrowPolynesian Festival (food, entertainment, & crafts in Waikiki, Oahu)
blue arrowMardi Gras (Hilo, Big Island)

blue arrow17th: St. Patrick's Day Parade (Waikiki, Oahu)
blue arrowRun to the Sun (foot race Paia to Haleakala, Maui)
blue arrow26th: Prince Kuhio Day (statewide celebrations)

Apr blue arrowMerrie Monarch Festival (cultural events & hula in Hilo, Big Island)
blue arrow15th: Father Damien DeVeuster Day (Molokai)
May blue arrow1st: Lei Day (statewide celebrations)
blue arrow3rd Saturday: Molokai Ka Hula Piko (hula festival at Papohaku Beach Park, Molokai)
blue arrowBankoh Hoomanao (outrigger canoe race Kaanapali, Maui to Waikiki, Oahu)
Jun blue arrow11th: Kamehameha Day (statewide celebrations)
blue arrowMaui Film Festival (outdoor film, food, & wine in Wailea, Maui)
blue arrowKihoalu (slack-key guitar festival at Maui Arts & Cultural Center)
blue arrowTaste of Honolulu (wine, food, & entertainment in Honolulu, Oahu)
Jul blue arrow4th: Parker Ranch Rodeo (Waimea, Big Island)
blue arrow4th: Makawao Rodeo (Makawao, Maui)
blue arrowQuicksilver Cup (windsurfing competition at Kanaha Beach Park, Maui)
blue arrowBig Island Hawaiian Music & Slack Key Festival (Hilo, Big Island )
blue arrowHawaii International Jazz Festival (Honolulu, Oahu)
Aug blue arrowHawaian International Billfish Tournament (Kailua-Kona, Big Island)
Sep blue arrow2nd: Queen Liliuokalani Day
blue arrowQueen Liliuokalani Long Distance Canoe Races (Kailua-Kona, Big Island)
blue arrowAloha Festival (week long festivals on each island)
Oct blue arrowAloha Festival (week long festivals on each island)
blue arrowIronman Triathlon World Championship (Kailua-Kona, Big Island)
blue arrowHamakua Music Festival (Honokaa, Big Island)
blue arrowHalloween Parade (Lahaina, Maui & Waikiki, Oahu)
blue arrow(or early Nov) Aloha Classic (windsurfing competition at Hookipa, Maui)
blue arrowMacadamia Nut Festival (Hilo, Big Island)
Nov blue arrowWorld Invitation Hula Festival (Honolulu, Oahu)
blue arrowHawaii International Film Festival (statewide & Honolulu, Oahu)
blue arrowTriple Crown of Surfing, Hawaiian Pro (Haleiwa, Oahu)
Dec blue arrowTriple Crown of Surfing, Pipe Masters (Banzai Pipeline at Sunset Beach, Oahu)
blue arrowPGA Grand Slam (golf tournament at Poipu, Kauai)
blue arrowHonolulu Marathon (Honolulu, Oahu)
blue arrowAloha Bowl (football classic at Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Oahu)

*Please note that exact dates of surfing competitions depend on current wave conditions. Check specialized websites and surf update phone numbers for exact contest dates.

Public Holidays

*Particularly useful to know about since accommodations will book up faster, there can be more demand for travel-related services, and prices could be higher.

Jan 1 New Year's Day
3rd Monday in Jan Dr Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday
3rd Monday in Feb President's Day
March 26 Prince Kuhio Day
Monday after Easter Easter Monday
May 1 Lei Day
Last Monday in May Memorial Day
June 11 Kamehameha Day
July 4 Independence Day
3rd Friday in August Admission/Statehood Day
1st Monday in Sept Labor Day
2nd Monday in Oct Columbus Day
November 11 Veteran's Day
4th Thursday in Nov Thanksgiving
December 25 Christmas Day
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