In Hawai‘i, “keeping it local” and celebrating island food, art and culture are important. For many Hawai‘i residents, local support is the only thing that keeps them afloat, and for visitors and kama‘aina (locals) alike, cultural fun creates amiable festivities.
Celebrate Hawaiian-style at these O‘AHU FESTIVALS AND EVENTS:
• ALOHA FESTIVALS: Aloha Festivals is the largest Hawaiian cultural celebration in the United States. Founded in 1946, there are two not-to-be-missed signature events on O‘ahu: the 67th annual Waikiki Ho‘olaule‘a, Hawai‘i’s largest block party is slated for 6-9:30 p.m. Sept. 21 along Kalakaua Avenue, find lots of food and entertainment; and the 73rd annual Floral Parade makes its way down Kalakaua Avenue from Ala Moana Beach Park to Kapi‘olani Park 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Sept. 28. alohafestivals.com
• HAWAI‘I FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL: This annual event featuring celebrity chefs celebrating Hawai‘i’s bounty is in its ninth year and it continues to grow in popularity. O‘ahu’s events are slated for Oct. 23-27. Go to hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com for information on specific events and to purchase tickets.
• HONOLULU CITY LIGHTS: The Frank F. Fasi Civic Center Grounds lights up for the holiday season with this annual attraction that features dazzling light displays and family-friendly activities. It kicks off with the Public Workers’ Electric Light Parade along King Street on Dec. 7. The lights are on display through Dec 29, 2019. honolulucitylights.org NOTE: All event dates and times are subject to change. For updates, visit gohawaii.com.