The Hawaiian Islands are a beautiful tropical destination in the Pacific Ocean. There are many Hawaiian islands to choose from, each with its own unique set of attractions. Hawaii hosts many annual attractions and fun festivals that celebrate Hawaiian tradition and culture. While vacationing in Hawaii is a pleasure at all times of year, if you are planning a trip consider planning it around one of these events to fully appreciate Hawaiian culture.
Merrie Monarch Festival
Each April, the Big Island of Hawaii holds the annual Merrie Monarch Festival to celebrate the art of hula. This week-long festival attracts hula dancers from around the world and celebrates all of the arts and traditions inspired by King David Kalakaua. The festival features Polynesian arts and crafts, and a large parade will flow through the streets of Hilo. At the end of the week Miss Aloha Hula will be crowned.
The Kona Orchid Society on the Big Island is a non-profit organization designed to celebrate this beautiful tropical flower. Every year on Mother’s Day weekend they hold their annual Orchid Show in the Old Kona Airport. There you will find the largest selection of orchids you will ever see, along with several arts and craft vendors. The Kona Orchid Society also hosts many smaller events throughout the year and welcomes new participants who grow orchids for a hobby or a profession.
The annual Aloha Festival is a week-long series of events held in Oahu around the end of September and early October. The festival has been running since 1946 and is the largest celebration of Hawaiian culture in the United States. The events are all centered around Hawaiian history, traditions, music, dance, and art. The event attracts approximately 100,000 people each year.
King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade
Each year in early June the Island of Oahu hosts the King Kamehameha Floral Parade. The celebration begins with a Lei Draping ceremony and a day full of events. The parade route ends in Kapiolani Park and the park and downtown Oahu have events all day long. Some local museums and attractions will also be offering free admission during this day of celebration.
Kona Coffee Cultural Festival
If you are a coffee lover you are sure to be a fan of Kona coffee. When you visit the Big Island of Hawaii all year round you can tour the Kona coffee fields and taste and buy fresh Kona coffee. If you’re in Hawaii during the first week of November you can partake in the 10-day Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. The festival hosts a wide variety of events for attendees of all ages including farm tours, art contests, a coffee picking contest, concerts, and the Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship Pageant.
These are just a few of the annual events you can enjoy when visiting the Hawaiian Islands. Remember when visiting the Hawaiian islands it is inexpensive and easy to island hop via local charter planes and Hawaiian airlines. This way you can experience more that Hawaii has to offer and easily access these fun annual events.
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