Important events in Hawaii
If you think that you will just see sandy beaches, high waterfalls, deep valleys and picnic spots crowded with people ,and there is not much left in Hawaii aside from these. Then, you are definitely mistaken because, there is still a lot to be enjoyed. You can also have an opportunity to participate in the local cultural events which are organized regularly throughout the year. You must not miss the chance to attend these unforgettable events if you are in Hawaii during a period when a local event is on air those days.
These events start from the beginning of the calendar year. If you are interested in knowing about the local ancient Hawaiian Games, then there is no other event than the Ala Wai Challenge which is organized every year in January at the Ala Wai Park, Waikiki. It is a fantastic occasion to watch all the ancient Hawaiian Games in a little time. If you are an artist, then you will be delighted to watch the art work of artists from Hawaii at the Pacific Islands Arts Festival in Honolulu, which is organized annually in January. A golf championship is also organized at the start of the New Year in January at the Kapalua Resort in Maui which attracts the golfers to play for a huge amount of money. In February, Chinese New Year is celebrated throughout especially in Chinatown, Oahu. It is one of the important events where you can watch the traditional dances and enjoy fireworks. In the same month, there is a contest "SAND CASTLE BUILDING CONTEST" where artists and students participate to build sand buildings of their own choice using their creativity.
It's the end of February and start of March when the weather at Makaha Beach in Oahu is excellent. A surfing contest is arranged during this period which is a source of attraction in the end of winter season at the Hawaiian Islands. In the mid of March, the St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on 17th of March. The event is made special by arranging a parade throughout the Island which is a source of great interest for children as it includes clowns and Bagpipers wandering through the streets. Annual Kona Chocolate Festival is a three day festival specially celebrated for the chocolate that is produced in Hawaii. You can taste the newly developed chocolates and ice creams along with attending the seminars on chocolate.
A state holiday is celebrated on 26th of March to celebrate the birth of the local Prince Kuhio. Hawaii’s biggest dance festival is organized in the last week of March in Hilo, The Big Island. This competition, Merrie Monarch Hula Festival, includes all classes of dance from ancient to modern era.
In June visitors can watch films in a five day film festival at the Wailea Resort in Maui. A dance competition, King Kamehameha Hula Competition, is also organized in June, in which dancers from all around the world participate. The month of July in the Hawaiian Islands is also full of festivals related to pineapples, food, wine and fireworks. The students of Hawaii wait for the Hawaii International Jazz Festival, arranged in August. The event includes giveaways of scholarships to students along with the evening concerts which are very well enjoyed by the public.
The month of October attracts the windsurfers and the musician from the world as Aloha Classic World Wave sailing Championship and Hamakua Music Festival are celebrated in this month. The end of each year is special as all islands participate in the Honolulu Marathon and celebrate the Festival Of lights, and above all, The Christmas.