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EXTP Newsletter
January 2023

Family-Fun Festivals throughout the Hawaiian Islands

Planning a family trip can often be challenging when seeking activities to interest each family member. Luckily, the Hawaiian Islands offer exciting festivals that appeal to all generations, making Hawaiʻi the ideal destination for clients wanting to enjoy family vacations filled with fun, lasting memories of loved ones.

Kaua‘i's largest and longest-running festival, Waimea Town Celebration, celebrates its 45th anniversary with nine days of music concerts, cultural exhibits and vibrant cuisine, all culminating in a two-day ho‘olaule‘a (celebration). Held between February 18-26, this festival is an enriching way for clients to experience the history and culture of historic Waimea town in West Kaua‘i.


If your clients are heading to O‘ahu this spring, consider having them check out the annual Waikiki SPAM JAM, which takes place on April 29. This festival celebrates Hawai‘i’s love for, of course, Spam, with local restaurants offering creative Spam dishes alongside special events and merchandise from Hawai‘i crafters. Just around the corner from the Waikiki SPAM JAM is Lei Day, which has been celebrated annually since 1928 on May 1. Held at Kapi‘olani Park in Waikīkī, this event honors one of Hawai‘i’s most emblematic symbols of aloha, lei, and the traditions surrounding it with festivities, including pageants and competitions for lei queen and the crafting of colorful, fragrant flower lei.

For clients who love art and culture, they will not want to miss The Celebration of the Arts at the Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua from April 7-8. The celebration is one of Hawai‘i’s premier arts and cultural festivals where clients can experience oli (chants), music and hula, hands-on art workshops, cultural demonstrations, local-made films, and Hawaiian cultural panels. Food enthusiasts can interact with Maui’s local farmers and ranchers at the Maui AgFest on June 3, presented by the Maui County Farm Bureau. Your clients will enjoy Maui’s agriculture history and culture through farmers' markets, ʻono (delicious) food booths, educational activities, and more.

Island of Hawai‘i
Island of Hawai‘i-bound clients shouldn’t miss the rich cultural festivals offered throughout the year! From June 9-11, the Hawai‘i Kuauli Pacific and Asia Cultural Festival celebrates the island’s cultural melting pot. Attendees will enjoy tasty authentic food, fashion, cultural expressions, a keiki hula (children’s hula) competition and cultural workshops. In November, Hawaiʻi’s longest-running food festival, the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is a caffeinated, week-long event that honors local farmers and their hard work to harvest some of the world’s best coffee. Complete with coffee tastings, cupping competitions, farm and mill tours, coffee art exhibits, and an evening lantern parade, this event is a must for all coffee enthusiasts.

Festivals of Hawaii

Waimea Town Celebration
February 18-25, 2023

Honolulu Festival
March 10-12, 2023

Maui Pops Orchestra - Winter Pops
February 26, 2023

Island of Hawai‘i
Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival
February 04, 2023

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Celebrating its 27th anniversary in 2023, the Honolulu Festival is one of Hawai‘i’s premier cultural events. The three-day festival shares the rich, vibrant cultures of Hawai‘i and its Pacific Rim neighbors with attendees through arts and entertainment, educational programs and activities, craft fairs, and a grand evening parade through Waikīkī. The festival concludes with the colorful and dramatic Nagaoka Fireworks show off Waikīkī’s beaches.

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