When it comes to regular events, Hawaii’s are hard to beat. The year kicks off with the annual Cherry Blossom Festival on Oahu. Paying homage to the state’s large Japanese community, the festival offers a fantastic opportunity to brush up on your knowledge of Japanese heritage. Honolulu, meanwhile, is home to a thriving Chinese community and so each February, Chinese New Year is celebrated with traditional Chinese flair.
Celebrated on Hawaii Island each April, the Merrie Monarch Festival sees Hilo town transform itself into a gigantic stage showcasing the best of Hawaii’s arts, crafts and dance performances. Then there’s Lei Day. Celebrated all over Hawaii, Lei Day is Hawaii’s version of May Day. The Hawaiian Food and Wine Festival highlights the best locally sourced cuisine Hawaii has to offer. Celebrated over three weekends in Maui, this festival offers gastronomical excellence and a wide variety of flavours, from fresh seafood to lush vegetables grown in volcanic soil.
During the month of May, Hawaii morphs into an interactive performance with displays of traditional music all over the place. It’s a celebration of the ukulele as much as the art of storytelling through music, and each year this festival gets bigger and more popular. Every June, Hawaiians all over the state celebrate King Kamehameha Day. In honour of this one-time leader and powerful warrior, the streets come to life with flower-filled parades.