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Your Ultimate Guide to Watching the 2019 Merrie Monarch Festival

Get ready for the “Olympics of hula” from April 25 to 27.
2019.04.16 06:23 PM

What It’s Really Like Organizing the Merrie Monarch Festival

Luana Kawelu, 79, took over as president of the Merrie Monarch Festival after her mom, Dottie Thompson, who was instrumental in reviving the event in the 1970s, died in 2010.
2019.04.09 05:23 PM

Your Ultimate Guide to the 2019 Hawaiian Scottish Festival & Highland Games

Grab your kilt and get your canned haggis fix at the 38th annual event on April 6 and 7.
2019.03.26 04:55 PM

Why the Cherry Blossom Festival’s Ancestry Requirement Change Still Matters

With the crowning of the 67th festival queen and court on Saturday, March 16, we take a look back at 1999, a pivotal year for the historic event.
2019.03.13 04:19 PM

Your Ultimate Guide to the 2019 Honolulu Festival

Catch live cultural performances, indulge in food from across the globe and more from March 8-10.
2019.02.25 05:27 PM

Best of the Fests: O‘ahu’s 21 Annual Ethnic Festivals

Stuff your face with authentic food while soaking in the cultures of the Islands. From hula and Chinese lion dances to taiko and opera, this list of 21 ethnic festivals on O‘ahu won’t disappoint.
2019.01.25 05:00 PM

How 5 Popular Ethnic Festivals in Honolulu Adapt While Keeping Traditions Alive

Hurricane threats, new fees and money troubles have suddenly forced some of Honolulu’s decades-old ethnic festivals to pivot and change course in the past few years.
2019.01.24 02:00 PM

Why So Many Major Events Are Leaving Kapi‘olani Regional Park

Kapi‘olani Regional Park is somewhat of an anomaly: It is managed by the city but governed by a trust.
2019.01.24 07:00 AM

2018 Festa Italiana

The second annual event brought a taste of Italy to Honolulu with a mix of authentic Italian food, drinks, performances and a showcase of European luxury cars.
2018.10.08 10:00 AM

2018 Okinawan Festival

The two-day festival was held at the Hawai‘i Convention Center for the first time in the popular event’s 35-year run.
2018.09.03 10:00 AM

2018 Prince Lot Hula Festival

July 2018 marked the second year, in the festival’s 40-year run, that it was held at historic ‘Iolani Palace.
2018.07.25 06:00 AM