Following is a sampling of events that families can enjoy together
throughout the year in the state of Hawaii. Some dates are not yet
available; clients should call ahead.
24. Banyan Tree Birthday Party. A birthday cake, displays and
historical information will honor the 126th birthday of this
Lahaina landmark. Front Street, Lahaina, Maui. (808) 667-9175.
1. 20th Annual Lei Festival and Competition. Live Hawaiian music
and entertainment, as well as arts and crafts are the highlights of
this gathering. Wailea, Maui. (808) 879-1922.
15. Molokai Ka Hula Piko. This event celebrates the birth of the
hula, and features performances by dancers, musicians and singers.
Hawaiian crafts, woodworking, feather art and scrimshaw will be on
display, and Hawaiian food will be available. Papohaku Beach Park,
Molokai. (800) 800-6367.
12. King Kamehameha
Parade. This tribute to Hawaii's great King Kamehameha features
floral floats, music, hula, food booths and arts and crafts. Front
Street, Lahaina, Maui. (808) 667-9175.
13. The Pan-Pacific Festival Parade. Costumed performers,
marching bands and floats travel from Ala Moana Park to Kapiolani
Park. Oahu. (808) 923-2951.
11. Artspree '99. Artists, dancers, storytellers and musicians
celebrate the contemporary arts. Visitors can tour the galleries,
dine at the cafe or relax with the family in the museum gardens.
Free admission. The Contemporary Museum, Oahu. (808) 526-1322.
22 through Aug. 22. Artists of Hawaii 1999. This statewide
event, a multi-media exhibition, will display some of the best work
of Hawaii's artistic community. Honolulu Academy of the Arts, Oahu.
TBA. The Sixth Annual Keiki Amateur Contest. This talent
competition features children doing their best at song, dance and
more at Kaahumanu Center Maui. (808) 877-4325.
Monthlong. Aloha Festival. Each of the islands holds a series of
festivals during this statewide cultural celebration. Kickoff is on
Oahu, with opening ceremonies at historic Iolani Palace and a
street party in Honolulu. The theme for the 1999 festival is "Hui
Pu i ka Hula, Together in Song and Dance." (800) 852-7690.
4. Aloha Festivals Keiki Makahiki. A day for the children, with
games, music, dance and sports at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau, the City of
Refuge, an ancient Hawaiian cultural park on the Kona Coast. Big
Island. (808) 885-8086.
Throughout Month. Aloha Festivals continue on Maui (1 through
10), Kauai (8 through 17) and Lanai (15 through 24). (800)
End of the month through April. The annual return of the
endangered Pacific humpback whales. Maui's whaling village of
Lahaina offers wonderful views of the whales. Tours leave from
10. Candlelight Christmas at Mission Houses Museum. Families can
enjoy guided tours, cooking demonstrations, newly restored 1820s
Frame House and a concert. Oahu. (808) 531-0481.
TBA. Pro Bowl Festivities. Many events are built around the
playing of the Pro Bowl, which takes place at the Aloha Bowl. Oahu.
TBA. Whale Week on Maui. A series of events takes place on the
island's south side this week to honor the humpback whales.
Included is the Parade of Whales and the Wild and Wonderful Whale
Regatta. Wailea. (808) 879-8860.
TBA. Whalefest Week. More events commemorating the humpbacks'
return are held on the west side of Maui, in Lahaina and Kaanapali.
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