Calendar of events

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.

April

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.

May

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.

June

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.

July

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. (808) 532-8700.

August

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.

September

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.

October

Throughout Month. Aloha Festivals continue on Maui (1 through 10), Kauai (8 through 17) and Lanai (15 through 24). (800) 852-7690.

November

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 various locations.

December

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.

January

TBA. Pro Bowl Festivities. Many events are built around the playing of the Pro Bowl, which takes place at the Aloha Bowl. Oahu. (888) 464-6665.

February

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.

March

TBA. Whalefest Week. More events commemorating the humpbacks' return are held on the west side of Maui, in Lahaina and Kaanapali. (808) 661-3271. n

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