Islands in rhythm for Aloha days

HONOLULU -- This year's Aloha Festivals, a statewide celebration of everything Hawaiian, starts Sept. 15 on Oahu and runs through Oct. 29 on Maui.

All six Hawaiian islands will have a combined 300 events including block parties, parades, balls, aloha shirt contests and cultural demonstrations.

On Oahu, the festivals run from Sept. 15 to Sept. 24.

Oahu highlights are the floral parade in Honolulu on Sept. 16, a downtown Honolulu block party Sept. 15 and a block party in Waikiki Sept. 22.

For other islands, festival dates are as follows:

  • The Big Island, Sept. 22 through Oct. 1. On Sept. 22 there is the Great Waikoloa Ho'olaule'a, or party, at the Waikoloa Resort. Music, food and crafts will precede a fireworks display at the end of the day. Also on the Big Island, the He Halia Aloha o Liliuokalani, or Queen Liliuokalani Birthday Celebration, takes place in Queen Liliuokalani Park in Hilo Sept. 24, starting at 8:30 a.m.
  • Molokai, Sept. 24 through Oct. 8. The Molokai Parade in Kaunakakai on Sept. 30 starts at 9 a.m., followed by a block party at noon.
  • Lanai, Oct. 6 through Oct. 15. On Oct. 6, the Dole Park Dancing Party happens in Dole Park from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. On Oct. 7, the Lanai Ho'olaule'a offers ukulele-making demonstrations among other Hawaiian crafts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Kauai, Oct. 13 through Oct. 22. The Keoneloa Music Festival at the Hyatt Regency Kauai will take place Oct. 13 with Hawaiian music and dance, starting at 6:30 p.m.
  • Maui, Oct. 20 through Oct. 29. In Wailuku on Oct. 21, a daylong crafts, food and Maui products fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Aloha Festivals
    Phone: (800) 852-7690

    For more events information, check the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau Web site under the calendar of events.

    Hawaii VCB
    Web: www.gohawaii.com

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