Congratulations to those who are graduating from school this season, whether it be high school or college! May all your dreams come true.
37th ANNUAL KAPALUA WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL (Kapalua, Maui) 6/7-6/10
PAN-PACIFIC FESTIVAL: MATSURI IN HAWAI'I (Honolulu, Oahu) 6/9-6/11
Expect to hear taiko drums rhythmically thumping the the background of the blockwide opening day ho'olaule'a (celebration), which will also feature Hawaiian music, hula and ethnic cuisine. The entire matsuri (festival) culminates in a parade down Kalakaua Avenue.
LANTERN FLOATING CEREMONY (Honolulu, Oahu) 5/28
The sounding of the pu (conch shell) marks the commencement of this deeply meaningful tradition that recurs every Memorial Day. Wade your way through Ala Moana Beach Park to watch thousands of floating lanterns as they're released into the water in honor of those who are no longer with us.
MOLOKA'I KA HULA PIKO (Maunaloa, Moloka'i) 5/31-6/2
In oral Hawaiian mo'olelo (histories), a woman named La'ila'i made her home on Molokai and introduced the art of hula to the island's people, which then spread to the other Hawaiian Islands. To celebrate the birth of hula, halau (troupes) perform over the course of three days, and the event ends with a grand ho'olaule'a.
KING KAMEHAMEHA DAY (Statewide) 6/11
Estimated to stand over 7 feet tall, King Kamehameha is a monumental figure in Hawaiian history. From Kaua'i to Lana'i, floral parades and pa'u horseback riders (ladies wearing long skirts) will take to the streets to honor Hawai'i's great unifier, as well as to celebrate Hawaiian culture.
FIFTH FRIDAY (Lana'i City, Lana'i) 6/29
Little Lana'i lets its hair down every fifth Friday, lighting up Dole Park with music, food and drinks.