Whether you're looking for cultural events or beer festivals, here are our picks across the Islands to help you get the most out of your March visit to Hawaii.
Prince Kuhio Festival
Held in honor of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole, parades and festivities include Oahu’s Prince Kuhio Commemorative Parade in Waikiki (10 a.m.-noon, Saratoga/Kalakaua to Kapiolani Park), and several events on Kauai, the island of his birth.
Free, various times and locations, princekuhiofestival.org.
Hina Matsuri Girls Day
Hawaii gives girls a day all their own, following the example of an old Japanese tradition. Tea parties, salon specials and gifts of mochi can be found all over the Islands.
Various times and locations.
Whale and Ocean Arts Festival
March 4 and 5
Artists and musicians team up with whale researchers and marine conservation nonprofits for this fun fest at Lahaina’s Banyan Tree Park, which pays tribute to the annual migration of Pacific Humpback Whales.
Free, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Banyan Tree Park, 648 Wharf Street and Front Street, Lahaina, (808) 667-9193, visitlahaina.com.
Taste of School Gardens
Set on the sunset lawn of the beautiful Hotel Wailea, this annual event features prominent Maui chefs creating delicious dishes with local and school garden-grown ingredients. Proceeds go to support Grow Some Good, a local school gardens project.
$150, 5 to 8:30 p.m., Hotel Wailea, 555 Kaukahi St., Wailea, growsomegood.org/events.
Kuana Torres Kahele
Experience a beautiful evening with Kuana Torres Kahele, who’s an award-winning Hawaiian musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, dancer and teacher.
$40 adults, $20 children ages 3-12, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., Maui Arts & Cultural Center, 1 Cameron Way, Kahului, (808) 242-7469, mauiarts.org/event-detail.php?id=483.
Bestselling artist, one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s “100 Greatest Singers of All Time” and 10-time Grammy winner Bonnie Raitt graces the stage on Maui. Opening will be special guests the California Honeydrops.
$49, $69, $89, and a limited number of $129 premium seats. 7 to 10 p.m., Maui Arts & Cultural Center, 1 Cameron Way, Kahului, (808) 242-7469, mauiarts.org/event-detail.php?id=513.http://mauiarts.org/event-detail.php?id=429
The Hoomau fundraiser for the children of Punana Leo o Maui Hawaiian Language Preschool features lively Hawaiian music, Hawaiian food booths, lauhala weaving net and lei making, a silent auction and a fun zone for the kids.
$5, children and seniors free. 9 a.m. to sunset at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, 150 Kanaloa Ave., Wailuku, hoomau.com.
Cherry Blossom Festival Ball
Honolulu’s annual festival celebrating Japanese culture and traditions culminates in this formal beauty pageant, where contestants go head to head for the title of Cherry Blossom Festival Queen.
$100, 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Waikiki, 2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, cbfhawaii.com.
23rd Annual Honolulu Festival
A vibrant blend of Asian, Pacific and Hawaiian cultural activities that includes a celebration of Ennichi (Japanese Saints Day), katana demonstrations, hula dance, movies and a fireworks show, culminates in the lavish Grand Parade through Waikiki.
Free, various locations. honolulufestival.com.
St. Patrick’s Day Block Party
Thousands attend this massive annual block party with Irish food, drinks, music and fun. Last year, the organizers sold approximately 2,500 pounds of corned beef and 6,000 oysters.
Free admission, street festival starts at 5 p.m. at Nuuanu and Merchant Streets, Honolulu, murphyshawaii.com/st-patricks-day.
Hawaii European Cinema
European films take to the big screen at this film festival, where all screenings are offered free to the community. The festival ends in a glamorous black tie awards gala at the historic Moana Surfrider hotel, where it is not uncommon to see local and international film stars walking the red carpet.
Empty Bowl Hawaii
Part of the fun of this grassroots fundraiser for Aloha Harvest, a nonprofit that gathers food to feed Hawaii’s hungry, is picking out one of the hundreds of beautiful handmade bowls made by Hawaii Potter’s Guild artisans. The other part is filling it with gourmet soups made by Hawaii’s best chefs.
$30-$75, 5 to 8:30 p.m., Pomaikai Ballrooms, 735 Iwilei Rd., Honolulu, emptybowlhawaii.org.
27th Annual Kona Brewers Festival
This sustainable brewfest features 72 ales and lagers from Hawaii and beyond, from perfected classics to innovative new brews, plus food and live entertainment. The fest’s breweries and restaurants donate their talent and time to raise funds for local environment, culture and youth programs.
$75, two sessions: noon to 3 p.m. and 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, 75-5660 Palani Rd., Kailua-Kona, konabrewersfestival.com.
17th Annual Great Waikoloa Ukulele Festival
A celebration of Hawaii’s favorite instrument, this musical fest brings ukulele artists and enthusiasts from all over the world together to strum along with each other, learn how to play and maybe win an ukulele. Guest stars include Willie K., Mark Yamanaka and Roy Sakuma.
Free, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott , 69-275 Waikoloa Beach Dr., Waikoloa Village, ukulelefestivalhawaii.org.
If you love avocados, we’ve got your new favorite festival. Free avocado preparation and delicious avocado dishes, plus grafting demonstrations, hula and live music at an oceanfront park.
Free, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Hale Halawai Park, 75-5760 Alii Dr., Kailua-Kona, hawaiianwellness.com/11th-annual-avocado-festival-coming-soon.