Hula halau (dance troupe) Ka No eau at a previous year's Prince Lot Hula Festival on Oahu. Photo: Moanalua Gardens Foundation.
 

Hawaii events in July

Wondering where to go and what to do for the rest of the month? Check out some of these great Hawaii art, culture and food events happening throughout the state and on the U.S. mainland!:

 

KAUAI

Kauai Food Tours, Various locations
Eat your way through Kauai’s North Shore or South Shore on this guided 4-hour tour. Meet the farmers and chefs, watch food and drink demonstrations and end your tour by walking through a farmer’s market.
Ongoing weekly $120

Koloa Plantation Days, Multiple locations near Koloa
Celebrate the sugar industry’s long history throughout the Islands at Kauai’s south shore—home of Hawaii’s first sugar plantation. Enjoy storytelling sessions with former plantation employees, history lessons at the town’s long-shuttered mill, traditional Hawaiian games, a weekend paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) rodeo, guided walks and hikes, as well as an outdoor movie screening, sports tournaments and a keiki (kids) ukulele competition.
July 17–July 26 Free

The Plantation Days Rodeo at Koloa Plantation Days. The event is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Photo: Koloa Plantation Days.

42nd Annual Luau and Silent Auction, Hanalei Canoe Club, Hanalei
Experience a Hawaii luau with music and entertainment that includes fire dancers. Fresh coconuts and canoe rides on the Hanalei River will also be available.
July 25 from 4:30 p.m. til 8:30 p.m. $40 advance, $50 at the door, $15 kids 12 and under

Kilauea Art Night, Stone Building, Kilauea
Discover and peruse the different Kauai vendors for art, crafts, jewelry, apparel, food as you listen to live music.
Last Saturday of each month4 p.m.–8 p.m. Free

 

OAHU

Artists of Hawaii, Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu
Check out the talent of Hawaii-based artists at this competitive biennial exhibit. The seven artists and one artist collective featured were selected from 249 artist entrants.
On display through Oct. 25 Adults $10, Age 17 and under free

Music of Hawaii, Doris Duke Theatre, Honolulu
Dance along and listen to traditional Hawaiian music with a lineup that includes Jerome Koko of award winning group Makaha Sons.
July 15, 7:30 p.m. $25 general admission, $20 museum members

Bayou Style Feast, Seaside Grill at Kahala Hotel & Resort, Honolulu
Spend a warm summer evening savoring the robust flavors of the south at this seafood feast on an oceanfront. Sip on your choice of selected craft beers and enjoy the live entertainment.
July 17 from 6 p.m. til 9 p.m.$75

Mangoes at the Moana, Moana Surfrider, A Westom Resort & Spa, Waikiki
Spend the day perusing the farmer’s market, attending cooking demonstrations and workshops, watching competitions, and learning how to mix cocktails that incorporate mangoes.
July 18 from 9 a.m. til 4 p.m. Check online for free and paid events schedule

Heather Brown will be featured at this year's Haliewa Arts Festival. Photo: Klick Communications.

Prince Lot Hula Festival, Moanalua Gardens, Moanalua
Bring picnic blankets and enjoy hula performances, honoring Prince Lot Kapuaiwa, who reprised the once forbidden hula. Food will be available for purchase and you can even snag limited edition festival shirts and souveneir buttons.
July 18 from 9 a.m.–4 p.m., and July 19 from 10 a.m. til 3 p.m. Free, donations accepted

45th Annual Ukulele Festival Hawaii, Kapiolani Park Bandstand, Waikiki
Join the thousands of residents and visitors who come out each year to celebrate the ukulele at this free concert.
July 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free

Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday: Surf’s Up! Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu
To celebrate the Honolulu Surf Film Festival, enjoy a day with the whole family by making surfboard keychains, helping carve sandboards, watching a film and more. There will also be a drawing contest for children ages 1-17 and the winner’s artwork will be in the following month’s brochure, website, and also receive a museum supporting membership.
July 19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free

Emily McIlroy's hummingbirds for the Artists of Hawaii exhibit at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Photo: Honolulu Museum of Art.

BLT Steak Roppongi One-Year Anniversary, Trump International Hotel, Honolulu
To celebrate one year since opening in Tokyo, BLT Steak Roppongi is partnering with sister restaurant BLT Steak Waikiki to offer prizes for those who dine at dinner from July 20 to September 19. There are over 30 prizes, with the grand prize to stay at Trump International Waikiki Beach Walk. Winners are chosen the week of September 21.
July 20 to Sept. 19 Dinner only

Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Doris Duke Theatre, Honolulu
Listen to the classical sounds of Hawaii Symphony Master Iggy Jang when he performs a potpourri of timeless favorites with his critically acclaimed string program.
July 23, 7:30 p.m. $25 general admission, $15 museum members/students/seniors 60+/military

40th Annual Queen Liliuokalani Keiki Hula Competition, Blaisdell Arena, Honolulu
Keiki ages 5-12 representing 22 hula halau will showcase their skills at this annual dance competition.
July 23–25 6 p.m. $12–$14

Amelia Earhart Birthday Celebration, Pacific Aviation Museum, Honolulu
Celebrate Amelia Earhart’s 118th birthday at the Pacific Aviation Museum—the location of her first attempted round-the-world flight. Cake and refreshments will be provided, and, if you dress like Amelia Earhart, you can win prizes and get free shuttle service.
July 24, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.Free admission

The Joy of Sake, Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu
Taste 391 premium sakes at the largest sake celebration outside of Japan. Sakes from every brewing region in Japan will be available, as well as a rising number from U.S. brewers. Japan’s reigning Miss Sake will also make an appearance.
July 31, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. $95-$145, $105 at the door

18th Annual Haleiwa Arts Fesitval, Haleiwa Beach Park, Haleiwa
This year’s art festival in Haleiwa will feature 140 visual artists, including surf icon Heather Brown. Spend the day watching live art performances, participating in free art projects and eating delicious food.
July 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and July 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free

 

MOLOKAI

M4Molokai, Starts at Kamalo Harbor
The Stand Up Paddle Association of Molokai will host the 3rd annual 8.5-mile paddle race. Registration fees will give you a rash guard, drinks, pupus, and entertainment. Free shuttles run to and from the race.
July 19 $75–$450 entry fees before July 16

Molokai2Oahu Paddleboard Race, Starts at Kalua Koi Beach, ends at Maunalua Beach Park
If you’re on Molokai or Oahu, you can watch the start or finish line as paddlers paddleboard 32 miles across the ocean from Molokai to Oahu.
July 26, beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Molokai

 

MAUI

Picnic for Poki, Kaahumanu Church, Wailuku Town
Every Thursday of the month, local performers carry on the tradition of Allen “Braddah Poki” Pokipala by performing music under the monkeypod tree at the Kaahumanu Church. There will be complimentary refreshments and snacks but the public is encouraged to pack a lunch and bring a picnic mat or lawn chair.
July 16, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free

A previous year's Picnic for Poki event. Photo: Diane Alba-Means.

Night at the Reef, Maui Ocean Center, Wailuku
RSVP now to explore the aquarium exhibits at night and stop by the different education stations. You’ll have the chance to interact with expert divers, aquarists and marine naturalists. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and other food and drinks will be available for purchase.
July 17, starts at 7:30 p.m. • $28 adults, $23 children ages 3-12

 

BIG ISLAND

Hawaii Coffee Association Conference, Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, Kailua-Kona
Each year, the Hawaii Coffee Association invites the public along with state-wide coffee industry growers, millers, wholesalers, roasters and retailers to elevate the consumption of Hawaii coffee around the world. Take a coffee processing tour and attend informative workshops.
July 16–19 • Registration $75–$2,000

Kokua Kailua Village Stroll, Kailua Village, Kailua-Kona
Enjoy an afternoon at Hulihee Palace with Hawaiian entertainment, browse around the different vendors, dine at the nearby restaurants and stroll through Kailua Village.
July 19, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Free

33rd Annual Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club Show, Daifukuji Soto Mission Hall, Kailua-Kona
Learn how to grow your own orchids, browse the colorful booming displays and even purchase an orchid for yourself. Complimentary refreshments and entertainment will be provided, and guests will receive a free orchid boutonniere corsage while they last.
July 19, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Free

20th Annual Huggo’s Wahine Fishing Tournament, Honokohau Harbor, Kailua-Kona
All women anglers are invited for a day on the water to compete in this all-day fishing tournament. This year’s theme is South Pacific Decadence, and women can compete for cash prizes in multiple categories. An awards ceremony will be held the following day.
Competition July 25, 8 a.m.–4 p.m., awards on July 26 start 6 p.m. $400 entry fee for competitors

 

MAINLAND

Hoike Hawaii Hula Competition, Wyndhan Orlando Resort, Orlando, FL
Enjoy two days of music, dance and food that showcases therts of Hawaiian and Polynesian culture. There will also be a concert which includes Jerome Koko of Makaha Sons.
July 18–19 Full schedule and prices online

2015 Tafesilafai Pacific Islander Festival, Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, CA
Learn about Pacific Island culture at this spiritual week-long festival where you can see live entertainment, purchase island products, and attend different workshops on food and more.
July 19–26, various times Free admission

Celebrity Chef Sam Choy Pop Up Dinner, The Stone House Café, Seattle, WA
James Beard Award-winning Chef Choy aka the “Godfather of Poke” has food trucks in Seattle serving up Hawaii style foods. But for one night, he will offer an island-style six-course menu, which will include poke made from fresh ahi tuna from Hawaii Island and surprise entertainment.
July 21, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. $70

3 Days of Aloha in the Pacific Northwest, Hilton Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, WA
Learn and celebrate Hawaii culture with live entertainment and a hula competition. Sign up for workshops on lei-making, Hawaiian quilting, Hawaiian instrument-making, and more.
July 23–25, various times Prices vary