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Top Events in Hawaii for 2014!

The Festive Islands of Aloha  -  Dive deep into Hawaii’s local community and you’ll discover a culture alive with “paniolo” (cowboys), Chinese dragons, fire dancers, ethnic festivals, culinary events, and an exotic collection of celebrations unique in all the world. Throughout the year, you’ll also encounter parades, street parties, food and craft fairs, concerts and family activities that honor every aspect of Hawaii’s diverse culture.

PGA Tour's SBS Championship

January on Maui, Hawaii

PGA TOUR’s Hyundai Tournament of Champions - A must see event for golf lovers around the world, this annual event is one of the most prestigious on the PGA TOUR - only champions from the previous season may compete. The championship takes place at the beautiful Plantation Course on Kapalua Resort.  Visit:

Sony Open in Hawaii

January 6-12, 2014 on Oahu, Hawaii

Each January the Sony Open in Hawaii attracts 144 of the world's greatest golf professionals to the Waialae Country Club on the island of Oahu. The event is the largest charity event in Hawaii and has raised over $7 million dollars for the local non-for-profits since 1999. One of the most international events on the PGA TOUR schedule, the Sony Open showcases international golf talent and camaraderie against the backdrop of Hawaii’s natural beauty to the world.

Merrie Monarch Festival

April 20 - 26, 2014 on the Big Island, Hawaii

The Merrie Monarch Festival is considered the world's premier forum for people of all ages to display their skills and knowledge of the art of ancient and modern hula. The week-long festival begins with Ho’olaulea (music festival) and continues all week with other festivities and the hula competition. The big Merrie Monarch Royal Parade through Hilo ends the festival. Visit:

Aloha Festivals

August, September, October  - Statewide, Hawaii

Aloha Festivals was first held in 1947 as Aloha Week, but has grown over the past five decades to encompass nearly a hundred events statewide over a two month period. It has become a celebration of our Hawaiian Culture integrated with the traditions and cultures of each of the islands through music, dance, cuisine and art. Each year, hundreds of volunteers labor to stage the events, which are enjoyed by nearly one million people.  Visit:

Molokai Hoe Canoe Race

October 12, 2014 - Molokai / Waikiki, Hawaii

The Molokai Hoe is one of the longest running annual team sporting events in Hawaii, second only to football. Celebrating more than 55 crossings of the Kaiwi Channel, this men’s race attracts more than 100 teams of canoe paddlers from around the world. It starts at Hale O Lono Harbor on Molokai and finishes at Duke Kahanamoku Beach in Waikiki across 41 miles of open-ocean.  The Molokai Hoe tests the limits of physical and mental strength and endurance, courage determination and teamwork, and paddlers must also battle nature's most extreme elements. Visit:

Coconut Festival

October  on Kauai, Hawaii

Are you ready to immerse yourself in all things coconut?  This popular event at Kapaa Beach Park highlights the cultural, social and historical importance of the coconut. Crafters are on hand selling their island products. There are coconut games, coconut crafts and coconut contests. Visit Kauai’s Coconut Marketplace, an open-air market which houses 70 different shops and restaurants. Every Wednesday evening the marketplace offers free entertainment including local hula dancers. Visit

Eo e Emalani i Alaka’i Festival

October on Kauai, Hawaii

Various hula halau from across the state come to dance on the meadow fronting the Kokee Natural History Museum. The Emalani Festival features a royal procession, Hawaiian entertainment, hula, crafts and demonstrations. Held annually on the second Saturday in October, the festival is one of Hawaii’s most authentic cultural experiences. Visit

Ford Ironman World Championship

October 11th, 2014 on the Big Island, Hawaii

The defining race in the sport for any avid triathlete, the Ford Ironman World Championship features 1,800 of the strongest triathletes in one of the biggest challenges the sport has to offer. Highlights of the challenge include 2.4-miles of swimming, 112-miles of biking, and a 26.2-mile marathon run through tough ocean waves, and challenging lava-covered terrain. What makes this event so unique is that "average" people get to compete alongside the best in the world. Visit:

Vans World Cup of Surfing

November to December in  Oahu, Hawaii

Dude, Surf's up!  The most successful professional surfing series in the world takes place on Oahu’s North Shore with different competitions including the Reef Hawaiian Pro (men) and Cholo’s Hawaiian Pro (women) at Haleiwa Alii Beach Park, the O’Neil World Cup of Surfing (men) and Gidget Pro (women) at Sunset Beach and the Billabong Pipe Masters (men) and Vans Duel for the Jewel (women) at Banzai Pipeline. Visit:

E Ho `i Mai I Ka Piko Hula - World Invitational Hula Festival

November in Honolulu, Hawaii

World Invitational Hula Festival Celebrated Its Twentieth Anniversary in 2012, the World Invitational Hula Festival is an ongoing celebration of Hawaiian culture, art, history, language, and relationship to all natural things in the Hawaiian Environment. Hula halau (schools) from Hawaii, California, Mexico, and Japan gather to celebrate the Hawaiian culture and language at the Waikiki Shell where they perform traditional and contemporary hula judged by kumu hula(masters). Visit:

Honolulu Marathon

December 14, 2014 in Oahu, Hawaii

One of the world’s largest and most festive road races, the Honolulu Marathon 26.2-mile, scenic course includes spectacular views along world famous Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head. Since the race began in 1973 it has grown to average about 25,000 athletes, a good number of which travel from as far as Japan to take part. Visit:

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Celebration

December 31, 2014  - Oahu, Hawaii

Aloha Tower Marketplace rings in the New Year with an unparalleled New Year's Eve celebration featuring waterfront dining, shopping, free live entertainment on multiple stages and a spectacular front row fireworks display over Honolulu Harbor at midnight. Center Stage festivities begin at 7pm with live entertainment, free giveaways, face painting, balloon animals and more. Several Marketplace restaurants will host special menus and packages for the evening.   Visit:

Ironman World Championships in October, 2014!

Van’s World Cup of Surfing Championship - Oahu
Our favorite events for 2014! 
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Molokai Hoe Race image courtesy of Ropati