Photo: Keiki on sled
Keiki enjoy he‘e hōlua as one of the many makahiki games available at the event. - Photo: Courtesy Turtle Bay Resort


Jan. 12, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Makahiki Kuilima is a significant cultural event featuring traditional Hawaiian games and food, Native Hawaiian artisans, crafters, demonstrations and hula. This event perpetuates, educates and shares Hawaiian culture, values and practices through Makahiki traditions. Free. Turtle Bay Resort. For more information, email

Photo: Keiki on sled
Keiki enjoy he‘e hōlua as one of the many makahiki games available at the event. – Photo: Courtesy Turtle Bay Resort

Waimea Ocean Film Festival

Jan. 1-4 (Waimea, Mauna Kea Resort and The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i) and 5-9 (Four Seasons Resort Hualālai)

To kick off the new year, the Waimea Ocean Film Festival offers guests a great opportunity to learn about surf, marine life, and more. Over 60 films feature ocean environment, island culture, inspiring stories and adventure. Festival passes are available at

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert – Aloha Music

Jan. 4, 4 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Listen to and learn from award-winning traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar and ukulele artists! “Tune your world to Aloha!” Award-winning concert artists Doug and Sandy McMaster have dedicated their lives to continuing their family tradition of slack key music. The whole ‘ohana can enjoy the concert! General admission: $25; age 13-19 and 50 plus: $20; age 6-12: free. Hanalei Community Center,

Songs of the Pacific

Jan. 5, 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Join the Whale Trust research team for an enchanting night celebrating the majestic humpback whale song! This benefit event will help fund the Whale Trust research team’s humpback whale-behavior studies for the upcoming season. Special guest include Grammy Award-winning singer songwriter John Cruz! For tickets and more information, go to

Dept. of Health Food Handler Certificate Class

Jan. 8, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The State Department of Health, Food Safety Program offers a free, two-hour certification class on safe food handling practices. Attending he class and passing the test at the end will earn you a certificate. This class will also help you to understand and use sanitary requirements for food preparation, handling and storage. Free, Department of Health, EHSD Halawa Campus. Register at

Ho‘oulu Hawai‘i: The King Kalākaua Era

Jan. 8-27, 10 a.m.

The Honolulu Museum of Art has gathered never-before-displayed pieces from five of Honolulu’s museums for a special exhibit to celebrate the era of Hawai‘i during the reign of King Kalākaua. This event occurs weekly Tuesday – Sunday. Kama‘āina: $10; general admission: $20 general; age 18 and under: free. Honolulu Museum of Art, 532-8700.

Aloha ‘Aina: Ma Uka to Ma Kai

Jan. 16, 10 am to 2 pm.

In collaboration with Ku‘i 2019, Hawaiian cultural practitioners, protectors of Ka Pae ‘Aina o Hawai‘i, farmers, fisherman, musicians, students and scholars will be rallying at the Hawai‘i State Capitol to raise awareness on the need to protect our Hawaiian cultural and natural resources, sacred places (like Mauna Kea) and public lands for future generations. Bring your board and stone. Free “Aloha ‘Aina: Ma Uka to Ma Kai” shirts will be given to the first 300 attendees. Shuttle services will be provided to and from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and the Capitol. For more information and updates go to

Hui No‘eau Annual Juried Exhibition 2019

Jan. 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Hui No‘eau Annual Juried Exhibition is a competition with works of all media by local artists. Renowned guest jurors share different perspectives for a unique show each year. With no theme, the possibilities are endless! The exhibition features ceramics, printaking, jewelry, drawing, fiber and more. Artists submit the best work they have created within the past two years. Free. Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center,

Art with Aloha: “Talk Story” & Demo with Rose Pi‘ilani Bailey

Kula born-and-raised native Hawaiian practitioner,Rose Pi‘ilani Bailey takes pride in using many native Hawaiian plants and materials in her lei making and other arts. Join Rose in a “talk story,” and watch and learn how to create a beautiful floral hairpiece. Free, Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center. 572-6560,

Pacific Island Arts Festival (19th Annual)

Jan. 19-20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Come and enjoy over 75 Hawai‘i artists at the 19th annual Pacific Island Arts Festival at Kapi‘olani Park! The weekend-long festival will include demonstrations by artists. There will also be music, hula, food and more! Free. Entrance is located across from the Honolulu Zoo. 696-6717.

Ka Moloka‘i Makahiki 2019

Jan. 24-26

Looking for a way to celebrate the new year? Ka Moloka‘i Makahiki will be a three-day athletic competition for youth and adults. In addition to the competition, there will be activities such as educational lectures, entertainment, food booths and craft sales by non-profit organizations. Cultural events will also be integrated to help educate the community on the important purposes for observing Makahiki. Free. Kaunakakai, (808) 646-0180.

Events: Thursday Jan. 24, 1 p.m., 25th Middle and High School Competitions; Friday Jan. 25 (time TBA), Cook Off Competition at Mitchell Pauole Center; 6 p.m., Adult Decathlon at Kaunakakai Ball Park; Saturday Jan. 25, 7:30 a.m., Ceremonies & Competition at Kaunakakai; Saturday Jan. 26, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ho‘olaule‘a at Mitchell Pau‘ole Center.

Wahine Hapai

Jan. 26, Feb. 6 (Lāna‘i City) and Feb. 2, Feb. 16 (Kaunakakai)

Learn about traditional breast feeding practices and all things prenatal and postpartum, as well as wahine hāpai and keiki lomi sessions for families. There will also be an opportunity to learn lā‘au lapa‘au knowledge of local plants that are used to support healthy pregnancy, birth, newborn health and beyond. Nā Pu‘uwai in Lāna‘i City and Kaunakakai on respective dates. For more information and to register, call Nā Pu‘uwai at (808) 560-3653.

Ali‘i Sunday – King WIlliam Charles Lunalilo

Jan. 27, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Celebrate Ali‘i Sunday honoring King William Charles Lunalilo for all his hard work and the leadership that he displayed as one of our beloved ali‘i. Ali‘i Sundays are held as part of a larger series of celebrations recognized by the Benevolent Royal Societies, Ali‘i Trusts and the Hawaiian CIvic Clubs, which occur on Sundays or the Sunday before the birthday of the ali‘i. Free. Kawaiaha‘o Church, 522-1340.