Photo: Hula Dancer
Moloka‘i Canoe Festivals. - Photo: Courtesy
Illustration: Canoe
Illustration – Courtesy of
Brook Parker/Hui No‘eau
Visual Arts Center

Art with Brook Kapukuniahi Parker

Sept. 28, 3 to 4 p.m.
Sept. 29-30, 9 a.m. to noon

Artist and historian Brook Kapukuniahi Parker will talk about his love of Hawaiian history and his artwork depicting traditional Hawai‘i on Sept. 28. Free. Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center, Makawao. On Sept. 28-30 from 9 a.m. to noon, Parker will teach a beginner’s brush painting course that teaches students how to view and paint Hawaiian subject-matter. $50, supplies can be purchased at

12th Annual Onipa‘a Celebration

Sept. 2, 10 a.m.

Celebrate Queen Lili‘uokalani’s birthday at ‘Iolani Palace, with music, hula and re-enactments of historical events. Mai Poina (Don’t Forget) walking tours begin at 4 p.m. Free. Visit for more information, or to reserve a spot for Mai Poina. Proudly supported by an Office of Hawaiian Affairs ‘Ahahui Grant.

Photo: Kris Oka with guitar
Kris Oka at right and Shinichi Kakiuchi at the Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Festival in 2017. – Photo: Don Touchi/HIMELE

Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Festival

Sept. 7-9

This festival features a vintage steel guitar exhibit, workshops, performances, jam sessions and ho‘olaule‘a on Friday and Saturday. Free. Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows,


Kü Mai Ka Hula

Sept. 8, 1 p.m., pre-show entertainment from 11:45 a.m.

Award-wining hälau from Hawai‘i and Japan will perform kahiko and ‘auana hula for Maui’s only adult hula competition. The event also includes a marketplace, food and beverages. $25. Maui Arts & Cultural Center,

Waimea 43rd Annual Paniolo Parade & Ho‘olaule‘a

Sept. 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The 2018 Hawai‘i Island Festival closes with a paniolo parade from Waimea Cherry Blossom Park to Waimea Baseball Field, where a ho‘olaule‘a begins at 11 a.m. Free. Visit for other Hawai‘i Island Festival activities taking place Sept. 7-15.

Lä ‘Ulu: Breadfruit Day!

Sept. 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Celebrate all things ‘ulu at this free community event that includes cooking demonstrations, a Hawaiian plant sale, cultural activities, Hawaiian music and hula. Food vendors will incorporate breadfruit into their dishes, such as ‘ulu horchata, Pono Pies, ‘ulu kalo burger on ‘ulu naan bread and more. Free. Maui Nui Botanical Gardens,

3rd Annual Hawai‘i Island Festival of Birds

Sept. 14 to 17, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The theme for the 2018 festival is “Back from the Brink: Hawai‘i’s battle against extinction.” The three day event at Sheraton Keauhou includes field trips, a film festival, lectures, a bird fair and other events. Admission to events varies, so visit for details.

Kü no Kamali‘i (Stand for Children) Rally

Sept. 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The whole ‘ohana is invited to the 23rd annual Stand for Children Celebration, which features Hawaiian cultural games and activities, live entertainment, community resources and prizes. Free. Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center, (808) 242-0900. Proudly supported by an Office of Hawaiian Affairs ‘Ahahui Grant.

Photo: Hula Dancer
Moloka‘i Canoe Festivals. – Photo: Courtesy

Molokaÿi Canoe Festivals – 5th Annual Kuläia Celebration

Sept. 21, 5 to 10 p.m.

Downtown Kaunakakai transforms into a block festival filled with Hawaiian entertainment featuring music from Kapena, Mark Yamanaka, Blayne Asing and others, food vendors, local artisans, Hawaiian cultural practitioners and plenty aloha in conjunction with the Nä Wähine o Ke Kai’s Molokaÿi to Oÿahu Championship outrigger canoe races. Free, (808) 658-0104,


26th Annual Hawai‘i’s Woodshow

Sept. 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This statewide exhibition features woodwork across different media – furniture, woodturning, sculpture and musical instruments – using non-endangered Hawai‘i-grown woods. Free. Honolulu Museum of Art School Main Gallery,,

40th Anniversary Nä Wahine o ke Kai – Start in Moloka‘i/ End in Waikïkï

Sept 23, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., blessing at 7:15 a.m.

The wähine Moloka‘i to O‘ahu canoe race starts at Hale o Lono Harbor at 8 a.m. and the first finishers are expected to arrive at Duke’s Beach at Hilton Hawaiian Village around 1 p.m., with awards to follow around 4 p.m. More information at

Kaua‘i Mokihana Festival

Sept 23-29

This week-long celebration of culture includes educational lectures, music and hula competitions. Visit for information on all the events, including a Hawaiian church service, a composers concert and contest, musical performances in ‘ölelo Hawai‘i from Hawaiian language immersion students and three days of hula competition.

‘Ohina Short Film Showcase

O‘ahu, Hawai‘i Theatre, Sept. 7, 7 p.m.
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Sept. 21, 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Hilo, Hawai‘i, Palace Theatre, Sept. 28, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Waimea, Hawai‘i, Kahilu Theatre, Sept. 29

Local independent filmmakers are featured in Hawai‘i’s biggest short film festival. Mitchel Viernes’ film “Kälewa” was created for this festival to serve as the inaugural project of ‘Ohina Films. Visit for information on each island’s presentation.

13th Annual Maui ‘Ukulele Festival 2018

Sept. 29, 10 to 11:30 a.m., free ‘ukulele workshop
Sept. 30, 1 to 6 p.m., Maui ‘Ukulele Festival.

Bring a lawn chair or lay a blanket on the lawn to enjoy popular local musicians, local küpuna and keiki performing on ‘ukulele. The event also features ‘ukulele prizes, food booths and more. Free. Maui Arts & Cultural Center,