Hula dancers at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park // © 2016 NPS/Jay Robinson
SPOTLIGHT: Hawaii Island
08.27: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Cultural Festival and BioBlitz. This free event touts the unique culture, biology and geology of the park, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Clients can enjoy hula, music, arts and crafts and field excursions led by experts.
08.6-7: Heiva I Kauai. Performers from around the U.S. and Japan showcase authentic Tahitian dancing and drumming at Kapaa Beach Park. Guests can peruse Polynesian arts and crafts, check out cultural demonstrations and sample multicultural foods.
8.12 & 14: Slack Key Guitar Concerts. Loosely tuned strings create a uniquely Hawaiian sound in this style of guitar playing. Every Friday and Sunday afternoon, visitors can hear it firsthand at Hanalei Community Center.
08.5: Wailuku First Friday. Here’s a community-minded way for visitors to mingle with residents. On the first Friday of each month, Wailuku town hosts a street party with live entertainment, dancing, a beer garden and restaurant specials.
08.19: Maui Calls. Under swaying coconut palms at Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Kahului, this food and wine gala serves tasty dishes made by island chefs, as well as varietals from around the world. Highlights include live music, dancing and silent and live auctions of uniquely Maui items.
08.19-21: Made in Hawaii Festival. Hawaii products — from apparel and art to food and flowers — fill hundreds of booths at this fantastic place to buy the ultimate island souvenir. Live Hawaiian music and cooking demonstrations enliven the scene at Blaisdell Exhibition Hall in Honolulu.
08.20-28: Duke’s OceanFest. This summer spree honors the late Duke Kahanamoku, Hawaii’s legendary surfer, canoer, actor and Olympic Gold Medal swimmer. Daytime contests include surfing, beach volleyball, swimming and more. Evenings bring music, movies and a luau.