Hawaiian music casts a spell during the Maui Steel Guitar Festival. // © 2018 Maui Steel Guitar Festival
4.13-15: Maui Steel Guitar Festival. Sliding melodies send spirits soaring during free steel guitar concerts, jam sessions and workshops. The first two days take place at Kaanapali Beach Hotel, with the third at Queen Kaahumanu Center.
4.1-7: Merrie Monarch Festival. Hawaii’s quintessential hula event always sells out, but that shouldn’t keep clients from heading to Hilo to feel the magic. Free, related activities include live entertainment, Hawaiian arts fairs and a parade through town.
4.21-5.6: Kau Coffee Festival. Everyone’s buzzing about this celebration of beans and brews from the southern Kau district. Visitors can meet coffee farmers and roasters, attend tastings, go hiking, stargaze and party outside to live tunes.
4.13-14: Spring Fantasy Orchid Show. Hanapepe steps into the spotlight during this floral affair at the United Church of Christ. Exotic blooms wow guests, who shop for crafts, watch demonstrations and swap potting tips.
4.28: Kauai Brewers Festival. This frothy afternoon bash enlivens Poipu Beach Athletic Club. Bands serenade clients as they sip Hawaii- and mainland-made ales from their souvenir mugs and munch on snacks from area restaurants.
4.21: East Maui Taro Festival. The staple of Hawaii’s diet takes center stage in rural Hana. Hula, music, island crafts, a farmers market, cultural fare and food booths attract the crowds. Don’t miss the taro pancake breakfast.
4.7: Farmers Market. Scores of Hawaii farmers and food producers display their wares each Saturday morning at Kapiolani Community College, near Waikiki. Clients discover everything from tropical fruits and jellies to tasty dishes for consuming on the spot.