Hawaii Calendar of Events: August 2017

A look ahead to the happenings on the Hawaiian Islands By: Marty Wentzel
Lei greeters welcome guests to Maui Calls. // © 2017 Aubrey Hord
Lei greeters welcome guests to Maui Calls. // © 2017 Aubrey Hord

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08.18: Maui Calls. The Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Kahului pours on the aloha spirit with its annual wine- and food-tasting event. Guests enjoy a lei greeting, bid on uniquely Maui auction items and dance to live music in a glowing, open-air pavilion. 



08.4, 11, 18, 25: Aloha Friday on the Porch. Each Friday, Volcano Art Center in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park welcomes clients to its front deck to learn a local skill. This month’s teachers include a ukulele master; a lei-maker; and a hula, language and chant expert. 


08.19: Big Island Blues Festival. Crowds come to Hale Halawai State Park in Kailua-Kona to share their love of blues music during afternoon and evening performances by dynamic bands. Yummy barbecue dishes spice up the fun. 



08.5-6: Heiva I Kauai. This colorful festival in Kapaa Beach Park presents Tahitian dancers and drummers of all ages who hail from around the world. Visitors also can husk coconuts, savor ethnic eats and browse booths with Pacific Island crafts.


08.13: Music and Mango Festival. The north shore’s Waipa Foundation, a center for environmental and cultural preservation located just north of Hanalei town, hosts this daylong bash with live tunes, hands-on activities and island recipes that showcase mangoes. 



08.2, 9, 16: Wildest Show in Town. Every summer, the Honolulu Zoo, located in Waikiki’s Kapiolani Park, puts on after-hours concerts by top artists. There are also games for kids, ukulele giveaways and plate lunches and snacks for sale. 


08.18-20: Made in Hawaii Festival. A souvenir-shopper’s dream, this yearly favorite touts all things local. Hundreds of exhibitors come to the Blaisdell Center in Honolulu to sell their wares, from food products and books to clothes and crafts. Entertainers serenade while chefs lead cooking demos.


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