Hawaii Calendar: February 2011

A look ahead to the happenings of the Hawaiian islands
By: Brittni Rubin
Honolulu’s Night in Chinatown Parade and Festival rings in the Year of the Rabbit. // © 2011 Oahu Visitors Bureau
Honolulu’s Night in Chinatown Parade and Festival rings in the Year of the Rabbit. // © 2011 Oahu Visitors Bureau

Spotlight: Oahu
Feb. 6: Night in Chinatown Parade and Festival. A real crowd-pleaser, Honolulu's lively Chinatown parade features performances by cultural groups, martial artists, dancers and an iconic 150-foot-long  dragon. A block party-style festival follows in celebration of the Chinese New Year. Visitors can find home-cooked food, arts and crafts and live performances.

Hawaii's Big Island
Feb. 5-6: Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival. Join Waimea in celebrating Japanese culture and the yearly blooming of its cherry blossom trees. The 18th annual festival showcases music, demonstrations and crafts by Japanese artisans with free shuttle transportation among the venues.

Feb. 14: Hawaii Island Chinese Film Festival. Watch a free screening of films from and about China as part of Hilo's observance of Chinese New Year. Palace Theater, downtown Hilo.

Feb. 17-20: Ukulele and Slack-Key Guitar Institute.
Lessons, jam sessions and workshops are offered to musicians of all talents. Kahilu Theatre, Waimea.

Feb. 2-23: Kauai Culinary Market. Every Wednesday afternoon, travelers can explore this gourmet farmers' market at Kukuiula Village in south Kauai. Meet talented chefs, sample foods, watch demonstrations, enjoy live music and relax in the market's beer and wine gardens.

Feb. 5: Leilani Rivera Bond Hula Hoike 2011. This 17th annual hula festival features live dance and music performances, food booths, displays and crafts.

Feb. 7-28: E Kanikapila Kakou & Hula and Harmony. Join composers, musicians, storytellers and dancers every Monday night for free hands-on workshops with live entertainment and old-fashioned sing-alongs. Hilton Kauai Beach Resort.

Maui County
Feb. 5-6: Maui Open Studios. This debut event features the art of Maui's western and southern regions with self-guided tours through the works of more than 104 artists.

Feb. 12-13: Kealii Reichel in Concert. Reichel, one of Hawaii's most popular recording artists, is famous for embodying traditional Hawaiian culture through his music, dance and poetry. Watch him perform at this annual fundraiser concert.

Feb. 19: Maui Whale Day Celebration. Part of the island's larger Whale Festival, this trademark free event promises live music, vendor fairs, restaurant food booths and activities for all ages. Kalama Park, Kihei.

Feb. 4: Live from the Lawn and Lanai. Clients can enjoy live music and theatrical performances while relaxing on the lawn or second-floor lanai of the historic Hawaii State Art Museum. It's part of Honolulu's First Friday program, a monthly event bringing a mix of cultures to the Chinatown district.

Feb. 4-13: Dancing Greener: Recycle, Renew, Recreate. Eco-friendliness is the theme of this year's annual dance concert at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Students perform both new and restaged performances using recycled and sustainable materials. The concert showcases contemporary, Pacific and Asian dance styles. Kennedy Theatre.
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