Hawaii Calendar: June 2012

A look ahead to the happenings of the Hawaiian Islands By: Marty Wentzel
Tahitian dancers perform at the Pan-Pacific Festival’s Waikiki block party. // © 2012 Pan Pacific Festival
Tahitian dancers perform at the Pan-Pacific Festival’s Waikiki block party. // © 2012 Pan Pacific Festival

Spotlight: Oahu
June 8-10: Pan-Pacific Festival.
The international festivities begin with a Waikiki block party and continue with cultural performing arts such as hula dancers from Japan, taiko drummers and a colorful parade. Honolulu. www.pan-pacific-festival.com

Hawaii Island
June 11: Kamehameha Festival.
Honoring Hawaii’s first king, this event showcases local entertainers, food, cultural presentations and island arts and crafts. Hilo. www.kamehamehafestival.org

June 24: Kona Marathon and Fun Runs. Since 1994, Kona’s premier foot race has drawn participants of all ages and abilities. Routes include a marathon, a half-marathon, a 10K run and a 5K run. Kids, ages 1 to 14, have their own Keiki Fun Run. Keauhou-Kona. www.konamarathon.com

June 3: Taste of Hawaii.
Billed as the Ultimate Sunday Brunch, this annual food fest features dozens of distinguished Hawaii chefs, beverage vendors, live entertainment and an auction. Kapaa. www.tasteofhawaii.com

June 27-30: Red Clay Jazz Festival Kauai. Performing on an oceanview outdoor stage are national and local jazz and blues artists like Miss E.C. Scott, the Vanessa Santi Sextet and Berklee College of Music All Stars. Lihue. www.redclayjazz.org

June 8-10: Kapalua Wine and Food Festival.
Winemakers, sommeliers, chefs and connoisseurs from around the world hobnob over tastings, parties and cooking demonstrations. Kapalua. www.kapalua.com

June 13-17: Maui Film Festival. Movie buffs watch premieres at the outdoor Celestial Cinema and enjoy gourmet food and wine, filmmaker panels and celebrity sightings. Wailea. www.mauifilmfestival.com

June 2: Farmers’ Market.
Each Saturday morning, clients can meet the growers and food producers of Oahu’s diverse agricultural scene. Vendors sell everything from fruits and vegetables to seafood and seasonings. Honolulu. www.hfbf.org

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