Spotlight: Hawaii's Big Island
Lei-makers gather in Oahu’s Kapiolani Park // © 2011 Oahu Visitors Bureau
May 1: Lei Day Festival. To celebrate the beginning of May, visitors can enjoy lei-making demonstrations, hula performances, guided forest tours, orchid and native plant sales as well as many local food booths. Volcano Art Center, Niaulani Campus, Volcano Village.
Hawaii's Big Island
May 11-15: Big Island Film Festival. This festival spotlights new, independent short and feature films from Hawaii and around the world. Mauna Lani Resort, Kohala Coast.
May 14-15: Kau Coffee Festival. Coffee connoisseurs will enjoy the farm tours, recipe contests, coffee workshops and tastings, live music and entertainment at this festival. Pahala Community Center.
May 21: MAMO Native Hawaiian Arts Market. This market and cultural festival features a variety of Hawaiian visual artists, cultural demonstrations and performing artists. Keauhou Beach Resort, Kailua Kona.
May 14: Hawaii Healing Garden Festival. Multicultural healing traditions are shared along with a number of workshops, cooking classes, presentations and performances. Kilohana Plantation, Lihue.
May 20: Spirit of Slack-Key Concert. Kauai recording artists Doug and Sandy McMaster perform at this North Shore showcase of island-style sounds. Hanalei Community Center.
May 26-29: Kauai Polynesian Festival. This four-day weekend of cultural exchanges kicks off with a grand luau, followed by Tahitian, Maori, Samoan and Hawaiian entertainment. Vidinha Stadium Soccer Field, Lihue. 808-335-6466www.kauaipolynesianfestival.org
May 1: Brothers Cazimero May Day Concert. In honor of Lei Day, legendary island performers Robert and Roland Cazimero take to the stage. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Kahului.
May 7: Maui Onion Festival. For more than 20 years, this signature event dedicated to the world-famous Maui Kula onion has attracted locals and visitors alike. Whalers Village, Lahaina.
May 14: Maui Brewers Festival. This annual fundraiser showcases the best craft beers of Hawaii and beyond from more than two dozen breweries. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Kahului.
May 14: Celebration of Quilts Show and Exhibit. Local quilters from across Maui come together for this one-day event to showcase their quilts and demonstrate Hawaiian quilting methods. Bailey House Museum, Wailuku. 808-244-3326www.mauimuseum.orgOahu
May 1: Lei Day Celebration. The annual daylong festival features the creations of lei makers along with hula, music, crafts and local foods. Kapiolani Park Bandstand, Honolulu.
May 14-15: Wahiawa Pineapple Festival. Celebrating the culture and history of Wahiawa, visitors can sample dishes prepared by island chefs and check out local wares. Wahiawa District Park.
May 14-15: Hawaii Book and Music Festival. This event in downtown Honolulu celebrates story and song with dozens of national and local best-selling authors. Civic Grounds, Honolulu Hale.
May 15: Honolulu Triathlon. Top athletes from around the world converge in Honolulu for this annual event. Ala Moana Beach Park, Honolulu. 866-454-6561www.honolulutriathlon.com