Hawaii Calendar: May 2011

A look ahead to the happening of the Hawaiian Islands By: Emily McManus
Lei-makers gather in Oahu’s Kapiolani Park // © 2011 Oahu Visitors Bureau
Lei-makers gather in Oahu’s Kapiolani Park // © 2011 Oahu Visitors Bureau

Spotlight: Hawaii's Big Island
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.
808-967-8222
www.volcanoartcenter.org

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.
808-883-0394
www.bigislandfilmfestival.com

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.
808-929-9550
www.kaucoffeefestival.com

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.
808-324-2553
www.maoliartsmonth.org

Kauai
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.
808-638-0888
www.hawaiihealinggarden.com

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.
808-826-1469
www.hawaiianslackkeyguitar.com

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. 808-335-6466
www.kauaipolynesianfestival.org

Maui County

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.
808-242-7469
www.mauiarts.org

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.
808-661-4567
www.whalersvillage.com

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.
808-242-7469
www.mauiarts.org

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. 808-244-3326
www.mauimuseum.org

Oahu
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.
808-768-3003
www.honoluluparks.com

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.
808-621-3373
www.wahiawatown.org

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.
808-239-8451
www.hawaiibookandmusicfestival.org

May 15: Honolulu Triathlon. Top athletes from around the world converge in Honolulu for this annual event. Ala Moana Beach Park, Honolulu. 866-454-6561
www.honolulutriathlon.com


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