Hawaii Calendar: May 2013

A look ahead to the happenings of the Hawaiian Islands By: Marty Wentzel
Waikiki’s Lei Day Celebration takes place on May 1. // © 2013 Flickr/Coconut Wireless
Waikiki’s Lei Day Celebration takes place on May 1. // © 2013 Flickr/Coconut Wireless

Spotlight: Oahu
May 1: Lei Day Celebration.
Hawaii’s tradition of giving and getting floral garlands never grows old. Clients can join the fun during free programs hosted by the city and county of Honolulu. Throughout the day, lei makers display their creations, with music, hula and crafts accompanying the festivities and food vendors feeding the crowds. Kapiolani Park Bandstand, Waikiki. www.honolulu.gov

Hawaii Island
April 26-May 4: Kau Coffee Festival.
Latte lovers and drip devotees alike will want to stop by this annual festival in the scenic Kau district. Activities include a Miss Kau Coffee pageant, coffee tasting, recipe contest, music and entertainment, farm tours and demonstrations. A big hoolaulea (outdoor party) takes place at the Pahala Community Center. Some events are free. www.kaucoffeefest.com

May 24-26: Kauai Polynesian Festival.
This multi-ethnic celebration features Tahitian, Maori, Samoan and Hawaiian entertainment, hands-on arts and crafts activities, a farmers’ market, solo and group dance competitions, Hawaiian games, food booths, workshops and more. Daily admission is $10 per person; a three-day pass costs $25. Vidinha Stadium soccer field, Lihue. www.kauaipolynesianfestival.org

May 3-10: Maui Classical Music Festival.
Strains of Verdi, Vivaldi, Mendelssohn and Mozart fill the air during captivating concerts held in various locations around the island. Among the world-renowned musicians are the Ying Quartet, bassoonist Benjamin Kamins, violist Yizhak Schotten and pianists Elinor Freer and Katherine Collier. www.mauiclassicalmusicfestival.org