Hawaii Calendar: September 2012

A look ahead to the happenings of the Hawaiian Islands
The annual Aloha Festivals Floral Parade features colorful floats and talented island performers.  // © 2012 Hawaii Tourism Authority/Tor Johnson
The annual Aloha Festivals Floral Parade features colorful floats and talented island performers.  // © 2012 Hawaii Tourism Authority/Tor Johnson

Spotlight: Oahu
Sept. 22: Aloha Festivals Floral Parade.
Thousands of participants share their aloha as they march through Honolulu in Hawaii’s most famous parade. The procession includes pau riders (women on flower-studded horses), floats, hula troupes and marching bands. The free two-hour parade begins at Ala Moana Park and ends in Waikiki. www.alohafestivals.com

Hawaii Island
Sept. 1: Keauhou Farmers Market.
Billing itself as “all local, all the time,” this Saturday morning tradition assembles buyers and sellers of quality fruits, vegetables, flowers, coffee, macadamia nuts and other island products. Live music serenades the festivities. Clients should check out the farmer-chef presentations on the last Saturday of each month. Keauhou Shopping Center. www.keauhoufarmersmarket.com

Sept. 8: Queen Liliuokalani Festival. This daylong, multi-ethnic music and dance event honors Hawaii’s last monarch. Festivities begin with a Japanese tea ceremony. Clients get a chance to see hundreds of dancers sharing their love of hula, listen to top island entertainers and more. Queen Liliuokalani Park, Hilo. www.gohawaii.com

Sept. 21: Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range. This annual food and agricultural festival provides clients with an appetizing and entertaining way to learn about local products. More than 30 chefs prepare dishes using forage-grown beef, vegetables and fresh island fruit. During a demonstration, attendees get recipes and cooking tips. Hilton Waikoloa Village. www.tasteofthehawaiianrange.com

Kauai
Sept. 1 and 8: Wonderwalks.
Guided hikes on upcountry trails lead clients through some of Kauai’s prettiest forests. The first walk takes guests along the Kokee Halemanu Trail, while the second outing follows the Pihea Trail. Both are beautiful routes featuring a mix of native and introduced plants. Kokee State Park. www.kokee.org

Sept. 16-22: Kauai Mokihana Festival. Kauai’s heritage is celebrated through local and ethnic demonstrations, concerts, exhibitions, food, storytelling and arts and crafts displays. Highlights include a Kauai composers contest and a hula competition for men and women. Various venues around the island. www.maliefoundation.org

Maui County
Sept. 7-Oct. 21: Festivals of Aloha, Maui Nui Style.
This annual cultural celebration presents pageantry, parades, parties, concerts and family activities across the islands of Maui Nui. Among the highlights are a falsetto contest on Maui; a parade and a hoolaulea (street party) on Lanai; and an aloha attire contest on Molokai. A $5 festival ribbon provides discounted admission to many events. www.festivalsofaloha.com

Sept. 23: Na Wahine O Ke Kai (Women of the Sea). This 40-mile, all-female ocean race wraps up the nine-month season of outrigger canoe racing. Clients can cheer at the 7 a.m. start of the contest at Hale O Lono Harbor on the southwestern shores of Molokai. Competitors cross the rough channel with an eye on the Oahu finish line, fronting the shores of the Hilton Hawaiian Village. www.holoholo.org/wahine

Sept. 27-30: Maui County Fair. At 90 years old, the granddaddy of Hawaii fairs features rides, games and live entertainment day and night, along with a huge floral display, horticulture and homemakers exhibits, a livestock tent, arts and crafts and a food court with island specialties prepared by 50 nonprofit groups. War Memorial Complex, Wailuku. www.mauifair.com

Oahu
Sept. 7: First Fridays.
Locals love to usher in the weekend by heading downtown. From 5-9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, clients can browse art galleries that stay open late and feature works by talented Hawaii artists. Hip eateries cater to the evening crowds, and after-dark free entertainment ranges from belly dancers to string quartets. Chinatown, downtown Honolulu. www.firstfridayhawaii.com

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