Hawaii Calendar August 2010

The happenings of the Hawaiian islands

By: By Gabrielle Hendren

Spotlight: Oahu

Waikiki’s Duke’s Oceanfest features a paddleboard championship. // © 2010 Duke’s OceanFest

Waikiki’s Duke’s Oceanfest features a paddleboard championship. // © 2010 Duke’s OceanFest

Aug. 22-28: Duke’s Oceanfest on Waikiki Beach. Hawaii’s surfing legacy is celebrated at this week-long festival honoring legendary waterman Duke Kahanamoku. The event features surf contests, a one-mile swim, a stand-up surf contest and a paddleboard championship. Festivities also include the Waikiki Lei Parade and decorating of Kahanamoku’s statue in remembrance of his 119th birthday on Aug. 24. 808-545-4880; www.dukefoundation.org

Hawaii’s Big Island
Aug. 1-8: A Plantation Town of the Past. Learn more about Hawaii’s plantation days from this display of historic images taken between the 1930s-70s. The free exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. North Hawaii Education and Resource Center, Honokaa. 808-775-8890

Aug. 5-26: Kona Stories. During weekly sessions, families can gather to hear fascinating tales of Hawaii’s history, as told by professional storytellers and special guests. Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free. H.N. Greenwell Store Museum, Kealakekua. 808-323-3222; www.konahistorical.org

Aug. 7-28: South Kona Green Market. This eco-friendly event is ripe with local foods and handcrafted items from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday. The market also features live music, lectures and tips from expert gardeners. Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Gardens, Captain Cook. 808-323-3318; www.skgm.org

Aug. 1: Heiva I Kauai ia Orana. Tahitian dance and drumming workshops are accompanied by Polynesian craft demonstrations, making this a family-friendly, hands-on experience. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the event takes place at Kapaa Beach Park. Entry is $5. 808-822-9447; www.tikiripolynesianinstruments.com

Aug. 21: Moonlight Music in the Garden. At the Orchard Field of the McBryde Garden in the Lawai Valley, guests enjoy a one-of-a-kind fundraiser benefiting the National Tropical Botanical Gardens. Festivities include music, dancing, pupus (appetizers), beverages and a moonlit tour. $125 per person. Check-in is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Southshore Visitors Center. 808-634-5890; www.fundraiser.org

Aug. 26-29: Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair. From food booths and a petting zoo, to a circus act, games and rides, this four-day event promises summer fun for the whole family. Entry fee to the fair is $3. Vidinha Stadium, Lihue. 808-652-3217; www.kauaifarmfair.org

Maui County
Aug. 6: Wailuku Town’s First Friday Celebration. There is no better way to experience the historic town of Wailuku than by attending its monthly Market Street fest. Enjoy live entertainment, local food and souvenir shopping. Free. 808-871-5500; www.hawaiitourismauthority.org

Aug. 12: Hawaiian Music Series. Clients can enjoy a free Hawaiian concert on the lawn of the historic Baldwin Home Museum. Locals make colorful, fresh-flower leis, available for purchase. Free. 808-661-3262; www.lahainarestoration.org

Aug. 25-29: Maui Photo Festival and Workshop. Visitors can sign up for classroom sessions, location shoots and demonstrations led by professional photographers. $595 per person for five days. Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa. 808-633-1339; www.mauiphotofestival.com

Aug. 19: The Joy of Sake Festival. Hawaii’s Japanese roots are spotlighted at the biggest sake-tasting event outside Japan with more than 300 different types of premium sakes. $80 per person. The event takes place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Honolulu Academy of Arts. 808-532-8700; www.joyofsake.com

Aug. 20-22: Made in Hawaii Festival. This festival features a variety of all-Hawaiian products, including food, books, gifts, fashions, plants, arts and crafts. Some of Hawaii’s top chefs perform cooking demonstrations, and live music serenades the festivities. Neal Blaisdell Exhibit Hall and Arena. 808-533-1292; www.madeinhawaiifestival.com

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