Hawaii Calendar June 2010

The happenings of the Hawaiian Islands

By: By Vy-Vy Dang-Tran

Spotlight: Oahu

Awa Hachiman, a group of Japanese taiko drummers at the Pan Pacific Festival-Matsuri in Hawaii // © 2010 Pan Pacific Festival-Matsuri in Hawaii

Awa Hachiman, a group of Japanese taiko drummers at the Pan Pacific Festival-Matsuri in Hawaii // © 2010 Pan Pacific Festival-Matsuri in Hawaii

June 11-13: Pan Pacific Festival-Matsuri in Hawaii. The annual international event kicks off on Friday with a block party where clients can celebrate with food and entertainment and continues throughout the weekend with a special performance combining Japanese and Hawaiian hula groups. The celebration includes Japanese crafts, cuisine and taiko drumming, concluding with a parade along Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. Honolulu. 808-926-8177; www.pan-pacific-festival.com

Hawaii’s Big Island

June 4-23: Hawaii Photo Expo. This collection of photographs by local photographers celebrates Hawaii and its people. The exhibit is free and open Monday through Friday. Wailoa Arts and Culture Center, Wailoa State Park, Hilo. 808-933-0416; www.hawaiiphotoexpo.com

June 7-28: Niaulani Nature Walk and Forest Tour. This one-hour rainforest walk follows an easy, half-mile trail, teaching participants about the native plants and birds of the volcano area. This event is free and offered on Mondays at 9:30 a.m. Volcano Art Center, Volcano Village. 808-967-8222; www.volcanoartcenter.org

June 11: Kamehameha Festival. Through music, hula, arts, crafts and cuisine, this free, annual festival honors the memory of King Kamehameha. Highlighted at the event is a hoolaulea (outdoor party) with renowned Hawaii recording artists such as Cyril Pahinui. Moku Ola (Island of Life), Hilo. 808-989-4844; www.kamehamehafestival.org

Kauai

June 6: The Taste of Hawaii. The 22nd annual festival features edibles prepared by 50 of Hawaii’s most distinguished chefs, live entertainment and a silent auction. Smith’s Tropical Paradise, Kapaa. 808-783-1407; www.tasteofhawaii.com

June 26: Mayor-A-Thon: Island Challenge. At this free event, hundreds gather for warm-ups and a great choice of walks along the beautiful pathways of Ke Ala Hele Makalae. Kapaa. 808-212-4765

June 26: Annual Red Clay Jazz Festival. In honor of the late Kauai jazz disc jockey, Pete Robinson, this event features food, drink and live entertainment from local and international jazz artists, including legendary saxophonist Ernie Watts. St. Regis Princeville Resort at the Fort Alexander Site, Princeville. 808-245-7363; www.kauai-concert.org

Maui

June 16-20: Maui Film Festival at Wailea. The 11th annual cinematic celebration features nearly 50 releases and 25 short films. A highlight is the Taste of Wailea, a culinary tour-de-force created by the area’s top chefs. Wailea Resort. 808-579-9244; www.mauifilmfestival.com

June 24-27: Kapalua Wine and Food Festival. Now in its 29th year, the festival brings together world-famous wine-makers, master sommeliers and top chefs. A highlight is the Kapalua Seafood Festival, featuring gourmet meals prepared by Hawaiian chefs. Kapalua Resort. 808-665-9160; www.kapalua.com

June 27: Ki Hoalu Festival. Every year, folks gather to enjoy an all-star line-up of Hawaii’s most celebrated slack-key guitarists. Celebrating its 19th year, this event is free, family-friendly and lasts until dusk. Maui Arts and Cultural Center Kahului. 808-242-7469; www.mauiarts.org

Oahu

June 4-6: Shen Yun Performing Arts. The world-class performance celebrates traditional Chinese arts with a critically acclaimed production, complete with world-class dancers, dazzling costumes and a full orchestra — all inspired by centuries of Chinese culture established and celebrated before communist rule. Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall, Honolulu. 808-457-2028; www.hawaiishows.net

June 12: King Kamehameha Floral Parade. In honor of King Kamehameha, the colorful parade — now in its 94th year — features beautiful floats, wonderful marching bands and
traditional pau riders on flower-bedecked horses. The event also includes an award ceremony, craft demonstrations and food booths at Kapiolani Park. Honolulu. 808-586-0333

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