Hawaii Calendar March 2010

The happenings of the Hawaiian Islands

By: By Aaron Briley

Oahu’s Honolulu Festival // (C) 2010 Honolulu Festival Foundation

Oahu’s Honolulu Festival // (C) 2010 Honolulu Festival Foundation

Spotlight: Oahu

March 13-14. The 16th Annual Honolulu Festival. This celebration of epic proportions highlights the people and diversity of the Pacific and Asia through a showcase of art and culture. Expect to see more than 5,000 participants and visitors at the festival, which is one of the biggest cultural events in Hawaii. The culmination of the festival is a Grand Parade through Waikiki. Honolulu. (808-926-2424; www.honolulufestival.com)


March 13: 13th Lima Wela. Guests can enjoy the sounds of Lima Wela, or “Hot Hands,” a musical trio of Willie K, Joe Cano and Avi Ronen. Arguably Maui’s fastest guitar trio, they bring together a confluence of sounds such as Latin, Hawaiian, jazz, rock and rhythm n’ blues. McCoy Studio Theater, in the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Kahului. (808-242-7469; www.mauiarts.org)

March 13-14: Ocean Arts Festival. Visitors can join in on a celebration of the migration of the Pacific Humpback whales at the Ocean Arts Festival. They can also attend educational presentations, view marine-themed art for sale and treat the kids to art contests, whale photo displays and a Creature Feature touch pool. Lahaina. (888-310-1117; www.visitlahaina.com)

March 27: Maui Start! Heart Walk & Health Fair. Clients can exercise for a good cause with a 1½- and three-mile non-competitive, invigorating walk around Keopuolani Park. Kahului. (808-244-7185; www.mauiheartwalk.org)

Hawaii’s Big Island

March 4-25: Sweet Bread Baking at the Traditional Portuguese Oven. Do your clients have a sweet tooth for sweet bread? Here, guests learn the history of how this Portuguese creation was introduced to Hawaii. They will also learn how to bake bread the traditional way in a reproduction of a Portuguese oven. Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kealakekua. (808-323-3222; www.konahistorical.org)

March 1-29: Nature Walk. Visitors explore one of Hawaii’s rainforests at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Learn everything from the working of the forest ecosystem to the way the indigenous Hawaiians incorporated the rainforests into their culture. Niaulani. (808-967-8222; www.volcanoartcenter.org)

March 13: Kona Brewers Festival. The 15th annual Kona Brewers Festival provides a chance to enjoy Hawaiian beer and participate in other events, such as a Brewers Pa’ina (dinner), a golf tournament and the Run for Hops. Kailua-Kona. (808-331-3033; www.konabrewersfestival.com)


March 28: Kauai All-Girls Rodeo. Come see some of the toughest athletes Hawaii has to offer during the All-Girls Rodeo in Kauai. The local cowgirls will undoubtedly earn clients’ respect and admiration with their speed riding and roping, as well as their dedication to their community. CJM Country Stables. Admission is free. Koloa. (808-346-3549; www.kauaifestivals.com)

March 26-27: 2010 Kauai Orchid and Art Festival. The Spring Fantasy orchid show at the Kauai Orchid and Art Festival is a showcase for amazing flower arrangements. At this major attraction, there will also be concerts featuring contemporary Hawaiian music and craft and food sales. Hanapepe. (808-335-5944; www.kauaifestivals.com)


March 18-20: Heiva I Honolulu. This dance exhibition featuring the dances of Tahiti and French Polynesia is infused with the rapid-fire drumming characteristic of these South Pacific cultures. Honolulu. (808-384-2765; www.tahitinuiinternational.com)

March 27-April 11: Hawaii’s Woodshow 2010. This is a unique opportunity to witness some of Hawaii’s best craftsmen working on a variety of indigenous wood. Exhibits will include furniture, art, musical instruments, bowls and more. Academy Art Center, Honolulu Academy of Arts. Honolulu. (808-532-8700; www.hawaiiforest.org)