Hawaii Calendar May 2010

The happenings of the Hawaiian Islands

Spotlight Event

May 2-8

Spinner dolphins are the focal point of Oahu’s Annual Dolphin Convocation. // (c) 2010 Steve Jurvetson

Spinner dolphins are the focal point of Oahu’s Annual Dolphin Convocation. // (c) 2010 Steve Jurvetson

Annual Dolphin Convocation
During the first week of May, large groups of spinner dolphins gather in the waters of Hawaii to create mysterious spiral formations. At the Annual Dolphin Convocation, clients can see this phenomenon for themselves while also donating to the Wild Dolphin Foundation.
Waianae Boat Harbor

Hawaii’s Big Island

May 1-2
Kau Coffee Festival
Hawaii’s finest coffees aren’t just limited to Kona. The first day of this festival includes award-winning coffee tastings, recipe contests and live entertainment. On the second day, clients can tour rural farms and attend educational seminars.
Pahala Community Center

May 8:
Halau Kala Mother’s Day Celebration
Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with a Hawaiian-style evening featuring distinguished singers, hula dancers and special guests. This event also boasts an elaborate Hawaiian dinner and silent auction.
Keauhou Bay Resort, Kailua-Kona

May 12-16
Big Island Film Festival
This festival puts the spotlight on new independent, narrative short and feature films with daytime and evening venues. Social events include an awards brunch and concert on Sunday. Tickets start at $7, but some screenings are free. Mauna Lani Resort, Kohala Coast. (808-883-0394; www.bigislandfilmfestival.com)


May 14
Legends of Slack-Key Guitar and Ukulele
Kauai recording artists Doug and Sandy McMaster will perform at this showcase of island-style sounds. Proceeds from the show support outreach programs for families in the area.
Hanalei Family Community Center

May 27-30
Kauai Polynesian Festival
This four-day weekend of cultural exchanges kicks off with a grand luau, followed by Tahitian, Maori, Samoan and Hawaiian entertainment. Attractions include Polynesian arts and crafts, food booths and workshops.
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa and Vidinha Stadium Soccer Field in Lihue


May 1
Maui Onion Festival
For more than 20 years, this sweet onion extravaganza has attracted locals and visitors alike with games, chef demonstrations, live music and food booths. Onion enthusiasts can brave the bulb in a 60-second onion eating contest.
Whaler’s Village, Lahaina

May 2
Brothers Cazimero May Day Concert
Each year, in honor of Lei Day, legendary island performers Robert and Roland Cazimero take to the stage with island-inspired harmonies and acoustic arrangements. The event also includes hula performances.
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului

May 15
Maui Brewers Festival
Accompanied by live entertainment, this festival is sure to keep clients happy with ample samples of brews from across the state and country. All-you-can-eat pupus and a happy hour package are also available for purchase.
Maui Arts & Cultural Center Events Lawn, Kahului


May 1
Lei Day Celebration
Hosted by the City and County of Honolulu, the day-long festival showcases the creations of lei makers along with hula music, crafts and local fare.
Kapiolani Park Bandstand, Waikiki

May 15-16
Hawaii Book & Music Festival
Dozens of celebrated authors, and musicians stage performances at this popular, nonprofit event. On the agenda are panel discussions, story-telling, poetry slams and a book and CD swap, with a multi-ethnic food court and coffee bar on hand.
Downtown Honolulu