Paniolo demonstrate their skills at the Parker Ranch Rodeo. // © 2013 Sean Paine/Parker Ranch Archives
Spotlight: Hawaii Island
July 4: Parker Ranch Rodeo. What’s the difference between a regular ranch-hand and a real-life paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy)? The answer awaits at this yearly roping, riding and racing jamboree, where island buckaroos demonstrate rodeo skills. Waimea (www.parkerranch.com).
July 13-14: Big Island Hawaiian Music Festival. Some of the best artists from around the state gather for this two-day song-fest complete with ukuleles, guitars and lilting falsetto voices. Afook-Chinen Hilo Civic Auditorium (www.ehcc.org).
July 5-7: Kauai Kau Wela Summer Festival. This summertime tradition presents a mix of Hawaiian and Polynesian music and movement, including hula and Tahitian dance. Kukui Grove Center, Lihue (www.kauaifestivals.com).
July 19-28: Koloa Plantation Days. Sugar has deep roots on Kauai, and this annual event pays tribute to the crop with sports, craft fairs, block parties and more. South Kauai (www.koloaplantationdays.com).
July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31: Masters of Hawaiian Music. Every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., entertainer George Kahumoku Jr. hosts a show starring legends in the world of island music. Napili Kai Beach Resort (www.slackkey.com).
July 4: Lahaina Fireworks. An old-fashioned celebration of Independence Day enlivens the historic whaling town of Lahaina. Music by a variety of bands leads up to a fireworks display (www.visitlahaina.com).
July 20: Prince Lot Hula Festival. The state’s oldest, largest non-competitive hula exhibition takes place under decades-old monkeypod trees. Clients can also learn crafts, play traditional games and sample local food. Moanalua Gardens, Honolulu (www.moanaluagardensfoundation.org).
July 21: Ukulele Festival. For 43 years, residents and visitors have enjoyed this showcase of some of the world’s finest ukulele players. Food and displays round out the plucky event. Kapiolani Park Bandstand, Waikiki (www.ukulelefestivalhawaii.org).