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SPOTLIGHT: Maui2.23: Chinese New Year in Lahaina. Lion dances, drums, gongs, cymbals and firecrackers usher in the Year of the Dog during Lahaina’s lively cultural festivities. Fortune telling, martial-arts demonstrations, calligraphy classes and bamboo-flute performances enhance the family fun.
HAWAII ISLAND 2.17-19: Panaewa Stampede Rodeo. This roundup starts with rodeo fare, such as barrel racing and bull riding, and adds unique contests from paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) days. Kids love the clowns, skits and novelty acts. It’s held at Hilo’s Panaewa Equestrian Center.
2.18: Kokua Kailua. Guests take to the streets at this monthly afternoon party in Kailua-Kona. From Kailua Pier to Hualalai Road, folks stroll and stop by dozens of vendor booths to view local arts and crafts; sample tasty munchies; and listen to live music.
KAUAI2.2-3: Kauai Steel Guitar Festival. Smooth, sliding melodies emanate from the steel guitar, whose sound is closely linked to Hawaii. At Courtyard Kauai at Coconut Beach, clients learn more about the instrument and hear it played by masters.
2.17-25: Waimea Town Celebration. This cherished tradition invites visitors to step back in time with cultural and recreational activities. As Kauai’s largest and oldest festival, it regales guests with hula, films, food, games, storytelling and concerts in west Kauai.
OAHU 2.2-3: Punahou Carnival. Notable for famous alums such as former president Barack Obama, Honolulu’s historic private school hosts a bash each year with fairway rides, booths, art, an auction, a variety show, a white elephant tent and loads of Hawaiian food.
2.19: Great Aloha Run. This 8-mile route from Aloha Tower to Aloha Stadium appeals to all age groups and ability levels. A successful charity event, it draws throngs of enthusiastic participants, including military troops who jog in formation.