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SPOTLIGHT: OAHU07.04: Parker Ranch Rodeo and Horse Races. Paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) heritage shines during this lively event at Parker Ranch in Waimea. A parade is followed by relays, team roping and other traditional rodeo fare. Kids, who get in for free, gravitate toward the petting zoo and pony rides.
KAUAI 07.7-9: Slack Key Guitar Concerts. On Friday and Sunday afternoons in Hanalei, Doug and Sandy McMaster share guitar and ukulele songs along with mesmerizing stories of Kauai and its culture. Clients can also catch them in Kapaa on Wednesday evenings.
07.21-30: Koloa Plantation Days. Honoring Hawaii’s first sugar plantation, founded in 1835 on Kauai, this sweet celebration presents family-oriented cultural, culinary and sports activities. Many events are free, including a parade through Koloa and party in Knudsen Ballpark.
MAUI 07.04: July 4th Celebration. Lahaina town puts on an old-fashioned Independence Day party starting at 2 p.m. with food and crafts. Bands, stilt walkers, face painters, balloon artists and a strolling magician entertain the crowds until the 8 p.m. fireworks.
07.07: Wailuku First Friday. Every Friday night, Maui throws an outdoor bash in one of four quaint towns. The month kicks off with a gathering in Wailuku, where historic Market Street goes pedestrian-only with food, crafts and live music.
OAHU 07.15-16: Prince Lot Hula Festival. The 40th anniversary of this beloved dance fest takes place on the grounds of Iolani Palace in downtown Honolulu. Hawaii’s top hula troupes perform ancient and modern moves. A crafts fair, cultural demonstrations and local snacks enhance the island mood.
07.16: Ukulele Festival. Happy sounds of strings and voices fill the air at this festival, which is now in its 47th year. Held at Waikiki’s Kapiolani Park Bandstand, it features artists from around the world and an 800-person orchestra of ukulele students.