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SPOTLIGHT: OAHU10.26-30: Hawaii Food and Wine Festival. This yearly spree touts world-famous chefs, beverage-makers and culinary celebs. Oahu highlights include an urban twist on the traditional luau, an ultimate ramen battle, a feast on the beach, an East-Meets-West gala and a battle of the brunch.
HAWAII ISLAND10.8: Ironman Triathlon World Championship. Some 2,000 athletes converge for this grueling sporting event composed of a 2.4-mile ocean swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run. Spectators cheer from the side of the race course, which begins and ends in Kailua-Kona.
10.16: Taste of Hilo. Featuring the talents of east-side chefs and bakers, this 18th annual fest will take place in Sangha Hall and showcase local specialties such as Big Island abalone, Hamakua mushrooms and island-made beverages. Proceeds support Hawaii Community College’s food service program.
KAUAI10.1-2: Coconut Festival. Here’s a great way to learn about a Hawaiian staple. Visitors to Kapaa Beach Park can sign up for the coconut pie-eating contest, enjoy local food and entertainment, try coconut crafts and enter a coconut recipe contest.
10.21-22: Kauai Chocolate and Coffee Festival. Two of Hawaii’s favorite local products step into the spotlight during this two-day event in Hanapepe. Activities include a street party, displays, demonstrations, farm tours, live entertainment, activities for kids, a silent auction and lots of samples.
MAUI10.6-9: Maui County Fair. The granddaddy of Hawaii fairs takes place at War Memorial Complex in Wailuku and features rides, games, horticulture, livestock, arts and crafts and a food court with island specialties prepared by nonprofit groups.
10.8-15: Festivals of Aloha in Hana. The culmination of Maui’s annual cultural celebration takes place in the town of Hana. Highlights include a hoolaulea (outdoor party), a beach day, a sports night, a kids’ aloha wear contest, an outdoor movie and a talent show.