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SPOTLIGHT: HAWAII ISLAND08.17: Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival. Royal Kona Resort celebrates the famed rum and fruit juice cocktail as bartenders compete to mix the best one. Clients help select the winner while enjoying live tunes and savory dishes from the barbecue cook-off.
KAUAI08.3-4: Heiva I Kauai. Performers in elaborate headdresses, fire-knife dancers and powerful drummers draw crowds to Kapaa Beach Park for this family-friendly celebration of Tahitian traditions. Attendees can take part in their own dance competition, along with coconut-husking contests.
08.31-09.1: The Kauai Marathon. Kauai’s rugged coastlines, misty rainforests and volcanic peaks set a dramatic stage for this weekend of outdoor footraces. Saturday’s schedule includes fun runs of varying lengths, while Sunday is reserved for the half and full marathons.
MAUI08.17: Maui Calls. Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s annual fundraiser lures visitors with fabulous food from island chefs, plus drinks from boutique wineries. Guests can bid on Maui-centric auction items, then boogie to live music in an alfresco setting.
08.23: Kihei 4th Friday Town Party. Every Friday, Maui throws a street party in one of its charming small towns. Kihei hosts this particular bash with food trucks and booths, games for kids and engaging entertainers serenading the festivities.
OAHU08.16-18: Made in Hawaii Festival. Jewelry, clothing, flowers and other unique Hawaii products fill Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. In addition to hundreds of displays, the event presents cooking demonstrations by acclaimed local chefs and performances by beloved island stars.
08.17-25: Duke’s OceanFest. A week of sun-drenched spectacles honors Duke Kahanamoku, Hawaii’s most famous waterman. Clients can watch thrilling sports such as tandem surfing, canoe regattas and paddleboard racing, then chill out during evening activities like a luau and a movie on the beach.