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SPOTLIGHT:OAHU09.28: Festa Italia. “Ciao” and “Aloha” intersect at Hawaii’s only Italian festival, a street party full of food, art and live music inspired by Italy. Clients savor pasta and gelato, watch budding Michelangelos at work and covet the sleek Ferraris and Lamborghinis on display.
HAWAII ISLAND09.7: Taste of the Hawaiian Range. Sustainability comes to the table at this foodie fest in Waimea. Daytime diversions include agriculture exhibits, 4-H animals, horseback rides and hands-on activities. At the evening gala, clients sample island-sourced dishes.
09.7-21: Hawaii Island Festival. This heritage celebration starts with a poke contest featuring fresh catches in tantalizing preparations. The fun continues with a competition of falsetto singers and storytellers, a paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy)-themed parade and an outdoor bash.
KAUAI09.22-28: The Kauai Mokihana Festival. The spotlight falls on Hawaii’s rich culture throughout this week of special events. Clients can check out ancient and modern hula performances, a composers’ concert, a flowerless lei contest and a church service in English and Hawaiian.
MAUI09.6-10.26: Festivals of Aloha, Maui Nui Style. Each year, Maui honors Hawaiiana with crowd-pleasers such as a town party in Wailuku and a music and dance presentation in Kahului. As part of Maui County, Lanai and Molokai host additional visitor-friendly events.
09.29: Maui Ukulele Festival. The ukulele may have just four strings, but it reigns supreme at this annual affair at Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Top talents entertain attendees, who relax on the lawn, vie for door prizes and hit the food booths.