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Hawaii Festivals - May and June

A month-by-month look at the major festivals and holidays in Hawaii

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May

Lei Day
May Day, or in Hawaii, Lei Day, is celebrated throughout the state, with everybody wearing a floral necklace (lei) for the day. The first day of the month is a flower spectacle as islanders wear flowers, take part in lei-making competitions, and crown a lei queen.

Maui Onion Festival
The annual Maui Onion Festival will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Special promotions and pre-event festivities begin Friday, May 3. We'll add more details as they become available.

Moloka'i Ka Hula Piko
Moloka'i Ka Hula Piko, held on Molokai from Thursday May 2 - Saturday May 4, 2013 celebrates the birth of hula. Hawaiian cultural demonstrations and visits to sacred sites are supported by traditional dance performances and plenty of Hawaiian food.

June

Kamehameha Day Celebration
King Kamehameha day is the holiday established during the monarchy and observed continually since its establishment by royal proclamation in 1871. The day is celebrated to honor King Kamehameha I who stands as an exponent of Hawaiian self-determination.

While the holiday is celebrated throughout the islands, no where is it celebrated more than on Hawaii Island, the Big Island, where thousands of people gather in North Kohala each June 11 to honor the chief who united the Hawaiian Islands in 1795.

Maui Film Festival
The Maui Film Festival at Wailea features film premieres at the under-the-stars Dolby-Digital equipped Celestial Cinema™ and toes-in-the-sand oceanside silent film venue - The SandDance Theater, as well as at the Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center and the Maui Digital Theater. Special Food and wine events including the Taste of Wailea plus Filmmakers Panels and Special Screenings complete the event.

Pan Pacific Festival
As many as 4,000 musicians, dancers and artists from Japan will join scores of their peers in Hawaii to present a variety of entertaining events; most are free. Since its inception in 1980, the mission of the Pan-Pacific Festival in Hawaii has been to promote inter-cultural friendship and overcome language and geographic barriers through shared interests. Today, the festival is one of Hawaii's largest cultural events. The 2009 event will take place June 7-9, 2013.

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau Cultural Festival
The Pu'uhonua O Honaunau Cultural Festival is held late June/early July at the Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park on the Big Island of Hawaii. Festivities include a royal court, hula and traditional craft displays, and seine net fishing. For more information on the event call (808) 882-7218.

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