The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival is always a highly anticipated event. 

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Food, films, hoolaulea, more: Fun fall events on every island

Hawaii Tourism Authority events have everything from gourmet eats to paniolo and film fests
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Think the fun's over now that summer's come and gone? Whether you want to take the kids to see some short films, enjoy date night at the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, or rock out at Waikiki’s largest block party, fall brings a smorgasbord of events to look forward to. 

These are all part of Experiences of Hawaii, sponsored by Hawaii Tourism Authority. If you go to these events, don't forget to use the hashtag #HIexperiences to tag your photos; this will help you easily search for other family-friendly events at the same time. 

Ohina Short Film Showcase

What: The Ohina Short Film Showcase debuted in 1999 to help support independent local filmmakers. Since then, Ohina has grown to become Hawaii’s biggest short film festival for amateurs, students and professional filmmakers alike. Ticket prices vary, and entries are submitted from all over the world. 

The 2018 film lineup includes "Hae Hawaii The Thief," "Kalewa," "Last Taxi Dance," "Mauka to Makai" and "The Moon and the Night." 


When: Sept. 7
Where: Hawaii Theatre


When: Sept. 21
Where: Maui Arts & Cultural Center 

Hawaii Island

When: Sept. 28-29
Where: Palace Theater (Sept. 28) and Kahilu Theatre (Sept. 29)


When: Aug. 31
Where: Lanai Theater 

Hawaii Food & Wine Festival 

What: The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival features more than 150 internationally renowned culinary personalities, master chefs, winemakers and mixologists. Here are a few you can look forward to this year:

Oahu: Crops & Hops

When: Oct. 24, 4-7 p.m.
Where: Ward Village
Price: $95 (general admission ticket)
Age: Must be 21 years and older 
Details: Crops & Hops will serve up eight dishes featuring locally grown emerging crops and 20 craft beers from around the world along with wine and spirits. Plus there's a live competition: In the 2nd Emerging Crop Cook-Off, three chef finalists will compete for the title of Emerging Crop King Chef. The highlighted ingredient is moringa, so you'll get to sample the three dishes featuring the Filipino cuisine staple.

Maui: Spiked!

When: Oct. 20, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
Price: $200 (general admission ticket)
Age: Must be 21 years and older
Details: Sample innovative dishes from 13 distinguished chefs that feature unique spices. Wines, refreshing cocktails and craft beers will also be offered.

Hawaii Island: Under the Tuscan Sun

When: Oct. 6, 6-9:30 p.m.
Where: Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
Price: $250 (general admission ticket)
Age: Must be 21 years and older  
Details: Six “Cuisines of the Sun” alumni chefs will create a six-course Tuscan feast; wine pairings are included. 

The Aloha Festivals are the largest Hawaiian cultural celebration in the United States. - Photo courtesy Hawaii Tourism Authority

Aloha Festivals: Oahu 

What: The Aloha Festivals are the largest Hawaiian cultural celebration in the United States. The mission: “foster the aloha spirit through the celebration of the diverse customs and traditions of Hawaii and the perpetuation of the Hawaiian culture.” The theme this year is No Ke Kai Kakou E, or “We Are of the Sea.”

Royal Court Investiture & Opening Ceremony

When: Sept. 1
Where: Waikiki 
Cost: Free 
Details: Features traditional hula and chants; investiture is 4-5 p.m. and opening ceremony is at 5 p.m.

Pearlridge Keiki Hoolaulea 

When: Sept. 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Pearlridge Center
Cost: Free
Details: Arts and crafts, activities, demonstrations and continuous stage performances. Don't miss the 12:30-2 p.m. 2nd Annual Keiki Conch Shell Blowing Contest. 

66th Annual Hoolaulea

When: Sept. 22, 7-10 p.m. 
Where: Waikiki
Cost: Free
Details: Hawaii’s largest block party features performances of various genres of halau hula and music of Hawaii. Hawaii crafts, flower lei and island cuisines are also highlighted. 

72nd Annual Floral Parade

When: Sept. 29, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Ala Moana to Waikiki
Cost: Free
Details: See floats adorned with flowers of Hawaii, pau horseback riders, halau hula, local marching bands and more. 

Festivals of Aloha — Maui Nui Style

What: The Festivals’ mission is to “honor Native Hawaiian culture and traditions from generation to generation, and share them with visitors and people from the community.” This year’s theme is E Ulu Mau I Ke Aloha Aina, or “Be Ever Inspired By the Love of Your Land.” Get an official Festivals of Aloha Maui Nui Style ribbon for $5 for discounted admission to many of the following events:

Wailuku First Friday Festivals of Aloha Kickoff

When: Sept. 7, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Market Street in Wailuku
Details: Enjoy live entertainment with Hawaii musicians, food booths, crafts and more.

Lahaina Banyan Tree Hoolaulea

When: Sept. 15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sept. 16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Historic Banyan Tree Park in Lahaina 
Details: Check out products from crafters and artisans, plus live entertainment.

Parade and Hana Celebration

When: Oct. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Hana Ball Park
Details: Includes marching bands, entertainment, crafts, local food, pau riders, vintage cars, floral floats, custom motorcycles and more.

Hana Arts Annual Talent Show

When: Oct. 10, 5-9 p.m.
Where: Hana Bay
Details: Six talent categories, $1000 in cash prizes and celebrity judges. Plus grinds from local food booths. 

Kahanu Gardens — Ulu Cook-Off

When: Oct. 12, 6-7 p.m.
Where: Hana Ball Park 
Details: This ulu or breadfruit cooking competition features visiting professional chefs. 

Festivals of Aloha Hoolaulea

When: Oct. 13, 5-10 p.m.
Where: Hana Bay
Details: Live entertainment and local cuisine at this block party-style celebration. 



When: Oct. 5, 6 p.m. 
Where: Mitchell Pauole Center
Details: Watch the Royal Court traditional ceremony and enjoy entertainment and food booths. Plus there'll be poke and Ulu-Uala-Kalo (breadfruit-potato-taro) contests. 

Parade & Hoolaulea 

When: Oct. 6, 9 a.m. (parade) and 11 a.m. (hoolaulea)
Where: Kaunakakai Town
Details: The parade through Kaunakakai includes pau riders and exotic flowers, while the hoolaulea at Mitchell Pauole Center features entertainment, games, food booths and traditional and cultural displays by hands-on practitioners. 


True Hawaiian Spirit Celebration Hoolaulea

When: Sept. 29, 2-8 p.m.
Where: Dole Park in Lanai City 
Details: Live entertainment, cultural demonstrations, free keiki activities, crafters, artisans and delicious food. Ferry rides to and from Maui will be available.

Hawaii Island Festivals — 30 Days of Aloha

What: This festival seeks to perpetuate the aloha spirit and cultural traditions of the island of Hawaii. 

11th Annual Poke Contest

When: Sept. 8, 10 a.m.
Where: Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
Cost: $20 + $5 ribbon
Details: Categories include “Poke Fusion,” “Best Traditional Poke,” “Poke with Soy Sauce & Limu” and more. 

Waimea 43rd Annual Paniolo Parade

When: Sept. 15, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Waimea
Cost: $5 ribbon required

Waimea Hoolaulea 

When: Sept. 15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Waimea Baseball Field
Cost: $5 ribbon required 

2018 Kauai Chocolate & Coffee Festival: Kauai 

When: Oct. 19 (5-9 p.m.) and Oct. 20 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.)
Where: Hanapepe Town
Cost: Free admission to the festival, but you'll need tickets to guarantee samples of chocolate and coffee (ticket comes with a free reusable tote bag with special offers and discounts)
Details: Free presentations and demonstrations, live entertainment and a silent auction.

Hawaii’s Woodshow 2018 — Na Laau O Hawaii: Oahu 

When: Sept. 22-Oct. 7, Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Honolulu Museum of Art School (Linekona Gallery)
Cost: Free
Details: The Hawaii Forest Industry Association’s annual juried woodworking exhibition features works crafted from mango, koa, milo, Norfolk pine and other Hawaii-grown woods. The event highlights the positive role that forests play in Hawaii’s ecology and economy. Awards will be presented across a variety of categories, including a People’s Choice Award.  

History Theatre at Hawaiian Mission Houses (Na Moku Eha Music Series: Mele O Hawaii): Oahu

When: Oct. 27, 5-8 p.m.
Where: Hawaiian Mission Houses
Cost: Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door
Details: This concert features stories and lore, hula, songs and chants. “Songs of the Island of Hawaii” and legends of Pele will be featured in this last performance in the Na Moku Eha Music series.