Lots of fun, family-friendly events coming up this summer, like the Maui Film Festival

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Fun summer events coming up on every island

From film festivals to paniolo rodeos, Hawaii Tourism is bringing a little bit of everything this summer
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Now that school is out and summer is here, it's time to kick back and have some fun. Lucky for you, Hawaii Tourism has a ton of fun stuff coming up in June and July. Whether you're headed to a neighbor island or looking to jam out at the 49th Annual Ukulele Festival or try every possible mango dish, there's something for you. If you attend any of these events, tagging your photos with the hashtag #LetHawaiiHappen will help you easily search for other family-friendly events at the same time.   


40th Annual Pan-Pacific Festival

When: June 7-9, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Where: Various locations around Honolulu
Admission: Free
Details: The 40th annual Pan-Pacific Festival is a celebration of cultural traditions of Hawaii, the Pacific Rim and around the world. The three-day festival kicks off with a hoolaulea (block party) complete with live entertainment on multiple stages, food, crafts and more. The celebration continues with Performing Arts Showcases featuring cultural performances and demonstrations. The Punahele Party on Saturday night will feature a live band with halau, and the festival concludes with a colorful parade along Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki.

Kapuuola Hula Festival

When: June 21-22, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: Puuokapolei at the top of Kapolei Regional Park
Admission: Free and open to the public
Details: Kapuuola is an outdoor hula festival at the hula mound at Puuokapolei featuring performances by 12 halau and musical entertainment by Josh Tatofi and Na Palapalai. Local crafters, food booths and a silent auction will have enticing products and cuisine. This is an eco-friendly festival and there will be free refillable water stations, so be sure to bring your reusable bottles.

Mango Jam Honolulu

When: June 21, 4:30-9 p.m. and June 22, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Where: Frank F. Fasi Civic Center Grounds surrounding Honolulu Hale
Admission: Free. Free parking for Mango Jam Honolulu will be available in the city's municipal parking lot (entrance off South Beretania Street) and the Joint Traffic Management Center parking lot (entrance off Alapai Street).
Details: The fifth annual Mango Jam Honolulu will offer attendees a "Taste of Island Culture" with a multicultural mix of local food, crafts and entertainment unique to Hawaii. This family-friendly event will feature award-winning live entertainment, a beer garden with mango-inspired cocktails, food booths and a farmers market, and a Mango BBQ Cook-Off between two surprise local celebrity chefs. 
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49th Annual Ukulele Festival

The 49th Annual Ukulele Festival Hawaii is coming up in July. - Photo courtesy Ukulele Festival Hawaii

When: July 21, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Kapiolani Park
Admission: Free and open to the public.
Details: The 49th Annual Ukulele Festival Hawaii brings together musicians from around the world as well as the Roy Sakuma 600-piece Ukulele Band. There will be free ukulele lessons, ukulele displays and giveaways, food booths and activities for keiki. 
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Asia Pacific Dance Festival

When: July 22-August 4
Where: Kennedy Theatre at University of Hawaii at Manoa
Admission: Call 808-956-8246 or visit https://manoa.hawaii.edu/outreach/asiapacificdance/https://www.gohawaii.com/islands/events/asia-pacific-dance-festival-2019
Details: The Asia Pacific Dance Festival showcases the finest dances, dancers and choreographers from Asia and the Pacific. Performances will be augmented by activities and workshops, university course offerings, public lectures and demonstrations.


20th Annual Maui Film Festival

Enjoy a variety of films at the Maui Film Festival this June. - Photo courtesy Hawaii Tourism

When: June 12-16, 5 p.m.-12 a.m.
Where: Celestial Cinema
Admission: $100 for the Celestial Cinema 4-click pass 
Details: The Maui Film Festival brings a good selection to Celestial Cinema and the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. A four-entry pass for $100 lets you choose, and you can use your four entries to Celestial Cinema for yourself or share with family or friends. Each entry includes admission to that night's festivities - two films, hula, live music and big screen A-List tributes. 

4th Annual Jazz Maui East Meets West Festival

When: June 23-30
Where: Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Lahaina Civic Center Amphitheater and the King Kekaulike Performing Arts Center 
Admission: From free up to $15. To register, visit www.jazzmaui.org or contact Bryant Neal at 808-283-3576 or bryantneal808@gmail.com
Details: The weeklong Jazz Maui East Meets West Festival celebrates jazz music, contemporary dance and Maui's multi-ethnic cuisine at venues around the island. The festival schedule includes a jazz camp, film screening, home concert and grand finale concert. 

Molokai Holokai Festival

When: June 29-30, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
Where: Molokai Community Health Center
Admission: Free for spectators, participants can register online
Details: The Molokai Holokai Hoolaulea lets professional stand-up paddle boarders and racers participate in a fun and challenging race, invites the community to participate, and encourages racers and residents to come together and experience Molokai life. 


Koloa Plantation Days Paniolo Heritage Rodeo

Enjoy an authentic cultural experience of the Hawaiian cowboy at the Paniolo Heritage Rodeo. - Photo courtesy Masters Photo

When: July 19-21, 4-9:45 p.m.
Where: Paniolo Heritage Rodeo
Admission: $10 at the gate or online via Eventbrite. Free admission for kids under 18 when accompanied by parent
Details: This major kickoff event of the Koloa Plantation Days Festival is an authentic cultural experience of the Hawaiian cowboy: three days of keiki activities, barrel races, bull riding and roping with traditional and new rodeo sports. Look forward to delicious local paniolo barbecue, Hawaiian music and a Paniolos heritage exhibition. 
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Island of Hawaii

Kohala Kamehameha Day Celebration

When: June 11, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Kamehameha Statue and Hisaoka Gym at Kamehameha Park
Admission: All events are free
Details: Each year, the small Kohala community puts together a celebration of its famed native son. Visitors are welcomed to the North Kohala towns of Hawi and Kapaau on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 to take part in this unique local event featuring a blessing, floral parade, food, crafts, music and more.

Hawaii Performing Arts Festival – Summer Festival

When: June 19-21
Where: Venues around the Island of Hawaii
Admission: Tickets available online at https://www.hawaiiperformingartsfestival.org/upcoming-events/
Details: Now preparing for its fifteenth season on the Island of Hawaii, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival brings some of the most talented young musicians from all over the world to study under and perform with some of the world’s most established teachers and mentors. More than 20 concerts and staged performances will allow the students to appear onstage with some of the top musical artists in their field. Performances will be produced at various venues around the Island of Hawaii.