Top Seven Upcoming Festivals and Celebrations in the Islands

Categorized as Hawaii Vacation Information

If you live in the Hawaiian Islands or are visiting in April or May you will want to check out some of the great events that are coming up, including the Big Island Film Festival, the Kau Coffee Festival, the Grow Hawaiian Fesitival, the Celebration of the Arts, the Annual Earth Day Maui Celebration, the Grow Hawaiian Festival, and of course the world-renowned Merrie Monarch Festival. And if you need a affordable and very nice place to stay for any of these events I highly recommend Hawaiian Beach Rentals which offers great deals for nice places on all of the islands.

Big Island Film Festival

The Big Island Film Festival at Waikoloa Beach Resort takes place from May 14 through 17, 2009 ( This is a “Talk Story” Film Festival that celebrates new independent narrative short and feature films.

There are also social events to honor a filmmaker and an actor, and an Awards Brunch on Sunday morning. This event ends on Sunday afternoon with the Best of the Fest – a 2 hr concert followed by the Audience Choice short and feature films.

Kau Coffee Festival

The Kau Coffee Festival ( takes place from April 24 to 26 at the Pahala Community Center. The festival features a Miss Kau Coffee pageant, hoolaulea, best coffee competition, recipe contest, music and entertainment, farm tours, coffee demos and more. Most of the events are free.

Celebration of the Arts

Recording Henry Kapono will be the special guest at this year’s three-day festival held Easter weekend (4/10-4/12) at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.

The festival ( celebrates the rich heritage and culture of native Hawaiians and features seminars on timely topics with leaders in the Hawaiian community, hands-on workshops in Hawaiian arts and crafts, a children’s learning program at the new Ambassadors of the Environment Center, Hawaiian music and hula performances and the closing Celebration Luau and Show. The 2009 theme is Hawaii, He Aina O Na Anuenue – Hawaii, Land of Rainbows.

7thAnnual Earth Day Maui Celebration

Join the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens at the 7th Annual Earth Day Maui Celebration, Saturday, April 18, 2009 from 10am to 3pm at the garden grounds on Kanaloa Avenue (

Experience Hawaiian cultural activities including games, crafts, ono food and music by Grammy award winning Richard Hoopii and others. Purchase Hawaiian Plants and garden gifts to support the Gardens’ mission and efforts. The event is a fun and free family activity.

The Hawaii International Film Festival

The Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) is pleased to announce the movie lineup for the 12th Annual HIFF Spring Showcase being held from April 3rd-9th at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Cinemas ( This year’s films come from numerous countries including Japan, South Korea, The United States, India, France and Iran among others.

Reserve your tickets now to travel around the world through films and documentaries. The program guide can be viewed online at

2ND Annual Grow Hawaiian Festival at Bishop Museum

The Grow Hawaiian Festival takes place on April 25 at Bishop Museum. Headlining the festival will be presentations by authors, and cultural historians, while a roundtable of kumu hula will share personal stories and thoughts on the plants used in hula.

Staff from native plant nurseries will talk about how to choose and properly care for Hawaiian plants. Representatives will be on hand demonstrating kalo pounding and kapa making. The Grow Hawaiian Festival provides an extraordinary opportunity for people to ask experts for advice on all manner of things biological or horticultural. Attendees can bring their unknown plants to the festival to get them identified.

The festival will also feature informational booths on local conservation and sustainability efforts, a guided tour of Bishop Museum¹s garden of native and indigenous plants, and a native plants sale.

The Hawaiian musicians and hula dancers will entertain festival attendees. Refreshments will be available for purchase from local food vendors.

The Merrie Monarch Festival

The Merrie Monarch Festival takes place form April 12 to April 18 ( The Merrie Monarch is the premier hula event in the state, and also the largest.

Starting each year on Easter Sunday, the Merrie Monarch Festival hula competition is a prominent showcase of the living Hawaiian culture of hula and mele. The major purpose of the festival is the perpetuation, preservation, and promotion of the art of hula and the Hawaiian culture through education. The festival is considered the world’s premier forum for people of all ages to display their skills and knowledge of the art of ancient and modern hula.

Enjoy any or all of these fun events that are coming up soon on the different Hawaiian Islands And don’t forget, if you need a nice and affordable place to stay to help you enjoy your experience, don’t forget to check out Hawaiian Beach Rentals.