The 10 Best Fall Festivals in Hawaii!

With gorgeous weather year-round, you might be fooled into thinking that fall festivals don’t exist in Hawaii. Well, you’d be wrong! Along this isolated archipelago, you’ll find festivals held each fall that celebrate Hawaiian culture, food, cinema, agriculture, and more. Book your tickets today or opt to attend a free festival to celebrate the autumn, island style.

1. Hawaii Food and Wine Festival, Honolulu, HI

For several weeks in October, dig into the culinary delights at the annual Hawai’i Food and Wine Festival. The majority of events take place on Oahu, with exciting parties to taste noodle soup bowls created by famous chefs, cooking classes, and wine tastings. Events are ticketed, so do be sure to purchase your ticket in advance.

2. Kaua’i Mokihana Festival, Kapa'a, HI

The last week of September each year, experience Hawaiian culture with lectures, music, and competitions. The Kaua’i Mokihana Festival is held at the Kapa’a First Hawaiian Church, which was founded in 1879 by Queen Deborah Kapule—a beautiful sight to see even without the festival. To enjoy all of the exciting happenings during this festival, purchase the Mokihana Pass for $75.

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3. Halloween in Lahaina, Lahaina, HI

This annual festival is the biggest Halloween party in Hawaii. Celebrated along streets closed to traffic, locals and visitors come out dressed in their best costumes, getting creative in attempts to stand out from the crowd. For a kid-friendly time, arrive early to enjoy a children’s parade and to stop into the neighboring shops before they close for the evening. As the day turns into night, the party gets bumping in the many bars along Front Street.

4. Maui Fair, Wailuku, HI

Celebrate the annual Maui Fair, which follows a different theme each year. At this fair, you’ll find a chili cook off and baby of the year contest as well as horticultural exhibits. Parades, pie eating contests, crafts and student exhibits, and rides will also entertain visitors.

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5. Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, Kailua-Kona, HI

Coffee lovers have to attend the Kona Coffee Festival held each year for about 10 days in early November. During this festival, there are tours, demonstrations, talks, parades, recipe contests, and latte art competitions. Taste the flavorful Kona Coffee and learn more about its history along with all of these other fun exhibits during the Kona Coffee festival. 

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6. Hawaii International Film Festival, Honolulu, HI

Each year in early November, film lovers and movie makers from around the world unite at the Hawaii International Film Festival. Running for more than 30 years, festival attendees are treated to Asian and Pacific films, documentaries, and shorts. Numerous famous movies have premiered at the Hawaii International Film Festival, so you know you’re sure to see something great. 

7. Eo E Emalani I Alaka'i Festival, Waimea, HI

Held since 1988 by the Hui o Laka/Kokee Museum, the Eo E Emalani I Alakai Festival celebrates Queen Emma’s visit to Kokee in 1871. Hula performances, exhibits, crafts, and food are all available throughout the festival, but the big event is held in the late morning and depicts the queen’s visit to the area. Performances continue throughout the rest of the day. 

8. Festivals of Aloha, Multiple locations

The annual Festivals of Aloha celebrates Hawaiian culture with parades, live music, and pageantry. Numerous vendors attend this festival, some selling their best food dishes, while others are touting their handicrafts and goods. The Festivals of Aloha run from early September through mid-October, but dates depend on the island on which it is held. 

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9. Annual Waikiki International Food Fest, Waikiki, HI

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Waikiki, the Waikiki International Food Festival is in its 12th year. This annual fundraiser uses money raised through ticket sales and auctions to donate to local schools, scholarships for students, and the local homeless shelter. Attendees to this festival should expect an all-you-can-eat buffet stocked with international foods, live music, and auctions.

10. Hawai’i Island Festival, Multiple locations

The Hawai’i Island Festival will be held at the Waikola Beach Marriot Resort & Spa from early to mid-September. The Hawai’i Island Festival has a wide array of fun events such as a poke cook-off, falsetto contest, parade, and food vendors. These exciting events are held as part of the 30 Days of Aloha celebration, meant to share and celebrate cultural traditions of Hawaiian heritage. 

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