Published: June 2022


June 29, 2022

HAWAI‘IE hele mai! From new and returning attractions, to the unveiling of new hotel offerings, unique outdoor adventures and exciting events, this fall is already looking to be one of the best times this year to visit the Hawaiian Islands. You’ll find genuinely enriching experiences of all kinds throughout Hawaiʻi this fall ready for you to discover and explore on your arrival. Keep reading to learn about great activities and experiences coming up here in the Islands in the months ahead as well as activities sharing what mālama kuʻu home (“care for our beloved home”) means to residents of our Islands. By participating in activities that mālama Hawaiʻi (care for Hawaiʻi), you notonly help preserve and protect the Islands for residents and visitors like yourself, but return home with one-of-a-kind memories of truly experiencing Hawaiʻi while doing some good. For additional updates on each of Hawaiʻi’s islands, please reference the media sites of our individual Island Chapters: the Kauaʻi Visitors Bureau, Oʻahu Visitors Bureau, Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau, and Island of Hawaiʻi Visitors Bureau.


Hawaiʻi Forest & Trail (island of Hawaiʻi) recently announced the launch its Maunakea Summit and Stars Giveback Experience. Guests participating in the company’s newest voluntourism opportunity learn about the west side of the island’s critical Waikoloa Dry Forest habitat on an interpretive walk and giveback experience, collecting native seeds to be used for future plantings restoring native dominant forests. Guests finish their experience with a sunset dinner at the summit of Maunakea volcano and private telescope stargazing led by interpretive guides. A donation of $20 per guest to Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative is included in the tour price to assist the nonprofit’s efforts perpetuating conservation work. The Maunakea Summit and Stars Giveback Experience is offered only on Wednesdays.

The phrase mālama ‘āina (care for the land) reflects Mauna Lani Auberge Resorts Collection's (island of Hawaiʻi) mission to protect, preserve and respect the island of Hawaiʻi. The resort believes it is its kuleana (responsibility) to nurture and sustain the island’s lands for the community and future generations. Mauna Lani recently partnered with Māla‘ai, a school garden program in nearby Waimea, to responsibly and sustainably cultivate and harvest fresh fruits and vegetables in the resort’s on-property garden, Hoʻōla. With its name meaning “to give life to,” Hoʻōla provides purposeful, hands-on opportunities for Mauna Lani guests wishing to become involved with the

Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikīkī Beach (Oʻahu) has committed to preserving and rebuilding the ecosystem of its surrounding neighborhood via its Mālama Hawaiʻi package. The resort property recently partnered with the Genki Ala Wai Project, a nonprofit organization deploying tennis ballsized mud “genki balls” into Waikīkī’s Ala Wai Canal to assist in removing sludge, debris and other pollutants. Each night’s stay at the property on the Mālama Hawaiʻi package contributes $10 to the Genki Ala Wai Project. Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikīkī Beach is also matching the package’s guests donation with a $10 donation of their own. Guests on the package also receive a $20 resort credit that can be used for parking or dining at La Vie, Quiora, the resort pools or on in-room dining.

Guests can save 15% on room rates at Surfjack Hotel and Swim Club (Oʻahu) when they volunteer their time participating in a Mālama Hawaiʻi Program activity with the resort’s “Give Back With Jack” offer. Participating guests will receive a Surfjack T-shirt and water bottle with every stay.


‘a Kea Hotel and Resort (Kauaʻi) recently unveiled its $5 million renewed look, designed to “embrace the beauty and serenity of the Garden Island” this summer. Each refreshed guest room prominently features colors and patterns inspired by Kauaʻi’s lush foliage, red earth and koa wood. Beyond the refresh, guests still have access to the resort’s amenities, including The Spa at ‘a Kea, tropical pool with ocean views, outdoor bar, lava rock hot tub, oceanside fire pits, fitness studio, onsite watersports and more. The resort now also hosts a daily Pāʻina Hour at its pool bar, where guests can sip, soak and enjoy island breezes and breathtaking ocean views. The ‘a Kea Resort’s Red Salt restaurant recently debuted new menus curated by Executive Chef Noelani Planas featuring Hawaiʻi-inspired seafood dishes paired with local produce and paying homage to her upbringing on the island.

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel (island of Hawaiʻi) is debuting a new food and beverage program this spring through summer, also including a new Spirits Passport program featuring exclusive Mauna Kea-labeled spirits available at all dining and beverage outlets on property. Mauna Kea-label tequilabased cocktails are available at the hotel’s Hau Tree beach bar and cafe, while Mauna Kea-label American whiskey-based cocktails are on the menu at the property’s iconic Copper Bar. In the months ahead, guests will also be able to enjoy several hotel Icons of Wine dinners, featuring selections from winery partners, including Jaga, Louis Jadot, Antinori and more, as well as a new series of Winemaker Events with partners including Senses Wines, Thomas Rivers Brown, Kim Crawford, Neal Family Vineyards and more.

The adults-only, wellness-focused Sensei Lānaʻi, A Four Seasons Resort (Lānaʻi) is now offering a destination package for couples seeking one final getaway before welcoming a new addition to the family. The resort’s Babymoon Guide package provides expectant parents amenities and couples activities tailored to them. A babymoon souvenir welcomes the parents-to-be upon their arrival and includes a logoed onesie and bib. Sensei Guides and wellness practitioners with advanced degrees in their respective fields create itineraries for couples featuring maternity spa treatments, functional movement classes, nutrition sessions and island adventures.

Sheraton Kauaʻi Coconut Beach Resort recently debuted its open-air event pavilion, Hālau Hoʻokipa, on the easternmost point on the Garden Island. Designed as a beachfront open-air event space, the 4,500-square-foot pavilion fronts the ancient surfing grounds of the Royal Coconut Coast, boasting sweeping sea views just steps from the sand. In addition to hosting lūʻau performances, the space also serves as a venue for weddings, parties, concerts, family gatherings, hula classes and more. Hālau Hoʻokipa is open on three walls to allow for easy event set-up and larger group gatherings. Its design follows basic A-frame construction and features a naturally thatched roof utilizing local materials. Showcased within the pavilion is a newly restored replica of a Hawaiian waʻa (canoe). The pavilion can accommodate up to 180 people for a wedding or lūʻau.


The Battleship Missouri Memorial (Oʻahu) recently unveiled its new exhibit, “Legendary Naval Warriors — The World of Hiroyuki Sugano’s Pencil Drawings,” featuring World War II artwork from the renowned Japanese artist. The new exhibit includes an initial showing of 12 of Sugano’s drawings, showcasing intricate naval artwork of WWII warships from the U.S. and Japan, and insights about the men who bravely served aboard these historic ships. Visitors to the Battleship Missouri Memorial can once again also enjoy a complimentary 35-minute guided tour, included with their admission, led by a knowledgeable tour guide. The guided tour shares highlights of the Mighty Mo’s armament, historic sites and stories.

Dolphin Quest at Hilton Waikoloa Village’s (island of Hawaiʻi) new Sunrise Splash experience offers participants an opportunity to witness the Dolphin Quest dolphin ʻohana (family) frolicking at sunrise in the resort’s expansive, open-to-the-ocean saltwater lagoon. Participants also get to learn about the spectacular animals while watching them up-close beachside and engage with a marine mammal specialist. Sessions typically last about 10 minutes and participants are encouraged to bring their cameras. The Sunrise Splash experience is currently available Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 a.m., with hours and days subject to change. For more information, call 808-987-3434.

With nearly four decades of entertainment experience, family-owned and operated Traditions Hawaiʻi recently unveiled its new Feast and Fire Lūʻau experience at Outrigger Kona Resort and Spa (island of Hawaiʻi). The lūʻau, presented by the island of Hawaiʻi’s Lim and Yap families, is an homage to the ancient Polynesian voyagers who first settled in Hawaiʻi centuries ago and happens on 22 oceanfront acres with views of the Pacific Ocean. The lūʻau’s food menu features a selection of island-favorite delicacies. Guests are welcome to talk with local artists at the lūʻau’s artisan village and browse curated items for sale. The Feast and Fire Lūʻau happens Monday and Friday evenings, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Hawaiʻi Nautical (island of Hawaiʻi) recently announced a major upgrade in its fleet with its acquisition of the Koholā, a 380 Outrage, 38-foot Boston Whaler. A maximum of six passengers on each sail keeps the onboard experience uncrowded and comfortable. Sailing on the Koholā offers versatility for both leisure cruising and fishing, comfort and luxury amenities, and a world-class offshore fishing platform.

Every Tuesday at sunrise, guests at Hōkūala Kauaʻi — A Timbers Resort are invited to experience the property from a new perspective — the seat of a golf cart — with Hui Aloha Huaka‘i Tours. Guides take guests on an approximately two-hour golf cart ride throughout the property, sharing the history of the ʻāina (land) surrounding the property and its sights and sounds. The tour begins at the resort’s golf shop at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at $125 for two guests, which includes use of a private golf cart.

Adults-only boutique luxury hotel Hotel Wailea (Maui) is inviting guests to embark on a “surfari” to hunt down the best waves on Maui this summer. The hotel’s four-hour experience is led by a private surf instructor who instructs guests on how to read the ocean, hunt for waves and “find post-surf satisfaction.” In addition to instruction from skilled surfers, the experience also includes equipment, refreshments and lunch. The Hotel Wailea’s Surf Safari is accessible to guests of all levels of surf experience. To book, visit or call 808-432-1222.

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa recently revamped its Drums of the Pacific Lūʻau, which takes guests on a journey through the Pacific with chants, songs and dances nightly, from 5:15 to 8:15 p.m.. The three-course plated dinner and show, separated into vignettes throughout the evening, features new additions, including a lei demonstration, drum number and costumes featuring contemporary Hawaiian designs. The experience includes an open bar with craft cocktails and an exclusive Maui Brewing Co. seasonal beer. Outside the lūʻau grounds, crafts made by local artisans are available for purchase.

After a nearly two-year hiatus, ʻIolani Palace (Oʻahu) recently brought back the Royal Hawaiian Band for its popular lunchtime concerts on the palace grounds. The concerts are free, open to the public and held on most Fridays from noon to 1 p.m. Once known as the King’s Band, the Royal Hawaiian Band was created by King Kamehameha III in 1836 and is the only full-time municipal band in the U.S. The band has grown in prominence over its many years, playing at state occasions, parades, national competitions and other international venues. Since May 25, the palace has also resumed its He Mele Lāhui Hawaiʻi program, featuring live performances by Hōkū Hanohano Hawaiʻi music award-winning Hawaiian entertainer Kuʻuipo Kumukahi in the palace’s Imprisonment Room on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Visitors are also invited to learn about Hawaiʻi’s culture and history at the palace’s monthly Hear Hawaiʻi workshops, with free and open to the public classes held on the second Saturday of each month.

Kumu Kahuā Theatre (Oʻahu) recently announced its new season of 2022-23 productions, featuring a schedule of plays reflecting some of the theatre’s most popular presentations over the years. Setting the stage for experiences celebrating a sense of place, Kumu Kahuā’s tradition of showcasing stories about life in Hawaiʻi from the state’s most celebrated playwrights continues with “Aloha Las Vegas” (August 25-September 25), “Lucky Come Hawaiʻi” (November 3-December 4) and “Gone Feeshing” (January 19-February 19) — all presented on the theatre's iconic downtown Honolulu stage. For tickets and showtimes, visit or call 808-536-4441.

In June, Majestic by Atlantis Cruises (Oʻahu) launched a new Friday Fireworks and Cocktail Cruise, available each Friday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Majestic features a full-service bar and lounge for guests to enjoy handcrafted cocktails while cruising along Waikīkī’s famous coastline in airconditioned comfort. Its open-air deck offers 360-degree views of Waikīkī’s city lights and vibrant Friday night fireworks display.

Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory (OHCF), which produced one of Hawaiʻi’s first singleorigin, seed-to-bar chocolate, recently debuted a new Cacao Tea. Sugar-free and caffeine-free, the tea is 100% nature-made from the husks of cocoa beans grown on the island of Hawaiʻi. The beverage boasts a subtle chocolate aroma and flavor. The new tea is available — along with OHCF’s artisan milk, dark and criollo chocolates, chocolate soap, plantation coffee and other gifts — at OHCF's Chocolate Shoppe in Keauhou-Kona and online at

There is a now a brand-new way to view, experience and learn about the Pearl Harbor battlefield…from 168 feet above the harbor. The Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum (Oʻahu) recently opened the harbor’s Ford Island Control Tower to the public for the first time in its history following a 10-year, $7 million restoration. The iconic World War II landmark is part of the museum’s new Top of the Tower tour that includes access to the complex’s historic Operations Building, Firehouse Exhibit, historic photos and videos of the control tower’s upper cab, and an elevator ride to the upper cab itself — the tour’s pinnacle featuring 360-degree views of Pearl Harbor.

Pearl Harbor National Memorial (Oʻahu) recently launched The Ford Island Bus Tour, a ranger-led interpretive program taking visitors via bus to the harbor’s Ford Island for an opportunity to experience the USS Utah and USS Oklahoma memorials. Reservations for the tour are required via In addition, a free, temporary exhibit featuring the life and works of USS Arizona Memorial architect Alfred Preis is open for public viewing through July 15 at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial Visitor Center.

The Rock-A-Hula, (Oʻahu) show recently announced its investment of more than $1 million in renovations and a 10-year lease renewal with the Royal Hawaiian Center for its production. Improvements include new audio, visual and production equipment and the addition of two new “Hawaiʻi Pavilion” structures to be completed by the end of the year. The renovations allow for upgraded dinner and show experiences and expanded private event offerings. Rock-A-Hula fully reopened to the public in April.

Meaningful travel is often about the transformative experiences you have as you learn and engage with different cultures and communities. Guests staying at SCP Hilo Hotel are encouraged to sign up for complimentary cultural workshops, including lei making and coconut hat weaving, taught by residents of the Hilo community. SCP Hilo Hotel also presents open-to-the-public live musical performances by local artists in its lobby neighboring Hilo Bay. For more information on workshops and to reserve your space, email [email protected].

Sheraton Kauaʻi Coconut Beach Resort is now welcoming visitors to its large-scale lūʻau event, Lūʻau Ka Hikina. In the Hawaiian language, the words ka hikina refer to “the arrival” or “the coming of something,” or the directional east. A torch-lighting ceremony kicks off the lūʻau festivities, followed by hula from award-winning hula master Leilani Rivera Low. The lūʻau program also includes Tahitian, Maori, Tongan and Samoan dance. Lūʻau Ka Hikina is offered twice weekly with adult tickets starting at $159.

Sunset dinner cruise ship Star of Honolulu (Oʻahu) recently reopened its Pacific Star Sunset Buffet Cruise and signature Five Star Sunset Dining and Jazz Cruise categories. These cruises are offered in addition to the ship’s Star Sunset Dinner and Show Cruise and Three Star Sunset Dinner and Show Cruise. Since the beginning of June, the cruises have remained on the water an additional hour on Fridays to see evening fireworks from Waikīkī. A Vow Renewal package for $190 per couple, or Captain’s Wedding for $750 per couple, can be added to dinner cruises. Both packages include a ceremony performed by the captain, “champagne,” a memory certificate and a photo. Fresh orchid lei are also available onboard for purchase.

Situated in a restored native rain forest known today as the Niaulani Forest, the Volcano Art Center (island of Hawaiʻi) offers an intimate experience for guests to engage with Hawaiʻi’s landscapes, plants and rare birds on its restored Niaulani rain forest and nature trail. The Niaulani Trail Enhancement and Forest Fair Program features four activities educating visitors and residents about Hawaiʻi’s unique natural heritage. Activities include complimentary weekly guided nature walks through a rare, old-growth forest; monthly forest work days with a dedicated team of community members to eradicate highly invasive species, such as kāhili ginger and tibouchina; and a Forest Fair happening on October 8.

The Waikīkī Aquarium’s (Oʻahu) beloved outdoor oceanside concert series, Ke Kani O Ke Kai, is returning for the first time in four years, featuring three outdoor performances set for June 30, July 21 and August 11. This year’s concert series will feature Makana, Streetlight Cadence, Bobby Moderow, Jr., Kawika Kahiapo, George Kuo and three-time Grammy award-winner Kalani Peʻa. For more information and to buy tickets, visit or call (808) 440-9054.


July 22-24, 2022
Paniolo Heritage Rodeo (Kauaʻi) —
The Paniolo Heritage Rodeo, held during the annual Kōloa Plantation Days Festival, offers a fun, cultural experience spotlighting the paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) lifestyle. Crowds gather over three days to cheer-on the competitive races, fast-action riding and roping sports, and enjoy ‘ono (delicious) local foods, educational exhibits and paniolo storytelling. For more information, contact [email protected]

July 23-31, 2022
36th Annual Kōloa Plantation Days Festival (Kauaʻi) —
Held in the south Kauaʻi district where Hawaiʻi’s first sugar plantation was founded in 1835, this nine-day community celebration features a lively, family-oriented slate of events showcasing the area’s rich history and diverse multicultural traditions. Bring the family to celebrate Kōloa and enjoy live music, dance, a rodeo, a festival parade and lots of multiethnic comfort food. For more information, visit

July 27 - 30, 2022
Queen Liliʻuokalani Keiki Hula Festival (Virtual) —
Honoring Hawaiʻi’s last reigning monarch, Queen Liliʻuokalani, the annual Queen Liliʻuokalani Keiki Hula Celebration returns for its third year in a virtual format, broadcasting statewide and livestreaming worldwide as a special television event. Keiki (children) ages 6-12 will compete in categories for Miss Keiki Hula, Master Keiki Hula, Hula ‘ 'Auana (modern hula), and Hula Kahiko (traditional hula), presented by the Kalihi-Pālama Culture & Arts Society, a leading steward in perpetuating Native Hawaiian culture through dance, language, and music. For more information, visit

August 6-7, 2022
Heiva I Kauaʻi (Kauaʻi) —
Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2022, this colorful two-day Tahitian cultural festival at Kapaʻa Beach Park features Tahitian dance and drum competition in solo and group performances, as well as traditional and contemporary Tahitian-style drumming. Attendees enjoy checking out the festival’s array of vendors selling Pacific Island jewelry, art, woodwork and delicious food. For more information, visit

August 20-28, 2022
Duke’s OceanFest (Oʻahu) —
All the events in this weeklong ocean sports festival happen in the offshore waters and on the sand of Waikīkī’s beaches in honor of legendary Hawaiʻi waterman and fest namesake Duke Kahanamoku. The festival’s full schedule of ocean sports events include surfing, outrigger canoe paddling, swimming, surf polo, foil surfing, a beach volleyball tournament and more, culminating with a lei-draping ceremony at Kahanamoku’s Waikīkī statue commemorating his birthday. The fest is a fundraiser for the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation’s college scholarship and athletic grants programs. For more information, visit

August 27, 2022
Emma Farden Sharpe Hula Festival (Maui) —
The life and legacy of renowned Lāhainā kumu
hula Emma Farden Sharpe is honored in this daylong celebration of hula ʻauana (modern hula) and
hula kahiko (traditional hula). In addition to hula performances, the festival also features hula-related
exhibits, workshops, artisans and a lifetime achievement award named in honor of Farden Sharpe, a
pillar of the local hula community. For more information, visit

Sea Life Park’s (Oʻahu) popular Makapuʻu Twilight Concert Series returns on August 27. Take a drive out to the island’s east side for a night of island music under the stars. Previous concerts in the series have featured celebrated local artists such as Kalapana, Amy Hānaialiʻi Gilliom, Danny Couch, Anuhea, Kalani Peʻa, Kimié Miner and more. For updates and tickets for this year's concerts, visit or call (808) 259-2500.

September 10-24, 2022
Aloha Festivals (Oʻahu) —
Preserving the unique traditions of the Islands’ Hawaiian culture, the Aloha Festivals is a showcase of Hawaiian music, dance, history and the culture’s contributions to Hawaiʻi. With events scheduled throughout September, the Aloha Festivals schedule includes pageantry, a floral parade and ho‘olauleʻa (festival) in Waikīkī, music and hula performances, and family-friendly activities. For more information, visit

  • September 10 — The Aloha Festivals Royal Court Investiture and Opening Ceremony, held at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikī̄, featuring Hawaiian hula, ʻoli (chant) and pageantry, and the introduction of the Aloha Festivals 2022 Royal Court.
  • September 17 — The 69th annual Aloha Festivals Waikīkī Hoʻolauleʻa, one of Hawaiʻi’s largest annual block parties, featuring local-favorite food, music and entertainment right on the resort area’s main drag, Kalākaua Avenue, which is blocked off for the event.
  • September 24 The 74th annual Aloha Festivals Floral Parade, showcasing a colorful procession of horseback riders, hula performers, marching bands and fresh-flower-bedecked floats on a route winding through Waikīkī.

September 4, 2022
Kauaʻi Marathon and Half-Marathon (Kauaʻi) —
This 26.2-mile marathon and 13-mile half-marathon aims to keep runners inspired with a course often running alongside Kauaʻi’s sparkling blue ocean waters, inviting white sand beaches and emerald rainforests. Proceeds from the event are donated to local charities supporting the community. For more information, visit

September 11, 2022
Battle of the Food Trucks (Kauaʻi) — Bring your appetite and cast your vote as local food trucks battle to be named Kauaʻi’s Best Food Truck. Each competing food truck will be given several local ingredients to create a savory and a sweet dish for eventgoers to help crown the best. Food is one of the best ways to bring people together. The Battle of the Food Trucks supports not only local food trucks, but farmers, producers and the larger mission of building food sustainability in the Islands. The event also spotlights Kaua‘i-made and -grown products and features live local entertainment. For more information, visit

October 14-15, 2022
Kauaʻi Chocolate & Coffee Festival (Kauaʻi) — This annual culinary festival, held in the island’s historic westside town, Hanapēpē, celebrates all things Kaua‘i-grown chocolate and coffee, with lots of opportunities for sampling. In addition, festival attendees will find educational displays, workshops, entertainment and exhibitor booths featuring a variety of chocolate and coffee products. The fest also features live entertainment, a silent auction, children’s activities and more. For more information, visit

October 15, 2022
Honolulu Pride Parade and Festival (Oʻahu) — Hawaiʻi’s largest LGBTQ community event is a daylong celebration highlighted by the Honolulu Pride Parade – winding through Waikīkī from Magic Island at Ala Moana Beach Park to Kapiʻolani Park – and the Honolulu Pride Festival, which promises live music, inspirational speeches and fun activities. For more information, visit

October 19-22, 2022
Poʻipū Food and Wine Festival (Kauaʻi) — The public is invited to celebrate the fifth-annual edition of this Kauaʻi culinary festival, spotlighting Kaua‘i-procured ingredients and island chefs. In the Kitchen, will offer a series of cooking classes focused on food education and cooking skills. The Poʻipū Night Market is a block party featuring small-plate dishes and wine pairings alongside food demonstrations. Attend one, two or all three days. For more information, visit

October 20-23, 2022
Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival (Oʻahu) — The Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, one of the longest-running and most respected queer film festivals in the U.S., returns to an in-person format in celebration of its 33rd anniversary. A mission of the festival is using the power of film to raise awareness of, and engage, energize and instill a sense of pride and respect in, Hawaiʻi’s thriving lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender and māhū community. The festival is presented annually by the Honolulu Gay and Lesbian Cultural Foundation, a self-supporting 501(c)3 nonprofit, in honor of Hawaiʻi LGBTQ pioneer Adam Baran. For more information, visit

October 20-November 6, 2022
Hawaiʻi Food and Wine Festival (island of Hawaiʻi, Oʻahu, Maui) — Annually featuring a roster of renowned Hawaiʻi and international chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers, this series of culinary events on three islands showcases the extraordinary diversity of multicultural cuisine and excellent locally grown-and-raised ingredients found in Hawaiʻi. Dishes presented at each festival event highlight the state’s bounty of local produce, seafood and meats. For more information, visit

For the most complete and updated Hawaiʻi calendar, please visit the World-Class Calendar of Events.