October 27: Kava Festival
This Hawaiian festival, held at the McCarthy Mall University of Hawaii, celebrates awa as an important part of Hawaii culture and life. There will be awa samplings and plants, live music, food booths, and lots more. From 9am-7pm.
October 27: Hallowbaloo
Join 10,000 costumed revelers in historic Chinatown for this free street festival from 6-10pm.
October 31: Ghost Ship, Halloween Night
Set sail for 2.5 hours of true, local ghost stories rooted in Hawaiian culture. Appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks served. Tickets are $99 per person and benefit the Wild Dolphin Foundation. Reservations required.
October 14: Maui Ukulele Festival
Come for a free afternoon of island music from some of the most popular ukulele musicians around. Food and crafts are available for purchase. Located at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center from 1-6pm.
October 18-20: Lahaina Plantation Days
This 4th annual event, presented by the Lahaina Restoration Foundation, will be held on the former Pioneer Mill site surrounding the old smokestack on Lahainaluna Road. The festival pays tribute to West Maui’s rich plantation heritage with exhibits, displays, food booths, and a beer tent. Admission is $3 or $5 for a 3-day pass.
October 20: Open House at Kona Coffee Living History Farm
This 5.5 acre historic coffee farm is having an open house from 10am-3pm with food booths, coffee tastings, basket making classes, and various demonstrations and tours.
October 21: A Taste of Hilo
The Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawaii present this 14th annual culinary event that features signature dishes from some of the most talented chefs in Hawaii. Advance tickets are $40 or $60 at the door.
October 6-7: Coconut Festival
The 16th annual Kauai Coconut Festival will be held at Kapaa Beach Park from 9am-5pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday. Come for entertainment, cultural displays, shopping, cooking demonstrations, and lots of food.
October 13: Matsuri Kauai
The Kauai Japanese Cultural Society is holding this annual Japanese culture festival at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihue from 9am-3:30pm. Admission is free. Learn about calligraphy, bonsai, ink brush art, folk music, and martial arts.
October 13: Eo E Emalani i Alaka’i
From 10am-4pm at Kokee State Park watch as Queen Emma and her entourage enter Kanaloahuluhulu Meadow on horseback accompanied by hula halau performing chants and dances.