Aloha Festivals

Aloha Festival


The Aloha Festivals are celebrated in Hawaii state of United States holding a number of free cultural celebrations. Considered as U.S.A’s only statewide cultural festival, they are celebrated on six islands – Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and the Big Island of Hawaii. This grand celebration carries on for six weeks during the month of September and October. The Festival celebrates the cosmopolitan nature of Hawaiian life and culture through musical and dance performances, markets, cook-offs, parades, street parties, boat races and other traditional island activities.

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Major Attractions

The main attractions includes concerts, parades, street parties called “ho’olaule’a”. Infact, Aloha festival is the best place to master the hula. This festival has dual nature of being one of the most important forms of sharing Hawaiian history, and has embraced both traditional and contemporary stories. Due to this cherished fact, the festival goers not only learn the moves but their significance as well. The Aloha festival was started in 1946, in the spirit of preserving the Hawaiian culture and heritage.

Hula dancers perform atop a float during last year's Aloha Festivals' Floral Parade in Waikiki. This year's parade is scheduled Sept. 26, beginning at 9 a.m. along Kalakaua Avenue.
Hula dancers perform atop a float during last year’s Aloha Festivals’ Floral Parade in Waikiki.

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In its first edition, it was observed as Aloha week and the main highlight of original Aloha Week was the presentation of the Royal Court and a floral parade. The parade was a two hour event eastbound on Ala Moana Boulevard and Kalakaua Avenue through Downtown Honolulu, Kakaako, Ala monarch. In recent times, other special events planned for resident and tourist families are also held at Aloha festival. In a rough idea, more than 300 festival events are held in the two month .