What’s New on the Hawaiian Islands This Spring

The latest in Festivals and Events in Hawaii for Spring 2015:

  • The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua will convene Hawaii’s most reputable artisans, educators, cultural practitioners, speakers and entertainers during the 23rd annual Celebration of the Arts festival from May 8-10. The three-day event features hands-on art, demonstrations, films, cultural panels, music and dance, and a rich exploration of Hawaiian culture. The Celebration Luau and Show will conclude the weekend of festivities bringing together the foods of traditional Hawaii and the contemporary cuisine of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua chefs. KapaluaCelebrationoftheArts.com
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  • National Geographic Society and the National Park Service are heating things up at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii Island with a BioBlitz and Biodiversity & Cultural Festival from May 15-16. The free event brings together teams of volunteer scientists, families, students, Hawaiian cultural practitioners, and community members to identify and inventory as many species of plants, animals, microbes, fungi, and other organisms in the park from the coastline to the summit of Kilauea volcano.NationalGeographic.com/BioBlitz
  • Celebrate the arts of Hawaii at the Waikiki Artfest in Kapiolani Park on Oahu from May 16-17. The events are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and feature approximately 75-100 fine artists and handcraft artisans displaying their own art for sale including jewelry of all types, clothing, wood products, stained glass, soaps and candles, bags, quilts, and lauhala products. Admission is free and includes live entertainment as well as great food available for purchase. ICB-Web.net/haa
  • The 34th annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival celebration of epicurean excellence will convene on the shores of West Maui from June 11-14. The four-day culinary extravaganza features homegrown host master sommelier Michael Jordan, MS and co-host Chuck Furuya, MS, as renowned winemakers; celebrity chefs Michael Mina and Charlie Palmer; and Maui’s own culinary stars exploring some of the most exciting trends in the gastronomic world. Cooking demonstrations, wine tasting seminars, gala evening events, and winemaker dinners are but a few of the ornate highlights. KapaluaWineandFoodFestival.com
  • The Pan-Pacific Festival, one of Oahu’s biggest annual celebrations, will draw thousands of people to Waikiki from June 12-14. As a way for cultures of Japan and Hawaii to cross-pollinate and grow in understanding, the free festival features various Pacific Rim cultures and events throughout Waikiki showcasing Japan’s pageantry with a hoolaulea (celebration) block party, art fair, hula performances, and dozens of food booths and trucks, culminating with a grand parade down Kalakaua Avenue. Pan-Pacific-Festival.com
  • Puuhonua o Honaunau Annual Cultural Festival on Hawaii Island will be held on June 27-28 to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the establishment of the park. The free two-day event features dozens of craft demonstrations and canoe rides in Honaunau Bay. There will also be Hawaiian food tastings and a hukilau demonstration as well as a royal court procession and hula performances. Spend a fun filled day at the park and take home souvenirs including a nose flute, coconut leaf hat, lei, lauhala bracelet, hula gourd, or another traditional craft item available to make at the festival. NPS.gov/Puho
  • The 25th annual Kauai Hospice Concert in the Sky takes place on July 4 at Vidinha Soccer Stadium in Lihue. Celebrate Independence Day with aloha and support the Kauai Hospice fundraiser with the largest aerial fireworks show on Kauai. Headlining this year’s Concert in the Sky include musical artist Anuhea followed by entertainment from local musicians and hula dancers. KauaiHospice.org

TRANSPORTATION

  • Starting in July, Air Nippon Airways will double its number of flights from seven to 14 per week from Narita International Airport in Tokyo to Honolulu International Airport. The flight will operate using a Boeing 767-300ER. ANA.co.jp
  • Qantas is boosting its Sydney-Honolulu route with the introduction of a fifth weekly flight and a permanent upgrade to newer Airbus A330 aircraft from the Boeing 767s. The new service will operate on Mondays during peak seasons between Sept. 7-Oct. 19, 2015 and Nov. 30-Jan. 25, 2016. Qantas.com.au
  • Delta Air Lines is adding one daily flight from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Kona International Airport beginning Dec. 19, 2015. Service to Kona will be operated using a Boeing 757-200 aircraft. Delta.com
  • Hawaiian Airlines is adding seasonal flights from Hilo and Kona on Hawaii Island to Honolulu from March to May. One flight will be added between Hilo and Honolulu, for a total of 15 daily flights, and one flight will be added between Kona and Honolulu, bringing its total to 18 daily flights. Additionally, from June to August, four flights will be added from Kona to Honolulu for a total of 22 daily flights, and one flight will be added from Kona to KahuluiMaui for a total of five daily flights. HawaiianAirlines.com
  • Hawaiian Airlines unveiled the reopening of two of its premier club lounges at Honolulu International Airport and Maui’s Kahului Airport after completing renovations to upgrade member accommodations. The unveilings are part of a multi-million dollar effort to revitalize and restore a total of six premier club lounges across Hawaii to include free WiFi, cable TV, a widely accessible collection of power outlets, and complimentary snacks and refreshments. A second phase of construction will include the reopening’s of the lounges at Hilo, Hawaii Island and Lihue, Kauai, slated for completion in summer 2015.HawaiianAirlines.com

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