Top 5 Spring Festivals in Hawaii

With year-round sun and our vacation lifestyle, we’re always ready to celebrate at local events. Take a look at our guide, pick your favorite and plan the ultimate trip.


March 3 2018
Waikoloa Ukulele Festival

The sound of the ukulele has been synonymous with Hawaii since its invention in the 1800s. Celebrate our favorite instrument with us on the Kohala Coast with free ukulele workshops, giveaways and more. Play along with a lineup of master players and bring laughter, love and hope through the music of the ukulele.

What to expect:

  • Free entry
  • Up to 100 ukuleles given away
  • Worldwide ukulele artists
  • Food stalls

Find out more about Waikoloa Ukulele Festival.

Ukulele Lessons

March 10 2018
Kona Brewers Festival

There’s nothing like sipping a cold one in the sun. The Kona Brewers Festival celebrates the spirit of Pualu (working together) and Malama Pono (respecting the land), and thousands gather each year for island cuisine, music and of course – incredible craft beer. Over the years this community-based festival has raised over one million dollars for Big Island non-profit organizations.

General Admission tickets:

  • Commemorative glass mug
  • Ten four-ounce brew-tasting coupons
  • Unlimited food samples
  • Entertainment

Upgrade to a limited-release Hono Tap Room Lounge ticket:

  • Includes all benefits of a general admission ticket
  • Special food and beer pairings
  • Air-conditioned seating area
  • Brewers talks
  • Entertainment

Find out more about Kona Brewers Festival.

Couple Drinking Beer

April 1-7 2018
Merrie Monarch Festival

The most sought-after event on the Big Island comes in the form of a week-long hula celebration. Share aloha for hula, known as “the language of the heart”, as festival-goers honor the legacy of King David Kalakaua. Many events are free, and tickets are available for Miss Aloha Hula, Group Hula Kahiko and Group Hula ‘Auana.

What to expect:

  • Exhibitions
  • Arts and craft
  • Parade through Hilo town

Find out more about Merrie Monarch.

Hula Dancers

April 27 - 28 2016
Big Island Chocolate Festival

The yummiest fundraiser of the year benefits a variety of local non-profit organizations, so you can eat chocolate guilt-free! Arrive hungry, there are dozens of chocolate samples waiting to be tasted, and a barbecue too. Remember to vote for your favorite dishes for the People’s Choice Award.

What to expect:

  • Magic Strings violin and harp duo
  • Signature cocktails
  • Sweet and savory dishes
  • Four-foot chocolate fountain
  • Silent auction

Find out more about Big Island Chocolate Festival.

Chocolate Cupcakes

1 May 2018
Lei Day

Celebrate May day the Hawaiian way! This national holiday, enjoyed since 1929, is steeped in Hawaiian culture. Festivities start early in the morning and can last until the next day. Join together in the cultural tradition of lei making and wearing. Each Hawaiian island has its own lei and the Big Island’s flower is a red blossom from the ohia tree.

What to expect:

  • Lei contests
  • Lei making demonstrations
  • Hula performances
  • Guided forest tours 
  • Native plant sales
  • Food stalls

Lei Making Class

Experience all the spring festivities you can fit in with your base at Hilton Waikoloa Village. Step back from the excitement in the Kohala Spa or retreat to our luxury rooms and suites. Make the most of your visit with our special offers and packages – give yourself the getaway you deserve with our Leisure Escape deal and receive $50 daily resort credit to spend onsite.