Make your trip unforgetable by attending a Music Events & Festivals – Hawaii. The roots of Hawaiian music go back a thousand years and you can still hear echoes in today’s rhythms, percussion instruments, chants, and vocal styles. Traditional music is generally simple in its structure and both reverent and haunting in the way that it’s presented. But today it’s also possible to hear variations of Hawaiian music that are diverse as the islands’ mix of cultures – everything from rock ‘n roll and rap to jazz and a Hawaiian form of reggae known as Jawaiian.

Ukulele Festival


The Ukulele Festival (July) at Kapiolani Park Bandstand in Waikiki honors what many visitors believe to be a hand-me-down from ancient Hawaii, but in reality, the ukulele was brought here by Portuguese immigrants at the end of the 19th century. Today, the uke is still a fundamental part of the musical landscape, not simply on stage but also at family picnics or on the beach.

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Slack Key Festival

slack key (Hawaii Tourism)

The Big Island’s Hawaiian Slack Key Festival – Keauhou-Kona style (September) pays tribute to a uniquely local way of playing the guitar – another Hawaiian music staple. Slack key is a “slacked” or loosened tuning or technique that reflects the breezy, flowing quality of both local climate and culture.

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Hawaii Opera Theatre

Opera (Hawaii Tourism)

Opera has been part of island culture for more than a century. Its connection, which stretches back as far as the 1850s, still has a strong foothold even today, attracting a diverse audience of young professionals, families and traditional opera patrons along with new-to-opera supporters who believe this artform must continue to help define the artistic fabric of Hawaii’s cultural community.

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