SPOTLIGHT: OAHU 05.1: Lei Day Celebration. In a tradition dating back to 1927, Hawaii’s famous garland of flowers is feted on the first day of May. In Kapiolani Park, clients hear live music and see displays by some of the most talented lei-makers in the islands. www.honolulu.gov HAWAII ISLAND
Spotlight: MAUI 4.13-15: Maui Steel Guitar Festival. Sliding melodies send spirits soaring during free steel guitar concerts, jam sessions and workshops. The first two days take place at Kaanapali Beach Hotel, with the third at Queen Kaahumanu Center. www.mauisteelguitarfestival.com HAWAII ISLAND
SPOTLIGHT: HAWAII ISLAND 3.10: Kona Brewers Festival. This frothy fundraiser features four hours of tastes and sips from 36 chefs and 36 brewers. Entertainment includes Hawaiian musicians and the environmental awareness-raising Trash Fashion Show. Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel plays
SPOTLIGHT: Maui 2.23: Chinese New Year in Lahaina. Lion dances, drums, gongs, cymbals and firecrackers usher in the Year of the Dog during Lahaina’s lively cultural festivities. Fortune telling, martial-arts demonstrations, calligraphy classes and bamboo-flute performances enhance the family fun.
SPOTLIGHT: MAUI 12.9: Holiday Tree Lighting at Ulupalakua. A festive spirit imbues this event in Upcountry Maui, where cooler temperatures inspire holiday fun. A public tree lighting is enhanced by live music, sparkling toasts, photos with Santa and a family film under the stars. www.mauiwine.com
SPOTLIGHT: OAHU 11.15: Loretta Ables Sayre at Blue Note Hawaii. The Tony-nominated Broadway actress lights up Waikiki’s premier live music venue during two shows, backed by a crackerjack trio on piano, bass and drums. Expect an enchanting evening of jazz standards from the Great American Songbook.
SPOTLIGHT: HAWAII ISLAND 10.14: Ironman World Championship. Some of the world’s best athletes head to Kailua-Kona for this triple challenge: a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run. Supporters cheer along the course and at the finish line for the 2,000 hardy participants.
SPOTLIGHT: KAUAI 09.3: Kauai Marathon/Half Marathon. Drawing entrants from ages 9 to 85, these two footraces provide runners with inspiring views of Kauai’s natural beauty. Hula dancers and taiko drummers buoy spirits alongside the route. Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa serves as the event
SPOTLIGHT: MAUI 08.18: Maui Calls. The Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Kahului pours on the aloha spirit with its annual wine- and food-tasting event. Guests enjoy a lei greeting, bid on uniquely Maui auction items and dance to live music in a glowing, open-air pavilion. www.mauiarts.org
SPOTLIGHT: OAHU 07.04: Parker Ranch Rodeo and Horse Races. Paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) heritage shines during this lively event at Parker Ranch in Waimea. A parade is followed by relays, team roping and other traditional rodeo fare. Kids, who get in for free, gravitate toward the petting zoo and