Hawaii’s famous brew takes center stage at the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. // © 2016 Kona Coffee Cultural Festival
SPOTLIGHT: HAWAII ISLAND
11.4-13: Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. Here’s a perky way to honor Hawaii Island’s prized agricultural product. Events include coffee cupping, bean picking, farm tours, a lantern parade and a scholarship pageant. A festival button allows guests to attend most activities.
11.4: Friday Art Night. In quaint Hanapepe, galleries and shops stay open late for an evening party. From 6 to 9 p.m., clients can meet local artists, listen to live music, savor a snack and buy island crafts as they stroll along Hanapepe Road.
11.20: Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival. This six-hour songfest at Kauai Beach Resort features some of the state’s best practitioners of Hawaii’s distinctive slack key guitar genre. While there, clients can browse booths with handmade products, community information, food, drinks, T-shirts and artist CDs.
11.6-12: Restaurant Week Wailea. Seventeen Wailea Resort restaurants serve three-course prixe-fixe dinner menus for just $29, $39 or $49 per person. Clients can savor the cuisine of accomplished chefs while supporting the Maui Food Bank.
11.11-12: Hula O Na Keiki. This children’s hula competition at Kaanapali Beach Hotel showcases ancient and modern dance. Both kids and adults can learn about island traditions and how to perpetuate them. Arts and crafts, cultural workshops and live performances appeal to Hawaiiana lovers.
11.12-23: Reef Hawaiian Pro. Professional surfers head to Oahu’s North Shore in search of big waves and an even bigger victory. The first event in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, it’s held on the three days when conditions are best at Alii Beach Park.
11.26: Holiday Craft Fair. This annual showcase of creativity takes place at Mission Houses Museum, on the grounds of Honolulu’s oldest missionary homes. The event offers a wide variety of locally made fine arts and crafts plus food and live entertainment.