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CALENDAR HAWAII


February 12 Chinese New Year Celebration Lahaina, Maui www.lahainarestoration.org Traditional lion dances, firecrackers and kung fu demonstrations ring in the Chinese New Year.


February 27 Art Affair Makawao, Maui www.huinoeau.com/happenings/events The Art Affair is a fundraising event that sheds light on art education, and features a silent auction, live music, dancing and much more.


March 12 Ke Ahe Lau Makani Festival & Prince Kuhio Tribute Concert Honolulu, Oahu www.gohawaii.com An annual choral festival culminates in a tribute concert to Prince Kuhio. Many local community choirs are featured at this concert.


March 12 Kona Brewers Festival Kailua-Kona, Big Island www.konabrewersfestival.com Craft beer enthusiasts can sample 72 different selections of ale and lagers, along with island- style cuisine from 36 chefs.


March 18–20 2016 First Hawaiian International Car Show Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, Oahu www.autoshowhawaii.com Come and enjoy viewing what the biggest names in the auto industry have on display at this car lovers’ event.


March 25–26 Celebration of the Arts Lahaina, Maui www.celebrationofthearts.org Artisans, educators, speakers and entertainers gather to celebrate the arts with music, dance, film and much more.


March 27–April 2 Merrie Monarch Festival Hilo, Big Island www.merriemonarch.com


A hula celebration and competition that includes exhibitions, musical entertainment, and arts and crafts fairs.


April 10 The Hapalua Half-Marathon Waikiki Beach to Kapiolani Park, Oahu www.thehapalua.com The Hapalua is a well-organized, fun-filled race for runners of all levels. The course takes place along the coastline, starting and finishing on Waikiki Beach.


COSTA RICA


March 13 Oxcart Drivers’ Day San José www.costaricabureau.com Colorfully painted oxcarts parade through the suburbs of San José and local priests bless the oxen to honor the country’s agricultural traditions.


March (Date TBA) National Orchid Show San José www.costaricabureau.com Orchid growers gather to show their wares, trade tales and secrets, and admire the hundreds of species of orchids on display.


April 11 Juan Santamaría Day Nationwide Event www.costaricabureau.com Juan Santamaría, Costa Rica’s national hero, helped maintain the country’s independence in the 1850s. Re-enactments of the Second Battle of Rivas commemorate the hero.


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July 25 Guanacaste Day Nationwide Event www.costaricabureau.com This annual celebration commemorates the 1824 annexation of Costa Rica’s Guanacaste Province. Festivities include bullfights, cattle shows and folk dancing.


August 2 The Virgin of the Angels Day Nationwide Event www.costaricabureau.com This is the feast day of Costa Rica’s patron saint. Thousands of Costa Ricans and visitors alike make a pilgrimage to the Basilica de los Angeles in Cartago to celebrate.


September 14–15 Costa Rican Independence Day Nationwide Event www.costaricabureau.com All-night festivities begin as a runner carries a torch from the Nicaraguan border to the city of Cartago to celebrate the Independence of Costa Rica from Spain in 1821.


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September 17 International Beach Clean-Up Day Nationwide Event www.costaricabureau.com All over Costa Rica, citizens gather to clean up their favorites beaches after the bulk of the swimming season has ended.


October (Date TBA) Limon Carnival Nationwide Event www.costaricabureau.com The annual Limon Carnival is held around Columbus Day and is one of Costa Rica’s most extravagant events. The Caribbean roots of the country are on display as festivities include music, traditional dancing and authentic Caribbean food.


December 26–27 El Tope and Carnival San José www.costaricabureau.com Horses and riders are elaborately decorated in a parade, followed by music, food, costume contests and dancing on the 26th. The 27th is the Carnival, filled with more music, dancing and a parade with floats.


May 1–2 Lei Day Celebration Honolulu, Oahu www.honolulu.gov This is a celebration of Hawaiian culture. Lei Day courts of Kings and Queens are elected to represent each island. Parades and ceremonies are held, and many schools put on plays.


May 14 8th Annual Maui Brewer’s Festival A&B Amphitheater, Kahului, Maui www.mauiarts.org Enjoy a leisurely afternoon of beer tasting from local and national craft breweries with a wide variety of styles. Visitors also sample island-style pupu (appetizers) from the island’s favorite restaurants and caterers. All is accompanied by live music, door prizes, a home brew competition and lots of fun!


September 16–17 Chinese Moon Festival Lahaina, Maui www.lahainarestoration.org This festival celebrates the island’s agricultural harvest. Calligraphy, knot tying, lantern dances and chinese teas are featured during the festival.


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