February in Hawaii is a great time to visit, even if you’re not coming for Valentine’s Day. Although it is “winter” in Hawaii, this just means the temperatures will be a bit cooler, dipping into the 60s (or lower, depending on your elevation) and you may see more rainbows than usual, due to more rain. The mountains are at their greenest, and summits on the Big Island and Maui often get snow this time of year! Whale watching season is still in full swing, and there are always lots of things to do and see.
And what could be more romantic than spending your vacation in Hawaii? There are world class spas to pamper you and your sweetheart, fine dining options galore, picturesque sunsets, and miles of beautiful coastline. Many hotels offer sweetheart deals around this time, some even include free beachfront recommitment ceremonies for couples. It’s almost impossible to escape the romance. Visit our Valentine’s Day in Hawaii page for more detailed information on things to do with your sweetheart in Hawaii.
February in Hawaii
2/4- First Friday – The monthly First Friday block parties take place in Downtown/Chinatown on Oahu and in Wailuku, Maui. You’ll find a variety of activities, performances, live music, food, and entertainment to enjoy. (Oahu, Maui)
2/4 & 2/5 – Punahou Carnival – This annual carnival held by Punahou School is popular for food, games, and midway rides. This year’s theme is the Carnival Before time. There’s a great writeup over at the Aloha Update blog. (Oahu)
2/5 – Chinese New Year at Maui Mall – The Year of the Rabbit begins on February 3, 2011. Celebrate at the Maui Mall with lion dances, martial arts, cultural entertainment, foods and crafts. (Maui) For more info on celebrating Chinese New Year on Oahu, visit this page.
2/11 – Zonta Club of Hawaii’s Eat Dessert First Fundraiser – The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Courtyard Kaua‘i Coconut Beach Resort near Coconut Marketplace. Proceeds benefit the Zonta Club of Kaua‘i Foundation scholarship program for Kaua‘i youth and other community organizations. Details can be found here. (Kauai)
2/19 – 5th Annual Avocado Festival – The festival will be held from 10am to 4pm at the Amy B. H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden – live entertainment, green fashion, free guacamole, and lots of fun and games for the entire family emphasizing sustainability and zero waste. Support local growers and vendors and help Kona Pacific Public Charter School. Admission is free. Details here. (Big Island)
2/21 – Kaiser Permanente Great Aloha Run – This annual 8.15 mile fun run starts at the historic Aloha Tower and ends at Aloha Stadium. For details or to sign up, visit the official website. (Oahu)
2/24 & 2/25 – Elton John – Sir Elton John’s “Greatest Hits Live” tour will be the first performance for the new Yokouchi Pavilion at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Tickets were so popular (selling out in record time) that a second show was promptly added for Thursday. Details here. (Maui)
2/25 – Eat the Street – This hana hou (encore) presentation of the recent food truck festival called “Eat the Street” is set to be bigger than the first. Over 20 food trucks and street vendors will be setting up in a larger location in Kakaako. Go as early as you can to avoid sell outs and be prepared for LONG lines! 5-9pm. Details here. (Oahu)
2/26 – Hawaii Chocolate Festival – The first annual Hawaii Chocolate Festival takes place at the Dole Cannery from 12pm – 5pm. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and include 10 chocolate samples. Details here. (Oahu)
Ongoing throughout the month
The holding period for the Quicksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau big wave tournament runs throughout the end of February. This invitation-only tournament is only held when wave heights top 20+ feet, meaning face heights of over 30 feet! Because these conditions must be perfect for the Eddie to run, it has only been held 8 times since the mid-80’s. There is some great information about the history of the event, Waimea Bay, and Eddie Aikau here. (Oahu)
Bob Marley’s Birthday will be celebrated throughout the month:
2/6 – Honolulu Academy of Arts – Roger Steffens, the world’s leading reggae archivist returns to the Doris to celebrate Bob Marley’s birthday with a new multimedia show devoted to the musician, his music and his message. Don’t miss amazing unreleased film clips, rare photographs and the colorful stories Roger has collected over more than three decades of working with reggae’s leading artists. One Love! (Oahu)
2/13 – Mooheau Park Bandstand, Hilo – This annual fun family event celebrates the legacy of reggae icon Bob Marley, with Hawaiian & Reggae music, organic farms produce and growing techniques, children’s activities, seeds and trees to plant, beekeepers, CPR demos and more. Call (808) 216-7372 or visit this website for details. (Big Island)