March in Hawaii is prime time for viewing the annual humpback whale migration. You’ll also notice that, along with the typical snowbirds, Hawaii enjoys an influx of visitors from Japan during March, as it coincides with a series of Japanese holidays during a time known as “Golden Week.” For young Americans, March can mean a golden week of another sort – the fun in the sun known as Spring Break. Temperatures around this time still hover in the comfortable upper 70s to mid 80s, although the islands occasionally see an increase of rain showers at this time. (Again, that just means more rainbows!)
March Events in Hawaii
3/4 – 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)
3/5 – Lana’i Ta’ape Cook-Off Challenge – This event is about bringing awareness of non-native fish that were introduced in the late 60′s and 70′s to Hawaii. This event will focus on the Taape, which is considered good for eating. Taape cookoff and plate lunches will be available. Details here. (Lanai)
3/6 – Ulupalakua Sunday Drives – This quarterly event features live music on the beautiful grounds of Maui’s Winery, lunch specials at Ulupalakua Ranch Store, free wine tasting, and opportunities to learn more about the area’s history and culture. The theme for this event is “Ulupalakua Remembers”. Details here. (Maui)
3/8 – 11th Annual Mardi Gras Carnaval Street Festival – This free event showcases authentic Mardi Gras – Carnaval culture with unique and exciting food, music and dance from New Orleans, Brazil and Cuba. Details here. (Oahu)
>> Fat Tuesday is also known in the islands as Malasada Day.
3/10 – Wine Tasting Fundraiser – Enjoy an evening of entertainment by Jon Yamasato, great food, and fine wines from around the world. A wine tasting fundraiser to benefit the UH Manoa Shidler College of Business. Kahala Hotel & Resort, 6-9pm. Details here. (Oahu)
3/11 – 3/13 – 17th Annual Honolulu Festival -This annual festival features free entertainment and demonstrations showcasing various cultures from Hawaii and around the Pacific Rim. Events are held in five different venues over the weekend, but the finale is a Grand Parade through the streets of Waikiki on Sunday. Details here. (Oahu)
3/12 – Kona Brewers Festival - The 16th annual festival will celebrate Hawaii’s craft brewing industry and microbrewery culture. The festival includes a number of Hawaii and mainland breweries and over 70 different types of beer paired with cuisine from more than 25 local chefs. King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel. Events to be held all weekend – details here. (Big Island)
*3/11 Update: Due to the tsunami damage to the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel, the venue has been moved to the brewery.*
3/12 – 3/13 – Lahaina Whale and Ocean Arts Festival – Lahaina celebrates the annual migration of Pacific Humpback whales with ocean arts festivities. Enjoy talks by marine biologists, art shows, a kids ocean art contest, whale photo displays, and a Creature Feature touch pool exhibit by Maui Ocean Center. Free admission. Details here. (Maui)
3/17 – Murphy’s Bar & Grill Annual St. Patrick’s Day Block Party – St. Patrick’s day is a cause for celebration in the Irish Pubs in downtown Honolulu. See our writeup on St. Patrick’s Day 2011 in Hawaii.
3/17 – 3/20 – Hawaii Salsa Festival – This festival, to be held at the Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio in Waikiki, celebrates salsa dancing in Hawaii with events including salsa classes, bachata, pool parties, competitions and more. Details here. (Oahu)
3/18 – 3/19 – Annual Kauai Orchid and Art Festival - Celebrate the beauty of spring in Hanapepe town on Kauai. The weekend is full of free events including entertainment, walking tours of Hanapepe, live art by plein air painters, an orchid show, and more. Details here. (Kauai).
3/19 – 3/26 – Prince Kuhio Festival – The island of Kauai celebrates the birthday of prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole with a week of cultural events, entertainment, and sport. Many of the events are free and all are open to the public. Details here. (Kauai)
3/21 – 3/27 – Shop a Le’a at Ala Moana Center – Shoppers rejoice! This annual event celebrating fashion and shopping presents shopping enthusiasts with more than 150 experiences and offers encompassing fashion, health and beauty, active lifestyle, home decor, travel, music and cuisine. Details here. (Oahu)
3/25 – Art After Dark – This monthly event is held at the Honolulu Academy of Arts from 6-9pm on the last Friday of every month. It draws a young professional crowd and themes rotate monthly – this month is Seoul Power. Events throughout the evening usually include gallery tours, hands-on projects, entertainment, cocktails and food. Details here. (Oahu)
3/26 – A Localvore’s Evening – The Kona Farm Bureau presents “A Localvore’s Evening” – a chance to get familiar with food sourced locally and to meet the growers while enjoying a delicious buffet style Farmers & Friends dinner. The evening will also include a silent auction. Keauhou Beach Resort. Details here. (Big Island)
>> Know of an event not listed here? Let us know in the comments or send us an email! Mahalo nui loa!