HONOLULU’S Aloha Festivals is the oldest and largest Hawaiian cultural celebration in the United States. What is known today as Aloha Festivals was created in 1946, as Aloha Week - a cultural celebration of Hawai'i’s music, dance and history intended to perpetuate our unique traditions.
Aloha Week became Aloha Festivals in 1991. Aloha Festivals has become a celebration of our Hawaiian culture, events are held in September. Integrated into the culture are many island traditions and customs of each of the Hawaiian islands. Hundreds of volunteers labor together each year to stage the events, which are attended statewide by nearly one hundred thousand people. Since 2008 the Aloha Festivals have been administered by the Waikīkī Improvement Association. The festivals are funded through the sale of Aloha Festivals ribbons and power bands, via corporate and private donations and grants from the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority and the City and County of Honolulu. As a 501©3 corporation, donations are tax deductible and welcomed.