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Mythical Mokoli‘i islet of Kualoa, O‘ahu

Imagine enjoying a fabulous vintage and a master chef’s creation as the sun sets with Diamond Head in the background. Moments like these await at the 5th Annual Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival (hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com) on O‘ahu September 9-13. Co-founded by Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong—James Beard Award-winning chefs and O‘ahu restaurateurs—the festival showcases the natural bounty of Hawai‘i’s farms, ranches, and seas. Nearly 100 internationally renowned chefs (including Thierry Rautureau of Seattle’s Luc Restaurant) will join leaders in the wine, spirits, and food worlds at numerous events. Master mixologists and top chefs will team up at the Asian-inspired Chopstix & Cocktails, Corks & Forks will feature top-rated red wines from the Pacific Coast, and Battle of the Brunch Showdown II requires your vote and your palate. 

What’s On: Food, Film, and Fitness 

Aloha Festivals: Sept 5, 19, and 26  alohafestivals.com

Hawai‘i Chocolate Festival  Oct 17  hawaiichocolatefestival.com 

Hawai‘i International Film Festival  Nov 12-22  hiff.org 

XTERRA Trail Run World Championship  Dec 6  xterraplanet.com