With no shortage of great events happening all over the islands, April is a great time to visit Hawaii.  We’ve got you covered for easy and affordable island hopping, so be sure to check out these 6 family friendly events happening this month:

1. Kawaii Kon 2016


Hawai‘i’s biggest anime convention comes to the Hawai‘i Convention Center on O‘ahu from April 8 to10. Kawaii Kon celebrates Japanese anime (cartoons) and manga (comics) within the larger context of Japanese culture. From costume contests to video games to a formal ball, there’s something fun for every comic lover at Kawaii Kon. Check out the full event lineup here.

2. The Hapalua

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Lace up your running shoes or just come out to support participants in this year’s Hapalua— Hawai‘i’s half marathon.  The race begins at the Duke Kahanamoku statue in Waikīkī at 6 a.m. on  Sunday April 10th. The 13.1 mile run finishes at Kapi‘olani Park in Honolulu.

3. Free National Park Entrance


The National Park Service and Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park turns 100 years old in 2016. To celebrate, some of Hawaii’s top parks will wave entrance fees for 16 days from April 16 to 24. Guests visiting Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and Haleakalā National Park will receive free admission, making April a great time to spend a day exploring Hawai‘i’s rich topography.

4. Waikiki Spam® Jam


The 14th annual Waikiki Spam® Jamis a fun block party that runs from 4 to 10 p.m. pm on Saturday, April 30. Spanning Kalākaua Avenue in the heart of Waikīkī, this festival celebrates Hawai‘i’s love for Spam. This festival has quickly become one of Hawaiʻi’s top fairs, with over 25,000 lunch meat lovers in attendance. Foodies can expect to sample a variety of Spam-inspired foods from local restaurants and food trucks. There will also be plenty of arts and crafts, and entertainment throughout the evening. Attendees are encouraged to donate Spam to the Hawaii Foodbank, which will have booths set up throughout the festival.

5. Maui County Carnival


The first annual Maui County Carnival will feature four days of rides, games, entertainment and food at the War Memorial Complex in Wailuku. Tickets are $5 for adults ($3 for daytime entry) and free for children under 40” tall.Proceeds will help support the Boys & Girls Club Maui. This family friendly carnival will run April 28 through May 1.

6. Hawaiʻi Book & Music Festival


The Hawaiʻi Book & Music Festival celebrates reading, storytelling and music in a fun and exciting way for all ages, in addition to incorporating Hawaiʻiʻs multicultural heritage and unique host culture. Join in on the festivities on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 on the Civic Grounds by Honolulu Hale (City Hall) in downtown Honolulu. Check out the full lineup of panels and performers here.


Photo Credits: Flickr/Kyle Nishioka; Addison Caluya; The Hapalua; Joe Parks; Kyle Nishioka; Steven Worster; Ryan Ozawa