Hāmākua Sugar Days Festival 2024

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The Honoka‘a Heritage Center will host the 2024 Hāmākua Sugar Days Festival over a two-week period (October 5-20, 2024) marking the 30th anniversary of the closing of the last local sugar plantation. The festival will celebrate the rich history and lasting legacy of an era and an industry that permanently shaped Honoka‘a and the surrounding Hāmākua region, while also exploring newer agricultural initiatives with promise for the future.

  • Recognition Event for Former Hāmākua Plantation Workers
  • Inter-generational Softball Tournament (Camp vs. Camp)
  • Parade through Honoka’a featuring plantation camp themes and former workers, and ending at Hāmākua/County Park for County Fair/Agriculture Fest
  • Hāmākua Fair: an old-style County Fair/Agriculture Fest, including historical exhibits, “sugar themed” demos/contests; “plantation village”; sustainable ag expo; student project displays; contests (art, animal, food, ag); pumpkin patch; Festival Concert (multiple stage performances); food vendors; and other keiki activities
  • Cultural History Nights (Hawaiian, Japanese, Portuguese, Filipino, Puerto Rican)
  • HYRO/Little Britches Youth Rodeo/Additional exhibits
  • World premiere of new documentary capturing the oral history and experiences of plantation workers
  • Charity Golf Tournament (celebrating the history of the hundred-year old course)

and much more to come!

  E Komo Mai!

Each week we will be featuring short video clips of people around town helping us promote our upcoming Hāmākua Sugar Days Festival in October.

This week, we welcome all our friends who are fluent in Hawaiian around the world! You can see all the videos on our YouTube channel by clicking here!


Your Participation is Needed!


Is there a sugar worker in your ʻohana? Please send us their information by clicking here so we can involve them in our Hāmākua Sugar Days Festival!

For more information, please contact us at the Honokaʻa Heritage Center at (808) 437-1947 or HamakuaSugarDays@gmail.com  

You can also scan the QR code in the photo, too!


Hāmākua Sugar Days Festival Parade


As part of our Hāmākua Sugar Days Festival happening in the Fall, we will be having a parade on October 12, 2024! The parade will be just one of many activities during our 10 day festival commemorating the 30th anniversary of the closing of Hāmākua Sugar Company, Inc.

Our friends at the Hāmākua-Kohala Health are assisting us with coordinating the parade and we need your participation!

For more information to participate in the Sugar Days Festival parade, please feel free to contact Kai Carvalho at: scarvalho@hamakua-health.org OR call/text (808) 640-6095. You can also reach out to us at the Honokaʻa Heritage Center, too at (808) 437-1947 or HamakuaSugarDays@gmail.com 

For your convenience, scanning the QR code below is another way to obtain more information about the upcoming parade.

We are also looking for volunteers to help with our many committees for this event. Let us know if you want to lend a helping hand!  


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