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Eat, drink, relax and repeat

What's got sandy beaches, island cool and the world's greatest chefs, all in one place? Say aloha to the fifth annual Hawaii Food and Wine Festival (buy tickets), going down August 29 to September 13 on Oahu, Hawaii Island and, for the first time ever, Maui.

This two-week food lover's dream getaway gathers 100 internationally renowned chefs for cooking demonstrations and one-of-a-kind excursions that highlight the islands' unique and exciting ingredients.

Snag your spot to the festival and live it up, island style:

• Perfect your chopstick technique at Chopstix & Cocktails (buy tickets), where top chefs dish up Asian-inspired snacks to pair with expert-crafted drinks.

• Treat yourself to caviar, foie gras and more delicious luxuries prepared by esteemed chefs at the Fifth Annual Halekulani Culinary Masters Gala Series: Indulge (buy tickets).

• Rise and shine for Battle of the Brunch Showdown, Round II (buy tickets), and sip boozy morning brews as chefs compete with inventive twists on brunch classics.

Can't escape the office for those two weeks? Don't worry—Oahu isn't going anywhere. Explore Hawaii's capital island on your own time, when you can indulge in fine dining experiences or explore off-the-beaten-path gems for local specialties.

Start planning your island getaway now, and you'll be saying mahalo later.