Events

O‘ahu Calendar of Events

In guidebooks before Oahu Revealed, we listed a calendar of local events for the island. It was a colossal waste of time! Things change so often in Hawaii that we couldn’t keep it current. The Web fixes that. Don’t get me wrong. Some of the events listed below will not occur or will change time or place. That’s because decisions about these things are made quite capriciously in the islands, often the day of the event. We’ll change this page daily if we have to, but you can’t bet your life on the timeliness of these events. Nonetheless, if you’re interested in attending a local event, these might be worth checking into.

Note! There are so many great venues of entertainment on O‘ahu. Check the local papers for concerts, theatre, exhibits and other events that may not be listed here.

On-Going Events

Nightly (Tues, Thurs, Sat, Sun) Weather-Permitting
Authentic Hawaiian Music & Hula shows by Hawaii’s finest hula halau (dance troupes) and Hawaiian performers. Opens with torch lighting ceremony and blowing of conch shell. From 6pm-7pm at the Kuhio Beach at Uluniu & Kalakaua Ave. in Waikiki. Seating on the grass; beach chairs, mats, etc. okay. Cameras are welcome. For information call 808-843-8002.

First Friday of the Month: July-December
Honolulu’s Downtown Galleries individuals, businesses and nonprofits located in the Chinatown neighborhood present art and music in their establishments. 5pm-9pm. Call 808-521-2903.

Third Sunday of the Month
Na Mele No Na Pua Sunday Showcase enjoy some of Hawaii’s most beloved performers in a casual, open-air setting on the lawn at Waikiki Beach Walk Plaza Stage on Lewers Street. 5pm-6pm. Call 808-931-3591.

Every Saturday & Sunday
Art on the Zoo Fence in Waikiki where various artists personally present their wide range of art styles and subjects in original paintings, prints, and photography for view and sale from 9am-4pm on Monsarrat Avenue, across from the bandstand in Kapiolani Park.

Saturday & Sunday Afternoons/Evenings
Sunset on the Beach picnic as the sun sets in Waikiki and the moon rises while listening to music and watching classic films under the stars. 7:15pm at Queen’s Surf Beach. With food from Waikiki’s leading restaurants, from 4pm-9pm. Event is subject to the weather. Call for information at 808-923-1094.

October 2014

October 25
Society of Seven
is making a return to Honolulu for one night only. They will perform two shows at the Hibiscus Ballroom at the Ala Moana Hotel at 6:30pm and 9:00pm. Call 808-944-4333.

October 29-November 1
Haunted Garage
featuring 4 movie screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a Halloween Night Dance Party & a Day of The Dead Cocktail Party. At The ARTS at Marks Garage, 1159 Nuuanu Ave., Honolulu. Interactive prop boxes will be available for purchase for $5 the night of. Movie screenings Wednesday-Friday start at 8pm, Saturday at 11pm. Doors open 30-minutes before each event. The Saturday movie screening may be purchased alone or as part of the Day of The Dead Cocktail Party package. Call 808-521-2903.

October 30-November 9
34th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival
at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 & IMAX. Visit www.hiff.org.

October 31
Halloween in Waikiki
bring your camera, your best costume and stroll Kalakaua Ave. in Waikiki for an evening of fun with restaurants and bars offering specials that night.

October 31
Heroes & Villains
thrilling costume contest, attracting party-goers and contestants dressed up in wildly unique ideas. At the Hyatt Regency. 8pm-2am. All guests may enter to compete in the night’s outrageous costume contest to win the ultimate $1,000 cash first place prize. This is a 21+ event. General Presale is $10 and VIP Presale is $15. Call 808-391-7441.

November 2014

November 1
Haunted Garage
featuring movie screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and a Day of The Dead Cocktail Party. At The ARTS at Marks Garage, 1159 Nuuanu Ave., Honolulu. Interactive prop boxes will be available for purchase for $5 the night of. Movie screening at 11pm. Doors open 30-minutes before each event. Screening may be purchased alone or as part of the Day of The Dead Cocktail Party package. Call 808-521-2903.

November 1
Grey Goose Dayclub at the Modern Honolulu Hotel
featuring fashion and music. Fashion by Kaimana Beachwear, IVI Vision, and more. Music by Addiction Nightclub residents C&A, Supercw and friends. Cocktails by Grey Goose include sangria, frozen lemonades and the Modern Mule made with the refreshing new Grey Goose Le Melon. Full food menu also available. Limited daybeds available. VIPS get exclusive “fitness kits” from Grey Goose and gifts. $10 (21 and over only). Call 808-943-5800.

November 1
Hawaii Pops Concert Series: Willie K and Amy Hanaialii
two of Hawaii’s most beloved performers reuniting after many years of individual solo success. 7:30pm at the Hawaii Theatre Center, 1130 Bethel St., Honolulu. Tickets $45-$90. Call 808-528-5535.

November 1-9
34th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 & IMAX. Visit www.hiff.org.

November 2
Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival “Westside Style”
6 hour live music festival that features some of Hawaii’s finest artists/musicians in the slack key guitar genre. Noon-6pm at Hoalauna Community Park, Ewa Beach. Visit www.slackkeyfestival.com.

November 2
Dessert Fantasy 2014
all the decadent desserts, entertainment, a silent auction and voting by the public for the best 2014 dessert. Tickets are $25 per person in advance/$15 per child 6-12 years (children under 5 free). At the door, ticket is $30 per adult. All proceeds from the event will stay in the islands and help support, “life without limits for people with disabilities.” 1pm-3pm at the Pacific Beach Hotel. Call 808-532-6749.

November 8
Sea Life Park Hawaii celebrates 50 years
will celebrate the major milestone with a special Family Fun Day with $2.64 admission. 10:30am-7pm. Call 808-259-2500.

November 8
Waldofaire 2014: Earth & Arts
featuring earth-friendly fun for the whole family! Live entertinamnet including Henry Kapono, Lopaka, & Tavana, plus arts and crafts, games, pony rides, rock climbing, Farm Friends, face-painting, hair salon, Zip Line, locally-sourced food, and more. Noon-6pm at 350 Ulua St., Honolulu. Free admission and parking. Call 808-377-5491.

November 8
Chinatown Light Market
event will take place along the Nuuanu Stream between Beretania Street and Kukui Street, on Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Mall and College Walk. 3pm-9pm. Call 808-537-3086.

November 11
Color Vibe 5K get blasted away with #VIBErant color as you run, walk or even skip your way through our 5K course. Kids 12 & under are free. 9am-11:30am at Aloha Stadium. Visit www.thecolorvibe.com.

November 11
Battleship Missouri Memorial
will bring all Veterans Day and Armistice Day observances around the world to a close with a special ceremony on the ship’s Fantail just before sunset. 4:30pm-5:30pm. Complimentary shuttles for the event will be offered from the Visitor Center beginning at 3:30pm. Call 808-455-1600 ext. 223.

November 15
3rd Annual Makahiki Festival
featuring the return of the Kealohi Hula Competition. 10am at 59-864 Kamehameha Hwy., Haleiwa. Call 808-638-7766.

November 22
Makahiki Maoli Festival 2014
features traditional Hawaiian Makahiki games, native artisans, crafters, demonstrations, exhibits, entertainment, and hula. 9am-4:30pm at Kapiolani Park Bandstand. Call 808-841-6655.

November 23
Wiki Wiki One Day Vintage Collectibles & Hawaiiana Show
 Shop ninety three tables with vendors from Oahu, Outer Islands, and Mainland U.S. This is Hawaii’s only strictly vintage show with no pre-sales to vendors. 10:30am-4pm at Blaisdell Hawaii Suites, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu. Early entry at 9am, General Admission $4.50, Early Entry $15. Call 808-941-9754.

November 29
Holiday Craft Fair at Hawaiian Mission Houses one-of-a-kind and Island-made crafts. Free admission. 8:30am-3pm, 553 S King St., Honolulu. Call 808-447-3926.

December 2014

December 7
XTERRA Trail Run World Championship
at Kualoa Ranch in Kaneohe. 21-kilometer half-marathon course is considered the world championship course, and it takes runners through some of the most diverse and scenic terrain. Call 877-983-7721.

December 7
Grey Goose Dayclub at the Modern Honolulu Hotel
featuring fashion and music. Fashion by Kaimana Beachwear, IVI Vision, and more. Music by Addiction Nightclub residents C&A, Supercw and friends. Cocktails by Grey Goose include sangria, frozen lemonades and the Modern Mule made with the refreshing new Grey Goose Le Melon. Full food menu also available. Limited daybeds available. VIPS get exclusive “fitness kits” from Grey Goose and gifts. $10 (21 and over only). Call 808-943-5800.

December 7
Annual Commemoration of Peace & Reconciliation Ceremony
a silent prayer and pouring bourbon whisky from a WWII-blackened canteen into the water from the USS Arizona Memorial as an offering to the spirits of the fallen. Pick up a Ticket at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center for the 11:30am program. Park opens at 7am. Call 808-441-1013.

December 13
53rd Annual Holiday Concert
presented by the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus. 7pm-8:30pm at Kawaiahao Church, 957 Punchbowl St., Honolulu. Call 808-521-2982.

December 14
Honolulu Marathon scenic course includes spectacular ocean views alongside world-famous Waikiki Beach, and Diamond Head and Koko Head volcanic craters. The terrain is level except for short uphill grades around Diamond Head. 5am-4pm. Starting line is Ala Moana Beach Park. Visit www.honolulumarathon.org.

December 21
Jingle Rock Run 2014
a 5k Race and Keiki Sprint to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Festive attire is highly encouraged. Strollers and pets (especially reindeer.) are also welcome. 6am-9am at Mother Waldron Park, Honolulu. Call 808-537-3118 ext. 112.

December 24
13th Annual Hawaii Bowl on Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium. Kickoff is 3pm. Visit www.sheratonhawaiibowl.com.

December 31
Star of Honolulu New Year’s Eve Cruise
a night of dining, live entertainment, party favors and an ocean view of fireworks. Guests have their choice of three midnight cruise options. Cruises depart at 10:15pm and return at 12:30am from Aloha Tower Marketplace, Pier 8. Call 808-983-7881 or visit www.starofhonolulu.com.

January 2015

January 1
Bosetti 10K Run
starts at 7am at Kealahou St. near Sandy Beach in Hawai‘i Kai, a few miles east of Waikiki. Registration closing date, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2014. Call 808-343-4236.

January 1
Hatsumode 2015
is a powerful ritual that lays an excellent foundation for the new year. The purpose is to enhance the new year with health, joy, abundance and positive energies which will uplift and empower our lives. Activities begin at midnight. Visit www.e-shrine.org.

January 4
Grey Goose Dayclub at the Modern Honolulu Hotel
featuring fashion and music. Fashion by Kaimana Beachwear, IVI Vision, and more. Music by Addiction Nightclub residents C&A, Supercw and friends. Cocktails by Grey Goose include sangria, frozen lemonades and the Modern Mule made with the refreshing new Grey Goose Le Melon. Full food menu also available. Limited daybeds available. VIPS get exclusive “fitness kits” from Grey Goose and gifts. $10 (21 and over only). Call 808-943-5800.

February 2015

February 14
Bluegrass Festival
local and national acts perform. $25/adults. 8pm-10pm at The Leeward Theatre, 96-045 Ala Ike, Pearl City.

February 20-22, 27, 28 & March 1
Laieikawai
stage adaptation of the traditional Hawaiian moolelo (story) of Laieikawai will feature hula, oli (chant), mele (song) and will be performed entirely in Hawaiian. Kennedy Theatre, 1770 East-West Road, Honolulu. 8pm-10pm. Tickets $25/adults. Fri & Sat at 8pm and Sun at 2pm. Call 808-956-7655.

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