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.

July 2014

July 18
Joy of Sake celebrates Hawaii’s 100-year love affair. The event will feature a record amount of the world’s finest sakes available for tasting, along with appetizers from a variety of Honolulu’s restaurants. Tickets $95/person. 6:30pm-9pm at the Hawaii Convention Center. Call 808-228-0195.

July 19
5th Annual Steel Guitar Festival an afternoon dedicated to the Hawaiian Steel Guitar with some of today’s greatest steel guitarists. 3pm-7pm on Waikiki Beach Walk Plaza Lawn and Stage. Call 808-931-3591 or visit www.waikikisteelguitarfestival.com.

July 19
2nd Annual Concert Series: Waimea Valley presents Pila Hookani
1pm-5pm. Concert dates are June 21st, July 19th and August 3rd. $15 for Adults and $8 for Seniors (60+) and Children. At the gate $20 for Adults and $10 for Seniors (60+) and Children. Call 808-638-5886 or visit www.waimeavalley.net.

July 19
Prince Lot Hula Festival noted Kumu Hula Robert Cazimero followed by an impressive line-up of premier hula groups who will perform ancient and contemporary hula. There will also be cultural demonstrations, a Made in Hawaii craft fair, poi pounding workshops, entertainment, food and more. 9am-4pm at Moanalua Gardens, 1352 Pineapple Pl., Honolulu. Call 808-839-5334.

July 20
44th Annual Oahu ‘Ukulele Festival talented ukulele players from around the world and a ukulele orchestra of over 800 students, mostly children will take the stage. 11am-5pm at Kapiolani Park in Honolulu. Free event. Visit www.ukulelefestivalhawaii.org.

July 23
Wildest Show in Town 2014 live entertainment at the Honolulu Zoo. Plate lunches and snacks available, mini-guided tour for the first 30 registrants, ukulele giveaways and more. $3, music starts at 6pm. Gates open at 4:35pm. Call 808-926-3191 ext. 114.

July 24
2014 Ke Kani O Ke Kai Summer Concert Series at the Waikiki Aquarium. Kick back on the cool, beachfront lawn at the Aquarium for an evening of live entertainment and food under the stars. 7pm-8pm. Visit www.waquarium.org/KKOKK.

July 26
Dragon Boat Festival 2014
will feature races, organized practices, more competing teams and local entertainment. 8am-4pm at Ala Moana Beach Park. Visit www.dragonboathawaii.com.

July 27
18th Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships (Finish)
this 32-mile race crosses the Kaiwi Channel, also known as the Molokai Channel. Men and women from more than 15 countries will face strong currents as they navigate the fastest downwind route over one of the deepest channels in the world. Starts on Kaluakoi Beach on the north shore of Moloka‘i and finishes in Maunalua Bay on the south shore of O‘ahu. Racers should start arriving about noon. Visit www.molokai2oahu.com.

July 30
Wildest Show in Town 2014 live entertainment at the Honolulu Zoo. Plate lunches and snacks available, mini-guided tour for the first 30 registrants, ukulele giveaways and more. $3, music starts at 6pm. Gates open at 4:35pm. Call 808-926-3191 ext. 114.

August 2014

August 3
2nd Annual Concert Series: Waimea Valley presents Pila Hookani
1pm-5pm. Concert dates are June 21st, July 19th and August 3rd. $15 for Adults and $8 for Seniors (60+) and Children. At the gate $20 for Adults and $10 for Seniors (60+) and Children. Call 808-638-5886 or visit www.waimeavalley.net.

August 3
74th Annual Na Hula Festival is Hawai‘i’s longest running noncompetitive hula event.  Beyond just an art form, the hula encompasses forms of worship, epic poetry, genealogy, and entertainment. Please bring your hali‘i (covering, spread), mea ‘ai (food) and enjoy a beautiful, relaxing day of hula at the park. Admission is free. 9am-2pm at the Queen Kapi‘olani Regional Park and Bandstand. Call 808-768-3041.

August 6
Wildest Show in Town 2014 live entertainment at the Honolulu Zoo. Plate lunches and snacks available, mini-guided tour for the first 30 registrants, ukulele giveaways and more. $3, music starts at 6pm. Gates open at 4:35pm. Call 808-926-3191 ext. 114.

August 7
2014 Ke Kani O Ke Kai Summer Concert Series at the Waikiki Aquarium. Kick back on the cool, beachfront lawn at the Aquarium for an evening of live entertainment and food under the stars. 7pm-8pm. Visit www.waquarium.org/KKOKK.

August 9
7th Annual Gabby Pahinui Waimanalo Kanikapila a gathering for musicians providing the opportunity to connect, play music and spend the day together. In the true kanikapila tradition they contribute to the day’s performances often playing with musicians other than their regular group/bands. 9am-6pm at Waimanalo Beach Park. Visit www.gabbypahinui.com.

August 13
Wildest Show in Town 2014 live entertainment at the Honolulu Zoo. Plate lunches and snacks available, mini-guided tour for the first 30 registrants, ukulele giveaways and more. $3, music starts at 6pm. Gates open at 4:35pm. Call 808-926-3191 ext. 114.

August 15-17
Made in Hawaii Festival a showcase of products, including food, books, art, gifts, fashions, plants, crafts, produce and more. Plus cooking demonstrations and ongoing entertainment. Friday & Saturday from 10am-9pm, Sunday 10am-5pm at Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu. $4; children six and under free. Visit www.madeinhawaiifestival.com.

August 16-24
13th Annual Duke’s Oceanfest Duke’s OceanFest will feature a variety of competitions and events that includes surfing, stand-up paddling, one-mile ocean swim, lifeguard competition, surfboard waterpolo, wounded warrior canoe regatta, paddle boarding, beach volleyball, and beachfront luau. Most competitions will take place near Queen’s Surf in Waikiki, with the surf stand and exhibit booths fronting the statue of Kahanamoku. Visit www.dukesoceanfest.com.

August 17
32nd Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival O‘ahu Style features some of Hawaii’s finest artists/musicians in the slack key guitar genre. Festival will feature up to 15 artists in the slack key guitar genre for six solid hours. Noon-6pm at the Bishop Museum. Call 808-226-2697 or visit www.slackkeyfestival.com.

August 23
Henry Kapono “Back in the Day” Concert friends join him in an unprecedented “Concert of the Stars” at the Waikiki Shell at 6:30pm. Tickets range from $29-$125. Visit www.backinthedayhawaii.com.

August 23
Turtle Bay Biathlon multi sport offroad biathlon, with a beautiful course located at the Turtle Bay Resort, consisting of an ocean swim fronting Turtle Bay Resort + a 5k trail run through Kawela Bay. After party and awards ceremony. A benefit for Hawaii’s Lifeguard & Water Safety Fund. 8:30am-4pm. Call 808-228-0892.

August 23 & 24
Greek Festival includes authentic food, live and lively Greek entertainment, imports, deli items, and much more. At McCoy Pavillion, 1201 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu. Noon-9pm both days. Visit www.greekfestivalhawaii.com.

August 30 & 31
32nd Annual Okinawan Festival at Kapiolani Park celebrates Okinawan culture with food, entertainment, arts, crafts, and cultural activities. Begins at 9am both days, with Bon Dance from 5pm-9:30pm. Visit www.okinawanfestival.com.

August 30-September 14
Hawaii’s Woodshow features works of professional, amateur and novice woodworkers. Free and open to the public from 10am-5pm at Honolulu Museum of Art School at Linekona, 1111 Victoria St., Honolulu. Visit woodshow.hawaiiforest.org.

September 2014

September 1-14
Hawaii’s Woodshow features works of professional, amateur and novice woodworkers. Free and open to the public from 10am-5pm at Honolulu Museum of Art School at Linekona, 1111 Victoria St., Honolulu. Visit woodshow.hawaiiforest.org.

September 1
45th Waikiki Roughwater Swim from Sans Souci beach to Hilton Hawaiian Village. Start time is 8:30am. Online: $70 before Midnight HST August 16, $85 before Midnight HST August 29, mail in: $80 postmarked by August 16, in person: $85 on August 31, $100.00 cash-only on September 1. Call 808-396-2945 of visit waikikiroughwaterswim.com.

September 3-7
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival with more than 80 internationally-renowned chefs and culinary personalities from around the globe gathering on Maui, Oahu, and Hawaii Island for an unforgettable two weeks of food and wine experiences.Held at these locations – The Modern Honolulu, Halekulani, Hawaii Convention Center, Hyatt Waikiki Beach, Ko Olina Resort with Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa and JW Marriott Ihilani. Visit hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com.

September 6
Revive the Live Music Festival to celebrate and perpetuate the revival of live reggae music in Hawai‘i. Featuring five of Hawaii’s most talented and sought after bands including Fiji, Kolohe Kai, Maoli, Ekolu & Ooklah The Moc. Closing the night will be New Zealand’s, Katchafire. 4pm-10pm at Waikiki Shell.  Tickets: $20-$80. Tickets at Blaisdell Box Office or WalMart. Call 808-768-5252.

September 20
2014 Aloha Festivals Waikiki Ho‘olaulea the largest block party will kick off with the arrival of the Royal Court. Multiple stages of entertainment, lots of food, lei vendors and hawaiian crafters will be spread along the world famous Kalakaua Avenue. Free admission. On Kalakaua Ave. between Lewers and Kapahulu Ave. 7pm-11pm. Visit www.alohafestivals.com.

September 27
2014 Aloha Festivals Floral Parade colorful equestrian procession of female and male pau riders, extravagant floats with cascades of Hawaiian flowers, hula Halau and marching bands will brighten Kalakaua Avenue from Ala Moana Park to Kapiolani Park. Free admission. 9am-11am. Visit www.alohafestivals.com.

September 28
5th Annual Rice Festival will be held at the Ward Centers from 11am-5pm and will be packed with family fun, entertainment, food booths, educational activities, rice products and much more at Ward Centers in Honolulu. Visit ricefest.com.

October 2014

October 4
Windward Ho‘olaulea 2014 
Hawaiian entertainment, great food, arts & crafts, Hawaiian culture, displays and fun for the family. 10am-8pm at Windward Community College in Kaneohe. Call 808-235-7400.

October 5
2nd Ka Iwi Coast Run & Walk
starting at sunrise on Sandys Beach and ending at Hui Nalu Canoe Club on Maunalua Bay (4.0 miles), enjoy the Ka Iwi at your own pace. All proceeds benefitting Hui Nalu Canoe Club. $40 pre-register / $50 day of race. Children (12 and under) & Seniors (65+): $30 pre-register / $40 day of race. Active duty military: $35. Visit www.kaiwicoastrun.org.

October 5
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.

October 17-19
Bayfest 2014 music and family fun festival returns to Marine Corps Base Hawaii in  Kaneohe Bay.  The event features concerts by national recording artists, carnival rides and games, fireworks, military displays, contests, food booths and more. Visit www.bayfesthawaii.com.

October 18
Open Cockpit day
climb into the cockpit of one the historic aircraft at the Pacific Aviation Museum, talk story with pilots, and snap a photograph with an aviator in period attire. Activities for the whole family. Bring your camera. Flight suits and helmets provided. 10am-4pm. Call 808-441-1005.

October 19
3rd Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival Westside Style
six hours of live music that features some of Hawaii’s finest artists/musicians in the slack key guitar genre. Noon-6pm at Hoalauna Community Park in Ewa Beach. Call 808-226-2697.

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.

November 2014

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

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.

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