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.

December 2014

December 1-20
32nd Vans Triple Crown of Surfing
continues a rich surfing heritage of progression, high-performance and power surfing. It is a series where careers are made, reputations are forged and mistakes can have dire consequences. Surf conditions permitting. Visit www.vanstriplecrownofsurfing.com.

December 6-January 2, 2015
30th Annual Honolulu City Lights
opens on the first Saturday of December with the lighting of Honolulu’s 50-foot tree. The opening night celebration and parade at Honolulu Hale kicks off a month-long holiday display of trees, wreaths, oversize sculptures including the famous Shaka Santa lounging with Tutu Mele. Opening night, Sat. Dec. 6th at 4pm, tree lighting at 6pm. Decorated wreath exhibit in Honolulu Hale open daily from 8am-11pm. 550 S King St., Honolulu. Visit www.honolulucitylights.org.

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 12-14
Hawaii Kalikimaka
stars Robert Cazimero, one-half of the award-winning Brothers Cazimero, and features Robert’s Halau Na Kamalei O Lililehua, and the Ladies of the Royal Dance Company. Hawaii Theatre Center, 1130 Bethel St., Honolulu. Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2pm. $30-$75. Call 808-528-0506.

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
Gingerbread Festival purchase a gingerbread kit and join in the fun at Neal S. Blaisdell Center benefits Easter Seals. 9:30am-11:30am and 12:30am to 2:30pm. Call 1-888-295-2626.

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 27
Revive The Live Winter Music Festival
to celebrate and perpetuate the revival of Live Island Reggae Music in Hawaii. The one night festival will feature the top artists out of Jamaica, California and Hawaii. At the Waikiki Shell from 5:30pm-8pm. All ages welcome. Tickets: $25-$80. Call 800-745-3000.

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 1 & 2
30th Annual Honolulu City Lights
opened on the first Saturday of December. Decorated wreath exhibit in Honolulu Hale open daily from 8am-11pm. 550 S King St., Honolulu. Visit www.honolulucitylights.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.

February 22
19th Annual Na Leo Pili Mai
150 advanced treble jr. high voices and the Hawaii Youth Symphony II will join together for a concert featuring some of Hawaii’s most advanced musicians & youth talent. Free-offering taken. 5pm-6:30pm at Kawaiahao Church, 957 Punchbowl St., Honolulu. Call 808-521-2982.

March 2015

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. 2pm. Call 808-956-7655.

March 1
Sake Appreciation Festival
was initiated to acknowledge the gift that alcoholic beverages made from rice like sake and shochu are to the world. 3pm-4pm at Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha – Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu, 1239 Olomea St., Honolulu. Call 808-841-4755.

March 7
Ke Ahe Lau Makani Festival & Prince Kuhio Tribute Concert
featuring Hawaiian and American Choral Music. The singing community is welcomed to come participate and learn to sing Hawaiian Choral Music. Rehearsals start at 1pm. $25. 7pm-8:30pm at Kawaiahao Church, 957 Punchbowl St., Honolulu. Call 808-282-5606.

March 7
The Brave
presented by Massive Company dance troupe of New Zealand. A highly active show wih lots of bursts of dance and physical expression. Eight men, embodying bravery in body and soul, share the personal stories and experiences of their lives and masculinities. $25 (General) $20 (UH students, seniors, military, faculty & staff) $15 (Leeward students, under 18). 8pm-10pm at The Leeward Theatre, 96-045 Ala Ike, Pearl City. Call 808-455-0380.

March 13-15
Taming of the Shrew
A classic battle of the sexes between the strong-willed and sharp-tongued Kate and the equally sharp-tongued and cunning Petruchio. This shortened version of Shakespeare’s well-loved play explores the power of words to elevate or defeat both men and women. Adults $18/Seniors, Military, UH Faculty & Staff $16/Students $13/UH Manoa Students with Valid ID $8. Fri/Sat at 8pm, Sun at 2pm at Earle Ernst Lab Theatre, 1770 East-West Rd., Honolulu. Call 808-956-7655.

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