O‘ahu Upcoming 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.

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.

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.

Various Sundays
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.


November 2015

November 27
Waikiki Holiday Parade commemorates Pearl Harbor by honoring survivors and veterans in memory of the attacks from December 7, 1941. Local Hawaiian bands, marching bands from the mainland, military units, local officials and dignitaries march down torch-lit Kalakaua Avenue along Waikiki Beach. 7pm start from Kalakaua Ave: from Fort DeRussy to Kapiolani Park. Call 800-331-8579.

November 27 & 28
HTY Rudolf’s Reindeer Games a fun, interactive comedy extravaganza built in collaboration with some of Honolulu’s best improvisers. Packed with sing-a-longs, games, original writing and more than a few surprises. 4:30pm at Tenney Theatre, Corner of Beretania St. & Alakea St., Honolulu. Call 808-839-9885 or visit www.htyweb.org.

November 27-29
1st Annual Anime Matsuri Hawaii event will feature Anime and cosplay celebrities from both Japan and North America. There will be panels, workshops, concerts, cos-play contest, and more. Noon-4pm at Hawaii Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu. Visit hawaii.animematsuri.com.

November 28
Hawaii Pops Celebrates Frank Sinatra’s 100th Birthday celebrates the songs made famous by The Chairman of the Board. 7:30pm at Hilton Hawaiian Village, Coral Ballroom, 2005 Kalia Rd. Honolulu. Call 808-550-8457.


December 2015

December 1-20
33rd Annual Vans Triple Crown of Surfing 
is the world’s premier series of professional surfing events that takes place along the North Shore of O‘ahu. 8am-4pm when surf is right. Admission is free. Parking is first come first serve. Visit vanstriplecrownofsurfing.com.

December 1-22
35th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival endeavors to recognize new and emerging talent, promote career development and original collaborations. Visit www.hiff.org.

December 2
31st Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony kicking off the festivities at 6:15pm, a pre-ceremony Christmas concert by the Marine Forces Pacific Band. At 7pm the formal ceremony that includes special music, the lighting of the tree and the arrival of Santa. 7:30pm, a special holiday concert by multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner, Weldon Kekauoha. Activities for the children, with free popcorn, Christmas cookies and beverages (while they last). Plan to pack a picnic supper to enjoy on the lawn with your family and friends as you arrive at Castle Medical Center, 640 Ulukahiki St., Kailua. Call 808-263-5500.

December 3
69th Annual Kaimuki Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting starting at 6pm along Waialae Avenue from Saint Louis School/Chaminade University to Koko Head Avenue. Over 40 groups will be participating. Visit kaimukihawaii.com.

December 5 & 12
HTY Rudolf’s Reindeer Games a fun, interactive comedy extravaganza built in collaboration with some of Honolulu’s best improvisers. Packed with sing-a-longs, games, original writing and more than a few surprises. 4:30pm at Tenney Theatre, Corner of Beretania St. & Alakea St., Honolulu. Call 808-839-9885 or visit www.htyweb.org.

December 5-January 2, 2016
31st Annual Honolulu City Lights will kick off the holiday season with the official tree lighting ceremony featuring a 50-foot holiday tree on the lawn fronting of Honolulu Hale. The Electric Light Parade leaves Aala Park and proceeds down King Street to Honolulu Hale. 6:30 p.m. A 50-foot Norfolk tree is illuminated, triggering the “corridor of lights” down King and Punchbowl streets. The Electric Light Parade will pass by Honolulu Hale after traveling through Chinatown. Call 808-768-3392 or visit honolulucitylights.org.

December 6
Paul Mitchell Xterra Trail Run a 21K half-marathon race and takes runners through some of the most diverse-and scenic terrain. There will also be a 10K, 5K, and an “ADVENTURE WALK” in addition to free kid’s sprint. 9am at Kualoa Ranch, 49-560 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe. Call 877-983-7721.

December 8-20
Billabong Pipe Masters world title deciding event of the WSL Samsung Galaxy Mens Championship Tour and final event of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, the Billabong Pipe Masters takes place at one of the most intense and exhilarating surf locations on earth – the Banzai Pipeline. Visit vanstriplecrownofsurfing.com.

December 11
Waikiki Arts & Crafts will feature local island favorites from the best ‘ono grindz’ the island has to offer to a variety of local arts and crafts vendors. Bring the keiki for family fun – hula lessons, carnival games, and your chance to win prizes. 6pm-10pm on Kalakaua Avenue From Lewers Street to Kealohilani Avenue. Call 808-531-5050.

December 12
Santa Arrives by Canoe no reindeers needed for this Hawaiian Santa! Santa will be available for a free picture taking session in the lobby of the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, 2335 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki at 9am. Call 808-923-0711.

December 12
54th Annual Holiday Concert of the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus featuring all 125 youth singers grades K-12. Singing holiday favorites and music from around the world. 6pm-7:30pm at Kawaiahao Church, 957 Punchbowl St. Honolulu. Call 808-521-2982.

December 12 & 13
Mele Kalikimaka Marketplace will be a one-stop local holiday shop catering to visitors and residents who are looking for holiday gifts and family activities. At Neal Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu. Call 808-223-6040.

December 13
43rd Annual Honolulu Marathon a 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 start at Ala Moana Beach Park where the Honolulu Marathon starts on Ala Moana Blvd. Call 808-734-7200.

December 24 & 25
Rock-A-Hula Magical Christmas join tribute artists for a spectacular show, dinner, beverages and a meet-and-greet after the show, along with special Christmas music and dessert. 6pm-9:30pm both nights. Prices range from $105-$185 per adult and $63-$110 per child. At Royal Hawaiian Theater, 4th Floor, 2201 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki. Call 808-629-7469.

December 26
Water For The World Run takes place around the beautiful and scenic Kapiolani Park. This run will have an epic slip and slide finish and amazing DJ after party. The run starts out of the Waikiki Shell and then circles around the Waikiki Zoo and Kapiolani Park. This event will benefit Water.org and Na Kama Kai charities. 6am-3:30pm. Call 904-571-7625.

December 31
New Year’s Eve Aboard the Star of Honolulu with a night of gourmet dining, live entertainment and an ocean view of the fireworks. 10:15pm from Aloha Tower Marketplace Pier 8. Fireworks Cruise is $79 per adult, ages 21 and older only. Reservations recommended. Call 808-983-7827.

December 31
New Year’s Eve with Bill Maher, David Spade and Jeff Ross “Mahermegeddon” at 7:30pm at Blasidell Center, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu. Prices start at $45.50. Call 800-745-3000.

December 31
New Year’s Eve Night Circus featuring four live deejays spinning Top 40 hits, Go-Go dancers, firebreathers, aerialists and more, the extravaganza will take place at RumFire, Helumoa Pool and the Infinity Edge Pool, providing the best views of the midnight fireworks off Waikiki. Event runs from 8:30pm until 2:30 am the next morning. Tickets: $100 or $50 if purchased after midnight on Jan. 1. Tickets include 4 hours of parking. At the Sheraton Waikiki, 2255 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki. Call 808-550-8457.

December 31
“Rockin’ Eve with Elvis” show at Rock-A-Hula live performances, gourmet dinner, glass of “champagne,” special party favors and exciting meet-and-greet with the cast. Prices range from $105-$185 per adult and $63-$110 per child. 9:30pm at Royal Hawaiian Theater, 4th Floor, 2201 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki. Call 808-629-7469.


January 2016

January 1 & 2
31st Annual Honolulu City Lights will kick off the holiday season with the official tree lighting ceremony featuring a 50-foot holiday tree on the lawn fronting of Honolulu Hale. The tree is illuminated, triggering the “corridor of lights” down King and Punchbowl streets. Call 808-768-3392 or visit honolulucitylights.org.

January 16-February 6
HTY Presents Mud Pies and Magic two short plays by Lee Cataluna bring humor and insight, exploring how generations “play” together and what they may learn from each other when they do. At Honolulu Theatre for Youth, 1149 Bethel Street, Suite 700, Honolulu. For dates and times visit website www.htyweb.org/plays/mud-pies-and-magic or call 808-839-9885.

January 18
Honolulu Color Vibe 5K get blasted with color and run a 5K. 9am-11am at Aloha Stadium, 99-500 Salt Lake Blvd., Honolulu. Visit www.thecolorvibe.com/honolulu.php.

January 22-31
Subali-Sugriwa Hawaii: Battle of the Monkey Kings 
a modern Balinese theatre genre that blends shadow puppetry (wayang kulit), dance and music. At University of Hawaii at Manoa – Kennedy Theatre, 2500 Campus Rd., Honolulu. Tickets: $8-$25. Call 808-944-2697.


February 2016

February 12-16
Hawaii Opera Theatre Presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream S
hakespeare’s most popular comedy. A traditional fairytale with plenty of action and comedy, to a psychological treasure trove of madness and cruelty—will allow audiences young and old, seasoned and new, to delight in the production. At the Blaisdell Concert Hall, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu. Call 808-596-7372.


March 2016

March 12
Annual Hawaiian Music Choral Festival and Tribute Concert to Prince Kuhio
featuring singers from various community choirs including: Kawaiahao Church Choir, University of Hawaii Manoa Hawaiian Chorus, Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus, Pearl Harbor Hawaiian Civic Club, Queen Emma Hawaiian Civic Club. 6pm-7:30pm at Kawaiahao Church, 957 Punchbowl St., Honolulu. Call 808-282-5606.

March 30
Wiki Wiki One Day Vintage Collectibles & Hawaiiana Show Shop ninety 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-4:30pm at Neal Blaisdell Hawaii Suites, 777 Ward Ave, Honolulu. Call 808-941-9754.