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
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.

Last Friday of the Month
Mele at the Moana under the banyan tree at the Moana Surfrider Resort enjoy local-style music beginning at 5:30pm-9pm. Call 808-921-4600 to make a reservation.

Second Saturday of the Month
Discover Art—Downtown Chinatown in and around ARTS at Mark’s Garage, Nuuanu Avenue, Pauahi Street, Bethel Street. Free art and music events. 11am-4pm. Call 808-779-7235.

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.

 

September 2017

September 1-24
Live on Stage: Who Killed Gilbert Botello? Gilbert Botello is dead. But who killed him?  Peopled with recognizable murder mystery characters, Who Killed Gilbert Botello reshapes the typical British whodunit into a refreshing representation of Hawai‘i by Garrick Paikai. Thursday-Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm. Tickets $5-25. At Kumu Kahua Theatre, 46 Merchant St. Honolulu. Call 808-536-4441.

September 23
25th Annual Hawaii’s Wood Show a premier exhibit celebrating the art of woodworking and the positive role of forests in Hawaii, returns to the Honolulu Museum of Art Gallery School at Linekona, 1111 Victoria St. 10am-5pm. Visit woodshow.hawaiiforest.org.

September 23
65th Annual Annual Waikiki Hoolaulea is Hawaii’s largest block party. Thousands of people will take to the streets along Kalakaua Avenue for food, fun and entertainment. 7pm-10pm. Visit alohafestivals.com.

September 30
71st Annual Floral Parade Kalakaua Avenue comes alive with a colorful procession of female and male pau horseback riders, floats covered with Hawaiian flowers, Hawaiian music, hula halau and local marching bands. 9am-noon. Visit alohafestivals.com.

 

October 2017

October 1
Wiki Wiki One Day Vintage Collectibles & Hawaiiana Show
is an all vintage (20 yrs & older) collectibles and antiques show and sale. Shop ninety three tables with vendors from Oahu, Outer Islands, and Mainland U.S. 10:30am-4:30pm at Blaisdell Hawaii Suites, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu. Visit ukulele.com.

October 1
Moonwalks
 2017 at Waimea Valley on the north shore. $10 for walk only. There is a buffet for extra prior to the walk as well. You can begin your walk through the Valley to the waterfall at 8pm and must exit the Valley by 10pm. For more information visit waimeavalley.net.

October 7
World Peace & Unity 10K Road Race 2017 starting at 6am at Hawaii Ala Moana Park Magic Island. Visit spocua.com.

October 7
17th Annual Windward Hoolaulea grab your beach chair or blanket and meet on the Great Lawn for food, fun and great entertainment. 10am-8pm at Windward Community College, 45-720 Keaahala Rd., Kaneohe. Visit windwardhoolaulea.com.

October 8
65th Annual Molokai Hoe perpetuates one of Hawaii’s and Polynesia’s most important and historic cultural traditions, while honoring outrigger canoe paddlers around the world. Each year over 1000+ paddlers from around the world compete. This year marks the Molokai Hoe’s 65th crossing of the treacherous Kaiwi Channel. 7:15am: Blessing 8am: Start of Race from Hale O Lono 12:30pm: Finish at Dukes Beach. Visit molokaihoe.com.

October 12
Courtyard Cinema showcases a selection of curated films from the Hawaii International Film Festival. Free self-parking is available across the street in the Ward Village Shops parking garage or in the Ward Centre Parking garage. 6pm-9pm at 1240 Ala Moana Blvd. in the IBM Courtyard. Visit wardvillage.com.

October 12-14
Hawaii Bellydance Convention opens with its double gala show starring local and overseas dancers. The following two days are packed with workshops for various levels and styles of oriental dance. It Finishes with a VIP After Party filled with food, music, and performances. At Doris Duke Theatre, Neil Blaisdell Concert Hall. Visit hawaiibellydanceconvention.com.

October 14
7th Annual Pumpkin Festival in Kapolei over 60,000 visitors participate in our harvest activities, carnival rides, and ono local grinds. There is a free tractor hay ride. Live entertainment all day. 8:30am-5pm at Aloun Farm Festival Grounds, 91-1440 Farringon Hwy, Kapolei. Visit alounfarms.com.

October 14
29th Annual Talk Story Festival this year’s theme is Na Mele o Hawaii Nei: The Songs of Hawaii. Talking story and music. 5:30pm-8:30pm at McCoy Pavilion,1201 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu. Free and open to the public. Visit honolulu.gov.

October 21
Honolulu Pride Parade & Festival more than 20,000 parade viewers, 1,000 participants, 3,000 festival goers, a full day of entertainment, and special events for youth and families. 9am-6pm on Kalakaua Ave. in Waikiki. Visit hawaiilgbtlegacyfoundation.com.

October 21
Na Mele O Ko Olina
 hosts some of Hawaii’s best Slack Key and ‘Ukulele musicians, as well as 40 Hawaiian artists who display their artwork for sale. 9am-5pm at the Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club. Call 808-696-5717.

October 22
6th Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival Westside Style will feature up to 16 performing artists in the Slack Key Guitar Genre including award winning artists and newcomers. Also appearing will be a couple of special guest from Hawaii and the mainland. The event will also feature “Made In Hawaii” products and favorite foods and snacks. Noon-5pm at Hoalauna Park. Keaunui Dr. Ewa Beach. Visit slackkeyfestival.com.

October 31
Halloween in Waikiki Along Kalakaua Avenue dress up or just spectate when the ghouls come out at night. There is lots of specials and contests at bars and restaurants all along the road in Waikiki.

 

November 2017

November 1-5
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival is the premier epicurean destination event in the Pacific. Set in the lush island paradise of Hawaii, the festival will take place over three weekends. Featuring a roster of over 100 internationally-renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers. Visit hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com.

November 2-12
37th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival attendees throughout Hawaii experience the sounds and images of filmmaking from approximately 45 countries. Visit hiff.org

November 3, 4, 10, 11 & 12
Taiko Drum & Dance Hana Hou! 
taiko artist Kenny Endo and Taiko Center of the Pacific return for a collaboration of dance and drums. This production showcases an interweaving of cultures that reflects and distinguishes Hawaii. Traditional and contemporary taiko music, together with dance from Hawaii, Japan, Okinawa, India, and contemporary dance. Fri/Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2pm at Kennedy Theatre, 1770 East-West Rd., Honolulu. Visit manoa.hawaii.edu.

November 4
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival at Ko Olina is the premier epicurean destination event in the Pacific. It features a roster of more than 100 internationally renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers. Visit koolina.com.

November 18
Na Mele O Ko Olina
 hosts some of Hawaii’s best Slack Key and ‘Ukulele musicians, as well as 40 Hawaiian artists who display their artwork for sale. 9am-5pm at the Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club. Call 808-696-5717.

November 19
Wiki Wiki One Day Vintage Collectibles & Hawaiiana Show & Holiday Edition 
is an all vintage (20 yrs & older) collectibles and antiques show and sale. Shop ninety three tables with vendors from Oahu, Outer Islands, and Mainland U.S. 10:30am-4:30pm at Blaisdell Hawaii Suites, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu. Visit ukulele.com.

 

December 2017

December 2-January 1
33rd Honolulu City Lights opening night festivities attract visitors and residents as downtown Honolulu lights up the holiday season from 4pm-11pm as Mayor Kirk Caldwell flips the switch at 6pm for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Honolulu Hale, as the Electric Light Parade begins at Aala Park and makes its way down King Street through downtown Honolulu. There will also be food booths, keiki rides and decorated trees and wreaths on display in the Honolulu Hale Courtyard, as well as visits with Santa. Stroll through the “Corridor of Lights” and see the magical light displays on downtown Honolulu buildings. Displays will be open nightly through January 1, 2018. Visit honolulucitylights.org.

December 3
Kapolei Ki-hoalu Kristmas Festival features 15 artists in the Slack Key Guitar genre. These artists are some of Hawaii’s finest artists in the slack key guitar genre who perform as solos, duos, trios, and other combinations. Giveaways throughout the day, At Ka Makana Alii Shopping Center, 91 Kapolei Pkwy, Kapolei. Visit kamakanaalii.com.

December 9
57th Annual Holiday Choral Concert presented by the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus. Youth performers grades K – 12. Featuring 120 singers in 9 ensembles. Hawaii’s most advanced and longest running community youth choir. Free event, donations accepted. 7pm at Kawaiahao church, 957 Punchbowl St., Honolulu. Call 808-521-2982.

December 10
45th Annual Honolulu Marathon one of the most popular races in Hawaii. Start time is 5am. Start Location: Ala Moana Boulevard/Queen Street Extension
Finish Location: Kapiolani Park. Visit honolulumarathon.org.

December 16
Na Mele O Ko Olina
 hosts some of Hawaii’s best Slack Key and ‘Ukulele musicians, as well as 40 Hawaiian artists who display their artwork for sale. 9am-5pm at the Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club. Call 808-696-5717.

 

January 2018

January 1
33rd Honolulu City Lights
stroll through the “Corridor of Lights” and see the magical light displays on downtown Honolulu buildings. Displays will be open nightly through January 1, 2018. Visit honolulucitylights.org.

January 1
Hatsumode 2018 embrace the spirit of the Japanese here in Hawaii at Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha-Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu where you can be blessed for the new year, get your head bitten by a Japanese Shishi lion for good luck, be invigorated by taiko drums and partake of ozoni mochi soup. Parking with free shuttle at Damien Memorial School. Event held at 1239 Olomea St., Honolulu. Visit e-shrine.org.