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.

 

July 2015

July 30
Twilight Summer Concert Series
 featuring the music of Matt Sproat at Foster Botanical Garden from 4:30pm-7pm. Free. Call 808-522-7066.

 

August 2015

August 1
Laughter Under the Stars family-friendly night of music and comedy will be held at the Waikiki Shell. This event will feature comedians Augie T, Frank DeLima, Andy Bumatai, Bu Laia, and last founding member of Booga Booga Ed Kaahea with musical guests. 5pm. $15 for students, $20 for the lawn, $30 in the terrace, and $40 for VIP seating including a free Augie T DVD. Call 808-768-5252.

August 1
Hapa Haole Hula Competition & Concert Our Hapa Haole Festival is intended to celebrate this genre of Hawaiian music. Native Hawaiians who were never taught to speak their native tongue, whose language was stolen away from them, wrote some of these songs. Others were written by songwriters as far away as Tin Pan Alley. 7pm-9pm at Hawaii Theatre, 1130 Bethel St., Honolulu. Call 808-528-0506.

August 1 & 2
75th Annual Na Hula Festival Hawaii’s longest-running annual non-competitive hula event. Please bring your halii (covering, spread), mea ai (food) and enjoy a beautiful, relaxing day of hula at the park. Admission is free at Queen Kapiolani Regional Park and Bandstand in Honolulu. Events 9am-3pm. Call 808-768-3041.

August 1-September 5
Japanese Bon Festival Season
 is an important part of the present-day culture and life of Hawaii. Buddhist temples typically celebrate Bon Odori with both religious Obon observances and traditional Bon Odori dancing around a yagura. Many temples also concurrently hold a cultural and food bazaar providing a variety of cuisine and art, also to display features of Japanese culture and Japanese-American history. Performances of taiko by both amateur and professional groups have recently become a popular feature of Bon Odori festivals. Visit the schedule for Bon Festivals.

August 6-9
Peace On Your Wings a new musical inspired by the life of Sadako Sasaki, a 12-year old girl who died from leukemia resulting from radiation caused by the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. At Hawaii Theatre, 1130 Bethel St., Honolulu. Call 808-528-0506.

August 7
Color Run Night thousands of runners will light up the night sky in this 5K at Aloha Stadium. 7:30pm-11pm. Visit www.thecolorrun.com/night/oahu/.

August 9
Back in the Day tunes from the Hawaiian music renaissance and recollections of those early years meet contemporary sounds and some of the faces of Hawaii’s musical future. Jeff Peterson shares the stage with Keola Beamer, kumu hula Moanalani Beamer, vocalist and bass virtuoso Nathan Aweau, and hula dancer Kawena Mechler. At Paliku Theatre, Windward Community College, 45-720 Keaahala Rd., Kaneohe. Call 808-955-8821.

August 15
Sunset Mele on the Rooftop screening of Big Hero 6. Free. Guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets, mats and low-seated lawn chairs to enjoy the music and film. Outside food, beverages and coolers will not be allowed. Live music begins at 6:15pm – movie starts at 9pm at Hawaii Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu. Parking is $5. Call 808-943-3025.

August 15
Great Hawaiian Food Truck Festival enjoy food from various vendors along Kalakaua Avenue From Lewers Street to Kealohilani Avenue. A portion of proceeds go to charities. 5pm-10pm. Visit www.millwoodohanaproductions.com.

August 15 & 16
7th Annual Biggest Little Airshow in Hawaii For two days, Ford Island will come alive with remote-control flying, static aircraft and full size aircraft on display, “candy bombings” over historic Ford Island Runway for the keiki, hands-on modeling stations, a Kids Zone with rides and activities, open cockpits, and open access to Hangar 79 to see the museum’s many aircraft exhibits and Restoration Shop. Local performers and award-winning Mainland pilots from the Academy of Model Aeronautics will perform remote-control aviation feats for two days, flying their massive, 1-to-5 scale planes in the skies above the Museum. 10am-4pm at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. Call 808-441-1014.

August 16
33rd Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival Waikiki Style will feature 15 of the top artists in the slack key guitar genre for a 6 hour long concert. Noon-6pm at Kapiolani Park Bandstand. Call 808-226-2697.

August 21-23
Isle 9 Festival brings international people together in the open air with music and art, to celebrate Hawaiian culture and the nature surrounding them. In Kahuku. Visit www.i9festival.com.

August 21-23
21st Annual Made in Hawaii Festival features nearly 400 exhibitors who showcase food products, books, gifts, apparel and jewelry, arts and crafts, produce and many more home-grown products. Admission cost is $5; children six years and younger are free. At Neal S. Blaisdell Center, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu. Call 808-533-1292.

August 22
3rd Annual Waimea Concert Series with Jerry Santos, Brother Noland, Hookena. Tickets at the gate $22 for Adults and $15 for Seniors (60+) and Children. 1pm-3pm at Waimea Valley, 59-864 Kamehameha Hwy, Hale‘iwa. Call 808-638-7766.

August 22
Back in the Day with Henry Kapono & Friends. 6:30pm at the Waikiki Shell, 2805 Monsarrat Ave., Honolulu. Call 877-750-4400.

August 22 & 23
Waikiki Artfest
 features the work of approximately 75-100 fine artists and handcraft artisans who display their own work for sale. At Kapiolani Park 9am-4pm both days. Call 808-696-6717.

August 22-30
Duke’s OceanFest 2015 features a variety of ocean sports that were close to Duke Kahanamoku’s heart: Longboard Surfing, Paddleboard Racing, Swimming, Tandem Surfing, Surf Polo, Beach Volleyball, and more. At Queen’s Surf Beach in Waikiki. Visit www.dukesoceanfest.com.

August 29 & 30
34th Annual Greek Festival includes old favorites including Greek specialties like Spanakopita (Spinach Pie), Gyro Sandwiches, Moussaka, Pastichio, Greek Chicken, Souvlaki (shish-ka-bob), Loukaniko (Greek Sausage) a variety of Greek Salads, Loukoumades (Greek Malasadas), ouzo sorbet, and an amazing assortment of Greek Pastries. Also available will be a Greek Vegan Meal and vegetarian offerings and more. From noon-9pm at McCoy Pavilion, Ala Moana Beach Park. Call 808-521-7220.

 

September 2015

September 5
Japanese Bon Festival Season
 is an important part of the present-day culture and life of Hawaii. Buddhist temples typically celebrate Bon Odori with both religious Obon observances and traditional Bon Odori dancing around a yagura. Many temples also concurrently hold a cultural and food bazaar providing a variety of cuisine and art, also to display features of Japanese culture and Japanese-American history. Performances of taiko by both amateur and professional groups have recently become a popular feature of Bon Odori festivals. Visit the schedule for Bon Festivals.

September 5
Waikiki Rough Water Swim 2.4 mile ocean swim starts at San Souci Beach. 8:30am start. $75 until August 15, 2015, then $85 Includes t-shirt and race cap. Call 808-344-0873.

September 5 & 6
9th Annual Okinawan Festival a celebration of Okinawan culture that features live entertainment, dancing, Okinawan food and games for the children. At Kapiolani Park, 2805 Monsarrat Ave., Honolulu. Sat: 9am-8pm, Sun: 9am-5pm. Call 808-676-5400.

September 9
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival features a roster of over 100 internationally-renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers. Various locations in Waikiki. Visit www.hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com.

September 12-20
Honu by the Sea new musical underwater fantasy by Johnson Enos, a Waikiki beachboy wishes on a sea star and is magically transported to the world under the sea, where he meets Honu, the sea turtle and other creatures. At Hawaii Theatre, 1130 Bethel St., Honolulu. Call 808-528-0506.

September 13
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival Ko Olina features a roster of over 100 internationally-renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers. Visit www.hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com.

September 19
63rd Aloha Festivals 2015 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. 6pm-11pm. Call 808-483-0730.

September 19-Ocober 11
Hawaii’s Woodshow the signature statewide, juried exhibition for showcasing studio furniture and artwork featuring Hawaii-grown wood. Open daily from 10am-5pm. Admission is free at at the Honolulu Museum of Art School at Linekona, 900 S Beretania St., Honolulu. Call 808-778-7036.

September 26
63rd Aloha Festivals Floral Parade colorful equestrian procession of pau (long-skirted) riders, exquisite floats with cascades of Hawaiian flowers, hula halau, marching bands and dignitaries will enliven Kalakaua Avenue. 9am-noon. Call 808-483-0730.

September 27
1st Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival Whole Foods Parking Lot in Kailua from noon-6pm. Call 808-226-2697.

 

October 2015

October 1-Ocober 11
Hawaii’s Woodshow 
the signature statewide, juried exhibition for showcasing studio furniture and artwork featuring Hawaii-grown wood. Open daily from 10am-5pm. Admission is free at at the Honolulu Museum of Art School at Linekona, 900 S Beretania St., Honolulu. Call 808-778-7036.

October 3
13th Annual Chocolate Extravaganza a family fun and elegant event for the chocolate lover in all of us. Enjoy an all you can eat buffet of gourmet homemade and professionally crafted chocolates while browsing the silent auction tables. Tickets will be available $25 pre-sale ($35 at the door). 6:30pm-9pm at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 780 Keolu Dr., Kailua. Visit www.emmanuelkailua.com.

October 3 & 4
41st Annual Honolulu Intertribal Powwow 
for two days, Thomas Square will be transformed into a gathering place for Native Americans who live in Hawaii as well as visitors from the mainland, Alaska and Canada. Free admission. 10am-5pm both days at Thomas Square Park, Honolulu. Call 801-896-4487.

October 4
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.

October 10-22
Island Arts Festival features the work of approximately 75-100 fine artists and handcraft artisans who display their own work for sale. 9am-4pm at Kapiolani Park, Honolulu. Call 808-696-6717.

October 17
Hawaii Xterra Trail Run at Gunstock Ranch, 56-250 Kamehameha Hwy, Laie. 7am-11am. Call 808-372-2689.

October 17
27th Annual Talk Story Festival is Hawaii’s largest storytelling event, featuring tellers from around the islands. 5:30pm-8:30pm at McCoy Pavilion, 1201 Ala Moana Bvd., Honolulu. Call 808-768-3032.

October 17 & 18
Kaneohe Bay Air Show free and open to the public at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, B Street. 9am-6pm. Call 808-254-7679.

October 18
21st Annual Komen Hawaii Race for the Cure a 1-mile walk or 5K walk/run raising money for breast cancer education, screening and treatment in Hawaii. 7am in Kapiolani Park, Honolulu. Call 808-754-6659.

October 18
4th Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival West Side Style features up to 15 artists in the Hawaiian slack key guitar genre for a 5 hr long concert. Noon-5pm. Hoalauna Park, 91-1330 Keaunui Drive, Ewa Beach. Call 808-226-2697.

October 23-31
30 plays in 60 minutes plays range from comedy to tragedy, farce to fantastic, but one thing is constant – everything you see is true and written by the performers. Tickets: $5-$10. University of Hawaii, Earle Ernst Lab Theatre, 2500 Campus Rd., Honolulu. Call 808-956-2601.

October 31
Halloween in Waikiki Put on your best costume, bring your camera and stroll Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki for an exciting evening. Many bars and restaurants hold events and contests.

 

November 2015

November 4
The Magic Flute
is Mozart’s final masterpiece about man’s search for love, wisdom and virtue. Mozart’s music sparkles in this enchanting fairy-tale opera. A 40-minute, kid-friendly abbreviation from HOT’s Opera Express team, with audiences invited to sing along, and young “volunteers” brought onto the stage to help tell the story. 7pm at Hawaii Theatre, 1130 Bethel St., Honolulu. Call 808-528-0506. 

November 13-21
Clowns After Hours clowns of University of Hawaii as they breach subjects that may not be appropriate for children. Be advised! Here, a pie might not be the only thing shoved in your face. Tickets: $5-$10. University of Hawaii, Earle Ernst Lab Theatre, 2500 Campus Rd., Honolulu. Call 808-956-2601.

November 22
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.

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.

 

December 2015

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.