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.
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.
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.
Fights and Delights: Three Chinese Comedies Xiqu (Chinese “opera”) performed in English! Showcasing the vibrancy of traditional Chinese theatre, these delightfully contrasting plays celebrate the “chou” – or comic – character, an irrepressible force of comedy who continually reveals the laughter in life. Filled with convoluted acrobatic contortions, mistaken identities, adorable lovers, and exhilarating battles, this celebration of “the clown”. Fr/Sat at 7:30pm and Sun at 2pm at Kennedy Theatre, 1770 East-West Rd., Honolulu. Tickets $5-$15. Visit manoa.hawaii.edu.
Kamehameha Schools 93rd Annual Hoolaulea a fun filled day of Hawaiian entertainment, student performances, ono food, shopping, Country Store, keiki and teen fun, Silent Auction, cultural demonstrations and neighbor island specialties. 8:30am-4pm at 1887 Makuakane St., Honolulu. Call 808-842-8680.
Kawai Kon 2018 experience interviews & autograph sessions with Japanese & American voice actors and artists, informational panels hosted by community leaders and guests, Japanese animation screenings, access to the convention gaming rooms, Artist Alley, Dealers’ Room, and more. Visit kawaiikon.com.
24th Annual Honolulu Festival is a cultural event, promoting mutual understanding, economic cooperation and ethnic harmony between the people of Hawaii and the Pacific Rim region. Performers from various countries and regions such as Japan, Australia, Tahiti, the Philippines, Taiwan, South Korea, Hawaii and the mainland United States get together and give dance performances and traditional art demonstrations. The Festival culminates with a spectacular parade down Kalakaua Avenue, the main street in Waikiki. Admission to all the events is free. Visit honolulufestival.com.
Arabian Nights—The Porter’s Tale this 700 year old tale is Islam’s ‘pulp fiction’, revealing the anonymous genius of the people of the sands. Music, dance, drama and puppetry tell this story. $20. Mach 10 at 7pm at HPU’s Paul & Vi Loo Theater, 45-045, Kamehameha Hwy, Kane‘ohe. March 17 at 7pm at Mark’s Garage, 1159 Nuuanu Ave, Chinatown. Visit eventbrite.com.
Honolulu Rainbow Ekiden 2018 is a long distance road relay race that uses a sash instead of the more familiar baton in the track and field. The sash represents your team spirit which the runner hand off to the next runner at the end of each leg which makes the event an unique team building fun run event for all ages. In Kapiolani Park, Honolulu. Visit hawaii-event.com.
Spring Footholds Dance Concert biannual dance concert, presented by the UHM Theatre + Dance Department, showcases the culmination of years of study and sweat. It features exemplary undergraduate student choreography as well as graduating MFA students’ thesis works in a variety of dance styles. Performances are 7:30pm Wednesday-Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. At Earle Earnst Lab Theatre at Kennedy Theatre, 1770 East-West Rd., Honolulu.Tickets $8-18. Call 808-956-7677.
2nd Annual Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali’i will feature your favorite Hawaiian Steel Guitar masters. A free event. At Ka Makana Ali’i, 1-1024 Kuipuakukui St., Kapolei. 5pm-9pm. Call 808-375-9379.
Loko Ea Fishpond 1st Annual 8K Run & Walk sweeping views across Waialua Bay to Mount Kaala, participants will access an old WWII runway and areas used in many movies and TV shows. Prizes will be awarded to top men/women/student groups with all on-time entries guaranteed a T-shirt and finishers medal. We have 2-courses available: the 8K (4.97-miles) is a flat course, has no hills and a beautiful beach route. The easy 1-Mile Fun Walk will remain in the park grounds. Run/Walk Cost is $30, $35 or $40 at different levels for Active Duty/Reserve/Retired Military, Kupuna, Keiki, Student and Individual. To participate in the Run/Walk event you must be registered. All other park events are free. Hale‘iwa Beach Park. Prince Kuhio Celebration follows the race. Call 808-478-7667.
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.
March 23 & 24
Films From Waimea Ocean Film Festival offering guests heart-pounding adventure, giant surf, marine life, international expeditions and ocean action, all while garnering greater insight and understanding into the ocean environment and island culture. At Hawaii Theatre Center, 1130 Bethel St., Honolulu. Call 808-854-6095.
Noodle Fest Hawaii a lineup of culinary talent, including a dozen different restaurent booths, will showcase noodle dishes from Japan, China, Korea, Thailand, Italy and other countries around the world. Attendees will have the opportunity to take a stroll through “Ramen Walk”, featuring various local ramen restaurants. Other features include a celebrity chef cooking demonstration, spicy noodle challenge, udon speed eating contests and live music from local artists. 3pm-9pm at Ward Village, Auahi Street (fronting Ward Centre), Honolulu. Visit noodlefesthawaii.com.
Easter Egg Hunt & Bruch at Waimea Valley a scrumptious Easter feast prepared by Ke Nui Kitchen is $52.95 (including $5 gratuity and no sales tax) for adults and $26.50 for children (4-12 years old). Each purchase of brunch includes free admission into the Valley and participation in egg hunt. First seating is at 9am with 10:30am egg hunt second seating is at 11:30am with 12:30pm egg hunt. Visit waimeavalley.net.
2nd Annual Hauula Hoolaulea & 5k Family Fun Run to be held at the Asia Pacific International School in Hau‘ula. It’s a hometown celebration with entertainment, hula performance, onolicious food, keiki activities, Tutu Flea Market, craft vendors, community information booths, cheerleading clinic and fun activities for the whole family. Free admission. 10am-4pm. Run begins at 9am cost is $5-$20. Cheerleading Clinic is $10. At 54-230 Kamehameha Hwy, Hau’ula. Visit hauulacommunityassociation.com.
7th Annual Hapalua Half Marathon 13-mile course travels from Waikiki to downtown Honolulu and back, loops around Diamond Head and ends at Kapiolani Park. The start of the Hapalua is by The Duke Kahanamoku statue in Waikiki. Visit thehapalua.com.
Nora legendary filmmaker Ingmar Bergman took Henrik Ibsen’s masterpiece, “A Doll’s House,” and stripped it to the bare essentials. With only the central characters depicted, the psychological drama is intensified and exposes the heart of Ibsen’s controversial play without mercy or apology. Pre-show chats at 6:45pm on April 14 & 21. Fri/Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2pm. Tickets $15-$25. At Kennedy Theatre, 1770 East-West Rd., Honolulu. Visit manoa.hawaii.edu.
April 20 & 21
Iolani Fair 2018 a weekend of fun for the whole family at Iolani School’s Fair, themed “Dino Days.” There’s something for everyone–games, rides, crafts, keiki activities, live entertainment by some of Hawaii’s top local artists and, of course, food. At Iolani School, 563 Kamoku St., Honolulu. Free admission to fair. Call 808-942-2339.
91st Annual Lei Day entertainment throughout the day at Kapiolani Park from 9am-5:30pm. Call 808-768-3041.
Sheer Madness a comedy who-dun-it by Paul Pörtner. When the landlady who lives above a unisex hair salon is murdered, the audience gets involved in solving the crime by openly questioning the strange array of characters and attempting to solve the crime. Thurs at 7:30pm, Fri/Sat at 8pm, Sun at 4pm. Tickets $22/$35/$40. At Manoa Valley Theatre, 2833 East Manoa Rd., Honolulu. Visit manoavalleytheatre.com.
3rd Annual Parade of Farms: ‘Nalo Style A free open house of activities will be hosted at the University of Hawaii’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) Waimanalo Research Station and will include informational booths about local farming and agricultural industry initiatives. Eventgoers can also choose to take short tours of farming activities located in and around the station as well as participate in guided tours of local Waimanalo farms. 9am-3pm at 41-698 Ahiki St., Waimanalo. Visit parade-of-farms.org.
May 5 & 6
Hawaii Book & Music Festival popular family event featuring multiple stages and pavilions with readings by and discussions with local, national and internationally known authors; performances by musicians, storytellers, actors and dancers; and ongoing entertainment for the kids. There also are book-sellers and publisher booths, the Bank of Hawaii Book Swap, and an open-air food court. Frank F. Fasi Civic Grounds, 650 S King St., Honolulu. Call 808-234-0404.
June 2 & 3
Biggest Little Airshow in Hawaii see some of the nation’s best remote control aircraft pilots perform aerial stunts and dog fights with giant scale warbirds, jets, and helicopters. There’s also a candy drop, activity zone and ‘snow field’ for the kids; aircraft displays; prize drawings; and hangar tours. At Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, 319 Lexington Blvd., Ford Island, Honolulu. Call 808-441-1013.
Hawaiian Steel Festival at Windward Mall Hawaii’s top steel guitar masters, as well as Ke Kula Mele’s Next Generation steel guitar students. Free to the public. At 46-056 Kamehameha Hwy, Kane‘ohe. Visit hawaiiansteelguitarfestival.com.
2nd Annual World Ocean’s Day free festivities will coincide with global World Oceans Day Celebrations and include education and sustainability activities, live entertainment, food for purchase and a sunset movie on the lawn at Ko Olina Resort, 92-100 Waipahe Pl., Ko Olina. Call 808-725-5956.
June 29 & 30
Mango Jam Honolulu live entertainment with local celebrity musicians, cultural performances and more. Craft booths and demonstrations. Food booths with mango-inspired dishes and beverages. Beer garden with mango-inspired drinks.Farmers’ market with fresh mangos and other produce. Free to the public. Frank F. Fasi Civic Center at Honolulu Hale, 530 South King St., Honolulu. Visit mangojamhonolulu.com.