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 2
Twilight Summer Concert Series
featuring Hawaii Wind Ensemble at Foster Botanical Garden from 4:30pm-7pm. Free. Call 808-522-7066.

July 3-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.

July 4
Independence Day Fireworks Show from Ala Moana Beach Park. 8:30pm. Free and open to the public. The biggest fireworks show on the island, organizers estimate that up to 50,000 people may attend this event at Ala Moana Beach Park.

July 4
Turtle Bay Resort July 4th Celebration food booths, prize giveaways and live music are all included in this family-friendly event that’s open to the public on O‘ahu’s north shore. Entertainment starts at 3:30pm – fireworks at 8:30pm. Call 808-293-6000. 

July 4
Kailua 4th of July Fireworks start at 8pm. Best seen from beach. Call 808-478-5230.

July 4
Celebrate Independence Day aboard the Star of Honolulu with food and live entertainment. Passengers aboard the Dolphin Star will enjoy a casual evening with champagne and views of the fireworks show. 6:15pm-9:15pm. Star Sunset Dinner, Show & Fireworks Cruise is $148 for adults and $104 for children. Call 808-983-7827.

July 4
XTERRA Freedom Fest an annual racing event in the scenic Kaaawa Valley. All events are held on the Kualoa Ranch property at the “Surf Gate” which is one mile past the main entrance. Includes include 20K & 40K mountain bike, off-road triathlon, 5K and 10K trail runs, 1K ocean swim, and kid’s races. 6am. Visit www.xterrafreedomfest.com.

July 5
1st Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival Windward Style features up to 15 artists in the slack key guitar genre for a 6 hour long concert. Also features island crafters, food vendors, a guitar and ukulele exhibit, festival merchandise, free giveaways and at the end of the day a brand new Taylor Guitar to some lucky festival attendee. Festival is free to the public. Noon-6pm in Kailua. Call 808-226-2697.

July 7
Ho‘olaule‘a Hana Hou fundraiser featuring food, bar, entertainment and a silent auction in support of local playwrights. Ferguson’s Pub 729 Bishop St., Honolulu. $35. 5:30pm-8:30pm. Call 808-536-4441.

July 9
Twilight Summer Concert Series
 featuring the music of the Celtic Pipes and Drums of Hawaii at Foster Botanical Garden from 4:30pm-7pm. Free. Call 808-522-7066.

July 10-19
Sesame Street Live! Elmo, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, Big Bird and all your little one’s favorite Sesame Street characters will be at the Blaisdell Center. Tickets $12-$40. Visit www.sesamestreetlive.com.

July 11 & 12
53rd Annual Hawai‘i State Farm Fair at Kualoa Ranch in Ka‘awa. Families will enjoy numerous educational exhibits, locally grown produce, rides for kids and local food. The fair also boasts one of the largest and most diverse plant sales on O‘ahu. Saturday 9am-8pm, Sunday 9am-5pm. The event is free for children and students with a valid student ID and just $5 for the general public. Free parking is available. Visit www.hawaiistatefarmfair.org.

July 12
25th Annual Hawaii All-Collectors Show is Hawaii’s largest annual collectibles and antiques show and sale. The show features 160 booths and the biggest selection of vintage and antique Hawaiiana under one roof. 10:30am-5:30pm. Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu. Call 808-941-9754.

July 16
Twilight Summer Concert Series
 featuring the music of the Air Force Hana Hou Band at Foster Botanical Garden from 4:30pm-7pm. Free. Call 808-522-7066.

July 18 & 19
38th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival the largest non-competitive hula event in Hawaii, the festival is held each year. Opening the 2015 festival will be an impressive line-up of premier halau hula (hula groups) who will perform both kahiko (ancient) and auana (contemporary) hula. Dancers will perform on one of the few remaining pa hula (hula mounds) in Hawaii. Saturday 9am-4pm, Sunday 10am-2pm. Free event – donation suggested. At Moanalua Gardens, 1352 Pineapple Place, Honolulu. Call 808-497-4084.

July 18 & 19
17th Annual Haleiwa Arts Festival music, art, dancing, cultural tours and demos. 10am-5pm in Hale‘iwa Town. Call 808-637-2277.

July 19
45th Annual ‘Ukulele Festival performers from Hawaii and around the world. Food booths and a give-away. Free parking and shuttle service at Kapiolani Community College. At Kapiolani Park Bandstand2805 Monsarrat Avenue, Honolulu. 10:30am-5pm. Call 808-732-3739.

July 23
Twilight Summer Concert Series
 featuring the music of Sam & the Sumo Ninjaz at Foster Botanical Garden from 4:30pm-7pm. Free. Call 808-522-7066.

July 24-26
Comic Con Honolulu celebration of comics, costumes, fantasy, sci-fi, and all things nerdom. Comic Con Honolulu is organized by the runners of Kawaii Kon, a 10,000+ person anime convention. At Hawaii Convention Center. $55 for a 3 day membership at the door of event. Visit www.comicconhonolulu.com.

July 25
Dragon Boat Festival is a unique annual local, national and international dragon boat competition attracting hundreds of novice, amateur and professional sport paddler teams from all around the world. Starts at noon at Ala Moana Beach Park. Free to spectators. Call 808-593-9776.

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 & 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

 

October 2015

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 & 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 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.