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.

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.

 

April 2016

April 9-May 7
HTY Presents H2O The Story of Water & Hawaii
this age appropriate musical explores the cultural, historical, environmental and physical properties of water through song, humor and interactive story telling. At Tenney Theatre, Corner of Beretania St. & Alakea St., Honolulu. For dates and times visit website www.htyweb.org/plays/h20-story-water-and-hawaii or call 808-839-9885.

April 30
3rd Annual Ko Olina Children’s Film & Music Festival family-friendly movies from Disney, Pixar and the Hawaii International Film Festival, live stage performances, video and music recording studios and a feature film on the beach at sunset. 1pm-8pm At Kohala Lagoon 1 in Ko Olina, Adults $25, children (4-12) $10, children 3 and under are free. Visit koolinachildrensfestival.com.

April 30
Hawaii Book & Music Festival 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, including the return of Mr. Steve, national host of PBS Kids. 10am-5pm at Frank F. Fasi Civic Center, Honolulu Hale, 530 South King St., Honolulu. Visit www.HawaiiBookandMusicFestival.com.

 

May 2016

May 1
Hawaii Book & Music Festival continues 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, including the return of Mr. Steve, national host of PBS Kids. 10am-5pm at Frank F. Fasi Civic Center, Honolulu Hale, 530 South King St., Honolulu. Visit www.HawaiiBookandMusicFestival.com.

May 1
May Day Concert celebration of Lei Day May Day Waimea Valley will host a special concert honoring Hawaiian slack key guitarist and singer Gabby “Pops” Pahinui and his wife Emily Pahinui. The lineup of artists performing throughout the afternoon embody Pops Pahinui’s legacy during the Hawaiian Renaissance and its evolution throughout the years. Entry tickets are required. Morning festivities that include a community lei contest and performances from local halaus. 1pm-5pm. Visit www.waimeavalley.net/puukua.

May 1
Returning Pu’ukua to Waimea Valley will preserve and protect this special place for generations to come. Pu’ukua is a 3.75 acre kuleana parcel at the entrance to Waimea Valley. It is the last privately-owned land in the Valley and is currently listed for sale. At the Proud Peacock Restaurant in Waimea Valley at 5pm. $60 in advance and $75 at the door – tickets limited. Live music by local artists. Visit www.waimeavalley.net/puukua.

May 1
89th Annual Lei Day Celebration
one day of the year is set aside to celebrate the lei and the skill and artistry of Hawaii’s lei makers. 9am-5:30pm at Kapiolani Park & Bandstand, 2806 Monsarrat Ave., Honolulu. Call 808-768-3041.

May 7
HTY Presents H2O The Story of Water & Hawaii 
this age appropriate musical explores the cultural, historical, environmental and physical properties of water through song, humor and interactive story telling. At Tenney Theatre, Corner of Beretania St. & Alakea St., Honolulu. For dates and times visit website www.htyweb.org/plays/h20-story-water-and-hawaii or call 808-839-9885.

May 8
Mother’s Day Brunch at Waimea Valley with a prime rib buffet. There will be two seatings one at 10am and the other at 12:30pm. Adults/$39.95 and children 4-12 years old $15.95. Admission to the Valley is included with each paid brunch. Aunty Candy Pollock’s Hula Halau Na o Ka Hula Mai Ka Pu’uwai will perform throughout the brunch. Reservations are required. Call 808-638-5864.

May 8
Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch Cruise enjoy live Hawaiian entertainment and cultural activities, including lei making and hula lessons, as well as breathtaking views of the Waikiki coastline. The cruise features a delicious Taste of Hawaii brunch buffet of local favorites. The Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch cruise is $69 per adult and $42 per child (ages 3-11). The two-and-a-half hour cruise departs from Aloha Tower Marketplace, Pier 8. Noon-2:30pm. Call 808-983-7827.

May 14
Na Mele Aloha – Aloha Alii a concert laden with stories and lore from 5:30pm-8pm. $30 in advance or $35 at door. Mission cafe is open for the concerts. At Hawaiian Mission Museum, 553 S King St., Honolulu. Call 808-447-3910.

May 14
24th Annual Filipino Fiesta & Parade starting (at 9am) from Fort de Russy, walking along Kalakaua Avenue and ends at Kapiolani Park. The parade will feature Miss Filipina Hawaii and her court, marching bands, artistically decorated floats, and marching groups. After the parade, a Fiesta will be held at Kapiolani Park grounds from 10am-5pm. Free event. Call 808-680-0451.

May 14
Daikon Festival 2016 a harvest festival. Experience cultural food, cooking demonstration, live entertainment, and Hawaii-made crafts. At Honbushin International Center, 95-030 Waihonu St., Mililani. 10am-3pm. Visit www.honbushin.us.

 

June 2016

June 4
16th Annual Habilitat’s Luau, Auction & Benefit Concert an eight course Hawaiian meal includes kalua pig (imu smoked), chicken long rice, beef stew, squid luau, lomi salmon, rice, poi & haupia. Live entertainment and nearly 1,000 items are up for bid in live and silent auction. Face painting, inflatable bouncers, balloon animals and more for the keiki to enjoy. 10am-4pm at Kualoa Ranch, 49-560 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe. Visit www.habilitat.com/habilitats-luau-auction.

June 4
5th Annual North Shore Ocean Fest family festival focused on ocean education with family games, food and entertainment. Free event. The day will feature family games, food, entertainment and ocean education booths. For sale will be Ocean Fest T-shirts featuring designs by local celebrity artist Lauren Roth. All proceeds benefit the North Shore Ocean Education Coalition. 11am-4pm at Turtle Bay Resort. Visit www.turtlebayresort.com/content/north-shore-ocean-fest.

June 4 & 5
Biggest Little Airshow in Hawaii each year, thousands of visitors drive onto Ford Island to experience remote control 1/5th scale warbirds, jets, and helicopters performing aerial stunts; candy bombings for the kids; aircraft displays; a kids’ activity zone; prize drawings; and hangar tours. In addition to these activities, this year’s event will also commemorate the Battle of Midway. 10am-4pm. Pacific Aviation Museum, 319 Lexington Blvd, Honolulu. Call 808-441-1013.

June 10-12
Pan-Pacific Festival a celebration of cultural traditions of Hawaii and the Pacific Rim. Enjoy performing arts showcases; a hoolaulea (block party) with live entertainment, food booths and crafts; a hula festival and a parade finale. Visit www.pan-pacific-festival.com.

June 17-25
Cemetery Pupu Theatre’s Muses of Hawaii 
enjoy this popular history theatre experience at Oahu Cemetery where the past comes alive for the evening. Meet the people from days gone by who shaped today’s Hawaii. Fridays and Saturdays at 6pm. $50 per person includes pupu and 2 drink tickets. At Hawaiian Mission Houses, 553 S King St., Honolulu. Call 808-447-3910. 

 

July 2016

July 4
Fireworks at Ala Moana Beach Park fireworks displays launch from three platforms show starting at 8:30 pm at Ala Moana Beach Park. This show is free and open to the public.

July 4
Independence Day at Turtle Bay Resort to feature some of Hawaii’s finest artists in the slack key guitar genre in a 6 hour long concert at the Turtle Bay Resort in celebration of Independence Day. All day on the west lawn. The celebration includes fireworks, food, prime fireworks viewing areas by the pool and a live musical line-up. Visit www.turtlebayresort.com/content/july-4th-celebration.

July 4
Dinner Cruise on Star of Honolulu has three selections to choose from; all include a delicious dinner and live entertainment. Enjoy both the beautiful sunset and ocean view of fireworks, plus Honolulu city lights. Prices start at $148 per person. They also have a cocktail cruise for $62 per person. They tend to sell out so reserve early. Call 808-983-7827.

July 16 & 17
39th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival the largest non-competitive hula event in Hawaii the festival is held at spectacular Moanalua Gardens each year to honor Prince Lot Kapuaiwa who reprised the once forbidden hula in the district of Moanalua. The public is welcomed and encouraged to bring beach chairs and mats and enjoy the fun, food, and festivities. Local food and refreshments will be available to purchase. 9am-4pm Saturday and 10am-3pm Sunday. At 1352 Pineapple Pl., Honolulu. Call 808-497-4084.

July 17
46th Annual ‘Ukulele Festival more than 10,000 people including masterful musicians at the world’s first and one of the largest ‘ukulele festivals. Featuring a star-studded line-up of musicians from around the world along with the Roy Sakuma 700-piece ‘Ukulele Band composed of children and adults. Other festival offerings include free, ‘ukulele lessons, ‘ukulele displays and giveaways by ‘ukulele manufacturers, food booths, and ‘Ukulele Festival souvenir t-shirts available for sale. Free event. Visit www.ukulelefestivalhawaii.org.

July 17
Hawaii All-Collectors Show is Hawaii’s largest annual all collectibles and antiques show and sale. The show features 180 booths and the biggest selection of vintage and antique Hawaiiana under one roof. 10:30am-5:30pm at Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu. Call 808-941-9754.

 

August 2016

August 12-27
Two Gentlemen of Verona 
saucy servants, hidden identities, and the peccadillos and allurements of love are all part of this rollicking, early Shakespeare comedy. Enjoy an early dinner at MISSION. Doors open at 6:30pm. Performance at 7pm. $25 per person. $20 for students and seniors 65+. At Hawaiian Mission Houses, 553 S King St., Honolulu. Call 808-447-3910.

August 14
Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival Waikiki Style will feature some of Hawaii’s top performers in the slack key guitar genre for a minimum of 5-6 straight hours. Food and refreshments will be available throughout the day. Noon-5pm at Waikiki Beach Walk. Call 808-226-2697.

August 19-21
22nd Annual Made in Hawaii Festival nearly 400 exhibitors features food products, books, gifts, apparel and jewelry, arts and crafts, produce and many more home-grown products. Live entertainment. Admission is $5; children six and under free. 9am-9pm. At Neal S. Blaisdell Center, 888 Ward Ave., Honolulu. Visit www.MadeInHawaiiFestival.com.