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.

 

November 2017

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 2-Decenber 3
Wild Birds a historical drama set in 1839. Tells the story of intense cultural clashes, the effects of western education on the indigenous monarchy, and the ultimate disillusionment of a teacher. Thurs/Fri/Sat at 8pm Sunday at 2pm. Tickets from $5-$25. At Kumu Kahua Theatre, 46 Merchant St., Honolulu. Visit kumukahua.org.

November 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 10
Nani Na Pua – Opera On The Early Life Of Queen Liliuokalani Featuring historical inforamation about her birth and family including her famous musical siblings, her education at the Chief’s Children’s School, her travels throughout the Hawaiian islands and her trip to Queen Victoria’s of England Jubilee. Two shows: 5pm and 7pm. Free or $10 reserved premium seating. At Kawaiahao Church, 957 Punchbowl St., Honolulu. Call 808-521-2982.

November 11
Wahiawa Lion’s Club Veterans Day Parade starts at 10am at Kaala Elementary School with participants walking through and disbursing on North Cane Street. Ceremony will follow at the Wahiawa Town Center. Call 808-522-5149.

November 11
Glenn Miller Orchestra 
performs music from the extensive Glenn Miller Orchestra libraries, including such hits as Chattanooga Choo-Choo, In the Mood, Someone to Watch Over Me and the famous Moonlight Serenade, the Glenn Miller Orchestra’s theme song. At the Blaisdell Concert Hall at 2pm. Tickets are $69, $89, and $99. Call 808-380-7724.

November 11
Concert for Peace a seamless experience of original and traditional songs, poetry, & movement. The suggested donation for tickets is $25. The concert begins at 8 pm. There is an artists reception at 6:15pm and art donation drawing at 7:15pm. Doors open at 7:30pm. Cathedral of St. Andrew, 229 Queen Emma Square, 1020 S. Beretania St., Honolulu. Call 808-946-8742.

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 18
Waimea Valley’s 6th Annual Makahiki Festival and Ke Alohi Hula Competition women and men competing for a single hula kahiko (ancient hula) title. There will also be live music, local vendors, cultural activities, traditional Hawaiian games, demonstrations, and more. At Waimea Valley, 59-864 Kamehameha Highway, Waimea. Call 808-638-7766.

November 19
2017 Hawaii Open professional tennis tournament and features a 32-player singles main draw, an 8-player qualifying draw, and a 16-team doubles draw. Enjoy world class WTA tennis, vendor booths, food, beverages, and more. Prices range from $5 to $65 per ticket. At Patsy T. Mink Central Oahu Regional Park, 94-801 Kamehameha Hwy, Waipahu. Call 808-304-9047.

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.

November 24
Waikiki Holiday Parade Local Hawaiian bands, marching bands from the mainland, military units, local officials and dignitaries march down torch-lit Kalakaua Avenue along Waikiki Beach. The 2017 parade will feature more than 30 bands from the mainland. Parade starts at 7pm. Call 763-238-8745.

 

December 2017

December 1-3
Wild Birds a historical drama set in 1839. Tells the story of intense cultural clashes, the effects of western education on the indigenous monarchy, and the ultimate disillusionment of a teacher. Fri/Sat at 8pm Sunday at 2pm. Tickets from $5-$25. At Kumu Kahua Theatre, 46 Merchant St., Honolulu. Visit kumukahua.org.

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 8-10 
Kuana’s Winter Wonderland known primarily for his original acoustic compositions, Kahele is a skilled arranger of traditional Hawaiian music as well, performing and recording with instruments such as ukulele, guitar, ipu, and bass. In 1995 Kahele co-founded Nā Palapalai, a Hawaiian music group that has released seven albums. Tickets: $35-$75. Dec 8 & 9 at 7:30pm and Dec 10 at 2pm at Hawaii Theatre,1130 Bethel St., Honolulu. Call 808-528-0506. 

December 9
Kalakaua Merrie Mile a one mile event the day before the marathon. The course is on Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. 7am start. Ends with a post race party on Queen’s Beach with live music. Visit honolulumarathon.org.

December 9
Holiday Pops Featuring Amy Hanaialii with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra (HSO) at its annual Holiday Pops concert, part of its music that POPS series, featuring Grammy-nominated vocalist Amy Hanaialii at 7:30 pm at Blaisdell Concert Hall, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu. Call 808-380-7724.

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 15 & 16
Hawaii Sevens Pacific Cup teams include Olympic medal winners gold medalists from Fiji, USA National Players, and Super Rugby players from around the world. At Kapiolani Park, food & beverage will be available for purchase, and bring a blanket to sit on or pull up to some grass. 8am start. Call 808-561-7229.

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.

December 23
Waimea Valley’s Christmas Brunch & ‘Aha Mele Concert celebrate Christmas with your ‘ohana at Waimea Valley. Family style brunch at 10am in the Pikake Pavilion. Reservations are highly recommended. Brunch adult is $49.95 and keiki 4-12 years old $24.95 (tax and gratuity included). Call 808-638-7766.

December 24
16th Annual Hawaii Bowl will pit a team from the American Athletic Conference against a team from the Mountain West. 3:30pm at Aloha Stadium, 99-500 Salt Lake Rd., Aiea. Call 808-523-3688.

 

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.

 

February 2018

February 3
Liliuokalani Festival – Food, Culture & Art in Historic Haleiwa Town a fun filled family day. Indulge in ONO foods, buy locally made arts and crafts, watch traditional cultural demonstrations, play fun keiki games, learn about Native Hawaiian organizations, and relax with awesome local entertainment. At Liliuokalani Protestant Church, 66-090 Kamehameha Hwy, Hale‘iwa. Call 808-637-9364.

February 10 & 11
Vietnamese-American Lunar New Year Festival at Kapiolani Park in Honolulu from 9am-4pm. Enjoy a fun filled family day with cultural food, crafts, musical entertainment, games and inflatable play area for the kids. Call 808-221-3159.

February 16-25
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.

February 19
The Great Aloha Run an 8.15-mile foot race, begins at Aloha Tower and finishes in the Aloha Stadium. There are divisions for elites, age groups, wheelchair and hand-cycle competitors, Sounds of Freedom (military running in formation) and those who just want to walk the course with friends and socialize. Visit greataloharun.com.

 

March 2018

March 2-4
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.

March 14-18
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.

March 18
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.