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.

Every Other Thursday Evening through August 1, 2016
Waikiki Aquarium’s Annual Summer Concert Series offers visitors and residents an evening of live entertainment and food under the stars. Doors open at 5:30pm, and the concerts begin at 7pm Guests are encouraged to explore the Aquarium galleries that remain open throughout the evening and bring blankets/chairs to sit on the beach-front lawn. Call 808-923-9741.

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.

 

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 27
4th Annual Summer Concert Series: Mele Kulaiwi Songs of our Native Land Waimea Valley’s annual summer concert is back with a fantastic line-up, which includes: Nathan Awaeau, Kapena, Lim Ohana, Sean Na’auao, Brother Noland and more. The concert will be held on the Main Pavilion Lawnfrom 3pm-7pm. Concert series tickets start at $30 for adults and $20 for seniors/keiki. Visit www.waimeavalley.net.

August 27 & 28
35th Annual Greek Festival including authentic Greek food, pastries, live music, dancing, cutlural presentations, imported wines, beer, ouzo, jewelry, deli items, t-shirts, greek marketplace. Noon-9pm at McCoy Pavilion, 1201 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu. Visit www.greekfestivalhawaii.com.

 

September 2016

September 2
Sunset on the Beach – Humpback Whales Return Early to Hawaii this event provides an opportunity for people to learn about Hawaii’s humpback whales and endangered monk seals. Hula will be preformed by Halau Mohala ‘Ilima, an animation exhibit “Light Animal Magic: Homes for Whales by the Sea”, a feature film “Humpback Whales” and other film shorts will be shown starting at 5:30pm-10pm at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Lagoons in Waikiki. Bring your own mat or blanket to sit on. Food and drinks may not be brought in from any outside sources. Visit whalesatsunset.eventbrite.com.

September 3 & 4
2016 Aloha Festivals Royal Court members receive the royal cloak, helmet, head feather lei and other symbols of their reign. Traditional chant and hula kahiko (ancient hula) highlight the event at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki at 2pm. Visit www.alohafestivals.com.

September 3
Okinawan Festival 2016 this festival celebrates Okinawan culture with food, entertainment, arts, crafts, and cultural activities at Kapiolani Park. On Saturday evening, all are welcome to participate in Hawaii’s largest Japanese/Okinawan Obon dance. Visit www.okinawanfestival.com.

September 4
Tahiti Mana Presents Heiva I Waikiki 2016 experience the exciting and vibrant culture of Tahiti as the best solo and group dancers from the Hawaiian islands and abroad come together at the Hawaii Theatre Center to compete for championship titles. Watch the award winning dance troupe, Tahiti Mana, as they bring to life an ancient Tahitian legend, the Legend of Honoura. Shop from Tahitian Crafters and Artisans. 10:30am-3pm. Tickets $17 and $22 at Hawaii Theatre, 1130 Bethel, Honolulu. Call 808-528-0506.

September 4
Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival – Kailua Block Party 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-6pm on Hekili Street in Kailua. Call 808-226-2697.

September 5
47th Annual Rough Water Swim is one of the most iconic and longest running open water swims in the world. Held annually on Labor Day the 2.384 mile race starts at San Souci Beach next to the War Memorial Natatorium and finishes at Duke Kahanamoku Beach. 8:30am start. Visit waikikiroughwaterswim.com.

September 10
Kalo & Awa Festival with local farmers, tastings, workshops, demonstrations, live music and more. Event is free and open to the public. Starts at 8am at Pikake Pavilion and Main Lawn, Waimea Valley in Hale‘iwa. Call 808-638-7766.

September 10
Aloha Festivals – Keiki Ho‘olaulea a variety of activities, demonstrations and continuous stage performances by participating keiki (children’s) musical groups and hula halau (schools). The 2016 Aloha Festivals Royal Court will make a special appearance. 10am-3pm at Pearlridge Center Uptown, 98-1005 Moanalua Rd., Aiea. Visit www.alohafestivals.com.

September 15-18
Hula Girl Festival is a free event for all ages and open to the public. Featuring hundreds of hula dancers and musicians performing at various stages including the Waikiki Beach Walk. All the performances are free and open to the public. Visit www.hulagirlfestivalhawaii.com.

September 17
Aloha Festivals Waikiki Ho‘olaulea is Hawaii’s largest block party. Thousands of people will take to the streets for food, fun and entertainment. Top Island entertainers will perform along with hula halau while Hawaiian crafts and floral lei will be on display and available for purchase. Along Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki from 7pm-10pm. Visit www.alohafestivals.com.

September 17-October 17
24th Annual Hawaii’s Woodshow was created to promote an appreciation for the remarkable variety of Hawaii-grown woods, attracts talented woodworkers throughout the state and abroad who submit entries showcasing the versatility and beauty of Hawaii woods across design mediums including furniture, woodturning, sculpture and musical instruments. At the Honolulu Museum of Art Gallery School at Linekona,1111 Victoria St., Honolulu from 10am-5pm daily. Free admission. Call 808-221-5171.

September 24
Aloha Festivals Floral Parade a 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 in Waikiki. 9am start. Visit www.alohafestivals.com.

September 24
VegFest Oahu is a free, family-friendly event celebrating plant-based, sustainable living. Taste delicious vegan food from local restaurants. Join lectures and a learning Kitchen with plant-based cooking demos by experienced chefs. Enjoy music on the main stage. Shop green and vegan-friendly products. 1pm-6:30pm at 530 S. King Street, Honolulu. Visit vegfestoahu.com.

 

October 2016

October 1
11th Annual Duke’s Ukes Contest contestants of all ages will compete in two divisions: ‘ukulele instrumental and ‘ukulele and vocals. Each division will feature two age categories. Winners in each ‘ukulele division will be presented with a new Kamaka ‘Ukulele. 10am-1pm. Admission is free for spectators at Duke’s Waikiki, 2335 Kalakaua Ave. Call 808-922-2268.

October 1 & 2
Native American Intertribal Powwow 
event with singing, dancing, drumming, Native American arts & craft vendors, native fry bread, educational and children’s craft booth at Magic Island. At Magic Island Ala Moana Beach Park from 10am-5pm. Bring lawn chairs, blankets etc. for seating. Visit www.honoluluintertribalpowwow.com.

October 1-17
24th Annual Hawaii’s Woodshow was created to promote an appreciation for the remarkable variety of Hawaii-grown woods, attracts talented woodworkers throughout the state and abroad who submit entries showcasing the versatility and beauty of Hawaii woods across design mediums including furniture, woodturning, sculpture and musical instruments. At the Honolulu Museum of Art Gallery School at Linekona,1111 Victoria St., Honolulu from 10am-5pm daily. Free admission. Call 808-221-5171.

October 2
Fall Wiki Wiki One Day Vintage Collectibles & Hawaiiana Show is an all vintage (20 yrs & older) collectibles & antiques show and sale. Ninety three tables with over 70 vendors from Oahu, Outer Islands, & Mainland U.S. Hawaii’s only strictly vintage show. 10:30am-4:30pm at Blaisdell Hawaii Suites, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu. Call 808-941-9754.

October 8 
10K World Peace & Unity Run/Walk 2016 6am start at starting at Ala Moana Beach (Magic Island). Visit www.spocua.com.

October 23
5th Annual Slack Key Guitar Festival Westside Style festivities will include food, great music, freebies throughout the day and a brand new Taylor Guitar to be given away to some lucky winner at the end of the day. Free event. Noon-5pm at Hoalauna Park in Ewa Beach. Call 808-226-2697.

October 26-30
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival various culinary events happening around O’ahu. From lu‘au to cook-offs to Ramen battles. For a complete schedule visit hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com.

October 31
Halloween on Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki every year restaurants and bars provide drinks specials and everyone is decked out in their best costumes. Come and take photo and join in the fun.

 

November 2016

November 5, 12, & 19
Honolulu Theatre for Youth Presents “Blue” meet Inky Blue and Pale Blue. Happy in their blue world. This is a simple story of what happens one day when color comes into their lives. Filled with fun, humor and whimsy, the show introduces the idea of tolerance and understanding. Two shows each day at 9:30am and 11:30am. At Tenney Theatre at the Cathedral of St. Andrew, Corner of Beretania St. and Alakea St, Honolulu. Visit www.htyweb.org.

November 20
Ka Iwi Coastline Run & Walk s
tarting at sunrise on Sandy’s Beach and ending at Hui Nalu Canoe Club on Maunalua Bay (4.0 miles). All participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt and a handmade glass fishing float. 6:30am-8:30am. Visit www.kaiwicoastrun.com.

November 20
Wiki Wiki One Day Holiday Vintage Collectibles & Hawaiiana Show is an all vintage (20 yrs & older) collectibles & antiques show and sale. Ninety three tables with over 70 vendors from Oahu, Outer Islands, & Mainland U.S. Hawaii’s only strictly vintage show. 10:30am-4:30pm at Blaisdell Hawaii Suites, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu. Call 808-941-9754.

November 20
Leeward Coast Guitars an afternoon of guitar ensembles, duets and solos of works by Mozart, Machado, Handel, Dowland and others. Seating is limited. 4pm-5:30pm at Leeward Theatre Alternate Space, 96-045 Ala ‘Ike, Pearl City. Call 808-455-0380.

November 26
Holiday Craft Fair at Hawaiian Mission Houses get your one-of-a-kind, Island handmade crafts. Free admission. 8:30am-3pm at 553 S King St., Honolulu. Call 808-447-3910.

 

December 2016

December 1-11
75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor
memorials, concerts, parties, speakers are part of the multi-day celebration. Many events are free. For full schedule of events visit pearlharbor75thanniversary.com.

December 3
32nd Annual Honolulu City Lights Parade opening night festivities kick off the holiday season with the official tree lighting ceremony on the lawn fronting of Honolulu Hale. 4pm food booths and keiki rides open. 6pm Mayor’s tree lighting ceremony begins on steps of Honolulu Hale. The Electric Light Parade leaves Aala Park and proceeds down King Street to Honolulu Hale. At 6:30pm the 50-foot Norfolk tree is illuminated, triggering the “corridor of lights” down King and Punchbowl streets. Santa visits with children in the Mission Memorial Auditorium. Visit www.honolulucitylights.org.

December 3
Honolulu City Lights Parade at Hawaiian Mission Houses enjoy the tradition of the Honolulu City Lights Parade from the perfect viewing grounds. Family and chiildren’s activities from 4pm-6pm, $5 per person. At Hawaiian Mission Houses, 553 S King St., Honolulu. Call 808-447-3910.

December 4
2nd Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival Windward Style will showcase 15 of Hawaii’s top artists in the slack key guitar genre for six solid hours. At Windward Mall. Free event. Noon-6pm. Call 808-226-2697.

December 10
Kalakaua Merrie Mile is a one mile run down Kalakaua Avenue with a Waikiki beach party after the run. Registration closes November 11. Visit www.honolulumarathon.org.

December 10
Kapolei City Lights enjoy the Electric Light Parade, the beautiful Christmas trees at Kapolei Hale, and the Street Party, which features food trucks, entertainment, and many free activities for keiki. 3pm-8pm at Kapolei Hale, 1000 Uluohia St., Kapolei. Electric Light Parade begins at 6pm on Kapolei Parkway at Kapolei Middle School, goes on to Kamaaha Street to the end. Call 808-768-8445.

December 11
44th Annual Honolulu Marathon 26 miles, 385 yards or 42.195 kilometers this scenic course includes ocean views alongside world-famous Waikiki Beach, and Diamond Head and Koko Head volcanic craters. The starting line is Ala Moana Beach Park at 5am on Ala Moana Blvd, 5 a.m. finishing at Kapiolani Park in Waikiki. Visit www.honolulumarathon.org.

December 31
Waikiki New Year’s Fireworks show will start at 11:55 pm on December 31st.  From a barge just off Waikiki Beach, one announcement salute will be fired every minute until 1 minute before midnight.  This is the signal for everyone to direct their attention toward the ocean and to tune your radio to 105FM to enjoy music choreographed by Fireworks. The show will end with the famous Grucci Grand Finale. More than 1,800 shells will be fired during the show. Visit www.waikikiimprovement.com.

December 31
Ko Olina New Year’s Fireworks Disney Aulani Resort which lives up to the Disneyland reputation with a spectacular fireworks extravaganza. So arrive early for parking and pull up a beach chair before midnight.

December 31
6th Annual Budlight New Years Eve at Aloha Tower Marketplace in Honolulu. 6pm-2am (the following day). Visit www.nyehawaii.com.

December 31
Star of Honolulu New Years Eve Cruises a lot cruises available to view the fireworks. Visit www.starofhonolulu.com.