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.

Every Full Moon
Moonwalks
 2017 – April 8, May 6, June 8, July 6, August 5, September 3, October 1 at Waimea Valley on the north shore. $10 for walk only. There is a buffet for extra prior to the walk as well. You can begin your walk through the Valley to the waterfall at 8pm and must exit the Valley by 10pm. For more information visit waimeavalley.net.

 

March 2017

March 1-22
89th Annual Printmakers Exhibit features a carefully juried selection of the best print work from artists around the state of Hawaii working in traditional printmaking media as well as contemporary forms and hybrids. Opening reception: March 1, 5pm-7pm. Gallery is open Monday-Saturday 10am-4:30pm, Sunday 1pm-5pm at Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S Beretania St., Honolulu. Call 808-532-8700.

March 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.

March 18
30th Great Hawaiian Rubber Duckie Race 20,000 cute, bright yellow rubber duckies will be doing their part to help support those with disabilties in the islands, with their 100-yard dash down the Ala Wai Canal. 9am-3:30pm. Ducks will race precisely at 1:01pm. Grand prize is a Trip for Two to Disneyland. Call 808-532-6744.

March 19
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.

March 24-6
International Auto Show 2017 over 350 of the hottest new cars and trucks all in one place. Friday noon–10pm, Saturday 10am–10pm, Sunday 10am–7pm at the Hawaii Convention Center. Visit autoshowhawaii.com.

March 24-26
Honolulu Opera Theatre Presents Heggie’s Three December a story unfolds with Madeline, estranged from her children, sharing a secret she has kept for over three decades. At the Neal S Blaisdell Concert Hall, 777 Ware Ave., Honolulu. Visit www.hawaiiopera.org.

March 25
Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Parade from 10am-noon from Saratoga through Kalakaua Ave to Kapiolani Park. Hoolaulea in the park from 10am-3pm. Free. Visit princekuhiofestival.org.

March 25
‘Aha Mele at Waimea Valley on the north shore. Free music on the lawn at Pikake Pavilion featuring The Sundown Band, Del Beazley, and Teresa Bright from noon-3pm. Visit waimeavalley.net.

March 31-April 9
Hawaii Film Festival Spring Showcase is dedicated to advancing understanding and cultural exchange among the peoples of Asia, the Pacific and North America by presenting films from around the world. Thirty films over ten days at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18. Visit hiff.org.

 

April 2017

April 1-9
Hawaii Film Festival Spring Showcase is dedicated to advancing understanding and cultural exchange among the peoples of Asia, the Pacific and North America by presenting films from around the world. Thirty films over ten days at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18. Visit hiff.org.

April 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
Thumbelina based on the popular fairytale about a tiny girl born from a flower who ventures into a new world filled with wonder, this original telling of the story will use technology, puppets and original artwork to create a real time storybook before your eyes. In a world where the small becomes larger than life, the value of friendship, family and the power of a good story are the most powerful magic. Performances at 4:30pm at Tenney Theatre, Corner of Beretania St. and Alakea St., Honolulu. Visit htyweb.org.

April 7-9
Kawaii Kon is a convention that celebrates Japanese anime (cartoons), manga (comics), and all facets of Japanese culture. They offer a variety of events and activities throughout the weekend. At the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. Visit kawaiikon.com.

April 8
Makapuu Twilight Concert Series bringing Hawaii’s favorite music artists to one of O‘ahu’s most memorable venues. 5pm-10pm at Sea Life Park in Waimanalo. Visit sealifeparkhawaii.com.

April 9
LPGA Lotte Championship is the sixth annual event of the LPGA Tour’s stop in the Hawaiian Islands featuring a star-studded field of marquee pros. At Ko Oliina Golf Club. Visit lottechampionship.com.

April 9
6th Annual Hapalua
a 13-mile course travels from Waikiki to downtown Honolulu and back, loops around Diamond Head and ends at Kapiolani Park, the traditional finish line of the Honolulu Marathon. Visit thehapalua.com.

April 15
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.

April 16
Easter Brunch & Egg Hunt at Waimea Valley on the north shore. Two-seatings: one at 10am and one at noon. Egg hunt starts at 11:30am. Brunch is $43 for adults and $23 for children 4-12.  Visit waimeavalley.net.

April 16
Star of Honolulu Easter Cruise indulge in a delicious Taste of Hawaii Buffet with a “champagne” toast. Plus, enjoy hands-on Hawaiian culture activities of lei making and hula and ukulele lessons.The Easter Champagne Brunch cruise is $69 for adults and $42 for children (ages 3-11). Call 808-983-7827.

April 23
16th Annual Lanikai Triathlon 2017 This road triathlon is fast and fun. 500 meters swim, 10mi bike, 3.5mi run.Race start, finish and transition area is Kailua Beach Park, behind Kalapawai Market. Race meeting on race morning: 6am. Estimated race start time: 6:15am. Visit active.com.

April 23
Leeward Coast Guitars an afternoon of guitar ensembles, duets and solos. 4-5:30pm at The Leeward Theatre, 96-045 Ala ‘Ike, Pearl City. Visit lcctheatre.hawaii.edu.

 

May 2017

May 1
90th Annual Lei Day Celebration features the annual Lei Court, as well as local entertainment and hula halau. The Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association traditionally plays in the lei exhibit/Kulana Lei area (open area between the bandstand and the shell). The Lei Contest Exhibit is open to the public from 1pm-5:30pm. Hawaiian artisans share their talents and skills with exhibits and demonstrations throughout the day along with food vendors. At Kapiolani Park in Honolulu. Visit honolulu.gov.

May 6
Makapuu Twilight Concert Series bringing Hawaii’s favorite music artists to one of O‘ahu’s most memorable venues. 5pm-10pm at Sea Life Park in Waimanalo. Visit sealifeparkhawaii.com.

May 6 & 13
Thumbelina based on the popular fairytale about a tiny girl born from a flower who ventures into a new world filled with wonder, this original telling of the story will use technology, puppets and original artwork to create a real time storybook before your eyes. In a world where the small becomes larger than life, the value of friendship, family and the power of a good story are the most powerful magic. Performances at 4:30pm (May 13th special sensory-friendly/ASL show also at 11am) at Tenney Theatre, Corner of Beretania St. and Alakea St., Honolulu. Visit htyweb.org.

May 14
Star of Honolulu Mother’s Day Cruise indulge in a delicious Taste of Hawaii Buffet with a “champagne” toast. Plus, enjoy hands-on Hawaiian culture activities of lei making and hula and ukulele lessons.The Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch cruise is $69 for adults and $42 for children (ages 3-11). Call 808-983-7827.

May 27
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.

May 29
Lantern Floating in Hawaii on Memorial Day, tens of thousands gather at Ala Moana Beach to honor the fallen, feel a connection with loved ones who have passed, and to remember all beings that have existed over time immemorial. Prayers include those who died in all conflicts and wars, in natural or man-made disasters, and accidents, famine or disease. Over 6,000 lanterns will be floated staring at 6:30pm. Visit lanternfloatinghawaii.com.

 

June 2017

June 9-11 
38th Annual Pan-Pacific Festival brings to Honolulu thousands of performers and spectators from Japan, the U.S. mainland and Hawaii residents. The Festival features an eclectic assortment of cultural arts, crafts, and stage performances in a variety of events. From 10am daily at Waikiki Business Plaza, 530 A. King St., Honolulu. Visit pan-pacific-festival.com.

June 17
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.

June 18
Star of Honolulu Father’s Day Cruise an evening aboard the Pacific Star Sunset Buffet & Show cruise. The Father’s Day cruise is a fun, tropical evening for the whole family, complete with a roast beef dinner buffet, Polynesian show and a complimentary beverage of choice for Dad. $95 for adults and $57 for children (ages 3-11). Call 808-983-7827.

 

July 2017

July 4
Star of Honolulu Independence Day Cruises enjoy the best ocean view of the sunset and July 4 fireworks while cruising along the Waikiki coastline. Celebration sunset dinner, show and fireworks cruise is $195 for adults and $136 for children (ages 3-11). Other a few cruises available that night. Call 808-983-7827.

July 15
Makapuu Twilight Concert Series 
bringing Hawaii’s favorite music artists to one of O‘ahu’s most memorable venues. 5pm-10pm at Sea Life Park in Waimanalo. Visit sealifeparkhawaii.com.

July 15 & 16
40th Anniversary of the Prince Lot Hula Festival is held each year to honor Prince Lot Kapuaiwa who reprised the once forbidden hula in the district of Moanalua. There will also be cultural demonstrations, a Hawaiian-inspired craft fair, poi pounding workshops, entertainment and more. Local food and refreshments will be available for purchase on both days. Held at Moanalua Gardens,1352 Pineapple Pl., Honolulu. Saturday, from 9am-4pm and Sunday, from 10am-3pm. Visit moanaluagardensfoundation.org.

July 16
27th Annual Hawaii All-Collectors’ Show is Hawaii’s oldest annual vintage, collectibles & antiques show and sale. This show features 180 booths. 10:30-5pm at Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu. Visit ukulele.com.

July 22
2017 Mele Series is themed around the natural environment, featuring the elements of nature: air, clouds, wind, the realm of mountains, ocean, and rain. A concert laden with stories and lore, songs, hula, and chant. 5:30pm-8pm at Hawaiian Mission Houses, 553 S. King St., Honolulu. Visit missionhouses.org.