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.

Second Wednesday of the Month (February 12-December 9, 2020)
Cinema in the Park top notch films, special guests, and fun activities to the Honolulu community with this amazing program. Free tickets are required; please RSVP to reserve your place. When a film is sold out, you may still be able to attend the showing on a standby basis and would be allowed entrance after ticket holders, if space permits. At Victoria Ward Park, 1020 Auahi St, Honolulu. Visit hiff.org.

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 Third Saturday
Mililani Jam enjoy live music at Town Center of Mililani. It’s a free event. 4pm-7pm at at Town Center of Mililani, 95-1249 Meheula Parkway, Mililani. Visit towncenterofmililani.com.

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.


February 2020

February 7-15
10th Annual Pow! Wow! Hawaii 2020 from Ohe St. to Kapiolani Blvd. and Punchbowl to Kamakee St. to create new murals on multiple walls. With a block party alongside the Honolulu Night Market on February 14. Call 808-533-2787.

February 7, 8, 14, 15 & 16
The Last King of Bali 
featuring puppets, shadow actors, dancers, and live gamelan music in a traditional Balinese folk tale. Fri/Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2pm. $25 Regular $22 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff $20, $15 Students $8 UH Manoa Students with valid ID. At Kennedy Theatre Main Stage, 1770 East-West Rd, Honolulu. Call 808-956-2601.

February 14
Mowtown Valentines: A Big Band Tribute soulful R&B jams of the 60s will be recreated with an epic 10-piece live band and 15 of Honolulu’s fiercest soul singers, including American Idol finalists Big Mox, Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner, Yoza, local favorites Keilana, Maile, Kahma, Melodie Soul, Ginai, Melissa Diallo, Gabriel Miller, The Elevations, Ken Lykes & Shain Miller. 18+ show. $30. 6pm-11pm. At The REPUBLIK, 1349 Kapiolani Blvd, Honolulu. Call 808-351-8200. 

February 17
36th Annual Great Aloha Run an 8.15-mile foot race, begins at Aloha Tower and finishes in the Aloha Stadium. 7am start. Visit greataloharun.com.

February 23-March 7
The Carp Who Would Not Quit & Other Animal Stories tellings of traditional fables from Japan and Okinawa teach important lessons of perseverance, gratitude, and kindness. Introducing music, language, and performance traditions from these cultures, this interactive performance is specifically developed for the littlest audience and families. $10-$20. Feb 23 at 2pm, Saturdays at 9:30am and 11:30 am, Sunday March 7 at 4:30pm. Honolulu Theatre for Youth, Tenney Theatre 229 Queen Emma Square, Honolulu. Visit htyweb.org.

February 26-March 1
Winter Footholds dance concerts spotlight undergraduate and graduate student choreography and performance. At Kennedy Theatre, 1770 East-West Rd, Honolulu. Wed.–Sat. at 7:30pm and Sun. at 2pm. $18 Regular $16 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff $13 Non-UHM Student/Youth $8 UH Manoa Students with valid ID. Call 808-956-2601.


March 2020

March 1
King’s Runner 10K starting and finishing at Thomas Square in Honolulu. Starts at 6:45am. After the race, proceed into the Festival Area in Thomas Square. There will be music on the main stage, complimentary snacks and drinks. Local food trucks will be placed on the Victoria Street side of the park. The food trucks accept cash & cards. Visit thehapalua.com.

March 1
Sake Appreciation Festival was initiated to acknowledge the gift that alcoholic beverages made from rice like sake and shochu are to the world. 3pm-4pm at 1239 Olomea St, Honolulu. Visit jinja.us.

March 1
Winter Footholds dance concerts spotlight undergraduate and graduate student choreography and performance. At Kennedy Theatre, 1770 East-West Rd, Honolulu. 2pm. $18 Regular $16 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff $13 Non-UHM Student/Youth $8 UH Manoa Students with valid ID. Call 808-956-2601.

March 6
26th Annual Honolulu Festival is Hawaii’s premier cultural event, promoting mutual understanding, economic cooperation and ethnic harmony between the people of Hawaii and the Pacific Rim region. The Festival culminates with a spectacular parade down Kalakaua Avenue, the main street in Waikiki. Admission to all the events is free. Visit honolulufestival.com.

March 6 & 7
The Carp Who Would Not Quit & Other Animal Stories tellings of traditional fables from Japan and Okinawa teach important lessons of perseverance, gratitude, and kindness. Introducing music, language, and performance traditions from these cultures, this interactive performance is specifically developed for the littlest audience and families. $10-$20. Saturday at 9:30am and 11:30 am, Sunday at 4:30pm. Honolulu Theatre for Youth, Tenney Theatre 229 Queen Emma Square, Honolulu. Visit htyweb.org.

March 7
The Great Hawaiian Chili Cookoff family friendly event featuring high school students, restaurants, and community teams creating unique Hawaiian Chili recipes using locally sourced ingredients. There will be a farmer’s market stand, entertainment and enter to win Mariah Carey concert tickets, and much more. 11am-2pm. $10. At Koko Marina Center, 7192 Kalanianaole Hwy, Honolulu. Visit eventbrite.com.

March 17
53rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Kalakaua Ave. in front of Ft DeRussey and makes its way through Waikiki to the bandstand at Kapiolani Park. The parade has around 800 participants. Noon-1:30pm. Call 808-285-0874.

March 20-April 12
The Bodyguard, The Musical features a host of Whitney Houston’s irresistible classics. At the Diamond Head Theatre, 520 Makapuu Ave, Honolulu. Visit diamondheadtheatre.com.


April 2020

April 1-12
The Bodyguard, The Musical features a host of Whitney Houston’s irresistible classics. At the Diamond Head Theatre, 520 Makapuu Ave, Honolulu. Visit diamondheadtheatre.com.

April 4
Kapuuola Hula Festival is an outdoor hula festival held at the pa hula (hula mound) at Puuokapolei, a cultural and historic site in Kapolei. The festival features performances by several halau hula (hula schools) and live Hawaiian music entertainment. Shopping and food booths are also at the event. This festival is an eco-friendly event. Free refillable water stations will be located throughout the festival grounds so visitors can refill their water bottles. 10am-6:30pm at Kapolei Regional Park, 1077 Manawai St, Kapolei. Call 808-722-3036.

April 5
Hapalua Half Marathon 2020 13.1-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. 6am start. Visit thehapalua.com.

April 5
East-West Festival 2020 celebrates over 20 different cultures in the Indo-Asia and Pacific regions through live performances, cultural booths, children’s activities, craft market, and local food trucks. Free event. 2pm-6pm at Imin International Conference Center, 1777 East-West Rd, Jefferson Hall Lānai, Honolulu. Call 808-944-7583.

April 17-26
23rd Annual Hawaii International Film Festival brings in amazing features, documentaries and shorts from Asia, the Pacific, and around the world. At Regal Dole Cannery Screen X, 4DX, IMAX & RPX, 735 B Iwilei Rd, Honolulu. Visit hiff.org.

April 24-May 2
Rise Up! presents annual dance concert as a potent expression of social consciousness and features choreography by seminal dance figures Pearl Primus, Donald McKayle, Anna Sokolow, and more. Audience input will influence a work choreographed by UHM dance faculty entitled “Vote.” Tickets $25. Kennedy Theatre, 1770 East-West Rd, Manoa. Call 808-944-2697.

April 25
13th Annual Play How You Feel – Gabby Pahinui Waimanalo Kanikapila celebrates the musical heritage of Waimanalo with food, music, arts & crafts, and cultural activities. 9am-6pm at Waimanalo Beach Park, 41-741 Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimanalo. Visit gabbypahinui.com.

April 25
18th Annual Waikiki SPAM Jam will fill Kalakaua Avenue with the sound of sizzling SPAM, live music and entertainment, and excitement. A street festival that celebrates the people of Hawaii’s love for SPAM. 4pm-10pm. Visit spamjamhawaii.com.

April 26
29th Annual Haleʻiwa Metric Century bicycle along Oʻahu’s beautiful North Shore. Choose 30, 50, 80 or 100 km or the family friendly Aloha Fun Ride 5 and 10 km options. Fully supported with aid stations, mechanical help, and HPD presence along the course for added safety. Proceeds from this event support the Hawaii Bicycling League. 7:30am-2pm. Visit hbl.org.


May 2020

May 1
93rd Annual Lei Day Celebration
honors Hawaii’s people and their rich heritage. 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 in the open area between the bandstand and the shell. 9am-5:30pm in Kapiolani Park, Waikiki. Visit honolulu.gov.

May 10
17th Annual Honolulu Triathlon Festival of Sports offers several sporting events and features the famous Honolulu Triathlon, Kids Race, 10K Fun Run and a SUP & RUN at the beach. 5am at Magic Island in Ala Moana Beach Park. Parking is extremely limited so please try to park at the Ala Moana Shopping Center and walk over to the park. Visit honolulutriathlon.com.


June 2020

June 12-14
41st Annual Pan-Pacific Festival kicks off Friday with a Hoolaulea that features a little something for everyone. The Street Dance Festival will feature Kazuki and Noppo, award-winning dancers/choreographers from Japan. In addition, there will be 5 stages filled with musicians, dancers, singers, taiko drummers and other cultural performers. Food vendors and Island crafters will also line Kalakaua Avenue. Finally, at the Diamond Head end of the Hoolaulea there will be a festive Bon Dance with kimono-clad performers. The Festival wraps up Sunday with a parade marching down Kalakaua Avenue. All events are free and open to the public. Visit pan-pacific-festival.com.

June 13
104th Annual King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade the parade will take a route beginning at King Street fronting Iolani Palace. Participants will then head down Punchbowl Street, before making a left on to Ala Moana Boulevard and eventually Kalakaua Avenue. The parade comes to a finish at Monsarrat Avenue and Queen Kapiolani Park. Streets will begin to close in Downtown Honolulu at 7:30am. Followed by the King Kamehameha Celebration Hoolaulea at Aloha Tower from 4pm-10pm. Free admission featuring hula, live entertainment, Hawaii made products, food booths and more, with ample parking available. Call 808-586-0333.