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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 Wednesday from June 6th-August 15
Wildest Show in Town summer’s best family concert. Featuring a ukulele giveaway to children 12 and under. Keiki coloring contest and theme nights. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. The zoo gates at Monsarrat Avenue and main front entrance will open at 4:35pm. with the concerts taking place from 6pm-7pm. All net proceeds will benefit the Keiki Zoo Water Wheel Renewable Energy Project. $5. At the Honolulu Zoo, 151 Kapahulu Ave, Waikiki. Call 808-926-3191.

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.


May 2019

May 1-26
The Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Show solve a hilarious crime while you feast on a fantastic dinner. The culprit is hiding in plain sight somewhere in the room, and you may find yourself as a prime suspect before you know it. Actors are not dressed in costume and are hidden in the audience. 6pm-9pm at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel Alana. Visit thedinnerdetective.com.

May 17-24
“Victorian Nostalgia” Hawaii Quilt Show view the beautiful quilts of the Hawaii Quilt Guild members and the works of featured quilt artist Joan Masaki. 10am-6pm at Neal Blaisdell Hawaii Suites 10, 11 & 12, 777 Ward Ave, Honolulu. Visit hawaiiquiltguild.dreamhosters.com.

May 25
Mele No Likelike will honor ali‘i composers; Princess Likelike, Prince Leleiohoku, Queen Liliuokalani, and King Kalakaua, collectively known as Na Lani Eha. This evening will feature their compositions of Princess Likelike performed by an array of professional musicians. There will be Hula Halau from our community, and local choirs performing alongside the featured bands. $30/person in advance, $35/person at the door. 5:30pm-8pm. Hawaiian Mission Houses, 553 S King St, Honolulu. Call 808-447-3918.

May 26
12th Annual Hawaii Geek Meet for people who are curious and have a passion that they love to share. And we use a very inclusive, positive definition of the word “geek.” Gadget lovers, coders, designers, makers, artists… and you. Past years have seen costumed storm troopers checking out solar telescopes, armored knights swordfighting in the shadow of a towering amateur radio antenna, and drone pilots building toy payloads out of LEGO. 9am-3pm at Ala Moana Beach Park – Magic Island – Picnic Area #39, Honolulu. Call 815-310-0808.

May 27
Mayor’s Memorial Day Ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) is free and open to the public, will feature several ceremonial tributes and presentations. Festivities will include speeches, color guard, wreath presentations, firearm salute, aircraft flyover, playing of taps, and performances from the Royal Hawaiian Band and Sounds of Aloha Chorus. Parking at the cemetery will be extremely limited. Prior to the Memorial Day Ceremony, around 38,000 lei will be made, donated, and placed on graves within the cemetery. Residents and visitors will have several opportunities to donate their pre-made lei and share their lei-making skills or materials. Call 808-532-3720.

May 27
Lantern Floating Hawaii 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. Over 6,000 lanterns are floated. 3pm-9:30pm at Ala Moana Beach Park, Honolulu. Call 808-942-1848.

May 31
Sunset Mele & Night Market is a free community event showcasing live entertainment, family-friendly movie, Made in Hawaii pop-up marketplace, local eats and drinks. Free admission, parking is $5 per vehicle. Hawaii Convention Center, Mauka Side of Level 3. 4pm-9pm. Call 808-535-9099.


June 2019

June-September 
Bon Dance Season each year, between the months of June and August, Obon festivals across the globe gather communities together in order to honor the spirits of their ancestors. A cherished Japanese Buddhist custom, dating back more than 500 years, Obon (sometimes shortened to just “Bon”) traditionally lasts for a duration of three days and consists of a dance known as Bon-Odori, which is often the highlight of the entire event. For a complete schedule visit honolulumagazine.com.

June 1 & 2
T&C Surf Grom Contest kids ages 12 and younger take to the waves vying for top spots in shortboard, longboard and bodyboard divisions. All contestants receive a contest T-shirt, lunch courtesy of Chili’s Grill & Bar and a goodie bag. 8am start each day at Kuhio Beach Park, Waikiki. Call 808-483-8711.

June 1 & 2
Hawaii Gem & Mineral Show minerals, mineral jewelry and gemstones for sale to the public. Rare display of Hawaiian Minerals: Quartz, Calcite, Opal, and Agate found here in our islands. Free admission and parking. 9am-5pm both days at 333 Ward Ave #3, Honolulu. Call 808-988-9941.

June 7-9
40th Annual Pan-Pacific Festival a celebration of cultural traditions of Hawaii, the Pacific Rim and around the world. The three-day festival kicks off with a Hoolaulea (block party) complete with live entertainment on multiple stages, food, crafts and more. The celebration continues with Performing Arts Showcases, featuring cultural performances and demonstrations. The festival concludes with a colorful parade along Kalakaua Avenue in Waikīki. 10am daily til 10pm in and around Waikiki. Visit pan-pacific-festival.com.

June 8
King Kamehameha Celebration & Parade an authentic experience for all participants in the areas of Hawaiian culture and protocols, hula and music, visual arts, food, and most importantly, the history of Hawaii. 8am-5pm. Visit hawaii.gov.

June 15
Sea Life Park Hawaii 2019 Makapuu Twilight Concert Series will present acclaimed local musicians performing outdoors in the breathtaking Makapuu Meadows. Featuring Kapena, Ben & Maila, Makaha Sons and Anuhea. 5pm-11pm at Sea Life Park, 41-202 Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimanalo. Call 808-259-2500.

June 16
Father’s Day BBQ featuring a 12-foot grilling station with all the fixins’ and a beer garden sponsored by Kona Brewing Co, lawn games, live music and free admission into the Valley (same day only). 11:30am start. Adults are $45 and children ages 4-12 years old $27. Seating is communal. Visit waimeavalley.net

June 16
Polo League Encore Event Adolfo Cambiaso, the No. 1-ranked polo player in the world, will be on Oahu this summer to showcase his skills in the World Polo League Encore, the highest level of polo ever to be played in the Islands. At Dillingham Ranch Polo Club in Mokuleia noon gates open (food trucks, bars and vendor tents available), 2pm Pre-Show, 3pm Main Match, 5:30pm is a sunset beachside concert. Visit hawaiipololife.com.

June 21 & 22
Kapuuola Hula Festival an outdoor hula festival held at the pa hula (hula mound) at Puuokapolei, a cultural and historic site. Performances by 12 halau hula (hula schools) and music entertainment by Josh Tatofi and Na Palapalai. Local crafters, food booths and a silent auction will provide a stimulating array of products and cuisine. The event is free and open to the public. 11am-7pm Saturday and 10am-sunset Saturday. Puuokapolei is located at the top of Kapolei Regional Park. Visit uluae.org.

June 21 & 22
5th Annual Mango Jam 
celebrate Hawaii’s love for mango and island culture. The family-friendly event will feature award winning live entertainment, a beer garden with mango inspired cocktails, food booths, made in Hawaii craft vendors, a farmers’ market showcasing local produce, and the Mango Recipe Contest and Mango BBQ Cook-Off between two surprise local celebrity chefs. Free parking will be available in the city’s municipal parking lot (entrance off of S. Beretania Street) and the Joint Traffic Management Center parking lot (entrance off of Alapai Street). 4:30pm-9pm at Frank F. Fasi Civic Grounds, 550 South King St, Honolulu. Visit mangojamhonolulu.com.

June 29
7th annual Summer Concert Series Hoi Hou Mai i Waimea various artists perform.$17 adults; $13 senior/child. At Waimea Valley, 59-864 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa. Visit waimeavalley.net.


July 2019

July-September 
Bon Dance Season each year, between the months of June and August, Obon festivals across the globe gather communities together in order to honor the spirits of their ancestors. A cherished Japanese Buddhist custom, dating back more than 500 years, Obon (sometimes shortened to just “Bon”) traditionally lasts for a duration of three days and consists of a dance known as Bon-Odori, which is often the highlight of the entire event. For a complete schedule visit honolulumagazine.com.

July 4
Fireworks at Ala Moana Beach Park this fireworks show is one the biggest in the state of Hawaii and rated as one of the top 25 fireworks shows in the USA. The Fireworks Spectacular will launch from three separate platforms off Ala Moana Beach Park at 8:30pm. Spectators can tune in to FM 92.3 KSSK for a live soundtrack that will accompany the fireworks display. This event is free and open to the public. If you are staying in Waikiki, the Ala Moana Center fireworks show is the closest one to Waikiki Beach. The fireworks are potentially visible from various Waikiki locations. 

July 13 & 14
57th Annual Hawaii State Farm Fair 
features the largest local plant sale, a country farmers’ market, 4-H livestock show, agricultural displays and activities, farm animal exhibit, live entertainment, keiki farm hands activity tent, inflatable bouncers and keiki rides, family fun contest, pony rides, chick hatchery and educational displays. 9am daily start at Kualoa Ranch, 49-560 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe. Visit hawaiistatefarmfair.org.

July 14
Hawaii All-Collectors Show is Hawaii’s original annual vintage, collectibles and antiques show and sale. This show features 170 booths with the largest selection of vintage and antique Hawaiiana under one roof. Vendors from Oahu, Outer Islands, Mainland U.S. and Japan. 10:30am-5:30pm. Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, 777 Ward Ave, Honolulu. Call 808-941-9754.

July 15
Waikiki Steel Guitar Week a week-long event celebrating Hawaiian music and the Hawaiian steel guitar. The annual event will be held at the Royal Hawaiian Center’s Royal Grove stage. Visit waikikisteelguitarweek.com.

July 20 & 21
42nd Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival the largest non-competitive hula celebration in Hawai‘i. Features a Hawaiian-themed craft fair, cultural demonstrations, and more. Local food and refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the day. The public, and visitors, are welcome and encouraged to bring their beach chairs and mats to enjoy the magnificent setting of Iolani Palace, 364 S King St, Honolulu. Visit moanaluagardensfoundation.org.

July 21
49th Annual ‘Ukulele Festival will feature a star-studded line-up of musicians from around the world along with the Roy Sakuma 600-piece Ukulele Band composed of children and adults. Other festival offerings include free ukulele lessons, ukulele displays and giveaways by ukulele manufacturers, food booths, keiki (children) activity booths and Ukulele Festival souvenir t-shirts available for sale. The Ukulele Festival Hawaii is free and open to the public. 10:30am-5pm at Kapiolani Park, Honolulu. Visit ukulelefestivalhawaii.org.

July 25-27
44th Annual Queen Liliuokalani Keiki Hula Competition aHula competition held at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center Arena in Honolulu. Visit kpcahawaii.com.

July 27
Mele No Leleiohoku will honor ali‘i composers; Princess Likelike, Prince Leleiohoku, Queen Liliuokalani, and King Kalakaua, collectively known as Na Lani Eha. This evening will feature their compositions of Prince Leleiohoku performed by an array of professional musicians. There will be Hula Halau from our community, and local choirs performing alongside the featured bands. $30/person in advance, $35/person at the door. 5:30pm-8pm. Hawaiian Mission Houses, 553 S King St, Honolulu. Call 808-447-3918.

July 27
7th annual Summer Concert Series Hoi Hou Mai i Waimea various artists perform.$17 adults; $13 senior/child. At Waimea Valley, 59-864 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa. Visit waimeavalley.net.


August 2019

August-September 
Bon Dance Season each year, between the months of June and August, Obon festivals across the globe gather communities together in order to honor the spirits of their ancestors. A cherished Japanese Buddhist custom, dating back more than 500 years, Obon (sometimes shortened to just “Bon”) traditionally lasts for a duration of three days and consists of a dance known as Bon-Odori, which is often the highlight of the entire event. For a complete schedule visit honolulumagazine.com.

August 10
37th Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Festival Waikiki Style 
will feature 15 our some of Hawaii’s finest artists in the slack key guitar genre over a period of six hours. Throughout the day food and refreshments will be available for purchase along with festival items. Noon-6pm at Waikiki Aquarium, 2777 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu. Call 808-226-2697.

August 10
Oahu Heart Walk at Kapiolani Regional Park. Join walkers from across our community as they step out to have fun, get inspired & support a meaningful cause.The Heart Walk is a 3.1 walk around beautiful Diamond Head and a 1 mile survivors route around Kapiolani Park. Rain or Shine. 6:30am-noon. Call 808-377-6646.

August 16-18
25th Annual Made in Hawaii Festival this three-day festival is the state’s largest annual emporium of Hawaii-made products, featuring apparel and fashion accessories, food products, books, handicrafts and artwork, gifts, home accessories, plants, produce and more. Added attractions throughout the three-day festival are live stage performances by top Hawaii music artists. $7. Friday/Saturday 10am-9pm, Sunday 10am-5pm at Neal S. Blaisdell Arena and Exhibition Hall, 777 Ward Ave, Honolulu. Visit madeinhawaiifestival.com.

August 17
Sea Life Park Hawaii 2019 Makapuu Twilight Concert Series will present acclaimed local musicians performing outdoors in the breathtaking Makapuu Meadows. Featuring John Cruz, Raiatea Helm, Natalie Ai Kamauu, Kalani Pea and Kimie Miner. 5pm-11pm at Sea Life Park, 41-202 Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimanalo. Call 808-259-2500.

August 17-25
Duke’s OceanFest features a variety of ocean sports close to Duke Kahanamoku’s heart, including Longboard Surfing, Paddleboard Racing, Swimming, Tandem Surfing, Surf Polo, Beach Volleyball, and Stand-Up Paddling. Various Locations. Visit dukesoceanfest.com.

August 18-22
Uke Ohana Oahu five melodic days of Aloha, playing and composing ‘ukulele, experiencing the cultural traditions of the north shore of Oahu, enjoying delicious local foods and savoring the beauty of the land and seascapes. ‘Ukulele classes with world famous musicians will open up new possibilities of skill and pleasure for the ‘ukulele enthusiast. At Ke Iki Beach Bungalows, 59-579 Ke Iki Rd, Sunset Beach. Visit fullheartproductions.com.

August 24
5th Annual Great Waikiki Beer Festival at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. The annual festival will offer tastings of more than 100 seasonal, local and craft beers from Hawaii and beyond. Call 808-523-8802.

August 31
7th annual Summer Concert Series Hoi Hou Mai i Waimea various artists perform.$17 adults; $13 senior/child. At Waimea Valley, 59-864 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa. Visit waimeavalley.net.


September 2019

September 14
Bon Dance Season each year, between the months of June and August, Obon festivals across the globe gather communities together in order to honor the spirits of their ancestors. A cherished Japanese Buddhist custom, dating back more than 500 years, Obon (sometimes shortened to just “Bon”) traditionally lasts for a duration of three days and consists of a dance known as Bon-Odori, which is often the highlight of the entire event. For a complete schedule visit honolulumagazine.com.

September 21
Aloha Festivals 67th Annual Waikiki Ho‘olaulea Hawaii’s largest block party. Waikiki’s beachfront Kalakaua Avenue will be transformed with booths highlighting Hawaiian cuisine, crafts and culture. Attendees can taste the best of local flavors, peruse artisan-made crafts – and with four stages of incredible entertainment. 6pm-9:30pm. Call 808-523-8802.

September 28
Aloha Festivals 73rd Annual Floral Parade watch intricate floats decorated with a rainbow of fresh flowers and men and women on horseback showcasing the traditional art of pau riding. 9am-noon from From Ala Moana Park through Kalakaua Avenue to Kapiolani Park. Call 808-523-8802.

September 28
Open House & Family Day at Hawaiian Mission Houses Museum free admission, family and kid-friendly activities, and entertainment from Uncle Wayne and the Howling Dog Band. This one of only two free admission days during the year. Make and Take crafts. 10am-4pm. 553 S. King St, Honolulu. Call 808-447-3914.


October 2019

October 5 & 6
45th Annual Honolulu Intertribal Powwow
enjoy Native American Indian and Alaska Native drumming, singing, dancing in beautiful handmade regalia. Children are invited to make and take home native themed craft items. Native American Indian and Alaska Native vendors will offer native made crafts for purchase. Enjoy ono native foods. Bring chairs or blankets. 10am-5pm atAla Moana Beach Park-Magic Island. Visit honoluluintertribalpowwow.com.

October 6
Wiki One Day Vintage Collectibles & Hawaiiana Show 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 Neal Blaisdell Hawaii Suites, 777 Ward Ave, Honolulu. Visit ukulele.com.

October 11
Waikiki International Ukulele Block Party blocking off the main road: Kalakaua Avenue on Saturday with over 50,000 people attending the Ukulele Trade Show. Starts from 4pm-10pm with multiple stages of live performances. Visit ukuleletradeshow.com.

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