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.

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.

 

June 2016

June 3-26
50th State Fair bringing thrills and excitement to its midway with rides, games, food, and fun. Fridays: 6pm-midnight, Saturdays: 4pm-midnight and Sundays: noon-midnight. Also Thursday, June 6th 6pm-midnight at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. Call 808-682-5767.

June 4
16th Annual Habilitat’s Luau, Auction & Benefit Concert an eight course Hawaiian meal includes kalua pig (imu smoked), chicken long rice, beef stew, squid luau, lomi salmon, rice, poi & haupia. Live entertainment and nearly 1,000 items are up for bid in live and silent auction. Face painting, inflatable bouncers, balloon animals and more for the keiki to enjoy. 10am-4pm at Kualoa Ranch, 49-560 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe. Visit www.habilitat.com/habilitats-luau-auction.

June 4
5th Annual North Shore Ocean Fest family festival focused on ocean education with family games, food and entertainment. Free event. The day will feature family games, food, entertainment and ocean education booths. For sale will be Ocean Fest T-shirts featuring designs by local celebrity artist Lauren Roth. All proceeds benefit the North Shore Ocean Education Coalition. 11am-4pm at Turtle Bay Resort. Visit www.turtlebayresort.com/content/north-shore-ocean-fest.

June 4 & 5
Biggest Little Airshow in Hawaii each year, thousands of visitors drive onto Ford Island to experience remote control 1/5th scale warbirds, jets, and helicopters performing aerial stunts; candy bombings for the kids; aircraft displays; a kids’ activity zone; prize drawings; and hangar tours. In addition to these activities, this year’s event will also commemorate the Battle of Midway. 10am-4pm. Pacific Aviation Museum, 319 Lexington Blvd, Honolulu. Call 808-441-1013.

June 10
King Kamehameha Statue Lei Draping at Aliiolani Hale in downtown Honolulu at 3pm. Call 808-586-0333.

June 10-12
Pan-Pacific Festival a celebration of cultural traditions of Hawaii and the Pacific Rim. Enjoy performing arts showcases; a hoolaulea (block party) with live entertainment, food booths and crafts; a hula festival and a parade finale. Visit www.pan-pacific-festival.com.

June 11
100th Annual King Kamehameha Celebration & Floral Parade will begin at 9am at the historic Iolani Palace in downtown Honolulu. Floats, horse-riding units and vehicles, all decorated with flowers, will procession their colorful way to Queen Kapiolani Park at the base of Diamond Head, at the end of Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. Followed by a celebration ho‘olaulea (festival) at Kapiolani Park from 11am to 4pm. Call 808-586-0333.

June 17-25
Cemetery Pupu Theatre’s Muses of Hawaii 
enjoy this popular history theatre experience at Oahu Cemetery where the past comes alive for the evening. Meet the people from days gone by who shaped today’s Hawaii. Fridays and Saturdays at 6pm. $50 per person includes pupu and 2 drink tickets. At Hawaiian Mission Houses, 553 S King St., Honolulu. Call 808-447-3910. 

June 18
43rd Annual International Hula Competition includes both traditional and contemporary hula styles, featuring male groups, female groups, individual chanters, and Kupuna Wahine (senior women) groups. Tickets: $8.50-$24. At Neal Blaisdell Arena, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu. 1pm-4pm. Call 808-768-5252.

June 19
Father’s Day BBQ Buffet and ‘Aha Mele Concert Series in honor of dad. Buffet is $39.95 for adults $15.95 for children 4-12 years old and starts at 11:30am in Pikake Pavilion. Free same-day Waimea Valley admission with each paid brunch. The ‘Aha Mele concert is free and open to the community on the Main Lawn from 12pm-3pm featuring Jerry Santos & Friends, Hapa, and Kumu Hula Tracie & Keawe Lopes & Ka La ‘Onohi Mai o Ha’e Ha’e. Visit www.waimeavalley.net.

June 19
Gay Men’s Chorus of Honolulu as they present “Music from Then and Now” with music from the times of doo wop, rag time, and old Hawaii Nei. Then fast forward into today with Britney, Bruno, and Beyonce. 5:30pm at Hawaii Theatre, 1130 Bethel St., Honolulu. Call 808-528-0506.

June 25
4th Annual Summer Concert Series: Mele Kulāiwi 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.

 

July 2016

July 4
Fireworks at Ala Moana Beach Park fireworks displays launch from three platforms show starting at 8:30 pm at Ala Moana Beach Park. This show is free and open to the public.

July 4
Independence Day at Turtle Bay Resort to feature some of Hawaii’s finest artists in the slack key guitar genre in a 6 hour long concert at the Turtle Bay Resort in celebration of Independence Day. All day on the west lawn. The celebration includes fireworks, food, prime fireworks viewing areas by the pool and a live musical line-up. Visit www.turtlebayresort.com/content/july-4th-celebration.

July 4
Dinner Cruise on Star of Honolulu has three selections to choose from; all include a delicious dinner and live entertainment. Enjoy both the beautiful sunset and ocean view of fireworks, plus Honolulu city lights. Prices start at $148 per person. They also have a cocktail cruise for $62 per person. They tend to sell out so reserve early. Call 808-983-7827.

July 11
Ala Moana Pro Junior a JQS1,000-rated event that takes place at Oahu’s infamous South Shore wave, Ala Moana Bowls. 7am-4pm. The competition at Ala Moana Bowls can be viewed from the east end of Magic Island and is free and open to the public. Visit worldsurfleague.com.

July 16
8th Annual Mangoes at the Moana Included in the day’s lineup of celebratory activities: Mango Throwdown: featuring local celebrity chefs in a friendly cooking competition using mango as the main ingredient. Mango Cocktail Mixdown, Mango cooking demonstrations. Tickets are $6. 9am-2pm at Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa in Waikiki. Call 808-921-4600.

July 16
Na Mele Aloha – Aloha Ho‘oipoipo will explore romantic love through songs. A concert laden with stories and lore from 5:30pm-8pm. $30 each in advance or $35 at door. At Hawaiian Mission Museum, 553 S. King St., Honolulu. Call 808-447-3910.

July 16 & 17
39th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival the largest non-competitive hula event in Hawaii the festival is held at spectacular Moanalua Gardens each year to honor Prince Lot Kapuaiwa who reprised the once forbidden hula in the district of Moanalua. The public is welcomed and encouraged to bring beach chairs and mats and enjoy the fun, food, and festivities. Local food and refreshments will be available to purchase. 9am-4pm Saturday and 10am-3pm Sunday. At 1352 Pineapple Pl., Honolulu. Call 808-497-4084.

July 17
46th Annual ‘Ukulele Festival more than 10,000 people including masterful musicians at the world’s first and one of the largest ‘ukulele festivals. Featuring a star-studded line-up of musicians from around the world along with the Roy Sakuma 700-piece ‘Ukulele Band composed of children and adults. Other festival offerings include free, ‘ukulele lessons, ‘ukulele displays and giveaways by ‘ukulele manufacturers, food booths, and ‘Ukulele Festival souvenir t-shirts available for sale. Free event. Visit www.ukulelefestivalhawaii.org.

July 17
Hawaii All-Collectors Show is Hawaii’s largest annual all collectibles and antiques show and sale. The show features 180 booths and the biggest selection of vintage and antique Hawaiiana under one roof. 10:30am-5:30pm at Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu. Call 808-941-9754.

July 30
4th Annual Summer Concert Series: Mele Kulāiwi 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 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 14
Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival Waikiki 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-5pm at Waikiki Beach Walk. Call 808-226-2697.

August 19-21
22nd Annual Made in Hawaii Festival nearly 400 exhibitors features food products, books, gifts, apparel and jewelry, arts and crafts, produce and many more home-grown products. Live entertainment. Admission is $5; children six and under free. 9am-9pm. At Neal S. Blaisdell Center, 888 Ward Ave., Honolulu. Visit www.MadeInHawaiiFestival.com.

August 27
4th Annual Summer Concert Series: Mele Kulāiwi 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.

 

September 2016

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 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. Call 808-923-2030.

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.