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: July-December
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.

 

May 2015

May 24
9th Annual Hibiscus Half Marathon, 15K and 5 miler is a fun event for all ages. The course starts and ends at Kapiolani Park at the Diamond Head end of Waikiki. 5:30am-9:30am. Call 808-348-0634.

May 25
17th Annual Lantern Floating Hawaii
5,000 candle-lit lanterns bearing remembrances and prayers will illuminate the ocean off of Magic Island at Ala Moana Beach Park. 6pm-7:30pm. The public is also invited to write remembrances ahead of time at the Shinnyo-en Hawaii temple through May 19. Those wanting to personally float a lantern may receive one at the Lantern Request Tent on the event day on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 808-942-1848.

 

June 2015

June 6
4th Annual North Shore Ocean Fest is a community-driven event to raise awareness of kids and families about how to take care of our ocean and to raise funds for ocean education for kids K-12. Ocean Fest brings together top ocean educators, activities, film, ocean crafts, food vendors, live music, hula and lots of great prizes. Enjoy a free, fun-filled afternoon. 11am-4pm on the Bay View Lawn and beach at Turtle Bay Resort. Call 808-255-6944.

June 13
99th Annual King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade
starts at 9am. The parade starts at the corner of King and Richards Streets and end at Kapiolani Park in Waikiki. Ho‘olaule‘a to follow. Call 808-586-0333.

June 13 & 14
Hi Fit Expo is a two-day trade show and expo incorporating interactive exercise demonstrations, fitness challenges, healthy food samples and vendor booths from the biggest and best health and fitness companies.

June 20 & 21
Waikiki Artfest
 features the work of approximately 75-100 fine artists and handcraft artisans who display their own work for sale. At Kapiolani Park 9am-4pm both days. Call 808-696-6717.

 

July 2015

July 4
Independence Day Fireworks Show from Ala Moana Beach Park. 8:30pm. Free and open to the public. The biggest fireworks show on the island, organizers estimate that up to 50,000 people may attend this event at Ala Moana Beach Park.

July 4
Turtle Bay Resort July 4th Celebration food booths, prize giveaways and live music are all included in this family-friendly event that’s open to the public on O‘ahu’s north shore. Entertainment starts at 3:30pm – fireworks at 8:30pm. Call 808-293-6000. 

July 4
Celebrate Independence Day aboard the Star of Honolulu with food and live entertainment. Passengers aboard the Dolphin Star will enjoy a casual evening with champagne and views of the fireworks show. 6:15pm-9:15pm. Star Sunset Dinner, Show & Fireworks Cruise is $148 for adults and $104 for children. Call 808-983-7827.

July 5
1st Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival Windward Style features up to 15 artists in the slack key guitar genre for a 6 hour long concert. Also features island crafters, food vendors, a guitar and ukulele exhibit, festival merchandise, free giveaways and at the end of the day a brand new Taylor Guitar to some lucky festival attendee. Festival is free to the public. Noon-6pm in Kailua. Call 808-226-2697.

July 11 & 12
53rd Annual Hawai‘i State Farm Fair at Kualoa Ranch in Ka‘awa. Families will enjoy numerous educational exhibits, locally grown produce, rides for kids and local food. The fair also boasts one of the largest and most diverse plant sales on O‘ahu. Saturday 9am-8pm, Sunday 9am-5pm. The event is free for children and students with a valid student ID and just $5 for the general public. Free parking is available. Visit www.hawaiistatefarmfair.org.

July 12
25th Annual Hawaii All-Collectors Show is Hawaii’s largest annual collectibles and antiques show and sale. The show features 160 booths and the biggest selection of vintage and antique Hawaiiana under one roof. 10:30am-5:30pm. Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu. Call 808-941-9754.

July 18 & 19
38th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival the largest non-competitive hula event in Hawaii, the festival is held each year. Opening the 2015 festival will be an impressive line-up of premier halau hula (hula groups) who will perform both kahiko (ancient) and auana (contemporary) hula. Dancers will perform on one of the few remaining pa hula (hula mounds) in Hawaii. Saturday 9am-4pm, Sunday 10am-2pm. Free event – donation suggested. At Moanalua Gardens, 1352 Pineapple Place, Honolulu. Call 808-497-4084.

July 19
45th Annual ‘Ukulele Festival performers from Hawaii and around the world. Food booths and a give-away. Free parking and shuttle service at Kapiolani Community College. At Kapiolani Park Bandstand2805 Monsarrat Avenue, Honolulu. 10:30am-5pm. Call 808-732-3739.

July 25
Dragon Boat Festival is a unique annual local, national and international dragon boat competition attracting hundreds of novice, amateur and professional sport paddler teams from all around the world. Starts at noon at Ala Moana Beach Park. Free to spectators. Call 808-593-9776.

 

August 2015

August 1 & 2
75th Annual Na Hula Festival Hawaii’s longest-running annual non-competitive hula event. Please bring your halii (covering, spread), mea ai (food) and enjoy a beautiful, relaxing day of hula at the park. Admission is free at Queen Kapiolani Regional Park and Bandstand in Honolulu. Events 9am-3pm. Call 808-768-3041.

August 15 & 16
7th Annual Biggest Little Airshow in Hawaii For two days, Ford Island will come alive with remote-control flying, static aircraft and full size aircraft on display, “candy bombings” over historic Ford Island Runway for the keiki, hands-on modeling stations, a Kids Zone with rides and activities, open cockpits, and open access to Hangar 79 to see the museum’s many aircraft exhibits and Restoration Shop. Local performers and award-winning Mainland pilots from the Academy of Model Aeronautics will perform remote-control aviation feats for two days, flying their massive, 1-to-5 scale planes in the skies above the Museum. 10am-4pm at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. Call 808-441-1014.

August 16
33rd Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival Waikiki Style will feature 15 of the top artists in the slack key guitar genre for a 6 hour long concert. Noon-6pm at Kapiolani Park Bandstand. Call 808-226-2697.

August 22 & 23
Waikiki Artfest
 features the work of approximately 75-100 fine artists and handcraft artisans who display their own work for sale. At Kapiolani Park 9am-4pm both days. Call 808-696-6717.

August 22-30
Duke’s OceanFest 2015 features a variety of ocean sports that were close to Duke Kahanamoku’s heart: Longboard Surfing, Paddleboard Racing, Swimming, Tandem Surfing, Surf Polo, Beach Volleyball, and more. At Queen’s Surf Beach in Waikiki. Visit www.dukesoceanfest.com.

 

September 2015

September 9
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival features a roster of over 100 internationally-renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers. Various locations in Waikiki. Visit www.hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com.

September 13
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival Ko Olina features a roster of over 100 internationally-renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers. Visit www.hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com.

September 19
63rd Aloha Festivals 2015 Waikiki Ho‘olaulea the largest block party will kick off with the arrival of the Royal Court. Multiple stages of entertainment, lots of food, lei vendors and hawaiian crafters will be spread along the world famous Kalakaua Avenue. Free admission. 6pm-11pm. Call 808-483-0730.

September 26
63rd Aloha Festivals Floral Parade 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. 9am-noon. Call 808-483-0730.