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.

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 2016

February 12-16
Hawaii Opera Theatre Presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream 
Shakespeare’s most popular comedy. A traditional fairytale with plenty of action and comedy, to a psychological treasure trove of madness and cruelty—will allow audiences young and old, seasoned and new, to delight in the production. At the Blaisdell Concert Hall, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu. Call 808-596-7372.

February 13
Hawaii Opera Theatre presents Sol3 Mio trio of classically trained New Zealanders, saw their self-titled debut album released in 26 countries. 7:30pm-9:30pm at the Blaisdell Concert Hall, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu. Tickets are $39-$95. Call 808-596-7858.

February 13
2016 Keiki Great Aloha Run children (12 years and under), parents, and supporters are invited to run a 1.5-mile course, untimed, around the Neal S. Blaisdell Center (777 Ward Ave., Honolulu) and McKinley High School. Participants will receive an event t-shirt, complimentary breakfast and free entry into the Kaiser Permanente Great Expo. Visit www.kahoomiki.org.

February 13
Hugs & Hearts Waikiki Block Festival event will run along Kalakua Avenue, between Lewers Street and Kaiulani Avenue. Food Truck Row will feature some of the best “ono grindz” (delicious food) the island has to offer. A variety of local arts & crafts & fun. 4pm-10pm. Call 808-533-9016.

February 20
Annual Children & Youth Choral Festival Concert will feature over 400 of Hawaii’s most talented children and youth singers. Joined by the Hawaii Youth Symphony II ensemble in concert. 5pm-6:30pm at Kawaihao Church, 957 Punchbowl St., Honolulu. Call 808-521-2982.

February 20 & 27
HTY Presents The Tiny Tree created for our youngest audiences by one of our most daring and innovative theatre artist this show explores what tiny trees and tiny children have in common. This short, interactive experience is designed specifically to engage young people and spark their curiosity about the world around them. At Tenney Theatre, Corner of Beretania St. & Alakea St., Honolulu. For times visit website www.htyweb.org/plays/tiny-trees or call 808-839-9885.

 

March 2016

March 4-6
Country Carnival at Waialua High School will have the EK Fernandez Midway of rides and games, famous live entertainment, and lots of delicious local foods. Enjoy bands such as Culture Nation, Na Wai Kea Nui Nui, Rodney Lopez, Pineapple Express, and more. At 67-160 Farrington Hwy., Waialua. Friday 6pm-10pm, Saturday noon-10pm, Sunday noon-6pm. Visit www.waialuacarnival.org.

March 4-13
Disney’s The Lion King Jr. presented by Nanakuli High and Intermediate School Performing Arts Center. Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 1pm and 7pm, Sundays at 4pm. Nanakuli High School, 98-980 Nanakuli Ave., Waianae. Call 808-753-2811.

March 5
HTY Presents The Tiny Tree 
created for our youngest audiences by one of our most daring and innovative theatre artist this show explores what tiny trees and tiny children have in common. This short, interactive experience is designed specifically to engage young people and spark their curiosity about the world around them. At Tenney Theatre, Corner of Beretania St. & Alakea St., Honolulu. For times visit website www.htyweb.org/plays/tiny-trees or call 808-839-9885.

March 5
Lucky to be in Hawaii Block Festival with food trucks and craft vendors. 4pm-10pm on Kalakaua Ave. Call 808-533-9016.

March 5-20
14th Annual Temple Emanu-El Kirk Cashmire Jewish Film Festival 8 films will be presented. Doris Duke Theatre, 900 South Beretania St., Honolulu. (10 minute walk from Waikiki.) Visit honolulumuseum.org.

March 8
Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii and Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii Benefit Gala an all-store (Nordstrom’s) celebration that will feature cocktail and champagne, dinner and dessert stations, and live entertainment. Guests will be among the first to shop the new 186,000 square-foot, three-level store and will enjoy an in-store fashion presentation, private shopping and a parting gift. Attire for the gala is cocktail and complimentary valet parking will be available. 6:30pm-10pm. $100 per person. Nordstrom at Ala Moana Center, Ewa Wing. Call 808-543-2201.

March 11
22nd Annual Honolulu Festival is dedicated to celebrating the people, arts and culture of the Pacific Rim. Enjoy free dance performances, music, special exhibits and more. At Hawaii Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu. Visit www.honolulufestival.com.

March 11 & 12
14th Annual Heiva i Honolulu 2016 Hawaii’s largest and best Tahitian dance competition with local, mainland and international competitors. Unique Polynesian handicrafts and local food. Adult (11yrs+) $15 / Child $10 (4-10yrs) per day. At Neil Blaisdell Center Arena, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu. Visit www.tahitinuiinternational.com.

March 12
Annual Hawaiian Music Choral Festival and Tribute Concert to Prince Kuhio
featuring singers from various community choirs including: Kawaiahao Church Choir, University of Hawaii Manoa Hawaiian Chorus, Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus, Pearl Harbor Hawaiian Civic Club, Queen Emma Hawaiian Civic Club. 6pm-7:30pm at Kawaiahao Church, 957 Punchbowl St., Honolulu. Call 808-282-5606.

March 12
Na Mele Aloha – Ano Ai Ke Aloha a concert laden with stories and lore from 5:30pm-8pm. $30 in advance or $35 at door. Mission cafe is open for the concerts. At Hawaiian Mission Museum, 553 S King St., Honolulu. Call 808-447-3910.

March 13
Honolulu Rainbow Ekiden invites runners of all skill levels to join the fun. Enjoy scenic views of Diamond Head and the Waikiki coastline during a fun-filled, five-kilometer relay, followed by post-race festivities. 9am start. The USA Track & Field certified 5K course for the race begins and ends on the ocean side of Kapiolani Park fronting Waikiki Beach, and continues alongside Diamond Head and passes the historic lighthouse before returning to the relay hand-off and finish line. Call 808-539-3409.

March 13
Ola Ka Ha is an all-day celebration of the arts, history and culture of the Hawaiian people featuring Hawaiian arts, crafts, live music, entertainment and food. 11am-5pm at Iolani Palace, 364 S. King St., Honolulu. Free event (tours of Palace cost extra) Visit www.olakaha.com.

March 19
Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki’s South American Wine Tasting will showcase over 25 varieties of wine, paired with exquisite South American cuisine. Live performances by Eddie Ortiz and Son Caribe. Guests must be 21 or over to attend. 6pm-9pm at 100 Holomoana St., Honolulu. $65/per person. Visit www.princeresortshawaii.com.

March 20
Wiki Wiki One Day Vintage Collectibles & Hawaiiana Show Shop ninety tables with vendors from Oahu, Outer Islands, and Mainland U.S. This is Hawaii’s only strictly vintage show with no pre-sales to vendors. 10:30am-4:30pm at Neal Blaisdell Hawaii Suites, 777 Ward Ave, Honolulu. Call 808-941-9754.

March 26
29th Annual Great Hawaiian Rubber Duckie Race for Cerebral Palsy 20,000 rubber duckies are ready to take on the currents of the Ala Wai Canal in an effort to win great prizes for their adopted owners. Ducks will race precisely at 1:01pm. Pre-race festivities will be held at the McCully Shopping Center, from 9am-12:30pm. There will be live entertainment, children games, duck adoptions and a rubber duckie souvenir store. Visit www.ucpahi.org.

 

April 2016

April 8-10
Kawaii Kon is a Hawaii’s largest anime convention. This event features panels, events, guests, video games, table top games, costumers, industry and hundreds of vendors, all focused on Japanese animation and culture. Hawaii Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu. Visit www.kawaiikon.com.

April 9-May 7
HTY Presents H2O The Story of Water & Hawaii
this age appropriate musical explores the cultural, historical, environmental and physical properties of water through song, humor and interactive story telling. At Tenney Theatre, Corner of Beretania St. & Alakea St., Honolulu. For dates and times visit website www.htyweb.org/plays/h20-story-water-and-hawaii or call 808-839-9885.

April 10
Hapalua Half Marathon start at Waikiki Beach by the Duke Kahanamoku statue at 6am and finish at Kapiolani Park. 13.1 miles. Visit thehapalua.com.

April 24
Spring Guitar Concert The Leeward Coast Guitars, directed by Peter Kun Frary. 4pm-5pm at Leeward Community College Lab Theatre, 96-045 Ala Ike, Pearl City. Call 808-455-0380.

April 30
3rd Annual Ko Olina Children’s Film & Music Festival family-friendly movies from Disney, Pixar and the Hawaii International Film Festival, live stage performances, video and music recording studios and a feature film on the beach at sunset. 1pm-8pm At Kohala Lagoon 1 in Ko Olina, Adults $25, children (4-12) $10, children 3 and under are free. Visit koolinachildrensfestival.com.

 

May 2016

May 1
89th Annual Lei Day Celebration
one day of the year is set aside to celebrate the lei and the skill and artistry of Hawaii’s lei makers. 9am-5:30pm at Kapiolani Park & Bandstand, 2806 Monsarrat Ave., Honolulu. Call 808-768-3041.

May 7
HTY Presents H2O The Story of Water & Hawaii 
this age appropriate musical explores the cultural, historical, environmental and physical properties of water through song, humor and interactive story telling. At Tenney Theatre, Corner of Beretania St. & Alakea St., Honolulu. For dates and times visit website www.htyweb.org/plays/h20-story-water-and-hawaii or call 808-839-9885.

May 14
Na Mele Aloha – Aloha Alii a concert laden with stories and lore from 5:30pm-8pm. $30 in advance or $35 at door. Mission cafe is open for the concerts. At Hawaiian Mission Museum, 553 S King St., Honolulu. Call 808-447-3910.

 

June 2016

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.