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.

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.

Every Full Moon
Moonwalks
 2017 – June 8, July 6, August 5, September 3, October 1 at Waimea Valley on the north shore. $10 for walk only. There is a buffet for extra prior to the walk as well. You can begin your walk through the Valley to the waterfall at 8pm and must exit the Valley by 10pm. For more information visit waimeavalley.net.

 

May 2017

May 26-29
50th State Fair thrills and excitement to its midway with rides, games, food, and fun at Aloha Stadium. Fridays: 6pm–midnight Saturdays: 4pm–midnight, Sundays noon midnight, Monday, May 29: noon–midnight. Visit ekfernandezshows.com.

May 27
Na Mele O Ko Olina hosts some of Hawaii’s best Slack Key and ‘Ukulele musicians, as well as 40 Hawaiian artists who display their artwork for sale. 9am-5pm at the Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club. Call 808-696-5717.

May 28
8th Annual Haleiwa SUP Race a beautiful downwind paddle from Waimea Bay to Surf N Sea. Entry Fee $40 – entry deadline May 23. Visit surfnsea.com.

May 29
Lantern Floating in Hawaii on Memorial Day, 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. Prayers include those who died in all conflicts and wars, in natural or man-made disasters, and accidents, famine or disease. Over 6,000 lanterns will be floated staring at 6:30pm. Visit lanternfloatinghawaii.com.

 

June 2017

June 2-4, 8-11, 16-18 & 23-25
50th State Fair thrills and excitement to its midway with rides, games, food, and fun at Aloha Stadium. Thursday, June 8: 6pm-midnight, Fridays: 6pm–midnight Saturdays: 4pm–midnight, Sundays noon-midnight (Except Sunday, June 11: 4pm-midnight), Visit ekfernandezshows.com.

June 9-11 
38th Annual Pan-Pacific Festival brings to Honolulu thousands of performers and spectators from Japan, the U.S. mainland and Hawaii residents. The Festival features an eclectic assortment of cultural arts, crafts, and stage performances in a variety of events. From 10am daily at Waikiki Business Plaza, 530 A. King St., Honolulu. Visit pan-pacific-festival.com.

June 10
101st King Kamehameha Floral Parade will begin at 9am at the 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. Visit ags.hawaii.gov/kamehameha.

June 17
Na Mele O Ko Olina 
hosts some of Hawaii’s best Slack Key and ‘Ukulele musicians, as well as 40 Hawaiian artists who display their artwork for sale. 9am-5pm at the Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club. Call 808-696-5717.

June 18
Star of Honolulu Father’s Day Cruise an evening aboard the Pacific Star Sunset Buffet & Show cruise. The Father’s Day cruise is a fun, tropical evening for the whole family, complete with a roast beef dinner buffet, Polynesian show and a complimentary beverage of choice for Dad. $95 for adults and $57 for children (ages 3-11). Call 808-983-7827.

 

July 2017

July 4
Star of Honolulu Independence Day Cruises enjoy the best ocean view of the sunset and July 4 fireworks while cruising along the Waikiki coastline. Celebration sunset dinner, show and fireworks cruise is $195 for adults and $136 for children (ages 3-11). Other a few cruises available that night. Call 808-983-7827.

July 14-August 6
Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages which will capture your heart with its irresistible songs. Weekly Thursdays through Sundays at Diamond Head Theatre, 520 Makapuu Ave., Honolulu. Thurs/Fri/Sat at 7:30pm and Sun at 4pm. Visit diamondheadtheatre.com.

July 15
Makapuu Twilight Concert Series 
bringing Hawaii’s favorite music artists to one of O‘ahu’s most memorable venues. 5pm-10pm at Sea Life Park in Waimanalo. Visit sealifeparkhawaii.com.

July 15 & 16
40th Anniversary of the Prince Lot Hula Festival is held each year to honor Prince Lot Kapuaiwa who reprised the once forbidden hula in the district of Moanalua. There will also be cultural demonstrations, a Hawaiian-inspired craft fair, poi pounding workshops, entertainment and more. Local food and refreshments will be available for purchase on both days. Held at Moanalua Gardens,1352 Pineapple Pl., Honolulu. Saturday, from 9am-4pm and Sunday, from 10am-3pm. Visit moanaluagardensfoundation.org.

July 16
27th Annual Hawaii All-Collectors’ Show is Hawaii’s oldest annual vintage, collectibles & antiques show and sale. This show features 180 booths. 10:30-5pm at Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu. Visit ukulele.com.

July 22
Na Mele O Ko Olina 
hosts some of Hawaii’s best Slack Key and ‘Ukulele musicians, as well as 40 Hawaiian artists who display their artwork for sale. 9am-5pm at the Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club. Call 808-696-5717.

July 22
2017 Mele Series is themed around the natural environment, featuring the elements of nature: air, clouds, wind, the realm of mountains, ocean, and rain. A concert laden with stories and lore, songs, hula, and chant. 5:30pm-8pm at Hawaiian Mission Houses, 553 S. King St., Honolulu. Visit missionhouses.org.

July 27
Asia-Pacific Dance Festival: Living Art of Hula Kumu Hula Michael Pili Pang will host a “hula talk story” about Hapa Haole Hula. Joining him in the discussion and showcasing of hula of the time will be hula dancers Leimomi Maldonado, Kanoe Miller and their groups along with radio personality and creator of Territorial Air Waves, Harry Soria, Jr. 7:30pm-9:30pm at Kennedy Theare, 1770 East-West Rd., Honolulu. Call 808-956-8246.

 

August 2017

August 3-6
Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages which will capture your heart with its irresistible songs. Weekly Thursdays through Sundays at Diamond Head Theatre, 520 Makapuu Ave., Honolulu. Thurs/Fri/Sat at 7:30pm and Sun at 4pm. Visit diamondheadtheatre.com.

August 12
Na Mele O Ko Olina 
hosts some of Hawaii’s best Slack Key and ‘Ukulele musicians, as well as 40 Hawaiian artists who display their artwork for sale. 9am-5pm at the Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club. Call 808-696-5717.

August 20
35th Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival Waikiki Style will feature up to 16 performing artists in the Slack Key Guitar Genre including award winning artists and newcomers. Noon-6pm at Kapiolani Bandstand & Park. Visit slackkeyfestival.com.