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.

 

June 2018

June through August
Bon Dance Season on O‘ahu 
summer usually brings in an abundance of three things: Mango, lychee and Obon dances. These celebrations held across the state are a Japanese tradition — the observance of Obon, held in memory of our departed family members. Festivals feature food and, of course, a big group Obon dance. Everyone is welcome. A complete schedule is coming.

June 1-23
Dead of Night by Edward Sakamoto pre-statehood Honolulu, 1956: despite recently unionizing, Alex and his three best friends desperately struggle to provide for their families. Joined by a mainlander, the four local men decide to violently pressure their company’s boss to meet the union’s demands. When money is always the bottom line, can idealism and friendship ever win? Thur, Fri, & Sat at 8pm, Sun at 2pm. At Kumu Kahua Theatre, 46 Merchant St., Honolulu. Call 808-536-4441.

June 29
Moonwalk at Waimea Valley walk the Valley’s main corridor to the waterfall under the full lit moon. The Proud Peacock will reopen for these nights only with a local ingredient tailored menu by North Shore catering company, Ke Nui Kitchen. Moon walk admission is $10. There will be only two admission times to enter the Valley, 8pm and 8:30pm. Admission will start with an ‘oli and brief overview of the Valley. All guests must exit the Valley by 10pm. Dinner buffet is $35 for adults and $18 for children 4-12 years old. Purchase of a dinner buffet includes admission into moon walk. Early dinner reservations and purchases are encouraged. Visit WaimeaValley.net.

June 29 & 30
Mango Jam Honolulu live entertainment with local celebrity musicians, cultural performances and more. Craft booths and demonstrations. Food booths with mango-inspired dishes and beverages. Beer garden with mango-inspired drinks.Farmers’ market with fresh mangos and other produce. Free to the public. Frank F. Fasi Civic Center at Honolulu Hale, 530 South King St., Honolulu. Visit mangojamhonolulu.com.

June 30
6th Annual Waimea Valley Summer Concert Series for three (non-consecutive) days over summer enjoy music on the main lawn from 3-6:30pm. Visit waimeavalley.net.

 

July 2018

July through August
Bon Dance Season on O‘ahu 
summer usually brings in an abundance of three things: Mango, lychee and Obon dances. These celebrations held across the state are a Japanese tradition — the observance of Obon, held in memory of our departed family members. Festivals feature food and, of course, a big group Obon dance. Everyone is welcome. A complete schedule is coming.

July 4
Fourth of July fireworks Ala Moana Center’s 27th annual celebration will culminate with a stunning fireworks show at Ala Moana Beach Park, a must-see event for locals and visitors. Free starting at 8:30pm.

July 6
7th Annual Evening of Jazz with the Hawaii Friends of Civil Rights, featuring Ginai, Mike Lewis & Friends, Chanter Ikaika Bantolina, Clare-Marie Anderson, Sarah Catino and more. 6pm-9pm. Free. 250 South Hotel St., Honolulu. Parking available across the street in the Ali’i Place building (enter at 1099 Alakea St., cash only) or metered street parking in the area. Call 808-586-0305.

July 5-22
The Princess and the Iso Peanut a local-kine Hawaiian pidgin musical comedy by Lisa Matsumoto and Roslyn Catracchia. What can happen when a traditional fairytale princess falls in love with a local Japanese prince? Just about anything imaginable! $22-$40. Thurs-Sat at 7:30pm and Sun at 4pm at Kaimuki High School Performing Arts Center. Visit manoavalleytheatre.com.

July 7
7th Annual Moiliili Summer Fest celebrates historic Moiliili and the Obon season. The annual event is a modern street festival alongside Honolulu’s largest Bon Dance. Coyne Street between University Avenue and Kaialiu Street will be closed for the event. At 1110 University Ave., the former Varsity Theatre parking lot, from 5pm-10pm. Visit moiliilisummerfest.com.

July 9-14
Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival is a week-long event celebrating Hawaiian music and the Hawaiian steel guitar. The annual event is held at the Royal Hawaiian Center’s Royal Grove stage. The festival’s Friday and Saturday evening performances will feature various Hawaiian steel guitar artists and bands with different programs each evening. Mon-Thurs at 6pm and Fri & Sat at 5:30pm. Free event. 2201 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki. Visit waikikisteelguitarweek.com.

July 14 & 15
56th Annual Hawaii State Farm Fair enjoy learning about Hawaii’s agriculture and farming industry in the Department of Agriculture’s “Buy Local, It Matters” Education Pavilion. In addition to exhibits, some of the freshest grown produce and most diverse plants will be available. Keiki will enjoy live animals including steer, goats, chickens, pigs and more in the 4-H Livestock Tent. There will also be festive entertainment acts, demonstrations, fun-filled on-stage contests like watermelon eating, corn husking and chili pepper eating, in addition to kiddie rides, bouncers and mouth-watering food. Saturday 9am-7pm and Sunday 9am-5pm at Kualoa Ranch, 49-560 Kamehameha Hwy, Kane‘ohe. Visit hawaiistatefarmfair.org.

July 15
Hawaii All-Collectors’ Show is Hawai‘i’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. Vendors from Oahu, Outer Islands, Mainland U.S. and Japan will offer everything for sale. Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu. Call 808-941-9754.

July 15
48th Annual ‘Ukulele Festival Hawaii will bring together more than 10,000 people including masterful musicians at America’s largest ‘ukulele festival this year. Free and open to public. 10:30am-5:30pm at Kapiolani Park Bandstand in Waikiki. Visit ukulelefestivalhawaii.org.

July 19
43rd Annual Queen Liliu‘okalani Keiki Hula Competition was established in 1976 to provide a venue for children ages 5-12 to showcase their achievements in ancient and modern hula. Four hundred youngsters will represent over twenty five halau from Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Hawaii Island and Japan. At Neal Blaisdell Center, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu. Call 808-768-5400.

July 21 & 22
41st Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival the largest non-competitive hula event in Hawai‘i. Local food and refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the day. 9am-4pm Saturday and 10am-3pm Sunday. ‘Iolani Palace, 364 S. King St., Honolulu. Visit moanaluagardensfoundation.org.

July 27
Moonwalk at Waimea Valley walk the Valley’s main corridor to the waterfall under the full lit moon. The Proud Peacock will reopen for these nights only with a local ingredient tailored menu by North Shore catering company, Ke Nui Kitchen. Moon walk admission is $10. There will be only two admission times to enter the Valley, 8pm and 8:30pm. Admission will start with an ‘oli and brief overview of the Valley. All guests must exit the Valley by 10pm. Dinner buffet is $35 for adults and $18 for children 4-12 years old. Purchase of a dinner buffet includes admission into moon walk. Early dinner reservations and purchases are encouraged. Visit WaimeaValley.net.

July 28
6th Annual Waimea Valley Summer Concert Series for three (non-consecutive) days over summer enjoy music on the main lawn from 3-6:30pm. Visit waimeavalley.net.

 

August 2018

August 4 & 5
Waianae Coast Sunset on the Beach a different movie (TBD) will be presented each night at Maili Beach Park, 87-21 Farrington Hwy, Maili. Free event. Noon-10pm. Call 808-768-3003.

August 9-19
29th Annual Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival one of the longest-running LGBT film festivals in the country. At the Honolulu Museum of Art Doris Duke Theatre, 900 S Beretania St., Honolulu. Visit hglcf.org.

August 17-19
24th Annual Made in Hawaii Festival a three-day showcase of local products, cooking demonstrations and entertainment. Friday & Saturday from 10am-9pm, Sunday from 10am-5pm at Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu. Visit madeinhawaiifestival.com.

August 18-26
Duke’s Oceanfest 2018 features a variety of ocean sports that were close to Duke Kahanamoku’s heart, including longboard surfing, paddleboard racing, swimming, tandem surfing, surf polo, beach Volleyball, and stand-up paddling. Events are held at various locations in Waikiki. Visit dukesoceanfest.com.

August 19
36th Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival “Waikiki Style” feature some of the top artists in the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Genre performing for six solid hours on the beautiful grounds of the Waikiki Aquarium. Festival will also feature local arts and crafts, snacks, soft drinks and other favorite local foods. Call 808-226-2697.

August 25 & 26
Reebok Spartan Race Hawaii Trifecta Weekend is hosting four race types, Sprint, Super, Beast and Ultra. You can run an individual Sprint, Super, Beast or the Ultra, or if you dare, you can take on the ultimate Spartan Trifecta Challenge, by racing all three race types – Sprint + Super + Beast all in one weekend. Parking is $10 per car—cash only at Kuala Ranch, 49-560 Kamehameha Hwy, Kane‘ohe. Visit spartan.com.

August 25 & 26
37th Annual Greek Festival includes favorites including Greek specialties like Spanakopita (Spinach Pie), Gyro Sandwiches, Moussaka, Greek Chicken, Souvlaki (shish-ka-bob), Loukaniko (Greek Sausage) a variety of Greek Salads, Loukoumades (Greek Malasadas), ouzo sorbet, and an amazing assortment of Greek Pastries. Also available will be a Greek Vegan Meal. The Greek Taverna will be well stocked with imported Greek Beer, Ouzo, and Red, White, and Retsina wines. Learn to dance Greek and then join the fun with live music on the main courtyard stage by Mythos, a nationally known Greek Band from the West Coast. Noon to 9pm both days. At McCoy Pavilion, 1201 Ala Moana Blvd, Ala Moana Park, Honolulu. Visit greekfestivalhawaii.com.

August 26
6th Annual Waimea Valley Summer Concert Series for three (non-consecutive) days over summer enjoy music on the main lawn from 3-6:30pm. Visit waimeavalley.net.

August 30
Moonwalk at Waimea Valley walk the Valley’s main corridor to the waterfall under the full lit moon. The Proud Peacock will reopen for these nights only with a local ingredient tailored menu by North Shore catering company, Ke Nui Kitchen. Moon walk admission is $10. There will be only two admission times to enter the Valley, 8pm and 8:30pm. Admission will start with an ‘oli and brief overview of the Valley. All guests must exit the Valley by 10pm. Dinner buffet is $35 for adults and $18 for children 4-12 years old. Purchase of a dinner buffet includes admission into moon walk. Early dinner reservations and purchases are encouraged. Visit WaimeaValley.net.

 

September 2018

September 1
49th Annual Roughwater Swim nearly 1,000 swimmers of all ages will participate in this Labor Day weekend tradition that features Hawaii’s best as well as swimmers from around the world. 2.38 miles challenging swim from San Souci Beach to Duke Kahanamoku Beach in Waikiki. Visit waikikiroughwaterswim.com.

September 1 & 2
36th Annual Okinawan Festival immerse yourself in Okinawan culture on Labor Day weekend. Feast on traditional dishes such as andagi and Okinawa soba, take in the spectacle of live performances by popular entertainers from Okinawa and local groups, and hop in line at the annual Bon Dance at 5:30pm Saturday. Free event. 9am-5pm both days at Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. Visit okinawanfestival.com.

September 7
Ohina Short Film Showcase an evening of incredible independent films. Hawai’i’s largest annual short film festival dedicated to gathering and presenting original works by students, amateurs, and professional filmmakers. Although entries can come from around the world, there is only one requirement: a creative relationship to the Hawaiian Islands. 6pm-9pm at Hawaii Theatre, 1130 Bethel St, Honolulu. Visit ohina.org.

September 22-October 8
26th Annual Hawai‘i’s Woodshow 
is the premier statewide exhibition of exquisite woodwork by talented woodworkers from Hawaii and abroad who submit entries showcasing the versatility and beauty of Hawai‘i woods across design mediums including furniture, woodturning, sculpture and musical instruments. 10m-5pm. Honolulu Museum of Art School Main Gallery, 1111 Victoria St., Honolulu. Call 808-933-9411.

September 22 
Annual Waikiki Ho‘olaulea is Hawaii’s largest block party. Thousands of people will take to the streets along Kalakaua Avenue for food, fun and entertainment. 7pm-10pm. Start of Aloha Festivals. Visit alohafestivals.com.

September 29
72 Annual Aloha Festivals Floral Parade Kalakaua Avenue comes alive with a colorful procession of female and male pau horseback riders, floats covered with Hawaiian flowers, Hawaiian music, hula halau and local marching bands. 9am-noon. Visit alohafestivals.com.

September 29
Moonwalk at Waimea Valley walk the Valley’s main corridor to the waterfall under the full lit moon. The Proud Peacock will reopen for these nights only with a local ingredient tailored menu by North Shore catering company, Ke Nui Kitchen. Moon walk admission is $10. There will be only two admission times to enter the Valley, 8pm and 8:30pm. Admission will start with an ‘oli and brief overview of the Valley. All guests must exit the Valley by 10pm. Dinner buffet is $35 for adults and $18 for children 4-12 years old. Purchase of a dinner buffet includes admission into moon walk. Early dinner reservations and purchases are encouraged. Visit WaimeaValley.net.

September 30
Wiki 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. Blaisdell Hawaii Suites 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu. Visit ukulele.com.

 

October 2018

October 1-8
26th Annual Hawai‘i’s Woodshow 
is the premier statewide exhibition of exquisite woodwork by talented woodworkers from Hawaii and abroad who submit entries showcasing the versatility and beauty of Hawai‘i woods across design mediums including furniture, woodturning, sculpture and musical instruments. 10m-5pm. Honolulu Museum of Art School Main Gallery, 1111 Victoria St., Honolulu. Call 808-933-9411.

October 6
44th Annual Honolulu Intertribal Powwow visitors will enjoy Native America dancing, singing, and drumming while watching dancers in their finest powwow regalia gliding around arena. Activities at the arts and craft booth, education booth, and meet Native America vendors. Fry Bread and non-alcoholic beverages will be available to purchase. This is a non-smoking, no alcohol, and drug free event. Bring chairs. 10am-5pm both days at Ala Mona Beach Park, Magic Island. Free event. Visit honoluluintertribalpowwow.com.

October 31
Halloween in Waikiki come dressed or just to spectate all along Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. Many restaurants and bars have contests that night. Don’t forget your camera.