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.
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.
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.
July 9 & 10
54th Annual Hawaii State Farm Fair will be held at Kualoa Ranch in Kaneohe. There will be entertainment, demonstrations and the popular contests like watermelon eating, corn husking and chili pepper eating. There will also be keiki rides, bouncers and fabulous food along with some of the freshest grown produce. Saturday 9am-7pm and Sunday 9am-5pm. The event is free to children and students with a valid student ID and $5 for adults. Visit www.hawaiistatefarmfair.org.
July 10 & 17
10th Annual UH Manoa Kids First! Film Festival provides free quality entertainment for children and youth from 2 to 18 years of age. Winner of 11 international film festival awards, Lotte and the Moonstone Secret, from Estonia, plays (in English) for kids 4 years and above. 3pm-5pm at UH Manoa Art Auditorium, 2535 McCarthy Mall, Honolulu. Call 808-956-9883.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kumu Kahua Theatre Annual Kala-Bash includes dinner, two drinks, live entertainment and a great silent auction for ticket price of $35. Support the only theatre dedicated to producing plays written by local playwrights and about local culture. 5:30pm-8:30pm at Ferguson’s Pub, 729 Bishop St., Honolulu. Call 808-536-4441.
36 Annual Tinman Triathlon is not meant to be an “elite” race but a triathlon for every interested athlete. The triathlon begins and ends at Kapiolani Park near Waikiki and Diamond Head. Swim 750M, Bike 40K, Run 10K. 5:45am start of first swim wave at Queen’s Beach. Must be 15 or older on July 24, 2016. Call 808-202-1065.
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.
Beach Clean Up trash bags, gloves and other supplies will be provided. Volunteers should bring sun protection and water. 9am-11am. Check in begins at 8:45am at Ala Moana Beach Park. Call 808-440-9020.
Music For The Hawaiian Islands – Kuana Torres Kahele a multi-award-winning composer, choreographer, and musician performing from his entire Music for the Hawaiian Islands series. Shows at 2pm and 6pm at the Paliku Theatre, 45-720 Keaahala Rd., Kane‘ohe. Call 808-955-8821.
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 13 & 14
Reebok Spartan Race Hawaii Trifecta Weekend obstacles include but are not limited to 4-8 foot walls, barbed wire crawls, monkey bars, heavy objects pull and carry, fire jump and a 30-foot-tall signature rope climb. The race is designed to test participants’ physical and mental toughness. At Kualoa Ranch, 49-560 Kamehameha Hwy, Kane‘ohe. Visit www.spartan.com.
34th Annual 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 & 20
Western Union Ohana Cup 2016 Rugby League Festival Tickets: Adults/$25, military (with ID)/$20 and keiki (under 12 years old)/$15. No charge for keiki ages 5 and under. At Aloha Stadium. Visit www.ohanacup.com.
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.
4th Annual Summer Concert Series: Mele Kulaiwi 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 27 & 28
35th Annual Greek Festival including authentic Greek food, pastries, live music, dancing, cutlural presentations, imported wines, beer, ouzo, jewelry, deli items, t-shirts, greek marketplace. Noon-9pm at McCoy Pavilion, 1201 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu. Visit www.greekfestivalhawaii.com.
2016 Aloha Festivals Royal Court members receive the royal cloak, helmet, head feather lei and other symbols of their reign. Traditional chant and hula kahiko (ancient hula) highlight the event at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki at 2pm. Visit www.alohafestivals.com.
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.
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.
Aloha Festivals – Keiki Ho‘olaulea a variety of activities, demonstrations and continuous stage performances by participating keiki (children’s) musical groups and hula halau (schools). The 2016 Aloha Festivals Royal Court will make a special appearance. 10am-3pm at Pearlridge Center Uptown, 98-1005 Moanalua Rd., Aiea. Visit www.alohafestivals.com.
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.
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. Visit www.alohafestivals.com.
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.
October 1 & 2
Native American Intertribal Powwow event with singing, dancing, drumming, Native American arts & craft vendors, native fry bread, educational and children’s craft booth at Magic Island. At Magic Island Ala Moana Beach Park from 10am-5pm. Bring lawn chairs, blankets etc. for seating. Visit www.honoluluintertribalpowwow.com.
Fall Wiki Wiki One Day Vintage Collectibles & Hawaiiana Show is an all vintage (20 yrs & older) collectibles & antiques show and sale. Ninety three tables with over 70 vendors from Oahu, Outer Islands, & Mainland U.S. Hawaii’s only strictly vintage show. 10:30am-4:30pm at Blaisdell Hawaii Suites, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu. Call 808-941-9754.
10K World Peace & Unity Run/Walk 2016 6am start at starting at Ala Moana Beach (Magic Island). Visit www.spocua.com.
5th Annual Slack Key Guitar Festival Westside Style festivities will include food, great music, freebies throughout the day and a brand new Taylor Guitar to be given away to some lucky winner at the end of the day. Free event. Noon-5pm at Hoalauna Park in Ewa Beach. Call 808-226-2697.
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival various culinary events happening around O’ahu. From lu‘au to cook-offs to Ramen battles. For a complete schedule visit hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com.
Halloween on Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki every year restaurants and bars provide drinks specials and everyone is decked out in their best costumes. Come and take photo and join in the fun.
Ka Iwi Coastline Run & Walk starting at sunrise on Sandy’s Beach and ending at Hui Nalu Canoe Club on Maunalua Bay (4.0 miles). All participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt and a handmade glass fishing float. 6:30am-8:30am. Visit www.kaiwicoastrun.com.
Wiki Wiki One Day Holiday Vintage Collectibles & Hawaiiana Show is an all vintage (20 yrs & older) collectibles & antiques show and sale. Ninety three tables with over 70 vendors from Oahu, Outer Islands, & Mainland U.S. Hawaii’s only strictly vintage show. 10:30am-4:30pm at Blaisdell Hawaii Suites, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu. Call 808-941-9754.
Holiday Craft Fair at Hawaiian Mission Houses get your one-of-a-kind, Island handmade crafts. Free admission. 8:30am-3pm at 553 S King St., Honolulu. Call 808-447-3910.