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.

 

July 2017

July-August
Bon Dance Festivals celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years and traditionally includes a dance, known as Bon-Odori. Many temples also concurrently hold a cultural and food bazaar providing a variety of cuisine and art, also to display features of Japanese culture and Japanese-American history. For a schedule of days and places on O‘ahu visit hongwanjihawaii.com.

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.

July 30
UH Kids First Film Fest boasting 40 live-action and animated films from 13 countries over five Sundays. Nature and environmental themes. 3pm to 5pm at UH Manoa Art Auditorium in Honolulu. Visit summer.hawaii.edu.

 

August 2017

August
Bon Dance Festivals celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years and traditionally includes a dance, known as Bon-Odori. Many temples also concurrently hold a cultural and food bazaar providing a variety of cuisine and art, also to display features of Japanese culture and Japanese-American history. For a schedule of days and places on O‘ahu visit hongwanjihawaii.com.

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 4
Pacific Ink & Art Expo featuring the biggest names in tattooing & art as well as the biggest tattoo celebrities from the Tv shows, Ink Master, LA Ink & Tattoo Nightmares. Music, food, hula, tattoos, art and more. Kids 12 and under get in free. 2pm-7pm. At Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu. Visit pacificinkandartexpo.com.

August 5
Family Fun Run starts at Honolulu Hale at 8:30am. Keiki ages 3 to 10 years old can participate in a 500-meter dash, while family members of all ages can enter the 3K Fun Run, a leisurely walk/run that will take them through downtown. Along the way, enjoy selfie stops, Meadow Gold TruMoo milk, KonaRed samples, snacks, entertainment and more. Visit honolulufamily.com.

August 5
2nd Annual Best of Honolulu Festival an emporium of Honolulu’s best food and beverage products, restaurants, local goods, services, boutiques, arts and crafts, and more. There will be a keiki village featuring rides and activities for the whole family. The kids will have a blast in the Dave and Busters Keiki Zone with face painting, balloon animals, games, rides, photos with Cinderella and Belle and more. Free admission and parking. 10am-5pm at Honolulu Hale, 530 S. King St., Honolulu. Call 808-537-9500.

August 5
Asia Pacific Dance Festival: Ike Hana I + Culinary Celebration an evening honoring food and culture throughout Asia and the Pacific featuring the delicious creations of local chefs. Must be purchased in combination with a Ike Hana I concert ticket. 7:30pm-9:30pm at Kennedy Theatre, 1770 East-West Rd., Honolulu. Visit manoa.hawaii.edu.

August 6
Asia Pacific Dance Festival: Ike Hana II second of two finale concerts featuring a program from artists: Ka Pa Hula O Kauanoe O Waahila under the direction of Kumu Hula Maelia Loebenstein Carter, Kanokupolu Dancers, dancers of Tonga under the direction of Cotton Robusta Siale and guidance of Her Majesty Queen Nanasipauu, and The Korea National University of the Arts. 2pm-4pm at Kennedy Theatre, 1770 East-West Rd., Honolulu. Visit manoa.hawaii.edu.

August 10
Courtyard Cinema showcases a selection of curated films from the Hawaii International Film Festival. Free self-parking is available across the street in the Ward Village Shops parking garage or in the Ward Centre Parking garage. 6pm-9pm at 1240 Ala Moana Blvd. in the IBM Courtyard. Visit wardvillage.com.

August 10-19
28th Annual Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival will be held at the Doris Duke Theatre, 900 S Beretania St., Honolulu. Visit hglcf.org.

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 18-20
23rd Annual Made in Hawai‘i Festival a showcase of nearly 400 exhibitors featuring food products, books, gifts, apparel and jewelry, arts and crafts, produce and more. Live music. Fri & Sat from 10am-9pm and Sun from 10am-5pm. At Blaisdell Exhibition Center, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu. Visit madeinhawaiifestival.com.

August 19-27
Duke’s OceanFest 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. 6am-10pm daily at the Duke Kahanamoku’s Statue in Waikiki. Visit dukesoceanfest.com.

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.

August 25-27
Comic Con the best and brightest in comic book and pop entertainment. Meet your favorite creators and celebrities at this three-day event. At the Hawaii Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu. Visit amazinghawaiicomiccon.com.

August 26
5th Annual Summer Concert Series at Waimea Valley from 3pm-6:30pm at Waimea Valley’s Main Lawn. 59-864 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa. Visit waimeavalley.net.

August 26 & 27
36th 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-9pm both days. At McCoy Pavilion, 1201 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu. Visit greekfestivalhawaii.com.

 

September 2017

September 2 & 3
35th Annual Okinawan Festival taste authentic cuisine, enjoy numerous live performances and visit various cultural booths showcasing Okinawan, Japanese and Hawaiian culture. Sat. from 9am-9:30pm, Sun. from 9am-5pm. Free event in Kapiolani Park. Visit okinawanfestival.com.

September 9
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.

September 9 & 10
43rd Annual Honolulu Intertribal Powwow this free family friendly event of Native American drumming, dancing and singing. Enjoy the taste of Native American frybread and tacos, come and see our handmade local and visiting Native American vendors arts & crafts. 10am-5pm both days at Ala Moana Beach Park Picnic Areas #19, 20, & 21, 1401 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu. Visit honoluluintertribalpowwow.com.

September 14
Courtyard Cinema showcases a selection of curated films from the Hawaii International Film Festival. Free self-parking is available across the street in the Ward Village Shops parking garage or in the Ward Centre Parking garage. 6pm-9pm at 1240 Ala Moana Blvd. in the IBM Courtyard. Visit wardvillage.com.

September 23
25th Annual Hawaii’s Wood Show a premier exhibit celebrating the art of woodworking and the positive role of forests in Hawaii, returns to the Honolulu Museum of Art Gallery School at Linekona, 1111 Victoria St. 10am-5pm. Visit woodshow.hawaiiforest.org.

September 23
65th Annual Annual Waikiki Hoolaulea is Hawaii’s largest block party. Thousands of people will take to the streets along Kalakaua Avenue for food, fun and entertainment. 7pm-10pm. Visit alohafestivals.com.

September 30
71st Annual 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.

 

October 2017

October 1
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 at Blaisdell Hawaii Suites, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu. Visit ukulele.com.

October 7
World Peace & Unity 10K Road Race 2017 starting at 6am at Hawaii Ala Moana Park Magic Island. Visit spocua.com.

October 7
17th Annual Windward Hoolaulea grab your beach chair or blanket and meet on the Great Lawn for food, fun and great entertainment. 10am-8pm at Windward Community College, 45-720 Keaahala Rd., Kaneohe. Visit windwardhoolaulea.com.

October 12
Courtyard Cinema showcases a selection of curated films from the Hawaii International Film Festival. Free self-parking is available across the street in the Ward Village Shops parking garage or in the Ward Centre Parking garage. 6pm-9pm at 1240 Ala Moana Blvd. in the IBM Courtyard. Visit wardvillage.com.

October 12-14
Hawaii Bellydance Convention opens with its double gala show starring local and overseas dancers. The following two days are packed with workshops for various levels and styles of oriental dance. It Finishes with a VIP After Party filled with food, music, and performances. At Doris Duke Theatre, Neil Blaisdell Concert Hall. Visit hawaiibellydanceconvention.com.

October 14
7th Annual Pumpkin Festival in Kapolei over 60,000 visitors participate in our harvest activities, carnival rides, and ono local grinds. There is a free tractor hay ride. Live entertainment all day. 8:30am-5pm at Aloun Farm Festival Grounds, 91-1440 Farringon Hwy, Kapolei. Visit alounfarms.com.

October 21
Honolulu Pride Parade & Festival more than 20,000 parade viewers, 1,000 participants, 3,000 festival goers, a full day of entertainment, and special events for youth and families. 9am-6pm on Kalakaua Ave. in Waikiki. Visit hawaiilgbtlegacyfoundation.com.

October 21
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.

October 22
6th Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival Westside Style will feature up to 16 performing artists in the Slack Key Guitar Genre including award winning artists and newcomers. Also appearing will be a couple of special guest from Hawaii and the mainland. The event will also feature “Made In Hawaii” products and favorite foods and snacks. Noon-5pm at Hoalauna Park. Keaunui Dr. Ewa Beach. Visit slackkeyfestival.com.

October 31
Halloween in Waikiki Along Kalakaua Avenue dress up or just spectate when the ghouls come out at night. There is lots of specials and contests at bars and restaurants all along the road in Waikiki.

 

November 2017

November 1-5
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival is the premier epicurean destination event in the Pacific. Set in the lush island paradise of Hawaii, the festival will take place over three weekends. Featuring a roster of over 100 internationally-renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers. Visit hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com.

November 18
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.

November 19
Wiki Wiki One Day Vintage Collectibles & Hawaiiana Show & Holiday Edition 
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 at Blaisdell Hawaii Suites, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu. Visit ukulele.com.