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 Third Saturday
Mililani Jam enjoy live music at Town Center of Mililani. It’s a free event. 4pm-7pm at at Town Center of Mililani, 95-1249 Meheula Parkway, Mililani. Visit towncenterofmililani.com.

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.


July 2019

July-September 
Bon Dance Season each year, between the months of June and August, Obon festivals across the globe gather communities together in order to honor the spirits of their ancestors. A cherished Japanese Buddhist custom, dating back more than 500 years, Obon (sometimes shortened to just “Bon”) traditionally lasts for a duration of three days and consists of a dance known as Bon-Odori, which is often the highlight of the entire event. For a complete schedule visit honolulumagazine.com.

July 17
The Wildest Show In Town—Beat-lele come down to The Honolulu Zoo to enjoy live local music. $5 (per person over age 2) Gates open at 4:35pm. Music starts at 6pm. (No alcohol or high-back chairs please) Featuring: Beat-LeleUkulele. Call 808-926-3191. 

July 20 & 21
42nd Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival the largest non-competitive hula celebration in Hawai‘i. Features a Hawaiian-themed craft fair, cultural demonstrations, and more. Local food and refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the day. The public, and visitors, are welcome and encouraged to bring their beach chairs and mats to enjoy the magnificent setting of Iolani Palace, 364 S King St, Honolulu. Visit moanaluagardensfoundation.org.

July 21
49th Annual ‘Ukulele Festival will feature a star-studded line-up of musicians from around the world along with the Roy Sakuma 600-piece Ukulele Band composed of children and adults. Other festival offerings include free ukulele lessons, ukulele displays and giveaways by ukulele manufacturers, food booths, keiki (children) activity booths and Ukulele Festival souvenir t-shirts available for sale. The Ukulele Festival Hawaii is free and open to the public. 10:30am-5pm at Kapiolani Park, Honolulu. Visit ukulelefestivalhawaii.org.

July 25-27
44th Annual Queen Liliuokalani Keiki Hula Competition aHula competition held at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center Arena in Honolulu. Visit kpcahawaii.com.

July 27
Mele No Leleiohoku will honor ali‘i composers; Princess Likelike, Prince Leleiohoku, Queen Liliuokalani, and King Kalakaua, collectively known as Na Lani Eha. This evening will feature their compositions of Prince Leleiohoku performed by an array of professional musicians. There will be Hula Halau from our community, and local choirs performing alongside the featured bands. $30/person in advance, $35/person at the door. 5:30pm-8pm. Hawaiian Mission Houses, 553 S King St, Honolulu. Call 808-447-3918.

July 27
7th annual Summer Concert Series Hoi Hou Mai i Waimea various artists perform.$17 adults; $13 senior/child. At Waimea Valley, 59-864 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa. Visit waimeavalley.net.

July 28
Na Wahine Festival: Triathlon, Sprint, Bike Course, Swim Course at Kapiolani Park. 6:30am start. Call 808-946-0346. 


August 2019

August-September 
Bon Dance Season each year, between the months of June and August, Obon festivals across the globe gather communities together in order to honor the spirits of their ancestors. A cherished Japanese Buddhist custom, dating back more than 500 years, Obon (sometimes shortened to just “Bon”) traditionally lasts for a duration of three days and consists of a dance known as Bon-Odori, which is often the highlight of the entire event. For a complete schedule visit honolulumagazine.com.

August 10
37th Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Festival Waikiki Style 
will feature 15 our some of Hawaii’s finest artists in the slack key guitar genre over a period of six hours. Throughout the day food and refreshments will be available for purchase along with festival items. Noon-6pm at Waikiki Aquarium, 2777 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu. Call 808-226-2697.

August 10
Oahu Heart Walk at Kapiolani Regional Park. Join walkers from across our community as they step out to have fun, get inspired & support a meaningful cause.The Heart Walk is a 3.1 walk around beautiful Diamond Head and a 1 mile survivors route around Kapiolani Park. Rain or Shine. 6:30am-noon. Call 808-377-6646.

August 16-18
25th Annual Made in Hawaii Festival this three-day festival is the state’s largest annual emporium of Hawaii-made products, featuring apparel and fashion accessories, food products, books, handicrafts and artwork, gifts, home accessories, plants, produce and more. Added attractions throughout the three-day festival are live stage performances by top Hawaii music artists. $7. Friday/Saturday 10am-9pm, Sunday 10am-5pm at Neal S. Blaisdell Arena and Exhibition Hall, 777 Ward Ave, Honolulu. Visit madeinhawaiifestival.com.

August 17
Sea Life Park Hawaii 2019 Makapuu Twilight Concert Series will present acclaimed local musicians performing outdoors in the breathtaking Makapuu Meadows. Featuring John Cruz, Raiatea Helm, Natalie Ai Kamauu, Kalani Pea and Kimie Miner. 5pm-11pm at Sea Life Park, 41-202 Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimanalo. Call 808-259-2500.

August 17-25
Duke’s OceanFest features a variety of ocean sports close to Duke Kahanamoku’s heart, including Longboard Surfing, Paddleboard Racing, Swimming, Tandem Surfing, Surf Polo, Beach Volleyball, and Stand-Up Paddling. Various Locations. Visit dukesoceanfest.com.

August 18-22
Uke Ohana Oahu five melodic days of Aloha, playing and composing ‘ukulele, experiencing the cultural traditions of the north shore of Oahu, enjoying delicious local foods and savoring the beauty of the land and seascapes. ‘Ukulele classes with world famous musicians will open up new possibilities of skill and pleasure for the ‘ukulele enthusiast. At Ke Iki Beach Bungalows, 59-579 Ke Iki Rd, Sunset Beach. Visit fullheartproductions.com.

August 24
5th Annual Great Waikiki Beer Festival at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. The annual festival will offer tastings of more than 100 seasonal, local and craft beers from Hawaii and beyond. Call 808-523-8802.

August 31
7th annual Summer Concert Series Hoi Hou Mai i Waimea various artists perform.$17 adults; $13 senior/child. At Waimea Valley, 59-864 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa. Visit waimeavalley.net.


September 2019

September 5
Pau Hana For Literacy featuring live music. Each ticket includes 2 drinks, dinner plate, a fantastic dessert table, and also supports 5 free literacy programs that operate year-round in Hawaii. $45. 6pm-9pm at Murphy’s Bar & Grill, 2 Merchant St, Honolulu. Visit hawaiiliteracy.org/pauhana.

September 14
Bon Dance Season each year, between the months of June and August, Obon festivals across the globe gather communities together in order to honor the spirits of their ancestors. A cherished Japanese Buddhist custom, dating back more than 500 years, Obon (sometimes shortened to just “Bon”) traditionally lasts for a duration of three days and consists of a dance known as Bon-Odori, which is often the highlight of the entire event. For a complete schedule visit honolulumagazine.com.

September 21
Aloha Festivals 67th Annual Waikiki Ho‘olaulea Hawaii’s largest block party. Waikiki’s beachfront Kalakaua Avenue will be transformed with booths highlighting Hawaiian cuisine, crafts and culture. Attendees can taste the best of local flavors, peruse artisan-made crafts – and with four stages of incredible entertainment. 6pm-9:30pm. Call 808-523-8802.

September 28
Aloha Festivals 73rd Annual Floral Parade watch intricate floats decorated with a rainbow of fresh flowers and men and women on horseback showcasing the traditional art of pau riding. 9am-noon from From Ala Moana Park through Kalakaua Avenue to Kapiolani Park. Call 808-523-8802.

September 28
Open House & Family Day at Hawaiian Mission Houses Museum free admission, family and kid-friendly activities, and entertainment from Uncle Wayne and the Howling Dog Band. This one of only two free admission days during the year. Make and Take crafts. 10am-4pm. 553 S. King St, Honolulu. Call 808-447-3914.


October 2019

October 5 & 6
45th Annual Honolulu Intertribal Powwow
enjoy Native American Indian and Alaska Native drumming, singing, dancing in beautiful handmade regalia. Children are invited to make and take home native themed craft items. Native American Indian and Alaska Native vendors will offer native made crafts for purchase. Enjoy ono native foods. Bring chairs or blankets. 10am-5pm atAla Moana Beach Park-Magic Island. Visit honoluluintertribalpowwow.com.

October 5
45th Annual Honolulu intertribal Powwow visitors will enjoy Native American Indian and Alaska Native drumming, singing, dancing in beautiful handmade regalia. Children are invited to make and take home native themed craft items. Native American Indian and Alaska Native vendors will offer native made crafts for purchase. Freshly made frybread, Indian Tacos, cold soda, and water will be for sale. Bring chairs or blankets to enjoy the drumming. 10am-5pm. Visit honoluluintertribalpowwow.com

October 6
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 Neal Blaisdell Hawaii Suites, 777 Ward Ave, Honolulu. Visit ukulele.com.

October 11
Waikiki International Ukulele Block Party blocking off the main road: Kalakaua Avenue on Saturday with over 50,000 people attending the Ukulele Trade Show. Starts from 4pm-10pm with multiple stages of live performances. Visit ukuleletradeshow.com.

October 23
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival—Brews & BBQ first backyard barbecue in the heart of Ward Village. Nothing goes together like an ice-cold beer and slow-cooked meat, grazed and raised in Hawai‘i, of course. Wash it all down with local brews and craft favorites, from hoppy IPAs to fruity Sours. Visit hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com.

October 23-27
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival 2019 features a roster of more than 150 internationally renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and winemakers and mixologists. Visit hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com.


November 2019

November 7-10
Hula Girl Festival a Waikiki Block Festival on the main drag Kalakaua Avenue will be blocked off for the first ever Hula Hoolaulea to be held in Waikiki and cover a half mile of stages, hula booths, exhibitions, hula supplies, live performances, Hawaiian music and craft fair. Saturday: Hula Hoolaulea! 50,000 people will be on the streets of Waikiki with 5 stages of live performances and Hawaiian music. Call 808-271-5853.

November 24
XTERRA Trail Run World Championship
a 21-kilometer half-marathon course is considered the world championship course, and it takes runners through some of the most diverse and scenic terrain on the planet. It is an event open to runners of all ages, with skill levels that can range from elite to beginner. In order to accommodate the various levels, there will be various courses – the 21K championship course, a 10K, a 5K, and an “adventure walk.” 9am-1pm at Kualoa Ranch in Kane‘ohe. Visit xterraplanet.com.

November 24
Wiki One Day Vintage Collectibles & Hawaiiana Holiday 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 Neal Blaisdell Hawaii Suites, 777 Ward Ave, Honolulu. Visit ukulele.com.

November 30
48th Annual Craft Fair features only products made in Hawai`i Nei by local crafters and artisans. 8:30am-3pm at Hawaiian Mission Houses, 553 S King St, Honolulu. Call 808-447-3914.

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