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.
Second Wednesday of the Month (February 12-December 9, 2020)
Cinema in the Park top notch films, special guests, and fun activities to the Honolulu community with this amazing program. Free tickets are required; please RSVP to reserve your place. When a film is sold out, you may still be able to attend the showing on a standby basis and would be allowed entrance after ticket holders, if space permits. At Victoria Ward Park, 1020 Auahi St, Honolulu. Visit hiff.org.
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.
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.
Super Saturday Art Activities free, family-friendly activities. All ages welcome. Make your own work of art to take home. 10am-2pm at Hawaii State Art Museum, 250 South Hotel St, Honolulu. Call 808-586-0300.
Beat-Lele’s “Fab4on4Strings” Album Release Party: An Ukulele Tribute to The Beatles performing at Blue Note Hawaii with two shows nightly at 6:30pm & 9:00pm. Beat-Lele is comprised of four Beatle-loving musicians who hail from the island of Oahu. 2335 Kalakaua Ave, Waikiki. Call 808-777-4890.
Johnny Faerber 10K starts on Kalakaua Avenue beyond Kapiolani Park tennis courts. Don’t forget to look for whales as you go over Diamond Head. 7am start. Visit mprrc.com.
SALT Presents HOT Opera Express “Cinderella” with a free performance in The Barn. Designed to be keiki-friendly in duration, yet filled with music and drama. There will also be a special meet and greet with the cast after the performance. 11:30am. 691 Auahi St, Honolulu. Call 808-983-1348.
10th Annual Pow! Wow! Hawaii 2020 from Ohe St. to Kapiolani Blvd. and Punchbowl to Kamakee St. to create new murals on multiple walls. With a block party alongside the Honolulu Night Market on February 14. Call 808-533-2787.
February 7, 8, 14, 15 & 16
The Last King of Bali featuring puppets, shadow actors, dancers, and live gamelan music in a traditional Balinese folk tale. Fri/Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2pm. $25 Regular $22 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff $20, $15 Students $8 UH Manoa Students with valid ID. At Kennedy Theatre Main Stage, 1770 East-West Rd, Honolulu. Call 808-956-2601.
Hawaii Kai Towne Center Celebrates Chinese New Year welcome the Year of the Rat with a performance by the award-winning Wah Ngai Lion Dance Association, at the scenic Marina Docks. There will also be a martial arts demonstration. Parents are encouraged to bring keiki, as children are often delighted to feed the lion. 11am-4pm. Hawaii Kai Towne Center, 333 Keahole St. Honolulu. Call 808-489-3701.
Aloha is for Lovers Market pop-up market and showcase for unique local treasures and finds. Features Hawaii’s finest furniture makers, artisans, jewelry makers, clothing designers, food vendors, and more. 9am-2pm at 340 Uluniu St, Kailua. Visit alohahomemarket.com.
Mowtown Valentines: A Big Band Tribute soulful R&B jams of the 60s will be recreated with an epic 10-piece live band and 15 of Honolulu’s fiercest soul singers, including American Idol finalists Big Mox, Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner, Yoza, local favorites Keilana, Maile, Kahma, Melodie Soul, Ginai, Melissa Diallo, Gabriel Miller, The Elevations, Ken Lykes & Shain Miller. 18+ show. $30. 6pm-11pm. At The REPUBLIK, 1349 Kapiolani Blvd, Honolulu. Call 808-351-8200.
36th Annual Great Aloha Run an 8.15-mile foot race, begins at Aloha Tower and finishes in the Aloha Stadium. 7am start. Visit greataloharun.com.
February 23-March 7
The Carp Who Would Not Quit & Other Animal Stories tellings of traditional fables from Japan and Okinawa teach important lessons of perseverance, gratitude, and kindness. Introducing music, language, and performance traditions from these cultures, this interactive performance is specifically developed for the littlest audience and families. $10-$20. Feb 23 at 2pm, Saturdays at 9:30am and 11:30 am, Sunday March 7 at 4:30pm. Honolulu Theatre for Youth, Tenney Theatre 229 Queen Emma Square, Honolulu. Visit htyweb.org.
February 26-March 1
Winter Footholds dance concerts spotlight undergraduate and graduate student choreography and performance. At Kennedy Theatre, 1770 East-West Rd, Honolulu. Wed.–Sat. at 7:30pm and Sun. at 2pm. $18 Regular $16 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff $13 Non-UHM Student/Youth $8 UH Manoa Students with valid ID. Call 808-956-2601.
King’s Runner 10K starting and finishing at Thomas Square in Honolulu. Starts at 6:45am. After the race, proceed into the Festival Area in Thomas Square. There will be music on the main stage, complimentary snacks and drinks. Local food trucks will be placed on the Victoria Street side of the park. The food trucks accept cash & cards. Visit thehapalua.com.
Sake Appreciation Festival was initiated to acknowledge the gift that alcoholic beverages made from rice like sake and shochu are to the world. 3pm-4pm at 1239 Olomea St, Honolulu. Visit jinja.us.
Winter Footholds dance concerts spotlight undergraduate and graduate student choreography and performance. At Kennedy Theatre, 1770 East-West Rd, Honolulu. 2pm. $18 Regular $16 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff $13 Non-UHM Student/Youth $8 UH Manoa Students with valid ID. Call 808-956-2601.
26th Annual Honolulu Festival is Hawaii’s premier cultural event, promoting mutual understanding, economic cooperation and ethnic harmony between the people of Hawaii and the Pacific Rim region. The Festival culminates with a spectacular parade down Kalakaua Avenue, the main street in Waikiki. Admission to all the events is free. Visit honolulufestival.com.
March 6 & 7
The Carp Who Would Not Quit & Other Animal Stories tellings of traditional fables from Japan and Okinawa teach important lessons of perseverance, gratitude, and kindness. Introducing music, language, and performance traditions from these cultures, this interactive performance is specifically developed for the littlest audience and families. $10-$20. Saturday at 9:30am and 11:30 am, Sunday at 4:30pm. Honolulu Theatre for Youth, Tenney Theatre 229 Queen Emma Square, Honolulu. Visit htyweb.org.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Kalakaua Ave. in front of Ft DeRussey and makes its way through Waikiki to the bandstand at Kapiolani Park. The parade has around 800 participants. Noon-1:30pm. Call 808-285-0874.
Kapuuola Hula Festival is an outdoor hula festival held at the pa hula (hula mound) at Puuokapolei, a cultural and historic site in Kapolei. The festival features performances by several halau hula (hula schools) and live Hawaiian music entertainment. Shopping and food booths are also at the event. This festival is an eco-friendly event. Free refillable water stations will be located throughout the festival grounds so visitors can refill their water bottles. 10am-6:30pm at Kapolei Regional Park, 1077 Manawai St, Kapolei. Call 808-722-3036.
Hapalua Half Marathon 2020 13.1-mile course travels from Waikiki to downtown Honolulu and back, loops around Diamond Head and ends at Kapiolani Park, the traditional finish line of the Honolulu Marathon. 6am start. Visit thehapalua.com.
23rd Annual Hawaii International Film Festival brings in amazing features, documentaries and shorts from Asia, the Pacific, and around the world. At Regal Dole Cannery Screen X, 4DX, IMAX & RPX, 735 B Iwilei Rd, Honolulu. Visit hiff.org.
April 24-May 2
Rise Up! presents annual dance concert as a potent expression of social consciousness and features choreography by seminal dance figures Pearl Primus, Donald McKayle, Anna Sokolow, and more. Audience input will influence a work choreographed by UHM dance faculty entitled “Vote.” Tickets $25. Kennedy Theatre, 1770 East-West Rd, Manoa. Call 808-944-2697.
13th Annual Play How You Feel – Gabby Pahinui Waimanalo Kanikapila celebrates the musical heritage of Waimanalo with food, music, arts & crafts, and cultural activities. 9am-6pm at Waimanalo Beach Park, 41-741 Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimanalo. Visit gabbypahinui.com.
18th Annual Waikiki SPAM Jam will fill Kalakaua Avenue with the sound of sizzling SPAM, live music and entertainment, and excitement. A street festival that celebrates the people of Hawaii’s love for SPAM. 4pm-10pm. Visit spamjamhawaii.com.
Haleʻiwa Metric Century bicycle along Oʻahu’s beautiful North Shore. Choose 30, 50, 80 or 100 km or the family friendly Aloha Fun Ride 5 and 10 km options. Fully supported with aid stations, mechanical help, and HPD presence along the course for added safety. Proceeds from this event support the Hawaii Bicycling League. 7:30am-2pm. Visit hbl.org.
93rd Annual Lei Day Celebration honors Hawaii’s people and their rich heritage. The Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association traditionally plays in the lei exhibit/Kulana Lei area (open area between the bandstand and the shell). The Lei Contest Exhibit is open to the public in the open area between the bandstand and the shell. 9am-5:30pm in Kapiolani Park, Waikiki. Visit honolulu.gov.
17th Annual Honolulu Triathlon Festival of Sports offers several sporting events and features the famous Honolulu Triathlon, Kids Race, 10K Fun Run and a SUP & RUN at the beach. 5am at Magic Island in Ala Moana Beach Park. Parking is extremely limited so please try to park at the Ala Moana Shopping Center and walk over to the park. Visit honolulutriathlon.com.