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 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.


September 2019

September 18
Kona Nui Nights honors and highlights Hawaiian language, music, and the art of hula. The event starts at 6pm and the doors will open at 5:30pm. At Victoria Ward Park, 1020 Auahi St, Honolulu. Visit wardvillage.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.

September 29
Honolulu Century Ride ride in Hawaiʻi’s largest cycling event and meet new friends and cyclists of all levels. Choose to ride 25, 50, 75, or 100 miles, taking in some of Oʻahu’s most magnificent views. Join the family friendly 5, 9, or 18 mile Aloha Fun Ride. Starts and finishes at Kapiʻolani Park and fully supported with aid stations serving energizing snacks, mechanical help, and rider support along the way. Visit hbl.org.


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 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 6-27
Honolulu Pride Parade & Festival offers over two weeks of colorfully curated events filled with entertainment, art, fashion and culture providing something special for members LGBTQ community. Visit hawaiilgbtlegacyfoundation.com.

October 10
18th Annual Chopsticks & Wine attracting an estimated 1,000 attendees featuring Honolulu’s top restaurants, chefs and fine wines & spirits. 6pm-8:30pm at Hawaii Convention Center. Call 415-812-2297.

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 11
Talk Story Festival is Hawaii’s oldest and largest storytelling celebration. Our theme this year is He Lei Aloha (lei of love) where all things lei will be shared through oli (chant), mele (song), hula (hula) and moolelo (story). Following our tellers will be a panel of lei makers. Rounding out the evening will be music and hula. You’ll even get a chance to learn how to make a lei. 5pm-8pm at University of Hawai‘i, 2645 Dole St, Honolulu. Call 808-768-3041.

October 12
Sunset on the Beach “Ralph Breaks the Internet” features viewing of great movies on a 30-foot screen, with popular restaurants serving affordably priced meals and live Hawaiian style entertainment with deejays from popular radio stations. The event is located on Queen’s Surf Beach. Free event. It starts about 4:30pm and ends at about 9:30pm. Call 808-923-1094.

October 16
Kona Nui Nights honors and highlights Hawaiian language, music, and the art of hula. The event starts at 6pm and the doors will open at 5:30pm. At Victoria Ward Park, 1020 Auahi St, Honolulu. Visit wardvillage.com.

October 19-27
Woodshow Na Laau o 2019 at the beautiful Chinese Hall at Moanalua Gardens, daily from 10am-5pm. $5. Extraordinary heirloom-quality works made from beautiful Hawaii-grown woods. Visit woodshow.hawaiiforest.org.

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.

October 24
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival: Crazy Rich Cocktails Food and cocktails – whether from street vendors, folding homemade dumplings or at a posh wedding – play starring roles in the milestone film Crazy Rich Asians. Dress like a high roller and roll the dice as HFWF brings together expert chefs in Asian flavors and transforms Alohilani Resort’s pool deck into a grand Macau casino – do you prefer Baccarat or Black Jack? 6pm-9pm at Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, 2490 Kalakaua Ave, Waikiki. Call 808-738-6245.

October 25
Boo at the Zoo on the Stage Lawn at the Zoo, this family event will have lots of spooky fun with a Trick-or-Treat Trail, Spooky Story Times, Mad Science demonstrations, Conservation Education Stations, face painting, and lots of fun keiki activities, crafts and games. This year’s event will feature two Haunted Houses – one for the little ones and one for the older kids. $15, free for keiki 2 years and under. Call 808-926-3191.

October 25
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival: Swirl
wine and dine on the Hawaii Convention Center rooftop, pairing premium red wine vintages with delicious dishes by some of the greatest chefs on earth. 6pm-9pm at Hawaii Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu. Call 808-738-6245.

October 25
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival: Fiesta 24/7
with authentic dishes prepared by top chefs with deep Latin American roots. Add cervezas and tequila to a pool deck setting under the stars. 9pm-1am at Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa, Waikiki. Call 808-738-6245.

October 26
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival: Life’s a Beach barefoot and fabulous on a sandy crescent under the stars – as you indulge in dishes by 12 renowned chefs and sample world-class wines and sip craft cocktails by master mixologists. Live music and night-ending fireworks is a one-of-a-kind experience. 5pm-9pm at Ko Olina resort grand lawn. Call 808-738-6245.

October 27
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival: Michelin Stars famed Halekulani Culinary Masters Gala dinner. Don your best fashions for an elegant epicurean dining experience featuring six exquisite courses and fine wine pairings by Michelin Star chefs. 5pm-10pm at Halekulani in Waikiki. Call 808-738-6245.

October 28-November 10
Vans Pro Sunset Beach is the true test of a surfer’s endurance since it spans the size of a football field and pumps out powerful waves known to close out the bay. An environmentally sensitive area, the WSL and Vans have taken precautions to mitigate the impact to Sunset Beach while still maintaining a professional opportunity for local athletes. 8am-4pm. Call 808-651-8248.


November 2019

November 1-10
Vans Pro Sunset Beach is the true test of a surfer’s endurance since it spans the size of a football field and pumps out powerful waves known to close out the bay. An environmentally sensitive area, the WSL and Vans have taken precautions to mitigate the impact to Sunset Beach while still maintaining a professional opportunity for local athletes. 8am-4pm. Call 808-651-8248.

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 7-17
39th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival a destination of award winning films from major film festivals around the world, and an incubator for Hawaii-based and Native Hawaiian works that come from the vibrant and local creative industries. Visit hiff.org.

November 9
17th Annual Chocolate Extravaganza enjoy an all you can eat chocolate buffet and silent auction from 6:30pm-9pm. Limited Seating VIP event (starts at 5pm) sells out every year. $30 or $50. Visit emmanuelkailua.org.

November 13-24
Hawaiian Pro to kick-start the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (VTCS) at a wave where many of Hawaii’s athletes got their start in competitive surfing. In Hale‘iwa Ali‘i Beach Park. 8am-4pm. Call 808-651-8248.

November 13-December 20
Vans Triple Crown of Surfing professional surfing series that ultimately determines the best athlete of the North Shore’s winter surf season. 8am-4pm. Call 808-651-8248.

November 16
13th Annual MAMo Wearable Art Show celebrates Native Hawaiian artists, designers, and cultural practitioners in a series of art gallery exhibitions, arts markets and the popular MAMo Wearable Arts Show at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. 6:30pm-8:30pm. Call 808-844-2001. 

November 16
Mele No Kalakaua will feature their compositions of King Kalakaua performed by an array of professional musicians. There will be Hula Halau from our community, local choirs, and classical quartets performing alongside the featured bands. $35. 5:30pm-8pm at Hawaiian Mission Houses, 553 S. King St, Honolulu. Call 808-447-3918. 

November 20
Kona Nui Nights honors and highlights Hawaiian language, music, and the art of hula. The event starts at 6pm and the doors will open at 5:30pm. At Victoria Ward Park, 1020 Auahi St, Honolulu. Visit wardvillage.com.

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.


December 2019

December 1-20
Vans Triple Crown of Surfing professional surfing series that ultimately determines the best athlete of the North Shore’s winter surf season. 8am-4pm. Call 808-651-8248.

December 7-January 1 
Honolulu City Lights & Parade the parade, held on King Street, begins at approximately 6pm., starts at River Street, proceeds past Honolulu Hale, and ends at Kawaiahao Street. Decorated vehicles will park at the end of the parade for public viewing until 8:15pm. Honolulu City Lights will be open daily from 8am-11pm, and will run through January 1, 2019, including the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Visit honolulucitylights.org.

December 8
47th Annual Honolulu Marathon 
26.2 miles, 385 yards or 42.195 kilometers. Honolulu Marathon’s scenic course includes spectacular ocean views alongside world-famous Waikiki Beach, and Diamond Head and Koko Head volcanic craters. The terrain is level except for short uphill grades around Diamond Head. 5am start. Visit honolulumarathon.org.

December 15
7th Annual Jingle Rock Run is a family-friendly, festive holiday walk through downtown Honolulu that raises much-needed funding to make life-changing wishes come true for keiki with critical illnesses. Walkers, joggers, runners, strollers and pets are all welcome. 3pm-9pm. Visit jinglerockrun.com.

December 21
Koko Marina Center Craft Fair over 60 vendors sell the latest trends, imports, closeouts, jewelers, snacks, healing jewelry, plants, succulents, essential oils, clothing, baby items, kitchenware, stationary, squishies, resin art, handcrafters, electronics and more. Free parking, food vendors and refreshing shaved ice. 10am-4pm. Call 808-479-5525. 

December 8-20
Billabong Pipe Masters 
season conclusion to the World Surf League elite tour. It determines the most anticipated and highest regarded titles known to professional surfing: The World Champion, Vans Triple Crown Champion and Billabong Pipe Masters event winner, and it all ensues at Mecca – the North Shore of Oahu and Banzai Pipeline. 8am-4pm. Call 808-651-8248.


January 2020

January 6-12
Sony Open in Hawai‘i
attracts 144 of the world’s greatest golf professionals competing for a share of the $6.6 million prize. At the exclusive Waialae Country Club. Visit sonyopeninhawaii.com.

January 11 & 12
20th Annual Pacific Island Arts Festival held in Kapiolani Park offers guests the opportunity to enjoy more than 75 Hawaii artists who display their work for sale. Admission is free. Located directly across from the entrance to the Honolulu Zoo. 9am-4pm both days. Call 808-696-6717. 

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