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 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.

 

October 2018

October 1-31
Carnevil of Screams explore the grounds of the Romero Bros. Carnival of Dreams. Once the jewel of the boardwalk, now in ruins and haunted by the ghosts of bygone performers, its brutal past, and the ferocious carny-folk and clowns who refuse to leave. So step right up. Come right in. Skeleton Key Hawaii and Jorge Garcia welcome you to the CarnEVIL of SCreams! Warning: You may experience intense audio and lighting, extreme low visibility, strobe lights, fog, damp or wet conditions, moving floors, optical effects, sudden actions, and an overall physically demanding environment. You should not enter if you suffer from asthma, heart conditions, physical ailments, respiratory or any type of medical problem, are prone to seizures, are pregnant, or suffer from any form of mental disease including claustrophobia. $15 (fast passes for $20). 7pm-10pm Fridays and Saturdays; also 7pm-10pm Oct. 25 and 4pm-7pm. Oct. 21 and 28 (keiki-friendly). 171-A Hamakua Drive, Kailua. Visit: skeletonkeyhawaii.com.

October 24-28
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival Events including food and drinks at various locations. Something for everyone. Visit hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com.

October 24 
Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival: The Howard Hughes Corporation Presents Crops & Hops locally grown emerging crops and 20 craft beers from around the world are the stars at this grazing event in the heart of Kaka‘ako on the brand new Ward Village field. Get a taste of eight different dishes featuring breakthrough agricultural products grown in Hawai‘i. 4pm-7pm. Call 808-738-6245.

October 25
Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival: Feng Shui & Cocktails enjoy the exquisite flavors of Asia at this chic party. Wander around the Sunrise and Sunset pools at The Modern Honolulu in Waikiki as you enjoy cocktails by the country’s finest mixologists and tantalizing dishes by 13 chefs. Feng Shui Master Clarence Lau will be on deck, giving personal readings for attendees who want to learn about their Year of the Dog prospects. 6pm-9pm. Call 808-738-6245.

October 27
2018 Mele Music Series Seating provided under the stars and swaying palms at Kahua Hookipa, our outdoor performance garden. Gates open at 5pm. Performance 5:30pm-8pm. $30 online in advance or $35 at the door. Visit missionhouses.org.

October 31
Halloween in Waikiki come dressed or just to spectate all along Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. Many restaurants and bars have contests that night. Don’t forget your camera.

 

November 2018

November 4
4th Annual Waffles for Wishes brunch at the Ward Village Courtyard. A champagne-chic brunch with live entertainment, mouth-watering bites from Hawaii’s top restaurants, and bottomless libations. Visit wafflesforwishes.com.

November 4
Gecko Gallop 2018 ‘Salute to Our Veterans’ 5K Run and Walk bring the whole family out for a run, walk, or crawl to the finish line. Ages 10 and over $30 and a free keiki run will be held for children 10 and under. Keiki Dash start time: 7:30am. 5K to follow directly after at 8am. At Bellows Air Force Station, 220 Tinker Rd., Waimanalo. If you are a Non-DoD Cardholder, you must provide a Drivers License or State ID # at registration to be added to an access roster for entry to Bellows AFS on race day. Please see registration for details. Visit raceentry.com.

November 8-18
38th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival 
showcases features and documentaries from Asia, the Pacific Islands and Hawaii, and all films depict their region/culture in a culturally accurate way. Visit hiff.org.

November 12-24
Hawaiian Pro opening event of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, the Hawaiian Pro has created a local legacy that sets the bar for competition and initiates the start of peak surf season on O‘ahu. Events take place at Hale‘iwi Beach Park—weather permitting.

November 18
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. Blaisdell Hawaii Suites 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu. Visit ukulele.com.

November 24
Hawaiian Mission Houses Annual Holiday Craft Fair features only items made in Hawai’i and the artists who make them. 8:30am-3pm. 553 S. King St., Honolulu. Call 808-447-3914.

November 25-December 6
Van’s World Cup of Surfing Vans World Cup makes and breaks careers as the final stop on the international QS tour, since the potential for qualification to the WSL Championship Tour (CT) – the world’s highest level of professional surfing. Events take place at Sunset Beach—weather permitting.

November 29-December 2
Murder at the Victorian Estate  the original improvised show where danger and comedy are hidden around every corner. Hair-raisingly scary and belly-achingly hilarious, this show will leave you rolling on the floor. Thursday-Saturday at 9:30pm, Sunday at 7:30pm. Tickets are only sold at the Kennedy Theatre Box Office starting one hour before curtain. 1770 East-West Rd., Honolulu. Call 808-956-7655.

 

December 2018

December 1
34th Annual Honolulu City Lights opening night festivities kick off a month long celebration of dazzling lights and displays, family-friendly activities, and merry fun on the Frank F. Fasi Civic Center Grounds. opening night there is a dazzling lights parade in Chinatown through King St. The public is encouraged to come early to take advantage of the free parking that is available in the city’s municipal lot, with entry from the left lane of Beretania Street just past Alapai Street. Runs through January 1. Visit honolulucitylights.org.

December 1 & 2
Murder at the Victorian Estate  the original improvised show where danger and comedy are hidden around every corner. Hair-raisingly scary and belly-achingly hilarious, this show will leave you rolling on the floor. Saturday at 9:30pm, Sunday at 7:30pm. Tickets are only sold at the Kennedy Theatre Box Office starting one hour before curtain. 1770 East-West Rd., Honolulu. Call 808-956-7655.

December 1-6
Van’s World Cup of Surfing Vans World Cup makes and breaks careers as the final stop on the international QS tour, since the potential for qualification to the WSL Championship Tour (CT) – the world’s highest level of professional surfing. Events take place at Sunset Beach—weather permitting.

December 2
XTERRA Trail Run
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. There will be various courses – the 21K championship course, a 10K, a 5K, and an “adventure walk.” at Kuala Ranch, 49-560 Kamehameha Hwy Kane‘ohe. Registration closes Nov. 28. Visit xterraplanet.com.

December 8
Kapolei City Lights Opening Night Celebration Begins at 6pm at Ft. Barrette Road and Kapolei Parkway, tree lighting at 7:15pm, parade at 9pm. Get an early start on your holiday shopping at the street festival featuring food booths, craft vendors and live entertainment at Hawaii Tourism Authority’s ‘Aha Mele ~ Hawaiian Music Series Stage. Plus, free pictures with Santa and much more. Visit kapoleicitylights.com.

December 8 & 9
Mele Kalikimaka Marketplace 2018 will feature over 150 exhibitors with a weekend full of interactive family activities. Features include a winter wonderland with real snow effect, food samplings from gourmet specialty exhibitors, hands on keiki crafts and story time. Plus a Gingerbread Festival. Saturday from 10am-8pm & Sunday from 10am-5pm. Blaisdell Center, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu. Call 808-732-6037.

December 9
46th Annual Honolulu Marathon scenic course includes spectacular ocean views alongside world-famous Waikiki Beach, and Diamond Head and Koko Head volcanic craters. Visit honolulumarathon.org.

December 16
6th Annual Jingle Rock Run walkers, joggers, runners, strollers, pets (especially reindeer!) invited to support local keiki throughout our state battling critical illnesses. Starts at Downtown Honolulu, beginning at the State Capitol Building at 3pm includes free keiki activities and food trucks. Visit raceroster.com.

December 21-23
Hawaii Open is a three-day men’s and women’s professional tennis tournament held at the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu. Daily tournament ticket prices begin at $25 and three-day passes begin at $70. Visit hawaiitennisopen.com.

December 30
Voices of Aloha, holiday concert, “Songs of Peace” at the historic Kawaiahao church. Concert under the direction of Sangeet Gellhorn. The concert is free and all are welcome. Limited parking on church grounds—street parking available. 6:30m-8pm. 957 Punchbowl St., Honolulu. Visit voicesofaloha.com.

 

January 2019

January 12 & 13
Classical Mystery Tour imagine The Beatles playing in concert with a symphony orchestra. From early Beatles music on through the solo years, Two performances. Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 4pm. Tickets: $34, $49, $72, $92 VIP Post-Concert Experience – $30 This exclusive package includes two drink tickets and post-concert meet and greet reception with the band. At Blaisdell Concert Hall, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu. Visit hawaiisymphonyorchestra.org.

January 17-February 17
Shipwreck’d on the Body Beautiful, or the Tats Dancing Man 
James F. O’Connell, America’s first Tattooed Man, headlined P. T. Barnum’s freak show, proudly displaying his head-to-foot tattoos. Shipwrecked on the Caroline Islands in the first half of the 19th century, O’Connell saved himself from death by performing Irish jigs-and so began the slow process of his assimilation into Ponapean culture. Based on a true story, this poetic one-man show recounts a compelling narrative of physical appropriation. Thurs-Sat at 8pm, Sun at 2pm (no show on Feb. 3, 2019). Kumu Kahua Theatre, 46 Merchant St, Honolulu. Call 808-536-4441.

 

February 2019

February 1-17
Shipwreck’d on the Body Beautiful, or the Tats Dancing Man James F. O’Connell, America’s first Tattooed Man, headlined P. T. Barnum’s freak show, proudly displaying his head-to-foot tattoos. Shipwrecked on the Caroline Islands in the first half of the 19th century, O’Connell saved himself from death by performing Irish jigs-and so began the slow process of his assimilation into Ponapean culture. Based on a true story, this poetic one-man show recounts a compelling narrative of physical appropriation. Thurs-Sat at 8pm, Sun at 2pm (no show on Feb. 3, 2019). Kumu Kahua Theatre, 46 Merchant St, Honolulu. Call 808-536-4441.

February 13-17
Winter Footholds Dance Concert spotlights additional undergraduate and graduate student choreography and performance. Performances take place Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets: $8-$18. At Earle Ernst Lab Theatre at Kennedy Theatre, 1770 East-West Rd., Honolulu. Visit manoa.hawaii.edu.