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.
COVID-19 Update: To prevent the potential the spread COVID-19 some events may cancel without notice. Please confirm with event. See our updates page for more information on COVID-19.
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.
Anything Goes age-old tale of boy-meets-girl and the complications which ensue intrigue every audience, and no musical does it better. Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm and Sundays at 4pm at 520 Makapuu Ave, Honolulu. Visit diamondheadtheatre.com.
Blue Jon and Jonah are best friends and musicians who play at a small hotel in Waikiki. Jonah’s father tries to pull him away to pursue fame and fortune on his own. As the boys navigate the age-old struggle between doing what they love and a promising financial future, an outsider with a heavy heart shows them a broader perspective. Showtimes vary. At Kumu Kahua Theatre, 46 Merchant St, Honolulu. Call 808-536-4441.
King Kamehameha Celebration Lei Draping Ceremony at Aliiolani Hale in downtown Honolulu. The lei draping ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m. Expect to see cultural protocols and pageantry, along with beautiful hand-made lei being draped on the outstretched arms of King Kamehameha. Enjoy the music of the Royal Hawaiian Band. 2:30pm-5pm at 417 S King St, Honolulu. Visit hawaii.com.
41st Annual Pan-Pacific Festival kicks off Friday with a Hoolaulea that features a little something for everyone. The Street Dance Festival will feature Kazuki and Noppo, award-winning dancers/choreographers from Japan. In addition, there will be 5 stages filled with musicians, dancers, singers, taiko drummers and other cultural performers. Food vendors and Island crafters will also line Kalakaua Avenue. Finally, at the Diamond Head end of the Hoolaulea there will be a festive Bon Dance with kimono-clad performers. The Festival wraps up Sunday with a parade marching down Kalakaua Avenue. All events are free and open to the public. Visit pan-pacific-festival.com.
104th Annual King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade the parade will take a route beginning at King Street fronting Iolani Palace. Participants will then head down Punchbowl Street, before making a left on to Ala Moana Boulevard and eventually Kalakaua Avenue. The parade comes to a finish at Monsarrat Avenue and Queen Kapiolani Park. Streets will begin to close in Downtown Honolulu at 7:30am. Followed by the King Kamehameha Celebration Hoolaulea at Aloha Tower from 4pm-10pm. Free admission featuring hula, live entertainment, Hawaii made products, food booths and more, with ample parking available. Call 808-586-0333.
Independence Day Celebration – Waikiki crowds gather in Ala Moana Beach Park for one of the largest free pyrotechnic shows in the state. The display usually begins at around 8:30pm, but visitors are encouraged to find a spot on the beach a couple of hours in advance. The fireworks are often accompanied by music.
Independence Day Celebration – North Shore fireworks in Turtle Bay Resort on the northern tip of O‘ahu. The evening starts with Hawaiian music at Surfer Bar, followed by fireworks at 9pm and DJ sets until dawn.
Independence Day Celebration – East Shore Kailua presents fireworks and an air show. It starts with aerial acrobatics and skydiving at 5:45pm. The fireworks are launched from a mobile barge in Kailua Bay at 8pm. The pyrotechnic show can be best seen at Kailua Beach Park where visitors can also find many vendors and entertainment. While in La‘ie, Fourth of July Concert and Fireworks take place at Hukilau Marketplace in the Polynesian Cultural Center. Local musicians play, and there are bounce houses, mechanical bulls, an obstacle course, and some other entertainment including fireworks at 9pm.
Aina Momona Festival is a week-long festival featuring workshops with experts on the production and uses of Mangoes will be held at Ko Olina and on the Waianae Coast during the week. Waianae Coast restaurants will provide menu offerings throughout the week with entrees and other items featured around Mangoes. Other festival events include a Mango recipe contest and Mango tasting gala. On Saturday, July 11, a one-day hoolaulea, or cultural festival, will cap off the event. Waianae Coast, Koolina, 94-1480 Aliinui Dr, Kapolei. Call 808-230-3654.
July 10-August 2
Disney’s Freaky Friday – A New Musical is a heartfelt, comedic, and unexpectedly emotional update on an American classic. When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right by spending a day in each other’s shoes. Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm and Sundays at 4pm at 520 Makapuu Ave, Honolulu. Visit diamondheadtheatre.com.
July 18 & 19
43rd Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival is the largest non-competitive hula celebration in Hawai’i and honors Prince Lot Kapuaiwa, who helped reprise hula in Moanalua. The festival will also feature a Hawaiian-themed craft fair, cultural demonstrations, and more. Local food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Admission to the festival is free. Starts at 9am both days and runs until 4pm Saturday and 3pm Sunday. At Iolani Palace, 364 S. King St, Honolulu. Visit moanaluagardensfoundation.org.
50th Annual ‘Ukulele Festival features a line-up of masterful musicians and groups from around the world. Other attractions include the Roy Sakuma 600-piece ‘Ukulele Band composed of children and adults, and festival offerings such as free ‘ukulele lessons, ukulele displays and giveaways by ‘ukulele manufacturers, food booths, keiki (children) activity booths. Free admission. 10am-5pm at Kapiolani Park, 2805 Monsarrat Ave, Honolulu. Visit ukulelefestivalhawaii.org.