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.

 

January 2019

January 10-13
O‘ahu Fringe Festival held in various venues in the arts district of Chinatown Honolulu, the Fringe features performances in a variety of genres. This year includes dance, theatre, music, shadow puppetry and even a augmented reality circus act, plus more art brought to you by a diverse range of artists. Visit oahufringe.com.

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 13
26th Annual New Year’s Ohana Festival enjoy entertainment, food booths, keiki games, kimono dressing, craft fair, cultural demonstrations, and much more! Admission to the festival is free and open to the public. Free parking will be available at the UH parking structure with complimentary shuttle. 10am-4pm at 2454 South Beretania St, Honolulu. Visit jcch.com.

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.

January 19 & 20
19th Annual Pacific Island Arts Festival enjoy more than 75 Hawai‘i artists who display their work for sale. Admission is free, and there will be demonstrations by artists. Music and hula, shave ice, and on Sunday a Lion Dancers of Au’s Shaolin Society. 9am-4pm in Kapiolani Park. Call 808-696-6717.

 

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.

February 16
Wild Aloha Foundation Presents “Pangolin Party” kid-friendly fundraiser featuring interactive games/crafts, a petting zoo, community engagement, and our first ever Pancakes for Pangolins.10am-1pm at Kualoa Ranch. Visit wildalohafoundation.org.

February 16
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali’i featured performances by Next Generation (keiki) steel guitar players eatured performances by Next Generation (keiki) steel guitar players Pono Fernandez (13), Joey Misailidis (13), and Malie Lyman (14), and Hawaiian steel guitar masters Alan Akaka, Jeff Au Hoy, Bobby Ingano, and Greg Sardinha. 11am-3pm at Ka Makana Ali’i Mall, Ka Makana Ali’i, 91-5431 Kapolei Pkwy, Kapolei. Call 808-375-9379.

 

March 2019

March 10
Honolulu Rainbow EKIDEN 2019 a 5k relay. Run on a three person or five person team and enjoy Hawaii’s scenic Diamond Head Road or just join our relaxing Fun Run & Walk. Kids are welcome to run in the Family Challenge. 8am-1pm at Kapiolani Park. Visit hawaii-event.com.

March 12 
Free Lei Making Workshops – Kaneohe District Park Class will consist of demonstration and make and take for Haku, Humupapa and Kui lei making method. Suggested that participates register for the class, but walk-ins will be welcome. Two classes: 4pm-5:30pm or 5:30pm-7pm. Kaneohe Community Park, 45-660 Keaahala Rd, Kane‘ohe. Call 808-768-8989.

March 17
Loko Ea Fishpond 2nd Annual 8k &15K Run/Walk Event starts off at Haleʻiwa War Memorial Statue at the entrance of Haleʻiwa Beach Park. Runners & Walkers will go over the iconic Anahulu (Rainbow) bridge, pass the Harbor, Aliʻi Beach and to Kaiaka Bay Beach Park. This is an out-and-back route to Haleʻiwa Beach Park. 6:45am. Visit flpregister.com.

 

April 2019

April 6
Free Lei Making Workshops – Kailua Kalama Beach Park 
participates must bring their supplies, their drinks and something to eat. Free. Advanced registration is required. Call Ms. Oxiles to register and to request the list of supplies. 9am-2pm. All Ages, children 10 years and under must be accompanied by an adult. Call 808-266-7655.

April 14
Hapalua Half-Marathon a 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 in Kapiolani Park. Visit thehapalua.com.

April 19
Tribute to Broadway a Tribute to Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Broadway stars Debbie Gravitte, Scarlett Strallen and Hugh Panaro join the HSO to sing favorite songs from megahit shows like Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Jesus Christ Superstar and Phantom of the Opera. Walk the red carpet and come in your Broadway Best. 7:30pm at Blaisdell Concert Hall, 777 Ward Ave, Honolulu. Call 808-380-7724.

 

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