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.

 

December 2018

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 7
Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade lit and decorated F-104 Starfighter joins the other floats and bands, to parade down Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki, to honor and pay respect to the Pearl Harbor survivors, our veterans, active duty military and their families. Parade starts at 6pm at Ft. DeRussy in Waikiki and proceeds down Kalakaua Avenue, to Kapiolani Park. Call 808-441-1009.

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 8
Billabong Pipe Masters Vans Triple Crown of Surfing culminates at world-famous Pipeline with the Billabong Pipe Masters and awards the highest honor in the sport – the Championship title – to the greatest competitive surfer in the world. Starts at 8am. At Pipeline at Ehukai Beach Park, 59-337 Ke Nui Rd, Hale‘iwa.

December 8
Kalakaua Merrie Mile a fun one mile race in Waikiki followed by a beach party. The one-mile course starts at the Kapiolani Park end of Kalakaua Avenue and the turn around is by Kaiulani Ave. You’ll finish by Queens beach with a concert on the beach. 7am-9am. Call 808-734-7200.

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 14-16
2018 Holiday Craft & Gift three days of exciting, fun-filled “Made in Hawaii” shopping and food. Friday 5pm-9pm, Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday 10am-5pm. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, $3 admission. 777 Ward Ave, Honolulu. Call 808-683-6064.

December 15
8th Annual Makahiki Challenge 5K Obstacle Mud Run, which includes around 12 obstacles. Runners will be rewarded with a finisher’s medal, a Kona Brewing Company beer, and a concert featuring several local musicians. The Makahiki Challenge is open to anyone age 14 (will need a parent/guardian signature if under 18) and older and of all fitness levels. Participants can enter as individuals or join a team. Prices range from $99-$110. Gates open at 7am. Spectators can watch for $10. Parking is $20 (cash only). Kualoa Ranch, 49-560 Kamehameha Hwy, Kane‘ohe. Call 808-265-0898.

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.

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
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 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.

 

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