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.


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 3
Living Culture Engagement: Ukeke, Hawaii’s Indigenous Stringed Instrument with Lance Genson Mahi La Pierre. Developed generations before the ukulele, the ukeke, or Hawaiian musical bow, is Hawaii’s only indigenous stringed instrument. 10am-2:30pm at Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice St, Honolulu. Call 808-847-3511.

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
2nd Annual Kalakaua Festival/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. 4pm-10pm. Visit hulagirlfestival.com.

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 10
Diamond Head Arts & Crafts Fair featuring over 200 of Made in Hawaii’s premier Artisans. 9am-2pm at Kapiolani Community College, 4303 Diamond Head Rd, Kaimuki. Free admission. Call 808-913-4396.

November 10
Paint For Your Soul “Urchins” paint and create your very own ocean inspired painting in the lovely setting of the Waikiki Aquarium. Inspired by our ocean and the beautiful sea life. A portion of the proceeds will be contributing to the help and research for the Waikiki Aquarium’s mission. $35 includes all supplies and admission to the Aquarium. 10am-noon at the Waikiki Aquarium. Visit paintforyoursoul.com.

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 17
Living Culture Workshop: Ukeke, Hoola Hou you will fashion and string your very own ukeke, or musical bow, Hawaii’s only indigenous stringed instrument. Learn to strum and play a traditional song called “Mele Ukeke.” $25 per person. 3pm-6pm at Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice St, Honolulu. Call 808-847-3511.

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 21
I Lea Ka Hula: Celebrating Culture, Preserving Traditions provides residents and visitors interested in hula and Hawaiian cultural practices an opportunity to learn from some of Hawaiiʻs finest kumu hula and cultural practitioners; gain a better understanding of the mele (songs/chants); increase their understanding and use of Hawaiian language; and support and value the kumu hula and master teachers that dedicate their lives to the preservation and perpetuation of these traditions. 8am-5pm at Blaisdell Arena, 777 Ward Ave, Honolulu. Visit paifoundation.regfox.com.

November 23
Living Culture Workshop: Hawaiian Kapa–Beat It, Stamp It, Dye It with Dalani Tanahy of Kapa Hawaii. In this three-hour workshop, you will experience Hawaiian kapa bark-cloth making in-depth. Learn about a range of activities, from gathering wauke (paper mulberry) and creating bark cloth, to making natural dyes, to crafting and using ohe kapala (bamboo stamps). $25 per person. 9am-noon at Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice St, Honolulu. Call 808-847-3511.

November 23
Aha Makahiki commemorates the opening of the Makahiki season with a line up of spectacular performances by award winning musicians, star-studded dancers, celebrity guests, and a few secret performances. Indulge in ono Hawaiian cuisine, sip special Hawaiian influenced cocktails, and get a taste of different beers from a host of local breweries. At Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice St, Honolulu. Call 808-265-0898.

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.

December 25-December 7
Vans World Cup 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 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.

November 30
Paint For Your Soul “Puffers” paint and create your very own ocean inspired painting in the lovely setting of the Waikiki Aquarium. Inspired by our ocean and the beautiful sea life. A portion of the proceeds will be contributing to the help and research for the Waikiki Aquarium’s mission. $35 includes all supplies and admission to the Aquarium. 10am-noon at the Waikiki Aquarium. Visit paintforyoursoul.com.


December 2019

December 1-7
Vans World Cup 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 8-20
Billabong Pipe Masters The Billabong Pipe Masters is the most charged event of the year as the 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.

December 14
Na Leo Pilimehana – Hawaiian Holidays 2019 the most popular, award-winning and biggest-selling female Hawaiian group in the world. Na Leo consists of three childhood friends, Nalani Jenkins, Lehua Kalima, and Angela Morales. Tickets: $30-$75. 7:30pm-9:30pm at Hawaii Theatre Center, 1130 Bethel St, Honolulu. Visit hawaiitheatre.com.

December 14 & 15
5th Annual Mele Kalikimaka Marketplace A one-stop local Made in Hawaii holiday shop catering to visitors and residents who are looking for holiday gifts and family activities. 10am-8pm on Saturday, 10am-5pm on Sunday. Admission $4 for Adults, $3 Seniors 60+, Students, Military (ID required for all), and Children 12 years and under free with a paid adult. At Blaisdell Exposition Hall, 777 Ward Ave, Honolulu. Call 808-223-6040.

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 26-28
Hawaii Open features top-ranked tennis players from the ATP and WTA tours, with five male and five female tennis players. At the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu. Visit hawaiitennisopen.com.


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. 


February 2020

February 7, 8, 14, 15 & 16
The Last King of Bali 
featuring puppets, shadow actors, dancers, and live gamelan music in a traditional Balinese folk tale. Fri/Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2pm. $25 Regular $22 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff $20, $15 Students $8 UH Manoa Students with valid ID. At Kennedy Theatre Main Stage, 1770 East-West Rd, Honolulu. Call 808-956-2601.

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