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.

 

August 2018

August 9-19
29th Annual Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival one of the longest-running LGBT film festivals in the country. At the Honolulu Museum of Art Doris Duke Theatre, 900 S Beretania St., Honolulu. Visit hglcf.org.

August 11
36th Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival “Waikiki Style” feature some of the top artists in the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Genre performing for six solid hours on the beautiful grounds of the Waikiki Aquarium. Festival will also feature local arts and crafts, snacks, soft drinks and other favorite local foods. Noon-6pm. Call 808-226-2697.

August 11
The Best of Aloha Shorts – Live! he best of the poems and stories by Hawaii’s authors from this collection will be read by the original actors. Music by house band Hamajang. Book signing follows the event. 7:30pm at Paliku Theatre, 45-720 Keaahala Rd, Kane‘ohe. Call 808-955-8821.

August 17-19
24th Annual Made in Hawaii Festival a three-day showcase of local products, cooking demonstrations and entertainment. Friday & Saturday from 10am-9pm, Sunday from 10am-5pm at Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu. Visit madeinhawaiifestival.com.

August 18-26
Duke’s Oceanfest 2018 features a variety of ocean sports that were close to Duke Kahanamoku’s heart, including longboard surfing, paddleboard racing, swimming, tandem surfing, surf polo, beach Volleyball, and stand-up paddling. Events are held at various locations in Waikiki. Visit dukesoceanfest.com.

August 19
36th Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival “Waikiki Style” six solid hours on the beautiful grounds of the Waikiki Aquarium. Festival will also feature local arts and crafts, snacks, soft drinks and other favorite local foods. Noon-6pm. Call 808-226-2697.

August 25
Mele on the Marina Festival – The Makaha Sons a free community event celebrating music and local culture. 3pm-5pm at Hawaii Kai Towne Center, 333 Keahole St, Honolulu. Call 808-396-0766.

August 25 & 26
Reebok Spartan Race Hawaii Trifecta Weekend is hosting four race types, Sprint, Super, Beast and Ultra. You can run an individual Sprint, Super, Beast or the Ultra, or if you dare, you can take on the ultimate Spartan Trifecta Challenge, by racing all three race types – Sprint + Super + Beast all in one weekend. Parking is $10 per car—cash only at Kuala Ranch, 49-560 Kamehameha Hwy, Kane‘ohe. Visit spartan.com.

August 25 & 26
37th Annual Greek Festival includes favorites including Greek specialties like Spanakopita (Spinach Pie), Gyro Sandwiches, Moussaka, Greek Chicken, Souvlaki (shish-ka-bob), Loukaniko (Greek Sausage) a variety of Greek Salads, Loukoumades (Greek Malasadas), ouzo sorbet, and an amazing assortment of Greek Pastries. Also available will be a Greek Vegan Meal. The Greek Taverna will be well stocked with imported Greek Beer, Ouzo, and Red, White, and Retsina wines. Learn to dance Greek and then join the fun with live music on the main courtyard stage by Mythos, a nationally known Greek Band from the West Coast. Noon to 9pm both days. At McCoy Pavilion, 1201 Ala Moana Blvd, Ala Moana Park, Honolulu. Visit greekfestivalhawaii.com.

August 26
6th Annual Waimea Valley Summer Concert Series for three (non-consecutive) days over summer enjoy music on the main lawn from 3-6:30pm. Visit waimeavalley.net.

August 30
Moonwalk at Waimea Valley walk the Valley’s main corridor to the waterfall under the full lit moon. The Proud Peacock will reopen for these nights only with a local ingredient tailored menu by North Shore catering company, Ke Nui Kitchen. Moon walk admission is $10. There will be only two admission times to enter the Valley, 8pm and 8:30pm. Admission will start with an ‘oli and brief overview of the Valley. All guests must exit the Valley by 10pm. Dinner buffet is $35 for adults and $18 for children 4-12 years old. Purchase of a dinner buffet includes admission into moon walk. Early dinner reservations and purchases are encouraged. Visit WaimeaValley.net.

 

September 2018

September 1
49th Annual Roughwater Swim nearly 1,000 swimmers of all ages will participate in this Labor Day weekend tradition that features Hawaii’s best as well as swimmers from around the world. 2.38 miles challenging swim from San Souci Beach to Duke Kahanamoku Beach in Waikiki. Visit waikikiroughwaterswim.com.

September 1 & 2
36th Annual Okinawan Festival immerse yourself in Okinawan culture on Labor Day weekend. Feast on traditional dishes such as andagi and Okinawa soba, take in the spectacle of live performances by popular entertainers from Okinawa and local groups, and hop in line at the annual Bon Dance at 5:30pm Saturday. Free event. 9am-5pm both days at Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. Visit okinawanfestival.com.

September 6
10th Annual Pau Hana Block Party: A Benefit for Literacy Live music, drinks, dinner plate, dessert table, and prize drawing. $45 tickets. 6pm-9pm at Murphy’s Bar & Grill, 2 Merchant St, Honolulu. Visit hawaiiliteracy.org.

September 7
Ohina Short Film Showcase an evening of incredible independent films. Hawai’i’s largest annual short film festival dedicated to gathering and presenting original works by students, amateurs, and professional filmmakers. Although entries can come from around the world, there is only one requirement: a creative relationship to the Hawaiian Islands. 6pm-9pm at Hawaii Theatre, 1130 Bethel St, Honolulu. Visit ohina.org.

September 14-23
Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat performances on Friday and Saturday, September 14, 15, 21, and 22 at 7:30pm and on Sunday, September 23 at 2pm at Kennedy Theatre, 1770 East-West Rd, Honolulu. $8-18. Visit manoa.hawaii.edu.

September 22-October 8
26th Annual Hawai‘i’s Woodshow 
is the premier statewide exhibition of exquisite woodwork by talented woodworkers from Hawaii and abroad who submit entries showcasing the versatility and beauty of Hawai‘i woods across design mediums including furniture, woodturning, sculpture and musical instruments. 10m-5pm. Honolulu Museum of Art School Main Gallery, 1111 Victoria St., Honolulu. Call 808-933-9411.

September 22 
Annual Waikiki Ho‘olaulea is Hawaii’s largest block party. Thousands of people will take to the streets along Kalakaua Avenue for food, fun and entertainment. 7pm-10pm. Start of Aloha Festivals. Visit alohafestivals.com.

September 29
72 Annual Aloha Festivals Floral Parade Kalakaua Avenue comes alive with a colorful procession of female and male pau horseback riders, floats covered with Hawaiian flowers, Hawaiian music, hula halau and local marching bands. 9am-noon. Visit alohafestivals.com.

September 29
Moonwalk at Waimea Valley walk the Valley’s main corridor to the waterfall under the full lit moon. The Proud Peacock will reopen for these nights only with a local ingredient tailored menu by North Shore catering company, Ke Nui Kitchen. Moon walk admission is $10. There will be only two admission times to enter the Valley, 8pm and 8:30pm. Admission will start with an ‘oli and brief overview of the Valley. All guests must exit the Valley by 10pm. Dinner buffet is $35 for adults and $18 for children 4-12 years old. Purchase of a dinner buffet includes admission into moon walk. Early dinner reservations and purchases are encouraged. Visit WaimeaValley.net.

September 30
37th Annual Century Ride annually attracts thousands of cyclists from around the world. After riding whatever distance you choose, relax at Kapiolani Park enjoying Hula and eat ono food served by community groups. 6:15am start from from Kapiolani Park near the Bandstand on Kalakaua Ave. There are two course closure times: To ride 75 miles, you must pass Kailua by 11am. To ride 100 miles, you must pass KEY Project by 10:30am. If you arrive after these times you will be asked to turn back to the finish line for your safety. Visit hbl.org.

September 30
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.

 

October 2018

October 1-8
26th Annual Hawai‘i’s Woodshow 
is the premier statewide exhibition of exquisite woodwork by talented woodworkers from Hawaii and abroad who submit entries showcasing the versatility and beauty of Hawai‘i woods across design mediums including furniture, woodturning, sculpture and musical instruments. 10m-5pm. Honolulu Museum of Art School Main Gallery, 1111 Victoria St., Honolulu. Call 808-933-9411.

October 6
44th Annual Honolulu Intertribal Powwow visitors will enjoy Native America dancing, singing, and drumming while watching dancers in their finest powwow regalia gliding around arena. Activities at the arts and craft booth, education booth, and meet Native America vendors. Fry Bread and non-alcoholic beverages will be available to purchase. This is a non-smoking, no alcohol, and drug free event. Bring chairs. 10am-5pm both days at Ala Mona Beach Park, Magic Island. Free event. Visit honoluluintertribalpowwow.com.

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 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 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.

 

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 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 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.