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.

 

March 2019

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.

March 17
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-4pm at Neal Blaisdell Hawaii Suites, 777 Ward Ave, Honolulu. Visit ukulele.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 6
10th Annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics challenges participants to plunge down a 95-foot long, 36-foot high inflatable slide into a pool of ice-cold water, on the lawn of Waterfront Plaza fronting Ala Moana Blvd. Plunging begins at 9am and continues every hour until noon. The annual event is open to individuals, families, community groups, sports teams, student groups and anyone else who wants to take the plunge to support Special Olympics athletes. All plungers are asked to raise a minimum $100 donation. There is a reduced fundraising goal of $50 for students of all ages, elementary through college. Visit classy.org.

April 6
Spring Open House & Family Day at Hawaiian Mission Houses free admission, family and kid-friendly activities, and entertainment from Uncle Wayne and the Howling Dog Band. Come learn about life at the Honolulu Mission Station in the 19th century at the two oldest still-standing houses in Hawaii. Free family and kid activities will include lauhala weaving and other “make and take” crafts. Noon-4pm. 553 S King St, Honolulu. Call 808-447-3914.

April 13-May 18
The Adventures of Pinocchio a new take on a timeless classic with Honolulu Theatre for Youth’s production of Pinocchio. Re-imagined with a radiant new design and original music. Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 4:30pm. Tickets $20/Adult, $15/Seniors, $10/Youth. At Tenney Theatre Cathedral of St. Andrew, 229 Queen Emma Square, Honolulu. Visit htyweb.org.

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.

April 24-28
The Country Wife includes diabolical cads, flirts, rakes, and other delightful yet unsavory characters in a war of wits and dimwits. Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm at Earle Ernst Lab Theatre at Kennedy Theatre, 1770 East-West Rd, Honolulu. Visit manoa.hawaii.edu.

April 27-May 26
The Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Show solve a hilarious crime while you feast on a fantastic dinner. The culprit is hiding in plain sight somewhere in the room, and you may find yourself as a prime suspect before you know it. Actors are not dressed in costume and are hidden in the audience. 6pm-9pm at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel Alana. Visit thedinnerdetective.com.

 

May 2019

May 1
92nd Annual Lei Day Celebration 
features the annual Lei Court, as well as local entertainment and hula halau. 9am-5:30pm at Kapiolani Park in Waikiki. Free event. Visit honolulu.gov.

May 1-26
The Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Show solve a hilarious crime while you feast on a fantastic dinner. The culprit is hiding in plain sight somewhere in the room, and you may find yourself as a prime suspect before you know it. Actors are not dressed in costume and are hidden in the audience. 6pm-9pm at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel Alana. Visit thedinnerdetective.com.

May 3-18
The Adventures of Pinocchio a new take on a timeless classic with Honolulu Theatre for Youth’s production of Pinocchio. Re-imagined with a radiant new design and original music. Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 4:30pm. Tickets $20/Adult, $15/Seniors, $10/Youth. At Tenney Theatre Cathedral of St. Andrew, 229 Queen Emma Square, Honolulu. Visit htyweb.org.

May 4
4th Annual Parade of Farms enjoy the community fair, keiki activities, a farm-to-table lunch and can explore farming techniques used at Kahumana Organic Farm. Guests can also reserve a spot for guided tours of Waianae farms that provide a behind-the-scenes look into the business (and lifestyle) of local farming. 10am-4pm at Kahumana Organic Farm & Café, 86-660 Lualualei Homestead Rd, Waianae. Visit parade-of-farms.org.

May 12
16th Annual Honolulu Triathlon features the famous Honolulu Triathlon, Kids Race, 10K Fun Run and a SUP & Run at the beach. 5am start at Magic Island in Ala Moana Beach Park. Parking is extremely limited. Park at the Ala Moana Shopping Center and walk over to the park. Visit honolulutriathlon.com.

May 17-24
“Victorian Nostalgia” Hawaii Quilt Show view the beautiful quilts of the Hawaii Quilt Guild members and the works of featured quilt artist Joan Masaki. 10am-6pm at Neal Blaisdell Hawaii Suites 10, 11 & 12, 777 Ward Ave, Honolulu. Visit hawaiiquiltguild.dreamhosters.com.

May 25
Mele No Likelike will honor ali‘i composers; Princess Likelike, Prince Leleiohoku, Queen Liliuokalani, and King Kalakaua, collectively known as Na Lani Eha. This evening will feature their compositions of Princess Likelike performed by an array of professional musicians. There will be Hula Halau from our community, and local choirs performing alongside the featured bands. $30/person in advance, $35/person at the door. 5:30pm-8pm. Hawaiian Mission Houses, 553 S King St, Honolulu. Call 808-447-3918.

May 27
Mayor’s Memorial Day Ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) is free and open to the public, will feature several ceremonial tributes and presentations. Festivities will include speeches, color guard, wreath presentations, firearm salute, aircraft flyover, playing of taps, and performances from the Royal Hawaiian Band and Sounds of Aloha Chorus. Parking at the cemetery will be extremely limited. Prior to the Memorial Day Ceremony, around 38,000 lei will be made, donated, and placed on graves within the cemetery. Residents and visitors will have several opportunities to donate their pre-made lei and share their lei-making skills or materials. Call 808-532-3720.

 

June 2019

June 1 & 2
T&C Surf Grom Contest kids ages 12 and younger take to the waves vying for top spots in shortboard, longboard and bodyboard divisions. All contestants receive a contest T-shirt, lunch courtesy of Chili’s Grill & Bar and a goodie bag. 8am start each day at Kuhio Beach Park, Waikiki. Call 808-483-8711.

June 7-9
40th Annual Pan-Pacific Festival a celebration of cultural traditions of Hawaii, the Pacific Rim and around the world. The three-day festival kicks off with a Hoolaulea (block party) complete with live entertainment on multiple stages, food, crafts and more. The celebration continues with Performing Arts Showcases, featuring cultural performances and demonstrations. The festival concludes with a colorful parade along Kalakaua Avenue in Waikīki. 10am daily til 10pm in and around Waikiki. Visit pan-pacific-festival.com.

June 21 & 22
5th Annual Mango Jam 
celebrate Hawaii’s love for mango and island culture. The family-friendly event will feature award winning live entertainment, a beer garden with mango inspired cocktails, food booths, made in Hawaii craft vendors, a farmers’ market showcasing local produce, and the Mango Recipe Contest and Mango BBQ Cook-Off between two surprise local celebrity chefs. Free parking will be available in the city’s municipal parking lot (entrance off of S. Beretania Street) and the Joint Traffic Management Center parking lot (entrance off of Alapai Street). 4:30pm-9pm at Frank F. Fasi Civic Grounds, 550 South King St, Honolulu. Visit mangojamhonolulu.com.

 

July 2019

July 4
Fireworks at Ala Moana Beach Park this fireworks show is one the biggest in the state of Hawaii and rated as one of the top 25 fireworks shows in the USA. The Fireworks Spectacular will launch from three separate platforms off Ala Moana Beach Park at 8:30pm. Spectators can tune in to FM 92.3 KSSK for a live soundtrack that will accompany the fireworks display. This event is free and open to the public. If you are staying in Waikiki, the Ala Moana Center fireworks show is the closest one to Waikiki Beach. The fireworks are potentially visible from various Waikiki locations. 

July 13 & 14
57th Annual Hawaii State Farm Fair 
features the largest local plant sale, a country farmers’ market, 4-H livestock show, agricultural displays and activities, farm animal exhibit, live entertainment, keiki farm hands activity tent, inflatable bouncers and keiki rides, family fun contest, pony rides, chick hatchery and educational displays. 9am daily start at Kualoa Ranch, 49-560 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe. Visit hawaiistatefarmfair.org.

July 14
Hawaii All-Collectors Show is Hawaii’s original annual vintage, collectibles and antiques show and sale. This show features 170 booths with the largest selection of vintage and antique Hawaiiana under one roof. Vendors from Oahu, Outer Islands, Mainland U.S. and Japan. 10:30am-5:30pm. Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, 777 Ward Ave, Honolulu. Call 808-941-9754.

July 20 & 21
42nd Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival the largest non-competitive hula celebration in Hawai‘i. Features a Hawaiian-themed craft fair, cultural demonstrations, and more. Local food and refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the day. The public, and visitors, are welcome and encouraged to bring their beach chairs and mats to enjoy the magnificent setting of Iolani Palace, 364 S King St, Honolulu. Visit moanaluagardensfoundation.org.

July 27
Mele No Leleiohoku will honor ali‘i composers; Princess Likelike, Prince Leleiohoku, Queen Liliuokalani, and King Kalakaua, collectively known as Na Lani Eha. This evening will feature their compositions of Prince Leleiohoku performed by an array of professional musicians. There will be Hula Halau from our community, and local choirs performing alongside the featured bands. $30/person in advance, $35/person at the door. 5:30pm-8pm. Hawaiian Mission Houses, 553 S King St, Honolulu. Call 808-447-3918.

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