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Oahu Events in August

August Events

Evening Luau at Paradise Cove - Aug 2017

Paradise Cove is not just another luau, it’s a full production with lots of activities and entertainment that some others tend to lack.  Kick off the afternoon with some Mai Tai’s and join in the celebration and festivities!

Paradise Luau

A Luau is a celebration for enjoying each other’s company, play traditional Hawaiian games, watching a Kalua Pork Imu ceremony take place, participate in a hukilau of pulling in a large fishnet from the ocean, listening to live local music, and being entertained throughout the night with many Polynesian and Hula performances.


The Wildest Show in town at Honolulu Zoo – August 2nd, 2017

Join the Honolulu Zoo in the summer evenings with live music, fun keiki coloring and trivia activates, ono plate lunch, and winning prizes, including a drawing for an ukulele!  Join in for a "Bayou Boogie" theme! Alcohol is not permitted, but plate lunches and snacks will be available for purchase.

  • Musician line up: Jimmy Borges Jazz All Stars
  • Location – Honolulu Zoo
  • Time – 4:35 PM doors open, 6 PM music starts
  • Cost - $5
  • Learn more – HonoluluZoo.org

First Friday Art Walk - August 4th 2017

First Friday is an evening art walk that takes place in Chinatown Honolulu.  This is a popular fun event that takes place every 1st Friday of each month.  Surrounding merchants of art galleries, shops, restaurants and bars are known for opening up their doors, pouring wine and providing food to those stopping by. Most neighborhood shops will have maps of participating merchants.  The event ends at 9 PM, but the fun continues into the night with thousands of people flocking into the streets.


2nd Annual BEST OF HONOLULU FESTIVAL - Aug 5th, 2017

Presented by HONOLULU Magazine and HONOLULU Family, this event was created to showcase the best of the city, featuring over 45 best of the best vendors, entertainment, restaurants, goods and activities.  Make sure to bring the kids for the keiki village set up with rides and interactive games and activities.  Don't miss the live entertainment by Hawaii's musician Jeff Peterson, The Performing Artists Academy’s “Rhapsody” Choir, Michael Honoka & Azita, and more.

  • Location - Frank Fasi Civic Grounds, Downtown Honolulu
  • Time - 10 AM to 5 PM
  • Cost - FREE
  • Learn More - HonoluluMagazine.com

Moon Walk at Waimea Valley - Aug 5th, 2017

Kick off the evening with a grand buffet dinner in Waimea Valley, followed with a self guided moonlit walk in the botanical gardens. This is a great way to start the weekend with a memorable night!

  • Location - Waimea Valley
  • Time - Buffet starts at 5 PM, walk starts at 8 PM
  • Cost - $10 walk only, $29.95/Adult, $12.95/Kid (12 & under)
  • Learn more - WaimeaValley.net

Reebok Spartan Race – Hawaii Trifecta Weekend                             Aug 5th & 6th, 2017

Ready to put your body to the test and run a tough obstacle course like a Spartan!  This will be the biggest man made obstacle course found on Hawaii, featuring 4 to 8 foot walls, a barbwire crawl, monkey bars, a 30 foot rope to climb, and a fire pit to jump over!  You will encounter over 20 obstacles over the 3 to 5 mile races.  Make sure to review more details on the Spartan.com website.

  • Location – Kuloa Ranch
  • Time – 11 AM to 2 PM Sat, 6 AM to 12 PM Sun (diff start times)
  • Cost – $149 to $299, $45 Kids (1/2 mile race), $10 parking
  • Learn more – www.Spartan.com

Outrigger Sunday Showcase – Aug 6th 2017

Na Mele No Na Pua will bring to life Hawaii’s past, present and future through Hawaiian performing arts and entertainment.  Featuring a local musical performance by Ho`okena. This will be a fun free event to watch if you’re in the area.  It will take place outdoor on the Waikiki Beach Walk grassy area. 


The Wildest Show in town at Honolulu Zoo – August 9th, 2017

Join the Honolulu Zoo in the summer evenings with live music, fun keiki coloring and trivia activates, ono plate lunch, and winning prizes, including a drawing for an ukulele!  Join in for a "Come Together" theme! Alcohol is not permitted, but plate lunches and snacks will be available for purchase.

  • Musician line up: Beat-Lele
  • Location – Honolulu Zoo
  • Time – 4:35 PM doors open, 6 PM music starts
  • Cost - $5
  • Learn more – HonoluluZoo.org

Waikiki Aquarium Summer Music Series – August 10th, 2017

Get ready for a fun outdoor summer concert series at the Waikiki Aquarium.  Starting in June through August there will be 5 concert events taking place on the outdoor Waikiki Aquarium backyard lawn.  Show up early and explore the aquarium exhibits!  Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on. 

This is the summer concert at the aquarium, and will feature performing Hawaiian music artist Josh Tatofi, Alx Kawakami, Blayne Asing.  This is a popular fundraiser for the Waikiki Aquarium that sells out quickly. It might be worth becoming a member of the aquarium, which will give you priority to ticket sales for this summer series.

  • Location – Waikiki Aquarium
  • Time – 5:30 PM to 9 PM
  • Cost – Ticket are available to members first, and public after June 2nd
  • Learn more - Waikikiaquarium.org

Comedy at the  Hawaii Theatre with Rex Navarrete – Aug 11th, 2017

Spend an evening full of laughter with local comedians FRANK DE LIMA & KAPENA WITH EMCEE LIL GUY.  Frank De Lima doesn’t hold back, and brings his Portugeese American heritage to the table with lots of new material! 

  • Location – Hawaii Theatre Center, 1130 Bethel St
  • Time – 8 PM to 10 PM
  • Cost - $40
  • Learn more – HawaiiTheatre.com

16th Annual Korean Festival - Aug 11th & 12th, 2017

Celebrate a day in Korean culture.  Have fun and explore a taste in Korean culture through signature liked foods including Kalbi shortribs and kim chi, music, dance performances, art works, demonstrations and performances, including  taekwondo, a traditional tea ceremony, and drum dances.  There  will also be some fun singing competitions, Korean chef cooking demos, and how about a Kim Chi eating contest –don’t miss it!

  • Location – Honolulu Hale Civic Grounds, 530 S. King Street
  • Time – 10 AM to 9 PM
  • Cost – FREE
  • Learn more – www.koreanfestivalhi.com

JCC Summer Craft & Collectibles Fair – Aug 12th, 2017

Twice during the summer the Japanese Cultural Center puts on a craft fair featuring many antique and handcrafted items. Also check out some gallery exhibits, tea ceremony classes and over 20 booths displaying kimonos, Japanese kitchenware, jewelry and lots of other cool stuff!


Discover Art in Chinatown - Aug 12th, 2017

Check out the latest pop-up art event with lots of ongoing entertainment and activites to participate in the popular Chinatown area.  Make sure to check out Poetry on the spot, Whimsical Ceramics, oil painting, digital cartoon creations, more special art exhibits, "on the spot Impov", free Hanafuda classes Make-and-take art for all ages.  To help make this event more festive, there will be live music performances through out and great food by Aunty Sweety's Smoke Meats and more!

  • Location - Multi-location including Marks Garage, Nuuanu Avenue, Pauahi Street, Bethel Street
  • Time - 11 AM to 4 PM
  • Cost - FREE
  • Learn More - DiscoverArt

Willie K playing at Blue Note – Aug 15th, 2017

One of Hawaii’s biggest talents, Willie K will be performing at the new Blue Note club in the Outrigger Beach Resort in Waikiki.  From Hawaiian to Reggae to Jazz to Blues Willie always puts on a great performance!

  • Location – Blue note, Outrigger Beach Resort
  • Time – 6:30 PM & 9 PM & Performances
  • Cost - $25 to $45
  • Learn more – 6:30 or 9 PM

The Wildest Show in town at Honolulu Zoo – August 16th, 2017

Join the Honolulu Zoo in the last summer evenings with live music, fun keiki coloring and trivia activates, ono plate lunch, and winning prizes, including a drawing for an ukulele!  Join in for a "Salsa Sayonara" theme! Alcohol is not permitted, but plate lunches and snacks will be available for purchase.

  • Musician line up: Rolando Sanchez & Salsa Hawaii
  • Location – Honolulu Zoo
  • Time – 4:35 PM doors open, 6 PM music starts
  • Cost - $5
  • Learn more – HonoluluZoo.org

23rd Annual Made in Hawaii Festival – August 18th- 20th, 2017

Discover just about everything made in Hawaii at the annual Made in Hawaii Festival.  The exhibition hall at the Neal Blaisdell Center will feature nearly 400 venders featuring everything from local books, Hawaiian jewelry, arts & crafts, produce and packaged treats, and much much more!  There will be also be home grown cooking demos and sample tastings worth trying.  Last year set a record of more than 45,000 attendees.  The 3 day festival will filled with ongoing live local music and entertainment.  Bring out the family for this one!

  • Location – Neal Blaisdell Center
  • Time – 9 AM to 9 PM
  • Cost - $6, FREE 5 and under
  • Learn more – MadeinHawaii.com

Duke’s Annual Ocean Fest – Aug 19th – 27th, 2017

The Duke Kahanamoku Ocean Fest is a celebration of ocean and beach activites.  There are will be lots of ongoing contests to join or watch, including Surfing, Stand Up Paddleboard Racing, Swimming Races, & Volleyball Matches.  Between competitions, make sure to watch or participate in some of the other fun activites, such as Opening

  • Location – Kuhio Beach
  • Time – morning on…times ceremonies, Surfboard Waterpolo Match, Outdoor movie on Friday 26th, and the Red Bull Party Wave.  It's a week of fun...don't miss out!
  • Cost – FREE
  • Learn more – www.dukesoceanfest.com

La Ohana Day at Waimea Valley - Aug 20th 2017

Waimea is reaching out to all the Kama'aina and military families on Oahu to take advantage of a special 50% discount off general admission on August 20th.

  • Location - Waimea Valley
  • Time - 9 AM-5 PM
  • Cost - 50% off to Hawaii residents and military
  • Learn more - www.waimeavalley.net

35th Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival – August 20th, 2017

You won’t have to walk far for this slack key festival if you’re staying in Waikiki!  This is gathering of some of Hawaii’s top slack key guitar performers, who love to jam for hours on end, with solo and group performances.  Along with great entertainment, there will be good island BBQ, and free giveaways, including a Taylor Guitar give away, so make sure to be around to be the lucky winner!

  • Location – Waikiki Beach Walk
  • Time – 12 Noon to 6 PM
  • Cost – FREE
  • Learn more – SlackKeyFestival.com

Outrigger Sunday Showcase – Aug 20th 2017

Na Mele No Na Pua will bring to life Hawaii’s past, present and future through Hawaiian performing arts and entertainment.  Featuring a local musical performance by Alx Kawakami, from Manoa DNA. This will be a fun free event to watch if you’re in the area.  It will take place outdoor on the Waikiki Beach Walk grassy area. 


Eat the Street – Aug 25th 2017

Time to spice things up!  That's right "spicy" is your August theme!  I'm sure you can request your order on the mild side or turn up the heat!  Eat the Street is an organization that gets some of the best food trucks on the island, that to come together in a designated area, and create a party of its own.  Thousands of hungry folks seeking their next favorite dish attend each month!  Explore the different venues and taste some ono creations from 40 food trucks.  Live entertainment!!!

  • Location – 1011 Ala Moana Blvd
  • Time – 5 PM to 10 PM
  • Cost - FREE
  • More info:  Eat the Street

5th Annual Waimea Valley Summer Concert Series - Aug 26th, 2017

Join the Mele Kulāiwi Songs of our Native Land.  Waimea Valley’s annual summer concert is back with a great local line-up, including:  Hapa, Ekolu, keauhou, and more.  Concerts will be held on the Waimea Valley Main Pavilion Lawn on the last Saturday of the summer months from 3pm-7pm.

  • Location - WaimeaValley.net
  • Time - 3 PM to 7 PM
  • Cost - $36 Adult, $24 Seniors and Keikis
  • Learn more - WaimeaValley.net

36th Annual Greek Festival Honolulu Hawaii - August 26th & 27th

Time to go Greek in the park.  There will be lots of Greek festivities happening the last weekend of August in Ala Moana Park.  Get set for a big line up of musicians, dancers, choir singers, activities, Presentations, arts and crafts, lots of Greek food booths including popular gyro sandwiches & Spanakopita (Spanish pie) It's cheap to get in, and cheaper if you wear a toga ($1).  Note, no credit cards accepted...cash and checks w/ ID.

  • Location - McCoy Pavillian, Ala Moana Beach Park
  • Time - Noon to 9 PM
  • Cost - $3, free for children under 11 and military.
  • Learn more - GreekFestivalHawaii.com

Waikiki Artfest – August 27th, 2017

Take time to view, celebrate, and purchase Hawaii based artwork from 75 local artist and craftsmen, who will display their artwork over the weekend in kapiolani Park, across from the Honolulu Zoo.  You will find artworks from crafted jewelry, to clothing to ceramics, quilts, and other creations.  The day will also be filled with live music and food vendors cooking up a storm!


Aloha & Enjoy!!