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Oahu Events in January


January Events



New Year's Eve Fireworks & Events

All Year's Eve parties, firework displays, and events can be found on the December Events page...

Da Hui Backdoor Shootout - Jan 4th - 16th, 2018

In memory of Duke Kahanamoku, watch Hawaii's pro surfers battle it out as they try and capture the wave of the day and pull of some mind blowing tube rides!  There will also be bodysurfing, bodyboarding, longboarding, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, along with the shortboard action.

  • Location - Ehukai Beach Park - Pipeline
  • Time - TBD
  • Cost - FREE
  • Learn more - dahui.com

First Friday Art Walk - Jan 5th 2018

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.  This First Friday will be have a New Years theme to it.  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.


Disney in Concert - A Dream is a Wish Jan 5th & 6th, 2018


Watch and listen to the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra perform a Disney production, "A Dream is a Wish".  There will only be 2 performances over 2 days, so don’t miss out on this magical orchestra  performance performed by John Williams.

  • Location – Blaisdell Concert Hall
  • Time – Fri 7:30 to 10 PM, Sat 2 PM to 5 PM
  • Cost – $27 to $79
  • Learn more - hawaiisymphonyorchestra.org

Sony Open in Hawaii – Jan 8th – 14th, 2018

The Sony Open PGA Tour kick off attracts some of the biggest names in professional golfing to compete in classic golf event.  Enjoy a day in the sunshine on the beautiful Kahala grounds of the Waialae Country Club, watching the pros duking it out and making golf look so simple.

  • Location – Waialae Country Club
  • Time – First Heat 8 AM
  • Cost – $20 (best if purchased online), military , vets, and children under 12 w/ adult are FREE
  • Learn more - SonyOpenInHawaii.com

Chinese New Year Celebration – Feb 9th - 11th, 2018

The annual Chinese New Year Celebration is not to be missed.  Welcoming the Year of the Monkey!  There will be endless entertainment including a parade, the popular Lion Dance, fireworks, food booths and craft booths.  There will be night festivities as well.  Consider taking public transportation to this celebration as parking will be limited.

  • Location – Chinatown Cultural Plaza (100 N Beretania St)
  • Time – 9 am to 10 pm
  • Cost – FREE
  • Learn more:  www.chinesechamber.com

Na Mele O Ko’olina – Jan 13th, 2018

Head to Ko’olina beach lagoon #3 for a day of Hawaiian music and local art display & sale!  Along the arching sidewalk you find close to 40 artist displaying their artwork for viewing and sale…perfect for special gifts!  There will also be Hawaiian slack-key guitarist and ukulele musicians playing during the duration of this event.

  • Location – Ko’olina Beach Lagoon #3
  • Time – 9 AM to 5 PM
  • Cost – FREE
  • Learn more – hotcrafts.net

Magic Island Biathlon - Jan 14th, 2018

Here's a fun entry level biathlon taking place in an ideal setting. Run 5 miles through out Ala Moana Beach Park and finishing the race with a 1 mile swim along the beach.

  • Location - Ala Moana Beach Park
  • Time - 6:15 am check-in, race at 7:30 am
  • Cost - $30 to $90
  • Learn more - active.com

New Year’s Ohana Festival – January 14th, 2018


This community festival takes place at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii and kicks of 2018 with some cultural fun!  Food boths and activites will take place in the Cultural Center and Moilili Field.  There will be lots of live entertainment and cultural demonstrations throughout the day.  Bring the whole family including the keikis as there will be some fun games to partake in.  Parking available at the UH of Manoa parking structure on Dole St, with complimentary shuttle service.


  • Location – Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii
  • Time – 10 AM to 4 PM
  • Cost – FREE
  • Learn more - www.jcch.com


Bubble Run – Jan 20th 2018

There are many different running themes to start the new year, and this run is as clean as it gets!  That’s right, this 3 mile race runs you through a few different “Foam Bogs”, that are basically stations filled with colorful bubbles to get you wet and color you up!  Make sure to wear white to pick up and show off more color as you go!   This race is for all ages. 

  • Location – Saratoga Ave/Hornet St in Kalaeloa (Barbers Pt)
  • Time – 2 heats:  8 am & 9 am
  • Cost - $20 to $50 (depending on early registration by Dec 20th)
  • Learn more - Bubblerun.com

19th Annual Pacific Island Arts Festival - Jan 20th & 21st, 2018

75 to 100 artists will be displaying all types of island art creations in Kapiolani Park (across from the Honolulu Zoo).  Make a point to stop by this free entertaining event.  There will art demonstrations, lots of food booths, great Hawaiian music entertainment, and a lion dance to top it off!

  • Location - Bandstand area in Kapiolani Park, Waikiki
  • Time - 9 AM to 4 PM Sat & Sun
  • Cost - Free
  • Learn more - (808) 696-6717

Art After Dark at Honolulu Museum – Jan 26th 2018

Kiss Kiss Bang - Bhangra!  You'll be surrounded by swirls & twirls

Art After Dark takes place at the Honolulu Museum on the last Friday of each month except Nov & Dec.  This is a really fun event that allows you to explore the art and grounds after hours to the groove of a spinning DJ, popup bars and yummy appetizers being served by StreetGrindz and Pig in the Lady.  Enjoy drinks made by Free Spirit Mobile Bartenders

  • Location – 900 S Beretania St
  • Time – 6 PM to 9 PM
  • Cost - $25
  • Learn more - HonoluluMuseum.org

Eat the Street – Jan 26th 2018

Eat the Street is an organization that gets some of the best food trucks on the island to come together in a designated area, and create a party of its own.  It takes place on the last Friday of the month.  Thousands of hungry folks seeking their next favorite dish attend each month!  Explore the different venues and taste some ono creations.  Live entertainment!!!

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



Aloha & Enjoy!!

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