tumblr tracker
Test Slide Test Slide Test Slide Test Slide Test Slide Test Slide

North
Shore

Discover the Best

Oahu
Deals

Discover the Best

North
Shore

Discover the Best

Oahu
Shows

Discover the Best

Oahu
Attractions

Discover the Best

Oahu Events 2017

There are hundreds of Oahu events to explore each month, and we would like to highlight some of the best.  While much of the activity takes place within Honolulu, we here at Best of Oahu will do our best to recognize worthy events and activities taking place on the North Shore and other unique spots around the island.

Exploring Oahu Events & Shows

Waikiki Show

Some Oahu events take place on a regular basis such as First Friday in Chinatown.  This is a fun wine and art walk in the downtown Honolulu area. 

Other Honolulu events are seasonal and only come once a year, like the Waikiki Spam Jam, that is a huge festival evolving around the islands love for Spam!

Make a point to check out the best Oahu activities, events, and festivities…and we look forward to seeing you out there!

Also take time to check out some of the best ongoing Oahu shows, Hawaiian Luaus, and concerts taking place in and around Waikiki!

Upcoming Hawaii Bridal Expos

If you have an upcoming wedding and would like to see what's going on around Oahu for special venues, check out upcoming Hawaii bridal expos and events.  These bridal expos usually take place at surrounding hotels and event centers, and feature everything from flower arrangements to bridal gowns, and many resources that you will need for your special day!

July Events

Evening Luau at Paradise Cove - July 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.


26th Annual 4th of July Celebration at Ala Moana Center               July 4th, 2017

If you’re looking for a great elevated spot to watch one of the islands best firework displays, then head to Ala Moana Shopping Center, where you will have the best viewing platforms from the 2nd level open parking deck.  Tune into FM 92.3 KSSK for your 4th of July paired soundtrack.


66 Annual Kailua Fireworks - July 4th, 2017

Festivities start off with a acrobatic air show at 6 PM.  The Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band joins in at 6:30 PM, and the firework show begins at 8 PM. Take advantage of free parking and free shuttle service that begins at 3 PM.

  • Location - Kailua Beach Park/Lanikai
  • Time - Festivities start at 5 PM
  • Cost - FREE
  • Learn more - KailuaFireworks.net

The Wildest Show in town at Honolulu Zoo – July 4th, 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!  Featured artist is Emke.  Alcohol is not permitted, but plate lunches and snacks will be available for purchase.

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

The Wildest Show in town at Honolulu Zoo – July 5th, 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!  There will also be a Kanikapila theme!  Alcohol is not permitted, but plate lunches and snacks will be available for purchase.

  • Staring musician for this concert: Kamakakehau Fernandez
  • Location – Honolulu Zoo
  • Time – 4:35 PM doors open, 6 PM music starts
  • Cost - $5
  • Learn more – HonoluluZoo.org

Screen on the Green at Waimea Valley - July 6th, 2017

Waimea Valley is going to help make your summer more fun with a series of outdoor movie nights for the family.  Enjoy free open-air movie nights featuring new and classic films. Screen on the Green features Little Mermaid, after the Hale’iwa Farmers Markets. Take a seat on the main lawn for the opening film, Pirates of the Caribbean  Curse of the Black Pearl.


Moon Walk at Waimea Valley - July 6th, 2017

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

  • Location - Waimea Valley
  • Time - Buffet starts at 5 PM, walk starts at 8 PM
  • Cost - $10 walk only, $39.95/Adult, $12.95/Kid (12 & under)
  • Learn more - WaimeaValley.net

First Friday Art Walk - July 7th 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.  This First Friday will be have a 4th of July 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.


JCC Summer Craft & Collectibles Fair – July 8th, 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!


11th Annual UH Kids Film Festival - July 9th, 23rd, 30th 2017

How about a summer kids film festival! Bring the keikes, ages 2 to 8, to watch a couple episodes of winners of an international film festival awards.  Themes are Nature Nature, Be True to you, and Whale Rider on the 30th.


The Wildest Show in town at Honolulu Zoo – July 12th, 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!  There will also be a Red White & Zoo theme!  Alcohol is not permitted, but plate lunches and snacks will be available for purchase.

  • Staring musician for this concert: Melveen Leed
  • Location – Honolulu Zoo
  • Time – 4:35 PM doors open, 6 PM music starts
  • Cost - $5
  • Learn more – HonoluluZoo.org

Waikiki Aquarium Summer Music Series – July 13th, 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 particular concert on July 13th will feature performing Hawaiian music artist Taimane, Keauhou, and special guest Halau.  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

9th Annual Mangoes at the Moana - July 15th, 2017

Mangos mangos mangos...everything mango!  Got a sweet spot for mangoes?  Make sure to swing by the Moana Surfrider for lots of mango festivities.   There will be a mango throwdown featuring celebrity chefs in a cook off competition using mango as the main ingredient.  Sample some mango cocktails in a mango cocktail mixdown with some mixologists from around the island stepping up with their creations.  There will also be cooking demonstrations by Pig and the Lady, MW Restaurant, Koko Head Cafe, Tiki's Bar and Grill, Taormina, Fete Hawaii, Turtle Bay Resort and RumFire.  Finally take time to check out the Mango Farmers Market and silent auction benefiting the Culinary Institute of the Pacific.  Live music performance by local Hawaiian artist Sean Na'auao.


Sea Life Park Summer Twilight Concert Series – July 15th, 2017

End the afternoon exploring Sea Life Park attractions, dinning alfresco and watching a special concert by Hawaiian music artist, Keauhou, Raiatea Helm, Kalani Pe'a, Maunalua, and Melveen Leed.  Call for special dinner reservations (starts at 4:30) and more details…

  • Location – Sea Life Park
  • Time – 4 PM Doors open, concert 5:00 to 9 PM
  • Cost – $39.50 pre-concert to $49.50 at door, discount to annual pass holders
  • Learn More - 808-259-2500 or www.SeaLifePark.com

54th Annual Hawaii State Farm Fair – July 15th & 16th, 2017

Kuloa Ranch will host the 54th annual Hawaii State Farm Fair.  There will be lots of different type of farm animals to see, feed and pet, including goats, lambs and chickens.  Activities including ongoing live entertainment, fun contests such as watermelon eating, fastest corn husking, and hottest chili pepper tasting!  Lots keiki rides and bouncies!  Farmers market at it’s best and ono food booths to explore!


20th Annual Haleiwa Arts Festival – July 15th & 16th, 2017

This is a great event the North Shore promoting awareness in art and culture.  There will be over 140 local artist showing off and selling different mediums of artwork including paintings, photography, sculptures, jewelry, ceramics and other types of creations.  All good art festivals come with good food booths and live entertainment, which will find both over the 2 day art festival!


40th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival – July 15th & 16th, 2017

Watch 2 days of non-competitive hula being performed in the memory of Prince Lot Kapuaiwa.  This is an annual festival that celebrates the art of hula that used to be a forbidden in Moanalua Valley.

  • Location – Moanalua Gardens
  • Time – 9 AM to 4 PM Sat, 10 AM to 3 PM Sun
  • Cost – FREE
  • Learn more - MoanaLuagardens.com

47th Annual Ukulele Festival – July 16th, 2017

Celebrate the instrument of the islands!  The annual Ukulele Festival pulls over 10,000 people in Kapiolani Park, to hear the beautiful sounds of the ukulele!  There will be endless performances from the morning into the afternoon, lessons given, ukulele giveaways by manufacturers, lots of displays and ukulele souvenirs and ono delicious food to purchase.


27th Annual HAWAII ALL-COLLECTORS SHOW - July 16th, 2017

Explore Hawaii's largest collectible and antique show and sale.  There will be over 180 booths featuring everything from estate jewlery to vintage kimonos to old comic books. There will also be a large display of Hawaiiana good including Aloha shirts, ukuleles, and Hawaiian Monarchy documents.  Come early and explore it all!

  • Location - Blaisdell Exhibition Hall
  • Time - 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM
  • Cost - $5 General Admission, $2 for kids
  • Learn more - Ukulele.com

Willie K playing at Blue Note – July 18th, 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 – BlueNoteHawaii.com

The Wildest Show in town at Honolulu Zoo – July 19th, 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!  There will also be a "Let's Get Wild" theme!  Alcohol is not permitted, but plate lunches and snacks will be available for purchase.

  • Staring musician for this concert: Wille K
  • Location – Honolulu Zoo
  • Time – 4:35 PM doors open, 6 PM music starts
  • Cost - $5
  • Learn more – HonoluluZoo.org

Vino & Vinyasa at the Moana Surfrider - July 19th, 2017

Can you think of a better way to relax then mixing up some yoga with a little wine after?  That's right, work on your flexibility and continue relaxing your state with some organic wines. There will be also be some special local vendor exhibits to check out.

  • Location - Moana Surfrider, Diamond Head Lawn
  • Time - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Cost - Yoga is free, wine is $5
  • Learn more - Monana-Surfrider.com

42nd Annual Queen Liliuokalani Keiki Hula Competition                  July 20th-22nd, 2017

What’s better than a hula competition?  How about a dedicated event filled with keiki hula performances!  Watch 3 days filled with lots of hula categories and styles.  Should be a lot of fun!

  • Location – Blaisdell Arena
  • Time – 6 PM on the 20th & 21st, and 1 PM on the 22nd
  • Cost – $12 to $14
  • Learn more - http://www.keikihula.org/

Na Mele O Ko’olina – July 22nd, 2017

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

37th Annual TINMAN TRIATHLON - July 23rd, 2017

A triathlon is one of the hardest races to accomplish and train for...and the Tinman Triathlon one coming to Oahu in July.  This race will start and end in Kapiolani Park, with a 750m swim at Queen's Beach, 40k Bike ride and 10K race from Diamond Head to Koko Head.

  • Location - Starts & ends in Kapiolani Park
  • Time - 5:30 AM to 11 AM
  • Cost - $100 to $150 - price goes up with time
  • Learn more - Tinmanhawaii.com

The Wildest Show in town at Honolulu Zoo – July 26th, 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!  There will also be a "Mahalo Members"!  Alcohol is not permitted, but plate lunches and snacks will be available for purchase.

  • Staring musician for this concert: Ohta San & Nando Suan
  • Location – Honolulu Zoo
  • Time – 4:35 PM doors open, 6 PM music starts
  • Cost - $5
  • Learn more – HonoluluZoo.org

Waikiki Aquarium Summer Music Series – July 27th, 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 particular concert on July 7th will feature performing Hawaiian music artist Led Kaapana, Weldon Kekauoha, and Maunalua .  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

HAWAII ALL-COLLECTORS SHOW - July 27th, 2017

Explore Hawaii's largest collectible and antique show and sale.  There will be over 180 booths featuring everything from estate jewlery to vintage kimonos to old comic books. There will also be a large display of Hawaiiana good including Aloha shirts, ukuleles, and Hawaiian Monarchy documents.  Come early and explore it all!

  • Location - Blaisdell Exhibition Hall
  • Time - 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM
  • Cost - $5 General Admission, $2 for kids
  • Learn more - Ukulele.com

Eat the Street – July 28th 2017

BBQ Fest is the theme for July's event.  Sample the many different barbeque creations, and help choose a winner of the night.  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.  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

Art After Dark - Pow Wow – July 28th 2017

Watch Jasper Wong Pow Wow & Simone Legno of Tokidoki paint a new creation in the Kinau Courtyard.

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 Eat Honolulu.  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

5th Annual Waimea Valley Summer Concert Series - July 29th, 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:  Kapena, Robi Kahakalau, Wendell Kekauoha, 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

Mele on the Marina Fest  - July 29th, 2017

Don’t miss out on this free concert!  Arrive early, get some shopping done, grab a plate lunch and prime row seating for great line up.  The fun begins at 3 pm with a slack key guitar performance Dayton Watanabe.  Hulau Hulao Kawaihoomalu takes the stage at 5 pm with a hula performance, and Makaha Sons for a grand finale at 6 pm.  Local artist and food vendors will be on site…


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

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

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

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

MATSUMOTO SHAVE ICE 66TH ANNIVERSARY - Aug 26th

Help celebrate the 65th anniversary with famous Matsumoto Shave Ice!  They will be offering a roll back price of .65 cents for a one flavor shave ice. Hang out in the court yard with live entertainment and activities. Also pick up one of 500 specially printed anniversary t-shirts for $6.50 while they last!

  • Location - Matsumoto Shave Ice
  • Time - 9 AM to 4 PM
  • Cost - $0.65 one flavor (9am to noon)
  • Learn more - MatsumotoShaveIce

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!


September Events

Evening Luau at Paradise Cove - Sept 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.


First Friday Art Walk - Sept 1st 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.  This First Friday will be have a Labor Day 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.


VegFest Oahu – Sept 2nd, 2017

Explore the world of vegans.  This is an event celebrating plant based sustainable living in Hawaii and abroad.  Sample vegan food creations from local restaurants, and learn from chefs who are experienced with cooking healthy green foods.  There will be music, entertainment and contest giveaways.

  • Location – Civic Center, Honolulu Hale
  • Time – 12 PM to 5:30 PM
  • Cost – FREE
  • Learn more - http://vegfestoahu.com

34th Annual Okinawan Festival – Sept 2nd & 3rd, 2017

Join the celebration and enjoy the Okinawan festivities throughout the weekend in Kapiolani Park.  You find a large display of arts and crafts, a long list of entertainment including live music performances and dances, lots of fun games and activities for the kids, and some ono delicious Okinawan food, including the andagi (a special donut).


Moon Walk at Waimea Valley - Sept 3rd, 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, $39.95/Adult, $12.95/Kid (12 & under)
  • Learn more - WaimeaValley.net

Sea Life Park Keiki Sundays – Sept 3rd, 2017

It’s fun for the keikis at Sea Life Park!  This event will have a honu theme to it, with guest speakers talking about these magnificent sea creatures and the world they live in.  Activities include live entertainment from 10 am to 2 pm, arts and craft booths, and fun conservation activities.

  • Location – Sea Life Park
  • Time – 10 AM to 2 PM
  • Cost – FREE for under 12 w/ paying adult
  • Learn more – www.sealifepark.com 

Tahiti Mana Presents Heiva I Waikiki – Sept 3rd & 4th, 2017

Experience some intense, colorful and exciting Tahitian, as individual and group performer compete for championship titles.  This is a great way to immerse yourself in Tahitian culture, watching new and traditional performances, checking out great costumes, and feeling the intense drumming from musicians playing the wooden tuiti.  Tahitian crafters and artisans will be on site…

  • Location – Hawaii Theatre
  • Time – 10:30 AM to 5 PM
  • Cost - $20 +
  • Learn more – Tahinti Mana

47th Annual Waikiki Roughwater Swim – Sept 4th, 2017

Rated as one of the top 100 open water swims in the world, the Waikiki Roughwater Swim attracts competitive and recreational swimmers from all over.  Open water swimming clinics will be offered for free during July & August in preparation for this race that was inspired from the original Ironman Triathlon swim course.  

The race start off at San Souci Beach and travels out 677 Meters before making the 2305 M journey towards the Hilton Hawaiian Hotel, and swimming 842 M back to shore on Duke Kahanamoku Beach for the finish line.

  • Location – San Souci Beach, Waikiki
  • Time – 8:30 AM to 12 PM
  • Cost – $50 to $100 depending on date of signing up
  • Learn more – www.waikikiroughwaterswim.com


A SUMMER 4 ALL: AUGIE T. & Shawn Garnett, Sept 8th, 2017

It’s always a treat when Augie T comes to town, and this special show he’s teaming up with Hawaii’s actor & musician Shawn Garnett.  Don’t miss out on a night of laughing off your okole!

  • Location – Hawaii Theatre
  • Time - 7:30 PM
  • Cost – $35
  • Learn more – Hawaii Theatre

Royal Court Investiture & Opening Ceremony - Sept 9th 2017

See the introduction of the Aloha Festivals Royal Court taking place in front of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel & Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center.  This is an elaborate ceremony that introduces past kings, queens and royal family, and honors them with detailed costumes, chants, and hula performances.  This event is the start of a few other Hawaiian heritage festivals taking place this month.

  • Location – Royal Hawaiian Hotel & Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center
  • Time - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
  • Cost - FREE
  • Learn more - AlohaFestivals.com

71st Annual Aloha Festivals – Sept 9th, 2017

A celebration of Hawaiian culture and traditions through dance, music, food and art.  Bring your aloha spirit to the festivities at the Aloha Festivals, and join over 100,000 people turning out to watch the performances, engage in activities, pick up some art Hawaiian art works, and sample some ono delicious Hawaiian food!  Sept 9th is the opening ceremony of many events to come over the next few weeks.


4th Annual Waimea Valley Kalo & Awa Festival - Sept 10th

See how Hawaii farmers and practitioners work with the rich lands of Hawaii.  There will be kalo & awa tastings, huli giveaways, and fun entertainment and live music.  There will also be lots of demonstrations given and topics being discussed.

A fun festival on the Waimea Valley grounds featuring local farmers, interesting workshops & demonstrations, food sample tastings, live music to fill the air, and lots more!

  • Location – Waimea Valley main lawn area
  • Time – 9 AM to 4 PM
  • Cost - FREE
  • Learn more – www.waimeavalley.net


Vino & Vinyasa at the Moana Surfrider - Sept 19th, 2017

Can you think of a better way to relax then mixing up some yoga with a little wine after?  That's right, work on your flexibility and continue relaxing your state with some organic wines. There will be also be some special local vendor exhibits to check out.

  • Location - Moana Surfrider, Diamond Head Lawn
  • Time - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Cost - Yoga is free, wine is $5
  • Learn more - Monana-Surfrider.com

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival – Sept 20th, 2017

This will be a first annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival, taking place in Kailua!  This should be a great block party with 6 straight hours of Hawaii’s top slack key performers, including Brother Noland, George Kue, Bobby Mederew, and Weldon Kekaueha.  Bring a chair/placemat and hang out for the day.  Maybe you’ll be the lucky winner of a Taylor Guitar give away!


2nd Annual Hula Girl Festival – Sept 21st - 24th, 2017

The new Hula Girl Festival is dedication to the hula dancers of Japan, who have a big appreciation and love for Hawaii’s culture, music and dance.  There will be endless hula dance performances happening over the course of 4 day in various locations.  Catch a hula show or 2 or 3, while shopping, grabbing lunch or having a fun at a water park!

  • Location & Times:
  • Sept 21st – Moana Treetop Restaurant, 11 AM to 2 PM
  • Sept 22nd - 23rd  – Waikiki Beach Walk, 10 AM – 4 PM
  • Sept 24th – Wet-n-Wild Water Park, 10:30 AM to 4 PM
  • Cost – FREE
  • Learn more - HulaGirlFestivalHawaii.com

65th Annual Waikiki Hoolaulea - Sept 23rd 2017

Better known as the largest block party on the island!  Waikiki’s Kalakaua Ave will be packed with thousands of folks walking the closed off streets.  There will be lots of entertainment including hula performances and Hawaiian groups playing music…and of course great food throughout!

  • Location – throughout Kalakaua Ave, Waikiki
  • Time – 7 PM to 10 PM
  • Cost - FREE
  • Learn more - AlohaFestivals.com

3rd Annual Children's Film & Music Festival - Sept 23rd, 2017

This one's for the keikis and the whole family!  Buy a ticket to day of fun and help support Kapi'olani Medical Center's campaign for Hawaii's children!  Festivities will take place at the Disney's Aulani Resort and on the beachfront of Ko Olina's Kohola Lagoon #1.  Get ready for a line up of fun including  live music, balloon artist, face painting, and lot's of other activities. Don't miss the Disney and Pixar movies begin played on the beach at sunset.


36th Annual Honolulu Century Ride – Sept 24th, 2017

Tune up your bike or rent one for the Honolulu Century Ride.  You choose your distance…whether you choose to ride 25, 50, 75, or the full century ride, there will be course set up for your endurance with aid stations along quarter points.  The century coarse will take you along the coast to Kailua and back to Kapiolani Park where there will be entertainment and food waiting!

  • Location – Kapiolani Park
  • Time – 6:15 AM
  • Cost – $70 to $200 (depending on age group and time of registration)
  • Learn more – www.hbl.org

Art After Dark - Sept 29th, 2017

"Hawaii in Design" taking 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.  Watch art in the making, including art an interactive light show, human body painting, and fashion design shows.


Eat the Street – Sept 29th, 2017

It's Octoberfest time and Eat the Street is celebrating big with German cuisine, beer garden, and festivities.  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.  Thousands of hungry folks seeking their next favorite dish attend each month!  Explore the different venues and taste some ono creations.


71st Annual Floral Parade - Sept 30th 2017

While most of us can relate to going to a parade, not everyone can say they’ve seen one a Hawaiian style parade.  You will get all the Hawaiian flavor you can handle with floats covered with tropical flowers, Hawaiian music bands playing, hula performances being given, and much much more!

  • Location – Ala Moana Beach Park traveling through Kalakaua Ave Waikiki to Kapiolani Park
  • Time - 9 AM to 12 Noon
  • Cost - FREE
  • Learn more - AlohaFestivals.com

16th Annual Korean Festival - Sept 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

Also check out Ongoing Oahu Shows & Entertainment.

Aloha & Enjoy!!