Oahu Events 2017

With hundreds of Oahu events to explore each month, we would like to highlight some of the best.  And while much of the activity takes place in Honolulu events, 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

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! 

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

Ongoing Oahu Events & Shows

 

Kuhio Beach Hawaiian Hula Show

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday evenings (weather permitting) hula halaus are invited from around the island and other locations to perform under the big banyan tree at Kuhio Beach in Waikiki.  The evening starts off with fun tiki torch lighting ceremony at 6pm.  Live Hawaiian music and hula performances go on for 1 hour.  Seating is limited and tends to get crowded, so come early plan to lay down a towel or beach chair to sit on, and get a good view of the performance.  Call 808-843-8002 for more information.

Art on the Fence 

Waikiki Art on the Fence


Every weekend artist post up there artworks on the south end Honolulu Zoo fence, which is across from Kapiolani Park.  Art on the Fence takes place 9 AM to 4 PM every Sat & Sun.  
This is always a fun free weekend activity, giving you an opportunity to causally stroll Monsarrat Ave and check out various works of art from local artist.

See original artwork including paintings, Photos, creations and other mediums of art.

First Friday

First Friday is a neighborhood event to promote the art galleries, stores and restaurants in the Chinatown area.  Join thousands of spectators and supporting this community.  Drinks, food and live entertainment takes place throughout participating storefronts. 

First Friday of each month takes place in Chinatown from July thru December, 5 PM to 9PM.  Call 808-521-2903 for more information.

Evening Luau at Paradise Cove

Paradise Luau;

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!  

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.


Magic of Polynesia

Magic of Polynesia Show;


Ready to be amazed by some mind blowing illusions and magic tricks with a Polynesian twist?  Master John Hirokawa is known to have more than just a few tricks up his sleeves…in fact he is an award winning illusionist!


The Magic of Polynesia is a complete 2 ½ hour show that integrates Hula & Polynesian performances, along with some death defying tricks and a wild fire knife act to make this production unique and energetic.

  • Location – Holiday Inn Waikiki, transportation available
  • Time – 6 PM dinner option, 7 PM show begins
  • Cost – Show only $39/child & $59/adult up to Deluxe Meal w/ Show $79 child & $149 adult, age 3 & under are free
  • View & purchase ticket options

Rock-A-Hula Show

Rock a Hula Show;


A memorable Las Vegas type production here in Waikiki, Hawaii!  This Rock-A-Hula show in a tribute with a Hawaiian twist to music legends such as Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, and the beautiful voice of Celine Dion. 


Listen to these familiar sounds and more, synced to Hawaiian music with Polynesian entertainment, including a popular fire dance.

The show begins 8 PM each evening at the Royal Hawaiian Center Theater.  General tickets start at $55 (lower price children tickets available), with larger options that includes transportation, VIP treatment, and dinner. 

  • Location – Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, 4th Floor
  • Time – Pre-show options start at 6 PM, Show starts at 8 PM
  • Cost – ticket options

Fourever Fab Show – A Beatles Tribute

Fourever Fab Beatles Show;


Enjoy an evening filled with Beatle rock n roll classics.  The Fourever Fab has perfected the sounds of this iconic band over the past 20 years, performing timeless classics including ‘Hards Days Night’, ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, ‘Yesterday’, ‘Twist and Shout’, and ‘Hey Jude’.

The show starts off in the back of time, the Beatles ‘Black & White’ period, and progresses to their final performances with ‘Here Comes the Sun’ & Yellow Submarine’.

Sing and dance the night away With so many great songs to choose from, no 2 shows are alike.


Polynesian Cultural Center – Full Day of Shows & Entertainment

Polynesian Cultural Center;

Spend a day & evening watching some of the best entertaining shows and performances on the island.  The Polynesian Cultural Center is a special thyme park made up of many representations of Polynesia cultures in the Pacific.

To top it off, there is a phenomenal Hawaiian Luau and 90 minute evening show worth seeing!  Secure tickets early as they will sell out!

  • Location – Leie, North Shore
  • Time – Starts at Noon, Closed on Sunday’s
  • Cost – starts at $71/Child, $88/Adult to $252 Super Ambassador package
  • Learn more – review different tickets & packages

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 arragnements to bridal gowns, and many resources that you will need for your special day!


Special Concerts

Willie K at Blue Note - June 20th, July 18 & Aug 15th, 2017

Hawaiian legend Willie K will be performing a couple performances this evening. Willie has a beautiful way of incorporating some many different genres blends in his Hawaiian music.  It's a treat to watch him perform!

  • Location – Blue Note Hawaii
  • Time - 5:30 & 9 PM Concerts
  • Cost - $25 to $45
  • Learn more - ticketweb.com

The MayJah RayJah 2017 Music Festival - July 28th, 2017

One of the largest Hawiian Reegie music festivals is happening this summer! Welcome Soja Shaggy, Katchafire, Rebel Souljahz, Sammy J, and a dozen more favs!

  • Location - Waikiki Shell
  • Time - 4:30 PM & 10 PM
  • Cost - $59 to $209
  • Learn more - blaisdellcenter.com

Jack Johnson in concert - Aug 4th & 5th, 2017

In town early August? Catch Jack Johnson at the Waikiki Shell for a special concert benefiting the Kolua Hawaii Foundation.

  • Location - Waikiki Shell
  • Time - TBD
  • Cost - Tickets go on sale April 23rd
  • Learn more - StarAdvertiser.com

April Events


Free Lei Making Workshops – April 1st - 30th 2017

Here’s a great opportunity to learn or improve your lei making skills! Participants will be encouraged to enter the upcoming Lei Day Celebration on May 1st.  Please bring flowers with 3 in stems, supporting green leaves, scissors, thread, water spray bottle, and an aluminum pan.

  • Location – Various Parks, including: Waimanalo District Park,  Manoa District Park, Sunset Beach Rec Cntr, Waialua District Park, Kaneohe Community Park
  • Time – Varies at each park
  • Cost – Free registration
  • Learn more - Honoluluparks.com

2nd Annual Honolulu on Tap - April 1st, 2017

Feeling thristy? More than a 100 beers avalible to try!  come out for a 3 to 5 hour beer exhibition, sampling beers from more than 65 participating breweries! There will be great live music, food boths with food vouchers and vendors at the event.

  • Location - Blaisdell Exhibition Hall
  • Time - 12:30pm to 5pm
  • Cost - $35 to $60 for VIP
  • Learn More - America on Tap

Waikiki Arts Festival - April 2nd, 2017

Over 75 artist will be displaying all types of neat art creations in Kapiolani Park (across from the Honolulu Zoo).  Make a point to stop by this free entertaining event.  There will also be lots of food booths along with great Hawaiian music entertainment.

2nd Annual Mom Made Market – April 2nd, 2017

Spend a Saturday shopping the local entrepreneurial moms and their creations.  You will find over 50 vendors selling local products, food booths, and fun entertainment for the keikis!  This event is also a fundraiser for Healthy Mothers & Healty Babies.

  • Location – 449 Cooke St, Kakaako
  • Time – 10 AM to 4 PM
  • Cost – $3 per Adult
  • Learn more – mommademarket.com

Royal Hawaiian Band FREE performance – April 5th, 2017

There are always ongoing performances at the Ala Moana Center Stage, but the Royal Hawaiian Band will be a special treat.  Do a little shopping and show up early for this performance as it will get crowded and be hard to get a good viewing spot. 

  • Location – Ala Moana Center Stage
  • Time – 11 AM to 12 PM
  • Cost – FREE
  • Learn more - RHB-Music.com

First Friday Art Walk - April 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 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.

  • Location - Surrounding Chinatown area
  • Time - 5 PM to 9 PM
  • Cost - FREE
  • Learn more - FirstFridayHawaii.com

Eat the Street Sunset Bazar – April 7th 2017

The April theme will be Noodle Night Foodfest.  Sample your way through different styles of yummy noodles.  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

Kawaii Kon – April 7th – 9th, 2017

Get ready anime fans for the largest Hawaii anime convention taking place this spring!  Get in character and look forward to 3 full days of fun with hundreds of vendors focusing on Japanese animation in comics, video and other types of games, special guests, panel discussions, and tons of folks in costume!

  • Location – Hawaii Convention Center
  • Time – 9 AM to 12 AM
  • Cost – $50 to $60
  • Learn more & register - KawaiiKom.com

Moon Walk at Waimea Valley – April 8th, 2017

Looking for something different and a night of fun?  Head to Waimea Valley on a full moon night for some lunar tales and a guided walk through the botanical gardens out to grand waterfall.  You will be guided by a botanical specialist, discussing the different types of rare plants on a moon-lit pathway.  Guests are welcome to start the evening dinning at the Peacock Restaurant with a buffet dinner.   Attendees are advised to bring a flashlight, insect repellent and light jacket.

  • Location – Waimea Valley
  • Time – 5 PM to 10 PM
  • Cost - $10, Free 4 & under
  • Learn more - WaimeaValley.net

Sea Life Park Summer Twilight Concert Series – April 8th, 2017

End the afternoon exploring Sea Life Park attractions, dinning alfresco and watching a special concert by Hawaiian music artist, Na Leo Pilimehana, Willie K., Hapa & Kupaoa.  Call for special dinner reservations (starts at 4:30) and more details…

  • Location – Sea Life Park
  • Time – 5:00 PM to 10 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

Hapalua – Hawaii’s Half Marathon – April 9th, 2017

Start your spring morning with a scenic 13.1 half marathon run along Waikiki Beach, around Diamond Head, and finishes at the Aloha Market Place!  Make sure to register as the cost goes up after April 3rd.

  • Location – Duke Kahanamoku Statue, Waikiki
  • Time – 6 AM to 9 AM
  • Cost – $128 to $180
  • Learn more - TheHapalua.com

6th Annual LPGA Lotte Championship  - April 9th- 15th, 2017

Get ready to see the best women golfers of the world compete in a week long tournament for a $2,000,000 purse.  The format will be 144 players, 4 days golfing 72 holes.  Check out their website for more details..

  • Location – Ko Olina Golf Club
  • Time – 10 AM to 4 PM
  • Cost - $10, FREE admission Sun – Tue, military & children under 16 free w/ adult
  • Learn more – lottechampionship.com

Vino & Vinyasa at the Moana Surfrider - April 11th, 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 8:00 PM
  • Cost - Yoga is $5, wine is $5
  • Learn more - Monana-Surfrider.com

Na Mele O Ko Olina – April 15th, 2017

Hawaii's very best Slack Key and Ukulele musicians, as well as 40 Hawaiian artists who display their artwork for sale

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

41st Annual Rell Sunn Menehune Surf Contest - April 15th, 2017

A surf contest and fundraiser for the keikis!  Spend a day at Mahaha Beach celebrating the surfing and inspiring legend Rell Sunn, while help raising funds to educate & combat juvenile delinquency.

  • Location - Makaha
  • Time - 7 AM to 5 PM
  • Cost - FREE
  • Learn more - rellsunn.com

Vi’s Top of Tantalus 7 Mile run – April 15th, 2017

Race your way to the top with a view!  But you’ll need to run through the jungle first…maybe even trekking through the mud!

  • Location – Pu’u Ualaka’a State Park
  • Time – 8 AM Start
  • Cost - $15
  • Learn more - ultrasignup.com

Easter Brunch at Waimea Valley - April 16th, 2017

Waimea Valley Easter Event


Head to the North Shore and enjoy an Easter celebration prime rib brunch in the botanical gardens of Waimea Valley.  There will be 2 seating taking place (10am and 12:30 pm), on March 27th, with an Easter Egg Hunt taking place at 11:30 AM. Event fee includes admission to the park, including the popular Waimea Waterfall.

  • Location - Waimea Valley
  • Time - 10am and 12:00 pm
  • Cost - $22.95 Kids, $42.95 Adults
  • Reservations - (808) 638-5864

Easter Brunch & Easter Egg Hunt at the Moana - April 16th, 2017

The morning fun begins with a visit from the Easter Bunny and an Easter egg hunt for the kids, followed with a relaxing and delicious brunch in the Banyan Courtyard.

  • Location - Moana Surfrider, Banyan Courtyard
  • Time - 8:00 PM to 1:30 PM
  • Cost - $69 Adults, $35 Children
  • Learn more - Monana-Surfrider.com

26th Annual Honolulu Aids Walk – April 15th, 2017

 Join thousands of walkers in support of the Life Foundation and the annual Honolulu Aids Walk.  Help put an end to 50,000 individuals who are infected with this disease each year.  The Life Foundation raises funds and awareness  from this event each year for HIV testing and care services. 

  • Location – Kapiolani Park
  • Time 9 AM to 11 AM
  • Cost – Free to register
  • Learn More - Honoluluaidswalk.org

Royal Hawaiian Band FREE performance – April 19th, 2017

There are always ongoing performances at the Ala Moana Center Stage, but the Royal Hawaiian Band will be a special treat.  Do a little shopping and show up early for this performance as it will get crowded and be hard to get a good viewing spot. 

  • Location – Ala Moana Center Stage
  • Time – 11 AM to 12 PM
  • Cost – FREE
  • Learn more - RHB-Music.com

B.E.A.N Partners Presnets - Funtastic 4 - April 21st, 2017

Get ready to lauch with some of the best comedians known in the Philippine entertainment.  Pokwang, Pooh, Chokoleit and K Brosas will keep you in tears with laughter.  If you've seen their act before, then you know!

Eat the Street – June 28th 2017

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

Art After Dark – April 28th 2017

A Parallel Universe, presented by iichiko.  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 and the Lady.  Enjoy $5 Kona Brewing Co beers all night.

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

15th Annual WAIKIKI SPAM JAM FESTIVAL - April 29th 2017

One thing Hawaii is a big fan of is SPAM, and the Waikiki Spam Jam Festival is by far the one of the largest festivals that takes place in Waikiki and around Hawaii for that matter. 

You will find SPAM represented in so many different ways, from food vendors making special dishes with it, to merchants selling just about everything with the SPAM logo on it.  It will be entertaining to say the least!  Along with all the SPAM you can handle, there will be great live entertainment and some performances taking place on 2 different stages. This is a special festival not to be missed!

The SPAM Jam also benifits the Hawaii Food Bank...

  • Location - Kalakaua Ave in Waikiki between Lewers and Kaiulani Ave
  • Time - 4 PM to 10 PM
  • Cost - FREE
  • Learn more - http://spamjamhawaii.com/

May Events


90th Annual LEI DAY CELEBRATION - May 1st, 2017

May Day Lei Day has long been a celebrated tradition backdating to 1927.  This is a great day to bring the family out to the Kapiolani Park Bandstand and watch endless performances, a Lei Court Investiture, live Hawaiian music, and see a vast display of different types of lei's for viewing and purchase.

  • Location - Kapiolani Park
  • Time - 10 AM to 5:30 PM
  • Cost - FREE
  • Learn More -  90th Lei Day

4th Annual May Day Waikiki  - May 4th, 2017

May Day Waikiki is a tribute to the old school Waikiki beach boys, memories and music.  This celebration is a commemorative event that highlights moments in history and traditions of the beach boys and their legacy.  Along with the celebration will be free canoe rides, games, and featured live Hawaiian music, including Henry Kapono and special guest.

  • Location – Royal Hawaiian Beach
  • Time – 12 PM to 5 PM
  • Cost – FREE
  • Learn more - MayDayWaikiki.com

First Friday Art Walk - May 5th 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.

  • Location - Surrounding Chinatown area
  • Time - 5 PM to 9 PM
  • Cost - FREE
  • Learn more - FirstFridayHawaii.com

25th Annual Filipino Fiesta & Parade – May 6th, 2017

Join the Filipino Community as they put a grand parade show, featuring Miss Filipina Hawaii, marching bands, decorated floats, and other participants, as they march from Fort de Russy in Waikiki to the bandstand located in Kapiolani Park.  Explore Filipino culture represented in food booths, music, games, dances, artwork and crafts.  There will also be educational, business/social, and health services to explore.  The non-stop entertainment begins shortly after the parade in Kapiolani Park from 10 AM to 5 PM.  This is a great family day to enjoy for everyone to enjoy!

  • Location – Parade starts on Fort de Russy and ends at Kapiolani Park
  • Time – 9 AM to 5 PM
  • Cost – FREE
  • Learn more – www.filcom.org

Moon Walk at Waimea Valley – May 6th, 2017

Looking for something different and a night of fun?  Head to Waimea Valley on a full moon night for some lunar tales and a guided walk through the botanical gardens out to grand waterfall.  You will be guided by a botanical specialist, discussing the different types of rare plants on a moon-lit pathway.  Guests are welcome to start the evening dinning at the Peacock Restaurant with a buffet dinner.   Attendees are advised to bring a flashlight, insect repellent and light jacket.

  • Location – Waimea Valley
  • Time – 5 PM to 10 PM
  • Cost - $10, Free 4 & under
  • Learn more - WaimeaValley.net

Sea Life Park Summer Twilight Concert Series – May 6th, 2017

End the afternoon exploring Sea Life Park attractions, dinning alfresco and watching a special concert by Hawaiian music artist, Paula Fuga, Kapena, Makaha Sons and Anuhea.  Call for special dinner reservations (starts at 4:30) and more details…

  • Location – Sea Life Park
  • Time – 5:00 PM to 10 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

12th Annual Hawaii Book & Music Festival – May 6th & 7th, 2017

As a grand finale to April’s Celebration Music Mele, Bank of America is sponsoring a full day of ongoing music and book swap.  You’ll be entertained with multiple stages featuring performances by local musicians, including a 2 hour “Ukulele Kanikapila”…you can join if you got the skills and are up for the jam!  There will also be storytelling, dance performances, plays, panels discussing Hawaiian culture, and entertainment for the kekeis (inculding PBS The Return of Mr. Steve).  Arrive hungry as lots of food vendors will be cooking up a feast! 

31st Annual Duke Kahanamoku Beach Challenge – May 7th, 2017

 Participate or spectate in annual Duke Kahanamoku Beach Callenge with lots of different ocean water races and beach games.  The Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort will host the races, including outrigger canoe racing, stand up paddle board, and some acient Hawaiian beach games that will keep beach goers preoccupied.  Stick around and participate in some challenging tug-of-war games. 

Royal Hawaiian Band at kapiolani Park – May 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th, 2017

Spend a Sunday afternoon in Kapiolani Park listening to the Royal Hawaiian Band at the Kapiolani Bandstand.  Help and thank the Royal Hawaiian Band for caring on the tradition of promoting and fostering Hawaiian music and culture dating back to 1836 by King Kamehameha III.

25th Annual We Are Samoa Festival - May 11th - 13th, 2017

Join the Polynesian Cultural Center as they celebrate the world of Samoa.  This festival is a day and evening demonstration of cultural knowledge of Samoan traditions, including coconut husking, basket weaving, and a fire-knife championship contest with death defying tricks.

  • Location – Polynesian Cultural Center
  • Time – 9 AM to 7:30 PM
  • Cost – $10 Festival event to $59.95 Admission to Ha: Breath of Life w/ competition
  • Learn more – Polynesia.com

42nd Annual Wahiawa Pineapple Run – May 13th, 2017

There something that’s just pure fun about racing through a pineapple field!  This is a 10k run that runs through the flats and into the hills.  Be prepared as the terrain can change from dirt paths to mud, depending on conditions.  Runner get a tee shirt, pick a pineapple and win a trophy if you place 1st, 2nd or 3rd...and medals for the top 1000 runners!

  • Location – Kaala Elementary School
  • Time – 7 AM to 7 PM
  • Cost – $45
  • Learn more – flpregister.com

10th Annual Gabby Pahinui Waimanalo Kanikapila - May 13th, 2017

A tradition carrys on as friends and family would gather in Waimanalo for one of Gabby Pahinui's jam sessions with dozens of musicians.  Today that tradition has grown with an annual concert that is held in his honor. From morning to sunset, more than 150 musicians and dancers turn out to perform together and for each other. Tee shirts will be sold to raise funds to keep this tradition going. There will also be food boths, crafts, music workshops and other promotions in the park. This fun family event that promotes Hawaiian culture and celebration...don't miss it!

  • Location - Waimanalo Beach Park
  • Time - 9 AM to 6 PM
  • Cost - FREE
  • Learn More - GabbyPahinui.com

14th Annual International Honolulu Triathlon Festival of Sports           May 14th, 2017

Do you have what it take to be a triathlon competitor?  Or maybe show up to watch and cheer on these amazing athletes of all ages and groups.  Either way this will be a long but fun day of races taking place in and out of Ala Moana Beach Park!

Love of Libations at the Moana Surfrider – May 14th, 2017

Oh My Mai Tai is the theme for this Love of Libations event.  Dress up in your aloha gear and enjoy an evening under the iconic banyon tree, sipping on 3 specially themed  mia tais and indulging on some summer bites, while listening to some lively entertainment.

  • Location – Moana Surfrider
  • Time – 5:30 PM to 7 PM
  • Cost - $25 (21 yrs & older)
  • Learn more – www.moana-surfrider.com

Mother’s Day Aboard the Star of Honolulu – May 14th, 2017

 Treat mom to a Mother’s Day brunch on a cruise around the Waikiki coastline!  Hard to top this one…with live Hawaiian entertainment and lots of activities, including lei making and hula lessons.  The Taste of Hawaii brunch buffet will feature a specially prepared roast beef, teriyaki chicken, lomilomi salmon, miso glazed fish of the day, as well as dessert and champagne.  The 2 ½ hour cruise will depart from the Aloha Tower Marketplace, on Pier 8. 

  • Location – Aloha Tower
  • Time – 12 PM to 2:30 PM
  • Cost - $69/Adult, $42/Child
  • Learn more - StarofHonolulu.com

Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet at Waimea Valley – May 14th, 2017

How about treating mom to a special Mother’s Day brunch in the Waimea Valley botanical Gardens!  Enjoy a nice prime rib brunch with the trimmings and extra sides, including Lemon Herb Chicken, Asian Style baked fish of the day, Ginger Pork Spareribs, Sautéed Garlic Vegetables, Ahi Poke, dessert, and much more!  There will be 2 seating’s to choose from:  10 AM or 12:30 PM with live music, special performance by Na Wahine O Ka Hula Mai Ka Pu’uwai.  Feel free to stroll mom through the gardens and up to the grand Waimea waterfall.

  • Location – Waimea Valley
  • Time – 10 AM and 12:00 PM sittings
  • Cost - $49.95/Adult, $25.95/Child
  • Learn more – WaimeaValley.net

11th Annual Pai Foundation Presents the Mamo Wearable Art Show  May 17th, 2017

The Pai Foundation presents a “not your typical fashion show”.  This will be a celebrated evening promoting Hawaiian culture through music and fashion.  Enjoy watching models displaying fashtions from Maori artist, cultural practitioners, and local designers.  A silent auction begins at 5:30 PM.

  • Location – Hawaii Theatre, 130 Bethel St
  • Time – 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM
  • Cost - $17 - $57
  • Learn more – www.hawaiitheatre.com

40th Annual NA HOKU HANOHANO AWARDS - May 20th, 2017

Spending an evening with some of the best Hawaiian muscians for a night of honoring achievements of excellence. Televised awards will be given for many recognized music categories, including best group, male & female vocal singers of the year, and best song.

  • Location - Hawaii Convention Center
  • Time - 3:30 PM into the evening
  • Cost - $165 General - $225 Premium
  • Learn more - www.nahokuhanohano.org

Momo Arts Market at the Paakai Marketplace – May 20th, 2017

Lively art exhibition, great entertainment, and yummy delicious food!  This is going to be a fun night at the Paakai Marketplace…bring the family!

5th Annual Honolulu Ekiden and Music Festival - May 22nd, 2017

A one of a kind relay marathon run with a music festival concert at the Waikiki Shell.  The Ekiden race is Japan inspired tradition marathon building stronger relationships between Hawaii and Japan.  The race will start and end in Kapiolani Park with 6 hand off stations in between.  Registration includes admission to the nighttime Waikiki Shell concert for the first 2000 ticket holders.  Featuring performances from Scandal and Magic.

  • Location – Kapiolani Park
  • Time – 5:30 AM to 11 AM, concert starts at 5 PM
  • Cost – $30 to $100
  • Learn more - Honolulu Ekiden

Vino & Vinyasa at the Moana Surfrider - May 24th, 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 8:00 PM
  • Cost - Yoga is $5, wine is $5
  • Learn more - Monana-Surfrider.com

LOCAL MOTION SURF INTO SUMMER - May 22nd & 23rd

Local Motion kicks off the summer with an annual surf contest at Ala Moana Bowls, which can be viewed from Magic Island in Ala Moana Beach Park.  Pray for a big summer swell, and cheer on your favorite pro surfers as they rip up the waves across the boating channel.

50th State Fair – May 26th – June 25th

As we launch into the summer, the 50th State Fair kicks off as well.  This is a grand ongoing event out at the Aloha Stadium for the whole family to enjoy!  There will be lots of games, rides, food booths, and entertainment to explore.  Included in the entertainment will be a petting zoo, the Amazin Anastasini Circus, new featured rides, and some other surprises.

  • Location – Aloha Stadium
  • Time – Fri 6 PM to Midnight, Sat 4 PM to Midnight, Sun Noon to Midnight, also May 30th Noon to Midnight, June 9th 6 PM to Midnight
  • Cost – Individual Games/Rides/Food
  • Learn more – 50th State Fair

Art After Dark - Urban Underground – May 26th 2017

Raymt will be spinning urban beats.  And you can watch a live painting performance by Kosta Kulundzic.

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

Na Mele O Ko’olina – May 27th, 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

11th Annual Hibiscus Half Marathon – May 28th, 2017

One of 3 races for the 2017 Tropical Triple Crown!  Here’s a great way to kick off your Memorial Day weekend, with either a 5k or 15k race through Kapiolani Park, around Diamond Head and down Waikiki and back.  Medals for the 3 men and women in 16 different divisions.  And race/event shirts for everyone registered before April 15th…not guaranteed after.

  • Location – Kapiolani Park
  • Time – 5:30 AM to 9:30 AM
  • Cost - $50 to $75
  • Learn more – active.com

Lantern Floating Hawaii – May 29th, 2017

 The Floating Lantern Ceremony is one of Hawaii’s most beautiful and moving events of the year! It’s an evening dedicated to honoring lost loved ones and promoting hope for the future!  More than 40,000 folks turn out for an all day celebration that carries into the evening with the lighting of the 6000 floating lanterns, that sail off into the Pacific from Ala Moana Beach.  There will be a stage with ongoing live music and performances during the day, and Floating ceremony that will start around 6pm with a Taiko performance, followed by the a traditional ceremony for the floating lanterns. Arriving extra early and taking public transportation is highly recommended. 

  • Location – Ala Moana Beach Park
  • Time – 6 PM start time for Ceremony
  • Cost – FREE
  • Learn more - LanternFloatingHawaii.com

June Events


Evening Luau at Paradise Cove - June 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.

Foster Botanical Garden Twilight Summer Concert Series              June 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th, 2017

Spend an afternoon enjoying the Foster Botanical Gardens while listening to some relaxing music performed by the University of Texas Arlington Jazz Orchestra.

  • Location – Foster Botanical Gardens, 180 N Vineyard Blvd
  • Time – 4 PM to 7 PM
  • Cost – FREE admission
  • Learn more - www.honolulu.gov

Screen on the Green at Waimea Valley - June 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, & 29th, 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 kicks off its first movie night on June 2nd, after the Hale’iwa Farmers Markets. Take a seat on the main lawn with our opening film, Pirates of the Caribbean  Curse of the Black Pearl.

  • Location - Waimea Valley
  • Time - 7:15 PM
  • Cost - FREE
  • Learn More - WaimeaValley.net

First Friday Art Walk - June 2nd 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.

  • Location - Surrounding Chinatown area
  • Time - 5 PM to 9 PM
  • Cost - FREE
  • Learn more - FirstFridayHawaii.com

17th Annual Habiltat Luau at Kualoa Ranch - June 3rd, 2017

Turnout for the largest luau on the island benefiting Hawaii’s Habilitat, an alternative to a 12 step program.  Join a big benefit for the preservation of the beautiful Hawaii we've come to love.  Enjoy a day of fun & activites, entertainment, a huge silent auction, and a grand grand daytime luau.  Along with a fun day of activites, incuding lots of great stuff for the keikis (face painting, bouncy houses, caricature drawings), there will be a silent auction featuring over 500 items to bid on.  You will find everything from vacation getaways to jewelry to Hawaiian musical instruments.  Music entertainment venue includes Henery Kapano & John Cruz.  Finally, you can't beat an 8 coarse luau, including all the classics…, Kalua Pig, Lomi Salmon, Chicken Long Rice, Beef Stew, Rice, Poi, Squid Luau, and Haupia...and all for a great cause!

  • Location – Kualoa Ranch
  • Time – 10 AM to 4 PM
  • Cost - $40 Adult, $20 Child, $100 Family
  • Learn more – Habilitat.com

6th Annual North Shore Ocean Fest – June 3rd, 2017

 Celebrate our beautiful Pacific Ocean up in the North Shore!  From successful years before, Turtle Bay Resort will continue to host this event that brings together ocean educators, ocean activates, film promotion, Hawaiian made crafts, and lots of food vendors and live music on the grounds.  As a bonus, there will be hula performances and great prizes being handed out.  This is a free attendance fundraiser, honoring “World Oceans Day”, with fun filled event for the whole family! 

10th Annual Biggest Little Airshow in Hawaii - June 3rd & 4th, 2017

In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, join thousands of spectators turning out to watch remote control 1/5th scale warbird planes perform tricks in the air.  There will be lots of supporting and side activites, including a kids' activity zone, hangar tours with historic single engine planes on display, a "candy bombing" air performance. As will all successful events, there will be food, drinks, exhibits, and entertainment...  Note: there will be a free shuttle provided from Pearl Harbor Visitors Center.

Royal Hawaiian Band at kapiolani Park – June 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th, 2017

Spend a Sunday afternoon in Kapiolani Park listening to the Royal Hawaiian Band at the Kapiolani Bandstand.  Help and thank the Royal Hawaiian Band for caring on the tradition of promoting and fostering Hawaiian music and culture dating back to 1836 by King Kamehameha III.

Moon Walk at Waimea Valley - June 8th, 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, Dinner included $29.95/Adult, $12.95/Kid (4 to 12)
  • Learn more - WaimeaValley.net

The Wildest Show in town at Honolulu Zoo – June 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th 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!  Raiatea Helm kicks off the summer concert series on June 8th.  Alcohol is not permitted, but plate lunches and snacks will be available for purchase.

  • Line up for June:  Raiatea Helm on June 8th, Manoa DNA on June 15th, Roy Sakuma’s Super Keiki, and June 29th Hoko Zuttermeister
  • Location – Honolulu Zoo
  • Time – 4:35 PM doors open, 6 PM music starts
  • Cost - $3
  • Learn more – HonoluluZoo.org

Waikiki Aquarium Summer Music Series – June 15th, 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 June 9th will feature performing Hawaiian music artist Ben & Maila, Kawika Kahiapo, and Chad Takatsugi.  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 7 PM
  • Cost – Ticket are available to members first, and public after June 2nd
  • Learn more - Waikikiaquarium.org

145th Annual King Kamehameha Lei Draping - June 10th

A special 30 ft lei draping event takes place each year from when the bronze statue was dedicated by King Kalakaua, honoring the great King Kamehameha.  With this tradition, will be a royal court performance, Hawaiian music, ceremony, and entertainment!  It will be spectical not to be missed!  Joining the music enteraiment will be the Royal Hawaiian Band, and Raiatea Helm.

  • Location - Ali iolani Hale, Downtown Honolulu
  • Time - Starts at 3 PM
  • Cost - FREE
  • Learn more - ags.hawaii.gov

38th Annual Pan-Pacific Festival – June 9th – 11th

 Get ready for a 3 day international celebration of Pan-Pacific culture in Waikiki.  During this block party parade, you will see great performances including hula, live demonstrations, lots of food booths, and live entertainment.  Watch thousands participate in a big parade with lively costumes and floats, as they march down Kalakaua Ave...followed with a long day full of activites!

  • Location – Kalakaua Ave, Waikiki
  • Time – 10 Am to 10 PM
  • Cost – FREE
  • Learn more - Pan-Pacific Festival

101st Annual King Kamehameha Celebration – June 10th

Come out for a special 100th Annual King Kamehameha Celebration and Floral Parade.  The floral parade start at 9 am downtown and will end at the bandstand in Kapiolani Park.  There will be lots of fun and decorative floats and groups marching in commemoration of King Kamehameha. A family day of entertainment starts promptly at 11 am in the park, and continue throughout the day with hula performances, live music, food booths and Hawaiian arts and crafts.  Finally, wonder over to the Waikiki Shell, where  there will be a special concert held…more details to follow

  • Location – Starting in Downtown Honolulu & ending in Kapiolani Park, Waikiki
  • Time – 8 AM Parade, 11 AM to 4 PM Activities, 6 PM to 9 PM Special Concert
  • Cost – FREE
  • Learn more - Hawaii.gov/kamehameha

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival – June 11th, 2017

Need a better excuse to head to the mall?  How about a grand Hawaiian steel guitar concert!  Featuring masters such as Bobby Ingano, Greg Sardinha, and Jeff Au!  Come out and join the fun! 

Father’s Day BBQ Buffet and ‘Aha Mele Series Concert                   June 18th

Time to take dad out for a relaxing day in the Waimea Valley gardens, where he and the whole family can enjoy a nice Father's Dad BBQ and concert performances from Hawaii's muscians Jerry Santos & Friends, Hapa, and Kumu Hula Tracie & Keawe Lopes & Ka La 'Onohi Mai o Ha'e Ha'e.  The BBQ buffet will feature baby back ribs, BBQ Chicken, grilled steak & fish, burgers & hot dogs, and lots of sides including kiawe smoked potatoes!  Price of admission will give you access to explore the beautiful grounds and popular waterfall.

  • Location - Waimea Valley
  • Time - 11:30 AM to 3 PM
  • Cost - $39.95 Adult, $15.95 Child (4 to 15 yrs old)
  • Learn more - WaimeaValley.net

Waikiki Aquarium Summer Music Series – June 29th, 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. 

This 2nd concert performance on June 23rd, will feature performing Hawaiian music artist Streetlight Cadence, and HAPA.  Show up early and explore the aquarium exhibits!  Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on.  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

Art After Dark - Art in a Time of Chaos – June 23rd 2017

DJ Jem will be spinning Chinese electro beats.  Enjoy a Chinese lion and dragon dance performed by Gee Yung Chinese Martial Arts, Hong Teck Dragon & Lion Dance Sport Association.  And watch a medieval reenactment group Golden Horde give a sword and archery demo. Pose for photos with their old-world props. Enjoy a performance of traditional dances by Phoenix Chamber of Dance.  

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

5th Annual Waimea Valley Summer Concert Series - June 24th, 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:  Nathan Awaeau, Kapena, Lim Ohana, Sean Na’auao, Brother Noland and a few more. Concerts will be held on the Waimea Valley Main Pavilion Lawn on the last Saturday of the summer months: June 25th, July 30th, and August 27th from 3pm-7pm.

  • Location - WaimeaValley.net
  • Time - 3 PM to 7 PM
  • Cost - $30 Adult, $20 Seniors and Keikis
  • Learn more - WaimeaValley.net

Waikiki Aquarium Summer Music Series – June 19th, 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 June 9th will feature performing Hawaiian music artist Ben & Maila, Kawika Kahiapo, and Chad Takatsugi.  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 7 PM
  • Cost – Ticket are available to members first, and public after June 2nd
  • Learn more - Waikikiaquarium.org


Aloha & Enjoy!!



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