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.

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

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.

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!




January 2017 Events


Da Hui Backdoor Shootout - Jan 2nd - 15th, 2017

In memonry 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 6th 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.

Happy Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert  Jan 6th & 7th, 2017

Watch and listen to the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra perform the soundtrack to the original Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  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

5th Annual Cow Race - Jan 7th, 2017

Here's your New Year's Resolution Ultra Run & Relay Race! Get 2 to 6 friends together for a relay team or compete as an individual! The course surrounds the beautiful Kaa'awa Valley in Kualoa Ranch. There will be an ongoing BBQ from 10 am to 3 pm.

New Year’s Ohana Festival – January 8th, 2017

This community festival takes place at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii and kicks of 2017 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 - (808) 945-7633, info@jcch.com

Sony Open in Hawaii – Jan 9th – 17th, 2017

 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 – $15 to $20 (best if purchased online), military , vets, and children under 12 w/ adult are FREE
  • Learn more - SonyOpenInHawaii.com

Magic Island Biathlon - Jan 14th, 2017

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 $45
  • Learn more - active.com

Chinese New Year Celebration – Jan 20th & 21st, 2017

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

Bubble Run – Jan 21st 2017

 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 Nov 30th)
  • Learn more - Bubblerun.com

18th Annual Pacific Island Arts Festival - Jan 21st 2017

75 artist 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 - Art in a Time of Chaos – Jan 27th 2017

Cock-A-Doodle-New-Year!  Dance you feather to the beat with DJ Jem who will be spinning Chinese New Year 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

HTA’s Ahamele Free Concert Series in Waimea Valley - Jan 29th, 2017

Waimea Valley in the North Shore kicks off it’s 2016 free concert series, starting at the end of this month.  There’s a great line up coming together including the Ohana Band, Peter Apo Band, Jerry Santos & Friends, Ryan Tang, and Mokuleia. 

This monthly Hawaiian music series was created for the appreciation and understanding of Hawaiian culture and music. 

Waimea Valley Concert Series

Come early and get a good spot on the main lawn...this will be a concert not to be missed!

  • Location - Waimea Valley
  • Time - 10 PM to 3 PM
  • Cost - FREE
  • Learn more - Wiamea Valley



February Events


First Friday Art Walk - Feb 3rd 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 has a Valentines 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.

Punahou Carnival – Feb 3rd & 4th, 2017

Rewind the Time:  The Punahou Journey is the theme for this year’s annual carnival.  The Punahou Carnival is not just any other school carnival, but a more like a state fair or a theme park of its own.  Turn back into a kid and discover all the fun and more…lots of fun rides, great food (including hot malasadas), and live entertainment.  Parking is limited, so consider taking public transportation – Oahu bus #’s 4,5 & 18 will get you there.

  • Location Punahou High School
  • Time – 11 am to 11 pm
  • Cost – FREE
  • Learn more - www.punahou.edu

Honolulu Night Market – Feb TBD 2017

The Honolulu Night Market is starting off 2016 with a big Pow Wow.  This will be will one big party with a ton of food trucks line up, and compete for some of the best creations of the night!  The action takes place in Kaka'ako if you haven't been before.  There will be good entertainment and big crowds so come early!

6th Annual International Ukulele Contest & Hula Show                   Feb 11th, 2016

Get ready for Hawaii's upcoming young tallent that's ready to show off their music tallent, jamming on the ukuele.  This will be a fun filled day with lot's of entertainment and performances.

  • Location - Royal Hawaiian Center Stage
  • Time - 10 AM to 2:30 PM
  • Cost - Free
  • Learn more:  Royal Hawaiian Center

Na Mele O Ko’olina – Feb 11th, 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

GlowBash 5K Scavenger Hunt Hawaii - Feb 11th, 2017

Run into the night with some friendly fun competition running a 5K with friend, looking for clues in 11 different locations. Solve a puzzle at each location that sends you off to the next location.  End the event with medals being given out and a "glow bash" celebration into the rest of the night!

  • Location - Ala Moana Beach Park
  • Time - 7 PM
  • Cost - $65
  • Learn more - active.com

Magic Island Biathlon - Feb 12th, 2017

Join in the fun with an entry level Valentine's 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 $45
  • Learn more - active.com

9th Annual Ukulele Picnic - Feb 12th, 2017

If you want more of the Royal Hawaiian ukulele contest, then pack up a picnic with a date, and head to Kaka'ako Park to enjoy a Valentine's weekend in the sun, listening to the winner of the contest along with other great ukulele performances, performing on 2 different stages.  This event will benefit the Ukulele Museum.

  • Location - Kaka'ako Park Gateway Park
  • Time - 10 AM to 3:30 PM
  • Cost - Free 
  • Learn more - Ukulele Picnic Hawaii

Stars of Honolulu Valentine Sunset Cruise – Feb 14th, 2017

Looking for a unique and fun idea to celebrate Valentine’s Day?  Take a romantic sunset cruise along the Waikiki skyline towards Diamond Head.  There are 3 different dinner & show cruise options to choose from that range with options with shows to live Jazz music.

  • Location – Aloha Tower Marketplace
  • Time – 5:30 to 7:30
  • Cost - $68 to $199
  • Learn more – www.starofhonolulu.com

41st Annual Buffalo's Big Board Surfing Classic                              Feb 15th - 17th & 22nd 23rd, 2017

This is not your typical big wave surfing contest! The Buffalo Big Board Surfing Classic features 9 neat categories, including a two person beach boy style surfing, 250 pounds and over surfing, tandem surfing, and how about a canoe surfing division. It's safe to say that you will be entertained at the least. Come early and secure your perfect viewing spot for these fun and tallented divisions of surfing.

Great Aloha Run - Feb 20th, 2017

Get ready for the Kaiser Permanente Great Aloha Run!  This 8-mile race starts off at the Aloha Tower and ends at the Aloha Stadium...and I'm sure you'll feel some Aloha along the way, with all the live entertainment along the way!  This run is a benifit to 150 non-profit heath and human service organizations.

  • Location - Aloha Tower Market Place
  • Time - Fun begins at 7:30 AM
  • Cost - $25 - $50
  • Learn More - GreatAlohaRun.com

Art After Dark at Honolulu Museum – Feb 24th 2017

I 3 U!!  Dance to DJ Jem spinning electro beats.  More detail to come!

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

Foam Glow 5K Race - Feb 25th, 2017

Get blasted by foam blasters while running through foam stations throughout the 5K race.  End the race with friends dancing the night away in the foam glow party!  This event is great for the whole family and benifits Children's Miracle Network.  Runners get an event T-shirt.

  • Location - Kalaeloa/Kapolei
  • Time - 6:30 PM Race Start
  • Cost - $20 to $50
  • Learn more - foamglow.com

Mike Stewart Pipe Bodyboarding Challenge                                     Feb 26th - Mar 10th, 2017

Stay tuned, when a large swell rolls into the north shore, the contest will be a go.  Turn out an watch from the beach as pro bodyboarders do their tricks on the waves.  More info to follow...

  • Location - Ehukai Beach/Pipeline
  • Time - TBD
  • Cost - FREE
  • Learn more - apbtour.com

Eat the Street – Feb TBD, 2017

Ready for a little Mardi Gras fun...that will be the theme for this February event  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


Aloha & Enjoy!!



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