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!





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

6th Annual International Ukulele Contest & Hula Show                   Feb 11th, 2017

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

Honolulu Night Market – Feb 11th 2017

The Honolulu Night Market is starting off 2017 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!

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

Valentine's Day Dinner in Waimea Valley - Feb 14th, 2017

Spend a romantic Valentine's Day enjoying dinner in the Waimea Valley gardens at their Proud Peacock restaurant.  Kick of the evening with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, followed with an appetizer and 5 course meal prepared by Ke Nui Kitchen.  Ron Artis II will liven up the evening with some smooth entertaining music.  Reserve your table now through the website.

  • Location - The Proud Peacock in Waimea Valley
  • Time - 5 PM to 9 PM
  • Cost - $85
  • Learn More - www.waimeavalley.net

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.

Lokahi Festival - Feb 18th, 2017

Join the fun celebrating in a Waikiki street fair, and a bit of lokahi "harmony & balance".  Kalakaua Ave will be packed with thousands of folks strolling the closed streets to traffic.  There will be lots of entertainment, prizes, a keiki zone, and a food truck row selling some ono eats!  The main stage will be set up in front of the Moana Surfrider Hotel.

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

Wanderlust – Feb 23rd – 26th, 2017

Get your yoga groove all day long for 4 days at Turtle Bay.  Lay down your yoga mat and secure a space early as these will be fun filled relaxing days, stretching in the sunshine, listening to live music and taking instruction from world respected yoga instructors.  There will also be lectures, water activates, camping and many other engaging activates to explore…not to mention being surrounded by the beauty of the resort!

  • Location – Turtle Bay Resort
  • Time – 7 PM to 4 PM
  • Cost – lots of activates to explore from $15 to $500
  • Learn more - www.wanderlust.com

Eat the Street – Feb 24th, 2017

Ready for a lot of chocolate!  Line up for chocolate dishes 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

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

Waikiki Arts Festival - Feb 25th 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.

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

March Events


First Friday Art Walk - March 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.  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.

Sunday Fun Day at the Dole Plantation - March 11th, 2017

Come out and celebrate a day of festivities at the Dole Plantation. Funds raised from food booths, games, Keiki Carnival and activites will help support local schools and other programs. There will be live music, hula performances, a lion dance, prizes given out, and much much more.  Take the Pineapple Maze challenge, and get a two-for-one entrance fee!  Add a tour and bus ride to the Dole Plantation.

  • Location - Dole Plantation
  • Time - 10am to 2pm
  • Cost - Free
  • Learn More - Dole Plantation

23rd Annual Honolulu Festival - March 10th & 12th, 2017

It's spring time and no better way to celebrate than with a grand Honolulu Festival! This event takes place over 2 days with lots of different activities, events, and festivites that will be taking place.  The Honolulu Festival is an event promoting culture and ethnic aweness between Hawaii's people and the Pacific Rim.   

Festivities include stage performances at Ala Moana Center, crafts fair in the Hawaii Convention Center with over 100 venders, an Ennichi Carnival, a grand parade, dance competition, and a Nagaoka fireworks display on Sunday.

  • Location - Waikiki, Ala Moana, and other parts of Honolulu
  • Time - Sat 10 AM to 6 PM, Sun 8 AM to 9 PM
  • Cost - FREE
  • Learn More - Honolulu Festival

5th Annual Honolulu Rainbow Ekiden Run - March 12th 2017

This year as part of the Honolulu Festival, there will be an exciting relay race added. The Ekiden race orginated in Japan and takes place between 3 to 5 runners.  Runner partaking in Hawaii will be joining other runners from Japan and around the world for this race.  The course starts and ends in Kapiolani Park.  Awards will be given not only out to 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners, but also to Aloha Spirit Ohana Spirit, Most Stylish Group, and Most Exciting Team.

  • Location - Kapiolani Park
  • Time - Starts 8 AM
  • Cost - $15 to $60 Individual or up to $300 for Group
  • Learn More - Honolulu Rainbow Ekiden Run

3rd Annual Ola Ka Ha benefit for the Iolani Palace   March 13th, 2017

Taking place on Iolani Palace’s Kamaaina Sunday, that will be a fun filled day with great local musicians and hula performances, local artist featuring Hawaiian arts & crafts, and of course there will be ono eats!  This is a great event in that proceeds will benefit the Iolani Palace preserve history and lagacies of the Hawaiian monarchy.

  • Location – Iolani Palace
  • Time – 11 AM to 5 PM
  • Cost – Free
  • Learn more - Olakaha.com, 808-627-2942

Honolulu Night Market – March TBD 2017

It's Back to the Future night!  Take a break from nightly cooking and attend the final Honolulu Night Market for 2015.  This will be a blast as tons 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!

Waikiki Aquarium’s 113th Birthday – March 19th, 2017

Help celebrate the Waikiki Aquarium as they celebrate its 112th birthday!  Come early as the first 113 visitors will receive free admission, and adult admission will be only $4 after that!  Kids 12 and under are free for the day!!!  Festivities include live entertainment, a 1904 costume contest, a treasure hunt for the keikis, and birthday ceremony with a special cake from the Moana Surfrider!

  • Location – Waikiki Aquarium
  • Time – 9am to 1pm
  • Cost – Free for the first 112 attendees
  • Learn more – Waikiki Aquarium

Wiki Wiki One Day Vintage Collectible & Hawaiiana Show –         March 19th, 2017

Sometimes it’s hard to find good vintage collectibles from Hawaii!  This is grand show with lots of venders showing off and selling their collectibles.  You’ll find just about everything here that’s at least 20 yrs old, including Aloha shirts, artworks, koa wood pieces, ukuleles, Hawaiian jewelry, Niihau shell necklesses, toys, coins and much much more!

30th Annual Great Hawaiian Rubber Duckie Race - March 18th, 2017

What's life without experiencing a rubber duckie race! Cheer your duckie on as prizes will be given to the top 50 winners...out of 20,000 other rubber duckies racing in the Ala Wai Canal.  Sounds crazy, but it will be a spectacle worth seeing!

This is a wonderful event that raises funds for the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaii! Pre-race activites start at the McCully Shopping Center in the morning.

  • Location - Pre-race activities start at the McCully Shopping Center
  • time - Starts at 9am, race starts at 1pm - 3:30 PM
  • Cost - $5 per rubber duckie
  • Learn more - UCPAHI.org

Eat the Street – March TBD 2017

Spam inspired delights...that is Spam, Spam, and more Spam influenced creations for the month of March.  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 at Honolulu Museum – March 31st, 2017

Taimane Gardner will put on a fashion art show -not to be missed!!

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

37th Annual Anthurium Plant Show & Sale – March TBD

 Tropical plant enthusiast will be not be disappointed with a vas display of exotic types of flowers and island plants.  This annual event takes place at the Ward Warehouse shopping mall, located in the far Ewa side.



Aloha & Enjoy!!



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