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!






March Events


Royal Hawaiian Band FREE performance – March 1st & 15th, 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 - 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

ISLAND EARTH Film Showing - March 12th, 2017

Catch the last showing of Island Earth at the Doris Duke Theater.  This is rich tale of a young indigenous scientist's struggle for truth between science and tradition as he enters an industry that many feel is threatening his homeland. His complex journey through the corn fields of GMO companies to the loi patches of traditional Hawaiian elders reveals modern truths and ancient values that can save our future.

  • Location - Doris Duke Theater
  • Time - 1 PM
  • Cost - $8
  • Learn more - islandearth.com

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

Royal Hawaiian Band FREE performance – March 15th, 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

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 over 70 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!  Save .50 cents:  www.ukulele.com/wikiwiki.html

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 24th 2017

Threadz 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 – 4 PM to 9 PM
  • Cost - FREE
  • More info:  Eat the Street

Waikiki Aquarium’s 113th Birthday – March 26th, 2017

Help celebrate the Waikiki Aquarium as they celebrate its 113th birthday!  Adult admission will be only $6 after that!  Kids 12 and under are free for the day!!!  Festivities include live entertainment by the Iolani Band, a Humuhumunukunukuapua‘a hat decerating activity, an invasive algee cleanup effort, and a birthday ceremony with a special cake!

  • Location – Waikiki Aquarium
  • Time – 9 AM to 2  PM
  • Cost – Free for the first 113 attendees
  • Learn more – Waikiki Aquarium

Eat the Street – March 31st 2017

Asian Street Food for this 2nd March 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 – 4 PM to 9 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

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!


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

Hawaii on Tap - April 1st, 2017

Feeling thristy? More than a 100 beers avalible thirsty?  come out for a 3 to 5 hour beer exhibition, sampling beers from more than 50 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.

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, 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

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

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

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

Honolulu Night Market – April TBD 2017

This is a collaboration event that takes place annually with MAMo (Maoli Arts Month).  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!

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 – March 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

Art After Dark – April 28th 2017

Plastic Fantastic, save our oceans, is the theme this spring!  Create an art piece from a beach clean-up project.  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

Eat the Street – April TBD 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

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/


Aloha & Enjoy!!



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