tumblr tracker
ALOHA! Subscribe today to receive free Oahu Updates!

Oahu Events in August

August Events

Please understand that events are changing quickly and hard to gauge for ongoing and upcoming months, with many unknowns including outlook for virus containment, and when the state will lift restrictions on holding large events.  Many early 2021 events have been canceled or rescheduled with hopes of taking place at future dates.  Take a look at Oahu event updates to learn more...

Note - many events for the month of Aug have been canceled or postponed due to concerns of spreading the virus, and travel restrictions for all of Hawaii through Sept 1st.  Events larger than 100 people are prohibited at this time...

Evening Luau at Paradise Cove - Aug 2021

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.

Pacific Ink and Art Expo – Aug TBD, 2021

Time to get your ink on!  …or checking it out is fascinating in itself, with over 400 tattoo artist participating.  There will be lots of tattoo entertainment including art contests and a Miss PIAE contest, food vendors, and even a keiki zone.

Na Mele O Ko’olina – Aug 5th, 12th, 21st & 28th, 2020

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.

KCC Farmers Market - Aug 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th, 2021

If you’re around on a Saturday morning, get yourself over to the KCC Farmers Market on the side of Diamond Head.

This festival market goes beyond produce and features some Oahu’s great pop-up restaurants, and other fun food creations such as Ono Pops and roasted locally seasoned corn ears.  This is also an opportunity to find island flowers, fresh local fruits, nuts, delicious sauces and other creations.

  • Location - Kapiolani Community College
  • Time - Every Sat (weather permitting) 7:30 AM to 11 AM
  • Cost - Free
  • Learn more - KCC Farmers Market

First Friday Art Walk - August 6th, 2021

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.

Also participating in the free art viewing and festivities is the Hawaii State Art Museum (free from 6 PM to 9 PM)

Comic Con Honolulu - Returns Aug 2022

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

  • Location - Hawai‘i Convention Center
  • Time - 10 AM to 9 PM Fri, 8:30 PM Sat, 4:30 PM Sun
  • Cost - $40 - $64
  • Learn More - Comic Con Honolulu

6th Annual Waikiki Beer Festival - Aug 7th, 2021

Join the beer fest fun around the Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon!  There will be over a 100 craft beers to select from, including lots of local brewers like Kona Brewing Co, Aloha Beer Co & Honolulu Beerworks, and taste along with special cocktails and wine sake.  There will be ongoing DJ and live entertainment and ono food being cooked and served.  A portion of the event proceeds to benefit The Wounded Warrior Ohana.

  • Location - Waikiki Shell
  • Time - 2 PM to 5 PM
  • Cost - $45 to $80 ticket
  • Learn more - Beer Festival

38th Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival – August 8th, 2020

You won’t have to walk far for this slack key festival if you’re staying in Waikiki!  This is gathering of some of Hawaii’s top slack key guitar performers (15 to be exact), who love to jam for hours on end, with solo and group performances.  Along with great entertainment, there will be good island BBQ, and free giveaways, including a Taylor Guitar give away, so make sure to be around to be the lucky winner!

  • Location – Waikiki Aquarium - moved to online
  • Time – 5 PM to 9 PM
  • Cost – $5 Donation
  • Learn more – SlackKeyFestival.com

Artfest in Kapiolani Park - Aug 8th & 9th, 2020

Take time to view, celebrate, and purchase Hawaii based artwork from 75 local artist and craftsmen, who will display their artwork over the weekend in kapiolani Park, across from the Honolulu Zoo.  You will find artworks from crafted jewelry, to clothing to ceramics, quilts, and other creations.  The day will also be filled with live music and food vendors cooking up a storm!

Honolulu Craft and Gift Fair - Aug TBD

2 days of direct and resale sellers representing jewelry, make up, clothing, collectibles, toys, and treasures from Japan & Korea.

  • Location - Ohana Hale Marketplace - 333 Ward Ave #3
  • Time - 10 AM to 4 PM
  • Cost - FREE
  • Learn more - Fairs & Festivals

Na Mele O Ko’olina – Aug 15th, 2020

Head to Ko’olina beach lagoon #3 for a day of Hawaiian music and local art display & sale!  Hawaii's very best Slack Key and Ukulele musicians, as well as 30 Hawaiian artists who display their artwork for sale

Sunset on the Beach - Aug TBD

Sunset on the beach is code for movie night on the beach.  It's a grand experience to watch a movie on a 50 foot screen with your toes in the sand.  Southwest Airlines has sponsored a once-a-month series.  Arrive early to enjoy the pre-entertainment show, get a bite to eat from the participating food booths, and most importantly reserve a spot on the beach.  Coco will be the featured movie of the evening...

18th Annual Korean Festival - Aug TBD

Celebrate a day in Korean culture.  Have fun and explore a taste in Korean culture through signature liked foods including Kalbi shortribs and kim chi, music, dance performances, art works, demonstrations and performances, including  taekwondo, a traditional tea ceremony, and drum dances.  There  will also be some fun singing competitions, Korean chef cooking demos, and how about a Kim Chi eating contest –don’t miss it!

  • Location – Victoria Ward Park
  • Time – 11 AM to 8 PM
  • Cost – FREE
  • Learn more – korean Festival FB

Waikiki Aquarium Summer Music Series – August - canceled

Get ready for a fun outdoor summer concert series at the Waikiki Aquarium.  Starting in June through August there will be 5 concert events taking place on the outdoor Waikiki Aquarium backyard lawn.  Show up early and explore the aquarium exhibits!  Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on. 

This is the summer concert at the aquarium, and will feature performing Hawaiian music artist Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, Jerry Santos & Kamuela Kimokeo, and Streetlight Cadence.  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

Ko'olina Artfest - Aug 12th, 2020

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.

Cinema in the Park – Aug - canceled

Cinema in the Park is a free monthly event that takes place every 2nd Wednesday in Kaka’ako.  While movie night is free, you must RSVP and enter with tickets.  Blankets are permitted but beach chairs are not.  Grab a bite to eat, some drinks, and most importantly a seat to enjoy the festivities and entertainment.

  • Location – Victoria Ward Park
  • Time – 7 PM to 9 PM
  • Cost – FREE
  • Learn more – Cinema in the Park

Reebok Spartan Race – Hawaii Trifecta Weekend - Aug 15th & 16th, canceled

Ready to put your body to the test and run a tough obstacle course like a Spartan!  This will be the biggest man made obstacle course found on Hawaii, featuring 4 to 8 foot walls, a barbwire crawl, monkey bars, a 30 foot rope to climb, and a fire pit to jump over!  You will encounter over 20 obstacles over the 3 to 5 mile races.  Make sure to review more details on the Spartan.com website.

  • Location – Kuloa Ranch
  • Time – 5:30 AM Registration, 11 AM to 2 PM Sat, 6 AM to 12 PM Sun (diff start times)
  • Cost – $149 to $350, $45 Kids (1/2 mile race), $10 parking
  • Learn more – www.Spartan.com

Vino & Vinyasa at the Moana Surfrider - Aug 15th, canceled

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

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

La Ohana Day at Waimea Valley - Aug 16th, canceled

Waimea is reaching out to all the Kama'aina and military families on Oahu to take advantage of a special 50% discount off general admission on August 20th.

  • Location - Waimea Valley
  • Time - 9 AM-5 PM
  • Cost - 50% off to Hawaii residents and military
  • Learn more - waimeavalley.net

Kona Nui Nights – Aug 19th, canceled

Kona Nui Nights is a free monthly event that takes place every 3rd Wednesday in Kaka’ako, and celebrates Hawaiian culture, including the language, Hawaiian music, and the dance of hula.  Grab a bite to eat, some drinks, and most importantly a seat to enjoy the festivities and entertainment.

  • Location – Victoria Ward Park
  • Time – 6 PM to 8 PM
  • Cost – FREE
  • Learn more – Kona Nui Nights

Kailua Night Market - Aug 20th, 2020

Every 3rd Saturday of the month a special night market takes place in Kailua around Ulunui St & Auliki St.  Join the fun and festivities into the evening.  There will be lots of local arts and crafts, food booths, and entertainment.

27th Annual Made in Hawaii Festival – August 20th - 23rd, 2021

Discover just about everything made in Hawaii at the annual Made in Hawaii Festival.  The exhibition hall at the Neal Blaisdell Center will feature nearly 400 vendors featuring everything from local books, Hawaiian jewelry, arts & crafts, produce and packaged treats, and much much more!  There will be also be home grown cooking demos and sample tastings worth trying.  Last year set a record of more than 45,000 attendees.  The 3 day festival will filled with ongoing live local music and entertainment.  Bring out the family for this one!

  • Location – Neal Blaisdell Center
  • Time – 10 AM to 9 PM
  • Cost - $6, FREE 5 and under
  • Learn more – MadeinHawaii.com

Sea Life Park Summer Twilight Concert Series – Aug TBD

End the afternoon exploring Sea Life Park attractions, dinning alfresco and watching a special concert by Hawaiian music artist, John Cruz, Natalie Ai Kamauu, Raiatea Helm, Kalani Pe'a, and Kimie Miner.  Call for special dinner reservations (starts at 4:30) and more details…

  • Location – Sea Life Park
  • Time – 4 PM Doors open, concert 5:00 to 9 PM
  • Cost – $20 to $$60
  • Learn More - 808-259-2500 or www.SeaLifePark.com

Duke’s Annual Ocean Fest – Aug 21st - Aug 29th, 2021

The Duke Kahanamoku Ocean Fest is a celebration of ocean and beach activities.  There are will be lots of ongoing contests to join or watch, including Surfing, Stand Up Paddleboard Racing, Swimming Races, & Volleyball Matches.  Between competitions, make sure to watch or participate in some of the other fun activities.  Don't miss the Dog Surf Competition on the 2nd day of competition.

  • Location – Kuhio Beach
  • Time – 10 AM to Sunset.  It's a week of fun...don't miss out!
  • Cost – FREE
  • Learn more – www.dukesoceanfest.com

Outrigger Sunday Showcase – Aug TBD

Na Mele No Na Pua will bring to life Hawaii’s past, present and future through Hawaiian performing arts and entertainment.  Featuring a local musical performance by Makaha Sons. This will be a fun free event to watch if you’re in the area.  It will take place outdoor on the Waikiki Beach Walk grassy area.

Mele on the Marina Fest  - Aug TBD

Don’t miss out on this free concert!  Arrive early, get some shopping done, grab a plate lunch and prime row seating for great line up.  The fun begins at 3 pm with a concert starting off with Halau ‘O Napuala‘ikauika‘iu, Father & Son Duo, Jon Osorio & Duncan Kamakana, and Ten Feet to wrap it up..  Local artist and food vendors will be on site…

  • Location – Hawaii Kai Town Center
  • Time – 3 PM to 7 :30 PM
  • Cost – FREE
  • Learn more - hawaiikaitowne

Mele on the Marina Fest  - Aug TBD

Don’t miss out on this free concert!  Arrive early, get some shopping done, grab a plate lunch and prime row seating for great line up.  The fun begins at 3 pm with a concert starting off with a great venue of local bands, followed with a grand performance from the Makaha Sons at 6 pm.  Local artist and food vendors will be on site…

Moon Walk at Waimea Valley - Aug 28th, canceled

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

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

9th Annual North Shore Ocean Fest – Aug 29th, canceled

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! 

Art After Dark - Aug TBD

Art After Dark celebrates Immortal Mountain

Experience Li Huayi’s mystical paintings and enjoy contemporary Asian-inspired food, culture and fun activities!

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

8th Annual Waimea Valley Summer Concert Series - Aug 29th, canceled

Join the Mele Kulāiwi Songs of our Native Land.  Waimea Valley’s annual summer concert is back with a great local line-up, including:  Kalani Pe'a, Natalie Ai Kamau'u, Brother Noland, Kapena, and Halau Hula Olana.  Concerts will be held on the Waimea Valley Main Pavilion Lawn on the last Saturday of the summer months from 3pm-6:30pm.

  • Location - WaimeaValley.net
  • Time - 3 PM to 6:30 PM
  • Cost - $16 to $40
  • Learn more - WaimeaValley.net

Royal Court Investiture & Opening Ceremony - Aug 29th, canceled

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

  • Location – Royal Hawaiian Hotel & Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center
  • Time - 4 PM to 5 PM
  • Cost - FREE
  • Learn more - AlohaFestivals.com

38th Annual Okinawan Festival – Sept TBD, 2020

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

  • Location – Hawaii Convention Center
  • Time – 9 AM to 5 PM, 4 PM on Sat
  • Cost – FREE
  • Learn more – www.okinawanfestival.com

37th Annual Greek Festival Honolulu Hawaii - August (cancelled)

Time to go Greek in the park.  There will be lots of Greek festivities happening the last weekend of August in Ala Moana Park.  Get set for a big line up of musicians, dancers, choir singers, activities, Presentations, arts and crafts, lots of Greek food booths including popular gyro sandwiches & Spanakopita (Spanish pie) It's cheap to get in, and cheaper if you wear a toga ($1).  Note, no credit cards accepted...cash and checks w/ ID.

  • Location - McCoy Pavillian, Ala Moana Beach Park
  • Time - Noon to 9 PM
  • Cost - $3, free for children under 11 and military.
  • Learn more - GreekFestivalHawaii.com


Subscribe to receive Best of Oahu updates on events, updates, and new articles.  It's the closest way to paradise while you are away...

We will never sell or spam your information, and we'll respect your email privacy.