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May Events

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.

92nd Annual LEI DAY CELEBRATION - May 1st, 2019

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 - 9 AM to 5:30 PM
  • Cost - FREE
  • Learn More -  92nd Lei Day

6th Annual May Day Waikiki  - May 1st, 2019

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 – 1 PM to 4 PM
  • Cost – FREE
  • Learn more - MayDayWaikiki.com

Royal Hawaiian Band FREE performance – May 2nd, 2018

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

Na Mele O Ko’olina – May 3rd, 8th, 17th, 22nd & 31st, 2019

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.

First Friday Art Walk - May 3rd, 2019

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.


Join the Cinco de Mayo celebration downtown in an organized block party. The set up includes 3 stages with DJ’s spinning into the evening.  The crowd alone will be quite entertaining, but there will also be neat art venues, lots of food, a car show, and dance floors looking for some company!

26th Annual Filipino Fiesta & Parade – May 5th, 2018

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

May Day Concert at Waimea Valley- May 5th, 2018

Don’t miss a great line up May Day performance in the Waimea Valley gardens.  Star musical performance will be given by Sunny Leutu of Halau Ke Kai O Kahiki.  A May Day Lei Day contest will take place with cash prizes.

  • Location – Waimea Valley
  • Cost – FREE
  • Time – 9 AM to Noon
  • Learn more - WaimeaValley.net

14th Annual Hawaii Book & Music Festival – May 4th & 5th, 2019

As a grand finale to April’s Celebration Music Mele, Bank of Hawaii 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 A special afternoon concert featuring Hawaii's Jake Shimabukuro!  There will also be storytelling, dance performances, plays, panels discussing Hawaiian culture, and entertainment for the kekeis.  Arrive hungry as lots of food vendors will be cooking up a feast! 

11th Dole Plantation Benefit Luau - May 10th, 2018

Don't get too lost in the Dole Plantation Maze, as you'll want to be on time for their benefit Luau, supporting Waialua High & Intermediate School Robotics Program. Keep the tradition going and the fundraising going. They have raised over $100,000 for the program so far!

25th Annual We Are Samoa Festival - May 10th - 12th, 2018

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

44th Annual Wahiawa Pineapple Run – May 11th, 2019

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

Na Mele O Ko’olina – May 12th, 2018

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 –  Ko'olina Craft Fair

Sea Life Park Makapuu Twilight Concert Series – May 12th, 2018

End the afternoon exploring Sea Life Park attractions, dinning alfresco and watching a special concert by Hawaiian music artist, Kupaoa, Raiatea Helm, Makaha Sons and Anuhea.  Call for special dinner reservations (starts at 4:00) and more details…

  • Location – Sea Life Park
  • Time – 5:00 PM to 10 PM
  • Cost – $39.50 pre-concert to $47 VIP, discount to annual pass holders
  • Learn More - 808-259-2500 or www.SeaLifePark.com

16th Annual International Honolulu Triathlon Festival of Sports
May 12th, 2019

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!

Mother’s Day Aboard the Star of Honolulu – May 12th, 2019

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 - $73/Adult, $44/Child
  • Learn more - StarofHonolulu.com

Mother's Day Brunch  - May 12th, 2019

A great way to thank and celebrate mom is taking her to the Moana Surfrider for an open air lavish buffet in the beachhouse veranda.  There will be nice variety of island recipes that will be conjured up by several chefs onsite.  Reserve seating before it sells out...

  • Location – The Veranda at the Beachhouse, Moana Surfrider Hotel
  • Time – 9:30 AM to 1 PM
  • Cost – $85 Adult, $40 Child
  • Learn More - Moana-Surfrider.com

  • Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet at Waimea Valley – May 12th, 2019

    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

    41st Annual NA HOKU HANOHANO AWARDS - May 19th, 2018

    Spending an evening with some of the best Hawaiian musicians 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

    7th Annual Honolulu Ekiden and Music Festival - May 19th, 2019

    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 – $60 to $120
    • Learn more - Honolulu Ekiden

    Eat the Street – May 31st, 2019

    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

    50th State Fair – May 25th – July 1st

    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
    • Cost – Individual Games/Rides/Food
    • Learn more – 50th State Fair

    13th Annual Hibiscus Half Marathon – May 26th, 2019

    'One of 3 races for the 2018 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 - $45 to $70
    • Learn more – TropicalTripleCrown

    Lantern Floating Hawaii – May 27th, 2019

    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. 

    Screen on the Green at Waimea Valley - July 31st, 2018

    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 features Coco, after the Hale’iwa Farmers Markets. Take a seat on the main lawn for the featured film of the night.

    Moon Walk at Waimea Valley - May 31st, 2018

    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 6 PM, walk starts at 8 PM
    • Cost - $10 walk only, $34.95/Adult, $17.50/Kid (12 & under)
    • Learn more - WaimeaValley.net

    Aloha & Enjoy!!

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