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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.


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19th Annual WAIKIKI SPAM JAM FESTIVAL - April 22nd - May 1st, 2022

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/

94th Annual LEI DAY CELEBRATION - May 1st, 2022

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


9th Annual May Day Waikiki  - May 1st, 2022

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


May Day Concert at Bishop Museum - May 1st, 2022

Hawaiian Airline's presents great May Day performance at the Bishop Museum Great Lawn.  Star musical performance will be given by Robert Cazimero and musician artist like Manu Boyd, Kamalei o Līlīlehua & Kainani Kahaunaele.

.  A May Day Lei Day contest will take place with cash prizes.

  • Location – Bishop Museum Great Lawn
  • Cost – Entrance Fee
  • Time – 9 AM to 5 PM
  • Learn more - Bishop Museum

Ko'olina Artfest - May 4th, 11th, 20nd & 25th, 2022

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.


28th Annual We Are Samoa Festival - May 4th - 12th, 2022

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 – $15 Festival event to $59.95 Admission to Ha: Breath of Life w/ competition
  • Learn more – Polynesia.com

CINCO DE MAYO BLOCK PARTY – May 5th, 2022

Join the Cinco de Mayo celebration downtown in an organized block party. The set up includes multiple 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 taco eating contest, a car show, and dance floors looking for some company!

  • Location – Downtown Chinatown
  • Time – 2 pm to 10 pm
  • Cost – FREE
  • Learn more – Murphy's Bar & Grill


Royal Hawaiian Band FREE performance – May 6th, 2022

The Royal Hawaiian Band has ongoing performances around Honolulu, including Kapiolani Park and at the Iolani Palace.  Bring your beach blankets, lounge chairs, the family, and set up a picnic and enjoy the concerts taking place. 

  • Location – Iolani Palace
  • Time – 12 PM to 1 PM
  • Cost – FREE
  • Learn more - RHB-Music.com

First Friday Art Walk - May 6th, 2022

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)


Aloha Home Market – May 7th, 2022

Enjoy a popup market with lots of Made in Hawaii booth. Everything from art creations to custom jewelry to locally crafted furniture…and lots of food booths along the way. Shop and support the local community!

  • Location – 340 Uluniu St, Kailua
  • Time – 9 AM to 2 PM
  • Cost – FREE
  • Learn more – Aloha Home Market FB

KCC Farmers Market - May 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th, 2022

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

Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet at Waimea Valley – May 8th, 2022

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 - $52.95/Adult, $26.50/Child
  • Learn more – WaimeaValley.net

Mother’s Day Aboard the Star of Honolulu – May 8th, 2022

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 – 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
  • Cost - $115/Adult, $69/Child
  • Learn more - StarofHonolulu.com

Royal Hawaiian Band FREE performance – May 8th, 2022

The Royal Hawaiian Band has ongoing performances around Honolulu, including Kapiolani Park and at the Iolani Palace.  Bring your beach blankets, lounge chairs, the family, and set up a picnic and enjoy the concerts taking place. 

  • Location – Kapiolani Park Bandstand
  • Time – 1 PM to 2 PM
  • Cost – FREE
  • Learn more - RHB-Music.com

12th Dole Plantation Benefit Luau - May TBD

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!


45th Annual Wahiawa Pineapple Run – Postponed until June 2023

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


Sunset on the Beach - May 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.  Moana will be the featured movie of the evening...


Honolulu Craft and Gift Fair - May 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

Royal Hawaiian Band FREE performance – May 11th, 2022

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

Koko Marina Center Craft & Gift Fair - May 12st, 2022

Where better to have a craft and gift fair, than in an outdoor shopping center.  There will be over 60 vendors selling everything from crafted jewelry, art work, electronics, clothing, food creations, and lots of handcrafted goods. With free parking and food vendors on site cooking up a storm, it's hard to pass up!

  • Location - Koko Marina Center
  • Time - 10 AM to 4 PM
  • Cost - FREE
  • Learn more - Koko Marina Center

Mother's Day Brunch  - May 12th TBD

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

  • Royal Hawaiian Band FREE performance – May 13th, 2022

    The Royal Hawaiian Band has ongoing performances around Honolulu, including Kapiolani Park and at the Iolani Palace.  Bring your beach blankets, lounge chairs, the family, and set up a picnic and enjoy the concerts taking place. 

    • Location – Iolani Palace
    • Time – 12 PM to 1 PM
    • Cost – FREE
    • Learn more - RHB-Music.com

    Bishop Museum After Hours - May, 13th, 2022

    The Bishop Museum has started a First Friday of each month After Hours event.  The campus remains open into the evening, but they also create a party scene on their great lawn area, with live music, food trucks, games, and some fun art exhibitions.  Each month has a different theme that alters the scene and vibe a little, and you can always count on it being a fun time!

    • Location - Bishop Museum
    • Time - 5 PM to 8 PM
    • Cost - Museum Admission Fee
    • Learn More - Bishop Museum Events

    30th Annual Filipino Fiesta & Parade – May 14th, 2022

    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 the streets.

    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 from 10 AM to 4 PM.  This is a great family day to enjoy for everyone to enjoy!

    • Location – Filipino Community Center in Waipahu
    • Time – 10 AM to 4 PM
    • Cost – FREE
    • Learn more – www.filcom.org

    Moon Walk at Waimea Valley - May 14th, 2022

    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/Adult, $19.50/Kid (12 & under)
    • Learn more - WaimeaValley.net


    19th Annual International Honolulu Triathlon Festival of Sports
    May 15th, 2022

    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!


    Outrigger Sunday Showcase – May 15th, 2022

    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 Kapena. 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.


    17th Annual Hawaii Book & Music Festival – Moved to Oct 2022

    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! 


    Ko'olina Artfest - May 18th, 2022

    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 – May TBD

    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

    Royal Hawaiian Band FREE performance – May 20th, 2022

    The Royal Hawaiian Band has ongoing performances around Honolulu, including Kapiolani Park and at the Iolani Palace.  Bring your beach blankets, lounge chairs, the family, and set up a picnic and enjoy the concerts taking place. 

    • Location – Iolani Palace
    • Time – 12 PM to 1 PM
    • Cost – FREE
    • Learn more - RHB-Music.com

    Kailua Night Market - May 21st, 2022

    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.


    Paakai Marketplace at SALT - May TBD

    Enjoy the open air market at SALT with local vendors selling Hawaii made goods, and artist representing their artworks. Live music starts early with multiple bands in the lineup.

    • Location - SALT Kakaako
    • Time - 5 PM to 9 PM
    • Cost - FREE
    • Time - SALTKakaako

    8th Annual Honolulu Ekiden and Music Festival - May 2022 - Canceled

    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

    Royal Hawaiian Band FREE performance – May 22nd & 25th, 2022

    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 & 3 PM
    • Cost – FREE
    • Learn more - RHB-Music.com

    Ko'olina Artfest - May 25th, 2022

    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.


    Royal Hawaiian Band FREE performance – May 27th, 2022

    The Royal Hawaiian Band has ongoing performances around Honolulu, including Kapiolani Park and at the Iolani Palace.  Bring your beach blankets, lounge chairs, the family, and set up a picnic and enjoy the concerts taking place. 

    • Location – Iolani Palace
    • Time – 12 PM to 1 PM
    • Cost – FREE
    • Learn more - RHB-Music.com

    50th State Fair – May 27th – July 4th, 2022

    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

    5th Annual Poke Festival - May 28th, 2022

    The Frolic Poke Festival is back!   Enjoy live music and entertainment while walking around and sampling different poke styles and creations from about a dozen different Hawaiian poke makers, including Redfish Poke Par, Paradise Poke, Nico’s Fish Market, Fort Ruger, Hula Grill, and Foodland. Be on the lookout for a Poke Fast Pass that will help get you to the front of each line for more samplings.

    • Location -  Ka Makana Ali‘i parking lot
    • Time - 4 PM to 8 PM
    • Cost - FREE
    • Learn more - Frolic Hawaii

    44th Annual NA HOKU HANOHANO AWARDS - May TBD 

    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 to 6:30 PM
    • Cost - $185 General - $257 Premium
    • Learn more - www.nahokuhanohano.org


    Royal Hawaiian Band FREE performance – May 29th, 2022

    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 – 3 PM to 3:45 PM
    • Cost – FREE
    • Learn more - RHB-Music.com

    16th Annual Hibiscus Half Marathon – May 29th 2022

    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

    14th Annual Hawaii Geek Meet - May TBD

    Time to get your geek on!  Come in costume to show or check out others making the effort...there will be lots on interesting creations to see!  Join the fun and games taking place at Magic Island.

    • Location - Magic Island, Ala Mona Park
    • Time - 10 AM to 2 PM
    • Cost - FREE
    • Learn more - Hawaii Geek

    Artfest at Kapiolani Park - May 29th, 2022

    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.


    East End Hot Rod Car Show - May TBD

    One of the biggest car shows in Hawaii is taking place in Hawaii Kai, with close to 300 cars on display.  Along with side vendors and live entertainment, there will be a car parade showing off their assets!

    • Location - Hawaii Kai Town Center, Costco Parking Lot
    • Time - 2 PM to 6 PM
    • Cost - FREE
    • Learn More - Hawaii Kai Town Center

    All White Party Cruise - May 30th, 2022

    Ring in the Memorial Day Weekend, and jump on board a special night cruise that's setting sail into the evening.  Look forward to a gourmet buffet, live music, and drinking champagne with lots of dancing.  This will be a fun night!

    Make sure you secure your tickets early as this will sell out!

    • Location – Departs from Aloha Tower Market, Pier 6
    • Time – 9 PM to 1:00 AM
    • Cost - $80 to $100 per person
    • Learn more - Atlantis Cruise

    Lantern Floating Hawaii – May 30th, 2022

    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. 


    Symphony in the Park - May TBD

    This is a special treat if you can make it!  Bring a lawn chair & picnic basket, and enjoy a live performance by Hawaii Symphony Orchestra in a beautiful park.  


    Art After Dark - May TBD

    HoMA Red Carpet - Endless Space - Celebrate under the stars!

    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


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