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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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…
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!
mom to a Mother’s Day brunch on a cruise around the Waikiki
coastline! Hard to top this one…with live Hawaiian
and lots of activities, including lei making and hula
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
depart from the Aloha Tower Marketplace, on Pier 8.
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...
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.
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.
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.
is an organization that gets some of the best food trucks on the
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
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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!
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