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May Events

Note - all events for the month of May have been canceled or postponed due to the extension of the shelter in place mandate for all of Hawaii through June 30th.

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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KCC Farmers Market - May 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th, 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

94th Annual LEI DAY CELEBRATION - May 1st, 2021 Virtual

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

8th Annual May Day Waikiki  - May 1st, 2021 Virtual

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 Waimea Valley- May 2nd, 2020

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 5 PM
  • Learn more - WaimeaValley.net

First Friday Art Walk - May 7th, 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)

Aloha Home Market – May 8th, 2021

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

Moon Walk at Waimea Valley - May 1st, 2020

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

27th Annual Filipino Fiesta & Parade – May TBD

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

14th Annual Hawaii Book & Music Festival – May TBD

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! 


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

Ko'olina Artfest - May 8th, 13th, 22nd & 27th, 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.

27th Annual We Are Samoa Festival - May 5th, 2021

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

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 – May 9th, 2020

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

18th Annual International Honolulu Triathlon Festival of Sports
Nov 7th, 2021

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 9th, 2021

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 - $151/Adult, $91/Child
  • Learn more - StarofHonolulu.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

Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet at Waimea Valley – May 10th, 2020

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 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

  • Ko'olina Artfest - May 13th, 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 – May 13th, 2020

    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

    Pow Wow Art Celebration  May 15th, 2021

    Celebrating the artists that have beautifully colored the walls in Kakaako with stunning and thought provoking murals are being showcased at the Bishop Museum starting on May 15th – May 19th.  An evening celebration will take place on Saturday 15th, with a display of art, live DJ music and breakdance performances.  Food catered by Tails Up Hawaii.

    • Location – Bishop Museum
    • Time – 6 PM to 9 PM
    • Cost - $25
    • Learn More – Bishop Museum

    Kawaii Kon – Postponed until Aug 7th - 9th, 2021

    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 – $12 to $75
    • Learn more & register - KawaiiKom.com

    Koko Marina Center Craft & Gift Fair - May 15th, 2021

    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

    Kailua Night Market - May 17th, 2021

    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 2021 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

    Kona Nui Nights – May 20th, 2020

    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

    Royal Hawaiian Band FREE performance – May TBD

    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

    Ko'olina Artfest - May 22nd, 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.

    50th State Fair – May 24th – June TBD

    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

    44th Annual NA HOKU HANOHANO AWARDS - May TBD 2021

    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

    15th Annual Hibiscus Half Marathon – May TBD 2021

    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 2021

    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

    Outrigger Sunday Showcase – May 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 kumu hula, hiwa vaughan. 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. 

    Ko'olina Artfest - May 27th, 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.

    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

    Lantern Floating Hawaii – May 30th, 2021 - Canceled

    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. 

    Artfest at Kapiolani Park - May 30th & 31st, 2020

    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.

    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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