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Oahu Events in September

September 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 2020 events have been canceled or rescheduled with hopes of taking place at future dates.

Note - many events for the month of Sept have been canceled or postponed due to concerns of spreading the virus, and travel restrictions for all of Hawaii through Oct 15th.  Events larger than 50 people are prohibited at this time...

Evening Luau at Paradise Cove - Sept 2020

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.

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

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival – Sept 6th, 2020

This should be a great block party with 6 straight hours of Hawaii’s top slack key performers, including Brother Noland, George Kue, Bobby Mederew, and Weldon Kekaueha.  Bring a chair/placemat and hang out for the day.  Maybe you’ll be the lucky winner of a Taylor Guitar give away!

51st Annual Waikiki Roughwater Swim – Sept 7th, 2020

Rated as one of the top 100 open water swims in the world, the Waikiki Roughwater Swim attracts competitive and recreational swimmers from all over.  Open water swimming clinics will be offered for free during July & August in preparation for this race that was inspired from the original Ironman Triathlon swim course.  

The race start off at San Souci Beach and travels out 677 Meters before making the 2305 M journey towards the Hilton Hawaiian Hotel, and swimming 842 M back to shore on Duke Kahanamoku Beach for the finish line.

  • Location – San Souci Beach, Waikiki
  • Time – 8:30 AM to 12 PM
  • Cost – $50 to $100 depending on date of signing up
  • Learn more – www.waikikiroughwaterswim.com

Ko’olina Art Fest – Sept 4th, 9th, 18th, & 23rd, 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.

First Friday Art Walk - Sept 4th, 2020

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.  This First Friday will be have a Labor Day theme to it. 

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)

Na Mele O Ko’olina – Sept 9th, 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

Cinema in the Park – Sept 9th, 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

Artfest at Kapiolani Park - Sept 12th & 13th, 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.

6th Annual Waimea Valley Kalo & Awa Festival - Sept 12th, 2020

See how Hawaii farmers and practitioners work with the rich lands of Hawaii.  There will be kalo & awa tastings, huli giveaways, and fun entertainment and live music.  There will also be lots of demonstrations given and topics being discussed.

A fun festival on the Waimea Valley grounds featuring local farmers, interesting workshops & demonstrations, food sample tastings, live music to fill the air, and lots more!

  • Location – Waimea Valley main lawn area
  • Time – 9 AM to 4 PM
  • Cost - FREE
  • Learn more – www.waimeavalley.net

Ko'olina Artfest - Sept 18th, 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.

Honolulu Craft and Gift Fair - Sept 19th, 2020

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

  • Location - 1151 Mapunapuna St
  • Time - 10 AM to 4 PM
  • Cost - FREE
  • Learn more - Fairs & Festivals

Koko Marina Center Craft & Gift Fair - Sept 19th, 2020

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

Sunset on the Beach - Sept 14th, 2019

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.  The movie UP will be the featured movie of the evening...

Full Moon Yoga on Waikiki Beach - Sept 16th, 2019

Yoga on the beach under a full moon!  This 75 minute class focuses on power vinyasa yoga and restorative yoga.  Practice yoga into the sunset and watch the moon rise.  Yoga mats and props are provided.  Simply sign up and show up.

  • Location - Queens Beach, Waikiki
  • Time - Starts at 6:30 PM
  • Cost - $20
  • Learn more - Waikiki Beach Yoga

Kona Nui Nights – Sept 16th, 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

Sunset on the Beach - Magnum P.I. & Hawaii Five-O - Sept 19th, 2019

Don't miss the special debut showing of Magnum P.I. & Hawaii Five-O at Sunset on the Beach.  This is a outdoor full size movie screen set up at Waikiki's Kuhio Beach.  Red Carpet starts at 4:30 PM with all your favorite Hawaii Five-O and new Magnum P.I. actor & actress stars.  Show up extra early if you plan on getting a good spot to set up your beach towel & chairs.  There will be food booths and lots of lead up entertainment.  Join this unique experience if you're around!

Tahiti Mana Presents Heiva I Waikiki – Sept TBD

Experience some intense, colorful and exciting Tahitian, as individual and group performer compete for championship titles.  This is a great way to immerse yourself in Tahitian culture, watching new and traditional performances, checking out great costumes, and feeling the intense drumming from musicians playing the wooden tuiti.  Tahitian crafters and artisans will be on site…

  • Location – Hawaii Theatre
  • Time – 10:30 AM to 5 PM
  • Cost - $20 +
  • Learn more – Tahinti Mana

AVP Hawaii Invitational - Sept 18th - 20th, 2020

Come out and watch some Olympians and pros compete their best on the sand volleyball court!  Enjoy 3 free days of stadium seating competition, demonstrations, games, giveaways, food booths, professional autographing, and being surrounded by all the hype and fun!  The preliminary rounds start on the Friday, and finals take place on the Sat & Sun!

  • Location -  Fort DeRussy Waikiki Beach
  • Time - 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM
  • Cost - FREE
  • Learn More - AVP.com

Moon Walk at Waimea Valley - Sept 26th, 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, $39.95/Adult, $12.95/Kid (12 & under)
  • Learn more - WaimeaValley.net

VegFest O‘ahu - Sept 21st, 2019

VegFest O‘ahu is a celebration of island-style plant-based, sustainable living. You'll find 50 booths offering education, vegan food, entertainment and inspiration. There will be lots of ongoing activities, including cooking demos, guest speakers, yoga and dance classes, and lots of free samples and giveaways. Join the fun, get educated on health and protecting our environment. Did I mention there will be live music to keep the vibe going all day?

  • Location - Frank Fasi Civic Grounds, 558 S. King Street
  • Time - 11:30 AM to 5 PM
  • Cost - FREE
  • Learn more - VegFestOahu

Kailua Night Market - Sept 19th, 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.

68th Annual Waikiki Hoolaulea - Sept 19th, 2020

Better known as the largest block party on the island!  Waikiki’s Kalakaua Ave will be packed with thousands of folks walking the closed off streets.  There will be lots of entertainment including hula performances and Hawaiian groups playing music…and of course great food throughout!

  • Location – throughout Kalakaua Ave, Waikiki
  • Time – 6 PM to 9:30 PM
  • Cost - FREE
  • Learn more - AlohaFestivals.com

Ko'olina Artfest - Sept 23rd, 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.

Wiki Wiki One Day Vintage Collectibles & Hawaiiana Show - Sept 27th, 2020

If you’re looking for a collectible Hawaiiana gift or something special to add to your collection, than this is the one day event for you!  You will find close to 100 venders displaying their antiques and collectibles…everything from jewelry to artwork to vintage shirts to ukuleles, and much much more!  Even if you have no intentions of shopping for anything, this event is simply worth exploring.

  • Location – Neil Blaisdell Center – Hawaii Suies
  • Time – 8 AM to 4 PM
  • Cost - $4.50 Gen admin, $15 Early admin
  • Learn More - www.ukulele.com

Art After Dark - Sept 27th, 2019

"Blank Canvas" taking 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.  Watch art in the making, including art an interactive light show, human body painting, and fashion design shows.

Oktoberfest in Waikiki – Sept 27th & 28th, 2019

Celebrate Oktoberfest German-Hawaiian style, drinking German beer, dancing the night away to the Edelweiss Trio, and see how many bratwurst you can down in a eating contest.  Fun starts at 5:30 PM in the Mauna Kea Ballroom.  Note - $15 admission does not include food & drinks.

  • Location – Hale Koa Hotel
  • Time – 5:30 to 10:30
  • Cost - $39.95 Adult, $12.95 - $22.95 kids
  • Learn more – Hale Koa Hotel

74th Annual Floral Parade - Sept 26th 2020

While most of us can relate to going to a parade, not everyone can say they’ve seen one a Hawaiian style parade.  You will get all the Hawaiian flavor you can handle with floats covered with tropical flowers, Hawaiian music bands playing, hula performances being given, and much much more!

  • Location – Ala Moana Beach Park traveling through Kalakaua Ave Waikiki to Kapiolani Park
  • Time - 9 AM to 12 Noon
  • Cost - FREE
  • Learn more - AlohaFestivals.com

Italian Festival – Sept 26th, 2020

Who doesn't want to attend a Italian Festival?!  The food alone is a main attraction!  There will be no shortage of delicious samples to try, demonstrations and workshops to attend, neat art displays and other fun booths worth exploring.  If that's not enough, there will be a beer & wine garden, and ongoing live music and performances.

  • Location - Kaka'ako District 445 Cooke St
  • Time - 4 PM to 10 PM
  • Cost - Free
  • Location - Festa Italiana

39th Annual Honolulu Century Ride – Sept 27th, 2020

Tune up your bike or rent one for the Honolulu Century Ride.  You choose your distance…whether you choose to ride 25, 50, 75, or the full century ride, there will be course set up for your endurance with aid stations along quarter points.  The century coarse will take you along the coast to Kailua and back to Kapiolani Park where there will be entertainment and food waiting!

  • Location – Kapiolani Park
  • Time – 6:15 AM
  • Cost – $40 to $200 (depending on age group and time of registration)
  • Learn more – www.hbl.org

14th Annual DUKE’S WAIKIKI UKES CONTEST – Sept 28th, 2019

Duke’s will be hosting their annual ukulele contest with 2 competing division with 2 age categories, including instrumental and vocals.  What will they be competing for?  How about a brand new state of the art Kamaka Ukulele.  A “Best Showmanship” award will be also be given along with lots of prizes and Duke’s merchandise.  Whether you are competing or watching, this will be a great event to relax at the bar with a Mai Tai and check out the local talent!

  • Location – Dukes Waikiki
  • Time – 10 AM to 1 PM
  • Cost – FREE
  • Learn more – DukesWaikiki.com

Aloha Festivals – Aug 29th, 2020

A celebration of Hawaiian culture and traditions through dance, music, food and art.  Bring your aloha spirit to the festivities at the Aloha Festivals, and join over 100,000 people turning out to watch the performances, engage in activities, pick up some art Hawaiian art works, and sample some ono delicious Hawaiian food!  Sept 1st are the opening ceremony of many events to come over the next few weeks.

Aloha & Enjoy!!