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Oahu Events in September

September Events

Evening Luau at Paradise Cove - Sept 2018

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.

49th Annual Waikiki Roughwater Swim – Sept 1st, 2018

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

Royal Court Investiture & Opening Ceremony - Sept 1st 2018

See the introduction of the Aloha Festivals Royal Court taking place in front of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel & Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center.  This is an elaborate ceremony that introduces past kings, queens and royal family, and honors them with detailed costumes, chants, and hula performances.  This event is the start of a few other Hawaiian heritage festivals taking place this month.

  • Location – Royal Hawaiian Hotel & Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center
  • Time - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
  • Cost - FREE
  • Learn more - AlohaFestivals.com

34th Annual Okinawan Festival – Sept 1st & 2nd, 2018

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, 10 PM on Sat
  • Cost – FREE
  • Learn more – www.okinawanfestival.com

Sea Life Park Keiki Sundays – Sept 2nd, 2018

It’s fun for the keikis at Sea Life Park!  This event will have a honu theme to it, with guest speakers talking about these magnificent sea creatures and the world they live in.  Activities include live entertainment from 10 am to 2 pm, arts and craft booths, and fun conservation activities.

  • Location – Sea Life Park
  • Time – 10 AM to 2 PM
  • Cost – FREE for under 12 w/ paying adult
  • Learn more – www.sealifepark.com 

Na Mele O Ko’olina – Sept 6th, 11th, 20th, & 25th, 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 - Sept 7th, 2018

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.

Greenroom Festival - Sept 7th & 8th, 2018

2 days with an amazing lineup of local musician talent.  Join the celebration and cause to help save our beaches.  Lots of entertainment, yoga, and great food.  Check out more and get your tickets now...

  • Location - Waikiki Shell
  • Time - 4 PM to 10 PM
  • Cost - $30 to $40
  • Learn more - GreenRoomFest.com

Na Mele O Ko’olina – Sept 8th, 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 – Facebook Na Mele Page

4th Annual Waimea Valley Kalo & Awa Festival - Sept 8th, 2018

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

Vino & Vinyasa at the Moana Surfrider - Sept 13th, 2018

Can you think of a better way to relax then mixing up some yoga with a little wine after?  That's right, work on your flexibility and continue relaxing your state with some organic wines. There will be also be some special local vendor exhibits to check out.

  • Location - Moana Surfrider, Diamond Head Lawn
  • Time - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Cost - Yoga is free, wine is $5
  • Learn more - Monana-Surfrider.com

AVP Hawaii Invitational - Sept 14th - 16th, 2018

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

Sunset on the Beach - Magnum P.I. & Hawaii Five-O - Sept 14th, 2018

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!

Beach Clean Up with the Waikiki Aquarium - Sept 16th, 2018

Start off the day with a good deed, and participate in a collective effort cleaning up trash and removing debris from the Ala Moana Magic Island area.   The fun start in the morning and end before lunch…can’t make it any easier!  There should also be some goodies available to those who participate by sponsors.  Make sure to sign up below…

Moon Walk at Waimea Valley - Sept 21st, 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 5 PM, walk starts at 8 PM
  • Cost - $10 walk only, $34.95/Adult, $17.50/Kid (4-12)
  • Learn more - WaimeaValley.net

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

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival – Sept TBD

This will be a first annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival, taking place in Kailua!  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!

Moon Walk at Waimea Valley - Sept 21st, 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 5 PM, walk starts at 8 PM
  • Cost - $10 walk only, $39.95/Adult, $12.95/Kid (12 & under)
  • Learn more - WaimeaValley.net

Waikiki Arts Festival - Sept 22nd, 2018

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.

  •     Location - Bandstand area in Kapiolani Park, Waikiki
  •     Time - 9 AM to 4 PM Sat & Sun
  •     Cost - Free
  •     Learn more - Handcrafters Artisans Alliance

66th Annual Waikiki Hoolaulea - Sept 22nd, 2018

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 – 7 PM to 10 PM
  • Cost - FREE
  • Learn more - AlohaFestivals.com

5th Annual Children's Film & Music Festival - Sept 22nd, 2018

This one's for the keikis and the whole family!  Buy a ticket to day of fun and help support Kapi'olani Medical Center's campaign for Hawaii's children!  Festivities will take place at the Disney's Aulani Resort and on the beachfront of Ko Olina's Kohola Lagoon #1.  Get ready for a line up of fun including  live music, balloon artist, face painting, and lot's of other activities. Don't miss the Disney and Pixar movies begin played on the beach at sunset.

Outrigger Sunday Showcase – Sept 23rd, 2018

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 Nā Waiho‘olu‘u o ke Ānuenue. 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. 

Art After Dark - Sept 28th

"Hawaii in Design" 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.

Eat the Street – Sept 28th, 2018

It's Octoberfest time and Eat the Street is celebrating big with German cuisine, beer garden, and festivities.  Eat the Street is an organization that gets some of the best food trucks on the island 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.

6th Annual Waimea Valley Summer Concert Series - Sept 29th, 2018

Join the Mele Kulāiwi Songs of our Native Land.  Waimea Valley’s annual summer concert is back with a great local line-up, including:  Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole, Ho'Aikane, Lim 'Ohana, and Halau Manaola.  Concerts will be held on the Waimea Valley Main Pavilion Lawn on the last Saturday of the summer months from 3pm-6:30pm.

  • Location - WaimeaValley.net
  • Time - 3 PM to 6:30 PM
  • Cost - $15 Adult, $12 Seniors and Keikis
  • Learn more - WaimeaValley.net

Aloha Festivals – Sept 29th, 2018

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.

72nd Annual Floral Parade - Sept 29th 2018

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

37th Annual Honolulu Century Ride – Sept 30th, 2018

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 – $99 to $200 (depending on age group and time of registration)
  • Learn more – www.hbl.org

Wiki Wiki One Day Vintage Collectibles & Hawaiiana Show - Sept 30th 2018

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

Aloha & Enjoy!!