July - September 2016 Festivals and Events on Oahu

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July 2016 (Dates TBA)
Haleiwa Arts Festival  19th Annual Summer ArtFest
Experience a broad spectrum of traditional, contemporary and ethnic arts at Haleiwa Beach Park in the historic town of Haleiwa. This event includes visual artists, musicians, singers, dancers, demonstrations, storytelling, student art displays, historical trolley tours and children's arts and crafts. Browse and purchase unique works by artists of all ages and cultural backgrounds.

July 2016 (Dates TBA)
Mangoes at the Moana
If you are bananas for mangoes be sure to head to the Moana Surfrider for the eighth Annual Mangoes at the Moana festival. Mango enthusiasts are invited to visit food and activity booths featuring this local favorite. This celebration of all things mango will include recipe contests, cooking demonstrations and a mango cocktail throw down. With over sixty varieties of mango grown in Hawaii, you'll be sure to find something you like

July 4, 2016
Ala Moana Center Fireworks
For the 25th consecutive year, Ala Moana Center will present locals and visitors with one of the largest and most spectacular fireworks shows in the country. In addition to the fireworks, Ala Moana Center will offer a weekend's worth of live entertainment and a mall-wide shopping savings pass. Read our feature on the Ala Moana Center Fireworks.

July 16, 2016
Korean Festival
The Korean Festival is an annual event run by the Hawaii Korean Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with dozens of community organizations and businesses, and hundreds of volunteers.

This popular cultural celebration highlights the unique food, dance, art and music of Korea. In the past, festivities included Korean cooking lessons, a singing competition, and even a kim chee eating contest.

July 16-17, 2016
39th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival
The 39th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival is a two-day event held in beautiful Moanalua Gardens.

The festival features hula halau (schools) gracing the hula mound for spectators to enjoy and showcases Native Hawaiian culture through crafts, kapa making, lau hala weaving, lomilomi massage, traditional Hawaiian games and more.

July 17, 2016
Hawaii All-Collectors Show
Don't miss the opportunity to find the perfect gift from Hawaii at the Hawaii All-Collectors Show at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. This annual collectibles and antiques show and sale features more than 200 booths with one of the largest selections of Hawaiiana under one roof.

July 17, 2016
46th Annual Ukulele Festival Hawaii
Local ukulele legend Roy Sakuma and his sponsors help to keep the instrument alive with the largest festival of its kind in the world, attracting thousands each year. A free five-hour concert showcases the finest ukulele players from around the world, along with national celebrities, Hawaii's top entertainers, and an ukulele orchestra of more than 800 students made up of mostly children. The festival benefits Ukulele Festival Hawaii, a charitable non-profit organization

August 2016 (Dates TBA)
Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival
Slack key guitar originated in Hawaii in the 19th century with Hawaiian paniolo (cowboys), and continues to gain popularity.

The Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival, founded in 1982, celebrates its cultural importance, and perpetuates and preserves the unique acoustic guitar art form of "Ki hoalu," which means "loosen the key." The festival takes place at Kapiolani Park and features performances by well-known slack key musicians.

August 2016 (Dates TBA)
Duke's OceanFest
Duke's OceanFest, a weeklong festival, features a variety of exciting water sports competitions, including longboard surfing, surf polo, swimming, standup paddling, and other events that pay tribute to the local waterman. The festivities culminate with the Duke Kahanamoku Statue lei draping ceremony on Aug. 24, the anniversary of his birthday

August 19-21, 2016
Made in Hawaii Festival
Enjoy this three-day celebration highlighting the unique products of Hawaii.

More than 400 exhibitors offer a wide variety of items made and grown in Hawaii, including art, clothing, food, home furnishings, jewelry, toys, fresh produce, plants, and authentic Hawaiian handicrafts.

Aug. 27-28, 2016
Greek Festival
The Greek Festival, held at McCoy Pavilion at Ala Moana Beach Park, celebrates Greek culture with ethnic food, live entertainment, cultural booths and more. The popular annual festival is sponsored by the Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral. www.greekfestivalhawaii.com<http://www.greekfestivalhawaii.com>

September 2016 (Dates TBA)
Rice Festival
September is national rice month and what better way to celebrate than to attend the seventh annual Rice Festival. The celebration features entertainment, cultural performances and cooking demonstrations by local celebrity chefs. Rice Fest is a free, one-day event, which explores the many different uses for rice, as well as the cultures that use it. Attendees are provided with a deeper appreciation for rice and its many manifestations.

September 2016
Aloha Festivals
This premier showcase celebrates Hawaii's music, dance and history, and is intended to preserve the islands' unique traditions. Festivities on Oahu include a Waikiki Hoolaulea on Sept. 17 and a floral parade on Sept. 24. Read our feature on the Aloha Festivals.

Sept. 3-4, 2016
34th Annual Okinawan Festival
The Hawaii United Okinawa Association presents the largest ethnic festival in the state of Hawaii.  The event kicks off with a mini procession inside Kapiolani Park featuring a taiko drum performance. The three-day festival celebrates Okinawan culture with food, entertainment, arts, crafts, and cultural activities.

Sept. 5, 2016
Waikiki Roughwater Swim
The 47th annual Waikiki Roughwater Swim is where swimmers from all over the world will tackle the challenging waters of Waikiki. This open water swim measures 2.384 miles long, beginning at Sans Souci Beach between the Natatorium and the New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel and ending near the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Sept. 25, 2016
Honolulu Century Ride
The Honolulu Century Ride is Hawaii's oldest and largest cycling event, attracting approximately 4,000 people around the world each year. The ride begins and ends at Kapiolani Park, and participants can choose to ride 20, 25, 40, 50, 75, or 100 miles at their own pace. Proceeds from the annual fun ride support the Hawaii Bicycling League and its efforts to promote cycling for health, recreation and transportation through advocacy, education and events.

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