Oahu's festivals and events provide visitors and locals an opportunity to embrace the multi-cultural heritage, deep traditions, and customs that are special to Oahu.
Whether it is a cultural festival highlighting Hawaii's diverse people and their origins, an energetic concert series, top amateur and professional sporting competitions and championships, or a culinary event featuring the island's top chefs, there is sure to be something for everyone.
Here is a listing of notable festivals and events (all are subject to change without notice):
Last Friday of every month January through October
Offering a new twist on pau hana (happy hour), the Honolulu Museum of Art presents an evening that invigorates the senses with a combination of food, art, music, dancing and drinks. The theme for each event is based on the museum's current feature exhibition and provides a fun and social way to view art in a festive atmosphere.
Fridays Throughout the Year
Rockin' Hawaiian Rainbow Revue
This weekly activity at the Super Pool of the Hilton Hawaiian Village is a favorite among visiting families.
Enjoy a tribute to Duke Kahanamoku and a crescendo of torch lights, hula dancers, drums, and a huge fireworks finale. Hotel guests can pre-purchase tickets for poolside seating at the Ali'i Tower desk (near Tropics Bar & Grill). Tickets are available for purchase 8:00 am - 9:00 pm daily except Fridays, and 8:00 am - 2:00 pm on Fridays (room charge only).
Tickets can also be purchased by hotel guests and the general public at the entrance to the Super Pool from 6:00 pm until show time on Fridays. Poolside seating is $25.00 per person and includes one Mai Tai punch or non-alcoholic punch per person.
Third Saturday of every month
Honolulu Night Market
Kakaako comes alive with an evening event that combines fashion, live music, art, shopping and local food.
Held under the Honolulu city lights, this monthly night market celebrates the best of urban island culture featuring local artists, designers, musicians and chefs.
Several Weekends Throughout the Year
Sunset On The Beach
Enjoy a free film on a 30-foot screen under the stars on Queens Beach in Waikiki. Movies range from action to comedy and are always family friendly. Live entertainment and food vendors add to the event. Arrive early to score a great seat and catch a glimpse of the setting sun.
January – March 2017
Through Feb. 28, 2017
32nd Annual Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational In Memory of Eddie Aikau
Each winter, the world's best big wave surfers are invited to Waimea Bay on Oahu's North Shore to compete in the Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational In Memory of Eddie Aikau. The Eddie can only be held when surf measures at least 20 feet (Hawaiian scale) for a full day. The holding period for the event is between December 1 and the last day in February. When the surf is big enough, thousands flock to watch the likes of Kelly Slater and Bruce Irons compete in this prestigious surfing competition.
Jan. 09-15, 2017
Sony Open in Hawaii
The Sony Open in Hawaii kicks off the PGA Tour by bringing 144 of the world's best professional golfers to Oahu's exclusive Waialae Country Club each January.
Past participants include notable golfers including 2005 winner, Vijay Singh, 2003 and 2004 winner, Ernie Els, and Hawaii's own Michelle Wie and Tadd Fujikawa. The seven-day event is one of the largest charity events in the state of Hawaii.
POW! WOW! Hawaii
Local and global artists will showcase their work in Honolulu during a widespread beautification and education of street art during POW! WOW! Hawaii. The 10-day event will include gallery shows, live panel discussions, mural projects, concerts, live art installations and more.
Feb. 11-12, 2017
Ukulele Picnic in Hawaii
The 9th Annual Ukulele Picnic in Hawaii will be stringing together two days of exciting events in celebration of Hawaii’s most beloved instrument. The festivities begin at the Royal Hawaiian Center on Saturday, Feb.
11, 2017, with the International Ukulele Contest and Hula Show, and will end on a high note on Sunday, Feb. 12 at Kakaako Makai Gateway Park. All events and entertainment are free and open to the public.
Feb. 20, 2017
Great Aloha Run
The Great Aloha Run is an 8.15-mile foot race that starts at Aloha Tower in Honolulu and ends at Aloha Stadium in Halawa. A three-day sports, health and fitness expo occurs during the weekend of the race and includes an array of exhibition booths offering unique products and services, entertainment, workshops and more.
February 23-26, 2017
Wanderlust Yoga Festival
Enjoy the ultimate mind, body and soul wellness festival on Oahu. The Wanderlust Yoga Festival is a one of a kind gathering of yoga masters, musical performers and top chefs along with the world's leading wellness speakers. Open the mind, refresh the soul and satiate appetites at this event held at Turtle Bay Resort.
Mele Wahi Pana
Mele Wahi Pana is a four-part music series at the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site exploring the music of the island of Oahu, featuring notable performers, scholars, Kumu Hula and hula halau. This year, the discussion about the music being performed will be presented as part of the concert.
March 10-12, 2017
The 23rd annual Honolulu Festival celebrates cultures from across the Pacific. This three-day celebration of art, music, dance, and crafts is filled with spectacular sights and sounds. The festival culminates with a Grand Parade in Waikiki, followed by the Nagaoka Hanabi fireworks display. Read more about the Honolulu Festival
March 25, 2017
Prince Kuhio Festival
The Prince Kuhio Festival is a series of events, ceremonies, and activities organized by The Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs to celebrate the birthday of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole who founded the first Hawaiian Civic Club on Dec. 7, 1918. These celebrations began in the early 1970s and have grown to include month-long activities including a commemorative parade, choral concert, “Hoolaulea” or “Hoikeike” (celebration), and more.
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