2017/18 Festivals and Events on Oahu

Special Events Reflect this Hawaiian Island's Multi-Cultural Heritage

Honolulu Festivals Grand Parade
••• Honolulu Festivals Grand Parade. Courtesy of Honolulu Festivals

Oahu's festivals and events highlight the multi-cultural heritage and customs special to the island. Visitors and locals alike can immerse themselves in the deep traditions of the island when they attend a celebration of Hawaii's diverse people and their origins, an energetic concert series, an art show, an amateur or professional sporting competition, or a culinary event featuring the island's top chefs.

October - December 2017

October 8, 2017

Molokai Hoe

This year marks the 63rd annual Molokai Hoe, one of the longest running annual team sporting events in Hawaii, second only to football. The outrigger canoe race starts at Hale o Lono beach on Molokai and goes through the Kaiwi Channel, ending at Duke Kahanamoku Beach in Waikiki. The Molokai Hoe perpetuates one of Hawaii's and Polynesia's most important and historic cultural traditions while honoring outrigger canoe paddlers around the world.

October 20 - November 5, 2017
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival
The festival includes culinary-focused events and evening receptions featuring dishes prepared by an all-star lineup of chefs from Hawaii and around the world, using locally sourced ingredients. Chefs Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong co-chair the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, which showcases the state's bounty of produce and proteins and highlights the islands' return to a sustainable eco-system of agriculture, environment, and economy.

November 2 - 12, 2017
Hawaii International Film Festival
The Hawaii International Film Festival is dedicated to advancing understanding and cultural exchange among the people of Asia, the Pacific, and North America through the medium of film. HIFF showcases independent feature films and is held at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Theatres each spring and fall.

Expect the very best and latest in independent and global cinema.

November 12 - December 20, 2017 
Vans Triple Crown of Surfing
The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing returns to the North Shore of Oahu. Kicking off with the Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa, the series continues with the Vans World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach, and lastly the Billabong Pipeline Masters at the famous Banzai Pipeline. Oahu's North Shore is home to these final events on the World Surf League (WSL) calendar that will crown surfing's new world champion.

November 16-19, 2017
HONOLULU Fashion Week
HONOLULU Fashion Week at the Hawaii Convention Center showcases international and local design talent with collaborative and individual runway shows, VIP events, pop-up boutiques, exclusive merchandise, and other events.

December 10, 2017

Honolulu Marathon
Thousands of runners from around the world travel to Oahu each year to participate in the Honolulu Marathon. The 26.2-mile scenic course includes spectacular views alongside world-famous Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head. 

December 22, 23 and 25, 2017
Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic
The Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic is an eight-team, 12-game bracket tournament that features some of the nation's best collegiate men's basketball teams.

The tournament is held at the University of Hawaii's Stan Sherriff Center.

December 24, 2017

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
Following the University of Hawaii's move to the Mountain West Conference (MWC) in 2012, the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl pits a team from the MWC against a team from Conference USA in the annual college football bowl game played at Honolulu's Aloha Stadium on Christmas Eve.

January – March 2018

Through February 28, 2018
33rd Annual Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational In Memory of Eddie Aikau
Each winter, the world's best big wave surfers come 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. Therefore, the event can take at any time between December 1 and the last day in February.

When the surf gets big enough, thousands flock to watch the likes of Kelly Slater and Bruce Irons compete in this prestigious competition.

January 8-14, 2018
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 such as 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.

February 11, 2018
'Ukulele Picnic in Hawai'i

The 10th Annual 'Ukulele Picnic in Hawai'i will string together exciting events in celebration of Hawaii’s most beloved instrument. The festivities begin on a high note at Kaka'ako Gateway Park. All events and entertainment are free and open to the public.

February 19, 2018

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.

March 1-4, 2018
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.

March 9-11, 2018
Honolulu Festival
The 24th annual Honolulu Festival is a three-day celebration of art, music, dance, and crafts from around the Pacific. The festival culminates with a Grand Parade in Waikiki, followed by the Nagaoka Hanabi fireworks display.

March 26, 2018
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 December 7, 1918. These celebrations began in the early 1970s and have grown to include month-long activities such as a commemorative parade, choral concert, “Hoolaulea” or “Hoikeike” (celebration), and more.

Monthly/Weekly

Last Friday of every month January through October
ARTafterDARK
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 reflects 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 especially appeals to visiting families. Enjoy a tribute to Duke Kahanamoku, an Olympic swimmer credited with popularizing the sport of surfing, and a crescendo of torch lights, hula dancers, and drums with 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 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily except Fridays, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays (room charge only). Hotel guests and the general public can also purchase tickets at the entrance to the Super Pool from 6 p.m. until show time on Fridays.

Third Saturday of every month
Honolulu Night Market
Kaka'ako 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. Family-friendly movies range from action to comedy. Live entertainment and food vendors add to the event vibe. Arrive early to grab a great seat and catch a glimpse of the setting sun.