Annual Honolulu Events / Waikiki Events
Annual Honolulu Events / Waikiki Events
Annual Honolulu Events / Waikiki Events

12 MONTH CALENDAR

Annual Honolulu Events / Waikiki Events

February 2017

Punahou Carnival– This annual event on the campus of Punahou School in the picturesque Manoa Valley is a fundraiser that is packed with family fun. It is an old-fashioned, county fair type gathering full of amusing games of skill, thrilling rides, live entertainment and an opportunity to shop for gently used bargains at the white elephant sale. Vendors are on hand selling a variety of crafts and other new merchandise, and favorite local and international foods like malasadas (Portuguese donuts), chicken plates, gyros and teri burgers.

Night In Chinatown Festival & Parade – Each January or February, the Asian Lunar New Year is welcomed with a big afternoon parade that runs from the State Capitol to Maunakea Street. Then comes the huge street festival in the heart of Chinatown on Maunakea and Smith Streets. Set for February 2, 2013, this fun celebration features live entertainment, including performances by dance ensembles and martial arts demonstrations. Fabulous Asian foods and beautiful crafts are offered by vendors. Expect to see larger-than-life Chinese dragons and lions wow the crowds with traditional Chinese New Year fanfare.

Great Aloha Run – This annual Presidents Day road race welcomes participants of all ages. This relatively level course starts at the Aloha Tower in Downtown Honolulu, runs along the historic Honolulu Harbor and ends in Aloha Stadium. This fundraiser benefits many worthy groups throughout Hawaii. And it gives out big prizes – cash, jewelry, airline tickets, hotel stays and much more. Preceding the race, the Great Aloha Run Expo takes place at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. It is open to everyone and has lots of informative, fun and fitness-related booths, lectures, demonstrations, performances and competitions.

Duke Kahanamoku Challenge – The history and heritage of Hawaii come to life each year at this intriguing competition and cultural festival. At Duke’s Beach and the lagoon at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, huge crowds line the shore to watch the exciting open-ocean outrigger canoe races. There are also Makahiki games like huki kaula (tug-of-war) and ulu maika (sand bowling) on the beach and stand-up paddleboard relay races in the lagoon. Live entertainment includes musicians, singers and hula dancers. Vendors selling a variety of tasty treats and local crafts are part of the festivities.

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March 2017

Honolulu Festival and Parade – Island hospitality shines throughout this annual event that promotes Pacific harmony. The Hawaii Convention Center, Ala Moana Center and Waikiki Beach Walk, this celebration of culture features a craft fair, lots of entertainment, and games and other fun things to do just for kids. Vendors showcasing a variety of food, crafts and other merchandise are on hand. The festival finishes up in grand style on March 4th with a big parade in Waikiki.

The Hapalua – Hawaii’s Half Marathon – Over 2,500 runners from around the world gather at Waikiki’s Duke Kahanamoku statue each year to compete for prizes and bragging rights in this prestigious event that covers some of the most beautiful real estate on the planet. The course is 13.1 miles, with the finish line in Kapiolani Park. Besides hosting an elite group of runners, there is a relay race in Kapiolani Park that is fun for all ages. The day’s offerings include Hawaiian entertainment along the course, malasadas (pastries) for all of the finishers and a post-race concert.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations – Wearing green is the theme for the thousands who line up along Kalakaua Avenue to watch Waikiki’s big parade of bands, decorated vehicles carrying dignitaries, floats and marching groups. The procession continues along Kalakaua Avenue, past Kuhio Beach, and ends up at Kapiolani Park. At the park, the public is invited to enjoy lots of Irish food, music and entertainment. The celebration continues outside Murphy’s Bar and Grill (bordering Chinatown), where a gigantic block party on Merchant Street overflows with holiday spirit each March 17th.

Prince Kuhio Day – Each year, the birthday of the late Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana’ole Piikoi, fondly remembered as Prince Kuhio, is commemorated in Honolulu with a parade along Kalakaua Avenue and a cultural celebration in Kapiolani Park. The Hoolaulea/Hoikeike at Kapi’olani Park features food booths, Hawaiian arts and crafts, and a variety of island entertainment.

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April 2017

First Friday Honolulu Gallery Walk – On the first Friday evening of each month, Chinatown, in downtown Honolulu, welcomes locals and visitors to tour its wonderful galleries, studios and boutiques. The Hawaii State Art Museum on South Hotel Street often hosts concerts and special exhibitions that coincide with this monthly event. Art exhibits are featured at local cafes and restaurants, too. And there are always shopping discounts, live entertainment and after-tour gatherings at some of the trendiest neighborhood bars.

Hawaiian Scottish Festival and Highland GamesKapiolani Park in Honolulu is the venue for this annual gathering and athletic competition. The weekend festival features daily parades, craft demonstrations, bands, bagpipers, drummers and colorfully clad Celtic dancers. Vendors selling an assortment of tasty treats, Celtic clothing, musical instruments and jewelry are onsite. A fascinating array of games include caber toss, stone put, hammer throw, tug of war, wrestling, rolling pin throw and frying pan toss.

Waikiki Spam Jam – Widely acclaimed as one of the world’s most beloved bizarre food festivals, the humble can of spam is celebrated in a big way each year at this fun event. 30,000 spam fans clad in their spam hats and shirts are expected to attend and to enjoy the live entertainment and creative culinary delights that feature spam as an important component of each delicious dish. Anyone wishing to augment their spam-themed collection can buy sporting goods, clothes, crafts, house wares, home décor products and much more at this family friendly festival.

“I Love Kailua” Town Party –  Kailua Road is fun central for this annual event. Some of the best dishes and beverages on the island are provided by local restaurants, bakeries, supermarkets, cafes, confectioneries and sushi bars. Live entertainment is nonstop. A special kids area has lots of exciting things to do. Anyone looking to buy a beautiful work of art or some attractive handmade crafts should definitely check out the vendor booths at this windward community celebration.

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May 2017

Lei Day Celebration – A day dedicated to making and wearing the traditional lei takes place on May 1 each year throughout the islands. One of the biggest bashes is at Waikiki’s Queen Kapiolani Park in Honolulu. Expect to see some one-of-a-kind, breathtakingly beautiful leis. Some of the family friendly events of the day include the coronation of the lei queen and her court, band and steel guitar concerts, storytelling, lei making, craft and weaving demonstrations, and hula dancing performances. Lots of food and opportunities to shop for a variety of handcrafted treasures are always part of the scene.

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Hawaii May Event – Lei Day  – Crafters, shoppers and anyone who enjoys an outdoor fun day in the sun would have a good time at this annual May event that is held at the Hickam Air Force base just northwest of Honolulu International Airport. Live music and lots of fun things to do for kids of all ages are always part of the scene. The variety of food booth offerings include everything from exotic dishes like guava chicken to good old American fare, hot dogs. There are also craft demonstrations and artists selling jewelry, ceramics, wall art and other treasures, all handmade in Hawaii.

Filipino Fiesta– On a Saturday early each May, the rich culture and contributions of the people of the Philippines are celebrated at Waikiki’s Queen Kapiolani Park. Entertainment features of the May event include a parade, live music and dance lessons and performances. Fans of Filipino cuisine and other Asian fare will delight in the rich assortment of delicacies provided by food vendors. Artists selling all types of crafts from wooden masks to hang on the wall to woven baskets in an assortment of sizes and styles will also be on hand. Inflatable slides and other attractions just for kids make this festival fun for the whole family.

World Fire Knife Championship and Samoan Cultural Festival – Each May, daring dancers from around the globe gather in Laie on Oahu’s north shore to compete in a dazzling spectacle of skill, artistry and athleticism. Their carefully crafted choreography must be perfect, as they make their intricate and acrobatic moves among the flames, defying death. Watching these competitors twirl the fire knife (nifo oti) is truly an amazing sight. The festival also has a lighter side and includes lots of singing, dancing and competitions among high school students in traditional arts and crafts.

Memorial Day – This holiday that falls on the last Monday of May each year is marked with both sacred commemorations and fun family celebrations in Honolulu. On the serous side, special ceremonies are held early in the morning at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, also known as the Punchbowl. At sundown, the scene shifts to Ala Moana Beach Park, for the moving Lantern Floating, a ceremony in which the public is invited to write memorial messages which are placed in over 3000 lit floating lanterns that are released onto the sea. Between the two events, many people attend picnics and barbeques at a variety of locations, many with parades, sports competitions, entertainment and lots of interesting things to do.

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June 2017

State Fair – This annual event at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium starts on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend and runs through most of June. In 2012. Thrilling circus acts, concerts, games of skill and chance, carnival rides and unusual fried foods are just a few of the fun features that draw huge crowds to the fair each year.

Pan-Pacific Festival – What started out as a celebration of Japanese-Hawaiian friendship and appreciation of the arts has blossomed into a multicultural event that includes participants and attendees representing many diverse ethnic groups. At various venues of Waikiki and kicks off with a block party on Kalakaua Avenue, a thoroughfare known for its great shopping and fine dining.

King Kamehameha Celebration – a celebration to honor the memory and accomplishments of the person who united the islands and became Hawaii’s first king, Kamehameha, will be held. The annual event is celebrated throughout the islands. On Oahu, it begins with a band performance and a lei draping ceremony at the statue of King Kamehameha in Downtown Honolulu in front of the Aliiolani Hale, across the street from the Iolani Palace. On the second day, there is an early morning floral parade that goes from Iolani Palace to Kapiolani Park, where attendees can purchase a variety of foods and crafts, and enjoy more entertainment.

Aloha International Piano Festival and Competition – From aspiring mini pianists who have not yet reached the ripe old age of 8 to accomplished virtuosos who have already received world acclaim, this annual piano festival and competition draws lots of attendees and results in much praise. A series of concerts and competitions will be held at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. The grand finale featuring an ensemble of pianists is always a real showstopper.

Bikefactory North Shore Triathlon – For both athletes and fans, this annual contest is quite a competition to experience. At Mokuleia Beach Park in Waialua, on Oahu’s North Shore, the mettle of the participants will really be tested as they accept the challenge of racing in the water, on foot and on bikes. The swimming, running and bike racing event is always a crowd please for those who watch from the beach, along the road and at the finish line.

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July 2017

Fourth of July Celebrations – Communities throughout the islands celebrate July 4th with lots of patriotic pride, parades, picnics and spectacular fireworks presentations. Among some of the biggest parties to commemorate Independence Day are the ones held at Honolulu’s Aloha Tower Marketplace and Waikiki’s Queen’s Surf Beach. Another not to be overlooked is the family fun day at Turtle Bay Resort that has lots of things to do for kids, food booths and fireworks. At Maunalua Bay Beach Park, a day of band performances and other festivities is followed by an evening of fireworks. And in Kailua, a parade precedes the pyrotechnics

Hawaii All-Collectors Show – Collectors of all kinds of cherished objects gather each July at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu. From July 20 -21, 2012, those selling unique collectibles and those seeking that special treasure that would be the piece de resistance of their prized possessions get together and have a great time. With over 200 booths offering everything from one-of-a-kind antiques to handcrafted Hawaiiana, movie memorabilia to glass goblets, there is a good chance of finding the gem of a lifetime at this show.

Haleiwa Arts Festival – Haleiwa Beach Park on Oahu’s beautiful North Shore is the venue for a fabulous festival that showcases the talents of artists of various media. The work of visual artists who create painted masterpieces as well as those who excel in photography, sculpture, jewelry making and glass fabricating will do demonstrations and offer many of their pieces for sale. The annual summer festival will also feature performance art, with many dancers and musicians entertaining. Hands-on children’s activities, cultural history tours and a variety of local and ethnic foods and beverages will also be at the fest.

Prince Lot Hula Festival – Honolulu’s gorgeous Moanalua Gardens is the setting for this annual celebration of both ancient hula – kahiko hula – and chant, and modern hula – auana hula – each July. Set to take place performers dressed in colorful outfits and adorned with native flowers and foliage will delight their audience with their showmanship and storytelling skills set to music. Also performing will be bands and choral groups. Demonstrations of native craft making and vendors offering a good selection of Hawaiian foods are also part of the festivities. The festival, the largest noncompetitive hula event in Hawaii, is a tribute to Prince Lot Kapuaiwa, who gave the once-banned art of hula dancing a revival about 150 years ago.

Ukulele Festival – Waikiki’s Kapiolani Park Bandstand is the place to be for a free and most entertaining event on July 22, 2012. This annual celebration of Hawaii’s iconic musical instrument features today’s virtuosos and tomorrow’s stars. From traditional to cutting edge, soloists and groups will perform lots of familiar compositions and introduce the audience to what are becoming breakout hits. Many food booths will feature some of the islands’ favorite fare.

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August 2017

Made in Hawaii Festival
Every August, over 400 vendors and almost 40,000 attendees flock to the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibit Hall & Arena in Honolulu to be part of a gigantic festival that celebrates a wide range of products that are proudly made in Hawaii. Everything from soup crackers to macadamia nut cookies, designer doggy shirts to elegant earrings and much more are showcased by the artists, bakers and craftsmen who lovingly produce their wares in the islands. Some of the most popular features of the festival are the musical performances, food samples offered by many vendors and cooking demonstrations presented by some of Hawaii’s top chefs.

Duke’s Ocean Fest – The accomplishments of the man who brought Hawaiian surfing and other ocean water sports into prominence in the 20th century, Olympic gold medalist Duke Kahanamoku, are celebrated each August with a huge festival. Waikiki’s waters will be the place where surfers, swimmers, surf polo players and other sportsmen gather to compete and raise money for the wonderful work done by the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation. Among the other events that will delight spectators are the lei-draping ceremony at the bronze statue of Duke Kahanamoku on Kuhio Beach, an outrigger canoe wave surfing exhibition, a beach volleyball tournament and the Hawaii paddleboard championship. Food booths on the beach are part of the customary plan. The Great Hawaiian Luau held at the Waikiki Aquarium on Saturday night is always a big success.

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival- Some of the best slack key guitar artists gather at Kapiolani Park in Honolulu each August to wow the crowds of fans with their virtuoso performances. The festival also features a variety of Hawaiian foods, crafts and exhibits.

Greek Festival – The Greek community invites everyone to celebrate its rich culture and delicious cuisine each August at the McCoy Pavilion at Ala Moana Park in Honolulu. Gyros, souvlaki, spanakopita, baklava and moussaka will be on the menu. Vendors will be selling fishermen’s hats, worry beads and bottles of olive oil. The bands will play lots of traditional bouzouki tunes; people will enjoy some Greek beer and ouzo; everyone will dance and have a great time.

Ka Himeni Ana” Hawaiian Music Competition This annual event at Honolulu’s historic, beloved and beautifully restored 1922 Hawaii Theatre. The songs presented by duos and larger groups are all sung in the Hawaiian language and are accompanied by the soft, acoustic sounds of ukuleles, guitars and upright basses. For anyone who enjoys traditional singing and sweet vocal harmonizing, this event is a real treat.

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September 2017

Okinawan Festival – During the weekend before Labor Day, Okinawa is always in Oahu’s proud multicultural spotlight. On September 1 and 2, 2012, more than 50,000 people from all over the globe will gather in Waikiki’s Kapiolani Park to enjoy the music, drumming, dance, cuisine and cultural riches of Okinawa. Some of the foods on the Uchinanchu (Okinawan) menu offered for sale include crowd favorites like andagi (deep-fried doughnut), fundagi (Okinawan-style funnel cake) and yakisoba (fried noodle, vegetable and meat dish). Original artwork will be showcased, and lots of interesting things to do for kids and adults are always scheduled throughout the festival.

Hawaii Food & Wine Festival – Some of Hawaii’s top chefs will prepare the most lavish and delicious dishes,at various Honolulu and Waikiki venues including The Hilton Hawaiian Village. During this annual epicurean extravaganza, the cooking demonstrations and menus will feature foods prepared with the islands’ bountiful fresh produce and succulent seafood, poultry and beef. Renowned sommeliers and mixologists will also be on hand at many of the events to share their expertise and help attendees with their beverage selections.

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October 2017

Hawaii Fishing and Seafood Festival – Anyone who enjoys fishing or just craves some delicious seafood dishes should definitely attend this annual event that celebrates the bounty we receive from the sea. On Pier 38 at Honolulu’s Fishing Village, about 20,000 locals and visitors will come together at this eco-friendly, fundraising event for a day of family fun and feasting. Some of the most popular menu items are seared ahi, seafood chowder and Kahuku shrimp. Special festival features include educational presentations that range from the fundamentals of fishing to lessons on spin casting for kids. Also on the schedule are band performances, cooking demonstrations and fishermen’s workshops.

Hawaii International Film Festival –  Every October, veteran and novice filmmakers from around the islands and across the globe gather in Honolulu to showcase their creations and share their love of the big screen. Shorts, documentaries and full-length features made by students and professional filmmakers will be center stage in this acclaimed exhibition and competition. While some events are strictly for those in the business, many screenings and social events are open to the public. It is always a wonderful opportunity to see the work of breakout artists and to view what will become potential Academy Award winners next year before expected blockbusters go into nationwide release.

Hallowbaloo Music and Arts Festival – Starting on the Thursday before Halloween each year, there is a huge Halloween weekend celebration in Honolulu. There is usually a Thursday pre-party and band performance in the Honolulu Arts District on the eastern edge of Chinatown and close to Downtown Honolulu and then a kick-off concert at the Aloha Tower on Friday night. The biggest bash is on Saturday, with over 15,000 participants dressed in their most creative costumes strutting their stuff up and down Nuuana Avenue. An abundance of food, beverages, vendors selling assorted merchandise, bands and DJs give the thoroughfare a gigantic block party feel. On Sunday, the scene shifts to a more serene setting, Kaimana Beach, where the weekend festivities come to a close.

Art after Dark – On the last Friday of the month from January through October, a special event is held from 6 to 9pm at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Each of these art parties has a theme, anything from seasonal celebrations like “Show me the Bunny,” in honor of the Chinese New Year, to subjects like “Ring My Bell,” a retro tribute to 1970s disco dancing. This gathering of artists, art students and art lovers of all ages includes live entertainment, lots of food and assorted beverages. At the end of the evening, groups of attendees usually go to one of the area’s nearby bars, restaurants or clubs for some after party fun.

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November 2017

World Invitational Hula Festival – Each year, the Waikiki Shell in Honolulu welcomes thousands of hula fans and others who enjoy celebrating Hawaiian culture. Hundreds of hula dancers from the islands and as far away as Africa compete as individuals and groups in hope of being declared the best of the best. Throughout the festival, vendors are on site with special foods and Hawaiian crafts.

Fall Craft Fair JBPH- Hickam AFBThe public is invited to this annual mega festival. Over 150 artists who create beautiful crafts that range from wonderful wood sculptures to woven mats, and paintings to pottery are on hand to tell their story and sell their wares. Additional features of the fair include live entertainment, horse rides and kids activities. Food vendors always satisfy the cravings of attendees with delectable island favorites such as garlic shrimp, barbecue plates, Honolulu hot dogs and shave ice.

Vans Triple Crown of Surfing – Haleiwa SB Reef Hawaiian Pro – This prestigious seriesf three surfing competitions comes to Ali’i Beach Park on the North Shore each November for one of its jewels. Some of the best surfers on the professional circuit try to catch the wave of the century as they compete for pride and big prizes. For spectators, watching the international who’s who of surfing ride humongous waves is a thrill a minute and much more.

 While many towns have holiday parades, the one at Waikiki is really special. Kalakaua Avenue is torch-lit as the parade passes by on the Friday following Thanksgiving Day. The parade itself is dedicated to the survivors and the memory of those who perished in the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. The parade also features marching bands from the islands and the mainland, dance troupes, military units and lots of festively lit and decorated vehicles.

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December 2017

Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade – The attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 is commemorated with a parade that honors the memory of those lost on that fateful day. It also pays tribute to the survivors, veterans and current military members. Besides the parade’s serious side, its dozens of marching bands, dance troupes, choral groups and vehicles carrying dignitaries are a show of joyful patriotic pride. The route goes from Fort DeRussy to Kapiolani Park, where a closing ceremony and concert are held.

Honolulu Marathon and Expo – One of the biggest marathons in the world, this prestigious race is scheduled for December. The course starts at the ocean on Ala Moana Boulevard and covers famous sites such as Chinatown, Iolani Palace, Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head, ending near the Kapiolani Park Bandstand. There are great viewing areas throughout the course for the thousands of spectators who show up each year. The Marathon Expo takes place at the Hawaii Convention Center in Waikiki. Each year, vendors selling all sorts of merchandise attract large crowds of holiday shoppers. In conjunction with the race and expo, there is a celebration at Waikiki Shell with an all-you-can-eat dinner and Hawaiian entertainment.

Diamond Head Classic – This men’s college basketball tournament hosted by the University of Hawaii is a Christmas week staple. Set for Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, it marks the start of serious tournament play in the NCAA. It is a wonderful opportunity to see some great college teams that might end up at the big dance in March.

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl – While football fans on the mainland are shivering in an ice-cold stadium watching a game on a frozen filed, lucky spectators at Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium can enjoy a thrilling game in the warm Honolulu sun. Attendees can watch a strong representative of the Mountain West Conference play against a tough Conference USA team. This holiday tradition always includes an entertaining halftime show.

New Year’s Eve Celebrations – Lots of hotels, restaurants, clubs and charter cruise companies have big parties with lavish decorations and fabulous food. For those who prefer to keep costs down and celebrate with the masses, there are two places to consider. Waikiki Beach has its annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display at midnight. And the Aloha Tower Marketplace has fireworks at midnight and a huge block party with live entertainment for those 21 and over.

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January 2017

New Year’s Ohana Festival –The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii in Honolulu welcomes each new year with a fun event on the second Sunday of January. The festival features a Japanese Country Store, crafts, entertainment and cultural demonstrations (okonomiyaki and mochi pounding). A kimono dressing contest, special games and other exciting things to do are just for the kids. Vendors selling unique crafts and lots of fabulous food are always on the festival menu.

MLK Celebration Parade and Rally – The annual parade, held on the 3rd Monday in January, is loaded with marching bands, floats, decorated vehicles and marchers. The parade starts out at 9 am on Magic Island and travels along Kalakaua Avenue to Kapiolani Park. The unity rally follows and features fabulous local and ethnic food, live entertainment, community and vendor booths, and a children’s playground.

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl – While football fans on the mainland are shivering in an ice-cold stadium watching a game on a frozen filed, lucky spectators at Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium can enjoy a thrilling game in the warm Honolulu sun. Set for Dec. 24, 2012 at 3 pm, attendees can watch a strong representative of the Mountain West Conference play against a tough Conference USA team. This holiday tradition always includes an entertaining halftime show.

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Annual Honolulu Events / Waikiki Events

February 2017

Punahou Carnival– This annual event on the campus of Punahou School in the picturesque Manoa Valley is a fundraiser that is packed with family fun. It is an old-fashioned, county fair type gathering full of amusing games of skill, thrilling rides, live entertainment and an opportunity to shop for gently used bargains at the white elephant sale. Vendors are on hand selling a variety of crafts and other new merchandise, and favorite local and international foods like malasadas (Portuguese donuts), chicken plates, gyros and teri burgers.

Night In Chinatown Festival & Parade – Each January or February, the Asian Lunar New Year is welcomed with a big afternoon parade that runs from the State Capitol to Maunakea Street. Then comes the huge street festival in the heart of Chinatown on Maunakea and Smith Streets. Set for February 2, 2013, this fun celebration features live entertainment, including performances by dance ensembles and martial arts demonstrations. Fabulous Asian foods and beautiful crafts are offered by vendors. Expect to see larger-than-life Chinese dragons and lions wow the crowds with traditional Chinese New Year fanfare.

Great Aloha Run – This annual Presidents Day road race welcomes participants of all ages. This relatively level course starts at the Aloha Tower in Downtown Honolulu, runs along the historic Honolulu Harbor and ends in Aloha Stadium. This fundraiser benefits many worthy groups throughout Hawaii. And it gives out big prizes – cash, jewelry, airline tickets, hotel stays and much more. Preceding the race, the Great Aloha Run Expo takes place at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. It is open to everyone and has lots of informative, fun and fitness-related booths, lectures, demonstrations, performances and competitions.

Duke Kahanamoku Challenge – The history and heritage of Hawaii come to life each year at this intriguing competition and cultural festival. At Duke’s Beach and the lagoon at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, huge crowds line the shore to watch the exciting open-ocean outrigger canoe races. There are also Makahiki games like huki kaula (tug-of-war) and ulu maika (sand bowling) on the beach and stand-up paddleboard relay races in the lagoon. Live entertainment includes musicians, singers and hula dancers. Vendors selling a variety of tasty treats and local crafts are part of the festivities.

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March 2017

Honolulu Festival and Parade – Island hospitality shines throughout this annual event that promotes Pacific harmony. The Hawaii Convention Center, Ala Moana Center and Waikiki Beach Walk, this celebration of culture features a craft fair, lots of entertainment, and games and other fun things to do just for kids. Vendors showcasing a variety of food, crafts and other merchandise are on hand. The festival finishes up in grand style on March 4th with a big parade in Waikiki.

The Hapalua – Hawaii’s Half Marathon – Over 2,500 runners from around the world gather at Waikiki’s Duke Kahanamoku statue each year to compete for prizes and bragging rights in this prestigious event that covers some of the most beautiful real estate on the planet. The course is 13.1 miles, with the finish line in Kapiolani Park. Besides hosting an elite group of runners, there is a relay race in Kapiolani Park that is fun for all ages. The day’s offerings include Hawaiian entertainment along the course, malasadas (pastries) for all of the finishers and a post-race concert.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations – Wearing green is the theme for the thousands who line up along Kalakaua Avenue to watch Waikiki’s big parade of bands, decorated vehicles carrying dignitaries, floats and marching groups. The procession continues along Kalakaua Avenue, past Kuhio Beach, and ends up at Kapiolani Park. At the park, the public is invited to enjoy lots of Irish food, music and entertainment. The celebration continues outside Murphy’s Bar and Grill (bordering Chinatown), where a gigantic block party on Merchant Street overflows with holiday spirit each March 17th.

Prince Kuhio Day – Each year, the birthday of the late Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana’ole Piikoi, fondly remembered as Prince Kuhio, is commemorated in Honolulu with a parade along Kalakaua Avenue and a cultural celebration in Kapiolani Park. The Hoolaulea/Hoikeike at Kapi’olani Park features food booths, Hawaiian arts and crafts, and a variety of island entertainment.

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April 2017

First Friday Honolulu Gallery Walk – On the first Friday evening of each month, Chinatown, in downtown Honolulu, welcomes locals and visitors to tour its wonderful galleries, studios and boutiques. The Hawaii State Art Museum on South Hotel Street often hosts concerts and special exhibitions that coincide with this monthly event. Art exhibits are featured at local cafes and restaurants, too. And there are always shopping discounts, live entertainment and after-tour gatherings at some of the trendiest neighborhood bars.

Hawaiian Scottish Festival and Highland GamesKapiolani Park in Honolulu is the venue for this annual gathering and athletic competition. The weekend festival features daily parades, craft demonstrations, bands, bagpipers, drummers and colorfully clad Celtic dancers. Vendors selling an assortment of tasty treats, Celtic clothing, musical instruments and jewelry are onsite. A fascinating array of games include caber toss, stone put, hammer throw, tug of war, wrestling, rolling pin throw and frying pan toss.

Waikiki Spam Jam – Widely acclaimed as one of the world’s most beloved bizarre food festivals, the humble can of spam is celebrated in a big way each year at this fun event. 30,000 spam fans clad in their spam hats and shirts are expected to attend and to enjoy the live entertainment and creative culinary delights that feature spam as an important component of each delicious dish. Anyone wishing to augment their spam-themed collection can buy sporting goods, clothes, crafts, house wares, home décor products and much more at this family friendly festival.

“I Love Kailua” Town Party –  Kailua Road is fun central for this annual event. Some of the best dishes and beverages on the island are provided by local restaurants, bakeries, supermarkets, cafes, confectioneries and sushi bars. Live entertainment is nonstop. A special kids area has lots of exciting things to do. Anyone looking to buy a beautiful work of art or some attractive handmade crafts should definitely check out the vendor booths at this windward community celebration.

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May 2017

Lei Day Celebration – A day dedicated to making and wearing the traditional lei takes place on May 1 each year throughout the islands. One of the biggest bashes is at Waikiki’s Queen Kapiolani Park in Honolulu. Expect to see some one-of-a-kind, breathtakingly beautiful leis. Some of the family friendly events of the day include the coronation of the lei queen and her court, band and steel guitar concerts, storytelling, lei making, craft and weaving demonstrations, and hula dancing performances. Lots of food and opportunities to shop for a variety of handcrafted treasures are always part of the scene.

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Hawaii May Event – Lei Day  – Crafters, shoppers and anyone who enjoys an outdoor fun day in the sun would have a good time at this annual May event that is held at the Hickam Air Force base just northwest of Honolulu International Airport. Live music and lots of fun things to do for kids of all ages are always part of the scene. The variety of food booth offerings include everything from exotic dishes like guava chicken to good old American fare, hot dogs. There are also craft demonstrations and artists selling jewelry, ceramics, wall art and other treasures, all handmade in Hawaii.

Filipino Fiesta– On a Saturday early each May, the rich culture and contributions of the people of the Philippines are celebrated at Waikiki’s Queen Kapiolani Park. Entertainment features of the May event include a parade, live music and dance lessons and performances. Fans of Filipino cuisine and other Asian fare will delight in the rich assortment of delicacies provided by food vendors. Artists selling all types of crafts from wooden masks to hang on the wall to woven baskets in an assortment of sizes and styles will also be on hand. Inflatable slides and other attractions just for kids make this festival fun for the whole family.

World Fire Knife Championship and Samoan Cultural Festival – Each May, daring dancers from around the globe gather in Laie on Oahu’s north shore to compete in a dazzling spectacle of skill, artistry and athleticism. Their carefully crafted choreography must be perfect, as they make their intricate and acrobatic moves among the flames, defying death. Watching these competitors twirl the fire knife (nifo oti) is truly an amazing sight. The festival also has a lighter side and includes lots of singing, dancing and competitions among high school students in traditional arts and crafts.

Memorial Day – This holiday that falls on the last Monday of May each year is marked with both sacred commemorations and fun family celebrations in Honolulu. On the serous side, special ceremonies are held early in the morning at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, also known as the Punchbowl. At sundown, the scene shifts to Ala Moana Beach Park, for the moving Lantern Floating, a ceremony in which the public is invited to write memorial messages which are placed in over 3000 lit floating lanterns that are released onto the sea. Between the two events, many people attend picnics and barbeques at a variety of locations, many with parades, sports competitions, entertainment and lots of interesting things to do.

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June 2017

State Fair – This annual event at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium starts on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend and runs through most of June. In 2012. Thrilling circus acts, concerts, games of skill and chance, carnival rides and unusual fried foods are just a few of the fun features that draw huge crowds to the fair each year.

Pan-Pacific Festival – What started out as a celebration of Japanese-Hawaiian friendship and appreciation of the arts has blossomed into a multicultural event that includes participants and attendees representing many diverse ethnic groups. At various venues of Waikiki and kicks off with a block party on Kalakaua Avenue, a thoroughfare known for its great shopping and fine dining.

King Kamehameha Celebration – a celebration to honor the memory and accomplishments of the person who united the islands and became Hawaii’s first king, Kamehameha, will be held. The annual event is celebrated throughout the islands. On Oahu, it begins with a band performance and a lei draping ceremony at the statue of King Kamehameha in Downtown Honolulu in front of the Aliiolani Hale, across the street from the Iolani Palace. On the second day, there is an early morning floral parade that goes from Iolani Palace to Kapiolani Park, where attendees can purchase a variety of foods and crafts, and enjoy more entertainment.

Aloha International Piano Festival and Competition – From aspiring mini pianists who have not yet reached the ripe old age of 8 to accomplished virtuosos who have already received world acclaim, this annual piano festival and competition draws lots of attendees and results in much praise. A series of concerts and competitions will be held at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. The grand finale featuring an ensemble of pianists is always a real showstopper.

Bikefactory North Shore Triathlon – For both athletes and fans, this annual contest is quite a competition to experience. At Mokuleia Beach Park in Waialua, on Oahu’s North Shore, the mettle of the participants will really be tested as they accept the challenge of racing in the water, on foot and on bikes. The swimming, running and bike racing event is always a crowd please for those who watch from the beach, along the road and at the finish line.

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July 2017

Fourth of July Celebrations – Communities throughout the islands celebrate July 4th with lots of patriotic pride, parades, picnics and spectacular fireworks presentations. Among some of the biggest parties to commemorate Independence Day are the ones held at Honolulu’s Aloha Tower Marketplace and Waikiki’s Queen’s Surf Beach. Another not to be overlooked is the family fun day at Turtle Bay Resort that has lots of things to do for kids, food booths and fireworks. At Maunalua Bay Beach Park, a day of band performances and other festivities is followed by an evening of fireworks. And in Kailua, a parade precedes the pyrotechnics

Hawaii All-Collectors Show – Collectors of all kinds of cherished objects gather each July at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu. From July 20 -21, 2012, those selling unique collectibles and those seeking that special treasure that would be the piece de resistance of their prized possessions get together and have a great time. With over 200 booths offering everything from one-of-a-kind antiques to handcrafted Hawaiiana, movie memorabilia to glass goblets, there is a good chance of finding the gem of a lifetime at this show.

Haleiwa Arts Festival – Haleiwa Beach Park on Oahu’s beautiful North Shore is the venue for a fabulous festival that showcases the talents of artists of various media. The work of visual artists who create painted masterpieces as well as those who excel in photography, sculpture, jewelry making and glass fabricating will do demonstrations and offer many of their pieces for sale. The annual summer festival will also feature performance art, with many dancers and musicians entertaining. Hands-on children’s activities, cultural history tours and a variety of local and ethnic foods and beverages will also be at the fest.

Prince Lot Hula Festival – Honolulu’s gorgeous Moanalua Gardens is the setting for this annual celebration of both ancient hula – kahiko hula – and chant, and modern hula – auana hula – each July. Set to take place performers dressed in colorful outfits and adorned with native flowers and foliage will delight their audience with their showmanship and storytelling skills set to music. Also performing will be bands and choral groups. Demonstrations of native craft making and vendors offering a good selection of Hawaiian foods are also part of the festivities. The festival, the largest noncompetitive hula event in Hawaii, is a tribute to Prince Lot Kapuaiwa, who gave the once-banned art of hula dancing a revival about 150 years ago.

Ukulele Festival – Waikiki’s Kapiolani Park Bandstand is the place to be for a free and most entertaining event on July 22, 2012. This annual celebration of Hawaii’s iconic musical instrument features today’s virtuosos and tomorrow’s stars. From traditional to cutting edge, soloists and groups will perform lots of familiar compositions and introduce the audience to what are becoming breakout hits. Many food booths will feature some of the islands’ favorite fare.

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August 2017

Made in Hawaii Festival
Every August, over 400 vendors and almost 40,000 attendees flock to the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibit Hall & Arena in Honolulu to be part of a gigantic festival that celebrates a wide range of products that are proudly made in Hawaii. Everything from soup crackers to macadamia nut cookies, designer doggy shirts to elegant earrings and much more are showcased by the artists, bakers and craftsmen who lovingly produce their wares in the islands. Some of the most popular features of the festival are the musical performances, food samples offered by many vendors and cooking demonstrations presented by some of Hawaii’s top chefs.

Duke’s Ocean Fest – The accomplishments of the man who brought Hawaiian surfing and other ocean water sports into prominence in the 20th century, Olympic gold medalist Duke Kahanamoku, are celebrated each August with a huge festival. Waikiki’s waters will be the place where surfers, swimmers, surf polo players and other sportsmen gather to compete and raise money for the wonderful work done by the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation. Among the other events that will delight spectators are the lei-draping ceremony at the bronze statue of Duke Kahanamoku on Kuhio Beach, an outrigger canoe wave surfing exhibition, a beach volleyball tournament and the Hawaii paddleboard championship. Food booths on the beach are part of the customary plan. The Great Hawaiian Luau held at the Waikiki Aquarium on Saturday night is always a big success.

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival- Some of the best slack key guitar artists gather at Kapiolani Park in Honolulu each August to wow the crowds of fans with their virtuoso performances. The festival also features a variety of Hawaiian foods, crafts and exhibits.

Greek Festival – The Greek community invites everyone to celebrate its rich culture and delicious cuisine each August at the McCoy Pavilion at Ala Moana Park in Honolulu. Gyros, souvlaki, spanakopita, baklava and moussaka will be on the menu. Vendors will be selling fishermen’s hats, worry beads and bottles of olive oil. The bands will play lots of traditional bouzouki tunes; people will enjoy some Greek beer and ouzo; everyone will dance and have a great time.

Ka Himeni Ana” Hawaiian Music Competition This annual event at Honolulu’s historic, beloved and beautifully restored 1922 Hawaii Theatre. The songs presented by duos and larger groups are all sung in the Hawaiian language and are accompanied by the soft, acoustic sounds of ukuleles, guitars and upright basses. For anyone who enjoys traditional singing and sweet vocal harmonizing, this event is a real treat.

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September 2017

Okinawan Festival – During the weekend before Labor Day, Okinawa is always in Oahu’s proud multicultural spotlight. On September 1 and 2, 2012, more than 50,000 people from all over the globe will gather in Waikiki’s Kapiolani Park to enjoy the music, drumming, dance, cuisine and cultural riches of Okinawa. Some of the foods on the Uchinanchu (Okinawan) menu offered for sale include crowd favorites like andagi (deep-fried doughnut), fundagi (Okinawan-style funnel cake) and yakisoba (fried noodle, vegetable and meat dish). Original artwork will be showcased, and lots of interesting things to do for kids and adults are always scheduled throughout the festival.

Hawaii Food & Wine Festival – Some of Hawaii’s top chefs will prepare the most lavish and delicious dishes,at various Honolulu and Waikiki venues including The Hilton Hawaiian Village. During this annual epicurean extravaganza, the cooking demonstrations and menus will feature foods prepared with the islands’ bountiful fresh produce and succulent seafood, poultry and beef. Renowned sommeliers and mixologists will also be on hand at many of the events to share their expertise and help attendees with their beverage selections.

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October 2017

Hawaii Fishing and Seafood Festival – Anyone who enjoys fishing or just craves some delicious seafood dishes should definitely attend this annual event that celebrates the bounty we receive from the sea. On Pier 38 at Honolulu’s Fishing Village, about 20,000 locals and visitors will come together at this eco-friendly, fundraising event for a day of family fun and feasting. Some of the most popular menu items are seared ahi, seafood chowder and Kahuku shrimp. Special festival features include educational presentations that range from the fundamentals of fishing to lessons on spin casting for kids. Also on the schedule are band performances, cooking demonstrations and fishermen’s workshops.

Hawaii International Film Festival –  Every October, veteran and novice filmmakers from around the islands and across the globe gather in Honolulu to showcase their creations and share their love of the big screen. Shorts, documentaries and full-length features made by students and professional filmmakers will be center stage in this acclaimed exhibition and competition. While some events are strictly for those in the business, many screenings and social events are open to the public. It is always a wonderful opportunity to see the work of breakout artists and to view what will become potential Academy Award winners next year before expected blockbusters go into nationwide release.

Hallowbaloo Music and Arts Festival – Starting on the Thursday before Halloween each year, there is a huge Halloween weekend celebration in Honolulu. There is usually a Thursday pre-party and band performance in the Honolulu Arts District on the eastern edge of Chinatown and close to Downtown Honolulu and then a kick-off concert at the Aloha Tower on Friday night. The biggest bash is on Saturday, with over 15,000 participants dressed in their most creative costumes strutting their stuff up and down Nuuana Avenue. An abundance of food, beverages, vendors selling assorted merchandise, bands and DJs give the thoroughfare a gigantic block party feel. On Sunday, the scene shifts to a more serene setting, Kaimana Beach, where the weekend festivities come to a close.

Art after Dark – On the last Friday of the month from January through October, a special event is held from 6 to 9pm at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Each of these art parties has a theme, anything from seasonal celebrations like “Show me the Bunny,” in honor of the Chinese New Year, to subjects like “Ring My Bell,” a retro tribute to 1970s disco dancing. This gathering of artists, art students and art lovers of all ages includes live entertainment, lots of food and assorted beverages. At the end of the evening, groups of attendees usually go to one of the area’s nearby bars, restaurants or clubs for some after party fun.

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November 2017

World Invitational Hula Festival – Each year, the Waikiki Shell in Honolulu welcomes thousands of hula fans and others who enjoy celebrating Hawaiian culture. Hundreds of hula dancers from the islands and as far away as Africa compete as individuals and groups in hope of being declared the best of the best. Throughout the festival, vendors are on site with special foods and Hawaiian crafts.

Fall Craft Fair JBPH- Hickam AFBThe public is invited to this annual mega festival. Over 150 artists who create beautiful crafts that range from wonderful wood sculptures to woven mats, and paintings to pottery are on hand to tell their story and sell their wares. Additional features of the fair include live entertainment, horse rides and kids activities. Food vendors always satisfy the cravings of attendees with delectable island favorites such as garlic shrimp, barbecue plates, Honolulu hot dogs and shave ice.

Vans Triple Crown of Surfing – Haleiwa SB Reef Hawaiian Pro – This prestigious seriesf three surfing competitions comes to Ali’i Beach Park on the North Shore each November for one of its jewels. Some of the best surfers on the professional circuit try to catch the wave of the century as they compete for pride and big prizes. For spectators, watching the international who’s who of surfing ride humongous waves is a thrill a minute and much more.

 While many towns have holiday parades, the one at Waikiki is really special. Kalakaua Avenue is torch-lit as the parade passes by on the Friday following Thanksgiving Day. The parade itself is dedicated to the survivors and the memory of those who perished in the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. The parade also features marching bands from the islands and the mainland, dance troupes, military units and lots of festively lit and decorated vehicles.

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December 2017

Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade – The attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 is commemorated with a parade that honors the memory of those lost on that fateful day. It also pays tribute to the survivors, veterans and current military members. Besides the parade’s serious side, its dozens of marching bands, dance troupes, choral groups and vehicles carrying dignitaries are a show of joyful patriotic pride. The route goes from Fort DeRussy to Kapiolani Park, where a closing ceremony and concert are held.

Honolulu Marathon and Expo – One of the biggest marathons in the world, this prestigious race is scheduled for December. The course starts at the ocean on Ala Moana Boulevard and covers famous sites such as Chinatown, Iolani Palace, Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head, ending near the Kapiolani Park Bandstand. There are great viewing areas throughout the course for the thousands of spectators who show up each year. The Marathon Expo takes place at the Hawaii Convention Center in Waikiki. Each year, vendors selling all sorts of merchandise attract large crowds of holiday shoppers. In conjunction with the race and expo, there is a celebration at Waikiki Shell with an all-you-can-eat dinner and Hawaiian entertainment.

Diamond Head Classic – This men’s college basketball tournament hosted by the University of Hawaii is a Christmas week staple. Set for Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, it marks the start of serious tournament play in the NCAA. It is a wonderful opportunity to see some great college teams that might end up at the big dance in March.

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl – While football fans on the mainland are shivering in an ice-cold stadium watching a game on a frozen filed, lucky spectators at Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium can enjoy a thrilling game in the warm Honolulu sun. Attendees can watch a strong representative of the Mountain West Conference play against a tough Conference USA team. This holiday tradition always includes an entertaining halftime show.

New Year’s Eve Celebrations – Lots of hotels, restaurants, clubs and charter cruise companies have big parties with lavish decorations and fabulous food. For those who prefer to keep costs down and celebrate with the masses, there are two places to consider. Waikiki Beach has its annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display at midnight. And the Aloha Tower Marketplace has fireworks at midnight and a huge block party with live entertainment for those 21 and over.

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January 2017

New Year’s Ohana Festival –The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii in Honolulu welcomes each new year with a fun event on the second Sunday of January. The festival features a Japanese Country Store, crafts, entertainment and cultural demonstrations (okonomiyaki and mochi pounding). A kimono dressing contest, special games and other exciting things to do are just for the kids. Vendors selling unique crafts and lots of fabulous food are always on the festival menu.

MLK Celebration Parade and Rally – The annual parade, held on the 3rd Monday in January, is loaded with marching bands, floats, decorated vehicles and marchers. The parade starts out at 9 am on Magic Island and travels along Kalakaua Avenue to Kapiolani Park. The unity rally follows and features fabulous local and ethnic food, live entertainment, community and vendor booths, and a children’s playground.

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl – While football fans on the mainland are shivering in an ice-cold stadium watching a game on a frozen filed, lucky spectators at Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium can enjoy a thrilling game in the warm Honolulu sun. Set for Dec. 24, 2012 at 3 pm, attendees can watch a strong representative of the Mountain West Conference play against a tough Conference USA team. This holiday tradition always includes an entertaining halftime show.

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