Best Festivals in Hawaii 2017

The best festivals in Hawaii 2017 include the Aloha Festival, Lei Day, Merrie Monarch, Spam Jam, the Lantern Floating Festival, the Aloha Aina Music Festival and more. More details below.

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Cultural Festivals in Hawaii

Chinese New Year-"Night in Chinatown" Festival & Parade, Saturday, 1/21/17, 10:00 am-10:00 pm Chinatown along Maunakea, River & Pauahi Streets. Festival done block party style with the parade on Saturday at 3:30 pm on Richards St starting at the State Capitol. The new Year of the Rooster will include a dancing lion, firecrackers, arts & crafts, food & multiple stages w/ entertainers including Kung Fu martial artists & festival queens. Over 15,000 people are expected to attend.

The Chinese Chamber of Commerce will also be hosting events at the Chinese Cultural Center on Friday, 1/20 from 5:00 pm-10:00 pm & Sat, 1/21 from 9:00 am-10:00 pm.

 

23rd Annual Honolulu Festival, Friday, 3/10/17-Sunday, 3/12/17. Event focused on promoting economic & cultural understanding & harmony amongst people who inhabit countries in the Pacific Rim. This year's theme is "Cultural Harmony, Journey to Peace". Various activities over the 3 days including arts & crafts, activities for kids, movies, a hula workshop, bon dance & stage performances. There's a parade on Sunday in Waikiki. Times TBD but in the past it has beenfrom 4:30-8:00 pm with a grand finale at 8:30 pm.


Merrie Monarch Hula Festival-Sunday, 4/16/17-Saturday, 4/22/17, located in Hilo, HI on the Big Island. HUGE, annual "Superbowl" of hula competitions with halaus (schools) coming from around the world to compete for the title. Televised throughout Hawaii the festival honors the legacy of King David Kalakaua who was instrumental in fostering the continuation of Hawaiian arts & traditions. Learn more

*NOTE: I've yet to have the opportunity to go but I always hear how moving & awe-inspiring in person it is. It's supposed to be a once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to attend whether you are a hula fan or not.


88th Annual Lei Day Celebration, Monday, 5/1/17, Kapiolani Park, 9:00am-4:00pm, free. Features hula and Hawaiian music performances at the band shell, lei making contests, Hawaiian games, an arts & crafts festival and the crowning of the Lei Queen and her court. More info here


Cinco de Mayo Block Party, 2017 dates & location unconfirmed. Co-produced by Alma Latina & Chinatown GetDown.com. Visit website or visit facebook page.

 

flores de mayo festival may events honolulu 201525th Annual Filipino Fiesta, Saturday, 5/6/17 at Kapiolani Park. There will be food booths, cultural activities & live entertainment.

Further details are not yet confirmed.

Parade will begin at Ft. DeRussy and end at Kapiolani Park.

See website for more information, email filcom@filcom.org or call the Filipino Community Center at 808-680-0451.


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2017 Floating Lantern Festival, Details unconfirmed. Location is at Magic Island and Ala Moana beach park. Remembrance ceremony honoring those who have passed away.

Past crowds have drawn more than 40,000 people. 808-942-1848, email info@naleialoha.org. For more info on where/when to pick up a lantern, times, parking, etc please visit their website here

TIP: Go early in the morning as in 7:00 am even though they don't open up until 10:00 am. Your wait will be much longer, hotter & more aggravating if you don't.

Only 6,000 lanterns will be given out & lines can stretch the entire length of the park or 4-5 blocks long. Take a sun umbrella & beach chair or try rotating standing in line with a friend.

6th Annual North Shore Ocean Fest, June 2017, details unconfirmed, Turtle Bay Resort. Free benefit for ocean education for children. There will be arts & crafts, a film, hula, food & live music. For more information see here or call 808-255-6944 or email dotty.hoh@gmail.com

 

1st Annual Sailor Jerry Festival in Chinatown,Saturday, 6/17/17, 6:00 pm at multiple venues. Festival honoring “Sailor Jerry” and his Chinatown roots. There will be live music, cabaret, a pinup fashion show, dj’s, hula and more. $5 for one venue for $10 for all. More info here

 

Pan-Pacific Festival, Friday-Sunday, June 2017 in Waikiki, dates unconfirmed. Cultural festival with a heavy emphasis on Japanese culture. Various performing arts, hula and a parade on Sunday, in Waikiki starting at Ft. Derussy park on Kalakaua Ave and ending at Kapiolani Park. More info and the schedule here

 

101st Annual King Kamehameha Floral Parade, June 2017, dates to be determind. The parade includes a representation of the Royal Court with King Kamehameha riding a horse followed by a procession. The route starts at Iolani Palace downtown then goes through Kakaako, then down Ala Moana Blvd and then through Waikiki down Kalakaua Ave before ending at Kapiolani Park. Over 6,000 marchers, 50 vehicles, 10 floats & 8 bands are expected. More info here

 

Waikiki Artfest, multiple weekends throughout the year in Kapiolani Park by the Waikiki Shell. 70-100 artists & crafters will be selling their wares along with live music & food. Metered parking available in the area. See the dates here and here

 


20th Annual Haleiwa Arts Festival, July 2017, dates unconfirmed at Haleiwa Beach Park in Haleiwa Town on the north shore. Artists, crafters & performing arts will be featured as well. There will also be food & activities for kids. Exact times unknown but last year it was from 10am-6pm on Saturday & 10:00am-5:00pm on Sunday.

 

Hoku Kon-Hawaii’s version of Comic Con, Friday, 7/28/17-Sunday, 7/30/17 at the Hawaii Convention Center, 10:00am-6:00pm, $45. Featured guests from the comic, gaming, television & movie industry will be featured. More info here   

 

14th Annual Korean Festival, August 2017, dates unconfirmed, Magic Island next to Ala Moana Park. Sponsored by the Korean Chamber of Commerce this festival will celebrate Korean culture through food, dance, art, music & entertainment. There will also be Korean martial arts performances, a traditional tea ceremony, cooking lessons and Korean fan & drum dances.

 

36th Annual Greek Festival, August 2017, dates unconfirmed, McCoy Pavilion in Ala Moana Park. Festival celebrating Greek culture with Greek food, dancing & related merchandise for sale. Sponsored by Ss Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Pacific.



Duke’s Oceanfest, August 2017, dates unconfirmed, various locations & times. Week long ocean sports festival honoring the legacy of Hawaiian Duke Paoa Kahanamoku who was a renowned waterman & ambassador of Aloha. Some of the events focus on ocean sports that Duke loved such as longboard surfing, swimming, tandem surfing, water polo & beach volleyball.

 

21st Annual “Made in Hawaii Festival” sponsored by First Hawaiian Bank, 8/1/17-8/20/17, Neil S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, 10:00-9:00 pm on Friday & Saturday, 10:00-5:00 pm on Sunday; $6, kids 6 yo & younger free. Features goods made in Hawaii such as books, arts & crafts, fashions, gifts, Produce & plants. 


Okinawan Festival-September 2017, Kapiolani Park, details unconfirmed. Celebration of Okinawan culture through dance, traditional costumes & customs, lions, drummers, entertainers & food.


oahu events aloha festivalAloha Festival-September 2017, dates unconfirmed. Local festival whose mission is to foster "Aloha Spirit" while at the same time celebrating & preserving the Hawaiian culture.

Lots of music, dancing, history, food & cultural activities. The key events during this celebration in September are:

 

 

Dates for each event TBD:

-Royal Court opening ceremony with a traditional chief & hula dance; Royal Hawaiian Hotel & Shopping Center Royal Grove Area

-Waikiki Ho'olaule'a (block party in Waikiki) on Kalakaua Ave; food, Hawaiian music, arts & crafts such as lei making, hula & lots & lots of food!

-Floral parade, starting from Ala Moana Park, cutting through Waikiki along Kalakaua Avenue & ending in Kapiolani Park.



5th Annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival-10/20/17-11/5/17, further details forthcoming. Culinary festival featuring some of the world's renowed chef's who will be showcasing the local cuisine of Hawaii. Events will include wine tastings, cooking demos, excursions & dining opportunities.

Most of the venues take place at hotels in Waikiki, Ko'Olina and the Hawaii Convention Center and have ticket prices ranging from approximately $225-$1,000 with limited seating. Learn more


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Festivals in Hawaii-Music

 

greenroom festival may events hawaii 2015Greenroom Festival, September 2017at the Waikiki Band Shell in Kapiolani Park, dates unconfirmed, metered parking.

Art and music festival with a surf culture theme and a mission to save and preserve beaches. More info here

 

47th Annual Ukulele Festival, Sunday, 7/16/17, 10:30 am-5:00 pm, Kapiolani Park Bandstand. Free parking & shuttles available. There will also be food, ukulele displays & lessons available. More info here


Mayjah Rayjah Music Festival, Friday, 7/28/17 and Saturday, 7/29/17 at the Waikiki Shell in Kapiolani Park, 4:00 pm-10:00 pm, $69-$209 for 2 day passes. Featuring Shaggy, SOJA, Katchafire & more. Metered parking in the area. More info here


Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival, December 2017, dates unconfirmed. Live performances from slack key guitar legends and artists. More details aren’t out yet but it will be held at the Waikiki Shell in the park & there will probably be food & related merchandise vendors on site.



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Festivals in Hawaii-Food Related

festivals-in-hawaii-eat-the-streetWhile not technically a food festival I think it's worth mentioning because it's a great opportunity to experience local food from around the island.

Eat the Street takes place the last Friday of the month from 4:00-9:00 pm at 1011 Ala Moana (old Fisherman's Wharf location).

It's a collection of food trucks around the perimeter of the park offering up fantastic food while music plays. They even have a gated off section for those 21+ who want to drink & hang out. More info here

 

spam jam waikiki 201513th Annual Spam Jam Festival, Saturday, 4/29/17, 4:00pm-10:00pm, Kalakaua Ave in Waikiki, free.

Food festival featuring a variety of dishes featuring Spam as the main ingredient prepared by local restaurants.

2 live music stages featuring local artists and dancing in front of the Outrigger Waikiki and the Royal Hawaiian shopping center. See website here

 

 

 


festivals in hawaii hawaii food and wine festival5th Annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival

10/20/17-11/5/17

Culinary festival featuring some of the world's renowed chef's who will be showcasing the local cuisine of Hawaii. Events will include wine tastings, cooking demos, excursions & dining opportunities.

Most of the venues take place at hotels in Waikiki, Ko'Olina and the Hawaii Convention Center and have ticket prices ranging from $225-$1,000 with limited seating. Learn more

Many restaurants on the island will have their own featured menus & specials as their way of participating in the festival & restaurant week.

Menus are not out yet but I have always seen posters posted around & if a restaurant is participating they will have a poster or ad in the newspaper to let people know.


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Film Festivals in Hawaii

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The Doris Duke Theatre hosts a themed film festival each month.

January-Bollywood & Indian Cinema
February-African-American Film Festival & Women in Film
March-Jewish Cinema
April-European Cinema
May-Hawaiian & Pacific Island Cinema
June-Filipino Film Festival
July-Honolulu Surf Film Festival & HISK8 Films
August-LBGTQ Cinema
September-Korean Cinema
October-Japanese Cinema
November-Chinese, Hong Kong & Taiwanese Cinema
December-Staff Picks

 

28th Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, July 2017, dates unconfirmed, visit facebook page here

 

11th Annual UH Kids First! Film Festival, July 2017, dates unconfirmed at the University of Hawaii Art Auditorium. The movies avoid negative content such as violence or race, gender or religious bias towards children. Free, movie listing & more details here

 

 

oahu events hawaii international film festivalHawaii International Film Festival, November 2017, dates unconfirmed, various locations & times.

In conjunction with the Honolulu Museum of Art & the Doris Duke Theatre, the festival features arthouse, international & independent films from around the world. Learn more

 

 

 


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Festivals In Hawaii-Parades

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Pictured above: Chinese Dragon during parade in Chinatown

 

Many parades are festival related so that's why I'm including them here.

Martin Luther King, Jr Parade-Monday, 1/16/17, 9:00 am, starts at Magic Island, goes through Waikiki on Kalakaua Ave. and ends at Kapiolani Park with a Unity Rally to follow at the Waikiki Shell. The parade as well as events over the weekend leading up to it aims to foster global unity, peace & economic equality for all.

 

Chinese New Year-"Night in Chinatown" Festival & Parade, Saturday, 1/21/17, 10:00 am-10:00 pm, Chinatown area on Maunakea & Smith streets. 2 day festival done block party style with the parade on Saturday at 3:30 pm. The new Year of the Rooster will include a 150' dancing lion, firecrackers, arts & crafts, food & multiple stages w/ entertainers including Kung Fu martial artists & festival queens. Over 15,000 people are expected to attend.

 

Honolulu Festival Parade, Date unconfirmed but festival is on 3/10/17-3/12/17. The parade will most likely be on Sunday in Waikiki down Kalakaua Ave at 4:30-8:00 pm if history repeats itself. With a theme of fostering cultural & economic understanding amoungst countries in the Pacific Rim region it includes marching bands & various themed floats. The grand finale usually culminates with a fireworks display over the ocean off the center of Waikiki at 8:30 pm.

 

flores de mayo festival may events honolulu 201525th Annual Filipino Fiesta, Saturday, 5/6/17 at Kapiolani Park. There will be food booths, cultural activities & live entertainment.

Further details are not yet confirmed.

Parade will begin at Ft. DeRussy and end at Kapiolani Park.

See website for more information, email filcom@filcom.org or call the Filipino Community Center at 808-680-0451.

 

Honolulu Gay Pride Parade, October 2017, dates unconfirmed, sponsored by the Honolulu Pride Festival Foundation. Over 400 marchers, 4 floats, 12 vehicles and 2 bands are expected. Parade starts at Ala Moana Park near the Atkinson/Ala Moana Blvd intersection then goes through Waikiki along Ala Moana Blvd & Kalakaua before ending at Kapiolani Park. More info here

 

101st Annual King Kamehameha Floral Parade, June 2017, dates to be determind. The parade includes a representation of the Royal Court with King Kamehameha riding a horse followed by a procession. The route starts at Iolani Palace downtown then goes through Kakaako, then down Ala Moana Blvd and then through Waikiki down Kalakaua Ave before ending at Kapiolani Park. Over 6,000 marchers, 50 vehicles, 10 floats & 8 bands are expected. More info here

 

Pan-Pacific Festival, Friday-Sunday, June 2017 in Waikiki, dates unconfirmed. Cultural festival with a heavy emphasis on Japanese culture. Various performing arts, hula and a parade on Sunday, in Waikiki starting at Ft. Derussy park on Kalakaua Ave and ending at Kapiolani Park. More info and the schedule here

 


oahu events aloha festivalAloha Festivals Floral Parade-September 2017, dates unconfirmed, learn more

Celebration of Hawaiian culture & Aloha Spirit. Multiple events throughout the month of September but the parade is the visual culmination complete with a Royal Court.

Starts at Ala Moana Park & goes through Waikiki along Ala Moana Blvd & Kalakaua St before ending at Kapiolani Park.

 

Christmas Themed

Waikiki Holiday Parade-November 2017, dates unconfirmed. It starts on Saratoga Rd. then going down the main street Kalakaua and ending in Kapiolani Park. Almost 40 bands and 4,000 marchers are scheduled to march and perform. More info

 

Honolulu Hale, Honolulu City Lights & Annual Parade-November 2017-January 1st, 2018, dates unconfirmed. The Mayor's annual tree lighting ceremony & parade.2,000 marchers, 40 floats and over 50 vehicles are expected. There will also be live entertainment. More info here

The month long festivities include being able to go inside Honolulu Hale and see various christmas tree and holiday decoration displays.

 


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Festivals in Hawaii-LGBT

28th Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, July 2017, dates unconfirmed, visit facebook page here

 

Honolulu Gay Pride Parade, October 2017, dates unconfirmed, sponsored by the Honolulu Pride Festival Foundation. Over 400 marchers, 4 floats, 12 vehicles and 2 bands are expected. Parade starts at Ala Moana Park near the Atkinson/Ala Moana Blvd intersection then goes through Waikiki along Ala Moana Blvd & Kalakaua before ending at Kapiolani Park. More info here



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Festivals in Hawaii-By Month

January

Martin Luther King, Jr Parade-Monday, 1/16/17, 9:00 am, starts at Magic Island, goes through Waikiki on Kalakaua Ave. and ends at Kapiolani Park with a Unity Rally to follow at the Waikiki Shell. The parade as well as events over the weekend leading up to it aims to foster global unity, peace & economic equality for all.

 

February

Chinese New Year-"Night in Chinatown" Festival & Parade, Saturday, 1/21/17, 10:00 am-10:00 pm, Chinatown area on Maunakea & Smith streets. 2 day festival done block party style with the parade on Saturday at 3:30 pm. The new Year of the Rooster will include a 150' dancing lion, firecrackers, arts & crafts, food & multiple stages w/ entertainers including Kung Fu martial artists & festival queens. Over 15,000 people are expected to attend.

 

March

23rd Annual Honolulu Festival, Friday, 3/10/17-Sunday, 3/12/17. Event focused on promoting economic & cultural understanding & harmony amongst people who inhabit countries in the Pacific Rim. This year's theme is "Cultural Harmony, Journey to Peace". Various activities over the 3 days including arts & crafts, activities for kids, movies, a hula workshop, bon dance & stage performances. There's a parade on Sunday in Waikiki. Times TBD but in the past it has beenfrom 4:30-8:00 pm with a grand finale at 8:30 pm.

 

April


Merrie Monarch Hula Festival-Sunday, 4/16/17-Saturday, 4/22/17, located in Hilo, HI on the Big Island. HUGE, annual "Superbowl" of hula competitions with halaus (schools) coming from around the world to compete for the title. Televised throughout Hawaii the festival honors the legacy of King David Kalakaua who was instrumental in fostering the continuation of Hawaiian arts & traditions. Learn more

*NOTE: I've yet to have the opportunity to go but I always hear how moving & awe-inspiring in person it is. It's supposed to be a once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to attend whether you are a hula fan or not.

 

May

 

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2017 Floating Lantern Festival, Details unconfirmed. Location is at Magic Island and Ala Moana beach park. Remembrance ceremony honoring those who have passed away.

Past crowds have drawn more than 40,000 people. 808-942-1848, email info@naleialoha.org. For more info on where/when to pick up a lantern, times, parking, etc please visit their website here

TIP: Go early in the morning as in 7:00 am even though they don't open up until 10:00 am. Your wait will be much longer, hotter & more aggravating if you don't.

Only 6,000 lanterns will be given out & lines can stretch the entire length of the park or 4-5 blocks long. Take a sun umbrella & beach chair or try rotating standing in line with a friend.

 

June Festivals in Hawaii

1st Annual Sailor Jerry Festival in Chinatown,Saturday, 6/17/17, 6:00 pm at multiple venues. Festival honoring “Sailor Jerry” and his Chinatown roots. There will be live music, cabaret, a pinup fashion show, dj’s, hula and more. $5 for one venue for $10 for all. More info here

 

Pan-Pacific Festival, Friday-Sunday, June 2017 in Waikiki, dates unconfirmed. Cultural festival with a heavy emphasis on Japanese culture. Various performing arts, hula and a parade on Sunday, in Waikiki starting at Ft. Derussy park on Kalakaua Ave and ending at Kapiolani Park. More info and the schedule here

 

101st Annual King Kamehameha Floral Parade, June 2017, dates to be determind. The parade includes a representation of the Royal Court with King Kamehameha riding a horse followed by a procession. The route starts at Iolani Palace downtown then goes through Kakaako, then down Ala Moana Blvd and then through Waikiki down Kalakaua Ave before ending at Kapiolani Park. Over 6,000 marchers, 50 vehicles, 10 floats & 8 bands are expected. More info here

 

 

July Festivals in Hawaii

Annual Fireworks Spectacular located at Ala Moana Beach Park with the fireworks launch just off the Magic Island area, July 2017, date unconfirmed. Sponsored by Ala Moana Shopping Center. 8:30pm with an accompanying soundtrack on FM 92.3 KSSK; free. Over 50,000 people are expected to attend.

 

20th Annual Haleiwa Arts Festival, July 2017, dates unconfirmed at Haleiwa Beach Park in Haleiwa Town on the north shore. Artists, crafters & performing arts will be featured as well. There will also be food & activities for kids. Exact times unknown but last year it was from 10am-6pm on Saturday & 10:00am-5:00pm on Sunday.

 

Hoku Kon-Hawaii’s version of Comic Con, Friday, 7/28/17-Sunday, 7/30/17 at the Hawaii Convention Center, 10:00am-6:00pm, $45. Featured guests from the comic, gaming, television & movie industry will be featured. More info here   

 

 

August Festivals in Hawaii

14th Annual Korean Festival, August 2017, dates unconfirmed, Magic Island next to Ala Moana Park. Sponsored by the Korean Chamber of Commerce this festival will celebrate Korean culture through food, dance, art, music & entertainment. There will also be Korean martial arts performances, a traditional tea ceremony, cooking lessons and Korean fan & drum dances.

 

36th Annual Greek Festival, August 2017, dates unconfirmed, McCoy Pavilion in Ala Moana Park. Festival celebrating Greek culture with Greek food, dancing & related merchandise for sale. Sponsored by Ss Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Pacific.



Duke’s Oceanfest, August 2017, dates unconfirmed, various locations & times. Week long ocean sports festival honoring the legacy of Hawaiian Duke Paoa Kahanamoku who was a renowned waterman & ambassador of Aloha. Some of the events focus on ocean sports that Duke loved such as longboard surfing, swimming, tandem surfing, water polo & beach volleyball.

 

21st Annual “Made in Hawaii Festival” sponsored by First Hawaiian Bank, 8/1/17-8/20/17, Neil S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, 10:00-9:00 pm on Friday & Saturday, 10:00-5:00 pm on Sunday; $6, kids 6 yo & younger free. Features goods made in Hawaii such as books, arts & crafts, fashions, gifts, Produce & plants. 


 

September Festivals in Hawaii


festivals in hawaii hawaii food and wine festival5th Annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival

10/20/17-11/5/17

Culinary festival featuring some of the world's renowed chef's who will be showcasing the local cuisine of Hawaii. Events will include wine tastings, cooking demos, excursions & dining opportunities.

Most of the venues take place at hotels in Waikiki, Ko'Olina and the Hawaii Convention Center and have ticket prices ranging from $225-$1,000 with limited seating. Learn more

Many restaurants on the island will have their own featured menus & specials as their way of participating in the festival & restaurant week.

Menus are not out yet but I have always seen posters posted around & if a restaurant is participating they will have a poster or ad in the newspaper to let people know.

 

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6th Annual Hawaii Burlesque 2017 Festival & Revue, September 2017, Doris Duke Theater, details unconfirmed. More info here

 

Okinawan Festival-September 2017, Kapiolani Park, details unconfirmed. Celebration of Okinawan culture through dance, traditional costumes & customs, lions, drummers, entertainers & food.


oahu events aloha festivalAloha Festival-September 2017, dates unconfirmed. Local festival whose mission is to foster "Aloha Spirit" while at the same time celebrating & preserving the Hawaiian culture.

Lots of music, dancing, history, food & cultural activities. The key events during this celebration in September are:

 

 

Dates for each event TBD:

-Royal Court opening ceremony with a traditional chief & hula dance; Royal Hawaiian Hotel & Shopping Center Royal Grove Area

-Waikiki Ho'olaule'a (block party in Waikiki) on Kalakaua Ave; food, Hawaiian music, arts & crafts such as lei making, hula & lots & lots of food!

-Floral parade, starting from Ala Moana Park, cutting through Waikiki along Kalakaua Avenue & ending in Kapiolani Park.

 

October

Halloween in Waikiki-October 2017, dates unconfirmed, from sundown til....While not an official festival it's worth mentioning because the main strip in Waikiki (Kalakaua Ave) becomes a party unlike any other. The people watching alone makes it worth a trip not to mention all of the other festivities happening around the island. Details aren't out yet but read this article I wrote to learn more about past ones...

 

November Festivals in Hawaii


oahu events hawaii international film festivalHawaii International Film Festival,  November 2017, dates unconfirmed, various locations & times.

In conjunction with the Honolulu Museum of Art & the Doris Duke Theatre, the festival features arthouse, international & independent films from around the world. Learn more

 

 

 

Vans Triple Crown of Surfing-Mid November-Late December 2017-The official kick off of surf season seems to start on the north shore of Oahu with the Triple Crown of Surfing. If in town definitely check it out.  Learn more

December

 

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In December the big draws are the surfing related events and Christmas.

North Shore Surfing Contests, learn more

Vans Triple Crown of Surfing,
Pipeline Masters
Quiksilver Eddie Aikau Memorial December 2017-February 2018, learn more

*NOTE: Surfing events have a date range in which to hold the event. They’re generally not held every single day in that range but on the best days.

Check the website to see if they’re holding it the day you want to go before driving up to the north shore. The call is made day to day depending on conditions.

Festivals In Hawaii-Christmas Themed

Waikiki Holiday Parade-November 2017, dates unconfirmed. It starts on Saratoga Rd. then going down the main street Kalakaua and ending in Kapiolani Park. Almost 40 bands and 4,000 marchers are scheduled to march and perform. More info

 

Honolulu Hale, Honolulu City Lights & Annual Parade-November 2017-January 1st, 2018, dates unconfirmed. The Mayor's annual tree lighting ceremony & parade.2,000 marchers, 40 floats and over 50 vehicles are expected. There will also be live entertainment.

The month long festivities include being able to go inside Honolulu Hale and see various christmas tree and holiday decoration displays. More info here

 

See the Christmas in Hawaii article for more general idea on past holidays.


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