Best Oahu Events in April

The best Oahu events in April include Merrie Monarch, Spam Jam, Kawaii Kon, The Book of Mormon, Kevin Hart, Katchafire, Rebel Souljahz, the Hawaii Ocean Expo and more.

 

Events in Hawaii Merrie Monarch

 

Cultural & Festival

Merrie Monarch Hula Festival-Sunday, 3/27/16-Saturday, 4/2/16, 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

 

The 19th Annual Islandwide Spring Crafts & Food Expo, Friday, 4/29/16-Sunday, 5/1/16 at the Neil S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, more info

 

Oahu events Waikiki Spam Jam Hawaii

Waikiki Spam Jam, Saturday, 4/30/16, 4:00 pm-10:00 pm; Kalakaua Ave in Waikiki will be closed off. Annual block party featuring the creativity of 12 local restaurants using Spam in their dishes. There will also be live music on 2 stages.


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FILM & THEATRE

Oahu events Hawaii International Film Festival Spring Showcase

19th Annual Spring Showcase of the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF)-Presented by Halekulani, Saturday, 4/2/16-Sunday, 4/10/16 at the Dole Cannery Stadium 18. Features works from Sundance as well as local filmmakers. See website here

Diamond Head Theatre presents Camelot, Friday, 3/25/16-Sunday, 4/17/16

Manoa Valley Theatre presents A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (a musical comedy), Thursday, 3/17/16- Sunday, 4/3/16

Hawaii Theatre presents The Tragedy of Othello, Friday & Saturday, 4/22 & 4/23/16


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Oahu Events April-Concerts & Musicals

Oahu Events The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon, 4/13/16-5/1/16, almost daily at various times. $44-$182 at Neil S. Blaisdell Concert Hall. Religious satire musical from the creators of South Park. More info

 

the republikThe Republik

Appearing in April

Pegboard Nerds, 4/2
Rebel Souljahz, 4/3
Katchafire, 4/6
KTUH Safehouse Takeover, 4/15
Of Monsters & Men, 4/17 & 4/18
Migos, 4/20
Morgan Page, 4/23
Deorro, 4/30

See full schedule here

 

Hawaii Theatre presents the following:

Girls, Guns & Glory, 4/7
Spring Gala w/ Joann & Midori, 4/10
HI Sessions Artists: Justin Young & Mike Love, 4/4
Hoike 2016: A Night at the Movies, 4/16
Stomp the Island Step Show 2016, 4/30

See full schedule here

 

 

Oahu events Justin Moore & Rodney Atkins

Justin Moore & Rodney Atkins, Wednesday, 4/27/16, 7:00 pm, Waikiki Shell, $39.50-$69.50, more info here

Oahu Events Blue Note

Blue Note Hawaii at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort-Club specializing in a combo of jazz & local music

Appearing in April:

The Rough Riders, 4/2
Sunday Gospel Brunch-Sundays
The Wailers-various dates
Lee Ritentour-various dates
Natalie Ai Kamauu, 4/18
Willie K, 4/19
Ron Artis II, 4/20
John Brothers Piano, 4/21
Shari Lynn, 4/22
Melveen Leed, 4/23
Gerardo Velez, 4/25
Hiroshima-various dates

More info here

 


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BARS & CLUBS

Oahu events Sky Bar Waikiki Skybar

Sky Bar Waikiki (pictured above)

Rooftop bistro, nightclub & lounge. Eli Mac, Sunday, 4/24/16, hipster vibe. More info

 

Buho Cantina

Mexican restaurant and bar with views of Waikiki below. Good pre-going out place, hipster vibe. More info


Downbeat Diner & Lounge

Hip, late night eatery with entertainment & lots of delicious vegetarian & vegan options in the Chinatown area. See full schedule here

 

SURFER The Bar at Turtle Bay (north shore)

Laid bar oceanside bar featuring open mic nights, karaoke & bands. See full schedule here

 

Sunset Pool at The Modern Honolulu

Good place for drinks before going out or to watch the Friday night fireworks, hipster vibe. More info

 

Wai'olu Ocean View Lounge at The Trump

Another good place to get drinks and pupus before going out or just chill here. More info

 

Jazz Minds

Jazz club with live jazz music & food, learn more here

 

Station Bar & Lounge

Open mic nights & bands, trendy hole in the wall vibe with graffiti-inspired art on the walls. Located right by the Hawaii Convention Center on Kapiolani. Learn more here

 

Anna O'Brien's

Open mic nights, indie music and more, Irish bar in University of Hawaii Manoa area. More info

 

Nashville Waikiki

Country music and classic rock bar now located at Aloha Tower near Hooter's. More info


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COMEDY & MISC

Oahu events Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart: What Now? Tour, Saturday, 4/30/16, 3:00 & 8:00 pm, $22 at The Blaisdell Arena. More info

 

Hawaii Ocean Expo 2016, Saturday, 4/9/16 & Sunday, 4/10/16 at The Aloha Tower Marketplace, $5, kids free. Live Jam music sessions from 5-9 pm. More info

 

SMACK Comedy presents weekly Monday night comedy show featuring underground talent. 9:30-11:00 pm, location is 808 Sheridan St, Suite 201. For more info visit their website or email info@smackcomedy.com

 


Oahu Events The Arts at Mark's GarageThe Arts at Mark’s Garage presents

Wednesdays-Teen Poetry Slam at 4:30 pm and Comedy Throwdown (adults), 7:30 pm

Belly Dance Soiree, 4/29

Female Comics of Hawaii 4th Anniversary show, 4/30

See full schedule of events here

 

 


Oahu Events Kawaii KonKawaii Kon, Friday, 4/8/16-Sunday, 4/10/16, Hawaii Convention Center, $35-$60 depending on if you're a member or want a 3 day pass.

Annual 3 day event celebrating Japanese culture, anime & pop-culture. Many people dress up in costume to attend.

 

 

 

 

The Harlem Globetrotters, Saturday, 4/23/16, 3:00 & 8:00 pm, $22, Neil S. Blaisdell Arena. Basketball legends who infuse comedy & tricks into their act. More info

 


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Ongoing Oahu Events in April

Oahu Events Eat the Street Honolulu

First Fridays-First Friday of the month that features an art gallery walk, restaurants, shops & live entertainment in the Chinatown area from 6:00pm-9:00pm but the lounges & clubs in the area stay open later. More info here and on their Facebook page here


Art After Dark-Monthly art party on the last Friday of the month at the Honolulu Museum of Art, 6:00-9:00pm. More info here

 

HawaiiSlam's First Thursdays Slam Poetry Competition, 8:30-11:30pm, $3 before 8:30, $5 after. $100 prize to the winner. Hosted & located at Fresh Cafe Warehouse aka “Loft in Space” in Kakaako. Also features live music, live painters, MC’s, national touring poets & DJ’s. Largest registered poetry slam in the world with over 500 attending so go early. Visit website or call 808-387-9664 for more info.

 

Eat the Street, Last Friday of the month, 4:00-9:00pm, at Kewalo (old Fisherman's Wharf location, 1011 Ala Moana Blvd); more info here

 

Street Food Stadium-Saturday, 4/2/16, 11:00 am- 10:00 pm, Grand Opening of an ongoing food truck park. Entrance is free but food costs vary. Mostly Asian-fusion type of cuisine from what I can tell. The food trucks change every 6 months-1 year. See current featured vendors & menus here. Location is 1687 Kalakaua Ave. For more info call 808-498-3212 or email jon@hlhonolulu.com


Art on the Zoo Fence-Artists hang their works on the wall fence of the Honolulu Zoo on Monsarrat Ave. Happens on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00am-4:00pm. More info

Mai Tai Bar-Live local music most weekends at Ala Moana Shopping Center, 4th fl with acts performing in their open lanai style bar. Very popular Pau Hana style bar with locals, tourists & military alike.


Free Hawaiian cultural activities at the Royal Hawaiian Center most days such as hula, ukulele and lei making. See website for schedule details

 

Hula at Kuhio Beach Park daily at 6:30 pm during the spring & summer; 6:00 pm in the winter. If the weather is bad it will not be held. Get there early to get a seat.

 

Fireworks on the beach Friday nights at 7:45 pm in front of the Hilton Hawaiian Village

hilton hawaiian village new years eve

 

 

LGBT

oahu events hulas catamaran saturdaysSaturdays-Gay friendly 90 minute catamaran cruise sponsored by Hula's, $20, purchase tickets from the bartender.

Meet at Hula's at 2:00 pm sharp or at the boat which leaves at 3:00 from in front of the Sheraton Waikiki (Mai Tai is the name of the boat).

Cruise includes a free drink.

For more info call 808-923-0669 or email info @hulas.com

 

 


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