Oahu Events
What's happening on island

There are many Oahu events happening all the time. Many of them are seasonal, occurring regularly while others are special events. Take a look at the list below to see what might be going on when you arrive.

Most events are laid back and try to incorporate native Hawaiian culture. Others go even further and reflect the cultural landscape of today and how the East meets the west.

Overall, they truly reflect the melting pot that Oahu has become.

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Oahu Events-Holidays

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Read the articles referenced below to learn more about some of the major holidays here on the island.

Regardless of which one you choose to participate in BOOK EARLY for accomodations and if a rental car is needed BOOK EARLY (as in at least 1-2 months ahead).

I suggest that you pay for it in full ahead of time as well in order to lock in low season rates because if you wait until you arrive most likely you will have to pay nearly twice as much.

Prime condominium accomodations during the Christmas and New Year's holidays can book out as much as 1 year in advance!

4th of July




New Year's Eve

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Annual Events & Festivals

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There are a ton of events & festivals that happen here on Oahu almost each & every day. For those details I suggest checking the monthly calendars listed above.

In order to get an idea of the overall big picture or what might be generally happening when you're in town I suggest looking at this page:

Festivals in Hawaii


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There are a handful of venues for concerts on the island. The Blaisdell is the largest, most formal venue for concert acts, conventions, job fairs, musicals and the like.

The other venues are less formal being held in parks with the exception of the aquarium and zoo.


Blaisdell-Read more about current events and concerts that are being held.

Waikiki Bandshell-About half a block from the Honolulu Zoo in Queen Kapiolani park the bandshell hosts smaller, informal concerts such as Jack Johnson. People chill out on blankets and enjoy.

Kakaako Waterfront Park-Located just 10 minutes west of Waikiki this park area has a built in amphitheater stage arena area ideal for outdoor concerts and large events such as the New Years celebration. Up to 5,000 people can be accomodated.

Honolulu Zoo Concerts-Summer concert series held on Wednesday evenings at 6pm featuring jazz and Hawaiian style music. Check their website for more details on specific dates & details. Cost is $3 for those over 2yo & includes arts & crafts for kids.

Waikiki Aquarium Concerts-The aquarium in Queen Kapiolani park hosts a summer concert series on Thursday nights featuring Hawaiian music. The summer 2013 schedule is not out yet but you can read more here to get a better idea.

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There's a surprising variety of performances here on Oahu. All of the "classics" can be found as well as an extensive offering of Asian inspired theater, drum and dance.

Hawaii Theatre-Very ornate historical theater that is almost 100 years old located in Chinatown. Read here for more info on scheduled events. Major national and international artists perform here.

Diamond Head Theatre-Located at the base of Diamond Head crater across the street from Kapiolani Community College. Mostly musicals are featured here performed by local talent. Read here for more info

Hawaii Opera Theatre-Located near Chinatown they have a healthy and regular selection of opera performances to choose from. Read here for more info.

Honolulu Theater For Youth-Professionally produced plays that seek to inspire and educate children of all ages and races throughout the state of Hawaii. Located near downtown. Learn more and see scheduled performances.

Kennedy Theatre-Located at The University of Hawaii at Manoa this is where the department of theater and dance hosts its productions. Learn more here.

Kumu Kahua Theatre-Provides a unique opportunity to experience true "local" theatre because all of its productions are written, produced, directed and performed by local Hawaiian artists. Located in downtown Honolulu. Learn more here.

Manoa Valley Theatre-Community theatre which centers around Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theatre. Located in Manoa valley near the University of Hawaii. Learn more here.

Paliku Theatre-Located on the east side of the island in Kaneohe on the campus of Windward Community College. Wide range of productions including theatre, dance, musicals, film festivals and more. Learn more here.

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Sometimes the museums on the island have special events going on. These are the main ones:


Bishop Museum-Cultural and historical events from a scientific perspective are held here. Educational and interactive venue for children and adults particularly interested in a non-tourist environment to learn about the Hawaiian islands and culture. Located in central Honolulu. Learn more here.

Iolani Palace-In addition to displaying the possessions of the last ruling monarchy of Hawaii the palace hosts cultural based events and free concerts on the lawn on Friday afternoons. Learn more here. Located in downtown Honolulu.

Honolulu Academy of Arts-Located about 15 minutes from Waikiki but before downtown the academy plays host to a number of events and classes throughout the year. This has included music and film festivals in the past and the currently running ARTafterDARK. Learn more here.

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TGIF-Excellent resource for learning about every single event on the island. Produced by the island's newspaper the Star Advertiser. Learn more here.

MidWeek-Weekly newspaper that comes out in the middle of the week that details the latest events and stories of local interest. Can be found in newspaper racks, bins and stands in the lobbies and entrances of buildings, cafes, etc. Learn more here.

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Ongoing Events

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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 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

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 here

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

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

Meet at Hula's at 2:00pm 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.





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