April - June 2013 Events
April 5-11, 2013
Hawaii International Film Festival
The Hawaii International Film Festival is dedicated to the advancement of understanding and cultural exchange among the peoples of Asia, the Pacific and North America through the medium of film. HIFF showcases independent feature films and is held at the Signature Dole Cannery Theatres each spring and fall. Expect the very best and latest in independent and global cinema.
April 26–May 25, 2013
Mele Mai 2013
The Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Artists will present the third Annual Mele Mei, a month-long celebration of Hawaiian music, in May 2013. Mele Mei will encompass more than 30 workshops, concert performances and other events, and will culminate with the 36th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards on May 25.
April 27, 2013
11th Annual Waikiki SPAM® Jam
The Waikiki SPAM® Jam is an exciting annual street festival that takes place on Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. The event celebrates Hawai‘i's love of SPAM® and features a variety of Honolulu's finest restaurants serving up SPAM®-inspired creations. Two entertainment stages provide non-stop entertainment ranging from hula dancers to local musicians, and merchandise vendors sell SPAM®-themed items and Hawaiian crafts. Proceeds from the event benefit the Hawaii Food Bank. Read our feature on the Waikiki SPAM® Jam.
May 1-2, 2013
Lei Day Celebration
On May 1, a celebration that includes entertainment, food booths and a lei-making contest takes place at the beautiful Queen Kapiolani Park and Bandstand in Waikiki. The event is followed by an honoring of Hawaii's ali‘i at Mauna Ala and Kawaiahao on May 2. Lei Day was created to celebrate the Hawaiian custom of making and wearing lei. This year marks the 85th anniversary of the celebration of Lei Day in Hawaii. Read our feature on the Lei Day Celebration.
May 5, 2013
Chinatown Arts and Culture Street Festivals
Join thousands of people as they gather in the streets of Chinatown to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. The City & County of Honolulu presents these festivals, which feature live entertainment, food vendors, dancing, and local product vendors.
May 8-11, 2013
We Are Samoa Festival
The We Are Samoa Festival at the Polynesian Cultural Center, which features the 11th Annual World Fireknife Championship and High School Samoan Cultural Arts Festival, will take place from May 8-11. At the 21st Annual World Fireknife Championship, dancers of all ages showcase their mastery of Samoan fireknives, in which acrobatic moves and death-defying tricks combine with ancient Samoan culture. Held in conjunction with the World Fireknife Championship, the High School Samoan Cultural Arts Festival is an event in which Hawaii high school students demonstrate their own cultural knowledge of Samoan traditions with exhibitions in basket weaving, coconut husking, fire making, and more.
May 19, 2013
Thousands of triathletes from around the world visit Oahu each May to compete in the Honolulu Triathlon. The 10th annual triathlon will be held on May 19 and features a 1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run courses that begin and ends at Ala Moana Beach Park.
May 24-25, 2013
Na Hoku Music Festival
The Na Hoku Music Festival focuses on the colorful diversity of Hawaiian music. From workshops to concerts, each night is filled with music and entertainment. Music ranges from falsetto, slack-key guitar and group performances, to ukulele workshops and guest speakers. The festival culminates with the 36th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards – the biggest awards show for Hawaiian music. Read our feature on the Na Hoku Hanohano Music Festival.
May 27, 2013
Lantern Floating Hawaii Ceremony
Every year on Memorial Day, thousands of Hawaii residents and island visitors of various cultural and religious backgrounds gather at Magic Island at Ala Moana Beach Park to honor ancestors and loved ones who have passed away. At sundown, more than 3,000 candlelit lanterns are set afloat on the ocean, a traditional Buddhist rite originating in Japan. The ceremony is based on the theme "Many Rivers, One Ocean," and serves to honor those who have sacrificed their lives in war, pay respect to ancestors and loved ones who have passed away, and pray for a harmonious and peaceful future. The ceremony also features live entertainment by local and international musicians, as well as inspiring speeches. Read our feature on Lantern Floating Hawaii.
June - August, 2013
Obon Dances and Festivals
Buddhist temples throughout the island celebrate the Obon tradition, brought to Hawaii by Japanese immigrants that have evolved into a social and cultural event. Experience this part of Oahu's rich culture, which is designed to honor ancestors through an evening of dance, music and merrymaking. Dances and festivals are held at temples across the island on various dates throughout the summer.
June 4-9, 2013
Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival
The Rainbow Film Festival serves to educate and raise community awareness about gay and lesbian culture, arts and lifestyle through independent films shown at the Doris Duke Theatre. Locally submitted films are also featured and supported by the festival.
June 7-9, 2013
Pan Pacific Festival-Matsuri in Hawaii
The 34th annual Pan-Pacific Festival is a three-day international cultural celebration that features a weekend of Pacific Rim cultural performances, demonstrations, hula, food, ho‘olaule‘a (block party).The event culminates with a colorful parade with thousands of participants in lively costumes marching down Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki.
June 9, 2013
97th Annual King Kamehameha Floral Parade
This colorful celebration honors the reign of King Kamehameha, who was responsible for uniting the Hawaiian Islands under his rule in 1795. The parade features brightly decorated floats, energetic marching bands and traditional pau riders who represent a Hawaiian royal court on horseback.