July - September 2013 Events
July 4, 2013
Ala Moana Center Fireworks
For the 22nd consecutive year, Ala Moana Center will present locals and visitors with one of the largest and most spectacular fireworks shows in the country. In addition to the fireworks, Ala Moana will offer a weekend's worth of live entertainment and a mall-wide shopping savings pass. Read our feature on the Ala Moana Center Fireworks.
July 12-13, 2013
14th Annual Te Mahana Hiro‘a Tumu O Tahiti
The 14th Annual Te Mahana Hiro‘a Tumu O Tahiti, the largest Tahitian dance competition in Hawaii, returns to the Polynesian Cultural Center, July 6-7. This event will showcase the skill of dancers dedicated to preserving the art, culture and traditions of Tahiti. Attracting visitors and locals alike, this festival features tamari‘i (youth) and taure‘are‘a (adults) from all over Hawaii as they dance to the sounds of Tahiti ranging from slow melodies to rapid beats.
July 13, 2013
Mangoes at the Moana
If you are bananas for mangoes be sure to head to the Moana Surfrider for the fifth Annual Mangoes at the Moana festival. Mango enthusiasts are invited to visit food and activity booths featuring this local favorite. This celebration of all things mango will include recipe contests, cooking demonstrations and a mango cocktail throw down. With over sixty varieties of mango grown in Hawaii, you'll be sure to find something you like.
July 14, 2013
The Korean Festival is an annual event run by the Hawaii Korean Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with dozens of community organizations and businesses, and hundreds of volunteers. This popular cultural celebration highlights the unique food, dance, art and music of Korea. In the past, festivities include Korean cooking lessons, a singing competition, and even a kim chee eating contest.
July 19-20, 2013
Hawaii All-Collectors Show
Don't miss the opportunity to find the perfect gift from Hawaii at the Hawaii All-Collectors Show at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. This annual collectibles and antiques show and sale features more than 200 booths with one of the largest selections of Hawaiiana under one roof.
July 20, 2013
Prince Lot Hula Festival
This all-day festival, held in the beautiful Moanalua Gardens, features hula halau (troupes) gracing the hula mound for spectators to enjoy. The festival showcases Native Hawaiian culture through crafts, kapa making, lauhala weaving, lomilomi massage, traditional Hawaiian games, and more. Read our feature on the Prince Lot Hula Festival.
July 20-21, 2013
15th Annual Haleiwa Arts Festival Summer Event
Experience a broad spectrum of traditional, contemporary and ethnic arts at Haleiwa Beach Park in the historic town of Haleiwa. This event includes visual artists, musicians, singers, dancers, demonstrations, storytelling, student art displays, historical trolley tours and children's arts and crafts. Browse and purchase unique works by artists of all ages and cultural backgrounds.
July 21, 2013
43rd Ukulele Festival Hawaii
Local ukulele legend Roy Sakuma and his sponsors are help each year to keep the instrument alive with the largest festival of its kind in the world, attracting thousands each year. A free two-hour concert showcases the finest ukulele players, along with national celebrities, Hawaii's top entertainers, and an ukulele orchestra of more than 800 students, mostly children. The festival benefits Ukulele Festival Hawaii, a charitable non-profit organization.
August 16-18, 2013
Made in Hawaii Festival
Enjoy this three-day celebration highlighting the unique products of Hawaii. More than 400 exhibitors offer a wide variety of items made and grown in Hawaii, including art, clothing, food, home furnishings, jewelry, toys, fresh produce, plants, and authentic Hawaiian handicrafts.
August 17-25, 2013
Duke's OceanFest, a week-long festival, features a variety of exciting water sports competitions, including longboard surfing, surf polo, swimming, standup paddling, and other events that pay tribute to the local waterman. The festivities culminate with the Duke's Statue lei draping ceremony on Aug. 24, the anniversary of his birthday. Read our feature on Duke's OceanFest.
August 18, 2013
31st Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival
Slack key guitar originated in Hawaii in the 19th century with Hawaiian paniolo (cowboys), and continues to gain popularity. Within the last few years, slack key collection albums have won Grammy awards in the Best Hawaiian Music category. The Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival, founded in 1982, celebrates the cultural importance of, perpetuates and preserves the unique acoustic guitar art form of "Ki ho‘alu," which means "loosen the key." The festival features performances by well-known slack key musicians.
August 24-25, 2013
The Greek Festival, held at McCoy Pavilion at Ala Moana Beach Park, celebrates Greek culture with ethnic food, live entertainment, cultural booths, and more. The popular annual festival is sponsored by the Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral.
August 30-31, 2013
Te Manahua: Maori Song and Dance Festival
The Polynesian Cultural Center will host the Te Manahua: Maori Song and Dance Festival on August 30-31. Watch as Maori warriors from Oahu and around the world compete in a powerful song and dance competition with demonstrations of the traditional haka (male posture dance) and poi (dance with implements). This year the festival will stream live on their website.
August 31–September 1, 2013
31st Annual Okinawan Festival
The Hawaii United Okinawa Association presents the largest ethnic festival in the state of Hawaii. The event kicks off with a mini procession inside Kapiolani Park featuring a taiko drum performance. The three-day festival at Kapiolani Park celebrates Okinawan culture with food, entertainment, arts, crafts, and cultural activities.
September 2013 (date TBD)
4th Annual Rice Festival
September is national rice month and what better way to celebrate than to attend the second annual Rice Festival. The celebration features entertainment, cultural performances and cooking demonstrations by local celebrity chefs. The Rice Festival was created to celebrate "the grain that connects us." This free event will give visitors and locals the chance to see how rice is prepared by the different cultures that make the island of Oahu.
September 2, 2013
Waikiki Roughwater Swim
Labor Day marks the 44th annual Waikiki Roughwater Swim where swimmers from all over the world come to tackle the challenging waters of Waikiki. This open water swim measures 2.384 miles long, beginning near the Waikiki Aquarium and ending near the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
September 5-8, 2013
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival
The festival includes culinary-focused events and evening receptions featuring dishes prepared by an all-star lineup of chefs from Hawaii and around the world, using locally sourced ingredients. The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival is co-chaired by chefs Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong and serves to showcase the state's bounty of produce and proteins and highlight the islands' return to a sustainable eco-system of agriculture, environment and economy.
September 21 & 28, 2013
This premier showcase celebrates Hawaii's music, dance and history, and is intended to preserve the islands' unique traditions. Festivities on Oahu include a Waikiki Ho‘olaulea on Sept. 21 and a floral parade on Sept. 28. Read our feature on the Aloha Festivals.
September 29, 2013
Honolulu Century Ride
The Honolulu Century Ride is Hawaii's oldest and largest cycling event, attracting approximately 4,000 people around the world each year. The ride begins and ends at Kapiolani Park, and participants can choose to ride 20, 25, 40, 50, 75, or 100 miles at their own pace. Proceeds from the annual fun ride support the Hawaii Bicycling League and its efforts to promote cycling for health, recreation and transportation through advocacy, education and events.