Events

Everything You Must Do in Honolulu This Summer

Updated On 06/15/2017 at 05:07PM EST Updated On 06/15/2017 at 05:07PM EST
everything to do in honolulu this summer
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June
50th State Fair
50th State Fair | EK Fernandez Shows

June

Friday - Sunday
Jun 16-25
Aloha Stadium
This month-long event returns with food, entertainment, games, and rides, so you can fill up on cotton candy, funnel cakes, and hot dogs, then try to keep everything down while you tackle the Zipper, Super Sizzler, and the Pharaoh’s Fury swinging ship.
Friday
Jun 16
Battleship Missouri Memorial
Bring your own food, beach chair, or blanket for a sunset picnic on the pier of the USS Missouri, where you can enjoy live music and tours of the docked battleship. Gordon Biersch beer will be flowing but just remember to bring cash.
Saturday
Jun 17
Blaisdell Arena
The international competition returns for its 44th year, presenting both traditional and contemporary hula styles with participants from Japan, Mexico, mainland United States, and Hawaii.
Saturday
Jun 17
Ala Moana Beach Park
After a three-year sail around the world, the Polynesian Voyaging Society crew of this traditional canoe returns home. The team arrives at Magic Island and is celebrated with live music, speakers from the community, and food from local restaurants.
Saturday
Jun 17
SALT at Our Kakaako
Honolulu Night Market returns with its largest block party to date, with three music stages, food, and over 40 retail vendors. Catch a special screening of Hokulea’s highlights from their voyage, Disney’s Moana, a swimwear fashion show, and a special tribute to POW! WOW! Hawaii co-founder Kamea Hadar for his commitment to perpetuating Hawaiian culture.
Friday
Jun 23
The Surfjack
Experts from Kakaako’s popular botanical shop will teach you the skills to design and weave your own flower crown using locally grown flora. Plus, there will be plenty of rose flowing.
Saturday
Jun 24
The Modern Honolulu
Spend the day learning standing acrobatics with Liz and Max Acro, then join the glow-in-the-dark yoga party, where you can paint your body with fluorescent colors while a live DJ and experienced instructors turn you into moving art. After that, head to the happy hour at Ravish for some adult beverages.
Thursday - Thursday
Jun 29-Aug 10
Waikiki Aquarium
The second summer concert series at the Waikiki Aquarium showcases musical acts Streetlight Cadence, Hoku Zuttermeister, and Kalani Pea, plus food from restaurant partner Cactus.
July
fireworks
Fireworks over Ala Moana | Flickr/Kyle Nishioka

July

Saturday
Jul 1
Old Varsity Theatre parking lot
At this festival, the Japanese community is celebrated with the country’s traditional music, dance, and food. Expect live bands, ramen, crafts, local beer, and more throughout the night.
Tuesday
Jul 4
Kailua
Start the holiday by cheering on bands, military and veterans groups, and students as they march down Kainalu Drive, from Palapu Street to Kailua Intermediate School. Be sure to find your seats early -- this neighborhood parade has been a tradition for over 70 years and lawn space fills up fast.
Tuesday
Jul 4
Ala Moana Beach Park
This popular show lights up the sky with a spectacular fireworks celebration so beloved that families and friends camp out the night before for prime views. Pitch a tent or come early in the evening before the park fills up.
Tuesday
Jul 4
Turtle Bay Resort
If you’re looking to escape large crowds on Independence Day, this North Shore resort hosts a food, music, and fireworks celebration starting at 2pm. Bring your appetite as Eat the Street, the island’s popular food truck rally, returns with over 30 trucks.
Friday - Sunday
Jul 14-Aug 6
Diamond Head Theatre
Explore a whole new world as mermaid Ariel and her undersea friends take the stage to perform hit songs from the Disney film.
Saturday - Sunday
Jul 15-16
Kualoa Ranch
For one weekend a year, this 4,000-acre working cattle ranch is home to the island’s annual agricultural showcase, with live music, comedy, plenty of food, and contests involving corn husking and chili pepper eating.
Friday - Saturday
Jul 28-29
Waikiki Shell
Island music and reggae artists unite for this annual two-day concert, with Soja and Katchafire on Friday and Rebel SouJahz and Shaggy on Saturday.
August
The Statue of Duke Kahanamoku, draped with leis
The Statue of Duke Kahanamoku, draped with leis | Flickr/Luke H. Gordon

August

Friday
Aug 4
Hawaii Convention Center
Celebrate the island’s love of the Japanese adult beverage with tastings of some of the finest sake in the world, along with food from over 20 local restaurants.
Friday - Saturday
Aug 4-5
Waikiki Shell
The local surfer/singer-songwriter takes the stage for two nights, and all proceeds benefit his Kokua Hawaii Foundation, which supports environmental education for schools and communities. Get your tickets ASAP.
Friday - Sunday
Aug 18-20
Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall
Over 400 local vendors showcase food products, books, apparel, jewelry, and crafts, which means there’s a good chance you’ll find that perfect something for that hard-to-get person on your holiday shopping list a few months in advance.
Saturday - Sunday
Aug 19-27
Waikiki
This week-long festival honors legendary waterman Duke Kahanamoku with a schedule jam-packed with the Olympian’s favorite sports, including longboard surfing, paddleboard racing, swimming, tandem surfing, surf polo, beach volleyball, and stand-up paddling.
Friday - Sunday
Aug 25-27
Hawaii Convention Center
The Convention Center transforms into a comic lover’s dream, with cosplay, an artist’s alley, panel discussions, and guest speakers like William Shatner, Spawn creator Todd McFarlane, and X-Men writer Chris Claremont. Don your best costume and join in on the fun.
Saturday - Sunday
Aug 26-27
Ala Moana Beach Park
Opa! Get your belly ready for the best of Greek eating in the islands with specialities like spanakopita, souvlaki, and gyros, then wash it all down with Grecian beer and wine. If you’re not too full, you can bust a move as several bands play on the main stage.