Picking the best time to go to Hawaii is kind of like picking the best Ben & Jerry's flavor: you really can’t go wrong. That said, April might have Oahu’s best lineup of things to do, other than laying on the beach and hiking Diamondhead. First there’s the annual Waikiki SPAM Jam, where 30,000 people jam Kalakaua Avenue sampling Spam made in every way you could possibly imagine. Spam sushi. Spam pizza. Spam pho. Chocolate-covered Spam. It’s an education in both Hawaiian culture and Spam subculture, all out in front of the venerable Outrigger Waikiki Beach.
Other aspects of Hawaiian culture beyond processed pork will be on display at the Mele Mei festival, which kicks off in April and features music and hula events all over the island. This is where you’ll get your lifetime quota of steel guitar, ukulele, and slack key.
If your new year’s goal was to run more, there’s no better place to do it than the Hapalua, a half-marathon on April 8. For a look into the world of fresh Hawaiian food, April 1 marks the beginning of a new farm-to-table experience on Oahu where you’ll travel out to Kualoa Private Nature Reserve and tour through livestock ranches, tropical produce farms, and shrimping operations before enjoying a meal made from stuff grown on the reserve.