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March 21, 2017

WHAT'S NEW ON OAHU APRIL - JUNE 2017

Below is a glimpse of new and dynamic updates with Oahu’s Hotels & Resorts, Activities & Entertainment, Restaurants & Cuisine, Shopping, and Festivals & Events.
 

Hotels & Resorts

The Island of Oahu has a variety of hotels and resorts for travelers of all ages with varying budgets, and a multitude of packages to make any trip unforgettable.

  • Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa celebrates mothers throughout the month of May with its “Mahalo Mama Month” special. With exclusive offers and activities from blissful spa packages at the resort’s award-winning Laniwai Spa to delightful breakfast-in-bed options, it’s the property’s way to say “mahalo” – or thank you – to the moms staying at Aulani. Resorts.Disney.Go.com
  • Coconut Waikiki Hotel has completed a stunning, island-chic renovation by award-winning San Francisco designer, Anthony Laurino. Coconut’s refreshed main lobby features modern island style additions, including a new lounge with local literature and fun board games for all ages. The pool area has also been revitalized with an outdoor patio and sun deck. A part of its deluxe continental breakfast, the property has added a new gourmet waffle bar allowing guests to design their own waffles with all their favorite fixings from coconut shavings to chocolate chips. Coconut Waikiki Hotel also debuts an afternoon treat with complimentary, fresh popcorn daily from 2-6 p.m. CoconutWaikikiHotel.com
  • An oasis of luxury located on Oahu’s leeward coast, the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina in collaboration with Nani Kai Dive Academy invites divers of all ages to explore the ultimate beauty of Oahu’s leeward coast from the dive boat “The Office.”  With humpback whales, spinner dolphins and Hawaiian green sea turtles as surface companions, divers descend to a vibrant underwater world with sites that range from amazingly beautiful coral gardens located just below the surface to ship wrecks as deep as 130 feet. In addition, guests can choose from a plethora of Four Seasons signature experiences including new deep freediving courses exclusively designed for guests under the instruction of renowned instructor Daniel Koval, the Palehua Hike, and #FSWayfinders – a weekly series featuring art, culture, history and in-depth workshops relating to Hawaii and the Pacific. Workshops include bamboo woodcarving, haku lei-making, lauhala weaving and more. FourSeasons.com/Oahu
  • Hilton Grand Vacations Club recently opened The Grand Islander, the newest vacation ownership resort in Waikiki. Providing a gateway to the world-famous Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, The Grand Islander offers a modern island experience in the heart of Waikiki’s most celebrated resort. This 38-story tower soaring high above the area’s legendary coastline offers relaxed elegance with Hawaii charm. The Grand Islander’s elegantly appointed one-, two- and three-bedroom suites and luxurious two- and three-bedroom penthouses come complete with full kitchens, private balconies, and spacious living and dining areas. Us.TheGrandIslander.com
  • Halekulani’s award-winning spa invites guests to celebrate Earth Day (April 22–23) during the spa’s weekend-long “Help Your Skin - Heal The Planet” event. SpaHalekulani encourages guests to experience the beauty and sustainability of its Scientific Organic Skin Care line and green initiatives by offering complimentary hand and foot treatments with Ginger Lime Sugar Scrub and Coconut Argan Oil. Throughout Earth Day weekend, the Spa will also share product samples, EcoCards featuring ways to make a difference and Kombucha shots. For every Scientific Organic product sold, a tree will be planted and Halekulani’s guests will receive a complimentary tote bag. Guests who reserve an Organic Facial by Scientific Organics will receive a complimentary glass water bottle. Halekulani.com
  • Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club is excited to debut as a brand new, revitalized hotel in April 2017. After undergoing a $55.4 million redevelopment and rebranding project to attract the next generation of travelers, the hotel will transform to elevate its guest experience. All 563 oceanfront guest rooms and suites will be enhanced, including the hotel’s new 100 Sails Restaurant & Bar, improved meeting spaces, and a modernized lobby featuring an art installation designed by acclaimed Hawaii-based artist, Kaili Chun. HawaiiPrinceHotelWaikiki.com
  • Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach is participating in Hilton’s “Another Day in Paradise.” Guests can book five nights and get the fifth night free, opening the way for visitors to experience the stylish and modern amenities of the largest Hilton Garden Inn in the world. HGIWaikikiBeach.com
  • Following a successful event in 2016, Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort will host the 2017 Honolulu BBQ and Blues Festival on June 17. The event will feature an impressive spread of barbecue favorites and top-notch entertainment on the resort’s Great Lawn and will be preceded by cooking classes from a celebrity barbecue chef. HiltonHawaiianVillage.com
  • Undergoing a $115 million renovation, the Pacific Beach Hotel is being transformed into a tranquil oasis in the heart of Waikiki that will reenter the market as the Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach in fall 2017. All guest rooms have been renovated and most public areas, including a 280,000-gallon oceanarium and lively lobby bar, are scheduled for a May 2017 unveiling. The property will feature a stunning saltwater infinity pool, private cabanas, a beer garden, and two new restaurants by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. PacificBeachHotel.com
  • The Ritz-Carlton Spa has made its debut at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach. Oahu’s first Ritz-Carlton Spa welcomes guests to discover customized treatments inspired by traditional Hawaiian healing methods and Hawaii’s natural surroundings. Located on the eighth floor lobby level of the luxury residential resort, the 3,400-sq-ft. spa serves as a tranquil respite above the vibrant and bustling streets of Waikiki. TheResidencesWaikiki.com
  • Trump International Hotel Waikiki is proud to offer “The Ultimate Family Getaway” package. Families can enjoy up to 35 percent off on residential-style two- and three-bedroom suites, plus a $300 resort credit and complimentary parking at Oahu’s only Forbes Travel Guide five-star hotel. Spacious suites sleep up to eight guests and offer fully-equipped kitchens and washer/dryer units for convenience and comfort. The offer is valid on stays for two nights or longer through June 30, 2017 and is subject to availability. TrumpHotels.com/Waikiki

Activities & Entertainment

The Island of Oahu is brimming with fun-filled activities for everyone to enjoy. Visitors can explore Hawaii’s special culture and iconic history, or choose from a wide variety of outdoor and indoor activities to energize the spirit.

  • Atlantis Adventures is offering a new sunset sail, Cocktails, Canvas & Cruise where participants paint at sea. Atlantis’ new tour includes sunset appetizers and cocktails paired with an exclusive painting lesson by Wine & Canvas where guests can take home their masterpieces. AtlantisAdventures.com
  • In celebration of Hawaiian creative vision, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum will present the upcoming exhibit Hulia Ano: Inspired Patterns, on display in the J. M. Long Gallery from March 18–Oct. 16, 2017. The exhibit explores visual patterns in Hawaiian artistry, spotlighting design motifs and visual similarities in the natural world. The cornerstone of the exhibit is a stunning array of cultural objects and natural science specimens such as bold patterned kapa (barkcloth), printed gourds, a mahiole (royal feathered helmet), bamboo stamps and much more. The exhibit will also feature interactive stations that will enable visitors to create their own Hawaiian design motifs, and brand new pieces created by contemporary artists specifically for the Hulia Ano exhibit. BishopMuseum.org
  • Blue Hawaiian Helicopters is proud to launch the Oahu Complete Island Tour in March. Beyond the modern metropolis of Honolulu’s world-class shopping and dining, Oahu’s breathtaking scenery awaits. On Blue Hawaiian Helicopter’s new 60-minute Oahu Complete Island Tour, guests can soar over the extinct volcano of Diamond Head, view colorful reef formations, take in panoramic ocean views and experience the unmatched power and emotion of Pearl Harbor. BlueHawaiian.com
  • On May 5, the Hawaii State Art Museum (HiSAM) will debut a new exhibit on printmaking with artwork from the Art in Public Places Collection of the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. The opening of the exhibit will coincide with Downtown Honolulu’s monthly First Friday event during which HiSAM will be offering family-friendly activities. SFCA.Hawaii.gov/HISAM-events
  • After sailing 40,000 nautical miles around the world over the last three years on the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage, iconic voyaging canoe Hokulea will be returning to Hawaii.  The historic arrival ceremony will take place at Magic Island on Saturday, June 17.  Hokulea is expected to approach Magic Island along with approximately eight other voyaging canoes from Hawaii and the Pacific at 8:30 a.m. Once the canoes are docked, a cultural welcoming ceremony will take place at Magic Island from 10 a.m.-noon. The remainder of the afternoon, from noon-5 p.m., will be a celebration featuring entertainment, video highlights from the journey and speakers highlighting the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage. Hokulea.com
  • Holokai Adventures’ guided Heeia Fishpond Exploration is an authentic off-the-beaten path, Hawaiian cultural activity. The adventure begins with the basics of kayaking and ocean safety then continues to the water where participants learn the cultural significance of ancient Hawaiian fishponds as well as the restoration processes. The guides will discuss the importance of the fishponds’ sustainability to the Hawaiian ancestors and how visitors can apply the same type of thinking in current times. HolokaiAdventures.com  
  • In addition to the variety of luxury shopping and dining at Waikiki’s International Market Place guests can enjoy “O Na Lani Sunset Stories,” a complimentary hula and storytelling performance every night at sunset with a ceremonial lighting of the Lamaku Torch Tower on Kalakaua Ave. Honoring Hawaii’s beloved Queen Emma, the nightly show highlights stories, traditions and culture of the special gathering place. Guests can also enjoy a “Cultural Journey” of the center, visiting 25 plaques describing the rich natural history of the site, its people and Queen Emma’s legacy. ShopInternationalMarketPlace.com
  • Pacific Historic Parks has launched three new tours for the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. The new tours include admission to the Pearl Harbor Virtual Reality Center ($4.95), Pearl Harbor Historic Tour ($9.95) and the new USS Arizona Memorial Deluxe Tour ($12.50). Pacific Historic Parks has also launched a Diamond Head State Monument narrated tour for $3 per person. Each narrated Diamond Head Tour includes a State of Hawaii official “I Hiked Diamond Head” certificate. PacificHistoricParks.org
  • In April 2017, Rock-A-Hula will unveil a brand new show portraying an authentic “Hawaiian Journey” from the 1920s to present, through both modern and Hawaiian music and powerful performances by talented tribute artists with new choreography and costumes. RockaHulaHawaii.com
  • Stars will be in the sky and on the stage at Sea Life Park Hawaii as its popular Makapuu Twilight Concert Series rolls out a new wave of outdoor live performances featuring music from Hawaii’s local talent and picturesque views of East Oahu’s stunning coastline. The Twilight Concert Series is scheduled for April 8, May 6 and July 15. SeaLifeParkHawaii.com
  • Star of Honolulu will unveil its new “60 Years of Aloha” onboard show in April. In celebration of the cruise’s 60th anniversary, the show features new costumes by Honolulu-based fashion designer Kathe James, authentic Tahitian and Maori choreography, special LED screens and state-of-the-art onboard equipment. StarofHonolulu.com
  • The Waikiki Aquarium’s popular summer concert series, Ke Kani O Ke Kai, returns in June with live entertainment from some of Hawaii’s top performers and delicious food from local restaurants around Oahu. Concert dates are scheduled for June 15, June 29, July 13, July 27 and Aug. 10. WaikikiAquarium.org
  • Waimea Valley’s Moon Walk is back for its seventh year. Between selected dates in April through October, visitors will enjoy a walk through the valley under the glow of the full moon. Before a hike up to the waterfall, visitors can enjoy a dinner buffet at the valley’s signature restaurant, The Proud Peacock, hosted by North Shore caterer Ke Nui Kitchen. General admission is $10 per person and children under four are free. WaimeaValley.net

Restaurants, Cuisine & Chefs

Oahu is known for its diverse culture, which is exhibited by the assortment of cuisine found throughout the island. With wonderful choices and an array of culinary options, there’s a restaurant fit for everyone.

  • Herringbone Waikiki will make its Hawaii debut at the International Market Place in spring 2017. Herringbone Waikiki will feature coastal cuisine with an emphasis on line-caught seafood, high-quality meats, market-driven ingredients and a curated wine selection. HerringboneEats.com/Waikiki
  • The Home of the Brave Museum in historic Kakaako invites visitors to stop in on Friday and Saturday evenings to experience the 1940s Wiki Waki Woo speakeasy/tiki bar atop the largest private collection of WWII memorabilia in the Pacific. Each item found in the brewery’s collection has been donated from veterans and their families over the past 25 years. After looking through Waikiki’s yesteryear, guests can enjoy a craft beer brewed onsite or a nostalgic WWII cocktail. Brewseums.com
  • Japengo Steak and Seafood located in the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa announces a new, sustainable cocktail using honey made from the resort’s own apiary. The resort’s own Hula Meli Honey can be enjoyed in the new Haleiwa Smash cocktail made with Maker’s Mark, Hula Meli Honey syrup, Hawaii Bitters Co. Meyer Lemon Bitters, Mint and Pineapple. Japengo Steak and Seafood has also introduced a newly-renovated bar area and updated libation menu featuring a hand-selected list of premium wines, local craft beers and specialty cocktails made from organic, local ingredients. Waikiki.Regency.Hyatt.com
  • A tour of Kahuku Farms will take visitors beyond the typical tourist favorites of pineapple and coconut and introduce them to pomelo, lilikoi, dragon fruit, papaya and acai. Cool and refreshing, acai bowls have become the latest trend due to their wide range of health benefits and addictive flavors. Acai berries largely come from South America, and for over seven years, Kahuku Farms has worked hard to harvest their very own locally grown Hawaiian acai and have officially launched their first farm grown acai bowl. KahukuFarms.com
  • Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa’s newest restaurant Kuhio Beach Grill Restaurant & Bar now offers “Wine Down Wednesdays,” a sommelier-led wine tasting series on the first Wednesday of each month. Guests are invited to celebrate various wines paired with Kuhio Beach Grill’s modern American cuisine including an array of international blends such as Ahi Poke, Musubi and White Wine Steamed Clams. Marriott.com
  • Voted Best New Restaurant in Hawaii by the readers of HAWAII Magazine, Honolulu-born chef Ed Kenney’s fourth eatery, Mahina & Sun’s, features a modern take on island cuisine in the hip, casual atmosphere of Waikiki’s Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club. Set against a backdrop of nightly live music, the restaurant’s signature dish is the Family Feast where locally-caught sustainable seafood is the star of the show. Kenney’s commitment to offering “elevated home cooking with a Hawaiian sense of plate” and utilizing local, organic ingredients shines through in his dishes. Hotel guests staying three or four nights receive a $50 dining credit and a $100 dining credit if five or more nights are booked through June 30. Surfjack.com
  • Operating as both store and restaurant, Makai Market is slated to open in summer 2017 at the Honolulu International Airport (HNL). The 3,164-square-foot airport corner store and restaurant will be located in the Ewa Concourse Terminal and will serve alcoholic beverages and locally-sourced dishes.
  • Maui Brewing Co. opened its first Oahu location at the Holiday Inn Resort Waikiki Beachcomber. The 435-seat, 18,000-square-foot restaurant includes a 70-foot high kinetic wall on the outer facade of the building and is the first of its kind in the state. Honolulu-based WCIT Architecture handled the design work for the multi-million dollar renovation, reflecting a “craft industrial” look and feel. MBCRestaurants.com
  • Michelin starred and James Beard award-winning chef Michael Mina will open his second Hawaii eatery, THE STREET, A Michael Mina Social House in spring 2017. Located on the ground floor of Waikiki’s International Market Place, THE STREET will be a bustling collection of culinary experiences carefully curated by chef Mina, highlighting the perspectives and expertise of many talented chefs. Mina’s new eatery will feature a collection of stations and cuisines each offering a delicious menu driven by the chefs’ passion for the food they love to cook and eat. A place for friends and family to gather for a casual meal or a celebration, THE STREET will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. MichaelMina.net
  • A collaboration between Hawaii chef Chris Kajioka and U.K. chef Anthony Rush, Senia represents a shared culinary evolution influenced by the chefs’ different cultural experiences and backgrounds. The newly opened restaurant features their regional American cuisine and brings together and showcases their diverse cooking styles with dishes that explore and celebrate Hawaii’s abundance of beautiful ingredients. Guests can enjoy a casual lunch or dinner in the dining room, or visit the Chefs’ Counter for an in-depth gastronomic journey. restaurantsenia.com 
  • Presenting an evocative twist on the American steakhouse, Celebrity Chef Michael Mina’s STRIPSTEAK Waikiki has launched a special dinner menu created for Early Birds sitting at the bar and on the restaurant’s lanai from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and for the Night Owls from 9-10 p.m. served throughout the restaurant’s entirety. Starting at $49 per person, the Early Bird and Night Owl menu includes an entrée, the Moyer Farms’ Angus Filet Mignon; two of Michael Mina’s signature sides, the ‘loaded’ baked potato and baby spinach; and a dessert, the Devil’s Food Cake with Kona coffee mousse and salted caramel ice cream. STRIPSTEAK Waikiki is located in the redeveloped International Market Place, found in the heart of Waikiki. STRIPSTEAKWaikiki.com
  • Yauatcha opened its first U.S. location on February 15, 2017 at the International Market Place, Waikiki. Yauatcha is a modern Chinese dim sum teahouse offering an all-day dining experience with an extensive mixology program and French-inspired patisserie. Yauatcha.com/Waikiki

Shopping

The Island of Oahu is home to hundreds of high-end designer stores, as well as local boutiques carrying locally-made products.

  • As the world’s largest open-air shopping center and Hawaii’s hub for shopping, dining and family-friendly fun, Ala Moana Center is excited to welcome new merchants to its diverse collection of more than 340 stores and restaurants in 2017. Coming soon to the Center are Auntie Anne’s, GEN Korean BBQ House, Island Vintage Shave Ice, Lucky Strike Social, Mama Pho, OMEGA, Saks OFF 5th, Target and The Lanai @ Ala Moana. Along with new shopping and dining selections, the Center has launched a newly developed Children’s Play Area located in the Mauka Wing. AlaMoanaCenter.com
  • Anchored by Hawaii’s only full-line Saks Fifth Avenue, International Market Place showcases a dynamic collection of luxury and contemporary retailers. The center continues to evolve its merchandise mix to create a compelling shopping and dining experience with the newest additions of Sand People, Flour & Barley—Brick Oven Pizza, Vilebrequin and Yauatcha. ShopInternationalMarketPlace.com
  • Ka Makana Alii, Hawaii’s newest shopping destination, opened in October 2016 in West Oahu. Phase one of the new regional shopping center features more than 100 world–class shops and restaurants, a luxury movie theater, and Hawaii’s first Hampton Inn & Suites Kapolei. Residents and visitors can also enjoy live entertainment and great local events, including a weekly farmers market. KaMakanaAlii.com

Festivals & Events

The Island of Oahu is home to the largest number of festivals and events throughout Hawaii. Visitors can connect with the local community and experience renowned events showcasing the island’s rich arts and culture, the world’s top amateur and professional sporting competitions, and the many ethnic celebrations exclusive to Oahu.

  • Presented by the Honolulu Biennial Foundation (HBF) and title sponsor Ward Village, the Honolulu Biennial 2017 is a multi-site, contemporary visual arts festival installed in public spaces, indoor and outdoor venues, historic landmarks and unconventional areas throughout Honolulu. Entitled Middle of Now | Here, the Honolulu Biennial shines a spotlight on the rich history of art in the Pacific Rim. The inaugural event began on March 8 and will be displayed until May 8. The Honolulu Biennial honors local and internationally acclaimed artists for their one-of-a-kind contributions to the world of art, sculpture, photography and more. HonoluluBiennial.org
  • Hawaii European Cinema Film Festival, presented by Luxury Row, is pleased to announce its highly acclaimed film festival March 24–26 with screenings around Oahu. The annual event will host its starlit red carpet awards gala on March 31 at the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa. HawaiiEuropeanCinema.org
  • Mele Mei, which translates to “May Hawaiian Music Month” in Hawaiian, is a series of musical performances held at various venues throughout Hawaii and Japan. Featuring more than 70 performances from April–June, Mele Mei provides both residents and visitors from around the world a chance to immerse themselves in the islands’ local music and culture. This year’s impressive schedule of artists and industry icons will take place at various hotels and venues statewide and will feature musical stylings from ‘ukulele and steel guitar to traditional Hawaiian music and hula. MeleMei.com
  • Held on April 1 at Turtle Bay Resort, the Ultimate Wine Run & Fun will feature an amazing 5k run or 1k walk followed by lots of wine and festivities for the entire family. The evening will be packed with activities and entertainment including a live DJ and dance floor, food trucks, and fun activities including a mechanical bull ride, rock climbing wall and more. TheUltimateWineRun.com
  • Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa partnered with the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame for a series of events highlighting Hawaiian culture and music on April 1 and May 1. The April 1 event is part of the Na Mele Maeole series honoring the legacy of Hawaii’s musical families. The May 1 event is the Lei of Stars, which honors 2016’s inductees to the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame. Spearheading this partnership is Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach’s manager of Hawaiian culture and community relations, Kuuipo Kumukahi, a renowned Hawaiian music entertainer, songwriter, and recording artist affectionately known as “The Sweetheart of Hawaiian Music.”  Waikiki.Regency.Hyatt.com
  • Ko Olina Golf Club will host the 2017 LPGA LOTTE Championship from April 9–15. The 2017 LOTTE Championship is the sixth annual event of the LPGA Tour’s stop in the Hawaiian Islands featuring a star-studded field of marquee pros who grace the world stage of ladies’ professional golf. LotteChampionship.com
  • Turtle Bay Resort will host the first Ragnar relay, the Ragnar Trail North Shore Oahu, April 21-22. Teams of eight people will run relay-style day and night through lush jungle vegetation and along the ocean coastline at Turtle Bay Resort until each team member has completed all three trail loops traversing close to 120 miles together. Team members can choose to camp along the trails, party at Ragnar Village complete with campfires, s’mores, music, food, endless coffee and comfy hammocks, or stay in one of the newly refreshed rooms at Turtle Bay Resort. TurtleBayResort.com
  • In celebration of Earth month, the Waikiki Aquarium is partnering with the City & County of Honolulu’s Department of Facility Maintenance and Hawaii State Department of Health for its tenth annual Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo on April 22. The free, family-friendly event will promote the importance of keeping Hawaii clean and free of pollution from mountain tops to the ocean depths. Guests will take part in interactive booths, live entertainment, a fish release courtesy of the Oceanic Institute and native plant giveaways from Hawaiian Electric Company. WaikikiAquarium.org
  • The Waikiki SPAM Jam is an exciting annual street festival that takes place on Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. The 15th annual event will take place on Saturday, April 29 celebrating Hawaii’s love of SPAM featuring 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. SpamJamHawaii.com
  • The 90th annual Lei Day Celebration is on May 1 at Kapiolani Park. The annual Lei Day Celebration provides a venue to celebrate the lei and the artistry of Hawaii’s lei makers while honoring Hawaii’s people and their rich heritage. Attendees will be able to view exquisite lei in the lei contest, experience the pageantry of the Lei Court Investiture ceremony, and enjoy entertainment, cultural demonstrations and craft and food vendors throughout the day. HonoluluParks.gov
  • On May 6, celebrate May Day “Lei Day” at Waimea Valley with hula performances, live music, Hawaiian-style food, local artisans and a lei-making competition. The contest and activities are free and open to the general public. WaimeaValley.net
  • The 12th annual Hawaii Book & Music Festival presented by Bank of Hawaii will be held on May 6 and 7 on the beautiful grounds of the Honolulu Civic Center. The family-friendly event is free and features multiple pavilions and stages with dozens of programs and performances for book and music lovers of all ages. HawaiiBookAndMusicFestival.org
  • The 42nd annual Wahiawa Pineapple Run through the hills of beautiful Wahiawa and the surrounding Pineapple fields will take place on May 13. The annual event is organized by the Central Oahu Chief Petty Officer’s Association. Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome to participate. FLPRegister.com
  • Hawai’i Academy of Recording Arts’ Na Hoku Hanohano Awards ceremony and dinner show marks 40 years on May 20, 2017. The special event honors Hawaii entertainers’ achievements in the recording arts. NaHokuHanohano.org
  • Every year on Memorial Day, thousands of people gather at Magic Island at Ala Moana Beach Park to honor ancestors and loved ones who have passed away at Lantern Floating Hawaii. At sundown, more than 3,000 candlelit lanterns are set afloat on the ocean, a traditional Buddhist rite originating in Japan. The ceremony 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. LanternFloatingHawaii.com  
  • The North Shore Ocean Fest is celebrated as the North Shore’s main community event focused around ocean and marine life education and draws more than 2,500 people annually. The event celebrates its sixth year while also honoring World Oceans Day. The June 3 all-day event at Turtle Bay Resort will feature more than 30 educational booths with activities for families, live music, keiki (child) hula performances, K-12 art and poetry presentation, food booths, arts and crafts vendors and a silent auction. Organized by Turtle Bay Resort and the North Shore Ocean Education Coalition, the North Shore Ocean Fest is a fundraiser that supports year-round, hands-on ocean and land-based K-12 education on Oahu’s North Shore. TurtleBayResort.com
  • Pacific Aviation Museum’s popular remote control Biggest Little Airshow in Hawaii is back for its tenth year. A family favorite, the airshow features open cockpits, hangar tours, restored World War II aircraft and remote control flying by some of the best pilots and aircraft from the U.S. Mainland. From June 3-4, Ford Island will come alive with hands-on modeling stations and a Kids Zone with rides, food and beverages, retail, music, entertainment and activities. PacificAviationMuseum.org
  • The 38th annual Pan-Pacific Festival will take place June 9-11. The three-day international cultural celebration features a weekend of Pacific Rim cultural performances, demonstrations, hula, food, and “hoolaulea” (celebration). The event culminates with a colorful parade with thousands of participants in lively costumes marching down Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. Pan-Pacific-Festival.com
  • On June 10, the annual King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade honors the reign of King Kamehameha, who was responsible for uniting the Hawaiian Islands under his rule in 1810. The parade features brightly decorated floats, energetic marching bands and traditional pau riders who represent a Hawaiian royal court on horseback. Following the parade will be a “hoolaulea” (celebration). Hawaii.com/KamehamehaDay
  • From June 18–20, the Malama Honua Community Fair and Summit at Hawaii Convention Center will celebrate the iconic voyaging canoe, Hokulea, and Malama Honua, meaning “to care for our Island Earth.” Local and global partners advancing the mission of Malama Honua will gather for a three-day summit to discuss actions inspired by the voyage and the development of the next sail plans for Hawaii’s communities. The Malama Honua Community Fair is free and open to the public. Hokulea.com
  • The 20th Annual Haleiwa Arts Festival will take place July 15 at Haleiwa Beach Park. The festival will feature over 140 visual artists, live performances every hour and festival food. HaleiwaArtsFestival.org
  • The 40th annual Prince Lot Hula Festival is a two day event that will take place July 15–16 in beautiful Moanalua Gardens. The free festival features hula halau (hula schools) gracing the hula mound for spectators to enjoy and showcases Native Hawaiian culture through crafts, kapa making, lauhala weaving, lomilomi massage, traditional Hawaiian games and more. MoanaluaGardensFoundation.org

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