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August 17, 2017

WHAT’S NEW ON OAHU OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2017

OAHU – The Island of Oahu, known as the Heart of Hawaii, sets the rhythm of the islands with exciting, new improvements, changes and additions on an ongoing basis. 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.

  • Poised to open as Hawaii’s new urban resort destination in late 2017, Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach will be a modern and tranquil oasis in the heart of Waikiki that pays homage to Queen Liliuokalani and Hawaii’s rich cultural heritage. The $115 million redevelopment of the existing Pacific Beach Hotel spans the entire property from the exterior facade to all public spaces and 839 guest rooms and suites. The property will reenter the market as the Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach in fall 2017. PacificBeachHotel.com
  • The Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina invites families to experience the beauty and natural wonder of the great outdoors – Four Seasons style – with the debut of Glamping, an unforgettable luxury camping experience.  Designed for children ages 5 to 12, Glamping is an overnight excursion on property where campers gather under a blanket of stars in the night sky, surrounded by the comfort of a luxurious tent, Four Seasons bedding and memories to last a lifetime. FourSeasons.com/Oahu
  • Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach is offering a limited-time 20 percent off rate on their modern one- and two-bedroom suites in celebration of the hotel’s one year anniversary. After undergoing an extensive $115 million redevelopment in June 2016, the property reopened as Oahu’s first Hilton Garden Inn (HGI) and the largest HGI in the world at 623 guestrooms. With its modern living room-style lobby, thoughtful amenities and no resort fee, Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach puts guests just two blocks from the beach and in the heart of Waikiki among the best shopping and dining the island has to offer. The hotel’s anniversary rate is valid now through Dec. 22, 2017 and can be booked using promotional code “HAWAII.” HGIWaikikiBeach.com
  • The pre-arrival destination experience has now reached new heights for visitors planning a stay at the Hilton Waikiki Beach on Oahu. The Hilton property has become the first hotel in Hawaii to launch a stand-alone virtual reality (VR) app experience for mobile users. Available as a 360° video tour on desktop, as well as a fully immersive VR experience on headsets, the experience visually creates an extension of the hotel’s experience, which is a convenient location with true ocean and mountain views from modern and clean guestrooms. The tours are currently available in English, Japanese, Korean and Chinese. To view the VR, guests may visit the hotel’s website or Apple and Android phone users can search Hilton Waikiki Beach in the iTunes or Google Play store to download the mobile app. HiltonWaikikiBeach.com
  • Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa has announced a pair of new partnerships with two organizations dedicated to the celebration and preservation of Hawaiian music: the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame and the Hawaiian Music Walk of Fame. These partnerships will offer guests and residents the opportunity to immerse themselves in Hawaii’s rich musical history. Waikiki.Regency.Hyatt.com
  • The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel will be completing its last phase of a multi-million dollar renovation for the hotel rooms by December 2017. The hotel has been doing an on-going renovation project for a span of 7 years. Kaimana.com
  • Following an extensive $55.4 million repositioning, the former Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club has announced a new identity as Prince Waikiki. The eight-month renewal includes 563 transformed oceanfront guest rooms and suites, redefined dining options, a modernized lobby with unique personalized services, a new infinity pool, and enhanced meeting space. PrinceWaikiki.com
  • The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club has recently launched their own Swim Club, and it’s free to join. The Swim Club Membership Card gets visitors free valet parking with each $50 spent at Mahina & Sun’s. With each additional stamp guests will be treated to local-inspired snacks, handcrafted drinks and funky Swim Club swag. Free Swim Club Membership Cards are available at Mahina & Sun’s or the Surfjack front desk. Surfjack.com
  • Trump International Hotel Waikiki recently renovated and updated its seventh floor fitness center to include additional square footage and an elevated ceiling height, along with brand new state-of-art equipment. The fitness center is open to guests of the hotel 24-hours daily. TrumpHotels.com/Waikiki
  • Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu has introduced a number of new fitness classes including full moon paddle sessions, a surf training program, running programs with a dedicated coach, and Hiva Fitness, a new Tahitian dance conditioning cardio class. TurtleBayResort.com

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.

  • Marvel at Hawaii’s amazing humpback whales aboard Atlantis Cruises’ Majestic. Truly a dedicated whale watching experience, expert naturalist’s shares insightful information and educational commentary on the humpback whale’s behavior and biology. With Hawaii being the only state where humpback whales breed and calve their young, visitors will experience the chance of a lifetime aboard the Majestic! Cruises are available daily from Dec. 17, 2017 – April 8, 2018. AtlantisAdventures.com  
  • The “Holo Moana: Generations of Voyaging” exhibition at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum will celebrate the story of how the centuries-old, ancestral practice of long-distance ocean voyaging has been reawakened, reactivated and re-envisioned by Hawaiian and Oceanic voyagers over the past five decades. Closely following the Hawaiian sailing canoe, Hokulea, and its return to Hawaiian waters, the exhibit is based on a collaboration between Bishop Museum and the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) and will be on display in the J. M. Long Gallery from Nov. 4, 2017–June 24, 2018. Cultural objects from Hokulea’s voyages will be on display along with a variety of interactive stations. Visitors will be able to step into a wind-based immersive experience that uses digital sensors and electronics to bring to life the winds used by voyagers and told of in Hawaiian cultural stories. Visitors will also enter a full-dome projection theater with audio narrated by PVS president Nainoa Thompson, master of the traditional Polynesian art of non-instrument navigation. BishopMuseum.org
  • With just one year under its belt, Blue Note Hawaii inside Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort has proven to be the state’s premier venue for the world’s most celebrated artists. In addition to stellar local acts, incoming artists include Australia’s award-winning performer Tommy Emmanuel Oct. 5-8, six-time GRAMMY Award winner David Sanborn from Nov. 2-6 and legendary contemporary jazz artist Kenny G. from Dec. 27-31. BlueNoteHawaii.com
  • Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina has partnered with Paradise Helicopters Hawaii to offer an exclusive Earth, Wind and Fire tour to provide resort guests with access to the Hawaii Islands’ natural landmarks via a private helicopter day charter from Kalaeloa Airport. During the one-day tour, guests will fly over scenic areas including cliffs on the coast of Molokai, black sand beaches in Kona, active lava flows, waterfalls on the lush Hamakua Coast, Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, and Papakolea green sand beach – the southernmost point in the U.S. FourSeasons.com/Oahu
  • Gray Line Hawaii has announced a new one day tour that takes guests originating on the Island of Oahu to Kauai for a day trip. This new all-inclusive tour explores Kauai’s scenic locations on land and then from above on a remarkable helicopter tour. PolyAd.com
  • Holokai Adventures’ guided Heeia Fishpond Exploration tour offers an authentic, off-the-beaten path Hawaiian cultural activity. The adventure begins with lessons on the basics of kayaking and ocean safety before moving to the water, where participants learn about the modern-day restoration and historic cultural significance of early Hawaiian fishponds. Guides discuss the importance of fishponds like Heeia to the sustainable food gathering efforts of early Hawaiians and how visitors can apply similar thinking to current times. HolokaiAdventures.com  
  • Every Monday beginning Aug. 28th, Leahi Concept Kitchen has announced a weekly "Educate Your Plate" cooking demonstration. The demonstrations will feature a main entrée followed by a full pupu (appetizer) buffet. Guests will receive take home recipes of featured items from the night. Reservations can be made through ppm@hawaii.edu or 808-971-6302. LeahiAtTheParc.Kapiolani.Hawaii.edu
  • Nancy Emerson School of Surfing recently launched a Children’s Surfing Summer Program. Under Nancy, a team of surf coaches will provide private and semi-private one-on-one surf programs which will improve focus, determination, and help children develop a greater understanding of the ocean. SurfClinics.com
  • North Shore Soap Factory now offers Behind-The-Scenes Tours for a personal and in-depth learning experience about natural soap-making. Guests are invited to walk through a lab and learn about natural skincare making procedures. NorthShoreSoapFactory.com
  • OrangeTheory Fitness, scheduled to open in November at SALT at Our Kakaako, offers affordable high intensity group interval training, with heart rate monitors. It offers a fun and energizing group environment. SaltAtKakaako.com
  • Scheduled the third Friday and Saturday of the month, Paakai Marketplace showcases unique local products and Hawaiian culture at SALT at Our Kakaako. The monthly event, held in in collaboration with PAI Foundation, features live music and is a free, family and pet-friendly event, starting at 5 p.m. SaltAtKakaako.com
  • Under an innovative new program, Paradise Helicopters is offering guests the opportunity to “green their seat” while experiencing Hawaii’s most incredible sights and landing locations. Paradise is the first helicopter tour company to offer flights exclusively for the reforestation of endemic trees in Hawaii. Through the nonprofit Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative (HLRI), guests may select from a menu of nearly 20 tour options available for the sponsorship of Koa Legacy Trees. These trees are planted for permanent reforestation in the Hawaiian Legacy Forest on the island of Hawaii, and their growth can be tracked remotely using RFID technology. HawaiianLegacyTours.com
  • On the third Saturday of every month is the popular SALT Bar Crawl, starting at 5 p.m. Village Bottle Shop and Tasting Room, Moku Kitchen, and Bevy Bar at SALT at Our Kakaako feature different breweries each month. SaltAtKakaako.com
  • As part of the tenth anniversary of Waikiki Beach Walk – Outrigger Enterprises Group recently unveiled a larger-than-life statue of Philip Kunia “Gabby” Pahinui at Waikiki Beach Walk. Affectionately known as “Pops,” Gabby was one of the greatest 20th century masters of Hawaiian vocal, slack key and steel guitar music. Titled “Kanikapila,” a Hawaiian phrase that loosely translates to “make music,” the sculpture depicts Gabby during a happy moment in his Waimanalo backyard, standing and playing guitar, as photographed by his son, Cyril Pahinui. Guests to Waikiki Beach Walk can visit the statue and enjoy free, live music concerts every Sunday from 5 – 6 p.m. on the plaza/fountain stage and free ukulele lessons every day at 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Ukulele Store on the second floor of Waikiki Beach Walk. WaikikiBeachWalk.com
  • Oahu visitors can gain new insights into Waikiki’s fascinating history, culture and marine ecology from an entirely different viewpoint on a brand-new guided sailing tour. The Waikiki Ocean Thriller by Roberts Hawaii combines a from-the-water guided tour of Waikiki with a fun thrill ride across the open waves and ample opportunities to view some of Hawaii’s wondrous marine life. Benefits include unimpeded views of Waikiki’s beautiful shoreline and landmark buildings, a first-hand look at sea creatures in their natural habitat, and an informative tour of Hawaiian history and culture – minus the street traffic. WaikikiOceanThriller.com

 

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.

  • Robatayaki with a modern flair comes to Oahu with BAKU Waikiki, slated to open in September 2017 at the International Market Place. The centerpiece of the restaurant will be the custom-built, eight-foot robata grill and dinner will showcase small plates like Hokkaido Sea Scallops, Short Rib Foie Gras Gyoza and Prime Beef Tartar. From the robata grill diners can savor USDA Prime Tomahawk, Niihau Lamb, Ginger Garlic Duck Breast and seafood options like Keahole Lobster and Hapuupuu (Hawaiian Sea Bass). BAKU will also serve top-notch sushi and will feature a meticulously curated beverage program with premium sake, international wines, artisanal shochu and craft cocktails aimed at complementing the food.
  • The popular Louisiana-style seafood restaurant The Boiling Crab, opens in October, at SALT at Our Kakaako. Seafood lovers can expect hands-on dining and unique flavors, like the famous The Whole Shabang sauce, at its first location in Hawaii. SaltAtKakaako.com
  • Buho Cocina y Cantina, Waikiki’s favorite south-of-the-border rooftop restaurant, bar and lounge; is perking up paradise with a chic, new healthy, farm-fresh and affordable all-you-can-eat daily sunrise breakfast and yoga program called, THE BUHO BREAKFAST CLUB (BBC). Designed by Hale Aina Award-Winning chef Arnaldo "Masa" Gushiken, the sunrise buffet offers daily service from 7–11 a.m. The Buho Breakfast Club features organic local ingredients, farm-to-table-style, as well as contemporary hot dishes. In addition, BBC offers yoga starting at 8 a.m. (schedule subject to change). The cost is $23 per person or $40 for yoga and unlimited buffet-bliss. BuhoCantina.com
  • Flour & Barley in Waikiki recently launched a new brunch menu boasting classic dishes with an island twist. Chef de cuisine Royce Arakaki is serving up items like the loco moco pizza, topped with brown gravy, mozzarella, hamburger, farm egg, parsley and crispy onion; the house-made cinnamon rolls and blueberry-orange zest scones; and the FB Hawaiian classic, including two eggs any style, spam, bacon, white rice and the option to add sautéed vegetables. Also available are an array of brunch cocktails including bloody marys and mimosas. Located at the International Market place, Flour & Barley serves brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. FlourandBarley.com
  • Herringbone, the second restaurant from global hospitality company Hakkasan Group, is now open at the International Market Place on Oahu. Herringbone Waikiki’s design takes inspiration from its California sibling restaurants with elements like weathered wooden boxes filled with fragrant herbs, an ivy canopy to shade diners on its 2,000-square-foot lanai and a massive indoor living wall. HerringboneEats.com
  • This November, Leahi Concept Kitchen welcomes chef Michelle Bernstein as a part of their Master Chef Series. The series includes a chef-to-chef mixer and a two night pop-up dinner event. Tickets are $250 a person. LeahiAtTheParc.Kapiolani.Hawaii.edu
  • M.A.C. 24/7 will hold a Halloween after party until 4 a.m. featuring a junk food buffet and spirited drink specials on Tuesday, Oct. 31. In addition, M.A.C. 24/7 will be open on Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, Nov. 23 for the restaurant’s popular annual Thanksgiving buffet for both brunch and dinner, and its special holiday brunch buffet featuring a spread of breakfast and brunch favorites will be held on Monday, Dec. 25. MAC247Waikiki.com
  • Maui Brewing Co. located inside of The Holiday Inn Resort Waikiki Beachcomber, locally brews their flagship beer throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Guests are invited to enjoy a variety of cold beverages and Hawaii-inspired cuisine, all while listening to local tunes. For a limited time, Blood Orange Lorenzini and Mango Hefeweizen will be offered on tap. MauiBrewingCo.com
  • Nico’s Kailua, an expansion of Nico’s at Pier 38 in Honolulu, is now open in the former Pinky’s Pupu Bar & Grill space on Kalaheo Avenue. Guests can enjoy world class fresh fish line-caught by Hawaii’s local fleet, hand-picked daily by Nico and a team of expert fish buyers. Nico’s Kailua is open for lunch and dinner daily from 11 a.m. –9 p.m. NicosPier38.com/KailuaTemp
  • Michelin starred and James Beard award-winning chef Michael Mina opened his second Oahu eatery, The Street, A Michael Mina Social House on June 2. Located on the ground floor of Waikiki’s International Market Place and occupying 6,900 square feet, The Street is a bustling collection of culinary experiences carefully curated by chef Mina, highlighting the perspectives and expertise of many talented chefs hailing from the MINA Group and beyond. Mina’s new eatery and the first of its kind, features a collection of 13 stations with various cuisines each offering a delicious menu driven by the chefs’ passion for the food they love to cook and eat. From pizza to poke and BBQ to beer, The Street is Waikiki’s gathering place for a casual meal or a festive celebration open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night happenings. TheStreetSocialHouse.com
  • Street Grindz continues its festivities by showcasing Honolulu’s finest street food and culinary delights. Their most anticipated and popular event, Eat the Street takes place on the last Friday of every month in the hip and urban community of Kakaako. The month of September is especially exciting with twice the fun as they host their 4th Annual Oktoberfest local style showcasing Hawaii’s craft beers, food and music on Sept. 16, 2017.  EatTheStreetHawaii.com
  • Umamiya Shabu Shabu is offering guests a Grand Opening special starting at $19.50. The special is served with an umami-rich vegetable platter and udon or zosui, a rice porridge made with the broth that remains after the meat and vegetables are simmered. Diners also have a choice of high quality sterling short rib or kurobuta pork belly and a selection of slow simmered broths including a house broth, spicy miso, miso and paitan. UmamiyaShabu.com
  • Slated for November, W at Kakaako will offer a sit-down dining experience with American/Japanese/Italian fusion dishes created with locally grown ingredients, at SALT at Our Kakaako. The restaurant strives to connect Hawaii farmers to consumers, for a unique experience. SaltAtKakaako.com

Shopping

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

  • Ala Moana Center recently unveiled a Children’s Play Area featuring a large 20-foot play structure, composed of colorful platforms for children to climb and explore. Known as a Luckey Climber, the structure is a safe, interactive, vertical maze that is designed to encourage imaginative play. Open during normal Center hours, use of the play structure is free and is available to children ages three to 12. Located on Level 3 in the Mauka Wing.
  • Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort recently opened its first-ever, on-property logo shop, Anuenue. The new shop celebrates the hotel’s design, amenities, and Rainbow Tower Mosaic. Named Anuenue or “rainbow,” the shop sells curated items of the cherished Rainbow Mural, Hilton Hawaiian Village logo memorabilia, and the resort’s own exclusive coconut papaya skin and hair care line featuring beneficial botanicals like mango, pineapple and ginger root. Anuenue also sells an exclusive Hawaiian Monk Seal Plush, where a portion of the proceeds benefit the Waikiki Aquarium’s Hawaiian Monk Seal care programs. HiltonHawaiianVillage.com.
  • International Market Place, Oahu’s world-class shopping, dining and entertainment experience located in the heart of Waikiki, has expanded its lineup of spectacular retail and dining offerings. Newly opened stores include 3.1 Phillip Lim, Philip Rickard, Billabong, House of Samsonite, Pacific Harley Davidson, Martin & MacArthur and Vince. Visitors can shop at Hawaii’s first Mitsuwa Marketplace featuring a variety of Japanese groceries, general items, cosmetics, and more. ShopInternationalMarketPlace.com

Festivals & Events

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.

  • The Hawaii International Polo Association (HIPA) is delighted to announce The Kahala Hotel & Resort, Hawaii Invitational of Polo, is set for Sept. 14-17, 2017 at the Waimanalo Polo Fields, home of the Honolulu Polo Club. The historic four-day invitational is an unmatched sporting event for Hawaii, which celebrates a rich and revered history of the original paniolo culture dating back to the early 1880s when Polo was heralded as The Sport of Kings’ under the reign of King Kalakaua.  The 2017 Hawaii Invitational of Polo (HIoP) will compete at the highest level of the globally regarded sport by welcoming an all-pro, highest-goal-format set at 50 (25 goals per team). HawaiiPoloLife.com
  • Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor will bring America’s history during World War II to life at its annual Living History Day on Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The event is held in affiliation with Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! providing free admission to for up to two visitors who present a Museum Day Live! ticket. PacificHistoricParks.org
  • On Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, guests are invited to join Bevy, Moku Kitchen and Village Bottle Shop & Tasting Room in celebrating the biggest beer festival in the world with dozens of German beers on tap and three separate beer gardens at the Oktoberfest Bar Crawl at Salt. SaltAtKakaako.com
  • Honolulu Biennial Foundation, which presents an international art biennial every two years, is launching a new initiative called Hawaii Contemporary (HITemp). HITemp launches in October and will present a series of curated exhibitions and programs between biennial years with a thematic approach. The first year of HITemp is themed “Food Future Visions” and will present an exhibition featuring photography and installations called “Flooded” by Allie Wist, Heami Lee, Christine Buckley and Rebecca Bartoshesky, opening in October and running through December. Flooded is a collaborative work that visualizes the possible future effects of climate change on our food system in a fluid and personal gesture. HonoluluBiennial.org
  • The Clippers Hawaii Classic, presented by Kaiser Permanente, is a two-game preseason NBA showcase event that features the L.A. Clippers playing the Toronto Raptors on Oct. 1 and 3 at the Stan Sheriff Center. Hawaii Tourism Authority and AEG Facilities are also proud to present Fan Fest, a community celebration to be held at the Hawaii Convention Center in the days leading up to the games. Fan Fest will consist of fun family activities such as games, competitions, food and beverages, arts and crafts, and sports.
  • Duke’s Waikiki invites amateur ukulele performers of all ages to audition for its 12th annual Duke’s Ukes Contest, which will take place on Oct. 7 from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. at Duke’s Waikiki. Participants can compete in two divisions: ukulele instrumental and ukulele with vocal, with two age categories in each. Winners in each category will receive a new Kamaka Ukulele along with merchandise and a variety of gift certificates and ukulele gear from music stores throughout the island. DukesWaikiki.com/dukes-ukes
  • The 29th annual Talk Story Festival which celebrates “storytelling” will be at McCoy Pavilion on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, from 5:30–8:30 p.m.  This year’s festival theme is Na Mele o Hawaii Nei, the Songs of Hawaii.  HonoluluParks.com
  • World Surf League Hawaii opens up its competitive schedule to include four new events to the Turtle Bay Resort Pro lineup, which takes place Oct. 14–22, 2017 during peak surf season on Oahu’s North Shore. The surf event will feature professional men’s, women’s, junior and longboarding competitions at Turtle Bay Resort’s right-hander point break, known as Pool Bars. WorldSurfLeague.com
  • The Blaisdell Center has many exciting shows lined up for the end of this year which include the Harlem Globetrotters (Oct. 14-15), Sam Hunt (Oct. 18), Jimmy Buffett (Nov. 4), and Straight No Chaser (Jan. 2). BlaisdellCenter.com
  • Visitors can join the Red Barn Farmstand on Oct. 20 and Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. –6 p.m. to meet the wonderful farmers and artisans who supply Hawaii with amazing produce and delicious and delightful products. Each Farmers & Friends Friday’s event offers a special menu showcasing a featured farmer or friend’s goods. $25 full meals include a starter, green salad, main dish, drink and dessert. Special limited-option plate lunches including some of the featured items are available for $14.50. Advance reservations are recommended for the full meal and plate lunches are served first-come, first served. RedBarnFarmstand.com
  • One of Hawaii’s largest beer events returns with the 3rd Annual Great Waikiki Beer Festival at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. This premier fall event will bring a selection of more than 100 beers to the resort’s Great Lawn for an unforgettable evening of tastings, beer-friendly foods and feel-good music. A range of brewers will be represented, from small-batch, local producers to eminent national breweries. GreatWaikikiBeerFestival.com
  • The official qualifying event into the Vans Triple Crown, the HIC Pro returns to Sunset Beach this Oct. 27–Nov. 9, 2017 to showcase high-performance athleticism and big waves along Oahu’s North Shore. The HIC Pro welcomes fans, visitors and locals alike to the exciting world of competitive surfing and will feature regional standouts alongside international contingents. WorldSurfLeague.com
  • The Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa will welcome the return of Over the Edge, a high-adrenaline fundraiser benefitting Special Olympics Hawaii that offers adventurous locals and travelers the opportunity to rappel more than 400 feet down the side of the resort. Taking place on Oct. 28, 2017, Over the Edge will offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience for thrill-seekers. Participants who raise $1,000 or more will have the opportunity to rappel down 40 stories of the resort while taking in aerial views of Downtown, Waikiki, Leahi or Diamond Head, and the Pacific Ocean. Waikiki.Regency.Hyatt.com.
  • The 7th annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival returns to Oahu Nov. 1–5 with 120 of the world’s biggest culinary superstars. Signature events include Spice Market featuring 13 global talents at THE MODERN HONOLULU; Hawaiian Airlines Presents Uncorked, a pairing of 21 top chefs and 20 top wines on the rooftop of the Hawaii Convention Center; Our Kakaako Presents Raw & Wild Marketplace; 7-11 Presents Steamy Bowls at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort; Taste of the Seasons featuring a VIP dinner with five culinary masters and a grazing event with 12 celebrity chefs on the sands of Ko Olina; Food Fight & Bloody Marys featuring six top chefs at Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort; HMAA Presents Keiki in the Kitchen Family Sunday at Bishop Museum; and the grand finale seven-course dinner Saks Fifth Avenue Presents Halekulani Culinary Masters Gala. HawaiiFoodandWineFestival.com
  • The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (VTCS) has emblazoned the most exciting aspects of the sport – famous waves, the world’s best surfers and the crowning of world champions. The legendary VTCS returns to Oahu to celebrate its 35th year Nov. 12 – Dec. 20, 2017. The three-part series lasts 39 days and begins at Haleiwa’s Alii Beach. The second stop is the Vans World Cup, which takes place at the deep-water big wave venue of Sunset Beach from Nov. 25–Dec. 6, and the third and final event, the Billabong Pipe Masters, can be witnessed at Pipeline from Dec. 8–20, 2017 where both the Vans Triple Crown and World Surf League Championship Tour simultaneously conclude to crown the 2017 world champion and VTCS series winner and event winner. WorldSurfLeague.com
  • Waimea Valley will celebrate Makahiki season with its sixth annual Makahiki Festival and Ke Alohi Hula Competition on Nov. 18, 2017. This long-standing Hawaiian tradition is sustained through this yearly event with special admission rates, traditional Hawaiian games, live music, hula, local vendors, artisan workshops, food and much more! The Ke Alohi Hula Competition features women and men soloists vying for a single hula kahiko (traditional hula) title. WaimeaValley.net

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