News, Updates and Aloha from Oʻahu
(June 2022, Quarter 2)
News, Updates and Aloha from Oʻahu
(June 2022, Quarter 2)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 29, 2022
OʻAHU – Often referred to as the “Gathering Place”, Oʻahu’s diverse population, a fusion of East and West cultures rooted in the values and traditions of the Native Hawaiian people presents a unique contrast between the ancient and the modern that makes discovering Oʻahu — from bustling city life to laidback surf towns — so enjoyable. Below is a glimpse of many new and different options for exploring Oʻahu’s diverse regions, the island’s many activities, its eclectic restaurants and accommodations, shopping, and festivals and events.
An Introduction to the Maʻemaʻe Hawaiʻi Style & Resource Toolkit
This year, OVB’s quarterly eNewletters will include a new section highlighting content from HTA’s Maʻemaʻe toolkit. The toolkit is a guiding resource to help represent and honor Hawaiʻi and its language (‘ōlelo Hawaiʻi), ʻāina (land), and community in a pono (correct) way.
Nā Inoa ‘Āina: Hawaiian Place Names
Hawaiian names are given with much thought to incorporate landscape features, observations of weather and natural phenomena, and stories both legendary and contemporary. The highest honor for these names, the people who gave the names, and the natural forces and stories they convey, is to use these names.
Many places in Hawaiʻi are best known for things built on those places or designations given in modern times. These names are appropriate in some cases, but certainly, modern buildings or designations should never erase the history of a place.
If a place has an English nickname, HTA recommends using the Hawaiian place name first and then adding the optional English nickname, for example: Lēʻahi, popularly known as Lēʻahi Head.
State and County Updates
Since March 26, passengers arriving in Hawaiʻi from domestic points of origin no longer have to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or provide a pre-travel negative test result.
As of June 12, international travelers and returning U.S. residents are no longer required to present a negative COVID-19 test result upon entering the United States. However, non-citizens still must show proof of vaccination to enter the country.
As always, we greatly encourage visitors to please plan ahead, make reservations accordingly and research the specific health protocols of Hawaiʻi establishments in advance of their visit.
Finally, we are also excited to share with you the latest news and updates from the Oʻahu attractions, activities, restaurants and hotels in the listings below. We look forward to sharing even more new programs and offerings with you throughout 2022.
Activities and Attractions
- Majestic by Atlantis Cruises is launching a new Friday Fireworks & Cocktail Cruise beginning 6/3 which is available each Friday from 7pm-8:30pm. Experience an unforgettable evening with Friday fireworks and cocktails on the sea aboard Majestic by Atlantis Cruises. Majestic has Oʻahu’s only sleek, modern, full-service bar and cocktail lounge on the sea where guests can savor handcrafted cocktails while cruising along Waikīkī’s famous coastline in air-conditioned comfort. Don’t miss our open-air deck with 360-degree views to enjoy Waikīkī’s city lights and vibrant fireworks display. MajesticHawaii.com.
Battleship Missouri Memorial
- A new exhibit, titled Legendary Naval Warriors – The World of Hiroyuki Sugano’s Pencil Drawings are now on display at the Battleship Missouri Memorial, featuring remarkable World War II artwork from legendary Japanese artist, Hiroyuki Sugano. The new exhibit will feature an initial showing of 12 of Sugano’s drawings – showcasing intricate naval artwork of WWII warships from the U.S. and Japan, and insight into the men who bravely served aboard these historic ships. Guided tours are back! Visitors to the Battleship Missouri Memorial can now enjoy a complimentary 35-minute guided tour with their admission ticket led by a trained and talented tour guide – the guided tour offers highlights of the Mighty Mo’s armament, historic sites, and compassionate stories. USSMissouri.org.
- Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum announces a new, original exhibition coming to its Castle Memorial Building from June 18 – October 16, 2022: The Healer Stones of Kapaemāhū. The exhibition emerged from the research behind an Oscar-contending short film, Kapaemahu, that brought the unexpurgated legend to life. The Healer Stones of Kapaemāhū will explore the history and contemporary meanings of four large pōhaku (stones) on Waikīkī Beach. These pōhaku were placed long ago as a tribute to four māhū, people of dual male and female spirit, who brought healing arts from Tahiti to Hawaiʻi. Although the stones have survived for centuries, the story behind them has been suppressed and the respected role of māhū erased. Using immersive media and innovative storytelling approaches, the exhibition revitalizes this traditional story to help restore this sacred site as a permanent reminder of Hawaiʻi’s history of inclusion and acceptance. BishopMuseum.org.
- After a nearly two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Royal Hawaiian Band has returned to ʻIolani Palace for its popular lunchtime concerts. The concerts are free, open to the public and held on most Fridays from noon to 1 p.m. With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, ʻIolani Palace invites kamaʻāina and visitors to spend their lunch hour enjoying the music of the Royal Hawaiian Band on the palace grounds. Once known as the King’s Band, the Royal Hawaiian Band was created by King Kamehameha III in 1836 and is the only full-time municipal band in the U.S. The band has grown in prominence over its many years, playing at state occasions, parades, national competitions and other international venues. For a full list of concert dates, visit IolaniPalace.org.
- ʻIolani Palace’s He Mele Lāhui Hawaiʻi program will resume on Wednesday, May 25, with live performances by Nā Hōkū Hanohano award winning Hawaiian entertainer Kuʻuipo Kumukahi in the Palace’s Imprisonment Room on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. He Mele Lāhui Hawaiʻi is presented in partnership with the Hyatt Regency Waikīkī Beach Resort and Spa. IolaniPalace.org.
- Learn about Hawaiʻi’s culture and history with monthly Hear Hawaiʻi workshops at ʻIolani Palace. Classes are held on the second Saturday of each month and are free and open to the public. Workshops are led by Kumu Anuhea Kanealiʻi, an Oʻahu Native with a passion for perpetuating the Hawaiian culture through education and practice. IolaniPalace.org.
Kumu Kahuā Theatre
- Kumu Kahuā Theatre announces its new season, with the schedule of plays planned for 2022-2023 reflecting some of the theatre’s most popular presentations over the years. Setting the stage for an experience that uniquely celebrates a sense of place, Kumu Kahuā’s tradition of showcasing stories about life in Hawaiʻi from some of its most celebrated playwrights will be on full display in the lineup, including Aloha Las Vegas (August 25-September 25), Lucky Come Hawaiʻi (November 3-December 4) and Gone Feeshing (January 19—February 19, 2023)—all presented on the theatre's iconic stage in downtown Honolulu. For tickets and showtimes, visit KumuKahua.org or call (808) 536-4441.
Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum
- There is a new way to view, experience and get an understanding of the Pearl Harbor battlefield, from 168 feet high! The Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum opens the Ford Island Control Tower to the public for the first time in its history following a 10-year, $7 million restoration. The iconic World War II icon is part of the new Top of the Tower tour that includes access to the historic Operations Building, the Firehouse Exhibit, historic pictures and videos of the upper cab, and an elevator ride to the upper cab of the control tower – the pinnacle of the tour with 360-degree views of the Pearl Harbor. For tickets and information, visit PearlHarborAviationMuseum.org or call (808)441-1000.
Pearl Harbor National Memorial
- Pearl Harbor National Memorial has launched a new interpretive program; The Ford Island Bus Tour is a ranger led program via bus to Ford Island where visitors will get the chance to experience the USS Utah and Oklahoma Memorials (reservations via recreation.gov required). May 31 - July 15 a free temporary exhibit featuring the life and works of USS Arizona Memorial architect Alfred Preis will be available to the public at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Plan like a park ranger and always check the park website for updates: nps.gov/PearlHarbor.
- Rock-A-Hula, Waikīkī’s biggest Hawaiian show, reinvests in Waikīkī with over $1 million in renovations and a 10-year lease renewal with the Royal Hawaiian Center. Improvements include audio, visual, and production equipment and the addition of two new Hawaiʻi Pavilion structures to be completed in quarter 4 of 2022. The renovations allow upgraded dinner and show experiences and expanded private event offerings. Rock-A-Hula fully reopened to the public from April 2022. RockaHulaHawaii.com.
Royal Hawaiian Theater
- Waikīkī’s newest spot for live music and cocktails opened earlier this year at the Royal Hawaiian Theater and is now open 6 nights a week (dark on Fridays) from 8:30PM to 12:30AM. This intimate stylish lounge is one of the best places to enjoy live piano and jazz music from a lineup of local musicians, tasty hand-crafted cocktails and late-night light bites. RockaHulaHawaii.com.
Sea Life Park
- Experience story time with a Hawaiian monk seal, feed a dolphin, meet a honu, delight in Splashing with Sea Lions, and take in the newly renovated Shark Cave habitat and Seabird Sanctuary! Starting this June, Sea Life Park returns to being open for admission a full seven days a week for the first time in nearly two years. Its stunning Ka Moana Lūʻau is also offering a new Thursday evening option. For more on the dynamic experiences available at the park 365 days a year, visit SeaLifeParkHawaii.com.
- Sea Life Park’s popular Makapuʻu Twilight Concert Series returns this August! Take a drive out to the east side for a night of island music under the stars. Previous concerts have featured an incredible lineup of celebrated local artists, including Kalapana, Amy Hanaialiʻi Gilliom, Danny Couch, Anuhea, Kalani Peʻa, Kimié Miner, and more. For updates and tickets for this year's show, please visit SeaLifeParkHawaii.com or call (808) 259-2500.
- Who’s ready for an exciting new dolphin adventure? With Sea Life Park’s new Dolphin Exploration experience, guests have the opportunity to spend time with our trainers on a waist-deep platform, learning about what it takes to care for our dolphin ʻohana. Guests will then get a chance to interact with the dolphins while floating in the deep. Learn more at SeaLifeParkHawaii.com.
Star of Honolulu
- Star of Honolulu, Hawaiʻi’s largest sunset dinner cruise ship, reopened its Pacific Star Sunset Buffet Cruise and signature Five Star Sunset Dining & Jazz Cruise categories. These cruises are in addition to its popular Star Sunset Dinner & Show Cruise and Three Star Sunset Dinner & Show Cruise. Starting June 3, 2022, cruisegoers stay out an additional hour on Fridays to take in the Friday Fireworks! Rising out of the pandemic, Star of Honolulu guests embrace several new ways to Celebrate! A Vow Renewal package for $190 per couple, or Captain’s Wedding for $750 per couple can be added to your romantic dinner cruise. Both include a ceremony by the captain, “champagne,” memory certificate and photo. Fresh orchid lei are also available onboard for purchase for a lasting memory of paradise. StarofHonolulu.com.
- Ke Kani O Ke Kai, the Waikīkī Aquarium’s beloved outdoor oceanside concert series is back for the first time since 2019! Featuring three outdoor performances (June 30, July 21 and August 11), this year’s concert series will feature Makana, Streetlight Cadence, Bobby Moderow, Jr., Kawika Kahiapo, George Kuo, and three-time Grammy award-winner, Kalani Peʻa. For more information and to buy tickets, visit FOWAquarium.org or call (808) 440-9054.
Festivals & Events
52nd Annual ʻUkulele Festival Hawaiʻi: July 17, 2022
- At this largest annual gathering of ʻukulele players in the world, top musicians, casual players and beginners are invited to share and celebrate their love of the globally famous instrument. Hosted virtually this year, the planned five-hour event will include workshops, concert showcases and conversations with performing ‘ʻukulele masters and players. UkuleleFestivalHawaii.org
40th Annual Hawaiian Slack-Key Guitar Festival “Waikīkī̄ Style”: August 13, 2022
- As beloved a music genre and style of guitar musicianship in modern-day Hawaiʻi as it ever was, slack-key guitar originated in the Islands in the 19th century with paniolo (Hawaiian cowboys). Founded in 1982, this festival celebrates and perpetuates the cultural importance of slack-key guitar, known locally by the Hawaiian name kī hōʻalu, which refers to the “loosened” or “slack” tuning of guitar strings. The festival also features Hawaiʻi crafters, local food vendors and festival merchandise. For more information, visit SlackkeyFestival.com.
Hubb Keiki Fest: August 13, 2022
- As a continuously running event for 13 years, Hubb Keiki Fest brings together keiki (kids) from around the island for a fun filled day in the water on the windward coast of Oʻahu. In the spirit of competition and aloha, this free event provides an outlet to experience the world of boogie boarding. For more information, visit GoHawaii.com.
Korean Festival: August 20, 2022
- This year’s 18th annual Korean Festival celebration is poised to share, promote and celebrated the Korean culture and its community in Hawaiʻi. Residents and visitors are invited to experience and enjoy the culture’s cuisine, art, dance, music, crafts, entertainment and more. KoreanFestHawaii.com.
Duke’s OceanFest: August 20-28, 2022
- After canceling its slate of 2020 and 2021 events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Duke’s OceanFest returns to Waikīkī Beach this summer for ocean competitions honoring legendary Hawaiʻi waterman, Olympian and festival namesake Duke Kahanamoku. The weeklong festival will feature a diversity of exciting water sports competitions including longboard surfing, surf polo, swimming, standup paddling and other skills. OceanFest activities culminate with a lei draping ceremony of Waikīkī’s Duke Kahanamoku statue on the anniversary of Kahanamoku’s birthday. DukesOceanfest.com.
End of WWII Commemoration: September 2, 2022
- On September 2, 1945, documents of surrender were formally signed by Imperial Japan aboard the USS Missouri (BB63) marking the official end of World War II. The 77th Commemoration of the End of World War II, set for September 2, will recognize the historic milestone with ceremonies at the battleship, docked in the hallowed waters of Pearl Harbor. The “Mighty Mo,” now a memorial and museum, honors individuals who gave the ultimate sacrifice toward restoring peace in the world. End of WWII Commemoration ceremonies, organized by the USS Missouri Memorial Association, annually pay tribute and honor those who served in the war and their families. For more information, visit USSMissouri.org.
Okinawan Festival: September 3-4, 2022
- From its humble beginnings to its current status as one of Hawaiʻi’s premier cultural festivals — now drawing more than 50,000 attendees — this annual event celebrates the Okinawan culture’s long history in Hawaiʻi and its many contributions to the cultural fabric of the Islands. Celebrating its 40th year in 2022, the two-day festival, set for the Hawaiʻi Convention Center, welcomes residents and visitors to experience Okinawan cuisine, cultural and historical exhibits, arts and crafts, children's games, and lots of Okinawan entertainment. For more information, visit OkinawanFestival.com.
46th Annual Honolulu Intertribal Powwow: September 10-11, 2022
- Each year, members from multiple Native American, American Indian and Alaska Native communities gather on the Bishop Museum’s Great Lawn to share and perpetuate their cultures, educate others, and spread positivity and inclusivity at the annual Honolulu Intertribal Powwow. During the powwow, Bishop Museum hosts native dance performances and exhibits showcasing the diversity of native art. For more information, visit OICHawaii.org.
Aloha Festival: September 10, 17, 24, 2022
- Preserving the unique traditions of the Islands’ Hawaiian culture, the Aloha Festivals is a showcase of Hawaiian music, dance, history and the culture’s contributions to Hawaiʻi. With events scheduled throughout September, the Aloha Festivals schedule includes pageantry, a floral parade and ho‘olauleʻa (celebration) in Waikīkī, music and hula performances, and family friendly activities. For more information, visit AlohaFestivals.com.
- September 10 — The Aloha Festivals Royal Court Investiture and Opening Ceremony, held at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikīkī̄, featuring Hawaiian hula, ʻoli (chant) and pageantry, and the introduction of the Aloha Festivals 2022 Royal Court.
- September 17 — The 68th annual Aloha Festivals Waikīkī Hoʻolauleʻa, one of Hawaiʻi’s largest annual block parties, featuring local-favorite food, music and entertainment right on the resort area’s main drag, Kalākaua Avenue, which is blocked off for the event.
- September 24 — The 74th annual Aloha Festivals Floral Parade, showcasing a colorful procession of horseback riders, hula dancers, marching bands and fresh-flower-bedecked floats on a route winding through Waikīkī.
Gay Bowl XXII Honolulu 2022: October 6-9, 2022
- The National Gay Flag Football League Gay Bowl XXII travels to Honolulu for its 2022 slate of games. All are welcome to come watch and cheer on their favorite teams, including several local teams representing the Hawaiʻi Gay Flag Football League. While competitive, the event also aims to educate, include and encourage communication between all members of the LGBTQIA2S+ community, bringing together teams and leagues from across the U.S. For more information, visit NGFFL.org.
Honolulu Pride Parade and Festival: October 15, 2022
- Hawaiʻi’s largest LGBTQIA2S+ community event is a daylong celebration highlighted by the Honolulu Pride Parade – winding through Waikīkī from Magic Island at Ala Moana Beach Park to Kapiʻolani Park – and the Honolulu Pride Festival, which promises live music, inspirational speeches and fun activities. For more information, visit HawaiiLGBTLegacyFoundation.com.
Hawaiʻi’s Woodshow, Nā Lā‘au o Hawaiʻi 2022: October 16-30, 2022
- A premier showcase for the works of the state’s top wood artisans, the Hawaiʻi Forest Industry Association’s Hawaiʻi’s Woodshow features creations made with native, sustainably grown wood. Annually held at the Hawaiʻi Opera Plaza in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi’s Woodshow is inviting the public to experience artist submissions in-person or online this year. The show’s woodworking categories include accessories, furniture and sculpture. For more information, visit HawaiiForest.org.
Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival: October 20-23, 2022
- The Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, one of the longest-running and most respected queer film festivals in the U.S., returns to an in-person format in celebration of its 33rd anniversary. A mission of the festival is using the power of film to raise awareness of, and engage, energize and instill a sense of pride and respect in, Hawaiʻi’s thriving lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender and māhū community. The festival is presented annually by the Honolulu Gay and Lesbian Cultural Foundation, a self-supporting 50I)3 nonprofit, in honor of Hawaiʻi LGBTQIA2S+ pioneer Adam Baran. For more information, visit HGLCF.org.
Hawaiʻi Food & Wine Festival: November 3-6, 2022
- The Twelfth Annual Hawaiʻi Food & Wine Festival (HFWF) returns to Oʻahu, November 3-6, 2022, with an all-star lineup of world-renowned chefs, acclaimed wine makers and master mixologists. From grand tastings and 5-course dinners, to keiki cooking classes, wine seminars and more, there’s something for every palate at this year’s epicurean events! Most importantly, HFWF22 marks the return of their signature wine-centric grand tasting experience at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center—Hawaiian Airlines Presents On Cloud Wine on Friday, November 4—featuring 20 distinguished wine makers and 20 top chefs. Tickets are on sale now at www.hfwf.me.
Battleship Missouri Memorial’s Veterans Day Ceremony: November 11, 2022
- The Battleship Missouri Memorial hosts this annual Veterans Day Ceremony commemorating members of the U.S. military. The Pearl Harbor ceremony honors all past and present veterans who have served our country with valor and heroism or made the ultimate sacrifice. The public is invited to attend and honor all who have fought and continue to fight for our country and our freedom. For more information, visit USSMissouri.org.
Made in Hawaiʻi Festival 2022: November 11-13, 2022
- Made in Hawaiʻi Festival, the state’s most-loved and longest-running showcase of made-in-Hawaiʻi products, will hold its 2022 festival at Ala Moana Center November 11-13, 2022. Visitors get to experience hundreds of exhibitors showcasing thousands of locally made products including food, books, fashion, homemade crafts, jewelry and more. MadeinHawaiiFestival.com.
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: December 7, 2022
- Each year on December 7, Pearl Harbor attack survivors, U.S. military veterans and visitors from around the world gather at Pearl Harbor National Memorial to honor and remember the 2,403 service members and civilians who were killed during Imperial Japan’s 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. For more information, visit PacificHistoricParks.org.
Honolulu Marathon: December 11, 2022
- The fourth largest marathon in the U.S. begins its 26.2-mile route at Ala Moana Beach Park before sunrise, sending runners through metro-Honolulu and Waikīkī then along Oʻahu’s south shore to Hawaiʻi Kai before turning back and finishing in Waikīkī at Kapiʻolani Park. Runners enjoy a large sampling of city views throughout, including passes alongside the beaches of Waikīkī and over the slopes of Diamond (aka Lēʻahi Head State Monument). For more information, visit HonoluluMarathon.org.
Hawaiian Airlines Lēʻahi Head Classic: December 22, 23, 25, 2022
- The Hawaiian Airlines Lēʻahi Head Classic is an eight-team, 12-game bracket tournament annually featuring an invitational lineup of some the nation’s top collegiate men’s basketball teams. The tournament is held at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Stan Sheriff Center. For more information, visit DiamondHeadClassic.com.
Hawaiʻi Bowl: December 24, 2022
- The Hawaiʻi Bowl moves to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa campus this year for its next post-season meetup at the newly upgraded Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex. The contest annually invites an NCAA Division 1 college team from the Mountain West Conference and either a team from the American Athletic Conference or Conference USA for bowl play. The Hawaiʻi Bowl is known for its traditionally high-scoring games, thrilling offenses and close matchups, with a history of two overtime contests and seven games decided by one touchdown or less. The annual bowl game supports many nonprofit organizations through its Hawaiʻi Bowl Foundation, with more than $1 million awarded to local charities since the foundation’s inception. For more information, visit HawaiiBowl.com.
Honolulu City Lights: December 2022
- Experience the spirit of the holiday season — minus its chilly weather — at the City and County of Honolulu’s official Christmas tree and winter wonderland display. Hosted annually on the grounds of the Honolulu Civic Center, the monthlong Honolulu City Lights celebration stocks the area with large-scale Christmas-themed displays, holiday trees and wreaths, and, most famously, mammoth effigies Shaka Santa and Tutu Mele — Hawai‘i-style takes on Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. For more information, visit HonoluluCityLights.org.
- Halekūlani is pleased to announce the lineup of its Art of Wellbeing sessions for spring and summer, including an experience with Visiting Master Michelle Pirret, an internationally renowned musician and sound therapist. The 75-minute lectures are complimentary for hotel guests and are $25 per person for non-guests. Halekūlani’s Art of Wellbeing workshops offer an integrated and refreshed approach to living a balanced lifestyle, focusing on six key pillars – Nourish, Move, Explore, Renew, Rest, and Discover. All sessions are designed to deliver transformative experiences that result in lasting positive change. Halekūlani.com/">Halekūlani.com.
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikīkī Beach Resort
- After a two-year hiatus, Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikīkī Beach Resort will restart a more than 30-year Waikīkī tradition with the relaunch of its weekly Friday Night Fireworks. The fireworks show, which has run nearly continuously since 1988, was put on hold in March 2020 due to pandemic restrictions. The fireworks will debut once again on Friday, June 3, 2022, at 8 p.m. and will continue on a weekly basis. HiltonHawaiianVillage.com.
Holiday Inn Express Waikīkī
- The Kids Game Room has opened at Holiday Inn Express Waikīkī, to play video games. Keiki and family can also go outside and enjoy the new Pool Snack Cart, on the rooftop SkyDeck -- which also has miniature golf, cabanas and more. The signature free breakfast buffet is also back at Holiday Inn Express Waikīkī, so guests can get a great start to their days. HIEXWaikiki.com.
Outrigger Hospitality Group
- Outrigger Hospitality Group is kicking off World Oceans Month (June) with a comprehensive Sustainable Summer campaign inclusive of on-property activations, event sponsorships as well as retail and restaurant specials – all connected to helping to preserve and protect our precious environment. Outrigger.com.
Waikīkī Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
- Waikīkī Beach Marriott Resort & Spa proudly presents a special monthly series: BBQ, Blues + Booze at Queensbreak Waikīkī. This outdoor barbeque and music inspired series will run on Sundays, June 19, July 3, August 7, September 4 and October 9 from 11 a.m.– 3 p.m. Enjoy a special buffet menu made for fans of succulent smoked meats, home-style fixins and crafted cocktails to the tune of live blues and classic rock headlined by local musician Tavana. General admission is $125 per person and VIP Private Cabana Packages are available for $750. Guests must be 21 years and older. For more information, visit: QueensbreakWaikiki.eventbrite.com or call (808) 922-6611.
- Waikīkī Beach Marriott Resort & Spa’s expansive 5.2-acre oceanfront property welcomes its newest retail addition: Hele on Waikīkī. The eco-friendly electric bike rental retailer celebrated its grand opening on Friday, May 27, offering visitors and kamaʻāina alike an affordable and fun way to explore Waikīkī. Prices for e-bike rentals start at $40 for two-hours, depending on the type of bike and availability. Located on the ground level of Ohua Avenue, next to Arancino di Mare, Hele on Waikīkī will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, visit HeleonWaikiki.com/ebikes or call (808) 634-1822.
Hawaiian Style Rentals & Sales
- Since 2005, Hawaiian Style Rentals & Sales has been specializing in moped, scoot coupe, motor scooter, and bicycle rentals in Waikīkī. The company is passionate about providing guests a fun and memorable way to explore Oʻahu while offering the best equipment and outstanding customer service. Now you can rent a moped, scooter, scoot coupe, or a bike to explore Oʻahu from one of our three locations: 355 Royal Hawaiian Ave. – New Location; 2556 Lemon Rd.; 138 Uluniu Ave. HawaiianStyleRentals.com.
Kuaola Ranch Private Nature Reserve
- Established in 1850, Kuaola Ranch’s vision is to be role-model stewards of its 4,000 acres: Kuaola, Hakipuʻu and Kaʻaʻawa. Kuaola Ranch realizes its vision with a hands-on Mālama ‘Āina (“to care for and protect the land”) experience offering guests opportunities to learn how to protect and create sustainable practices preserving the land’s natural beauty. The eco-adventure voluntourism tour includes knowledge of the cultural importance of kalo (taro); cleaning, planting and harvesting kalo; and helping mālama (“care for”) laʻau lapaʻau (medicinal plants) growing in the area. Kuaola.com.
Mahiku Farmers’ Market
- A variety of fresh and unique products from local farmers, growers, artisans and food purveyors are always ready for customers of the Mahiku Farmers Market, which happens every first Thursday of the month, from 4 to 8 p.m., on Level 1 of the Banyan Court at International Market Place. ShopInternationalMarketPlace.com.
- Discover meaningful connections with neighbors and nature. Here, between Downtown Honolulu and Waikīkī, the best parts of life—food, drink, shopping, entertainment and convenience—combine. Stroll the tree-lined sidewalks, ride along the dedicated bike lanes, relax in your choice of parks, uncover a new boutique and delight in a variety of dining options. WardVillage.com.
- Hawaiian Airlines Bank of Hawaiʻi World Elite Mastercard and Mana Up present the second season of our Meet the Makers event series, bringing Hawaiʻi to the world through virtual experiences and tastings! We invite you to immerse yourself in the Hawaiian Islands through fun experiences offering an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at our world-class and locally made products. All events will be led by the entrepreneurs behind Hawaiʻi’s unique and world-famous products. See the full schedule of FREE virtual experiences featuring Hawaiʻi's rising makers and artisans. HouseofManaUP.com.
- As part of its longstanding commitment to ocean conservation, Duke’s Waikīkī will hold beach cleanups every two weeks for the remainder of 2022. Cleanups are held on Saturdays on the shores of Waikīkī Beach from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., and participants receive complimentary breakfast and a t-shirt. DukesWaikiki.com.
- Fête is a Seasonal New American neighborhood restaurant with local roots and a global outlook—where classic techniques meet island flavors & ingredients at their best. Our culinary point of view showcases the dishes we crave, using cooking methods from many cultures that all lead to simple, delicious cuisine. This month, Chef Robynne Mai‘i was named the 2022 James Beard Award winner for the “Best Chef — Northwest and Pacific” category, becoming the first woman of Native Hawaiian ancestry to win the honor. FeteHawaii.com.
Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman
- Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman is set to open its fourth location in the Outrigger Reef on the beach in Waikīkī in early Q1 2023! Handcrafted Restaurants is excited to bring the craft of food, drink, and merrymaking to Waikīkī beach! Learn more at monkeypodkitchen.com.
- Mugen, Hawaiʻi’s exquisite fine dining experience recently introduced a new seasonal tasting menu carefully curated by Chef Jason Yamaguchi, highlighting globally sourced, world-class ingredients. The highly sought-after culinary destination located within the ESPACIO The Jewel of Waikīkī was also recently recognized with a coveted five-star rating by Forbes Travel Guide, joining only seven Hawaiʻi restaurants who have received a Forbes rating, and one of just two celebrated with five stars—as well as a AAA Five Lēʻahi rating. Mugen is open for dine-in services from Tuesday through Saturday with one seating each evening at 6:30 p.m. To make a reservation, call 808-377-2247 or visit OpenTable or MugenWaikiki.com.
- This summer, award-winning restaurant PAI Honolulu is launching a new prix fixe menu that reimagines iconic flavors and ingredients of Oʻahu through the lens of chef/owner Kevin Lee, who combines his global travels, fine dining finesse and love of Hawaiʻi to create a menu showcasing the best of the island. Guests will get to experience this culinary journey while conveniently dining in Downtown Honolulu, just a few miles from Waikīkī. Named "Hawaiʻi's Best Restaurant" (2019-2020) by Honolulu Star-Advertiser's ‘Ilima Awards and "Best New Restaurant" (2019) by Honolulu Magazine's Hale ‘ʻāina Awards, PAI Honolulu offers exceptional food and service in an intimate setting. PAI Honolulu can also accommodate groups of 40 for indoor seating, with an additional 20-30 people outdoors. PAIHonolulu.com.
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