2010 Festivals enhance the
Oahu experience for families
OAHU – Want to go to Oahu, but not sure when to go? See if any of these 2010 festivals and events entice you enough to book a flight soon. Check dis out!
Music & Entertainment
April 16-22; October
Hawaii International Film Festival
The Hawaii International Film Festival is dedicated to the advancement of understanding and cultural exchange among the peoples of Asia, the Pacific and North America through the medium of film. HIFF showcases independent feature films and is held at the Signature Dole Cannery Theatres each spring and fall. Expect the very best and latest in independent and global cinema. www.hiff.org or (808) 528-3456
Local music sensation Jack Johnson hosts his annual Kokua Festival on Earth Day weekend at the Waikiki Shell. This year’s festival will feature a lineup including Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley, Taj Mahal, Jake Shimabukuro, Anuhea, and local island favorites. The popular event benefits the Kokua Hawaii Foundation and promotes eco-friendly living. Food booths, products and services from green companies, alternative energy demonstrations, interactive games and crafts for kids, and information from environmentally active groups from around the islands are also featured. www.kokuafestival.org or (310) 313-7200.
Na Hoku O Hawaii Music Festival
The Na Hoku O Hawaii Music Festival focuses on the colorful diversity of Hawaiian music. From workshops to concerts, each night is filled with music and entertainment. Music ranges from falsetto, slack-key guitar and group performances to ukulele workshops and guest speakers. Enjoy musical performances from artists like Cyril Pahinui, Makaha Sons, Na Leo, John Cruz, Henry Kapono, and many more. The festival culminates with the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards – the biggest awards show for Hawaiian music. www.nahokuohawaiimusicfestival.com
Ala Moana Center Fireworks
For the 19th consecutive year, Ala Moana Center will present locals and visitors with one of the largest and most spectacular fireworks shows in the country. In addition to the fireworks, Ala Moana will offer a weekend’s worth of live entertainment and a mall-wide shopping savings pass. www.alamoanacenter.com or (808) 955-9517
40th Annual Roy Sakuma Ukulele Festival Hawaii
Local ukulele legend Roy Sakuma and his sponsors are helping to keep the ukulele alive with the largest festival of its kind in the world, attracting thousands. A free two-hour concert showcases the finest ukulele players, along with national celebrities, Hawaii’s top entertainers, and an ukulele orchestra of more than 800 students, mostly children. The festival benefits Ukulele Festival Hawaii, a charitable non-profit organization. www.roysakuma.net or (808) 732-3739
28th Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival
Slack key guitar originated in Hawaii in the 19th century with Hawaiian paniolo (cowboys), and is continuing to gain popularity today, with slack key collection albums having won Grammy awards in the Best Hawaiian Music category for the last three years. The Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival, founded in 1982, celebrates the cultural importance, perpetuates, and preserves the unique acoustic guitar art form of “Kī hō‘alu,” which means “loosen the key.” The festival features performances by well-known slack key musicians and Grammy winners including Ledward Kaapana, Cyril Pahinui and Keoki Kahumoku. www.slackkeyfestival.com or (808) 226-2697
Annual ‘Ukulele Guild of Hawaii’s Exhibition & Conference
The ‘Ukulele Guild of Hawaii is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, perpetuation and promotion of the ‘ukulele as a significant musical instrument. This annual two-day event includes ‘ukulele exhibitions, workshops and performances from notable musicians including local legend Roy Sakuma. www.ukuleleguild.org
Various weekends throughout the year
Sunset On The Beach
Enjoy a free film on a 30’ screen under the stars on Queens Beach in Waikiki. Movies range from action to comedy – and are always family friendly. Live entertainment and food vendors add to the event. Arrive early to score a great seat and catch a glimpse of the sun setting. www.sunsetonthebeach.net
Arts & Culture
May and October
Chinatown Arts and Culture Street Festivals
Join thousands of people as they gather in the streets of Chinatown to celebrate Mardi Gras, Cinco de Mayo, and Halloween. The City & County of Honolulu presents the festivals, which feature live entertainment, food vendors, dancing, and local product vendors. www.artsdistricthonolulu.com
The annual Honolulu Festival celebrates cultures from across the Pacific. This three-day celebration of art, music, dance, and crafts is filled with spectacular sights and sounds, including aboriginal dance performances, cultural demonstrations and a vibrant parade through Waikiki.
www.honolulufestival.com or (808) 926-2424
Lei Day Celebration
On May 1, a celebration including entertainment, food booths and a lei making contest takes place at the beautiful Queen Kapi‘olani Park and Bandstand in Waikiki and is followed by an honoring of Hawaii’s ali‘i at Mauna Ala and Kawaiahao on May 2. This year marks the 81st anniversary of the celebration of Lei Day in Hawaii.
World Fire Knife Competition
Competitors from around the world come to the Polynesian Cultural Center every year to vie for the title of world’s best fire knife dancer. See who can brave the flaming nifooti while twisting, turning and performing innovative routines never seen before. The stunning visual displays keep spectators on the edge of their seats. www.polynesia.com or (808) 293-3333
Pan Pacific Festival-Matsuri in Hawaii
This special three-day celebration begins with Hawaiian festivities on Friday evening, including a block party where tens of thousands enjoy entertainment and food. The celebration includes a hula festival held at Ala Moana Center, where spectators have the rare opportunity to see hula groups from Japan perform with Hawaiian hula halau (troupes). The event culminates with a grand parade along Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. www.pan-pacific-festival.com or (808) 926-8177
94th Annual King Kamehameha Floral Parade
This colorful celebration honors the reign of King Kamehameha, who was responsible for uniting the Hawaiian Islands under his rule in 1795. The parade features brightly decorated floats, energetic marching bands and traditional pau riders, who represent a Hawaiian royal court on horseback. The parade traverses the streets of Honolulu, from Downtown through Waikiki, and ends with an awards presentation, craft demonstrations and food booths at Kapiolani Park.
Prince Lot Hula Festival
This all-day festival held in the beautiful Moanalua Gardens features hula halau (troupes) gracing the hula mound for spectators to enjoy. The festival showcases Native Hawaiian culture through crafts, kapa making, lauhala weaving, lomilomi massage, traditional Hawaiian games, and more.
www.mgf-hawaii.org or (808) 839-5334
Annual Haleiwa Arts Festival Summer Event
Experience a broad spectrum of traditional, contemporary and ethnic arts at Haleiwa Beach Park in the historic town of Haleiwa. This event includes visual artists, musicians, singers, dancers, demonstrations, storytelling, student art displays, historical trolley tours, children’s arts and crafts. Browse and purchase unique works by artists of all ages and cultural backgrounds.
www.haleiwaartsfestival.org or (808) 637-2277
Hawaii All-Collectors Show
Don’t miss the opportunity to find the perfect gift from Hawaii at the Hawaii All-Collectors Show at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. This annual collectibles and antiques show and sale features more than 200 booths with one of the largest selections of Hawaiiana under one roof. www.ukulele.com or (808) 941-9754
Made in Hawaii Festival
Enjoy this three-day celebration highlighting the unique products of Hawaii. More than 400 exhibitors offer everything made in Hawaii, including art, clothing, food, home furnishings, jewelry, toys, fresh produce, plants, and authentic Hawaiian handicrafts. www.madeinhawaiifestival.com or (808) 533-1292
This premier showcase celebrates Hawaii’s music, dance, and history, and is intended to preserve the islands’ unique traditions. The 2010 theme is Mele Ailana: Celebrate Island Music, and Oahu festivities include a Waikiki Hoolaulea on September 18 and a floral parade on September 25. www.alohafestivals.com or (808) 589-1771
28th Annual Okinawan Festival
The Hawaii United Okinawa Association presents the largest ethnic festival in the state of Hawaii. A parade through Waikiki featuring entertainers from Okinawa and Hawaii kicks off the three-day festival at Kapi‘olani Park celebrating Okinawan culture with food, entertainment, arts, crafts, and cultural activities. On Sunday evening, all are welcome to cap off the festivities by participating in Hawaii’s largest traditional Japanese Obon dance. www.okinawanfestival.com or (808) 676-5400
First Friday of every month
This free event invites all ages to downtown Honolulu’s galleries and studios to view work by various artists. More than 20 galleries participate in the evening’s events, which include live music, street entertainment, wine tasting, and shopping in downtown’s antique stores. Following the free gallery walking map, guests can also experience the many bars, clubs and restaurants that make downtown a unique destination. www.chinatownhi.com or (808) 521-2903
Last Friday of every month
Offering a new twist on pau hana (happy hour), the Honolulu Academy of Arts presents an evening that invigorates the senses with a combination of food, art, music, dancing, and drinks. Every event’s theme is based on the museum’s current feature exhibition and provides a fun and social way to view art in a festive atmosphere. www.artafterdark.org
Fridays throughout the year
Rockin’ Hawaiian Rainbow Revue
This weekly activity at the Super Pool of the Hilton Hawaiian Village is a favorite among visiting families. Enjoy a tribute to Duke Kahanamoku and a crescendo of torch lights, hula dancers, drums and a huge fireworks finale. www.hiltonhawaiianvillage.com
Kahala Food & Wine Classic
The Kahala Hotel & Resort welcomes back Emeril Lagasse, the beloved star chef of New Orleans for another Kahala foodie extravaganza. The event will feature an opening and closing dinner inspired by both Hawaii and New Orleans, a cooking demo with Chef Emeril, wine tasting from Schraeder Cellars, and a sampling event with Davidoff cigars. www.kahalaresort.com or (808) 739-8888.
Annual Waikiki SPAM Jam
The Waikiki SPAM Jam is an exciting annual street festival that takes place on Kalākaua Avenue in Waikiki. The event celebrates the unusually high consumption of SPAM® in Hawaii and features 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 the event even includes a “Mr. or Mrs. SPAM®” contest to honor the most SPAM®-crazed fan on Oahu. Proceeds from the event benefit the Hawaii Food Bank. www.spamjamhawaii.com
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