Festivals of Oahu
Oahu has more festivals than any other island in the state, ranging from parades and cultural celebrations to sporting events. Whether you want to immerse yourself in Oahu’s unique arts scene, watch authentic hula, or sample the tastes of Hawaii, there is something for everyone on Oahu.
To experience the best in authentic Hawaiian culture, visitors should make their way to a number of events, including: the Honolulu Festival in March, a three-day celebration of art, music and dance culminating in a vibrant parade through Waikiki; Oahu’s Lei Day Celebration (May 1) at the beautiful Kapiolani Park, including lei making competitions and live music; the King Kamehameha Floral Parade in June, featuring brightly decorated floats and traditional pau riders (female riders in ornate dresses and lei) on horseback, representing the Hawaiian royal court; July’s Prince Lot Hula Festival at Moanalua Gardens with crafts, traditional Hawaiian games and hula halau (troupes); and the Aloha Festivals in September, Hawaii’s largest festival and the only statewide celebration in the nation, a premier showcase of Hawaiian music, dance and history.
For sports fans, Oahu also offers the opportunity to experience a variety of professional competitions throughout the year, including the Sony Open in January, December’s Honolulu Marathon and the “Super Bowl of Surfing,” the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (November-December) on the North Shore.
And, for those who want to sample a variety of local flavors, there’s September’s Hawaii Food and Wine Festival, a four-day gourmet getaway including romantic luncheons and beach-side barbeques, the Wahiawa Pineapple Festival (mid-May) and Downtown Honolulu and Chinatown’s Taste of the Arts in mid-September, showcasing local restaurants. This is just a sample of the special festivals and events you’ll discover on Oahu. For more, see Oahu Events.