FEBRUARY 5-6, 2016
CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION
Ring in the Year of the Monkey during the Chinese New Year festivities at the Chinese Cultural Plaza in downtown Honolulu. Watch the parades, complete with dancing dragons and firecrackers, and listen to live music with the thousands of spectators who attend this lively event every year.
MARCH 11-13, 2016
Witness the beauty of live performance at the Honolulu Festival, dedicated to promoting harmony among the diverse cultures of the Pacific Rim. This popular event features live dance and traditional art demonstrations by talented artists from Japan, Australia, Tahiti, The Philippines, Taiwan, Korea and Hawaii. Each performance is located at various stages within the Hawaii Convention Center, Ala Moana Shopping Center, and Waikiki Beach Walk.
APRIL 10, 2016
HAPALUA - HAWAII HALF MARATHON
Whether you’re a runner or a spectator, you can take in the sights and sounds of Waikiki and downtown Honolulu at the Hapalua - Hawaii Half Marathon. Start at the Duke Kahanamoku statue, pass the famous Diamond Head Crater in Waikiki, and cross the finish line in Kapiolani Park.
MAY 30, 2016
LANTERN FLOATING CEREMONY
Join the more than 40,000 people from all over the world who attend the annual spectacle that is the Lantern Floating Ceremony. Culture and tradition come together to cast beautiful memorial lanterns over the ocean, illuminating the sunset sky off Magic Island in Ala Moana Beach Park.
JUNE 12-14, 2016
Get ready to party at the Pan-Pacific Festival, a colorful celebration of Hawaiian and Pacific Rim cultural traditions. This three-day festival features a Hoolaulea (block party) complete with live entertainment, plenty of food and crafts, and a lively parade on Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki.
JULY 17, 2016
UKULELE FESTIVAL OF HAWAII
Head to the Kapiolani Park Bandstand in Waikiki where you can sway to the rhythm of a free, two-hour concert showcasing the finest ukulele players, Hawaiian entertainers, national celebrities, and a ukulele orchestra of more than 800 talented students.
Take to the waves on Waikiki’s pristine beaches for the week-long Duke’s OceanFest. Watch a variety of exciting watersports competitions, from longboard surfing and surf polo to swimming and standup paddling, plus a full calendar of additional events dedicated to Hawaii’s greatest waterman, Duke Kahanamoku.
SEPTEMBER 3-4, 2016
Recently named “Hawaii’s Best Ethnic/Cultural Festival” by the Honolulu Star Advertiser, the Okinawan Festival invites you to enjoy a jam-packed roster of live entertainment, arts and crafts, local vendor booths, and plenty of authentic Pan-Asian food at Kapiolani Park in Waikiki.
OCTOBER 9, 2016
Honoring outrigger canoe paddlers around the world, the Molokai Hoe boat race perpetuates one of Hawaii and Polynesia’s most important and historic cultural traditions on the water. Watch the paddlers take their first plunge at Hale o Lono Beach on Molokai, and meander through the Kaiwi Channel, before ending at Duke Kahanamoku Beach in front of Hilton Hawaiian Village.
NOVEMBER 4, 2016
FIRST FRIDAY DOWNTOWN
Join the stylish crowd of visitors who take a deep dive into Oahu’s vibrant art scene on the first Friday of each month. Spanning downtown Honolulu and Chinatown, First Friday Downtown allows you to interact with local artists and artisans as they showcase their best work throughout the night.
DECEMBER 11, 2016
As the fourth largest marathon in the United States, the Honolulu Marathon attracts more than 30,000 participants – and counting. This unique race has no cut-off time, therefore attracting the fastest runners and walkers to challenge their personal records. Starting at Aloha Tower and finishing at Kapiolani Park, this is a spectacle to see whether you participate or watch from the sidelines.