Events

Top Choice Film in Honolulu

Hawaii International Film Festival

This celebration of film packs the city’s movie theaters with homegrown and imported Pacific Rim, Asian, mainland American and European films for 11 days in early November.
Top Choice Art in Honolulu

Aloha Festivals

September's statewide cultural festival, a month-long block party, is a celebration of Hawaiian music, dance and history.
Top Choice Food & Drink in Honolulu

Hawaiʻi Food & Wine Festival

Star chefs, sustainable farmers and food lovers come together for a weekend of wining and dining in October. Think wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, excursions, and exclusive dining opportunities highlighting t…
Top Choice Music in Honolulu

Mele Mei

A celebration of Hawaiian music starting in April with workshops, live concerts and hula performances leads up to Hawaii's prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano Awards in June.
Top Choice Cultural in Honolulu

Honolulu Festival

Three days of Asian-Pacific cultural exchange with music, dance and drama performances, an arts-and-crafts fair, a parade and fireworks, all in early to mid-March.
Art in Honolulu

Pan-Pacific Festival

Three days of Japanese, Hawaiian and South Pacific entertainment in early to mid-June, with music, dancing and taiko (traditional Japanese drumming) at Waikiki and the Ala Moana Center.
Dance in Honolulu

Prince Lot Hula Festival

The state’s oldest and largest noncompetitive hula event invites Hawaii’s leading hula halau (schools) to the royal Moanalua Gardens on the third Saturday in July.
Tattoos in Honolulu

Sailor Jerry Festival

Held in Chinatown in June, this festival features music, standup comedy, movies and tattooing. Sailor Jerry (aka Norman Collins) was the legendary tattoo artist who fulfilled the third part of Honolulu-stationed WWI…
Music in Honolulu

King Kalakaua's Birthday

Features a concert of traditional monarchy-era music by the Royal Hawaiian Band at ʻIolani Palace on November 16, a parade down Waikiki's Kalakaua Ave, and a lei draping ceremony at the King Kalakaua statue located …
Cultural in Honolulu

Lantern Floating Hawaii

Held on Memorial Day in May, the souls of the dead are honored with a Japanese floating-lantern ceremony after sunset at Magic Island in Ala Moana Beach Park. More than 5000 lanterns are floated and over 50,000 turn…