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Aloha Festivals

During Hawaii’s premier statewide cultural festival, Waikiki is famous for its royal court ceremonies and also its huge hoʻolauleʻa evening block party and float parade along Kalakaua Ave, with food vendors, live mu…
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Molokaʻi Hoe

In mid-October, the men’s outrigger-canoe world-championship race starts just after sunrise on Molokaʻi and then finishes 41 miles later at Waikiki’s Kahanamoku Beach. Best time (2011): four hours, 30 minutes, 54 se…
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Ukulele Festival

Since 1971 this has been one of the world's premier festivals celebrating the ukulele. The recent explosion in popularity of the diminutive stringed instrument has made the event a don't-miss celebration.
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Na Wahine O Ke Kai

Hawaii’s major annual women’s outrigger-canoe race starts at sunrise on the island of Molokaʻi and ends 41 miles later at Waikiki’s Kahanamoku Beach. Best time (2008): five hours, 22 minutes, five seconds.
Art in Waikiki

Honolulu Festival

Free Asian and Pacific arts and cultural performances are staged for three days across Honolulu, including Waikiki. On the Sunday, there's a festive parade along Kalakaua Ave followed by a fireworks show in early to…
Cultural in Waikiki

Pan-Pacific Festival

This Asian and Polynesian cultural festival puts on a performing-arts showcase at various venues, including outdoor hula shows at Kuhio Beach Park, and a huge hoʻolauleʻa block party and parade along Kalakaua Ave.
Food & Drink in Waikiki

Waikiki Spam Jam

Join thousands of Spam aficionados celebrating at this street festival devoted to Hawaii’s favorite tinned meat product. The events take over Kalakaua Ave for one Saturday.
Music in Waikiki

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival

A day-long celebration of traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar and ukulele music with food vendors and an arts-and-crafts fair. The location varies from year to year.
Cultural in Waikiki

Nā Hula Festival

Local hula halau (schools) gather for two days of music and dance celebrations at Kapiʻolani Regional Park.
Sports in Waikiki

Honolulu Marathon

The USA’s third-largest marathon runs from downtown Honolulu to Diamond Head on the second Sunday of December.