With over twenty free Hawaii events held regularly on Oahu, your next Hawaii holiday just got a little less expensive!
01. Ala Moana Centerstage
02. Art on the Zoo Fence
03. Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday
04. Courtyard Cinema
05. Eat The Street
06. Family Fishing
07. First Fridays at HiSAM
08. First Fridays in Chinatown
09. Free Waikiki Fireworks Show
10. Moana Banyan Tree Ceremony
11. Kona Nui Nights
12. Kuhio Beach Hula Show
13. Memorable Sunsets Under The Kiawe Tree
14. Moana Surfrider Historical Tour
15. Moomeheu Hawaii – Cultural Programming
16. Na Mele No Na Pua Sunday Showcase
17. O Na Lani Sunset Stories
18. Royal Hawaiian Band Public Performances
19. Second Saturdays at HiSAM
20. Royal Hawaiian Historical Tour
There’s always plenty of action taking place on Centerstage at Ala Moana Center, America’s largest open-air shopping mall. Local and international acts from choirs and bands, to fashion shows and pageants, entertain shoppers throughout the day. Don’t miss the Ala Moana Hula Show from Monday through Saturday at 1:00pm.
Art Zoo on the Fence is a pop-up outdoor art gallery where local artists display their original works and prints. If you’re staying in Waikiki over a weekend, take a stroll to the banyan trees next to Honolulu Zoo where you can mingle with artistic folk and buy your own Hawaii masterpiece.
Save US$20 per adult with free admission to Honolulu Museum of Art on Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday. People of all ages are invited to peruse the galleries and enjoy art-based activities, entertainment and film screenings. Each event is themed to tie into the museum’s permanent collections and special exhibitions.
Courtyard Cinema showcases Hawaii International Film Festival flicks. Tickets are free to the public but fill-up fast, always RSVP to guarantee your seats. This monthly movie night takes place in the courtyard at Ward Village, a premier street shopping, dining and entertainment precinct in Kakaako.
Without a doubt, Eat The Street is the tastiest food-fest in town. This food truck rally gathers at Kakaako Waterfront Park, a short drive, bus or trolley from Waikiki. The menus are always changing based on a monthly theme and have included mouth-watering concepts like spicy, bacon, garlic and chocolate. Meals at own cost.
Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden, Hawaii’s largest botanical garden, offers a free catch-and-release Family Fishing program. Bamboo poles and barbless hooks are handed out on a first-come-first-served basis. Bring your own bait (fresh white bread). Walking shoes, insect repellant and rain gear is recommended.
Hawaii State Art Museum extends evening hours and hosts entertainment on the first Friday of the month, admission is free. It’s a family-friendly evening where guests can view artworks. The museum’s collection is primarily contemporary works by artists who have a connection to Hawaii.
Downtown Honolulu (and Chinatown) is the central business district of Oahu and once a month it’s galleries, boutiques, cafes, restaurants and bars transform for First Friday celebrations. The individual shops extend hours and incorporate art exhibitions, free entertainment and music, discounted food and cocktails etc.
Waikiki is blessed with a Free Fireworks Show every Friday night sponsored by Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. The fireworks display launches from the hotel lagoon. You can see them from many different vantage points, one of the most popular being beachfront along Fort DeRussy Park boardwalk.
The Moana Surfrider hotel was the very first hotel built on Waikiki Beach and every evening visitors can witness a special lighting ceremony at its iconic banyan tree. The Moana Banyan Tree Ceremony highlights exciting milestones of the resort on video before illuminating the Banyan Courtyard with lights and sweet tunes.
Kona Nui Nights is an evening show centred around Hawaiian language, music and hula. Tickets are free to the public but are limited, always RSVP to guarantee your seats. This regular event takes place in the courtyard at Ward Village, a premier street shopping, dining and entertainment precinct in Kakaako.
Where Hula Mound (opposite Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort)
When Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday Night
Time 6:00pm Nov-Jan; 6:30pm Feb-Oct
Authentic Hawaiian music and hula are performed three nights a week by local entertainers at the Kuhio Beach Hula Show. This complimentary event uses a purpose-built Hula Mound as it’s outdoor stage and attracts a large audience. Make sure you arrive early to get a good seat on the grass.
House Without A Key is a romantic oceanfront restaurant that’s very popular for sunset drinks thanks to its free nightly entertainment, Memorable Sunsets Under The Kiawe Tree. Distinctive Hawaiian music combine with graceful hula performed by former Miss Hawaii winners.
The general public is invited to learn about the interesting history of Moana Surfrider hotel, nicknamed the “First Lady of Waikiki”. Step back into yesteryear during this Historical Tour. Meet at the Historical Room on the 2nd floor of the Banyan Wing.
More than just a retail shopping hotspot with 150 stores, Royal Hawaiian Center also provides complimentary Cultural Programming and live entertainment. Expert kumu (teachers) offer a raft of free Hawaiian cultural lessons in lei making, lauhala weaving, hula, ukulele playing, quilting, lomilomi massage and more.
Waikiki Beach Walk is a vibrant mix of one-of-a-kind shops, boutiques, popular restaurants and bars. In addition, it offers a great variety of free entertainment, cultural activities and classes. Catch some of the islands best entertainers at Na Mele No Na Pua, a free Sunday night concert.
International Market Place, a shopping center in the heart of Waikiki, hosts a free storytelling performance in honour Queen Emma. The nightly O Na Lani Sunset Stories are told through Hawaiian and Polynesian song and dance and include ceremonial torch lighting. A list of other events are also routinely hosted.
Founded in 1836 by King Kamehameha III, the Royal Hawaiian Band was literally the “King’s Band” during the time of the Hawaiian Kingdom. It’s now an agency of the City and County of Honolulu and they perform in over 300 concerts, parades and events each year. Public performances are held every Friday at Iolani Palace and most Sundays at Kapiolani Park Bandstand.
On the second Saturday of each month, the Hawaii State Art Museum hosts complimentary hands-on art activities for all ages. Guests can drop in at any time, all materials are provided and allow about 30 minutes to complete a project.
The general public is invited to learn about the rich history of The Royal Hawaiian hotel, nicknamed the “Pink Palace of the Pacific”. Listen to fascinating stories from “back in the day” during this Historical Tour. Meet at the Royal Hawaiian Bakery on the Coconut Lanai to join the group.
- Every event is subject to change and cancellation. Always confirm the correct details closer to the event date. The easiest way to do this is by checking the applicable Facebook pages, information is usually posted on the feed or under the Events section.
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