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Oahu Festivals & Events Listing For 2013

by Fergy Ferguson

OK everybody, I promised you a comprehensive listing of Oahu Festivals & Events Listing For 2013.  Here is the remainder of the year, with links, so now you can possibly plan your next Seattle to Hawaii vacation around your favorite festival.

What’s New and Exciting on Oahu: Festivals

There’s always a reason to celebrate on Oahu because it is home to the largest number of festivals and events in Hawaii. Connect with the local community and experience renowned events that showcase the island’s rich history and culture, unique local foods and epicurean delights, as well as world’s top amateur and professional sporting competitions and championships, and the many ethnic celebrations that are exclusive to Hawaii.

Mele Mei 3rd Annual Mele Mei – April 26, 2013 to May 26, 2013 Mele Mei is a month-long celebration of Hawaii’s music, hula and culture. The music of Hawaii continues to be an evolutionary art form, a blend of old and new that is beloved throughout the world. Immerse yourself at festival events that include the Lei of Stars Concert, International Hula Conference, O Ka Hula Ke Ola-hula completion, Ukulele Slack & Steel Jam, and Na Hoku Hanohano Festival Workshops. Events in Mele Mei are held throughout Waikiki and will take place at various hotels, venues and the beach. For more information, please visit or call (808) 593-9424
Fireknife Championship 21st Annual World Fireknife Championship – May 8, 2013 to May 11, 2013 The world’s most talented fireknife dancers will battle for the art’s premier title “World Fireknife Champion” at the Polynesian Cultural Center in this thrilling event. A combination of ancient warrior practices and modern day flair, this four-night, four division competition showcases mastery of the Samoan fireknife dance (ailao afi), a modern innovation on ancient warriors’ knife dance performed with the nifo oti, or “tooth of death.” For more information or to make reservations, visit, or call the PCC ticket office at 1-800-367-7060.
Prince Lot Hula Festival 36th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival – July 20, 2013 As the largest non-competitive hula event in Hawaii, this beloved festival is held each year to honor Prince Lot Kapuaiwa who reprised the once forbidden hula in the district of Moanalua. Once a botanical garden, Moanalua Gardens is a historic and cultural treasure and arguably one of the most beautiful places in Honolulu with its famous structures and rare trees. The event will feature both hula kahiko (ancient) hula and chant, and auana (modern) hula performances. Dancers will perform on one of the few remaining pa hula (hula mounds) in Hawaii. or call (808) 839-5334
Food and Wine Festival 3rd Annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival – September 5 – 8, 2013 Join Hawaii’s James Beard Award-winning chefs Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong and more than 50 of the hottest chefs and culinary personalities from Hawaii, the mainland U.S., and around the globe for an unforgettable week of delicious food and incredible wines. Each chef’s creative culinary style and the state’s local produce, seafood, beef and poultry will be highlighted at special events throughout Oahu and Maui from September 1-8, 2013. For more information, please visit or call (808) 738-6245
Aloha Festivals 2013 Aloha Festivals – September 21 and September 28, 2013 Aloha Festivals is Hawaii’s premier cultural showcase, a celebration of Hawaii’s music, dance and history intended to preserve our unique island traditions. The Waikiki Hoolaulea is Hawaii’s largest block party with multiple stages of entertainment, lots of food and lei vendors and hula crafters spread along 12 city blocks of the world famous Kalakaua Avenue. The Aloha Festivals Floral Parade from Ala Moana Park, along Kalakaua Avenue to Kapiolani Park is a colorful equestrian procession of female and male pau riders, extravagant floats with cascades of Hawaiian flowers, hula Halau and marching bands and is a “must see” event! For more information, please visit or call (808) 483-0730


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Benise's Nights of Fire“Benise’s Nights of Fire, Hawaii” the Emmy Award Winning Show takes visitors on an epic adventure through Spanish Flamenco, Salsa, Argentinean Tango, Brazilian Samba, Indian Bollywood, Waltz and more. This show created exclusively for the Hawaii audience will be available 7 nights a week at 9:30pm at the Holiday Inn BeachComber Resort. or call 702-650-7677


Hawaiian Journey, New TheaterHawaiian Journey, an all-new immersive cinematic experience at the Polynesian Cultural Center, brings to life the story of the people of Hawai’i’s connection to the land and their ancestors. Housed in a volcano, Hawaiian Journey is projected on one of the largest screens in the state and transports guests into the gorgeous imagery on screen as they experience crashing waves, mystic valleys and powerful eruptions through interactive special effects that tantalize all the senses. Hawaiian Journey is included with general admission or any package that includes daytime activities. or 1-800-367-7060

Other Upcoming Festivals & Events top

11th Annual Waikiki SPAM Jam – April 27, 2013 Join this exciting annual street festival that celebrates locals’ extraordinary love affair with SPAM® in Hawaii and features a variety of Honolulu’s finest restaurants serving up SPAM®-inspired creations, entertainment and even an “Mr. or Mrs. SPAM®” contest. www.spamjamhawaii.comAnnual Lei Day Celebration – May 1, 2013 Enjoy entertainment, food booths and a lei making contest at Kapiolani Park and Bandstand.

Wahiawa Pineapple Festival – May 11 – 12, 2013 Discover the rich history of pineapple in Wahiawa and enjoy a parade, ethnic cuisine, children’s games and activities, fresh produce, crafts, and entertainment. Sunday will have a jazz festival. 808-621-6531

Annual Hawaii Book & Music Festival – May 18-19, 2013 Explore ten pavilions and stages where festival-goers can meet local, national and internationally celebrated authors and illustrators and enjoy music and stage performances, panel discussions, story-telling, poetry slams as well as children activities and entertainment.

15th Annual Lantern Floating Ceremony – May 27, 2013 – Memorial Day Every year on Memorial Day, thousands of people gather together at Magic Island at Ala Moana Beach Park to honor ancestors and loved ones who have passed away. More than 1,100 candle-lit lanterns are set afloat on the ocean, a traditional Buddhist rite originating in Japan.

Pan-Pacific Festival-Matsuri in Hawaii – June 7-9, 2013 This special three-day celebration includes a huge Friday night block party, hula festival and a grand parade along Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. or (808) 926-8177

96th Annual King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade and Hoolaulea – June 8, 2013 This colorful celebration honors the reign of King Kamehameha, who was responsible for uniting the Hawaiian Islands under his rule in 1795. The parade features traditional pau riders representing a Hawaiian royal court on horseback and is followed by the Hoolaulea celebration with entertainment and food

Korean Festival – July 13- 14, 2013 This family-friendly annual event includes a full day of Korean food, activities and entertainment at Kapiolani Park.

Hawaii All-Collectors Show – July 19-20, 2013 Don’t miss the opportunity to find the perfect gift from Hawaii at this annual collectibles and antiques show and sale featuring more than 200 booths with one of the largest selections of Hawaiiana under one roof. or (808) 941-9754

15th Annual Haleiwa Arts Festival Summer Event – July 20-21, 2013 Experience a broad spectrum of traditional, contemporary and ethnic arts that includes visual artists, musicians, singers, dancers, demonstrations, storytelling, student art displays, historical trolley tours, and arts and craft activities for children. Browse and purchase unique works by artists of all ages and cultural backgrounds. or (808) 637-2277

Annual Roy Sakuma Ukulele Festival Hawaii – July 21, 2013 The largest festival of its kind in the world, attracting audiences of thousands this free two-hour concerts showcases the finest ukulele players, along with national celebrities, Hawaii’s top entertainers, and an ukulele orchestra of more than 800 students, mostly children. or (808) 732-3739

12th Annual Te Manahua; Maori Song and Dance Festival – August 1-3, 2013 Immerse yourself in this enriching whakataetae (competition) marked by harmonious melodies, soulful chants and moving traditional dances.

Made in Hawaii Festival – August 16-18, 2013 Enjoy this three-day celebration highlighting the unique products of Hawaii. More than 400 exhibitors offer everything made in Hawaii from art, clothing, food, home furnishings, jewelry, toys, fresh produce, and plants, to authentic Hawaiian handicrafts. or (808) 533-1292

30th Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival – August 18, 2013 Slack key guitar originated in Hawaii in the 19th century with Hawaiian paniolo (cowboys). The festival celebrates the cultural importance, perpetuates, and preserves the unique acoustic guitar art form, “Kī hōalu,” which means “loosen the key” and features performances by well-known slack key musicians and Grammy winners. or (808) 226-2697

Duke’s OceanFest – August 17 – 24, 2013 Duke’s OceanFest is a weeklong series of events including surf contests, surf polo, tandem surfing, and a special luau to honor famed Hawaiian waterman, Duke Kahanmoku.

Annual Okinawan Festival – August 31 – September 1, 2013 Come to the largest ethnic festival in the state of Hawaii complete with a parade featuring entertainers from Okinawa, Okinawan food, entertainment, arts, crafts, and cultural activities as well as the state’s largest traditional Japanese Obon dance. or (808) 676-5400

Vans Triple Crown of Surfing – November 12 – December 20, 2013 Oahu’s famous North Shore is home to these final events on the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) calendar that will crown surfing’s new world champions.

A hui ho….Fergy,
Master Hawaii Vacation Consultant
Call 206-623-2490

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