Honolulu's Festivals and Holidays
Collected by Andrea Rip , AFAR Local Expert
From South Pacific traditions to American remembrances, Hawaiians enjoy commemorating everything related to island culture and history leading up to U.S. statehood.
2335 Kalakaua Ave #116, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
Surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku grew up here, and you can dine amid his memorabilia at this kitschy Waikiki classic. Pair one of the restaurant’s signature mai tais with a pupu (appetizer) like ahi poke or panko-fried...
530 S King St # 202, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA
Hawaiians are crazy for Christmas (especially the Jackson 5 Christmas Album, but that's a story for another time)! The fun kicks off at the beginning of December at Honolulu City Lights with a tree lighting ceremony, parade, and street festival....
Kapiolani Park Beach, Diamond Head / Kapahulu / St. Louis Heights, HI 96815, USA
The Hawaiian Islands are made up of many more cultural groups than Hawaiian Islanders and white settlers. Located between Asia and North America, the blend of cultures is much different than the other 49 States. Every time I host guests in ...
2365 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
Built in 1901, the legendary "First Lady of Waikiki" blends Victorian architecture with a golden beach and turquoise seas. Putting a luxury hotel in a deserted backwater was a bold move—but one that paid off. Tourism took off here and the...
Magic Island, Honolulu, HI 96814, USA
Even before I moved to Hawaii, I knew I wanted to be a part of the Lantern Floating Festival. It takes place on Memorial Day weekend in May at Ala Moana Park in Honolulu. An estimated 40,000 people turned out for the 2012 celebration where...
Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI, USA
In Honolulu it seems like any reason is a fantastic reason to have a parade on Oahu. Traffic is held up and diverted all over Waikiki's slim peninsula, and the streets are flooded with brilliant colors and the sounds of marching bands. The...
1 Arizona Memorial Pl, Honolulu, HI 96818, USA
Every year on December 7, survivors from the attacks on Pearl Harbor gather as the faces of remembrance. A ship's whistle is blown, flowers are thrown to the sea, the missing man formation flies overhead, the President makes a statement of...
417 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA
Known today as the Hawaii Five-O headquarters façade, Aliiolani Hale means "house of the heavenly king" in the Hawaiian language. The building was designed under King Kamehameha V and served as a palace with government offices for the Kingdom of...
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