O'ahu Vacation Planner 2013/2014 - (Page 62)
E vents & Festivals
Festivals celebrate O‘ahu’s rich heritage and traditions and as such, are a great way
to learn more about the Island’s multi-culturalism. Below is a listing of just a few of the
most notable festivals on O‘ahu.
Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational
in Memory of Eddie Aikau
December 1, 2012 – February 28
This invitation-only event gathers the 24 most
accomplished paddle-in big wave riders from
around the world.
Sony Open, Wai‘alae Country Club
Don’t miss the first full-field PGA TOUR
event of the year during Hawai‘i’s Aloha
Season. Over 144 of the world’s leading
professional golfers participate in this
weeklong premier event.
23rd Annual Moanikeala Hula Festival
Some of the world’s most gifted hula dancers
¯lau (schools) come together at the
Polynesian Cultural Center for the first
hula event of the year.
NFL Pro Bowl
One week before the Super Bowl, all-star
professional football players from the AFC
and NFC are selected to battle at Aloha
Stadium. Events prior to the game include an
autograph session, open practices, clinics and
tailgate party. www.nﬂ.com/probowl
Chinese New Year Celebration,
Celebrate the Chinese New Year in the only
Chinatown in Hawai‘i.
29th Annual Great Aloha Run
Start this 8.15-mile run at Aloha Tower
enjoying entertainment along the route as
you make your way to Aloha Stadium.
3rd Annual Hawai‘i Chocolate Festival
This is a must for all chocolate lovers with
chocolate tastings, guest speakers, chocolate
inspired spa lounge, chocolate garden, coco
café and tea house, live entertainment and
21st Annual World Fireknife Championship
Watch dancers of all ages as they tempt
fate and showcase their mastery of Samoan
fireknives in a fiery battle of skill and bravery.
Tickets sell out every year so early booking is
Hawai‘i Food & Wine Paradise
Wine aficionados and foodies can enjoy
three days of world-class wining and dining.
A portion of the proceeds from this event is
donated to scholarship programs.
Sail in the Company of Whales,
Peak of Season Whale Watching
It’s no “fluke,” that the month of March
is prime whale time. Marine biologists
share intimate four-hour sails on a sleek
19th Annual Honolulu Festival
Festivities include Japanese plays, street
performers, food booths, Sumo, kite making,
bon dancing, cultural arts demonstrations and
a Grand Parade. www.honolulufestival.com
Taste of the Nation Hawai‘i
Seeking to end childhood hunger, Share
Our Strength, a national nonprofit hosts
this exciting culinary event that features
delicious drinks and dishes prepared by
Hawai‘i’s hottest mixologists and chefs,
using fresh, local ingredients.
11th Annual Waikiki SPAM® Jam
The event celebrates the unusually high
consumption of SPAM® in Hawai‘i and features
a variety of Honolulu’s finest restaurants serving
up SPAM®- inspired creations.
Lei Day Celebration
A celebration including entertainment, food
booths and a lei making contest takes place at
the beautiful Queen Kapi‘olani Park.
Thousands of triathletes from around the
world visit O‘ahu each May to compete in the
Olympic distance triathlon features a 1.5K
swim, 40K bike and 10K run that begins and
ends at Ala Moana Beach Park.
NÅ HØkË O Hawai‘i Music Festival
This four-day festival will include workshops,
demonstrations, exhibitions and performances
that showcase and teach attendees about
Hawaiian music, arts and culture.
Lantern Floating Hawai‘i Ceremony
On Memorial Day at sundown, thousands of
people gather at Magic Island at Ala Moana
Beach Park and set candlelit lanterns afloat
on the ocean to honor ancestors and loved
ones who have passed away.
Rainbow Film Festival
The Rainbow Film Festival serves to educate
and raise community awareness about gay
and lesbian culture, arts and lifestyle through
independent films shown at the Doris Duke
Theatre. Locally submitted films are also
featured and supported by the festival.
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