Things to do on oahu
Things To Do On Oahu

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Things To Do On Oahu

Top 10 Oahu Activities

1. North Shore Shark Adventure

2. X-Treme Parasail

3. Paradise Cove Luau

4. Dolphin Adventure

5. Star of Honolulu Sunset Dinner Cruise

6. Kualoa Ranch ATV Ride

7. Oahu Bike & Hike Adventure

8. Oahu Bumper Tube & Banana Boat

9. Hanauma Bay Snorkel Tour

10. Surf n Sea Standup Paddle Lesson

Things To Do On Oahu


Fun annual events on Oahu

If you're going to Oahu, why not plan it around a annual event? There are so many festive, Hawaiian annual events going on all throughout the year. From the Great Aloha Run to the Merry Monarch Festival, the choices are endless. Make sure you keep the weather in mind as well though the weather is pretty consistent in Hawaii. Also rates to Hawaii may be more during certain events so make sure you plan accordingly!

Listed in Alphabetical Order

50th State Fair (99-500 Salt Lake Blvd, Aiea) Typically in May/June-This is a fun fair to attend while on O'ahu it you happen to visit when its active. If you are there during the summer months, do a google search for the fair and punch in the year you are going to be there. A slew of sites should pull to show you which months it will be on and what dates and entertainment will be playing. This is a fun place to hang out, eat, and see popular local bands perform while having a fun time playing games. Don't expect the rides to be anything spectacular, this even is mobile, so the rides need to be assembled and unassembled which limits the size they can be. Sometimes they have really unique Hawaiian art and products you can take back as gifts as well.
Aloha Week Parade (Ala Moana Beach Park to Kapiolani Park) Typically in September-This is a long time classic event which features many of the top local marching bands on the island. You'll also see a variety of cultural dances and fancy modern Hawaiian clothing (muumuus) worn by parade participants. It only happens once a year, so if you're lucky to catch this parade, it's worth waking a little early and grabbing a seat along Kalakaua Avenue to watch the parade go by. This event starts at Ala Moana Beach Park, goes along Kalakaua Avenue and ends at Kapiolani Park.
Bon Dances(Various locations throughout the islands) Typically from June-September-These dances can be watched at various temples around the island. These festivals are a Buddhist event where they honor their dead with dancing and celebration. If you've never attended a Bon Festival, it's a fun event to check out and grab some local Hawaiian BBQ which is bound to be served there. The dances can be picked up in a few minutes and are not strenuous where many seniors participate in them for hours at a time. This is mostly a Japanese cultural event, not necessarily having to do anything with the Hawaiian culture, but still a lot of fun! Google "hawaii bon dance schedule" to find a festival near you.
Great Aloha Run (Visit their website) Typically in February-One of the biggest annual events on the island sometimes bringing as much as 20,000+ people out to run/walk the 8.15 mile course. Over the years, more and more tourists have made this President's Day event a planned part of their trip. Go online early to register to save a few dollars on fees. Most of the funds go to great charities and non-profit organizations. To walk the whole course way takes about 3 hours and is a fun thing to accomplish while visiting the island. You'll start in downtown Honolulu, walk along the piers and end up at Aloha Stadium. Most people will park at the Aloha Stadium and ride a free bus to the starting line. For more information, visit
Merry Monarch Festival(Visit their website) Typically in April-This 40+ year old festival is where you'll see the "best of the best" compete in a Hula competition. GOOD "professional" hula is not found just anywhere, you need to go to where the competition gather to show off their stuff. If you've never seen a competitive Hula event, the beauty of the dancing will impress upon you that these performers must have worked extremely hard and for many hours to do what they do. Although Hula dancing has evolved a little over time, it's still holds most of the traditional dance motions that were used hundreds of years ago. Visit for more information and event dates.
Pro Bowl Typically in February-BUMMER!! At the time of this posting, the 2010 Pro Bowl will not be played in Hawaii like it has been for the last 30 years. Hopefully this event will return to the Aloha Stadium, for it was the only "real" Professional league sport to played there. Hawaii does not have any professional sports team for it to cheer for, so the University of Hawaii sports teams get a lot of attention.

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