Beautiful weather and vibrant coastal culture are just two of the reasons why Oahu is the perfect year-round destination. You certainly won’t run out of things to do here, either. Between stunning beaches, natural wonders, premier shopping, and delicious food, there’s something for everyone in “The Gathering Place.” Below, we’ve compiled some of the best Oahu events you won’t want to miss this year.
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Don’t Miss These Exciting Events on Oahu
Honolulu Marathon: December
The Honolulu Marathon is one of the best things to do on Oahu in December! For many, this race is one of the reasons winter is one of the best times to visit Oahu. It’s also one of the world’s biggest and best road races. The fourth largest marathon in the world takes place annually on the second Sunday of December.
Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational: December—February
At Waimea Bay, the pro surfing event known as “The Eddie” can only take place when the surf measures at least 20 feet for a full day.
Lili’uokalani Festival: February
Experience food, culture, hula, and art in historic Haleiwa Town every February during the Lili’uokalani Festival.
This groovy celebration features four full days of beachfront yoga taught by world-class instructors, live music, and plenty of good vibes.
Lei Day: May
Each May 1st, Lei Day celebrates the lei symbol and the spirit of Aloha that it embodies here on Oahu.
Honolulu Triathlon: May
The famous Honolulu Triathlon features several sporting events including the Triathlon itself, a Kids’ Race, a 10K Fun Run, and paddleboarding competitions at the beach.
Haleiwa Arts Festival: July
Every summer, the Haleiwa Arts Festival invites visitors to participate in local song, dance, visual art, and food.
Duke’s Oceanfest: August
Advertised as Waikiki’s premier ocean sports festival, the Duke Oceanfest brings professional surfers, paddleboarders, and swimmers together for a fun competition.
Uke Ohana Oahu: August
Uke Ohana Oahu consists of five full days of Aloha! At this festive celebration of Hawaii’s musical roots, you’ll experience Ukulele performances by some of the world’s best artists. There will also be plenty of tasty local foods.
Molokai Ocean Crossing Canoe Race: October
Each year, over 1000 tandem paddlers from around the world compete in the “Molokai Hoe,” the men’s world championship in outrigger canoe racing.
Honolulu Pride: October
An extension of Oahu’s spirit of Aloha is the Honolulu Pride Parade, which celebrates Hawaii’s LGBTQ visitors and locals alike each fall.
Vans Triple Crown of Surfing: November
This North Shore signature winter event brings professional surfers from all over the world to Oahu to experience some of the world’s biggest waves.
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