Oahu may be a relatively small island, but you would be surprised by how many events take place here every month. It can be a little overwhelming to sort through them all, so we’ve done it for you! Read on for information about some of the hottest events coming up for the month of September. Please feel free to comment with others that we may have missed!
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival
September 5th – September 9th
This year marks the 3rd anniversary of the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, the “premier epicurean destination event in the Pacific.” The festival is comprised of wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, excursions and exclusive dining opportunities in both Honolulu and at Ko Olina Resort on the west side of Oahu. It features over 50 internationally-renowned master chefs, culinary personalities and wine and spirit producers, including its two co-founders, Chef Roy Yamaguchi and Chef Alan Wong.
September 6th, 5:00 PM – 2:00 AM
First Friday is a monthly event that takes place in Chinatown. It is essentially a collaboration between the art galleries, shops, restaurants and bars in that area to generate business for everyone and expose locals and tourists alike to a fun and entertaining environment. The galleries and shops are open pretty much from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM, while the restaurants and bars stay open later to keep the after party going. It’s definitely a very social event and provides a great opportunity to mingle with new people. You could drive, but taking a cab or public bus would probably be easier, as parking is extremely limited in Chinatown.
September 12th, 21st, 28th
Learn about Hawaii’s music, dance and history at the largest Hawaiian cultural celebration in the United States. What once began as “Aloha Week” back in 1946 has now turned into a series of events spanning the month of September. It kicks off with the Royal Court Investiture and Opening Ceremony on Thursday the 12th, followed by the block party along Kalakaua Avenue on Saturday the 21st and finally concluding with the floral parade on Saturday the 28th. This year’s theme is Moana Nui Akea: Celebrating Traditional Hawaiian Ocean Voyaging.
Grand Unveiling of Pacific Hall at Bishop Museum
September 21, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Experience all things Pacific, for free! Pacific Hall (formerly Polynesian Hall) “explores the origins of Pacific Islanders, the migrations and settlement of the Pacific Ocean, and the cultures and values of its people.” During the celebration of its grand re-opening, guests can participate in their own exploration of Pacific Island food, fashion, films, lectures, art, music, dance, poetry and prose.
Sunset on the Beach Hawaii Five-0 Season Premiere
September 26th, 6:00 PM
Returning for its 4th season, Hawaii Five-0 will once again showcase its season premiere at Queen’s Beach in Waikiki for a unique Sunset on the Beach event. The cast of the show will make a red carpet appearance beginning at 6:00 PM, with the screening itself beginning at 7:00 PM. Immediately following the screening will be a special performance by the Jonas Brothers! Admission is free, but expect a large crowd and be sure to bring your own towel or beach chair. There will also be local food vendors present.