Sorry for the extended silence, friends! 2014 is shaping up to be an extremely busy year for the Hawaii tourism & hospitality industry (no complaints here) but we are ready to bring you more news from the islands and tips about visiting. Check out all the great events coming up this month on Oahu, and as always, if you know of anything that we haven’t mentioned, feel free to comment!
Prince Kuhio Festival
March 1st – March 29th
Over the course of this month, there will be multiple events to honor the life and service of Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana’ole, a Hawaiian prince who went on to become a delegate to the United States Congress after Hawaii became a U.S. territory. On March 8th, there will be a Hawaiian food workshop, where participants will learn how to prepare traditional luau foods. There will also be Hawaiian craft demonstrations and local entertainment. Later that evening, head to the Kawaiaha’o Church and enjoy an a cappella choral concert. March 22nd features a 2-hour parade through Waikiki, which is meant to acknowledge the dedication and commitment of the individuals and organizations who work to keep the Hawaiian culture and spirit alive. On March 26th, the annual lei draping ceremony of the Prince Kuhio statue at Kuhio Beach will commence at 7:30 AM.
March 7th – March 9th
It’s time once again for Hawaii’s premier cultural event! The Honolulu Festival, with its theme of “Pacific Harmony,” attracts thousands of spectators looking to learn about the various cultures of the Pacific region. Spanning the course of three days, the schedule is filled with ceremonies, craft fairs, performances, movies, bon dances and more. On Sunday, there will be a benefit concert for those affected by the 2011 Japan earthquake, featuring the one and only Jake Shimabukuro! The weekend will close with a grand parade through Waikiki and a dazzling fireworks display.
Science Alive! Family Sunday
March 16th, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Grab the kids and head to the Bishop Museum for a day of family-friendly activities and demonstrations. This year’s theme is Then and Now: 125 Years of Discovery. Learn about science and the environment through fun and educational activities such as a native plant scavenger hunt, extracting DNA from fruit, a specimen preparation demo and more. There will be food trucks, entertainment and access to the Bishop Museum’s permanent collections as well as the planetarium.
Waikiki Aquarium 110th Anniversary
March 19th & March 22nd
It’s the Waikiki Aquarium’s 110th Anniversary and they are throwing some serious celebrations. On both Wednesday, March 19th and Saturday, March 22nd, visitors will enjoy discounted admission (only $1.10 per person), a special marine-themed exhibit from the art students of Iolani School, a LEGO aquarium, Monk Seal presentations, educational activities and more. On Wednesday from 9 AM to 1 PM, there will also be a performance by the Royal Hawaiian Band, free birthday cake and samples from Hard Rock Cafe. Saturday boasts “The Great Marine Chalk Art Draw and Kids Doodle Zone,” live performances and a LEGO build area from 9 AM to 2 PM.
The Great Hawaiian Rubber Duckie Race
March 22nd, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Come out for the 27th Annual Great Hawaiian Rubber Duckie Race, a benefit for the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaii. Whether you want to just be a spectator or join the race, this is a fun event for all. If you’d like to participate, you may sign up ahead of time to “adopt” a rubber duckie to race. The race itself takes place along the Ala Wai Canal at 1:27 PM on March 22nd, with pre-race festivities happening at the McCully Shopping Center starting at 9 AM that morning. This year’s grand prize is a Royal Swim with Dolphins for Four at Sea Life Park Hawaii, Hawaii Duck Tours for Four and a $100 Gas Card from Aloha Petroleum, Ltd. There are also incredible prizes (including iPad minis) for 2nd – 6th places and 27th place.
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