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Exploring: Calendar > Oahu > February
December through April
HUMPBACK WHALE WATCHING SEASON
Humpbacks begin their southern migration from Alaska to Hawai'i in December every year to give birth to their calves as well as to mate. Whales stay through about April, but dates can vary somewhat.
COOL KAILUA NIGHTS BLOCK PARTY
Celebrate the best of Kailua's food, fun and spirit at this street festival and wellness fair as the community rallies to raise funds for friends and families affected by cancer. The festivities include food sampling, local entertainment, carnival rides, giveaways & more! This event takes place on Kailua's Uluniu and Aulike Streets in Kailua town. 4pm to 9:30pm, near Assagio's and Baci Bistro restaurants. Free to the public! For more information call 808-782-7576.
MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION
Put on your feathers and join the biggest Mardi Gras party in town! Aloha Tower Marketplace presents its annual Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday Celebration featuring live entertainment on multiple stages with jazz & blues, a Brazilian Samba parade, and strolling entertainers performing throughout the Marketplace. In addition, there will be FREE beads and prize giveaways throughout the night. Participating restaurants will offer food & drink specials as part of their regular menus. For more information call 808-566-2337.
BIA HOME BUILDING & REMODELING SHOW
This popular annual event showcases the best new building industry products and services. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. For more information call BIA at (808) 847-4666 ext 206.
ACADEMY SHOP CLEARANCE SALE
Honolulu Academy of Arts' Academy Art Center offers this very popular annual sale with extraordinary bargains on books, jewelry, stationery, posters, ethnic clothing, and one-of-a-kind collectibles. Free admission. Four-day event at 1111 Victoria Street. For more information call (808) 532-8700.
CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION
Celebrate the Chinese New Year at the Mun Fa Cultural Plaza, Beretania and Maunakea Streets. Lots of entertainment, lion dance, food booths, pageants and more. The Chinese Cultural Plaza on Beretania at River Street opens to the public and is transformed into a festival bazaar. For more information call the Chinese Chamber of Commerce at (808) 533-3181.
PEARL OPEN AND PRO-AM GOLF
Watch the pros at the Pearl Country Club, 98-535 Kaonohi St. in Aiea. Every year 190 top professional and amateur golfers from Japan and America compete in this four-day event. Free Admission. Everyone welcome! For more information call (808) 487-3802.
GREAT ALOHA RUN
Hawaii's largest participatory event raises money annually for numerous local charities, encourages a healthy lifestyle, promotes physical fitness and brings people from all over the world together. This 8.15 mile run/walk starts at Aloha Tower in downtown Honolulu (with entertainment along the route) and ends in Aloha Stadium. Prior to the Monday, Presidents' Day race every year is a 3-day Health, Fitness & Sports Expo, Senior Citizens Fun Run/Walk and a Keiki (Children) Fun Run & Circus Party. Entry Fee. For more information call (808) 528-7388.
ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL ALOHA KOI SHOW
The Waikiki Aquarium hosts the biggest koi show in Hawaii. The Annual International Aloha Koi Show features hundreds of top-quality koi on display in addition to educational seminars, keiki activities, and live entertainment, such as ninja group demonstrations, taiko drummers and hula dancers. For more information call 808-923-9741.
KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOLS HOOLAULEA
Join us for the Best Hawaiian Celebration of the year! Kamehameha Schools hosts its Annual Hoolaulea at the Kapalama Campus. This one-day event is from 9am to 4pm. FREE admission. Entertainment includes singing, dancing, and a marching band. Incredible food and treasured treats from Kauai, Molokai and Hawaii Island, keiki games and activities, teen sound stage, shopping at the Country Store and a Silent Auction. Community booths focusing on Hawaiian families, education, and health. FREE parking at Kapalama Elementary, Damien Memorial, and designated on-campus locations. FREE shuttle runs continuously between Damien Memorial, Kamehameha Terminal (corner of School St. and Kapalama Ave.) and campus locations. For more information call 808-842-8659.
Thursdays and Saturdays October through February (ongoing)
PUBLIC TOURS AT JAMES CAMPBELL NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge is located near Kahuku town on the north shore of Oahu. This wetland refuge is home to four endangered Hawaiian water birds and numerous migratory waterfowl and shorebirds. The refuge offers public tours Thursdays and Saturdays starting the third Saturday in October and ending the third Saturday in February each year. For more information call (808) 637-6330 ext. 27.
Every Tuesday and Saturday, except holidays (ongoing)
Enjoy the ever-changing sights and sounds of the Lyon Arboretum, University of Hawaii. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides will share highlights of the Arboretum collections. Tours are Tuesday 10 - 11:30 a.m. and Saturday 1 - 2:30 p.m. Preregistration is required. Tour donation: $2.50. For more information call (808) 988-0456.
All Year (ongoing)
MISSION HOUSES MUSEUM
Mission Houses Museum was established in 1920 by the Hawaiian Mission Children’s Society, a private, non-profit organization and genealogical society. Its three restored houses and research library provide a unique glimpse into 19th century Hawai‘i, and its temporary exhibition gallery expands the Museum’s relevance and positive impact on the community through the presentation of such exhibitions as The Marquesas: Two Centuries of Cultural Traditions and Lasting Impressions: Printing & Engraving in Hawai‘i. Each spring the museum hosts the Fancy Fair, where island craftspeople and artists show their wares. The visitor experience is further enhanced by an orientation Center, a shop and the Winterbourne Tea Room. Located at 553 South King Street Honolulu, HI 96813-3002 For more information call (808) 531-0481.
Every Tuesday (ongoing)
GUIDED TOURS OF THE HAWAII THEATRE
The one-hour tour offers a unique insight into the history, art, architecture and restoration of the beautiful Hawaii Theatre in Chinatown, including a performance on the 1922 Robert Morton theatre organ. There is a fee for admission. For more information call (808) 528-0506.
HONOLULU STREET MARKET
Bringing the country back to Honolulu at City Square in Kalihi, right outside the downtown area. Open Saturdays only from 9 A.M. TO 2 P.M. Produce, cut flowers, bananas, fresh baked Kakaako breads, knick-knacks, collectibles, crafts, Paniolo Popcorn. Vendors vary from week to week. Support Hawaii's small farmers. No admission. Free parking. For more information call (808) 221-6042.
HAWAII NATURE CENTER
Ongoing nature classes and hikes for children and adults. 2131 Makiki Heights Drive, Honolulu. For more information call (808) 955-0100.
Every Weekend (ongoing)
ART AT THE ZOO FENCE
Every weekend since July of 1954 hundreds of original paintings prints, and photos have been on display at the zoo fence and dozens of fine artists are on hand to meet. If you're visiting Honolulu, Art At The Zoo Fence is only a two-block walk from Waikiki. If you're lucky enough to live here, you can park at the Kapiolani Park Bandstand free parking lot just across Monsarrat Avenue from the Honolulu Zoo. (9 am - 4 pm) For more information call (808) 946-7713.
First Friday of Every Month (ongoing)
FIRST FRIDAY HAWAII
First Friday Hawaii Gallery Walk is a monthly event in downtown Honolulu with art exhibits, galleries, shops, entertainment, restaurants. They say: "Come join us for the most exciting event to hit downtown Honolulu on the first Friday of every month! Chinatown is the place to be if you want to join the hip crowds at the many unique galleries, boutiques, cafes and restaurants that feature exciting art exhibits and free entertainment." For more information call 808-739-9797.
First Saturday of Every Month (ongoing)
RELIVE THE PLANTATION DAYS
A living history museum and ethno-botanical garden on a 50-acre site dedicated to the legacy of immigrant workers from the sugar plantation era. There are 32 authentic and replica structures furnished with artifacts placed in original settings. Hawaii's Plantation Village, 94-695 Waipahu St. For reservations or more information call (808) 677-0110.
Every Thursday Evening (ongoing)
INTRODUCTION TO HULA: KEIKI
Keiki Hula: Children can learn basic movements of hula from instructor Germaine Kaleolani Haili. Haumana (students) will learn the history, language, and culture of this beautiful art form. Ward Warehouse (Ewa End-under Old Spaghetti Factory). For more information call Germaine Haili (808)596-8885.