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Exploring: Calendar > Oahu > September
JASH CENTURY BIKE RIDE
A one-day event offering something for everyone, from veteran cyclists to weekend riders. The 25, 50, 75, and 100-mile bike route lets riders view famous Hawaii sites like Diamond Head Crater, Chinaman's Hat and rural Waimanolo. The challenging terrain of Oahu's rugged coastline is forgotten when cyclists face the spectacular beauty of volcanic rock formations meeting the sea or the magnificent backdrop of lush mountains along the windward coast. For more information call (808) 735-5756.
WAIMALU UKA LOOP HIKE
Hike with the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club to Waimalu Uka Loop Ridge. It's a roller coaster ride ending with a gentle grade. Bring your own lunch and water for the hike. Donation requested. Reservations required! For more information call (808) 674-1459.
Labor Day & Memorial Day
ALOHA SHOW & SHINE CAR SHOW
Cars, music, shopping, food, fun... all in one stadium! The annual Aloha Show & Shine exhibits over 100 different cars including offroad, drifters, dragsters, imports, lowriders, stock cars, choppers, and lots more! There will be delicious BBQ and live band performances! So, come on over to the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet and enjoy the festivities! 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call (808) 486-6704.
WAIKIKI ROUGHWATER SWIM
This annual 2.4 mile ocean race off Waikiki starts at 9 a.m. at Sans Souci and finishes at Hilton Hawaiian Village. For more information call (808) 864-8091.
OLD PALI ROAD 4.4M RUN
Annual run through the rainforest on the windward side. For more information call (808) 295-MPRR.
ALOHA FESTIVALS ANNUAL WAIKIKI HO'OLAULE'A
Eight stages of entertainment will feature top named island entertainment, lining Kalakaua Avenue between Lewers Street and Kapahulu Avenue with lots of food booths. For more information call (808) 589-1771.
ANNUAL RICE FESTIVAL
The Annual Rice Festival, in concert with National Rice Month, celebrates the joy that is rice. This unique, one-day, free event is packed with family fun, entertainment, food booths, educational activities, and rice products. Featured rice products come from many diverse cultures: Sake and sushi from Japan, fried rice from China, bibimbap from Korea, risotto from Italy, paella from Spain, and many more from Thailand, India and others. Plus desserts like mochi, rice cake, rice pudding, and Rice Krispies. The Rice Festival will include live entertainment, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, and the Annual "Riceipe" Contest, where everyday super-chefs will battle it out against each other for the throne of best rice dish in Hawaii. There will be an activity and flavor from every culture for every palate. Part of the proceeds from the Annual Rice Fest will go to the charity Lanakila Pacific, who will also be collecting donations of brown rice at the event. For more information call (808) 352-1261 or (808) 237-3675.
HAWAII HEALING GARDEN FESTIVAL
Healthy & green, cultural healing arts festival combined with one of the North Shore's best country markets. A festival celebration day of healthy & green activities, cultural presentations, speakers, exhibitor booths, children's programs, cooking demos, natural products, and healthy local organic food with special focus on a zero-waste event. Healthy vendors & Farmers' Market booths showcase Hawaii's organic foods & products, cultural healing art practitioners, and agricultural specialists. For more information call 808-638-0888.
ALOHA FESTIVAL ROYAL COURT INVESTITURE KA HOOLAA O NA ALII
Traditional chant and hula highlight this annual event where our new alii (royalty) receive the symbols of their reign at Honolulu Hale, City Hall. Free to the public. Part of the Aloha Festivals celebration! For more information call (808) 589-1771.
ALOHA FESTIVALS DOWNTOWN MELE
Aloha Festival starts off on Honolulu's Bishop Street with Hawaiian music and dance, multi-ethnic food booths and leis, from 6:30 pm to 10 pm. For more information call (808) 589-1771.
NA WAHINE SPRINT TRIATHLON
In a fun and supportive environment, you will swim 500m, ride 12 miles and finish with a 5k run. Race individually or as a team with other women. This is a USA Triathlon-sanctioned race. A one-day or annual license is required for each athlete. 6:30 a.m. start time. For more information call (808) 531-8573.
ALOHA FESTIVALS FLORAL PARADE
The floral parade is best described as an "eruption of flowers," with pageantry unlike any other parade in the world. The procession includes pa’u riders, floral floats, hula halau and marching bands. This free, two-hour parade begins at Ala Moana Park and ends at Kapiolani Park. Discount parking provided throughout Waikiki. Attend the Floral Parade AND awards ceremony at Kapiolani Park! For more information call (808) 589-1771.
HALAU KAWAIHOA HO‘IKE
The Kawaihoa Foundation presents Halau Kawaihoa Ho'ike. Dinner, hula performance by Halau Kawaihoa, Kali by the Lontayao Martials Arts Organization, and South East Asian Dances by MILUN. Silent Auction and Bake Sale. Admission fee. For more information call Nena Lontayao (808) 292-2738.
TASTE AT KAPOLEI
The Rotary Club of Kapolei invites you to experience food from Oahu's top restaurants! Lots of great island entertainment at this annual event. Admission charge. Ko Olina Resort (Leeward Oahu) For more information call (808) 674-3167.
RACE FOR THE CURE
Join in the Race For The Cure and fight against breast cancer. Sponsored by The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. TAC Certified 5K Run/Walk & 1 Mile Walk. For men, women and children of all ages! Kapiolani Park, 7 a.m. For more information call (808) 754-6659.
WAIALUA TARO FESTIVAL
Come and celebrate taro farming in Waialua with entertainment, ono foods, arts & crafts, Hawaiian culture and demonstrations, storytelling and educational booths. All day at Liliuokalani Church Grounds in Waialua. For more information call (808) 637-9364.
PACIFIC HANDCRAFTERS GUILD FALL FESTIVAL
Over 80 of Hawaii's finest artists and craftspeople demonstrate and offer their art for sale. Great local foods. All day at Thomas Square Park (Opposite Honolulu Academy of Arts). For more information call Ulani Mokiao at (808) 841-0171.
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.