The Annual Waikiki Ho'olaule'a
Photo courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines

Fall is in the air! In Honolulu, we celebrate the month-long Aloha Festival in September. Throughout October there are art, music and food events unlike any you’ve seen before. And then it’s ‘all eyes on the ocean’ as locals and visitors eagerly await the big surf competitions in November. And to make this a season to look forward to even more, airfares between Labor Day and Christmas are the best visitors will find all year. Here are some exciting Honolulu Fall Events worth being in Honolulu for:

66th Annual Waikiki Hoolaulea – September 22

Kalākaua Avenue in Waikiki
Saturday September 22 7PM-10PM
During the Aloha Festival’s month-long statewide celebration honoring Native Hawaiian culture, Waikiki throws a block party you won’t want to miss. Kalākaua Avenue, the beachfront street in Waikiki, morphs into a blocks-long party venue with stage performances of music and hula. Vendor booths showcase the best of island food and craft items. With thousands of people enjoying the streets of Waikiki, this is an evening celebration to remember.

Aloha Festivals 72nd Annual Floral Parade – September 29

The Annual Floral Parade
Photo: Aloha Festivals
For the 72nd year, Kalākaua Avenue comes alive with a parade honoring the Hawaiian monarchy, floats festooned with tropical flowers, local marching bands, Hawaiian music, hula hālau and the regal pa‛ū riders on horseback representing each of the Hawaiian islands. The parade begins at Ala Moana Park across from the Ala Moana Shopping Center, proceeds down Kalākaua Avenue and ends at Kapi‛olani Park in Waikiki.

First Friday Art Walk – Chinatown – October 5

First Friday Chinatown
Photo courtesy of The ARTS at Mark's Garage
Hotel Street and Nuuanu Avenue
With its rich cultural history, Chinatown is a hip combination of loft apartments, cutting edge artistry, fascinating boutiques, and delicious food in its cafes and restaurants, and on the First Friday of every month, Chinatown throws a party. On this night there is free entertainment and art exhibits throughout Chinatown, and after-parties continue late into the night.

Nā Mele O Ko Olina – October 20

Na Mele o Ko Olina
Photo: Na Mele o Ko Olina
Ko Olina Beach Lagoon #3
You’ll love heading out of town to the westside of O‛ahu for a day of Hawaiian music and local art displays. This monthly event welcomes nearly 40 artists showcasing their art beside Hawaiian musicians. Be sure to take your bathing suit because the Ko Olina lagoons are a great spot to swim and snorkel.

VANS Triple Crown of Surfing – November 12-December 8

Vans Triple Crown of Surfing
Photo: VANS Triple Crown Facebook Page
North Shore
All Day Events
Hawaiian Pro November 12 - Alii Beach Park, Haleiwa – First Stop of VANS Triple Crown
World Cup of SurfingNovember 25 – Sunset Beach – Second Jewel of VANS Triple Crown
Billabong Pipe MastersDecember 8 – Ehukai Beach, Haleiwa – World’s Best Male & Female Surfer are crowned
Fall is big wave season in Hawai‛i, and the iconic Big Surf series spans 39 days. If you’ll be in Honolulu during this time period, head for the North Shore! Check back with the website for any last-minute changes caused by Mother Nature.



Header image by Drew Farwell on Unsplash.