In Honolulu, where temperatures are in the 70’s and 80’s all year, it seems like spring every day, yet there are special events around that are specific to the seasons, each with their own rich history. Here are four of the best spring events on the islands, one for each month of spring.
Great Hawai`ian Rubber Duckie Race – March 24
Duckie Hotline to adopt a Duckie (808) 532-6744
9am-12:30pm No admission fee for pre-race festivities, live entertainment, activities for children, duck adoptions, rubber duckie souvenir store.
Honolulu Coffee Experience Center, 1800 Kalakaua Ave.
Race Time 1:01pm at Kalakaua Ave Bridge over the Ala Wai Canal
Suggested donation to adopt a duckie is $5.
What better way to celebrate Spring than to benefit a non-profit while having a fun day and a chance at great prizes? For over 30 years, this fabled Rubber Duckie Race has raised money for the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawai`i. Don’t forget your camera, because you’ll want to get a picture of 20,000 rubber duckies floating down the Ala Wai Canal in Waikiki. The first 50 finishers will win prizes. Grand Prize is 3 nights at the legendary Moana Surfrider Hotel, a $500 VISA gift card, and a Canon digital camera.
Waikiki Spam Jam Festival – April 28
Kalakaua Avenue, Waikiki
Hawai`i residents love their SPAM! Almost 7 million cans of this Hormel canned meat are consumed in the islands each year. This annual street festival is anticipated by SPAM fans and anybody who loves a good party. Kalakaua Avenue shuts down to vehicle traffic, and three huge stages showcase continuous entertainment while you browse the craft and food booths. You’ll come away with unique SPAM recipes and SPAM-branded merchandise you’ll love - how about some SPAM socks for the colder spring days back in New York City?
91st Annual Lei Day Celebration – May 1
Kapiolani Park and Bandstand, 2805 Monsarrat Ave
10am-4:30pm Hawai`ian artisans give demonstrations. Activities for children.
1pm-5:30pm Lei Contest Exhibit
There’s nothing that says ‘Hawai`i’ more than a flower lei. For 91 years, the City and County of Honolulu have been honoring the skill and ingenuity of Hawai`i's lei makers on May 1. You’ll be surrounded by the scent of fresh floral leis entered into the contest, while Hawai`ian musicians and hula halau entertain at the bandstand. Food and craft vendors will also be onsite.
King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade – June 9
Parade begins at Iolani Palace at 364 S. King St. and ends at Kapiolani Park in Waikiki
Each year Hawai`i celebrates King Kamehameha I, the beloved monarch who united the Hawai`ian islands under a centralized government to become the Kingdom of Hawai`i. The 5 mile long parade route winds through downtown Honolulu and Waikiki to end at Kapiolani Park where everyone enjoys an afternoon of Hawai`ian music, hula, and food.
If you’re in Honolulu on June 8, you will enjoy viewing the Lei Draping Ceremony where hundreds of feet of fresh plumeria leis are draped on the King Kamehameha Statue at Aliiolani Hale, 417 S. King St. amid Native Hawai`ian cultural pageantry. Time of event has not been publicized yet.
All images from each event website or Facebook page.