Back-to-school season is here, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. In fact, Oahu is jam-packed with interesting activities this September that are perfect for the whole family! From popular annual festivals to exciting swim competitions, there are so many local events to enjoy! September is an excellent time to experience everything our beautiful island has to offer, starting with these fantastic happenings.
40th Annual Okinawan Festival
Head to the Hawaii Convention Center 40th Annual Okinawan Festival! Happening on September 3 and 4, this beloved local festival features arts and crafts, live entertainment, delicious food, and fun activities for kids. Don’t forget to sample the Okinawan Andagi, a special ping-pong-sized doughnut popular in Okinawa and Hawaii. General admission prices for adults start at $10. On Saturday evening, enjoy the special Bon Dance for free from 5:30 – 9 pm.
52nd Annual Waikiki Roughwater Swim
Known as the “Swim of All Swims” the Waikiki Roughwater Swim attracts swimmers of all levels from all over the world! It’s rated as one of the top 100 roughwater swims in the world and is inspired by the original Ironman Triathlon swim. The race begins at San Souci Beach at 8:30 am on September 5. Swimmers travel out 677 meters before turning course toward the Hilton Hawaiian Hotel. They then swim 842 meters back to the Duke Kahanamoku Beach shore. Prizes are awarded to the top three finishers in each age group.
Bishop Museum’s After Hours
The Bishop Museum is now offering an After Hours event! Happening on Friday, September 9, from 5:30 – 9 pm, you can explore the historic Hawaiian Hall, hear about new scientific discoveries, and speak with Hawaiian cultural practitioners. You can also spend your evening under the stars on the museum’s Great Lawn where delicious food and drinks will be available for purchase from local vendors. General admission is $20.
68th Annual Waikiki Ho’olaule’a
Are you ready for Hawaii’s biggest block party? On Saturday, September 17, from 6 – 9:30 pm, head to Kalakaua Avenue for the 68th Annual Waikiki Ho’olaule’a. The streets will be blocked off from traffic and transformed with booths stretching as far as you can see! Enjoy Hawaiian cuisine, crafts, and culture, and enjoy live entertainment on multiple stages featuring local artists and award-winning halau hula.
74th Annual Floral Parade
Finally, who doesn’t love a parade? The 74th Annual Floral Parade is taking place on Saturday, September 24, from 9 am – 12 pm. The parade begins at Ala Moana Park, travels down Kalakaua Avenue, and ends at Kapi’olani Park. Watch the gorgeous floats decorated with rainbow-colored fresh flowers as well as people on horseback demonstrating the traditional art of pa-u riding. You can also enjoy marching bands, halau hula, and visits from local civic leaders. This parade is the quintessential place to experience the aloha spirit that has made Hawaii famous!
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