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7 Absolutely Free Honolulu Events to Check Out in August 2017

See the best that Honolulu has to offer, walk for a good cause and soak up the last days of summer.


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Best of Honolulu Festival 2016
Photo: Kelli Bullock


Best of Honolulu Festival 2017

Aug. 5

Enjoy an emporium of Honolulu’s best food and beverage products, restaurants, local goods, services, boutiques, arts and crafts, and more at the Second Annual Best of Honolulu Festival presented by American Savings Bank. The keiki village will have rides and activities for the whole family, as well as entertainment throughout the day.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Honolulu Hale Civic Grounds, 650 S. King St., honolulumagazine.com


Fifth Annual Obon Festival     

Aug. 5

Hawaiʻi Byodo-In Temple, located within Valley of the Temples Memorial Park, celebrates its Fifth Annual Obon Festival. Though some Obon rituals are somber, it is also a festive time with entertainment, food and other refreshments.

5 to 7:45 p.m., Valley of the Temples Memorial Park, 47-200 Kahekili Highway, Kāneʻohe, valley-of-the-temples.com


SEE ALSO: Hawai‘i Summer 2017 Bon Dance Schedule


Byodo-in temple

Annual Obon Festival at Hawai‘i Byodo-In Temple
Photo: Courtesy of Hawaiʻi Byodo-In Temple


Headset on Second Friday at Bar Elixrs

Aug. 11

Rock out to drum and bass, dubstep, UK garage, breaks, grime and forward bass on the second Friday of every month. The August set features special guest Krucial/D&B (Subphonix). Residents include Monkey, Chump Change and Space Lizard. Ages 21 and older welcome.  

10 p.m. to 2 a.m., Bar Elixrs, 1153 Bethel St., barelixrs.com


Oʻahu Heart Walk

Aug. 12

The Oʻahu Heart Walk is designed to bring families and friends together to learn, share and practice lifestyle habits that will lead to healthier, longer lives, free of heart disease and stroke. Participation is free, but walkers are encouraged to raise money to support the association’s work.

6:30 to 11 a.m., Kapiʻolani Park, 3840 Pākī Ave., oahuheartwalk.org


Summer at the Swim Club at The Surfjack

Aug. 12

Get poolside for the third and final installment of The Surfjack’s summer pool party series that will feature art, music, poolside craft cocktails and more. Check out the latest swimsuits by San Lorenzo Bikinis, listen to sounds by Kyle Woods of Saint Heron and shop a pop-up store with Tala. Attendees must be 21 or older.

1 to 4:30 p.m., The Surfjack, 412 Lewers St., surfjack.com


Heather Brown Art Show

Aug. 12

Head to the North Shore to see surf artist Heather Brown at the Wyland Gallery in Haleʻiwa. The Southern California native, whose art is in galleries around the world, will be meeting and greeting.

3 to 6 p.m., Wyland Galley, 66-250 Kamehameha Highway, Haleʻiwa, heatherbrownart.com


Taste of Chinatown

Aug. 26

This family-friendly celebration will feature artisan wares, cultural demonstrations and sample tastings from local eateries, including JJ Dolan’s, Little Village and Wing Ice Cream, to name a few. There will also be live entertainment from 10:45 a.m. through the end of the event.

10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Smith Beretania Park, 1145 Smith St., cidchinatownhawaii.org




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