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Best of the Fests: O‘ahu’s 20 Ethnic Festivals

Your 2020 list for all things ethnic festivals on O‘ahu.


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Editor's note: Some festival dates are based on last year's schedule and are subject to change. Check back for updates.

 

Okinawan Festival taiko

Okinawan Festival
PHOTO: GREG YAMAMOTO

 

Stuff your face with authentic food while soaking in the cultures of the Islands. From hula and Chinese lion dances to taiko and opera, this list of 20 ethnic festivals on O‘ahu won’t disappoint.

 


SEE ALSO How 5 Popular Ethnic Festivals in Honolulu Adapt While Keeping Traditions Alive


 

January

ohana festival japanese dancers

Photo: Courtesy of Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i

 

 


SEE ALSO: Will These 4 Hawaiian Traditions Disappear Forever? Meet the Teachers Who Are Fighting to Keep Them Alive


 

March

scottish festival

PHOTO: COURTESY OF HAWAIIAN SCOTTISH ASSOCIATION

 

 


SEE ALSO: My Honolulu: My Year of Writing About 15 Ethnic Festivals in Hawai‘i


 

May

Filipino Fiesta

PHOTO: COURTESY OF FILIPINO FIESTA

 

 


SEE ALSO: Inside Honolulu: Drumming Up Inspiration


 

June

Pan-Pacific

PHOTO: COURTESY OF PAN-PACIFIC FESTIVAL

 

 

July

Prince Lot hula festival 2018

Prince Lot Hula Festival 2018
PHOTO: Aaron K. Yoshino

 

 


SEE ALSO: 2018 Prince Lot Hula Festival photo gallery


 

August

Greek Fest

Greek Festival
PHOTO: ODEELO DAYONDON

 

 

September

Festa Italiana

PHOTO: COURTESY OF FESTA ITALIANA

 

 


SEE ALSO: 2018 Okinawan Festival photo gallery


 

October

intertribal powwow

Honolulu Intertribal powwow
Photo: DANIEL YANAGIHARA

 

 


SEE ALSO: 2018 Festa Italiana photo gallery


 

Do you know of any other ethnic festivals on O‘ahu that didn't make this list? Email jaynao@honolulumagazine.com.

 

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