7 Absolutely Free Honolulu Events to Check Out in June 2018
Whether it’s celebrating King Kamehameha Day at the park, watching a movie under the stars or enjoying some mango-inspired cocktails, this summer ought to be off to a good start.
Lei Draping Ceremony
Photo: Courtesy of Kamehameha Schools
Kick off the celebrations for Kamehameha Day with the ceremonial lei draping on the outstretched arms of King Kamehameha’s statue. The handmade 30-foot lei used in the ceremony is made up of plumerias from the community and is strung by the women of ‘Ahahui Ka‘ahumanu. Commemorate the legacy of King Kamehameha while enjoying music from the Royal Hawaiian Band and a performance by Hula Hālau Mōhala ‘Ilima.
3 p.m., Aliʻiōlani Hale, 417 S. King St., hawaii.com
Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade
Photo: Courtesy of KING KAMEHAMEHA CELEBRATION
What better way to celebrate Kamehameha Day than with beautiful floral floats and horses along the longest parade route in the nation? Starting at ʻIolani Palace in downtown Honolulu, floats decorated with thousands of flowers will make their way across to Queen Kapiʻolani Park at the end of Kalākaua Avenue. Expect a hoʻolauleʻa to start the party with live entertainment and food from Makers & Tasters at the park until 4 p.m.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., begins at ʻIolani Palace, 364 S. King St., ags.hawaii.gov/kamehameha
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
Photo: Courtesy of Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
Enjoy the sounds from seven of Hawaiʻi’s favorite steel guitar masters while hearing the up-and-coming keiki from Ke Kula Mele’s Next Generation group play in this program with traditional and contemporary Hawaiian performances. Located at the Windward Mall at the indoor center stage, listen to the soothing sounds of old and new Hawaiʻi.
1 to 5 p.m., Windward Mall, 46-056 Kamehameha Highway, Kāneʻohe, hawaiiansteelguitarfestival.com
Screen on the Green at Waimea Valley
PHOTO: COURTESY OF WAIMEA VALLEY
Summer calls for dinner and a movie outdoors. Grab a bite to eat at the Haleʻiwa farmers market, then bring your blankets, pillows or low-lying chairs and enjoy Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle for Waimea Valley’s outdoor summer movie series. Enjoy the movie with the beautiful Waimea Valley backdrop under the stars.
7:15 p.m., Waimea Valley, 59-864 Kamehameha Highway, Haleʻiwa, waimeavalley.net
Twilight Summer Concert Series: Royal Hawaiian Band
Photo: Courtesy of City and County of Honolulu
Enjoy the lush scenery of Foster Botanical Garden while listening to the sounds of the nation’s only group with a royal legacy, the Royal Hawaiian Band. Since its founding by King Kamehameha III in 1836, the Royal Hawaiian Band has entertained royalty and the people of Hawaiʻi throughout the years in the hopes of inspiring young musicians and keeping traditional Hawaiian music alive. Come early to enjoy the gardens at 4:30 p.m. before the start of the royal performance.
Concert starts at 5:45 p.m., 180 N. Vineyard Blvd., honolulu.gov
Mango Jam Honolulu
PHOTO: COURTESY OF ODEELO DAYONDON
Mango Jam Honolulu is back in the heart of mango season! Get ready to satisfy your sweet tooth with mango-inspired cuisine, a beer garden with mango-inspired drinks and, of course, a mango recipe contest. Local artists Kapena and Iron Mango will perform on the main stage. Lastly, don’t miss a cook-off between two Waikīkī executive chefs as they compete in front of chef Michelle Karr-Ueoka and chef Wade Ueoka from MW Restaurant, and local food writer Lynette Lo Tom.
Friday, 4:30 to 9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Honolulu Hale, 530 S. King St., mangojamhonolulu.com
Honolulu Night Market: Summer Solstice
PHOTO: COURTESY OF EAT THE STREET
Street Grindz brings back Honolulu Night Market just in time for summer. This quarterly event boasts live entertainment, art, a fashion show presented by Rix Island Wear and many delicious food options. Located at the Salt at Our Kakaʻako, this event allows you to sample tastes from vendors as well as visit the shops at Salt.
6 to 10 p.m., Salt at Our Kakaʻako, honolulunightmarket.com
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