Things to do in September in Hawaii

Golf for a cause, learn about refugees, listen to country music and eat Spam musubi in September.


Photo: Courtesy Hawaii United Okinawa Association

28th Annual Okinawan Festival

Sept. 4-5

The festival features live music, dancing and popular Okinawan dishes such as andagi, Okinawan soba, pig’s feet soup and more. Learn about Okinawan language and heritage at the Cultural Exhibition.

Image: Courtesy MVT

The Honky Tonk Angels

Sept. 9-26

This musical follows the journey of three women who dream of becoming country music stars. They meet on a bus heading to Nashville and decide to become a musical trio.

6th Annual ARDA-Hawaii Golf Tournament

Sept. 10

Tee off to raise money for the Steven Hirano Memorial fund, which supports HPU travel industry-students. Call 536-5688.

Photo: Istock


Hawaii Rice Festival

Sept. 11

Rice is a staple of our diet. Celebrate your love for the grain at the Aloha Tower Marketplace waterfront from noon to 8 p.m. The festival includes food booths, games and a musubi-eating contest.



Talk story with Meleanna Aluli Meyer

Sept. 12

Local artist Meleanna Aluli Meyer discusses her work from 2 to 3 p.m. at the East-West Center’s gallery. In honor of the center’s 50th anniversary, the gallery also has 35 works of art on display (through Oct. 3).


Friends of Cancer Research Center of Hawaii Gala

Sept. 17

The “Viva la Cancer Research” themed benefit features tasty Mexican dishes, décor, music and a silent auction from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at the Aloha Tower Marketplace waterfront.

Photo: Courtesy Ko Olina at Kapolei

Ko Olina Taste at Kapolei

Sept. 18

Enjoy a night of eating, drinking and listening to live music at this benefit sponsored by the Kapolei Rotary Club. The Taste at Kapolei also features a farmers’ market and a fireworks display. Visit for tickets.  

Autumn Moon Festival

Sept. 25

Honor Vietnamese culture at the Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center from 10 a.m. to noon. Don’t miss the exhibit, “Torn From Home: My Life as a Refugee” (through Oct. 16), about the world’s child refugees.



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