6 Absolutely Free Events to Check Out in Honolulu in March 2016

We rounded up the best things to do this month that won’t break the bank.

Ola Ka Hā to Benefit ‘Iolani Palace

Sunday, March 13

Spend a day celebrating Hawaiian history and culture with hula, food and a free concert benefitting the ‘Iolani Palace. Local entertainers Sean Na‘auao, Jerry Santos, Mailani, Weldon Kekauoha and Patrick Landeza will headline the event.

11 a.m.–5 p.m. 364 S. King St., olakaha.com, iolanipalace.org


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Honolulu Festival Grand Parade

Sunday, March 13

Honolulu Festival Grand Parade by Kelli Bullock.

Photo: Kelli Bullock


The Honolulu Festival wraps up with the Grand Parade, and yes, it’ll be grand. More than 60 groups are participating, so expect to see huge floats, marching bands, dance troupes and pageant queens. After the parade, catch the Nagaoka Fireworks show lighting up the skies over Waikīkī. 

4–8 p.m., Kalākaua Avenue, honolulufestival.com



The Clique by KZ  

Thursday, March 17 

Photo: Courtesy of Kini Zamora


Work it, Kini Zamora! Hawai‘i’s favorite Project Runway star is kicking off the opening of his new store, The Clique by KZ, with music by Robert Cazimero. Dress fashionably in black or white, then shop Zamora’s new collection. 

5:30–9 p.m., 99-1132 Iwaena St., second floor, ‘Aiea, kinizamora.com



St. Patrick’s Day Block Party 

Thursday, March 17

St. Patrick's Day Block Party.

Photo: David Croxford 


Time to break out your favorite green clothes. You don’t want to miss this huge downtown block party that shuts down the corner of Merchant Street and Nu‘uanu Avenue. There’s no admission fee to join the party, but it’ll cost you for street food and booze. 

6 p.m., near Murphy’s Bar & Grill, murphyshawaii.com 



Waikīkī Aquarium’s Birthday 

Saturday, March 19

Happy 112th birthday, Waikīkī Aquarium! Yes, there’ll be birthday cake, but the real treat is free admission for the first 112 people who get there early!  Bring your kids for stylish updos (mermaid braids and shark ‘dos). Keiki can get their photos with costumed characters, while grownups can snap a photo in front of the 1916 model T car.

9 a.m.–1 p.m., 923-9741, waikikiaquarium.org



Fashion Show Presented by Reyn Spooner

Thursday, March 17

Reyn Spooner Fashion Show

Photo: Courtesy of Reyn Spooner 


There are 12 fashion shows coming up this month during Ala Moana Center’s weeklong Shop a Le‘a. You’re invited to join our fashion editors on a style adventure during the fashion show presented by Reyn Spooner, which will be debuting its newest collection.

6 p.m., Ala Moana Center center stage, shopalea.alamoanacenter.com



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