6 Fun Things to Do With Your Extra Summer Hours

Enjoy those lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer while they last.
Greek Festival


Hawaiʻi may not have daylight savings time, but we still have longer summer days—and a paradise like no other to enjoy them in. So get out of the office, go outside and take advantage of the extra sunlight.


Have an Evening Picnic   

Photo: Karen DB Photography

During the rest of the year, there isn’t much time after work to get home, pack up a portable meal and head out to a park with your picnic basket before the sun sets. But many of the state parks stay open an hour later—closing at 7:45 rather than 6:45 p.m.—in the summer. Check the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ website for info on your favorite park.


Go on a Zip-Lining Adventure

Sure, zip-lining is available year-round, but what better time to get your adrenaline pumping while taking in our Island’s beautiful views than when the sun is out and about? Oʻahu is home to several zip-lining companies, from Kualoa to Kaʻena Point.


SEE ALSO: We Tried It: Coral Crater Adventure Park


Slide Away

Summer is the ideal time to get to the beach, but don’t forget about other fun water options, like slides. Hawaiʻi hotels, as well as the water park, have a lot to offer in terms of slipping and sliding in the summer sun. There’s also a rumor going ’round about a 1,000-foot slide coming to town. Prepare to get soaked.


Help Keep Hawai‘i Clean

Paepae O Heeia
Photo: David Croxford

Lots of sunshine and minimal rain showers make summer a great time to get out and help keep our ʻāina clean. From beach cleanups and invasive plant removal to relocating coral and reconstructing a fish pond, there are lots of opportunities to choose from. Plus, once you’re done, you’ll still have lots of time in the sun to spare for more summer fun.


Paepae o Heʻeia gets a group together every Friday morning, from 8 a.m. to noon, to tackle large tasks in and around the fishpond. The staff also holds community workdays on the second and fourth Saturdays of most months. Volunteers help to move rock and coral, fill buckets, haul floating barges through the water, pick up trash and more. There is no cost to attend, but online RSVPs are required.  


SEE ALSO: Field Notes: Want to Give Back to the ‘Āina? Make a Difference with This Beach Cleanup


Take a Class

Not interested in being a sun bunny? Keep cool in the A/C while taking advantage of workshops and classes that are offered around town. The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaiʻi, for example, holds cultural workshops on chado (the way of tea), kumihimo (Japanese braiding) and more. The Honolulu Museum of Art is another great resource, offering adult classes in everything from printmaking and woodworking to poetry and photography.


The Japanese Cultural Center’s summer workshops are held in the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaiʻi Community Gallery at 2454 S. Beretania St. Start times vary; fees start at $15 per class. Find more information online.


Attend Summer Events

Greek Festival

Music festivals aren’t the only big events that happen in summertime. Honolulu has a few not-to-be-missed events that happen every year before fall comes. Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the Made in Hawaiʻi Festival, Greek Festival and Duke’s Oceanfest:


  • Made in Hawaiʻi Festival, $6, free for children 6 and younger, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (5 p.m. on Sunday), Aug. 18 to 20, Neal S. Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall and Arena, 777 Ward Ave., madeinhawaiifestival.com

  • Greek Festival, $3, noon to 9 p.m., Aug. 26 and 27, McCoy Pavillion, 1201 Ala Moana Blvd., greekfestivalhawaii.com

  • Duke’s Oceanfest, free for spectators, Aug. 19 to 27, Waikīkī (specific event locations vary), dukesoceanfest.com


Looking for more things to do in Honolulu? Click here to view our event calendar!