7 Absolutely Free Honolulu Events to Check Out in June 2017

Summer is here and there’s a lot to celebrate, including World Oceans Day, National Pride Month and the homecoming of our beloved Hōkūleʻa—all for free, of course.
The Hōkūleʻa returns from its Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage on June 17.


1. Special Olympics Hawaiʻi’s 49th Annual State Summer Games

June 2 to June 4

Special Olympics athletes from across the state will compete in powerlifting, softball, track and field, and swimming at this year’s state summer games. Kick off the weekend of competitions on June 2 with a parade of athletes into the stadium, the entrance of nearly 1,000 First Hawaiian Bank Troy Barboza Law Enforcement Torch Runners, as well as the ceremonial lighting of the “Flame of Hope.” Events run all day on Saturday, June 3 at UH Mānoa and conclude on Sunday, June 4 with closing ceremonies at 1 p.m. 

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. June 2 and 3, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 4, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 2500 Campus Road, specialolympicshawaii.org


2. North Shore Ocean Fest

June 3

In honor of World Oceans Day, which is celebrated globally on June 8, the North Shore Ocean Fest will feature guided hikes, water activities, more than 40 educational booths, ocean-inspired crafts, live music, hula entertainment and more. This is the first year the event will be plastic-free, so bring your own water bottle! Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation will host a plastic-free Hawaiʻi water station.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Turtle Bay Resort, 57-091 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku, turtlebayresort.com


North Shore Ocean Fest
North Shore Ocean Fest.
Photo: Courtesy of Turtle Bay Resort


3. Community LGBT Pride Picnic

June 3                                                                                                      

Join the Hawaiʻi LGBT Legacy Foundation and more than 20 local community partners to celebrate National Pride Month with a free beach party picnic. The family- and pet-friendly afternoon will include food, picnic games, prizes and keiki gift bags.

Noon to 5 p.m., Queen’s Surf Beach, 2605 Kalākaua Ave., facebook.com


4. Hawai‘i Plantation Village Obon Festival

June 3

Celebrate the Obon Festival at Hawai‘i’s Plantation Village with food, dancing and crafts. Food booths open at 4:30 p.m. Various crafts, including handmade happi coats, will be available for purchase. A Buddhist blessing of the event will be followed by dancing at 5:45 p.m. 

4:30 to 10 p.m., Hawai‘i Plantation Village, 94-695 Waipahu St., Waipahu, hawaiiplantationvillage.org


5. Second Annual Hawaiʻi Law Enforcement Surfing Classic

June 3 to 4

Male and female employees working in law enforcement at the city, state and federal level will compete in different age groups within five categories: Longboard Division, Shortboard Division, Special Division, ʻOhana Division and Stand-Up Paddle Division. All proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Hawaiʻi and support its work to provide year-round sports training and competition opportunities for athletes with intellectual disabilities. 

7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kūhiō Beach, 2453 Kalākaua Ave., specialolympicshawaii.org


6. Hawaiian Humane Society’s Feline Fest

June 10

In honor of “Love a Cat” month, the Hawaiian Humane Society is hosting Feline Fest, a celebration of all things cats. Head over to Salt at Our Kaka‘ako for meownificent cat-themed activities and shopping. Dress in your best cat-themed outfit and get your picture taken at the photo booth, then send in your cat's photo to events@hawaiianhumane.org to be featured on the photo wall!

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Salt at Our Kaka‘ako, 660 Ala Moana Blvd., facebook.com


7. Hōkūleʻa Homecoming Arrival Ceremony and Celebration

June 17

The iconic voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa is returning from its Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage. Join thousands of Hōkūleʻa ʻohana, including families, students, educators, sustainability organizations, ocean conservationists, voyaging waʻa groups, community residents and visitors for the arrival ceremony, program and ho‘olaule‘a. Check the website for tips for that day.

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Magic Island, 1201 Ala Moana Blvd., hokulea.com