The Best Events and Things to Do on O‘ahu in June 2021

Outdoor adventurer, indoor enthusiast, stand-up comedy admirer, Hawaiian music lover, yacht appreciator: Whoever you are, get ready for an action-packed start to the summer.


The Best Events And Things To Do On Oahu This Summer Fishing In Hawaii

Photo: Christine Labrador




CELEBRATE Father’s Day

While our dads typically say they don’t need or require any attention, let’s not forget to show them a little extra love on June 20. Do you have an outdoorsy sort of pops? Try your luck at booking a camping spot, spend the day fishing or steal an idea from our go-to outdoor list. Do you have a grilling and beer kind of dad? Order local dry-aged steaks from Farm Link Hawai‘i and pick them up, along with a few bottles or crowlers of local craft beer, from Lanikai Brewing or Beer Lab HI. For artsy dads, refer to our indoor summer picks at left.


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The Best Events And Things To Do On Oahu This Summer Pow Wow Hawaii

Photo: Courtesy of Pow! Wow! Hawai‘i




ADMIRE Artists and Athletes

When you need a siesta from the sun, here are three very good reasons to head inside: Get to the Village Books & Music store by Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i pop-up at Ward before it leaves us early this month. The collection of records, books and art (oh my goodness, the art) is too incredible to miss. Then stop by Bishop Museum for its latest exhibition, Pow! Wow! The First Decade: From Hawai‘i to the World, presented by Hawaiian Airlines, for 10 years of festival murals, installations and sculptures by notable artists from Hawai‘i and around the world. And finally, HBO will premiere 100 Foot Wave on July 18. The six-part docu-series follows local big-wave surfing pioneer (and a Guinness World Record-holder for the largest wave ever surfed) Garrett McNamara’s 10-year journey to conquer a perfect 100-foot wave.


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GET OUT Into the Summer Sun

Pandemic pending, the month of June should keep us outside this year with Global Running Day on June 2, World Environment Day on June 5, World Oceans Day on June 8, Nature Photography Day on June 15 and International Picnic Day on June 18. Add in the longest day of the year, June 20, which lands on a Sunday, and you’ll be summer shamed if you miss out on the outdoor fun our island has to offer. Just promise you’ll wear a big hat and some reef-safe sunscreen, please.


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Tig Notaro

June 5

The writer, comedian, actor, podcaster and Tom Cruise look-alike (if you know, you know) has been in Hawai‘i Theatre’s lineup for more than a year (due to the pandemic) but her live stand-up will be worth the wait. For a Notaro refresher course, catch her 2018 Netflix special Happy To Be Here, then binge watch Star Trek: Discovery before finishing up with Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead.


$35–$54.50, Hawai‘i Theatre Center,





Amy Hānaiali‘i

June 5

Hawai‘i’s top-selling female vocalist and 18-time Nā Hōkū winner Amy Hānaiali‘i takes the stage this month for a two-show, one-night-only gig.


$25–$35, Blue Note Hawai‘i,


King Kamehameha Day (June 11) lands on an Aloha Friday this year.



This story originally appeared as “Summer Picks” in the June 2021 issue of HONOLULU Magazine. Get your copy at and subscribe to the print and digital editions now.


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