Things to do in July in Hawaii

July may be muggy, but it’s hard to retreat from the heat when there are bon dances, a collectible extravaganza and two great American artists’ Hawaiian works on display.

Fourth of July Jollity

July 4

An explosion of festivities awaits those seeking a red, white and blue weekend, including a parade in Kailua, fireworks from Turtle Bay to the Windward Side, and a patriotic plethora of activities at Ala Moana Center.,

Moiliili Summer Fest

July 6

Featuring three bon dances interspersed with performances by local bands, this evening event will also offer food and shopping from local pop-up vendors, plus activities for keiki. Bring the whole family!

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Asia Pacific Dance Festival: Samulgwangdae

July 14

Pronounced “sah-mool-gwahn-day,” this percussion quartet blends age-old Korean folk music with modern beats. Let the group’s rhythmic sounds and physical stunts amaze you. Tickets $10 to $60.


Hawaii through O’Keeffe and Adams

July 18 – January 12

Two American masters’ paintings and photos inspired by the Islands constitute the Honolulu Museum of Art’s latest exhibition. Stop by on July 23, 25 or 28 for a docent-led tour of the works with complimentary tea.

photo: ilene wong

Annual Hawaii All-Collectors Show 2013

July 19 – 20

Whether you’re fervid for figurines or obsessed with old coins, this massive sale has something for your inner collector. Peruse more than 150 booths, including a large selection of Hawaiian collectibles. Friday early entry $20, general admission $2-$5.


36th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival

July 20

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Celebrate the anniversary of the prince’s restoration of hula to Moanalua with this 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. showcase. Halau will be performing on one of Hawaii’s last pa hula (hula mounds). Free admission.

REAL Beer Festival

July 27

Real a Gastropub will gather more than 50 craft beers from Hawaii, the continental U.S. and international breweries. A $60 entry fee gets you a beer mug, eight four-ounce tastes and unlimited sampling of food dishes made to pair with the beer.

Generations Concert Series: “The Innovators”

July 27

Catch performances by Brother Noland, John Cruz and others who have kept things fresh on the Hawaiian music scene, all set in the verdant Waimea Valley. Presale tickets $8-$15, $10-$20 at gate.

For more events, visit our online calendar.