Things To Do on O‘ahu Before the End of Summer

As Labor Day approaches, here are a few ideas to get—and keep—you in a summer state of mind.


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Treat Yourself to a Night (or Two) of Wellness

Choose a day pass or pop in to a specific yoga, meditation or fitness class during a special Wellness Weekend (Aug. 26 through Aug. 28) hosted by Shift Culture Hawai‘i and Hawaiian Aroma Caffe at Waikīkī Beachcomber. Whether you just take one class, spend the day or make it a weekend staycation, you can also enjoy more curated experiences like a Saturday night dance party and a night market featuring local vendors. Visit for a detailed lineup and to purchase tickets. — $25 for day pass, Waikīkī Beachcomber, 2300 Kalākaua Ave.


Then on Sept. 3, head to the North Shore to participate in Studio Oos’ pop-up spa experience. Enjoy exclusive services from a group of licensed practitioners. Think an ear piercer, a single needle tattoo artist, lymphatic massage therapist, aura reader and much more. Bring your bestie or get a group of friends on board and buy tickets here. — $62, Studio Oos, 56-1089 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku.


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Participate in a Beach Clean Up on Aug. 27

Join Surfrider Foundation for a back-to-school themed beach clean up at Tracks Beach Park in Kapolei. Cleaning bags, grabbers and gloves are provided for a safe cleanup, and volunteers can then help with data collection and learn more about what was collected. Sign up here


If the East Side is more convenient, zero waste shop Keep it Simple Honolulu is also hosting a beach clean up that day, but at Waimānalo Beach. Expect music, games, raffles and prizes. Supplies will also be provided, but bring your own cup to enjoy refreshments. For more updates and information, check out @keepitsimplehonolulu.



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Some summer flavors of Sage Creamery ice cream. Photo: Robbie Dingeman


Rank Your Favorite Local Frozen Treats

From delectable small batch ice cream from Sage Creamery to cake-and-ice cream-pies from Slice by HB Baking, frozen crème brûlée to plant-based soft serve, there’s a laundry list of frozen treats to try around O‘ahu. You’ve officially been challenged to taste a handful—sans guilt—and report back to us here at HONOLULU and Frolic Hawai‘i, and anyone else who will listen. Check out this post and this post for some sweet inspiration.



Homemade Mango Ice Cream

Photo: Maria Kanai


Make a Summer Recipe Come to Life

Don’t let those summer fruits go to waste—use up the last of the mango from your backyard tree (or whatever you happen to have) to make a sweet or savory dish. While you’re at it, why not try your hand at making s’mores from scratch with some guidance from beloved local pastry chef and restaurateur Michelle Karr-Ueoka? After all, aren’t s’mores the unofficial dessert of the summer? Find our summer favorites recipe roundup here and homemade s’mores recipe here.



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Photo: Courtesy of Hawai‘i Polo Club


Watch a Polo Match Before Closing Day on Sept. 4

Even if you don’t know a thing about polo, Hawai‘i Polo Club in Waialua is a stunning spot to spend the day. Tickets are available online or at the gate (but it’s cash only at the gate, and who wants to wait in line?). Pack a cooler, hit the beach and even reserve beachside parking to tailgate and watch the match. On Aug. 28, for the USPA Masters Cup, the food available for purchase is Olay’s Thai Express and you can jam out to a Grateful Dead cover band once the players and ponies are off the field. For the USPA Sportsmanship Cup on Sept. 4 (closing day), enjoy The Streatz Hawai‘i and music from Andy Sexton and Simplisity. Get your tickets here. — Hawai‘i Polo Club, 68-411 Farrington Highway.




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Hoʻomaluhia Botanical Garden. Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino


Embrace the Outdoors

Yes, we encourage enjoying Hawai‘i’s natural beauty all year round, but just like a lot of places on the continent and around the world, there’s something extra special about the summertime. If you’re in need of a little more inspiration, check out guides to camping on O‘ahu, the best spots for a family picnic, and hiking in Honolulu and beyond.