Things to Do on O‘ahu in September 2022

From Gabriel Iglesias to the Okinawan Festival and even a powwow, there’s a lot to check out.


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Photo: Courtesy of Hawai‘i United Okinawa Association/Gregory Yamamoto



2022 Okinawan Festival

Sept. 3–4

After a pandemic postponement, the Okinawan Festival returns for a two-day in-person event with the theme of “Sharing Uchinanchu Aloha.” Indulge yourself in everything Okinawan through food, arts and crafts, a bonsai exhibit and more.

Hawai‘i Convention Center,




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2022 Hale ‘Aina Celebration: Havana Nights

Sept. 16 / 6–9 p.m. (VIP entrance 5:30 p.m.)

HONOLULU Magazine’s biggest foodie event of the year is back, along with live music and salsa dancing. The Hale ‘Aina Celebration presented by First Hawaiian Bank Priority Destinations World Elite MasterCard brings together some of our Hale ‘Aina winners so you can dine on unlimited dishes and sips under the stars. Tickets are extremely limited for this year’s event, especially VIP tickets, which come with the exclusive opportunity to enter early plus access to the Priority Access Rum and Cigar Lounge.

$125 to $195 / The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikīkī Beach, Lau‘ula Park, 383 Kalaimoku St., purchase tickets:




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Photo: Courtesy of I-C Photography/Ikaika Anderson



46th Annual Honolulu Intertribal Powwow

Sept. 10-11 / 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Join the O‘ahu Inter-Tribal Council at its annual Intertribal Powwow, a festival created to educate people on Indigenous traditions and practices. There will be workshops, fundraisers and Indigenous performers and speakers. After hosting its first Honolulu Intertribal Powwow in 1974 at Ala Moana Beach Park with drummers, round dancing and a picnic potluck, the powwow has since evolved to include hundreds of participants, drummers, dancers and vendors.

Discounted Bishop Museum Admission for kamaʻāina and military with ID—$5 per person / Bishop Museum,



Gabriel Iglesias By Allan Amato

Photo: Allan Amato



Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias: Back on Tour

Sept. 24 / 8 p.m.

One of Hawai‘i’s favorite visiting comedians returns to perform in the Islands for the first time since 2019. Expect to hear some new jokes along with his riffs on local culture that have endeared him to many. There doesn’t look to be a bad seat in the house: The stage is in the center of the arena, which we can only imagine means he’ll be turning in every direction throughout the show.

$45.50–$75.50 / Blaisdell Arena,


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Eric Nam: There and Back Again World Tour

Sept. 1–2  / 8 p.m.

Named GQ Korea’s 2016 Man of the Year, Eric Nam will be holding two concerts in Honolulu. The Korean American singer is known for his catchy K-pop beats. All ages are welcome; minors are required to be accompanied by an adult.

$40–$140 / The Republik,




Napoleon Dynamite Screening and Q&A

Sept. 16 / 7 p.m.

Napoleon Dynamite, a 2004 movie that became a classic for its endearing and relatable characters, will be screened, followed by a question-and-answer session with cast member Jon Heder, who played Napoleon Dynamite.

$35–$85 / Hawai‘i Theatre,


The 74th Annual Floral Parade will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24.


Aloha Pet and Family Fair

Sept. 10–11 / 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Treat your pup to Hawai‘i’s favorite pet event, featuring activities, workshops, meetups and more for you and your furry friends. Past fairs have included pet obstacle courses, a charcuterie board for dogs (a “pawcuterie”) and vendors selling pet accessories.

Free admission / Ward Village,




Oktoberfest Hawai‘i Beer Fest

Sept. 24–25 / 12:15–9 p.m.

Celebrate Oktoberfest in Hawai‘i at a two-day beer tasting. In addition to enjoying more than 15 German-style beers and food from vendors, there will be live music, outdoor lawn games and daily prize giveaways. You can also take home commemorative mugs.

$65–$375 / Aloha Stadium,




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