Your Guide to the Perfect Labor Day Weekend in Honolulu: Aug. 30–Sept. 2, 2019

Sun’s out, fun’s out! This three-day weekend is jam-packed with fests, culture and music.

2019 Okinawan Festival

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Okinawan Festival

Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1

Andagi, champuru and okidog, oh my! It’s that time of the year again to get your fill of Okinawan grinds (and lots more) at the 36th annual Okinawan Festival. Use our ultimate guide to the 2019 Okinawan Festival for tips on what to expect, what to eat, where to park and more for the two-day cultural celebration taking place at the Hawai‘i Convention Center.

$2, free for age 12 and younger, and 65 and older. Hawai‘i Convention Center, 1801 Kalākaua Ave. For more information, go here.


Waimea Valley’s Summer Concert Series

Saturday, Aug. 31, 3 to 6:30 p.m.

Hale‘iwa’s three-part summer series comes to a close this weekend with its final concert. Take in the breathtaking views of Waimea Valley while enjoying some favorite Hawaiian singers and hālau hula with the last installment of Ho‘i Hou Mai i Waimea (Return to the Valley), featuring live performances by Kalani Pe‘a, Natalie Ai Kamau‘u, Brother Noland, Kapena and Hālau Hula Olana.

$13–$20, Main Lawn of Waimea Valley, 59-864 Kamehameha Highway, Hale‘iwa. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.


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2019 Aloha Festivals
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Aloha Festivals

Saturday, Aug. 31, through Sunday, Sept. 8

Everyone’s heard of the Merrie Monarch Festival, but the monthlong Aloha Festivals is another way to celebrate the richness of the Hawaiian culture. Attracting about 100,000 people per year, events are put on through donations, community sponsors and funds from the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority. There’s a lot to do and see, so before you head into Waikīkī, use our guide to the 2019 Aloha Festivals to plan your adventure.

Free, various locations throughout Waikīkī. For more information, go here.


Sunset Mele & Night Market

Friday, Aug. 30, 4 to 9 p.m.

From live music to local shopping to free screenings of kid-friendly films, this community event offers something for everyone. Doors open at 4 p.m. with a marketplace featuring 40 local boutique brands, artisans and food vendors. Live music kicks off at 5 p.m. with Hawai‘i-favorite Mango Season, followed by Evan Khay and Keilana, Elijah Sky and Nathan Aweau. Head to the Lili‘u Theater 310 early with your keiki (seating is on a first-come, first-served basis) for a 6 p.m. showing of The Secret Life of Pets 2.

Free, Hawai‘i Convention Center, 1801 Kalākaua Ave. For more information, go here.


Plus: Coming Up

2019 Hale ‘Aina Awards Celebration Presented by First Hawaiian Bank

Saturday, Sept. 7, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

HONOLULU Magazine has gone Gold with its biggest foodie event of the year. The Hale ‘Aina Celebration presented by First Hawaiian Bank brings together some of our Best Restaurant winners so you can dine on unlimited dishes and sips, for the first time set against the amazing sunset from the ‘Alohilani Resort’s Swell Deck. Treat yourself and purchase a VIP ticket, which includes early admission, access to additional dishes and an air-conditioned lounge.

$125–$4,000, ‘Alohilani Resort Waikīkī Beach, 2490 Kalākaua Ave., Swell Pool Deck. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.


SEE ALSO: Why You’ll Want to be a VIP at the 2019 Hale ‘Aina Awards at ‘Alohilani Resort in Waikīkī


Karii! An Awamori Experience

Friday, Aug. 30  |  6–9 p.m.

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Hawaiian Humane Society's Makapu‘u Sunset Benefit Hike

Saturday, Aug. 31  |  5:30–7:30 p.m.

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50th Annual Waikīkī Roughwater Swim

Monday, Sept. 2  |  8:30–11 a.m.

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SEE ALSO: The Oldest Female Competitor Prepares for the 50th Annual Waikīkī Roughwater Swim


Looking for more things to do? Check out our events calendar.


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