Honolulu is an exciting place at any season, but there’s nothing like celebrating summer in the islands. Here are some of the best Honolulu Summer Events this year:
Mango Jam Honolulu Festival – June 29-30
Frank F. Fasi Civic Grounds, 550 S. King Street
Friday June 29: 4:30PM – 9PM
Saturday June 30: 10AM – 9PM
Mango Jam Honolulu is an annual event offering everyone “A taste of island culture.” The event is a mix of live entertainment, a beer garden, craft and food booths, and a farmers market showcasing the star of the show – the Honolulu mango. There’s a Mango BBQ Cook-Off between celebrity chefs and the Mango Jam Recipe Contest. There’s no better way to welcome in the Hawaiian summer months than with a juicy Honolulu mango.
Prince Lot Hula Festival – July 21-22
Iolani Palace, 364 S. King Street
Saturday July 21: 9AM- 4PM
Sunday July 22: 10AM – 3PM
Celebrate the 41st year of this beloved hula festival in honor of Prince Lot Kapuāiwa who reigned as Kamehameha V from 1863-1872. This hula festival is noncompetitive; the hula hālau dancing at the festival perform simply for the love of hula and they will come from all islands to dance on the sacred grounds of Iolani Palace. As a special treat, admission to the Palace is free during the festival.
Byodo-In Temple 50th Anniversary Celebration – August 4
47-200 Kahekili Highway, Kaneohe, HI 96744
9AM – 9PM
FREE – For info, call (808) 725-2798
The Byodo-In Temple, located inside Valley of the Temples Memorial Park, celebrates its 50th anniversary along with the annual Obon Festival, one of the largest Japanese festivals held annually on O‛ahu. The Byodo-In Temple is one of the Top 10 visitor attractions on the island. The day will be filled with free activities for the public including Japanese dancers, Taiko drummers, a spiritual blessing, traditional tea ceremony, floating lantern ceremony, commemorative giveaways, and much more. The 11,000 sq ft temple was built in 1968 to honor the centennial of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawai‛i. Anniversary activities are free but there is a small fee to enter the Temple.
Aloha Festivals Royal Court Investiture and Opening Ceremony – September 1
Royal Hawaiian Resort, Royal Grove & Royal Hawaiian Center
2259 Kalakaua Avenue, Waikiki
Opening Ceremony: 5:00PM
What used to be known as “Aloha Week” is now a month-long celebration on all islands known as the Aloha Festivals. If you won’t be in Hawai‛i for the entire month, then you won’t want to miss this ceremonial event. The Aloha Festivals Royal Court will be introduced to the public on the grounds of Helumoa, originally the home of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. Members of the Ali‛i Court will receive their royal cloaks, helmets, feather lei headpieces, and other royal regalia. Traditional hula and chants are part of this celebratory event.