Welcome to summer in the Islands! All throughout June, there’s plenty to do, from Kamehameha Day festivities celebrating one of Hawaii’s most legendary monarchs, to wine, food, film and Kauai’s first beer festival.
Show Dad your appreciation by taking him out to brunch at a restaurant, like the classic Willows on Oahu, on a Star of Honolulu cruise, or hiking on any of the Islands. If he likes beer, the Moana Surfrider’s Father’s Day Beer Fest, with 20 types of craft beer and gourmet food pairings, might be the ticket. A fan of classic rock? Treat him to a four-course steak and seafood dinner and an Elvis tribute show at Rock-A-Hula.
Father's Day brunch at Willows: willowshawaii.com
Star of Honolulu Father's Day cruise: starofhonolulu.com
Moana Surfrider Father's Day Beer Fest: tickets.honoluluboxoffice.com
Rock a Hula Father's Day Rockin' Dads show: rockahulahawaii.com
King Kamehameha the Great—who established the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1810 and was its first monarch—is celebrated this weekend and beyond with lei-draping ceremonies, parades and other cultural festivities throughout the Islands. The biggest event is the 101st annual King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade held on Saturday, June 10 at Iolani Palace in downtown Honolulu. Other festivities include the North Kohala Kamehameha Day Celebration at the king’s birthplace in Hawi and Kapaau, Hawaii Island on June 11, and parades in Lihue, Kauai on June 10 and Lahaina, Maui on June 17.
Maui Jim Ocean Shootout
June 3 to June 4
Take to the seas in this two-day ocean event, featuring 10 individual sprint races, two co-ed relay races and a $50,000 prize purse. Kaanapali Beach, Kaanapali, mauijimoceanshootout.com.
36th Annual Kapalua Wine and Food Festival
June 8 to June 11
Enjoy four nights of culinary excellence at the Kapalua Resort. The event will feature wine tastings, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations and opportunities to mingle with all attending master sommeliers. Kapalua Resort, Kapalua, kapaluawineandfoodfestival.com.
MaMO on Maui: Wearable Art Show
Not your typical fashion show, Maoli Arts Movement (MaMO) puts Hawaiian design and cultural motifs on display. Watch as traditional Hawaiian patterns, weaponry, tools and adornments hit the runway. Yokouchi Pavilion & Courtyard, Kahului, mauiarts.org/mamo.
Maui Film Festival
June 21 to June 25
Sit on the grass under the star-filled sky and watch headlining feature films at Maui’s premier film festival. Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course, Wailea, mauifilmfestival.com.
Help build the aloha at Kohana Rum Distillery. Take part in an evening of fun and entertainment while raising funds that will go toward building homes and supporting communities. Kohana Rum Distillery, Waipahu, honoluluhabitat.org.
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
Presented by the Hawaiian Institute for Music Enriching and Learning Experiences, listen to feature performances by five Hawaiian steel guitar masters as well as the next generation of keiki (child) performers. Windward Mall, Kaneohe, hawaiiansteelguitarfestival.com.
Pan Pacific Festival
June 9 to June 11
Immerse yourself in one of Hawaii’s largest multicultural festivals, celebrating its 36th year. Let loose at the Pan-Pacific Hoolaulea, a festive block party in Waikiki, enjoy a dance exhibition showcasing Japan and Hawaii’s hottest amateurs and cap the weekend off with the Pan-Pacific Parade, which runs from Fort DeRussy to Kapiolani Park. Kalakaua Ave, Waikiki, pan-pacific-festival.com.
BBQ & Blues Festival
June 15 to June 17
Take your backyard grilling game to the next level with celebrity pro griller Myron Mixon. Afterwards, enjoy an evening of entertainment with blues legend Willie K and other local blues artists. Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, Waikiki, hiltonhawaiianvillage.com.
Big Island Jazz & Blues Festival
June 1 to June 4
Back for a sixth year, the Big Island Jazz & Blues Festival will feature Grammy Award winner Russell Malone, Jazz Hall of Fame legend Bobby Watson, Na Hoku Hanohano award winner Benny Uyetake and more. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Kohala, bigislandjazzandbluesfestival.com.
First Annual Dog House Beer Fest
Showcasing beers from 15 different breweries across Hawaii and the West Coast, guests will be able to indulge in food, live local entertainment and unlimited beer tastings. Sheraton Kauai, Poipu, kauaihumane.com.