The International Ukulele Contest at the annual Ukulele Picnic, Honolulu, Oahu. 

Photo By Ukulele Picnic

February Checklist: Things to do in Hawaii

Here’s our pick of events across the Islands to help you get the most out of your February visit to Hawaii.

Whether you're looking for a concert, athletic run, urban art party or cultural festival, we've got you covered with these events. 

STATEWIDE

 

Valentine's Day
February 14 

Wherever you are in Hawaii on Valentine’s Day, it’s a good place to be. There are plenty of romantic things to do, whether it’s finding a beach on Hawaii Island to stroll down with your honey, enjoying dinner at Kauai’s famed Beach House restaurant in Koloa, indulging in a couples’ chocolate and cherries spa treatment at Andaz Maui at the Wailea Resort or watching Rock-A-Hula’s glitzy Vegas-style “Be My Valentine” Show at the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki, Oahu.

Various times, prices and locations.

MAUI

 

Jake Shimabukuro with the Maui Pops Orchestra  
February 11

Jake Shimabukuro
Jake Shimabukuro. 
Photo courtesy Jake Shimabukuro. 

Beloved island boy and ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, who once played for the Queen of England, returns home for a few shows, including this special collaboration with the Maui Pops Orchestra. Prepare for a night of fantastic music.

$45-$85, Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater, Maui, (808) 242-SHOW, mauiarts.org
 

Steve Aoki & Dim Mak’s 20th Anniversary Tour
February 17

Crazy party rocker Steve Aoki, known for “caking” his audience and putting on a high-energy, often unpredictable but always fun electronic music show, is joined by Autoerotique and Max Styler for his label Dim Mak’s 20th anniversary celebration. 

$45, Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Event Lawn, Maui, (808) 242-SHOW, mauiarts.org.

 

Art Affair 2017: The Party of the Century
February 25

Held at the historic Kaluanui estate, this posh art auction and social event to celebrate the estate’s 100th year and benefit Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center and the local visual arts community features a live and silent auction, gourmet dinner, live music and dancing. Come dressed as your favorite visual artist from the last 100 years.

$175-$250, Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center, 2841 Baldwin Ave., Makawao, Maui,  (808) 572-6560, huinoeau.com/art-events.
 

OAHU

Pow! Wow! Hawaii
February 9–18

A week-long celebration of urban art in Honolulu, with related events in Taiwan, Israel, Singapore, New Zealand, Japan and Germany, Pow! Wow! has evolved into a colorful phenomenon that brings artists from all over the globe together for gallery shows, lectures, workshops, music and, the biggest draw, live mural painting that covers the walls of businesses in the Kakaako district.

Kakaako and various locations, Honolulu, Oahu, powwowhawaii.com.
 

Ukulele Picnic
February 11 & 12

This two-day event celebrates Hawaii’s beloved instrument, with the International Ukulele Contest and Hula Show on Saturday, and a full program of performances throughout the weekend. It’s your chance to catch internationally renowned and talented local musicans like Robi Kahakalau, Jody Kamisato, Taimane Gardner, Herb Ohta Jr., Seiji Katz and Kazuyuki Sekiguchi, all for free.

Free, Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center and Kakaako Makai Gateway Park, Honolulu, Oahu, ukulelepicnicinhawaii.org.
 

The Great Aloha Run
February 20

Recognized nationally as one of the top “100 Great Road Races” by Runner’s World Magazine, the 8.15-mile Great Aloha Run is Hawaii’s largest participatory race, and has raised over $11 million for Hawaii’s non-profit health and human service organizations and community groups. The all-inclusive race has divisions for wheelchair and hand-cycle competitors, military groups running in formation and every age group from children to seniors.

$25-$45, begins at Aloha Tower, Honolulu, Oahu, (808) 528-7388, greataloharun.com.
 

Wanderlust Oahu
February 23–26

Life isn’t about the destination, it’s about the journey. Every year, Wanderlust Oahu brings seekers, yogis, speakers, musicians, artists, chefs, meditation instructors and health practitioners together on the North Shore for a retreat that focuses on holistic wellness and connection with the land and each other.

$115–$165 per day, $490 for a 4-day ticket, Turtle Bay Resort, North Shore, Oahu, wanderlust.com/festivals/oahu.
 

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A Pow! Wow! mural in Kakaako.
Photo: Brandon Shigeta

KAUAI

Waimea Town Celebration and the Waimea Round Up Rodeo
February 15–18

The largest and oldest annual festival on Kauai, this community celebration, now in its 40th year, gets the whole town involved with eight days of events that range from hula shows, cocktail workshops and a film festival to a long-distance canoe race and the largest Hawaiian rodeo in the state.

Prices vary by event, Waimea, Kauai, (808) 651-5744, waimeatowncelebration.com

HAWAII ISLAND

24th Annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival
February 4

This festival, to mark the first cherry blossoms of spring and honor the Japanese tradition of hanami (cherry blossom viewing party) includes a cherry blossom-themed art show, contemporary Japanese flower arranging, mochi pounding, ceramic Japanese doll displays and everyone’s favorite activity, sidewalk chalk art.

Free, various locations near Parker Ranch Center (look for pink banners identifying site locations from the Parker Ranch Historic Homes on Mamalahoa Hwy. 190 to the Hawaiian Homestead Farmer's Market on Hwy. 19), Kamuela, Hawaii Island, (808) 961-8706, waimeacherryblossom@gmail.com.
 

6th annual Heiva I Hawaii
February 17–19

Hips will be shaking and drums will be pounding at this celebration of Tahitian culture, art and dance that kicks off with the Mr. and Miss Heiva I Hawaii 2017 Beauty Pageant and includes Tahitian dance and drumming competitions and vendors with unique handmade Polynesian arts, crafts and beautiful clothing items to sell.

 Free, Kekuaokalani Gym, Kailua Kona, Hawaii Island, (808) 450-9664, heivaihawaii.com.