Traveling to Hawaii in August and wondering what to do? This list, highlighting food, ocean activities, festivals, live music and art, is a good place to start. Not in Hawaii? We threw in a couple Hawaii-themed events happening on the mainland too!
14th Annual Heiva I Kauai
Celebrate Tahitian culture at this competition that includes solo and group competitors from Hawaii, the mainland and Japan. Check out more than 40 Tahitian and Pacific Island vendors for jewelry, crafts and more. You can also dance in the audience Tahitian dance competition and coconut husking contests.
$6 per day, free for children 6 and under. Gates open at 9 a.m. and ceremonies begin at 9:30 a.m., Kapaa Beach Park, 4-1464 Kuhio Hwy., Kapaa, (808) 822-9447, heivakauai.com.
All are welcome to watch or participate in Hawaii’s only sand castle/sculpture competition. Just don’t forget to lather on some sunscreen. Lots of prizes will be awarded.
Free. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hanalei Beach Park, 5320 Weke Road., Hanelei, hawaiisandcastle.com.
Waipa Music and Mango Festival
Celebrate the summer’s mango harvest with a fun-filled day of cooking demonstrations, tastings and activities. Tunes will be provided by Hawaii musicians.
$10 adults and $1 for children, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Halulu Fishpond, 5-5785 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, (808) 826-9969, waipafoundation.org.
Kauai Food Tour–Royal Coconut Coast
This month, eat your way through Kauai on this tour. Sample traditional Hawaii foods and street foods. Learn about plantation culture and history, taro farming and go behind-the-scenes of restaurants along the Royal Coconut Coast.
$120, various locations along Royal Coconut Coast, (888) 431-6660, tastingkauai.com.
Spend an evening watching hula dancers of all ages compete in solo and group categories. The overall group winner of the evening will receive $1,000 in cash and prizes.
$25-$35 at the door, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for discounted presale tickets doors open 6:30 p.m., show starts 7 p.m., Hawaii Theatre, 1130 Bethel St., Honolulu, hapahaolefest.org.
August 3 & 13
The International Astronomical Union is hosting its 2015 General Assembly in Hawaii and are offering some free events open to the public. Among them, enjoy a night under the stars with the whole family at this stargazing party, where astronomy experts will guide you through the stars and constellations. Telescopes provided.
Free, begins at sundown, Ala Moana Beach Park, 1201 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, astronomy2015.org.
Learn about deep-sea voyaging and oceanic wayfinding from Chad Kalepa Babayan, who has served as captain and navigator aboard the Hokulea’s Malama Honua voyage around the world.
Free tickets are required, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Hawaii Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, astronomy2015.org.
4th Annual Pacific Ink and Art Expo
Over 250 tattoo artists from Hawaii and around the world—including those from TV series “Ink Master”—will be live tattooing under one roof at this all-ages expo. Visitors also get the chance to learn about the ancient tapping art form of tattoo from Hawaii, Samoa, Japan and the Philippines. And, if you’re up for it, talk with one of the tattoists there and get inked.
$14.10–$51, Neil Blaisdell Center, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu, (808) 351-3314, hawaiitattooexpo.com.
Nagaoka’s Firework Display
Pack a picnic lunch and towel, then enjoy the Nagaoka fireworks on the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center’s lawns. The firework display commemorates the 70 years of the end of World War II and peace with Japan.
Free, starts 8 p.m., Ford Island, 1 Arizona Memorial Pl., Pearl Harbor, nps.gov.
Picnic on the Pier #MOedition
Enjoy the sunset from one of Hawaii’s historical sites: the USS Missouri battleship at Pearl Harbor. There will be live music, raffle prizes, keiki activities and limited tours of the Mighty Mo.
Adults $10 pre-sale/$15 at the door and children 4-12 $5 pre-sale/$10 at the door, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Battleship Missouri Memorial, 63 Cowpens St., Honolulu, ussmissouri.org.
Duke’s OceanFest 2015
Watching this ocean sports competition? Visitors who book the Duke’s OceanFest VIP package at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort can enjoy daily breakfast for two at Duke’s Waikiki, two reserved seating to Duke’s OceanFest luau, two Duke’s OceanFest shirts and special shopping discounts.
Starts at $324 per night, Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, 2335 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki, dukeoceanfest.com.
Made in Hawaii Festival
Discover Hawaii-made clothing, crafts, art, home décor, bath and beauty products, and food from over 400 vendors at this three-day event. Cooking demonstrations and musical performances will also be offered throughout the festival.
$5 per person, free admission for children 6 and under, Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu, (808)533-1292, madeinhawaiifestival.com.
On the eve of Duke Kahanamoku’s birthday, four watermen will be honored into the Hawaii Waterman Hall of Fame: Joey Cabell, Duane DeSoto, Walter Guild and Soichi Sakamoto. Enjoy a night on the beach and under the stars while learning about Duke Kahanamoku’s legacy.
$125–$5000, 5:30 p.m., Outrigger Canoe Club, 2909 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, dukefoundation.org.
Mele at the Moana
The Moana Surfrider hosts some of the best Hawaii musicians each month in its Banyan Courtyard. This month, John Cruz takes the stage, along with featured performers. His first album, “Acoustic Soul,” released in 1996 and sold more than 150,000 in Hawaii. Some of his hits, like “Island Style,” became well-known Hawaii songs.
Music begins 5 p.m. and performers come on at 7 p.m., Moana Surfrider’s Banyan Courtyard, 2365 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki Beach, moana-surfrider.com.
Huakai O Halawa Valley Molokai
Visit Halawa Valley, the place where Hawaiian ancestors first step foot on Molokai. Kumu Paa Lawrence Aki will share his knowledge on chants, hula and stories. There will be an ocean cleansing and you can learn how to pay respects to sacred places on Molokai.
Halawa Valley, For more information, go online.
The Molokai Bowhunters Archery Club hosts its annual tournament for all ages with a variety of categories to compete in, including bare bow, freestyle, competitive bowhunter and bowhunter freestyle.
Registration costs $30 18+ and $15 for 17 and below, registration 7:30 a.m.–8:30 a.m. and starts 9 a.m., Kalae Bow Range, Kualapuu, molokaibowhunters.com.
Lahaina Arts Society Fine Arts Fair
Browse through the latest ceramics, paintings, hand-made jewelry, photographs and sculptures from Hawaii-based artisans.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Banyan Tree Park, 648 Wharf St., Lahaina, (808)661-9149, lahainaarts.com.
Maui’s Native Birds
Discover and learn about Maui’s native forest birds through photos and stories. Attendees will learn about the threats posed on the birds and what is currently being done to protect them.
Free, 2 p.m., Ritz-Carlton, 1 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Kapalua, (808)665-7294, mauiforestbirds.org.
17th Annual Hoolaulea
The Hana Cultural Center hosts its annual Hoolaulea. Enjoy a fun day of traditional Hawaiian games, food and activities.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., below Hana Ranch Store, hanaculturalcenter.org.
Aloha Art Festival
The whole family can learn about Mauna Kea through art. There will be creative stations, activities, talks and educational booths. Plus, visitors can compete in the art contest, which will be broken down into three categories: under 18, Hawaii resident and non-Hawaii resident. The winner of each category must capture Mauna Kea’s culture, natural environment and innovation.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Imiloa Astronomy Center, 600 Imiloa Pl., Hilo, imiloahawaii.org.
Stargaze at night with Hawaii Island-based artist, Kent Olsen. He will give an interpretive guide to the stars, providing a new perspective on the cosmos.
Free with park entrance fee, 7 to 8 p.m., Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium, nps.gov.
Halau O Mailelaulani
Watch Halau O Mailelaulani’s “Heavenly Voices” hula performance. This Hilo-based halau (troupe) has been around since the 1970s with performers that participate in The Merrie Monarch Festival.
Free with park entrance fee, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Kilauea Center Auditorium, (808) 985-6011, nps.gov.
Manta Ray Open House
As part of Sheraton Kona’s Manta Ray Week, visitors are invited to the Manta Ray Learning Center to interact with manta experts. Learn about these ocean animals with hands-on activities and talks. Those who stick around for dinner can dine at Rays on the Bay, where manta rays can be viewed in their natural environment. A full schedule can be found online.
5:30 to 7 p.m., Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa, 78-128 Ehukai St., Kailua-Kona, sheratonkona.com.
Polynesian Gift Hut owner and artisan, Charles Hamer, continues his tradition of spreading culture from Pacific Islands, through vendors that bring in cultural foods, live entertainment and activities.
Free admission and parking, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California, alohapolyfest.com.
Aloha Spirit Bash
Nonprofit Aloha Spirit SB aims to promote cultural, educational and recreational community events on the Polynesian culture through its annual celebration.
Elings Park, 1298 Las Positas Rd., Santa Barbara, California, alohaspiritbash.org.