Honolulu’s TheBus will change to the state holiday schedule Monday through Friday starting April 1.

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What’s Canceled, What’s Not in Hawaiʻi Right Now—March 28, 2020

Cancelations and closures continue across the state.

Here is a list of popular events, festivals and activities that are cancelled, postponed or still going on in the Islands. Bookmark this page or check back for updates.


All state parks are closed until further notice. That includes Diamond Head State Monument and Kaʻena State Park on Oʻahu, ʻAkaka Falls State Park and Hāpuna Beach State Recreation Area on Hawaiʻi Island, Hāʻena State Park on Kauaʻi, ʻĪao Valley State Monument and Makena State Park on Maui, and Palaʻau State Park on Molokaʻi. For a full list of parks, click here.


Festivals and Parades

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  • The 92nd annual Lei Day in Honolulu and all of its associated events, scheduled for May 1, has been canceled.
  • The Shinnyo Latern Floating Hawaiʻi, which was scheduled for May 25 at Ala Moana Beach Park, is canceled. Organizers expect to hold the next one in 2021.
  • The 2020 Hawaiian Scottish Festival, scheduled for March 20 at the Plaza Club in Honolulu, is canceled.
  • The 18th annual Waikīkī Spam Jam, which was slated to run on April 25, has been postponed to a later date.
  • The city canceled its Prince Kūhiō Parade and Hoʻolauleʻa, set for March 28 in Kapolei on Oʻahu.
  • The 2020 Hakipuʻu Canoe Festival on March 14 at Kualoa Regional Park has been canceled.
  • The 3rd annual Noodle Fest Hawaiʻi, presented by Sun Noodle, has been rescheduled to sometime in the summer. Its original date was March 28 at the Victoria Ward Park in Ward Village on Oʻahu. The new date hasn’t been announced yet.
  • Aloha Hawaiʻi Foodbank Great Chefs Fight Hunger was scheduled for March 14, but will now be postponed. There is no additional information on a follow-up date; however, the event has not been cancelled. 
  • The 13th Festival of the Pacific Arts & Culture has been postponed; no future dates have yet to be set. The international event that celebrates the cultures and art of indigenous Pacific Islanders was originally set to run for 11 days in June. 
  • The Taste of Hongwanji Bazaar in Honolulu, which was originally scheduled for March 29, will be rescheduled for a date in October.
  • The 26th annual Honolulu Festival, scheduled for March 6 to 8, was canceled.

Events and Concerts

  • Upcoming shows at Blue Note Hawaiʻi in Waikīkī by Hitomi, Amy Hanaiali‘i, Kool & the Gang and more have been postponed. There will be no shows at the venue until at least April 20, when Willie K is scheduled to perform.
  • Hawaiʻi Bicycling League postponed its Haleʻiwa Metric Century Ride on Oʻahu, originally scheduled for April 26, to June 7.
  • Star of Honolulu has cancelled its annual Easter Brunch Cruise scheduled for April 12.
  • Waimea Valley on Oʻahu will be closed from March 20 to April 3. Its Earth Day celebration has been postponed to May 16, tentatively.
  • Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort will temporarily suspend its weekly Friday night fireworks show starting on March 20.
  • The Blaisdell Center in Honolulu has canceled all of its events through March 30.
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates are rescheduling their shows in Honolulu and Kahului, Maui. The Maui show at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center has been rescheduled from Sunday, March 29 to Wednesday, Oct. 21. The Honolulu show at the Blaisdell Arena will be rescheduled to Friday, Oct. 23.
  • Diana Ross’ Hawaiʻi concert dates have been canceled. Ross was scheduled to perform May 9 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu and May 10 and 11 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.
  • All programs and events at the state’s 51 library locations are cancelled until further notice.
  • The Waikīkī Aquarium canceled its 116th Birthday Celebration, originally scheduled for March 21. It also postponed its Ocean Talks Seminar “Plastic and Ocean Issues in Hawaiʻi” (scheduled for March 18) and its 13th annual Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo (scheduled for April 4.)
  • The Honolulu Symphony Orchestra has canceled its community concert (March 18) on the lānai as part of the Blaisdell Farmers Market and “Classic Kahane Plays Beethoven” (March 21 and 22) at the Blaisdell Concert Hall.
  • Both farmers markets at Kapiʻolani Community College on Oʻahu—Saturdays and Tuesdays—are canceled until further notice.
  • The St. Patrick’s Day Celebration scheduled for March 14 at Salt at Our Kakaʻako on Oʻahu has been cancelled.
  • The Hapalua — Hawaiʻi's Half Marathon, after much deliberation, has officially been postponed. The 13.1-mile run was originally set for April 5, however, event organizers are now looking for a date in the fall. If the Hapalua is unable to secure a date in 2020, entries will be deferred into 2021 at no additional charge.
  • The Prince Kūhiō Parade, one of the largest community parades in the state, and its hoʻolauleʻa on March 28 will be postponed.
  • The Waikīkī Aquarium canceled its 116th birthday celebration, scheduled for March 21, due to coronavirus concerns. The Aquarium will also postpone its Ocean Talks seminar titled “Plastic and Ocean Issues in Hawaiʻi,” scheduled for March 18. The seminar will be rescheduled at a later date.
  • Murphy’s Bar & Grill in Honolulu announced it is canceling its 32nd annual St. Patrick’s Day block party on March 17 over concerns of spreading the coronavirus. This is the first time the bar has cancelled this popular event. (The bar will still be open that night.)
  • Mariah Carey postponed her March 10 concert in Honolulu to Nov. 28 due to global travel restrictions. With the new date, Carey and Hawaiʻi’s Rick Bartalini Presents will bring the “All I Want for Christmas Is You & Hits” show to Hawaiʻi for the first time.

Historic and Cultural Sites and Parks

Hoʻomaluhia Botanical Gardens on Oʻahu.
Photo: Catherine Toth Fox
  • Dole Plantation on Oʻahu will be closed through at least April 3.
  • All city parks will be closed until notice.
  • Hawaiʻi Theatre in Honolulu will be closed through March and April.
  • Hoʻomauluhia Botanical Gardens on Oʻahu will be closed until May 1.
  • Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives on Oʻahu will be temporarily closed until at least March 31.
  • ʻIolani Palace is closed effective March 17.
  • The USS Missouri is closed through April 30.
  • The historic Kawaiaha‘o Church in Honolulu decided to close its doors to public gatherings for the next 60 days, effective immediately. Sunday services, Friday evening youth services and organized sports events in the church’s gym will be discontinued for now.
  • Hanauma Bay on Oʻahu is closed because visitors must watch a video before entering the park.
  • Effective Monday, Pearl Harbor National Memorial will be temporarily closed.
  • Starting March 16, the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum in Honolulu will be closed to the public until further notice. All public programs scheduled for the months of March and April have been canceled.

Businesses Closed or Reduced Hours

Photo: Courtesy of Ala Moana Center
  • Honolulu’s TheBus will change to the state holiday schedule Monday through Friday starting April 1. Saturday and Sunday schedules will remain the same. See thebus.org for specific route information. Handi-Vans will still operate by-reservation during normal hours.
  • Halekūlani in Waikīkī will be closed from March 26 to April 30.
  • Ala Moana Center, the state’s largest mall, is temporarily closed. 
  • Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikīkī will be closed from March 23 through April 30. Its restaurants are open for curbside pick-up and delivery services only. ABC Store will also be open from 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. until further notice. Its cultural events and live entertainment have been canceled.
  • The Kāhala Hotel & Resort on Oʻahu will suspend operations starting March 24.
  • Pearlridge Center on Oʻahu will be closed starting from 11 a.m. March 23. Exceptions include restaurants with carry-out and/or delivery services with exterior-facing entrances that may remain open offering essential goods and services to the community. Additional exceptions include healthcare, grocery stores and banks with exterior entrances.
  • Hotels at Ko ʻOlina Resort, including Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa, will close starting March 22.
  • Paradise Cove on Oʻahu suspended its lūʻau operations from March 18 to 31.
  • Atlantis Adventures suspended all submarine tours at its Waikīkī, Lahaina, and Kona dive locations and all dinner and whale watch lunch cruise tours offered aboard Majestic for two weeks through Wednesday, April 1.
  • Windward Mall on Oʻahu modified its hours. The mall will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, until further notice.
  • Wet ’n’ Wild Hawaiʻi on Oʻahu temporarily suspended operations through March 30.
  • Sea Life Park on Oʻahu will be closed starting March 17.
  • Kualoa Ranch on Oʻahu is closed until further notice.
  • All Big Island Candies location in Hawaiʻi are closed from March 16 to 30.
  • The Hawaiʻi Children’s Discovery Center in Honolulu is closed from March 15 to 30.
  • The popular Polynesian Cultural Center in Lāʻie on Oʻahu will be closed temporarily from to April 30 (updated).
  • Starting March 17, Pearlridge Center on Oʻahu will be closing early at 7 p.m. Effective March 18, the mall will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday until further notice.


Festivals and Parades

  • The Maui Matsuri canceled its May event. Instead of postponing, organizers decided to cancel it this year and plan one for 2021.

Events and Concerts

  • Daryl Hall & John Oates are rescheduling their shows in Honolulu and Kahului, Maui. The Maui show at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center has been rescheduled from Sunday, March 29 to Wednesday, Oct. 21. The Honolulu show at the Blaisdell Arena will be rescheduled to Friday, Oct. 23.
  • All upcoming events at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center have been postponed: Artist 2 Artist with Henry Kapono and Paula Fuga (March 13, now May 29), Jake Shimabukuro (March 14, now May 23), Starr Kalāhiki (March 21, new date TBA), Simrit Live on Maui (March 21, now March 21, 2021), Lucky Plush “Rink Life” (March 26, new date TBA), Proof of Loyalty (March 28, now June 26).

Historic and Cultural Sites and Parks

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  • Haleakalā National Park is closing March 21, including the Kīpahulu District and park’s Summit District.

Business Closed or Reduced Hours

Photo: Courtesy of Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel
  • Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel is temporarily closed. It will reopen on May 1.
  • Grand Wailea will suspend operations starting March 26. It plans to take reservations beginning Monday, June 1.


Festival and Parades

Photo: Courtesy of Merrie Monarch Festival
  • The 9th Big Island Chocolate Festival has been rescheduled from May 1 and 2 to Aug. 14 and 15 at The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort.
  • The 2020 Merrie Monarch Festival, scheduled to run in April in Hilo, has been canceled.
  • The 25th annual Kona Brewers Festival, slated for March 14, has been canceled. The Ke Kai Ala Foundation, host of the Kona Brewers Festival, announced the postponement less than 48 hours before the anniversary celebration was to start at the King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel.

Events and Concerts

  • Kamuela Philharmonic’s upcoming “Literature Comes to Life” concert on March 22 at Kahilu Theatre has been canceled.

Historic and Cultural Sites and Parks

All public areas, including trails and roads, are closed at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park .
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  • All public areas, including trails, roads, campgrounds, the backcountry and public restrooms at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park are closed. All events and guided programs (hikes, walks and talks) are canceled. Kīlauea Visitor Center and outdoor lānai are closed. The Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association store is closed; online shopping is open. Mauna Loa Summit Cabin and Red Hill Cabin are closed. Volcano House hotel, restaurants and the Nāmakanipaio Campground are closed. Kīlauea Military Camp is open with reduced services for authorized patrons. Volcano Art Center Gallery is closed. The Kahuku Unit is closed.
  • Tours offered by the Friends of NELHA are suspended until at least March 30.
  • The Maunakea Visitor Information Station on Hawaiʻi Island will be temporarily closed starting March 15.
  • Mokuʻaikaua Church, Hawai’i’s first Christian church in Kailua-Kona on Hawaiʻi Island, will postpone its 200th birthday celebration planned from March 30 to April 4. The church will reschedule the festivities at a later date.


Festivals and Parades

  • The Molokaʻi Ka Hula Piko has been canceled. It’s held in early June.

Historic and Cultural Sites and Parks

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  • The state Department of Health has temporarily suspended all tours to Kalaupapa National Historical Park until April 11, as a public health measure to protect the vulnerable population of patients on this part of Molokaʻi. The Kalaupapa Pali Trail is still closed due to a landslide.