There are always so many things going on around Oahu from family events to nightlife events and cultural events. This month, here is a list of Top 5 events you might not have heard about to try and attend. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
1. Korean Festival (July 12 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and July 13 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.) – Get ready for another awesome Korean Festival, taking place at Kapiolani Park. Check out great Korean food and cultural booths. Take in the traditional sounds of Korea, as well as newer K-pop music. As with last year, there’s the kimchee contest. Catch a glimpse of the newest King of Kimchee! Make sure to stop by to “see, taste, and listen” to Korea.
2. Mangoes at the Moana (July 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) – Get ready to fulfill your mango dreams! The event takes place at Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa. The event celebrates its fifth year and features the mango throw down, in which local chefs will compete to create amazing dishes featuring … MANGO! For those who wish for libations, the mango cocktail mixdown uses Ketel One vodka and mango as the main ingredient.
3. Ukulele Festival (July 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) – Kapiolani Park’s bandstand will host the annual Ukulele Festival! Roy and Kathy Sakuma are the epitome of ukulele education and music in Hawaii. The event features guests artists, as well as talented keiki (children) who will show off their ukulele-playing skill.
4. Haleiwa Arts Festival Summer Event (July 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and July 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) – Head down to historic Haleiwa Town for an amazing arts festival! Check out amazing artists. Buy, sell or just browse the wonderful artwork. Aside from the art, there also is performances taking place throughout the day. Bring friends and family to enjoy excellent visual stimulation, as well as great food and drink booths.
5. Prince Lot Hula Festival (July 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) – Moanalua Gardens Foundation kicks off the Prince Lot Hula Festival at Moanalua Gardens this month. The festival pays tribute to Prince Lot Kapuāiwa, and spectators can enjoy non-competitive hula from talented performers. Make sure to bring chairs and mats to sit on, as well as your family and friends.
The Korean Festival in Hawaii kicks off July 12-13 at Kapiolani Park and Bandstand. “Enjoy the many flavors of Korea with a dozen food booths to choose from. The festival is open from 10am to 10pm, so come for a late breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack or dinner!”
Haleiwa Arts Festival
“The Hale’iwa Arts Festival Sixteenth Annual Summer ArtFest features Juried Visual Artists, plus Musicians, Singers, Dancers, Cultural History Tours, Student Art, Art Demonstrations and Children’s Art Activities – Saturday, July 20, 10am-6pm, and Sunday, July 21, 10am-5pm, 2013, in Historic Hale’iwa Town on the North Shore of Oahu. Free Admission.”
Mangoes at the Moana
Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa has partnered with Makaha Mangoes to celebrate its 5th annual “Mangoes at the Moana” event anniversary on Saturday, July 13. Locals and visitors are invited to join in on the festivities from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Ukulele Festival Hawaii
“Roy and Kathy Sakuma have dedicated their life’s work to spreading the joy of the ukulele through lessons, festivals and community events. In 2004, they established Ukulele Festival Hawaii, a non-profit 501(C) (3) organization, to bring laughter, love and hope to everyone through the ukulele.”
Prince Lot Hula Festival
“Moanalua Gardens Foundation (MGF) will present “Huaka`i o Kamananui…A Journey Into Kamananui, “ the 36th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival, at spectacular Moanalua Gardens on Saturday, July 20, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The largest non-competitive hula celebration in Hawai‘i, the festival is held each year to honor Prince Lot Kapuāiwa who reprised the once forbidden hula in the district of Moanalua.”