Although you can save time waiting in lines and up to 55 percent on admission to all the top Oahu attractions and tours when you buy a Go Oahu Card by Smart Destinations, there are also plenty of other Oahu summer events that the card doesn’t cover. Consider checking out some of these interesting Oahu Attractions this summer during your trip to Hawaii, in addition to the sights that are covered with the Go Oahu Card.
On Independence Day this year, galleries and other arts venues will be opening their doors for an evening of culture during the The ARTS at Marks event. The event will give guests the chance to follow a map as they make their way to all of the galleries in the area to see artist receptions, hear live music and sample refreshments. The event is free and will also be held on the first Fridays of August and September as well.
About a week after the event on July 4, the 13th annual Korean Festival will be held on July 12. The festival will feature a day full of Korean food, dance, art, music, culture and entertainment. There will be Taekwondo demonstrations, a kimchi eating competition and a Korean song contest. Fans of Korean cuisine can take part in cooking lessons or chow down on snacks like kalbi, tteokbokki and dumplings. Korean pop group M.Pire will also headline the festivities.
In the week following the Korean Festival, the 37th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival will be taking place on July 19. The event is held each year to honor the man who brought the forbidden art of hula to the district of Moanalua and many premier hula groups will perform ancient and contemporary dances at this year’s event. The festival is recognized as the largest non-competitive hula event in Hawaii and there is no charge to attend.
The next day on July 20, the Oahu Ukulele Festival will be taking place at KapiolaniPark from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The festival was established in 2004 and it has been bringing “laughter, love and hope to everyone through the ukulele” ever since.
Another music-related event, the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival, is taking place on August 17. A genre that began in 1830 on the Big Island of Hawaii, the art of playing the slack key guitar is distinctly Hawaiian. This year’s event will be celebrating 184 years of the unique art of slack guitar and festival attendees will be able to totally immerse themselves in the beautiful indigenous music of Hawaii.