Oahu Labor Day Weekend 2018 – 10+ Fun Things to Do in September

If you’re lucky enough to spend the last days of summer in the tropical paradise of Oahu (where, trust us, summer will continue for a while after you’ve left), then its a good idea to have a list of possible activities to enjoy.

If you’re looking for Oahu Labor Day Weekend 2018 ideas, check out some of these local activities and fun things do in Oahu in September, including…

  • Hanauma Bay Snorkel
  • Makani Catamaran Sail
  • Hawaiian Style Rentals: Moped and Bike Rental
  • Diamond Head Hike
  • And more!

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Relax Aboard a Dinner Cruise

Outrigger Catamaran HawaiiOf course, you can still enjoy the water even if you don’t want to swim or snorkel in it – just hop aboard a Makani Catamaran for the best of the tropical ocean without the hassle of equipment.

Experience one of the most quintessential Hawaiian vacation activities and set sail on the Pacific Ocean for an island-style dinner with a complimentary drink and an unforgettable view of the Hawaiian sunset.

Getting In: Makani Dinner Cruise tickets are included on 3, 5, and 7-Day Go Oahu Cards.

Explore Hawaiian Culture

Oahu attractionsWhat better way to have an authentic Hawaiian experience than with a visit to one the most genuine places on the entire island?

Pay a visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center, where you can lose yourself in the world of old Oahu with visits to seven distinct ethnic areas, multiple demonstrations, and beautiful dance performances.

Getting In: Polynesian Cultural Center tickets are included on the Go Oahu Card.

Go Snorkeling in Hanauma Bay

snorkeling in oahuYou’re traveling to Oahu to make the best of those last summer and early fall days, so why not immerse yourself (literally) in the tropical waters of Hawaii?

Enjoy a snorkeling expedition and see some of the most marvelous undersea creatures in the world.

Getting In: Hanauma Bay Snorkel rentals are included on the Go Oahu Card.

Ride a Bike or Moped

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Get out and be active with a nice vigorous bike ride. (Or, be as leisurely as you want!) Explore scenic Waikiki, or head out to destinations beyond with your 24-hour rental.

Another option includes a fun moped rental, for some more exciting explorations.

You’ll get a map with your rental, too, so it couldn’t be easier to plan out a trail.

Getting In: Hawaiian Style rentals are included on the Go Oahu Card.

Embark on a Scenic Hike

Image credit: Dakuna.com

Image credit: Dakuna.com

Oahu is at its most beautiful in the wild parts outside of Honolulu and Waikiki, so be sure to spend some time out exploring nature.

Take a hike up the historic Makapuu Lighthouse, or out to the impressive Diamond Head volcano. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a camera!

Getting In:  Makapuu Lighthouse Hike tickets and Diamond Head Hike tickets are included with the Go Oahu Card.

First Friday Art Walk

September 7, 2018
Chinatown, Honolulu

If you’re in search of that perfect unique souvenir, then a visit to the monthly First Friday Art Walk in Honolulu’s Chinatown is a great destination. This month, they’re boasting a special Labor Day theme.

This event is filled with art and craftwork from dozens of local vendors looking to share their love of art with the world.

You’ll also find that local businesses get in on the fun, too, offering free food and drink samples to passersby. It’s an incredibly festive atmosphere overall, and is fun for the whole family.

Getting In: Admission to the First Friday Art Walk is free.

Royal Court Investiture & Opening Ceremony

September 1, 2018, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Royal Hawaiian Hotel

It’s hard to find a tradition more authentically Hawaiian than this one, or one that is more beloved by locals.

The Aloha Festivals Royal Court will be officially introduced, and past monarchs honored through song and dance.

This event actually kicks off the larger Aloha Festival event series, taking place throughout the month.

For more information about Aloha Week, check out our full write-up of this unique Hawaiian tradition.

Getting In: Admission to the Royal Court Investiture is free.

Okinawan Festival

September 1-2, 2018
Kapiolani Park, Waikiki

Image credit: Okinawan Festival.

Image credit: Okinawan Festival.

Now in its 36th year, the Okinawan Festival is the largest cultural festival in all of Hawaii.

Enjoy tons of great ethnic food, live entertainment including taiko drums and hula dancers, artist and artisan displays, and great educational activities for the kids.

It’s an ideal family event for those looking for a little bit of authentic Oahu.

Getting In: Admission to the Okinawan Festival is free.

Waikiki Roughwater Swim

September 1, 2018
Waikiki

Image credit: Waikiki Roughwater Swim Facebook page.

Image credit: Waikiki Roughwater Swim Facebook page.

Not for the faint of heart, this event brings swimmers from all over the world to challenge the rough waters of Waikiki on a 2. 4 mile course.

Watch swimmers traverse the seas from the Waikiki Aquarium to Hilton Hawaiian Village and marvel at their bravery.

Getting In: Admission to the Waikiki Roughwater Swim is free for spectators.

9th Annual Hawaii Rice Festival

2018 Dates TBD
Ward Village

Image credit: Paina Cafe.

Image credit: Paina Cafe.

Celebrate one of Hawaii’s most famous grains this Labor Day weekend with a one-of-a-kind festival. Enjoy cooking and eating competitions, musical performances and other live entertainment, and great kids activities.

Taste rice from around the world and learn all about the history of this famous plant.

Getting In: Admission to the Hawaii Rice Festival is free.

66th Annual Waikiki Hoolaulea

September 22, 2018, 7:00 – 10:00 pm

This massive block party is the place to be this September for a full taste of Hawaiian food, drink, and culture.

Crowds will come from all across the islands to Kalakaua Avenue to enjoy lei-making classes, hula performances, Hawaiian music, and plenty of food and drink.

It’s a great family attraction, too!

Getting In: Admission to the 66th Annual Waikiki Hoolaulea is free.

Kūhiō Beach Hula Show

September 29, 2018 (& other dates)

This authentic hula show is a great way to get a true taste of Hawaiian culture for free.

Come to Kūhiō Beach to see the full show, including an opening torch-lighting ceremony and the blowing of a conch shell, plus plenty of expect indigenous dances.

This show takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays in season.

Getting In: Admission to the Kūhiō Beach Hula Show is free.

Enjoy an Informative Tour

Pearl Harbor City TourIf you’ve never been to Oahu before, or if your interests lie on the cultural side, why not take a comprehensive tour of Honolulu to learn more about the city and its people?

You’ll also cover major historical sites like Pearl Harbor, so it’s well worth your time.

Getting In: Pearl Harbor Historical-City Tour tickets are included on the Go Oahu Card.

Remember to Save on Attraction Admission

There you go – plenty of fun ideas for things to do in Oahu in September to help you plan your Labor Day weekend itinerary.

Remember, some of these great attraction options are included on the Go Oahu Card, where you can save up to 55% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.

Please note, the Labor Day weekend events taking place at some of these attractions may be separately ticketed and not included with the Go Oahu Card.

We hope you consider visiting some of these attractions to help round out your summer vacation in style.

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