Oahu rules. For visitors, it continues to be unique in its balanced presentation - would you like to see a concert in the city after fine dining, or would you like to peruse a local market and find handmade goods and authentic cuisine out by the beach? You can do both here - and February will be no exception.
Whichever vibe you’re after, these are our picks for the coolest events and festivals coming to Oahu in February 2023.
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After 3 years of only celebrating virtually, this iconic Hawaiian tradition is now finally back in person in 2023. The Hoolaulea in Kapalama has it all. Bring the whole family and wander to find authentic local cuisine, insane desserts that will make you cry tears of glycemic rapture (malasadas and signature “famous brownies” in particular), not one but two stages hosting performances, a lei booth, a country store, and lots of games and attractions for the little ones. Better yet, they are offering a free bus shuttle service from the KS Terminal on School Street.
When: Saturday, February 25th, 8:30 AM - 4 PM
Where: 210 Konia Circle, Honolulu (Kamehameha Schools Kapalama)
More Info: Kamehameha Schools Kapalama or call (808) 371-5665
Hawaii Symphony Orchestra - Hapa Symphony featuring Keauhou
The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra is Hawaii’s premier orchestra, and in early February, they will be bringing us all a special treat: a collaborative performance with the band Keauhou. If you’ve never heard of Keauhou, well, you should look them up. This is some of the loveliest, most instantly recognizable Hawaiian music - the breeze and the waves practically appear around you just by listening. To combine this warm sound achieved by 3 with the best full orchestra in the state is to perhaps send listeners to uncharted levels of ease and well-being. Don’t allow your ears to miss it!
When: Saturday, February 4th
Where: 1130 Bethel St, Honolulu (Hawaii Theater Center)
More Info: Hawaii Theater - Events
John Mulaney - From Scratch
Oahu is an amazing island in part because it uniquely combines Hawaiian tranquility with big city accommodations. That means sometimes the world-famous, big city acts roll through. John Mulaney has been a writer for Saturday Night Live, a voice actor in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and - most notably - the Emmy-winning creator of several hugely popular comedy specials. He is bringing new material to the shores of Oahu on February 4th. Catch him at Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu.
When: Saturday, February 4th; Doors @ 5:30 PM, Show @ 7 PM
Where: 777 Ward Ave, Honolulu (Blaisdell Arena)
More Info: Blaisdell Arena - Events
Aloha Home Markets
Hawaii’s premier pop-up market has 2 locations, both on Oahu. Whether in Kailua or Honolulu, you’re bound to spend quality time here. There seems to be, in principle, almost nothing you can’t find at the Aloha Home Markets - except, we suppose, non-Hawaiian-made products or bad food and music. But if you’re looking for those things, you’re in the wrong place anyway!
When: Sunday, February 5th, 9 AM - 2 PM; Saturday, February 11th, 9 AM - 2 PM
Where: 1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu; 340 Uluniu St, Kailua
More Info: Aloha Home Markets
We hope you find this a helpful starting guide for planning your February trip to Oahu. As always, mahalo, and best wishes for your visit!