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Exploring: Calendar > Oahu > April
December through April
HUMPBACK WHALE WATCHING SEASON
Humpbacks begin their southern migration from Alaska to Hawai'i in December every year to give birth to their calves as well as to mate. Whales stay through about April, but dates can vary somewhat.
HAWAII INTERNATIONAL SPRING FILM FESTIVAL
The Hawaii International Spring Film Festival, showcasing 20 independent feature films, is held at the Signature Dole Cannery Theatres. Expect the very best and latest in independent and global cinema. This Spring Festival has grown exponentially over the years and has become just as popular and successful as the main Fall Festival. For more information call (808) 528-3456.
Two Weeks in Mid April
HAWAII INVITATIONAL INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
High school and junior high groups, college bands and pageantry units perform in competition for two weeks in Waikiki. Free concerts in the park and the Annual "Salute to Youth" parade on Kalakaua Avenue. Join participants from Hawaii, the mainland and around the world in the largest Spring Break festival on Oahu. Festival tour and participation is by invitation only, but admission to all events is free and visitors are welcome. For more information call 800-448-2374.
ANNUAL HFIA HAWAII'S WOODSHOW
Hawaii’s Woodshow highlights local woodworking. In addition to heirloom-quality works made from native Koa, a stunning and unique wood found only in Hawai‘i, there are striking works of art and furniture crafted from dozens of other island-grown hardwoods which offer fantastic variety in color and figure. The free HFIA Woodshow was created to educate and promote an appreciation of the tremendous variety of Hawaii-grown woods. The show encourages the use of conservative woodworking techniques such as veneering that can make the most effective use of woods that may be in limited supply. Pieces entered in the Woodshow must be made predominantly from locally-grown woods, and certain rare or endangered species are prohibited. Experience masterful creations of furniture, art, musical instruments, bowls and more. Open 11am-6pm Tuesdays-Sundays. FREE (donations to Hawaii Forest Industry Association appreciated).
YOUNG PEOPLES' SPRING EXHIBIT
A selection of children's artwork from the spring session of the Honolulu Academy of Arts Center classes. Free Admission. For more information call (808) 532-8700.
HAWAII YOUTH SYMPHONY ASSOCIATION SPRING CONCERT
Please join the Hawaii Youth Symphony Association for exciting performances by Youth Symphony II, and Concert Orchestra. Pearl City Cultural Center. For more information call (808) 941-9706.
ANNUAL AIDS WALK
The annual AIDS Walk is held at Kapiolani Park. This event is a community gathering to raise awareness about the continuing AIDS epidemic and to support the HIV prevention and client services programs of the Life Foundation. For more information call (808) 521-2437 ext. 240.
LEEWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE DANCE FESTIVAL
With a reputation for presenting Hawaii's finest young dancers in works by established and emerging choreographers, the festival presents a variety of traditional, cutting-edge, and risk-taking dance styles. Leeward Community College Theatre, Pearl City. For more information call (808) 455-0385.
MISS TEEN HAWAII INTERNATIONAL PAGEANT
Contestants ages 13-18 compete for the title of Miss Teen Hawaii International. Pageant events consist of buffet dinner with entertainment by local singers. Pageant will be held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. For more information call (808) 221-2434.
Thursdays and Saturdays October through February (ongoing)
PUBLIC TOURS AT JAMES CAMPBELL NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge is located near Kahuku town on the north shore of Oahu. This wetland refuge is home to four endangered Hawaiian water birds and numerous migratory waterfowl and shorebirds. The refuge offers public tours Thursdays and Saturdays starting the third Saturday in October and ending the third Saturday in February each year. For more information call (808) 637-6330 ext. 27.
Every Tuesday and Saturday, except holidays (ongoing)
Enjoy the ever-changing sights and sounds of the Lyon Arboretum, University of Hawaii. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides will share highlights of the Arboretum collections. Tours are Tuesday 10 - 11:30 a.m. and Saturday 1 - 2:30 p.m. Preregistration is required. Tour donation: $2.50. For more information call (808) 988-0456.
All Year (ongoing)
MISSION HOUSES MUSEUM
Mission Houses Museum was established in 1920 by the Hawaiian Mission Children’s Society, a private, non-profit organization and genealogical society. Its three restored houses and research library provide a unique glimpse into 19th century Hawai‘i, and its temporary exhibition gallery expands the Museum’s relevance and positive impact on the community through the presentation of such exhibitions as The Marquesas: Two Centuries of Cultural Traditions and Lasting Impressions: Printing & Engraving in Hawai‘i. Each spring the museum hosts the Fancy Fair, where island craftspeople and artists show their wares. The visitor experience is further enhanced by an orientation Center, a shop and the Winterbourne Tea Room. Located at 553 South King Street Honolulu, HI 96813-3002 For more information call (808) 531-0481.
Every Tuesday (ongoing)
GUIDED TOURS OF THE HAWAII THEATRE
The one-hour tour offers a unique insight into the history, art, architecture and restoration of the beautiful Hawaii Theatre in Chinatown, including a performance on the 1922 Robert Morton theatre organ. There is a fee for admission. For more information call (808) 528-0506.
HONOLULU STREET MARKET
Bringing the country back to Honolulu at City Square in Kalihi, right outside the downtown area. Open Saturdays only from 9 A.M. TO 2 P.M. Produce, cut flowers, bananas, fresh baked Kakaako breads, knick-knacks, collectibles, crafts, Paniolo Popcorn. Vendors vary from week to week. Support Hawaii's small farmers. No admission. Free parking. For more information call (808) 221-6042.
HAWAII NATURE CENTER
Ongoing nature classes and hikes for children and adults. 2131 Makiki Heights Drive, Honolulu. For more information call (808) 955-0100.
Every Weekend (ongoing)
ART AT THE ZOO FENCE
Every weekend since July of 1954 hundreds of original paintings prints, and photos have been on display at the zoo fence and dozens of fine artists are on hand to meet. If you're visiting Honolulu, Art At The Zoo Fence is only a two-block walk from Waikiki. If you're lucky enough to live here, you can park at the Kapiolani Park Bandstand free parking lot just across Monsarrat Avenue from the Honolulu Zoo. (9 am - 4 pm) For more information call (808) 946-7713.
First Friday of Every Month (ongoing)
FIRST FRIDAY HAWAII
First Friday Hawaii Gallery Walk is a monthly event in downtown Honolulu with art exhibits, galleries, shops, entertainment, restaurants. They say: "Come join us for the most exciting event to hit downtown Honolulu on the first Friday of every month! Chinatown is the place to be if you want to join the hip crowds at the many unique galleries, boutiques, cafes and restaurants that feature exciting art exhibits and free entertainment." For more information call 808-739-9797.
First Saturday of Every Month (ongoing)
RELIVE THE PLANTATION DAYS
A living history museum and ethno-botanical garden on a 50-acre site dedicated to the legacy of immigrant workers from the sugar plantation era. There are 32 authentic and replica structures furnished with artifacts placed in original settings. Hawaii's Plantation Village, 94-695 Waipahu St. For reservations or more information call (808) 677-0110.
Every Thursday Evening (ongoing)
INTRODUCTION TO HULA: KEIKI
Keiki Hula: Children can learn basic movements of hula from instructor Germaine Kaleolani Haili. Haumana (students) will learn the history, language, and culture of this beautiful art form. Ward Warehouse (Ewa End-under Old Spaghetti Factory). For more information call Germaine Haili (808)596-8885.