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Exploring: Calendar > Oahu > March
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.
STRAUB/KAPIOLANI WOMEN'S 10K
Hawaii's premier women's race. Starting time is 7 a.m.. The 6.2-mile race from Kapiolani Park goes through Diamond Head and Kahala and back to the park. For more information call 808-524-6755.
HAWAII DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
This annual event is rich with culture and color takes place at Ala Moana Beach Park, Honolulu. Teams from around the world race in festive dragon boats across a 500 meter course. Ethnic food booths, crafts, entertainment and cultural exhibits. For more information call (808) 951-0350.
HAWAII MUSIC AWARDS
The Hawaii Music Awards is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the diversity of music found in Hawaii and the Pacific Rim by honoring and acknowledging the talents and achievements of the music community. Music education is supported by providing funding for scholarships and grants for the Music Foundation of Hawaii. Excellence is recognized in the recording arts and professions and supporting businesses. The Award Show venue changes from year to year. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org For more information call (808) 951-6699.
Two Weekends in March
Annual carnival benefits youth sports organizations. Carnival rides, games, food booths, and entertainment all at Aloha Stadium. Admission fee. For more information call (808) 682-5767.
HEIVA I HONOLULU
Tahiti Nui International's "Heiva I Honolulu," presents a variety of dance and music over three days. Categories include Solo, Group 'Ote'a, Aparima, Ahupurotu, Mama Ruau, and Drumming. Handicrafts and entertainment from the South Pacific will be highlighted in the annual celebration of Tahitian culture and dance. There is a fee for admission. For more information call 808-384-2765.
HONOLULU FESTIVAL & PARADE
Hawaii's premier event promoting cultural understanding, economic cooperation and ethnic harmony between the people of Hawaii and the Asia-Pacific region. The Festival kicks off at the Hawaii Convention Center, and will feature a variety of events at different Oahu venues. The Festival will culminate with a grand parade down Kalakaua Avenue. For more information call (808) 926-2424.
Presented by the Handcrafters and Artisans Alliance. Handmade in Hawaii products for sale by the artists, including wood products, clothing, jewelry, stained glass, candles, quilts, ceramic arts. Enjoy live entertainment, good food, and meet the artists. Kapiolani Park, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. For more information call 808-696-6717.
WINDWARD ORCHID SOCIETY SPRING SHOW AND PLANT SALE
Come and see beautiful orchids in every imaginable hue. Orchid societies from Oahu vie for prizes awarded by the American Orchid Society for creative floor and table landscape displays and for outstanding orchids in various categories. There are demonstrations on the care of orchids and a great big plant sale! S.W. King Intermediate School Armory, 46-155 Kamehameha Hwy., Kaneohe (Two blocks North of Windward Mall). For more information call (808) 247-3345.
ANNUAL GREAT HAWAIIAN RUBBER DUCKIE RACE
UCPA's favorite rubber duckies will take their annual dive into the infamous waters of the Ala Wai Canal. If your duckie is one of the top 50 finishers, you could win some great prizes. There will be pre-race festivities at McCully Shopping Center with local entertainment, keiki games and a duckie store. A benefit for United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaii. For more information call (808) 532-6744.
SPLENDORS OF IKEBANA DEMONSTRATIONS
Everyone is invited to celebrate the arrival of spring at Honolulu Hale's "Splendors of Ikebana" exhibition. Colorful flower displays will be complemented with the offering of free ikebana-making demonstrations. This is a great opportunity to learn traditional and contemporary techniques of ikebana flower arranging by instructors of the art. For more information call 808-523-4674.
WIKI WIKI ONE-DAY HAWAIIANA & COLLECTIBLES SHOW
Hawaii's strictly vintage collectibles (20 years and older), antiques and Hawaiiana show and sale. Exhibitors from Oahu, other Hawaiian Islands, and mainland U.S. sell vintage Hawaiiana, antiques, estate jewelry, kimono, koa, rattan, aloha shirts, tribal art, textiles, toys, dolls, coins, stamps, Mings, ivory and much more. Blaisdell Center, Hawaii Suites. Admission fee. For more information call 808-941-9754 .
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.