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Exploring: Calendar > Oahu > November
Early to Mid November
PLEIN AIR SHOW
The Association of Hawaii Artists (AHA) sponsors the annual exhibit at the Honolulu Country Club, 1690 Ala Pu`umalu Street. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. every day. The mixed media show features ten AHA artists with works in oil, acrylic, pastel, and watercolor. For more information call (808) 542-3147.
ANNUAL WORLD INVITATIONAL HULA FESTIVAL
Hawaii's largest hula competition with international participants is coming again this year! This is a great opportunity to view and learn the culture of hula dancing. It is an on-going educational celebration with Hawaiian crafts, vendors, food and Lomi lomi (Hawaiian massage.) Competitors come from Japan, Guam, Mexico, Philippines, Spain, Holland, and more! This is a 3-day event that you or your friends and family don't want to miss. $5 - Lawn Seating, General Seating, and Loge Seating are available. Tickets are available at the Waikiki Shell before each day's performance, Blaisdell Box Office, and Ticketmaster. For more information call (808) 389-8222.
November and December
VANS TRIPLE CROWN OF SURFING
The annual Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is the world's premier surfing series that takes place in the giant winter waves of Oahu's North Shore. Stop one is the Vans Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa Beach. Stop two is the O'Neill World Cup at Sunset Beach. The third and final jewel in the crown is the Pipeline Masters. As the finale to the Association of Surfing Professionals World Tour, the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing will crown the world champion at the conclusion of the series. For more information call (808) 638-7700.
Mid to Late November
Roxy Pro at Haleiwa's Ali'i Beach Park is the first women's event of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. This event features the world's top female surfers as they battle it out for the Association of Surfing Professionals World Title. For more information call (808) 637-2299.
KING KALAKAUA'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
The Friends of Iolani Palace invite the public to participate in the annual commemoration of King Kalakaua's Birthday. The Palace is decorated in red, white and blue bunting and Hawaiian flags recreating the Palace decorations for King Kalakaua's Jubilee. The Annual Review of the Royal Guard will take place. Admission is free. Exact times TBA. For more information call (808) 522-0822.
ANNUAL UKULELE GUILD OF HAWAII EXHIBITION AND CONFERENCE
Exhibition and sale of handcrafted, custom ukuleles. Auction of vintage ukuleles and ukulele related items, vendor tables. Seminars and entertainment by many island solo stars and groups. Large display of custom ukuleles, handcrafted by guild members; ukulele music (playing) and building seminars, public is welcomed to enroll, signup is at the seminars entrances, please bring your ukulele to the music seminars; continuous, live entertainment by top ukulele artists; experts to answer questions about your ukulele; FREE ukulele giveaways by random drawings. For more information call (808) 440-4646.
Featuring the display and sale of fine art and handcrafted multi-ethnic creations of Hawaii's talented artists. Free. Live entertainment and food. Kapiolani Park from 9 am to 4 pm each day. For more information call (808) 696-6717.
Third Weekend in November
HAWAII'S WOOD SHOW
Witness the grandest showcase of Hawaii's finest woodworking talent using only Hawaii-grown woods such as koa, mango, kamani, Norfolk pine, and macadamia nut. Hawaii's Woodshow artists promote sustainable, productive forests while showcasing stunning furniture, woodturning, sculpture, musical instruments and more. Many works are available for purchase following the show. For more information call (808) 221-5171 or (808) 399-9411.
HAWAII KAI HOLIDAY PARADE
Sponsored by Hawaii Kai Lions Club, the parade, held annually on the last Saturday of November, features hundreds of marchers, dozens of vehicles, plus bands. It starts at Kamiloiki Park, to Lunalilo Home Rd., and end at Koko Marina Shopping Center. 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon. For more information call (808) 395-3384.
November and December
O'NEILL WORLD CUP OF SURFING
The O'Neill World Cup is the second stop of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. Also known as the World Cup of Surfing, the O'Neill Cup is the penultimate event on the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Championship Tour. Only the world’s Top-ranked pros and four wildcard entrants are permitted to compete in this event. Waves at Sunset Beach can be up to 20 feet thick and up to four stories high.
Late November through Early December
WORLD ART BAZAAR
This popular bazaar features one-of-a-kind gift items and vintage and contemporary accents for the home from around the world. Jewelry, ethnic clothing, folk art, baskets, textiles, ornaments and holiday gifts from China, Russia, Indonesia, Africa, Thailand, and South America. No admission charge. Honolulu Academy of Arts Center at Linekona. For more information call (808) 532-8700 .
HGEA/AFSCME HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR
This annual event takes place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Charles Kendall Building downtown Honolulu (Queen/Mililani Streets). For more information call (808) 543-0030.
WAIANAE CHRISTMAS PARADE AND HOOLAULEA
The parade starts 10:00 a.m. from Waianae Boat Harbor (Leeward Oahu). This is Waianae Coast's great Christmas Parade followed by a Hoolaulea (party) with entertainment, crafts and food at the Waianae Mall. For more information call (808) 696-7061.
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR AT THE MISSION HOUSES MUSEUM
Come to the best place to find that perfect holiday gift! The fair features a wide variety of crafters, artisans and food vendors specializing in locally made items such as ceramics, glass, quilts, jewelry, paintings, photography, woodcarvings and works on paper. Tasty food and hands-on activities for children and families will be available as well. When you're ready to kick back and relax, enjoy the entertainment. All day. Mission Houses Museum, 553 South King Street. For reservations or more information call (808) 531-0481 ext. 714.
MESSIAH AT CENTRAL UNION CHURCH
The church 100-voice Oratorio Choir and Handel Festival Orchestra present the Messiah each year in the sanctuary on the corner of Beretania and Punahou Street at 7:30 pm. Free admission! For more information call (808) 941-0957.
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.