Hawaii Events – June 2009

Oahu Events – Culture, Fairs, Music, Dance – June 2009 If you are visiting Oahu in the month of June, below is a list of events for you and your family to attend: Artists of Hawaii (Now through August 16, 2009) – This is the 58th Anniversary of the Artists of Hawaii, the largest and longest running all-media juried exhibition in the state of Hawaii. For more information about viewing the work go to the Artists of Hawaii website.
First Friday Hawaii (June 5 – 5 to 9 p.m.) – Downtown Honolulu – Chinatown Gallery Walk is the hip place to be if you want to enjoy galleries, boutiques, bars, cafes and restaurants that feature exciting art exhibits, events, activities and free entertainment. For more information visit the First Friday Hawaiiwebsite.   30th Annual Pan-Pacific Festival – Matsuri in Hawaii (June 5 – 7) – This festival celebrates the cultural exchange between Japan and Hawaii. This event and parade features Japanese and Hawaiian music, dance, traditions, and food. For more information visit the Pan-Pacific Festivalwebsite.   King Kamehameha Day (June 11 – 13) – Every year on June 11th is designated a public holiday in Hawaii in honor of King Kamehameha, who is credited for brining all the Hawaiian islands together. Celebrations on King Kamehameha Day include a parade, arts and crafts shows, and a lei draping ceremony of the King Kamehameha statue in downtown Honolulu. According to Hawaii.govthe celebrations will start on Friday the 12th, with the parade through Honolulu on Saturday the 13th.  
King Kamehameha Day Parade – 2008 Moonlight Mele concert series (June 25) – The Bishop Museum starts its three-part summer concert series with a performance by local Hawaiian musician Sean Na‘auao. The concert series is a staple of Honolulu’s summertime fun and includes a variety of food and beverages from Gordon Biersch. All the concerts are held outside on the lawn at the Bishop Museum on the last Thursday of each month in the Summer – June, July, August. Check out the Bishop Museumfor more information and how to book tickets for the concert.   King Kamehameha Hula Competition (June 26 – 27) – Enjoy watching over 20 dance groups from the U.S. and Japan compete in the Hula dance competition at the Blaisdell Arena in downtown Honolulu. There is more information on the Hula Competitionwebsite.   Hawaii Dragon Boat Festival(June 26 – 28) – The annual Dragon Boat Festival is part of Chinese tradition and held to drive off evil spirits and pestilence, and for finding peace in one’s life. The event is highlighted by the colorful dragon boat races, in which competing teams drive their canoes forward to the rhythm of pounding drums.  Dates: Movie Night: June 26, 2009 – Friday Ala Moana Beach Park @ 7:00 PM Division Race Day: June 27, 2009 – Saturday Ala Moana Beach Park @ 8:00 AM Open Race Day: June 28, 2009 – Sunday Ala Moana Beach Park @ 9:00 AM Go to the Hawaii Dragon Boat Festival website for more information and see how to enter the event. If you know of any other events happening on Oahu please leave us a comment or email Discover Hawaii Tours. Check back later for events going on in Maui and The Big Island… Mahalo, Alex

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