10 Events To Attend on O’ahu in 2023

The Hawaiian Islands host dozens of events yearly that can add timeless memories to your life. If you are just visiting, or if you’re born and raised, here are some fun things to participate in during 2023 on O’ahu.

I’ve drawn up 5 ideas in this article and have attached a video with 5 more you don’t want to miss out on.

1. The Eddie 2022-2023 Big Wave Invitational Surf Contest

The Aikau family and the Eddie Aikau Foundation has already sent out the invitation to a small list of top-level surfers. There is not a specific date set for the contest as it could fall anytime during the big wave season. In the last 38 years since the beginning of this tournament in 1984 the contest has only run 9 times. The competition will not run unless the waves reach 50ft. Every year the anticipation of the contest brings an energy to the air. Obviously if 2022-2023 is the 10th run, you cannot miss it.

2. Punahou Carnival

The Punahou Carnival will be held in February of 2023 and currently preparations are underway for the production. Run since 1932, this is one of the biggest festivals on the island. Not only is it part of the congoing and deep history of the island, but it’s also another family-friendly event that all can enjoy. The event serves to raise funds for the school’s financial aid program.

3. Water Lantern Festival

The date for 2023 has yet to be set for this festival, however, you can sign up online to receive an update with the details. Traditionally it is held on the 15th day of the first month of the Chinese Calendar, which will be the 5th of February. As dusk sets in you will have the opportunity to send out a lantern made of paper and bamboo on the water. Write down a wish you have and send it out to sea in the lantern. It’s an activity that brings hope, peace and joy. Anything that draws me close to the ocean is a plus in my book!

4. Dukes Ocean Fest

In 2023 this week-long festival will fall between August 19th and 27th. There are a variety of watersports, including a dog surfing competition as well as hula, beach volleyball, and music. Duke’s Ocean Fest is a non-profit organization who contributes resources to help Hawaii’s athletes. Named after Duke Kahanamoku the iconic Hawaiian waterman, this event pays homage to his memory and the greatness of his contributions to the islands.

5. Okinawa Festival

This event falls on Labor Day weekend and the food is AMAZING. This is the biggest ethnic festival on the island. The dancing and musical entertainment, in addition to the activities to observe like bonsai and glassblowing, make the multi-day festival.

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