Islanders and tourists alike are in for a treat this week with Oahu’s upcoming Aloha Festivals. If you’ve never been to an Aloha Festival before, it’s a great way to immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture with a month of free events and performances celebrating Hawaiian music, dance, and history. These volunteer organized events have steadily grown into a state-wide celebration drawing over 100,000 attendees per year. That’s a lot of Aloha! We’ve got the deals on affordable and convenient direct flights, so you can island hop to Oahu with us. Here’s the scoop on upcoming Aloha Festival events in Oahu:

HULU ALOHA 

This year’s festivals theme, hulu aloha, means beloved feather treasures. From cloaks to leis, intricate feather crafts have been perfected over centuries in Hawaii. A rich marker of the islands’ multicultural influences, this year’s theme will inspire you to take up a craft (or at least take some pictures). The craftsmanship present in these intricate feather works weren’t just for decoration– they were worn to distinguish the ruling class of the Hawaiian Kingdom throughout history. Today they’re beloved by collectors around the world, and this year’s festival is sure to stun with these amazing feather creations.

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 EVENTS

63rd Annual Waikiki Hoolaulea

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2015, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

KALAKAUA AVENUE

You don’t want to miss Hawaii’s biggest block party. Kalakaua Avenue will be lined with food vendors, bands and entertainment. Grab some local cuisine and take in a hula dancing performance as you meander through the celebration.

 

69th Annual Floral Parade

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2015, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
FROM ALA MOANA PARK THROUGH KALAKAUA AVENUE TO KAPIOLANI PARK

Find a good spot along Kalakaua Avenue to take in the procession of horseback riders, floats covered with Hawaiian flowers, Hawaiian music, hula halau and local marching bands.

 

Photo credits: Flckr/U.S. Navy; Flickr/Kanaka Menehune; Aloha Festivals site; Flickr/Kyle Nishioka; Flickr/Daniel Ramirez