Island Events & Oahu Family Fun Calendar: July 2024

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2024 Mōʻiliʻili Summer Fest

Saturday, July 6

The 11th annual Mōʻiliʻili Summer Fest, organized by a collaboration including Kamehameha Schools and local community organizations, promises a lively celebration of cultural diversity and community spirit. Held at 1100 University Ave (former Varsity Theatre parking lot and Coyne Street), this modern street festival features Honolulu’s largest bon dance, along with a variety of food vendors, shopping opportunities, keiki activities, and informative booths. It will be the highlight of the summer so don’t miss out!

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Elf Jr. The Musical

Friday, July 5 – Sunday, July 14

Experience the magic of Christmas in July with Elf Jr. The Musical at the Hawaii Theatre Center! Buddy the Elf, Santa, and all your beloved characters come to life on stage in this heartwarming adaptation filled with joyous music and whimsical moments. This enchanting production stars talented students from the Pacific Academy of Performing Arts (PAPA). Don’t miss your chance to witness Buddy’s journey of self-discovery and spreading Christmas cheer, playing from July 5 to July 14. It’s a holiday treat you won’t want to miss!

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Summer 2024 Keiki Makers Market

Sunday, July 7

The Summer 2024 Keiki Makers Market invites families to enjoy a day of creativity and innovation by Hawai’i’s youth. Held at the Children’s Discovery Center, this free event offers students from kindergarten to twelfth grade a platform to showcase and sell their hand-crafted goods, from art to tasty treats. Don’t miss this opportunity to empower student entrepreneurs. 

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Screen On The Green at Waimea Valley

Every Thursday in July: July 11, 18, & 25

Grab your family and friends for free movies on the main lawn at Waimea Valley every Thursday in July! Movies will start once the Haleiwa Farmers Market is done and the sun has set around 7 pm. Get there early and stop by the market to grab dinner before the movie! Chairs and blankets are welcome.

Every Wednesday, kamaaina and military children ages 0-12 enter free with a parent/guardian for Kamaaina Keiki Day. Can’t make Wednesdays? Every third Sunday is La ‘Ohana day, when Waimea Valley admission prices are 50% off for kamaaina and military families.

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Wildest Show at the Honolulu Zoo

Every Wednesday in July: July 10, 17, & 24

The Honolulu Zoo Society is bringing back the Wildest Show concert series, promising an exciting summer of music and entertainment. Scheduled on Wednesday evenings, this after-hours event features live performances by Na Hoku award-winning artists and popular Hawaiʻi musicians. Families and friends can relax and enjoy music, keiki activities, and support fundraising efforts for the Zoo’s sloth family. Performances run from 5:00 to 7:00pm, with food and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase throughout the event.

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Bishop Museum After Hours

2nd Friday of Every Month: July 12

Need a place to pau hana? Bishop Museum has you covered! Explore Historic Hawaiian Hall, experience unique changing exhibitions, hear about the latest scientific discoveries, and engage with Hawaiian cultural practitioners all at Bishop Museum’s monthly After Hours event. Kamaaina and visitors are invited to the museum to explore Hawaii’s unique and unparalleled cultural and natural history. Spend your evening under Honolulu’s star-lit sky on the Great Lawn with food and drinks for sale by local vendors. Free admission for Bishop Museum members.

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Sunset on the Beach

Saturday, July 13

Southwest Airlines and the Waikiki Improvement Association have teamed up to revive the beloved “Sunset on the Beach” event at Queen’s Beach this summer. Sign up for monthly family-friendly movie screenings against the beautiful Waikiki sunset backdrop. In July, the movie will be Trolls: Band Together and the theme is Sunset Sing-Along. Enjoy live music, games, photo ops, and more starting at 4:30pm, with the movie showing at 7:35pm.

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Bloom! Garden & Art Festival

Saturday, July 13 – Sunday, July 14

Head to Ward Village for the Bloom! Garden & Art Festival, a free, family-friendly event from 10am to 4pm. Enjoy shopping from local plant nurseries, and explore handmade items, packaged goods, plant displays, attend free workshops, and much more. 

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Hawaii Ukulele Festival at Kapiolani Park

Sunday, July 14

Ukulele enthusiasts can look forward to this free to the public event at Kapiolani Park with live stage entertainment on the bandstand, a keiki cultural fun zone, Hawaii crafters and artisan village, multi-ethnic food court and ukulele merchants; plus, community information booths and ukulele inspired merchandise ranging from gifts, books, apparel, jewelry, art and more.

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The Music of Star Wars

Saturday, July 20

Experience “The Music of Star Wars” with the Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra at the Waikiki Shell, part of the Sheraton Starlight Festival. Conductor Dane Lam and narrator Michael-Thomas Foumai will guide you through John Williams’ iconic soundtrack spanning all nine Skywalker Saga movies. This unique concert, focused solely on the music, promises surprises and a thrilling auditory adventure.

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Keiki Hula Competition at Blaisdell Center

Thursday, July 25 – Saturday, July 27

The Kalihi-Palama Culture & Arts Society presents the 2024 Queen Liliuokalani Keiki Hula at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center, with more than 500 young hula dancers, ages 6 to 12, from across the Hawaiian islands. The public is also invited to visit the Exhibition Hall which will be home to a variety of fun Keiki Hula Festival activities.

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