The Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum is the largest museum in the state and the premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific, recognized throughout the world for cultural collections, research projects, and public educational programs. It has one of the most extensive collections of Polynesian cultural artifacts and natural history specimen collections in the world.
Blue Note Hawaii
Located inside the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, Blue Note Hawaii features a year-round lineup of jazz legends, and musicians of other genres, including reggae, rock, pop, comedy, and top local island artists. The intimate setting features a full-service bar and restaurant, highlighting the culinary talents of Chef Tony Avilla.
Duke’s OceanFest is Waikiki’s annual ocean sports festival, featuring paddleboard races, longboard surfing, swimming, surf polo, volleyball tournaments, and tandem surfing competitions. This event draws hundreds of competitors to honor and celebrate the life and aloha of Hawaii’s greatest waterman and ambassador, Olympic gold medalist Duke Kahanamoku.
On the beach where the legendary Duke Kahanamoku grew up swimming, surfing, canoeing, and bodysurfing is Duke’s Waikiki, celebrated for its classic takes on Island food favorites and live entertainment. Located in the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, Duke’s features unobstructed views of Diamond Head and the expansive turquoise waters of Waikiki Beach.
The modern Ekiden is a popular long-distance relay race held all over Japan, promoting unity as a team and personal perseverance. Origins of the sport date back to when a messenger would deliver a message to another messenger until it reached its final destination. The Honolulu Ekiden is a 26.2-mile (42.195 km) course divided into six sections with stunning ocean views.
Faith Surf School
Founded by local surfer Tony Moniz in 2000, Faith Surf School offers both group and private surf lessons at its two beachfront locations in Waikiki Beach. Faith Surf School goes beyond your typical Honolulu surf lessons to offer personalized surf tours, stand-up paddleboard lessons, outrigger canoe surfing, and surfboard rentals.
Friends of Hokulea & Hawaiiloa
Canoe building was one of the great industries of ancient Hawaiians. The Friends of Hokulea & Hawaiiloa is dedicated to the perpetuation of Hawaiian canoe-building traditions and values. By building, maintaining, and restoring canoes, the Friends hope to improve understanding and appreciation for this unique heritage.
Hapalua Half Marathon
Hapalua means “half” in Hawaiian, and this event is known as the largest half marathon in Hawaii. Usually held in April, the Hapalua’s 13.1-mile race course starts in Waikiki and goes through Honolulu and up and around iconic Diamond Head. There are no time limits for the race and participants can choose to compete in one, two, or all three distances.
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival
The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival (HFWF) is the premier epicurean destination event in the Pacific, bringing together over 150 internationally renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, winemakers, and mixologists. Since its 2011 launch, HFWF has donated more than $3 million to local organizations that support sustainability, culinary programs, and agriculture.
Hawaii Waterman Hall of Fame
The Hawaii Waterman Hall of Fame was initiated as an enduring tribute to the legendary Duke Kahanamoku and to honor the achievements of Hawaii’s standout watermen and waterwomen, who are recognized for their sustained outstanding influence to the sport; international, national, and local accomplishments, and lasting community contributions.
Hawaiian Airlines has a long and storied history in aviation, beginning in 1929. Today, Hawaiian Airlines is the largest operator of commercial flights to and from the U.S. state of Hawaii and is the tenth-largest commercial airline in the United States. Based in Honolulu, Hawaii, Hawaiian Airlines is a major contributor and supporter of the communities and people they serve.
Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic
The Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Class is a three-day invitational college basketball tournament held at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s SimpliFi Arena in Honolulu. It features 12 games with each team competing in one game per day, advancing through the bracket. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout face off in a championship game.
Hawaiian Aroma Caffe
Experience delicious design at Hawaiian Aroma Caffe, where trained master baristas craft the most amazing latte art designed to “wow” customers. In addition to the Caffe?s Italian coffee, customers can enjoy tropical drinks by the poolside bar and culinary delights. They are located at the Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger and OHANA Waikiki East by Outrigger.
Henry Kapono Foundation
Renowned Hawaii entertainer Henry Kapono founded the Henry Kapono Foundation as an opportunity to give back and perpetuate his life-long passion for music. The Foundation supports music professionals, the local community, and keiki through grants, education, concerts, and more to foster a thriving music industry in Hawaii.
The Festival is a true cultural event, promoting mutual understanding, economic cooperation, and ethnic harmony between the people of Hawaii and the Pacific Rim region. The annual, three-day extravaganza showcases the rich and vibrant blend of Asia, Pacific, and Hawaiian culture with dance and demonstrations, culminating in a spectacular parade through Waikiki.
Since 1973, runners from all over the world have been coming to Honolulu to run in the Honolulu Marathon, the fourth largest marathon in the United States. It takes place annually, on the second Sunday of December, and is well known for being one of the most scenic marathons in the world with a wonderfully friendly atmosphere.
Honolulu Museum of Art
HoMA is a unique gathering place where art, history, culture, and education converge, right in the heart of Honolulu. With a permanent collection of more than 50,000 pieces spanning 5,000 years from Asia, Europe, Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, HoMA also provides public events, art classes, educational resources and features notable films at the Doris Duke Theatre.
Kokua Hawaii Foundation
The Kokua Hawaii Foundation provides students with hands-on experiences to enhance their appreciation for and understanding of their environment so they will be lifelong stewards of the Earth. The organization supports environmental education in the schools and communities of Hawaii with the belief that keiki are the seeds of change to preserving and protecting the Islands.
Maui Brewing Co.
Maui Brewing Co. has grown to be Hawaii’s largest brewery and a craft distiller, soda producer, and restaurant business with four locations, including one at the Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger. The bar features 36 craft and specialty beers on tap, including Maui Brewing year-round and serves delicious cuisine with fresh locally sourced produce.
Mele Mei in L.A.
Celebrating and honoring Hawaiis music, hula, and culture is the focus of the Mele Mei Festival, held at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, and Waikiki Beach Walk venues. Mele Mei in L.A. brings the music of Waikiki and the artists and venues that put Waikiki on the map to a larger audience at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.
Na Hoku Hanohano Awards
The Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, occasionally called the Na Hoku Awards or Hoku Awards, are the premier music awards in Hawaii, considered to be Hawaii’s equivalent of the GRAMMY Awards. The purpose of the awards is to preserve, protect, and promote Hawai?i?s music and the welfare of Hawaii’s music industry.
Polynesian Voyaging Society
To perpetuate the legacy of Polynesian voyaging and the spirit of exploration, the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Hokulea and Hikianalia canoes have been sailing across Earth’s oceans using only ancient wayfinding practices. These journeys engage communities worldwide in practicing how to live sustainably while sharing the Polynesian culture.
Sony Open in Hawaii
Each January, the Sony Open in Hawaii attracts 144 of the world’s greatest golf professionals to the Waialae Country Club on the island of Oahu to compete in the week-long tournament. This PGA Tour event is the largest charity golf event in Hawaii, benefitting more than 100 local, not-for-profit organizations each year through the Friends of Hawaii Charities.
The annual Waikiki SPAM Jam is rated as one of the top annual food festivals in Hawaii, featuring fabulous food and entertainment in a family-friendly atmosphere. Residents and visitors alike head to Kalakaua Avenue to sample SPAM dishes served by some of Honolulu’s finest restaurants and enjoy Hawaiian music. The event also benefits the Hawaii Food Bank.
Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii
Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii hosts the largest, hands-on community beach cleanups across the islands. With a focus on fun and education, the goal is to take grass-roots action to inspire global change. With the help of thousands of volunteers, over half a million pounds of debris have been removed from Hawaii’s coastlines.
University of Hawaii Athletics
Hawaii Athletics provides opportunities for 500 student-athletes to represent the university and state while also earning a quality college education. Through competitive athletic experiences from football to volleyball, Hawaii Athletics allows the community to come together, provides jobs, supports tourism, and unifies the state when it competes nationally and internationally.
Located on the shoreline of Waikiki Beach next to a living reef and across from Kapiolani Park, the Waikiki Aquarium showcases more than 500 marine species and maintains more than 3,500 marine specimens. Public exhibits, education programs, and research focus on the unique aquatic life of Hawai?i and the tropical Pacific.
XTERRA has transcended its status as ‘just a race’ to become a bonafide way of life for thousands of intrepid triathletes and trail runners across the globe. The XTERRA Hawaii Trail Run Series features three events at three different locations, offering visually spectacular and physically challenging trails through Hawaii?s tropical rain forests.