From the mighty breakers of the North Shore to unspoilt swimming beaches and tide pools, Honolulu is a city filled the the scent and flavor of the sea. The rich culture of Hawaii’s first peoples has come together with Asian and Western influences to form a unique spirit all its own.
Since 1927, May Day has been celebrated at Queen Kapi‘olani Regional Park and Bandstand with a lei festival, including lei exhibits and workshops, live brass band music, craft exhibitions, and more.
Discover Hawaii’s Polynesian heritage at this renowned annual competition featuring the traditional Samoan fireknife dance, a dazzling spectacle that is exactly what it sounds like.
Celebrate the legacy of the Hawaiian islands’ most famous monarch with a huge parade through Honolulu, a two-day hula competition, and a lei-draping ceremony.
Every summer, Hawaiians and watersport aficionados from around the world gather at Waikiki for an internationally renowned ocean sports competition in honor of Olympian and local son Duke Kahanamoku.
One of Hawaii’s most respected celebrations of traditional culture began in 1946 as Aloha Week and has become a multi-week affair that includes parades, dances, musical performances, and food fairs.
Hawaii’s top chefs and culinary personalities come together once a year to showcase the vibrant cuisine and fresh produce of the islands through events, dinners, cooking demonstrations, and more.
One of Hawaii’s top surf competitions, this famous contest – held at the Banzai Pipeline on Oahu’s North Shore – sees the biggest names in surfing showing off their skills on dramatic breakers.
While Hawaii’s waves host numerous international surf competitions, this long-running local classic still highlights traditional surfing techniques and maneuvers.
One of Hawaii’s state holidays, Prince Kuhio Festival celebrates the birthday of the early 20th-century royal with a parade through town and a Ho‘olaule‘a and Ho‘ike‘ike at Kapi‘olani Park.
With a focus on the Asia-Pacific region, this respected film festival features an impressive collection of works by both established and emerging artists.
Dine on the freshest fish and fruits de mer, perched along the Waikiki beachfront under the canopy of the hotel’s dramatic architecture.
Enjoy upscale outdoor beachside dining with mainland classic offerings with tropical accents.
Join in one of Hawaii’s oldest traditions every Monday evening at The Royal Hawaiian: a celebration of the land and the hotel’s majestic history through food, song, stories, hula, and culture.
Experience Hawaiian hospitality at its best at this oceanfront bar, with views of the Diamond Head Crater, live traditional music, and the hotel’s Signature Mai Tai.
EXPERT SURFERS SEEM TO BECOME ONE WITH THEIR SURFBOARDS AND WITH THE WAVES THEMSELVES IN THE MOST ICONIC OF TRADITIONAL HAWAIIAN ACTIVITIES, PRACTICED DAILY ON THE WAVES AROUND THE ISLANDS.
Take a tour of our iconic hotel built on sacred grounds to discover the impressive art collection and learn about its history going back to the Hawaiian monarchy.
Experience Hawaii’s colorful and inviting culture with the traditional feast and dance of the Polynesian islands at the Aha Aina Luau celebration, held every Monday and Thursday.
Bask in the sun and take surf lessons on pristine Waikiki Beach, and indulge in private comfort by renting an exclusive beach chair set.