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January Oahu Events
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A guide to January events on the island of Oahu in Hawaii, including events in Waikiki, Honolulu events, and events in other parts of Oahu. These events typically occur in January, but you should check with event organizers to confirm event dates. See also our 2006 Oahu Event Calendar.

January Oahu Festivals and Celebrations

Martin Luther King Day Parade and Celebration
Annual Martin Luther King Day events on Oahu include a morning parade down Kalakaua Boulevard in Waikiki, an afternoon Martin Luther King Unity Rally in Kapiolani Park following the parade, and a Nagasaki Bell Ringing Ceremony and Procession at the downtown Honolulu Hale (City Hall), usually the Sunday night before Martin Luther King Day.

Moanikeala Hula Festival
Annual hula festival at the Polynesian Cultural Center on the northeast coast of Oahu Island. The 19th Annual Moanikeala Hula Festival took place on January 17, 2008 in the Pacific Theater at the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie. The event featured performers from 12 different hula halau, including two from Japan.

Narcissus Festival
This January event sponsored by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii takes place over several months. The kick-off reception for the festival is typically held in the fall, but most of the events take place in the early months of the following year. Those events include a Narcissus Festival Queen Pageant, a Narcissus Festival Queen Coronation Ball, a "Night in Chinatown" celebration at the Chinese Cultural Plaza, a China Goodwill Tour, and public appearances by the royal court throughout the year. The 60th Annual Narcissus Queen Pageant took place January 10, 2009 at the Hawaii Theatre in Downtown Honolulu. The Narcissus Queen Coronation Ball took place January 17, 2009 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort.

Hawaii Square and Round Dance Festival
The 45th Annual Aloha State Square and Round Dance Festival will take place January 28-30, 2010. The three day festival will feature a Friday night Luau in Kaneohe on the eastern windward side of Oahu and evening dances at the Ala Wai Golf Course Ballroom in Waikiki on Saturday and Sunday.

Lanikai Woes Day
All day Lanikai New Year's Day celebration, parade, and running event sponsored by the Lanikai Community Association. .
  • 2009 Woe's Day was January 1, 2009 - Photos
  • 2008 Woe's Day was January 1, 2008
  • 2006 Woe's Day was January 1, 2006

    Other Non-Sports Oahu January Events

    Audubon Christmas Bird Count
    December and January

    Hawaii State Legislature Opening Day Ceremony
    The Hawaii State Legislature opens every January in a public ceremony that includes pageantry, singing, and flowers. To get an idea of what the opening day ceremonies are like see the 2007 Opening Day YouTube Video. The opening day ceremony for the State of Hawaii 25th Legislature was on January 21, 2009.

    Pacific Island Arts Festival Craft Fair (no Web site)
    Art and handcrafted products of approximately 100 Hawaii artists and handcraft artisans, including all types of jewelry, clothing, stained glass, ceramics, quilts and bags, wood products, soaps and candles. This is a larger version of the monthly arts and crafts fair that takes place in Kapiolani Park once a month and it replaces that event every January. The 10th Annual Pacific Islands Art Festival took place in January of 2009 in Waikiki's Kapiolani Park.

    Quadrantids Meteor Shower
    This strong January meteor shower can be viewed between January 1-5 but the best date and time to view is on January 3, for about eight hours, beginning at about midnight.

    Late January to the middle of February: (varies)
    Chinese New Year Parade and Celebrations
    Chinatown Chase Hawaii Theatre Fundraiser

    January Oahu Sports Events

    Ala Wai Challenge
    The 24th Annual Ala Wai Challenge Canoe Races and Hawaiian Games took place on Sunday, January 25, 2009 from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm. Ala Wai Challenge is an outdoors sports event which encourages team work and community building within the visitor industry by promoting Hawaiian culture among visitors and residents. The event features canoe races, traditional Hawaiian games, a Hawaiian marketplace, live Hawaiian music, and other entertainment. Every year the Ala Wai Challenge also honors two Hawaii water sports legends. Hawaiian games at the Ala Wai Challenge include ulu maika (similar to bowling), oo ihe (spear throwing), huki kaula (tug of war), and quarter mile outrigger canoe races on the Ala Wai canal. Usually takes place the last weekend in January.

    Aloha Gymfest
    Annual girl's gymnasian camp on the windward side of Oahu.

    Bosetti 10K Run
    Annual 10 kilometer running with a route that begins near Sandy Beach. Usually takes place early in the morning on New Year's Day (January 1).

    HURT 100 Endurance Trail Race
    The HURT 100 is a 100 mile off-road running race on the Makiki-Tantalus trail system in Honolulu. Runners spend up to 36 hours on the trails, and about 12 of those hours are in the dark. The Hurt 100 typically takes place in January and it is organized by the Hawaiian Ultra Running Team (HURT) The 2010 HURT 100 Off-Road Trail Race will take place January 16-17, 2010.

    Morey World Bodyboarding Championship
    Annual bodyboarding competition held at the Banzai Pipeline surf break on the north shore of Oahu. Held every year, usually in early January.

    Pipeline Bodysurfing Classic
    The Pipeline Body Surfing Classic is a winter bodysurfing competition held at the Banzai Pipeline on the north shore of Oahu. The event weas originally hosted by the City and County of Honolulu and later it was hosted by the North Shore Bodysurfing Club in Haleiwa. The first Pipeline Bodysurfing Classic took place in February of 1971. The event took place in 2008 but the City and county of Honolulu denied the event a permit in 2007 and 2009.

    Sony Open Golf Tournament
    The Sony Open is the first full-field event, and the second overall event on the PGA Tour. It is held every January at the Waialae Country Club, a golf club located a few miles east of Waikiki, adjacent to the Kahala Resort and Spa. Usually held the second week in January.

    More Oahu January Sports Events
  • Sharon's Ride/Run/Walk for Epilepsy
  • Buffalo's Big Board Classic (Makaha Beach)
  • Hawaii Amateur Surfing Competition (Turtle Bay)

    January Oahu Events No Longer Happening

    Hula Bowl Football Game (1960-2008)
    The Hula Bowl was played at Honolulu Stadium from 1960-1974, at Aloha Stadium from 1975-1997, The War Memorial Stadium on Maui 1998-2005, and the Aloha Stadium 2006-2008. The Hula Bowl was canceled in 2009, some say due to a lack of interest, and the future of the event is not clear.

    Turtle Bay Championship Golf Tournament (2001-2008)
    The Turtle Bay Championship was a golf tournament on the PGA Champions Tour from 2001 through 2008. The tournament was founded in 1987 as the Kaanapali Classic and it became the Turtle Bay Classic in 2001 when it moved from Maui to the North Shore of Oahu.

    See also:
  • Oahu Events by Month
  • Oahu Events - Main Menu



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