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Waikiki Beach

Summer may be over but you can still enjoy one last hurrah this long Labor Day weekend on the shores of Oahu. With weather hovering in the 80’s, lots of sun and balmy trade winds, outdoor activities are always a sure thing. From annual cultural festivities to sporting events, there is a full of lineup of things to do with the ohana (family). Here are a few must do’s and a few don’ts to get you through the last long weekend of summer.


  • Spend some time at the annual Okinawan Festival on Sep. 2 & Sep. 3 at Kapiolani Park. The largest ethnic festival in Hawaii features three days of Okinawan-inspired activities, performances and food. The Kapiolani Park Bandstand will be the setting for continuous live performances including performers from Okinawa like Rimi Natsukawa, a contemporary Okinawan singer who is famous all over Asia. Regular festival hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Mark your calendars and take the keiki to Sea Life Park on Sunday, September 3. From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. celebrate the year of the monk seal with arts and crafts, animal observations, games, and special showcases that feature monk seal films and research. Guests can also meet-and-greet with mermaids swimming in the shark tank. And two keiki can receive free admission with each paying adult!
  • Save Sep. 3 to spend time at the 11th Annual ‘Onipa’a Celebration, celebrating the 179th birthday of Queen Lili’uokalani, Hawaiiʻs last sovereign. The festivities take place at the ‘Iolani Palace Grounds and feature cultural demonstrations, music, crafts, exhibits, hula, and a special tribute to the queen.
  • On Monday, Sep. 4 swim on down for the 48th Annual Waikiki Roughwater Swim. Cheer on athletes from around the island as they compete in this 2.3-mile swim competition in Waikiki between the Sans Souci Beach, the Natatorium, and the New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel.
  • Park on the street—for free! As with any holiday in Hawaii – street parking is free except for metered parking on Kalakaua Avenue along Kapiolani Park and all metered parking lots.



  • Don’t make plans to visit any Satellite City Halls or federal offices. They will be closed in observance of Labor Day on Monday, Sep. 4, 2017.
  • Don’t wait too late if you’re planning a beach day. Pack up the keiki and head out in the early morning to secure a good spot on the sand.
  • Don’t park without checking nearby signs and restrictions. There are some restricted parking spots on holidays, so you will want to read all signs carefully to avoid tickets or having your car towed.
  • Don’t consume alcohol in public. The open container law is in effect all of the time, not just Labor Day weekend.
  • Don’t ever drink and drive! Consume alcohol responsibly.