Hawaii has less than a 100,000 residents claiming German heritage. But that really doesn’t matter when you have as much beautiful weather as Hawaii does. We’re sure that the locals don’t mind a good party. And more than a few tourists are happy to join the locals with German ancestry to celebrate at a Hawaii Oktoberfest:
North Hawaii Rotary OktoberFest – October 18, 2013
Oktoberfest is the North Hawaii Rotary’s biggest fundraiser for grants and scholarships. The 14th annual event will be from 5-8 PM.
Location: Pukalani Stables behind Parker Ranch Center
Hale Koa Oktoberfest – October 26-29, 2013
The Hale Koa Hotel hosts this Honolulu Oktoberfest with authentic German food and beverages, beer hoisting contest and live Oktoberfest band.
Location: Banyan Tree Brauhaus
Oktoberfest at Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand – Honolulu – September 21 – October 6, 2013
Three Oktoberfest beers offered and a Reuben sandwich special at the Grand Waikiki Hotel.
Location: 134 Kapahulu Ave., 2nd Floor, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
Shriners Oktoberfest – Honolulu, HI
We don’t see this event on their website calendar of events as of 9/3/2013. In 2012: Authentic German food, drinks and music to support the local Honolulu Shriners Hospital for Children held at at Nico’s Pier 38.
Location: 1133 N Nimitz Hwy, Honolulu, HI 96817
Oktoberfest Street Festival – Honolulu, HI
The last reference I’ve seen to this event was in 2011. It is not listed on Oahu’s major parades and street festivals for 2013. We’ll be removing it after 2013 unless someone confirms it is still going on.
We have just added these maps with the locations of each Oktoberfest. We may not have had the exact location for each Oktoberfest so in some instances we have placed the marker in the general vicinity of the Oktoberfest. Be sure to get specific directions from another source and do not solely rely on our map at the moment. We have also noticed that the markers may not show up on some mobile browsers. We will work to sort out this bug in the future.
Please confirm dates, locations and activities available at the Oktoberfest before going. That’s one reason that we provide a website address when we find one. We attempt to ensure that the information for each Oktoberfest is accurate but there are bound to be a few errors. If you let us know when you find one, we will fix it. In some cases, we may link to the 2012 event when information for 2013 is not available. Do not be fooled.
The festivals listed range in size. Some events may have hundreds of thousands of attendees. Others may have only a handful. We’re sorry that we don’t have more information about attendance numbers at the moment. We will do our best to add this information as time goes on.
Professionalism varies as well. Some Oktoberfests are professional operations with large budgets. Others are local operations run by volunteers. Do your due diligence before making plans to attend so that you know what to expect. We will happily publish information about your experience with any Oktoberfest so that our visitors will be better informed in the future.
Some Oktoberfests are more family friendly than others. If you have small children, look for an Oktoberfest that has activities for kids. Other events start out with family friendly activities and become more adult oriented as it becomes later in the evening.
Not all Oktoberfest celebrations will be authentic German festival experiences. Some may simply be an excuse to drink rather than celebrate German heritage. Some may call themselves Oktoberfest but provide local or seasonal beer rather than authentic German Oktoberfest beer. Be sure to consider the type of celebration that you are looking to attend when you pick your Oktoberfest.
Activities offered at each Oktoberfest varies. Some activities that you may find are parades, keg tapping ceremony, beer gardens, Miss Oktoberfest or costume contests, stein holding contests, bratwurst eating contest, chicken dance, wiener races, keg toss, live German bands and local entertainment, polka dancing and fairground games. Some Oktoberfest events will just have beer and brats.
Please don’t drink and drive. We want everyone to get home safe. Use a designated driver or take public transportation.
Do you run one of the Oktoberfests listed? Feel free to send us additional information and we will add it. We apologize for any errors: send us corrections when you find them!
If you decide to venture off the island, try these Oktoberfest festivals.
We’ve got some other resources that would help you prepare for Oktoberfest as well. Read about the history of Oktoberfest. Learn about Oktoberfest beer. Find the words to Oktoberfest music. Plan your Oktoberfest outfit. And try cooking some of these Oktoberfest recipes.
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