Oktoberfest in Hawaii
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:
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Okinawan Festival - Honolulu, HI - Sep 3 to Sep 4, 2016
34th annual event. The largest ethnic festival in Hawaii and always on Labor Day weekend.
Waikiki Hoolaulea - Honolulu, HI - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Kaua’i Mokihana Festival - Waimea, HI - Sep 18 to Sep 24, 2016
A week-long celebration of Hawaiian culture. 2015 Theme is the Year of Na Wai ‘Ola (Living Waters). A variety of events are planned including music and hula competitions.
Kauai Powwow - Kapaa, HI - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
18th annual event. Dance for Life.
Floral Parade - Honolulu, HI - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
Hale Koa Oktoberfest - Honolulu, HI - Sep 28 to Oct 1, 2016
The Hale Koa Hotel hosts this Honolulu Oktoberfest with authentic German food and beverages, beer hoisting contest and live Oktoberfest band. Fun starts at 5:00 pm.
Windward Ho’olaule’a - Kaneohe, HI - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Entertainment,‘ono food, keiki rides, arts and crafts, a Silent Auction and more at Windward Community College. Free admission.
Maui Ukulele Festival - Kahului, HI - Oct 2 to Oct 2, 2016
The fall version of the popular summer Waikiki festival is held at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.
Maui Ukulele Festival - , HI - Oct 2 to Oct 2, 2016
Hawaii Yoga Festival - Pahoa, HI - Oct 11 to Oct 16, 2016
Explore and expand your yoga practice on Hawai’i Island.
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival - Honolulu, HI - Oct 14 to Oct 30, 2016
Wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, exclusive dining events featuring local foods, and unique excursions prepared by the 80+ master chefs and wine & spirits producers.
Matsuri Kauai - Lihue, HI - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016
Pumpkin Carving Festival - Honolulu, HI - Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2016
Hallowbaloo - Honolulu, HI - Oct 29 to Oct 29, 2016
A Honololu street festival on Halloween night. A one mile fun run kicks off the event.
Hawaii International Film Festival - Honolulu, HI - Nov 3 to Nov 13, 2016
A two week film festival started in 1981. It is dedicated to the advancement of understanding and cultural exchange among the peoples of Asia, the Pacific and North America through the medium of film.
Kona Coffee Cultural Festival - Holualoa, HI - Nov 4 to Nov 13, 2016
46th annual celebration. Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship Pageant, driving tours, parade, art show, coffee recipe contest, quilt show and more celebrating Kona coffee and the culture of Hawaii.
Chef Fest - Kailua-Kona, HI - Nov 9 to Nov 12, 2016
Cooking classes, gourmet dinners and other culinary events.
Oktoberfest – October 4, 2015
The Pali Golf Course hosts their forth annual Okakopa Hoolaulea Oktoberfest. It features a tremendous car show , food tend, beer and wine, and live entertainment in the Fatboy’s Fairway Bistro. Event is free to the public. Car clubs such as Porsche Club, Team BMW, British Car Club, Volkswagen Club and more will participate.
Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki’s Oktoberfest – Honolulu – October 9, 2015 (5:30-10:30 PM)
Location: Mauana Kea Ballroom, Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki, 100 Holomoana St Honolulu, HI 96815 .
North Hawaii Rotary OktoberFest – October 17, 2014
Oktoberfest is the North Hawaii Rotary’s biggest fundraiser for grants and scholarships. The 15th annual event will be from 5-8 PM.
Location: Pukalani Stables behind Parker Ranch Center in Waimea
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
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 2014 event when information for 2015 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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