Hau’oli — “how-oh-lee”

Makahiki —  “mah-kah-hee-kee”

Hou — “ho”


Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! Or in English, Happy New
Year! If you aren’t planning on watching the fireworks on New Year’s Eve from
one of our oceanview rooms at the Ilikai, please check out our list of great
spots to catch the Waikiki fireworks show, as well as where to find parties
throughout Waikiki featuring food, drink, music, and views of the show.



Waikiki Beach Fireworks Show

What better way to celebrate the New Year than
relaxing on the beach while watching fireworks reflect off of the famous waters
of Waikiki? The show starts at 11:55 pm with one firework per minute lit off
from a barge on the water, until midnight, when the full fireworks show begins.
This popular show is accompanied by music on the radio station 105 KINE FM. Click
here for more information: http://waikikiimprovement.com/waikiki-calendar-of-events/waikiki-new-year-s-fireworks?drmo



Budlight New Year’s Party of the Year at Aloha Tower Marketplace

For the 7th year, Aloha Tower
Marketplace will fill with musical performances and DJs, as well as over 25
food trucks and vendors from 7pm to 2 am. Party while you wait for the
fireworks to go off at midnight at Aloha Tower, right by the water. Click here
for tickets and information: http://www.nyehawaii.com


Interstellar New Year’s Eve Party at RumFire and Sheraton Waikiki

For those over 21, Sheraton Waikiki and RumFire
are putting on another exciting New Years Eve party from 8:30 pm to 2:30 am.
View the Waikiki fireworks from their beachside bar, dance floor, and
comfortable outdoor lounging area. Click here for ticketing and more
information: http://honoluluboxoffice.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=913180



Tiki Drop 2017 New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball

Tiki’s Grill
and Bar
at the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel is putting on a more
affordable party featuring DJs, and champagne toast, as a well as a view of the
Waikiki fireworks. The party starts at 7 pm, unless you also buy a ticket
featuring their four course dinner, which is from 4:00 to 10:30 pm. Click here
for more information on both events: http://www.tikisgrill.com/new-years-eve


New Year’s Eve LUX at the Trump Hotel Waikiki Casino

For a fancier New Year’s Eve complete with
gambling, DJs, and a view of the Waikiki fireworks, head to Trump Hotel
Waikiki. Click here for ticketing and more information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-years-eve-lux-at-the-trump-casino-royale-by-taittinger-titos-with-dj-dynamx-dj-la-and-al-tickets-28952619063


New Year’s Eve Pink Party at the Royal Hawaiian

Located at Monarch Terrace, Ocean Lawn and Mai
Tai Bar, this annual party offers food, DJ music, and even party favors.  Click here for ticketing and more


SKY Waikki  New Year’s
Eve Masquerade Ball

For a sky-high view of the Waikiki fireworks
and a great party, head to SKY Waikiki. This party is complete with appetizers
and an open bar as well as a champagne toast. Click here for more information:




For any
questions about Waikiki vacation rentals, please contact Marina Hawaii
Vacations and an agent would be happy to assist you. We can be reached at
808-946-0716 or info@marinahawaiivacations.com


Susie Bowman

in Hawaii it’s easy to forget when the holidays are just around the corner; while
much of the world is preparing for a white Christmas, we are lounging on the
lanais sipping mai tais in the sun. Okay, maybe we don’t spend every day in
paradise relaxing, but we want to make sure you do while you’re on vacation!
So, we’ve compiled a list of Oahu’s top events for the month of December. From
holiday parades to historic celebrations to world class surf competitions,
there is something for everyone!



Vans World Cup
Of Surfing

Nov. 24 – Dec. 6

Sunset Beach

As the second event in the
Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, the Vans World Cup of Surfing attracts big wave
surfers from every corner of the globe. Grab your sunscreen and binoculars and
head out to sunset beach to watch the action. For more information, visit


Honolulu City Lights

Dec. 5

Honolulu Hale

This annual celebration kicks
off with the parade and tree lighting ceremony at the Honolulu Hale (City
Hall). Large statues and light structures decorate the entire property for a
month, creating a cheerful and exciting holiday spectacle viewable for the
whole season. On opening night there are rides for the keiki as well as food
vendors. Festivities begin at 4 pm. Visit
http://www.honolulucitylights.org for more information.



Billabong Pipe

Dec. 8-20

Banzai Pipeline

The Billabong Pipe Masters is
the third event in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfind, as wells as the last event
for the  WSL Men’s World Tour. The
pipeline is world famous for its beautiful barrel waves, and for all the fans
on the beach it’s popular too since the break is closer to the shoreline.

For more information, visit



75th Anniversary of Pearl

Dec. 1-11


This year the
entire country commemorates the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.
What better place to memorialize and learn than Pearl Harbor itself? Various
services and performances will be featured at Pearl Harbor and throughout Oahu
from December 1-11. Visit
http://pearlharbor75thanniversary.com for more information.



Honolulu Marathon

Dec. 11


Whether you’re a part of the
race or watching from the sidelines, you can’t miss one of the biggest
marathons in the world, and one of the biggest annual events on the island.
http://www.honolulumarathon.org for more information.




For any
questions about Waikiki vacation rentals, please contact Marina Hawaii
Vacations and an agent would be happy to assist you. We can be reached at
808-946-0716 or


Susie Bowman



Sting Live in Concert

November 4


Tickets are
still on sale to see Sting live in concert. Visit http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0A0050B3EED43AF3
for tickets and more information



Honolulu Fashion Week

November 10 –
November 13


This annual
event returns to the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu to feature both
international and local designers. Three days of events, boutiques, and runway
shows will celebrate design, beauty, and Aloha in a way only Hawaii can. Visit http://www.honolulufashionweek.com
for more information.



Anuhea & Friends at the Blue Note

November 22 –
November 27


Head over to the
Blue Note Hawaii to hear this renowned local artist as she returns home to the
islands after touring and selling out across the U.S. Visit http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=6561665
for tickets and information.



Waikiki Holiday Parade

November 25


Get a head start
on the Holidays and commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Pearl
Harbor at this special annual parade through downtown Waikiki. The parade
begins at 7 pm and features over 30 local and mainland bands, as well as
officials and military units marching and performing in honor of veterans and
survivors of the Pearl Harbor attacks. The parade begins at Fort DeRussy Park
and continues along Kalakaua Ave until it ends at Kapiolani Park. Visit http://www.waikikiholidayparade.com
for more details.



Mariah Carey & Jussie Smollett in

November 23, 25
& 26


Mariah Carey is
coming to Oahu for the first time in almost 20 years and tickets are in high
demand! Don’t miss your chance to see this legendary pop artist as she performs
 her “Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour”
with Jussie Smollett at the Blaisdell Center. Visit http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/82461/767870?camefrom=CFC_RB_PRESENTS_BLAISDELL_WEB
for tickets and information.




For any
questions about Waikiki vacation rentals, please contact Marina Hawaii
Vacations and an agent would be happy to assist you. We can be reached at
808-946-0716 or info@marinahawaiivacations.com



Susie Bowman

Fall is in the
air… Which in Hawaii means that the sun is shining and a refreshing breeze is
blowing in from the ocean. October is as beautiful a time as any to be
on-island, and with Halloween around the corner, everyone is making plans. For
many, this means planning a costume for Oahu’s biggest Halloween party,


This legendary
Honolulu party is the biggest on the block. Beginning at 4:30 pm and stretching
into the wee hours of the morning, this event packs the downtown and Chinatown
areas of Honolulu with characters of every kind. The street festival is based
at the Hawaii State Art Museum and stretches into the surrounding streets of Hotel
Street and Richards Street, and later in the night spans through Chinatown and
out to Aloha Tower.


Locals and
tourists alike can be found in costume at this celebration, which includes all
the best of Honululu: great food, music and art, as well as wild costumes and
tons of fun. The festival ends at 10:00 pm, but the party continues with Club
Hallowbaloo, which lasts from 9:00 pm – 2:00 am. Guests pay one cover charge
for 10 clubs between Aloha Tower Marketplace and Chinatown. Honolulu’s most
popular eateries will be featured throughout the festival, as well as musical
artists such as headliner Erykah Badu, D Sharp, Tavana, And DJ Mr. Nick, just
to name a few. Complimentary trolley services will be available. Please visit http://hallowbaloo.com/2016/ for more
information and various ticket prices, and don’t miss the biggest Halloween
party on the island!




For any
questions about Waikiki vacation rentals, please contact Marina Hawaii
Vacations and an agent would be happy to assist you. We can be reached at
808-946-0716 or info@marinahawaiivacations.com



Susie Bowman

Aloha Festival

When: September 3, 2016 from 2:00 PM – 04:00 PM

Where: The Royal Hawaiian Hotel 2259
Kalakaua Avenue

Honolulu, HI

Since 1946,
Aloha Festivals have celebrated Hawaiian culture and history through dance,
music, art, and food. For the last 70 years the festival has attracted both
locals and tourists, and currently draws over 100,000 people every year. For
more information, visit:


Okinawan Festival

September 3, 2016

Where: Kapiolani Park 3840 Paki
Ave Honolulu, HI 96815

The Okinawan festival
celebrates this unique culture with entertainment, food, arts, crafts, and other
cultural activities such as a large Japanese/Okinawan Obon dance. For more
information, visit: 


The Music of Queen

September 16, 2016 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Where: Blaisdell Concert Hall 777
Ward Ave. Honolulu, HI 96814

The Hawaii
Symphony Orchestra joins with the Music of Queen Band and Brody to present the
Music of Queen. Head to the Blaisdell Concert Hall for an exciting night of
legendary music.

tickets are available for students and active military (with ID) starting
September 12.

For more information, visit: http://hawaiisymphonyorchestra.org


Living History Day at the Pacific Aviation Museum

September 24, 2016 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Where: Pacific Aviation Museum
Pearl Harbor 319 Lexington Boulevard Honolulu, HI 96818

The Pacific
Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is an affiliate of Smithsonian and is among the
top 10 aviation attractions in the country according to TripAdvisor®. Living
History Day will feature WWII-themed activities, presentations, and student
exhibits. Simply visit
to download free tickets. For more information, visit:


For any questions about Waikiki
vacation rentals, please contact Marina Hawaii Vacations and an agent would be
happy to assist you. We can be reached at 808-946-0716 or info@marinahawaiivacations.com

Susie Bowman




If you are on Oahu now, make
sure to head to Waikiki for the annual Duke’s Oceanfest. This celebration
continues through next Sunday, August 28th. OceanFest is a tribute
to the most legendary Hawaiian surfer and waterman, Duke Kahanamoku; it is held
every year around Duke’s birthday.


The festival includes ocean
and beach sports including beach volleyball, paddleboard racing, swimming, surf
polo, tandem and longboard surfing, and more. There is no cost to attend, and
events can be found throughout Waikiki all week. If you are staying with Marina
Hawaii Vacations, just head out to Duke’s Beach, or start there and walk along
the Waikiki beaches to see the various events. A full calendar of events can be
found at http://dukesoceanfest.com/events-2016
. Other events include a luau and a movie showing next weekend. For more
information on Duke’s OceanFest, visit http://dukesoceanfest.com.


For any
questions about Waikiki vacation rentals, please contact Marina Hawaii
Vacations and an agent would be happy to assist you. We can be reached at
808-946-0716 or info@marinahawaiivacations.com


Susie Bowman

Most people know Oahu as the home of Duke Kahanamoku,
President Obama, Michelle Wie, Jack Johnson, and more. Honolulu, Waikiki, and
the North Shore are famous for their vibrant culture and beautiful sites, and
Oahu is of course well known as the home of Pearl Harbor.

However, the island has a densely rich history, and
continues to grow into one of the most dynamic and interesting places to live
and visit. We wanted to share some of our favorite, lesser-known facts about
the island that might surprise some readers:


1. Honolulu is not only the capital of Hawaii, but also the
largest city in the world. A part of the state’s constitution dictates that any
island, islet, or atoll that has not been designated to another county
automatically falls under Honolulu’s umbrella.


2. The record low temperature ever recorded in Honolulu was
a whopping 52 degrees.


3. The only Royal Palace in the United States, Iolani
Palace, is located on Oahu. It had electricity before the White House did, and
was the first palace in the world to have flushing toilets.


4. What is now beautiful Waikiki was once a swampy area full
of rice paddies, taro fields, and mosquitoes. Once the Ala Wai Canal was
constructed in 1928, the marshland was drained.


5. Despite being full of life and tourism, Oahu is actually
one of the most remote locations in the world. The Hawaiian Islands as a whole
are considered the most remote chain of inhabited islands in the world, with
the nearest population center (California) located over 2,000 miles away.


6. While Oahu has many farms full of delicious tropical
fruit and lush greenery, the island relies very heavily on imports, even when
it comes to produce. Some experts estimate that the islands would be out of
luck within a week or two, if for some reason (such as an extreme natural
disaster) imports ceased.


7. Daylight savings is not used in Hawaii, so for part of
the year Hawaii Standard Time is two hours behind Pacific Standard Time, and
the rest of the year, it is three hours behind.


8. One of the most expensive homes for sale in Hawaii is
located on Oahu in Kailua, priced at $22.8 million.


9. It is illegal in Honolulu to annoy a bird. On a more
normal note, billboards are also outlawed, keeping the scenery natural and the
views unobstructed.


10. Oahu hosts more visitors every year than all of the
other Hawaiian islands combined, and now you know a few of the fun reasons why.
It is no coincidence that “Oahu” means “the gathering place.”


For any questions about Waikiki vacation rentals, please
contact Marina Hawaii Vacations and an agent would be happy to assist you. We
can be reached at 808-946-0716 or info@marinahawaiivacations.com


Susie Bowman


The 54th annual Hawaii State Farm Fair 
July 9, 9 am- 7 pm and July 10, 9 am – 5 pm at Kualoa Ranch  
This fun event features live farm animals, traditional contests, and kids’ rides and games, as well as one of the biggest plant sales on Oahu.This annual farm fair is free for kids and students with a valid ID. Admission is $5.00 for adults.
Visit http://www.hawaiistatefarmfair.org for more information.
The Prince Lot Hula Festival
July 16-17 
This free festival is named after Prince Lot Kapuâiwaho and celebrated in one of his favorite places, Moanalua Gardens. Here you can find the prince’s summer palace and the largest non-competitive hula festival in all of Hawaii. Whether you are a seasoned local, or a first-time visitor, you are sure to learn something new! 
Ukulele Festival Hawaii
July 17 10:30 am- 5 pm at Kapiolani Park
The Ukulele Festival in Kapiolani Park attracts thousands from all over the world every year. From artists to fans, the crowd is diverse and plentiful, as ukulele lovers gather to perform and listen to outstanding performances. 
6th Annual Western Union Ohana Cup 2016 Rugby League Festival 
August 19-20 at Aloha Stadium
The Ohana Cup is back again, with not only three international rugby games, but also a cultural festival, a youth competition, and a live concert featuring Kapena, Siaosi, Willie K. and more. Enjoy fabulous music, ono food, and even a meet-and-greet with the players. Tune in to ESPN 1420 AM or www.espn1420am.com for a live broacast . Tickets are on sale now, ranging from $15-$40 for one or both days.
 Visit https://ohanacup.com for more information.
22nd Annual Made in Hawaii Festival
August 19 at 10 am- 9 pm; August 20 at 10 am – 5 pm at the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall and Arena
Don’t miss this expo of “Made in Hawaii” products: ranging from plants and food, to art, clothes, books, and more. These items are wonderful keepsakes or souvenir gifts. Admission is $5, and children six and under are free; First Hawaiian Bank branches on Oahu will feature $1 off coupons in mid-August.
Visit http://www.madeinhawaiifestival.com for more information.
2016 Duke’s Ocean Fest 
August 20-28 throughout Waikiki
OceanFest is an annual 8-day event at beaches throughout Waikiki. This free fest features ocean sports and activities such as surfing, swimming, beach volleyball, paddle board racing, surf polo, and more. Locals and visitors alike enjoy the festivities every year.
visit http://dukesoceanfest.com  for more information. 
Twilight Concert Series at Sea Life Park
June 25, July 16, August 13
The Twilight Concert Series at Sea Life Park is a great way to catch well-known local artists such as Anuhea and Willie K. in their natural habitats. The views are breathtaking, and the price is right. Pre-sale tickets are $39.50; tickets at the door are $49.50. There are also dinner packages including a dolphin show and dinner; discounts are offered to season pass holders. The park will open for dinner package guests at 4:30 pm and concertgoers at 5:30 pm. All concerts begin at 7:00 pm.  
The Wildest Show in Town at the Honolulu Zoo
June 8- August 10 on Wednesdays at the Honolulu Zoo
The Honolulu Zoo is the place to be on Wednesday afternoons this summer. Live music, plate lunches, activities for kids, and prizes are just a few of the fun things the Zoo has planned. Gates open at 4:35 pm, and live music begins at 6 pm. Opening night is June 8 with a performance by Raiatea Helm. Closing night is August 10. Admission is just $3.
Visit http://www.honoluluzoo.org/wild/ for more information
For any questions about Waikiki vacation rentals, please contact Marina Hawaii Vacations and an agent would be happy to assist you. We can be reached at 808-946-0716 or info@marinahawaiivacations.com
Susie Bowman



The 50th state celebrates the Fourth of July in a big way.  Hawaii boasts eight islands, 1.4 million people, 11 military bases, 57 years of statehood, and one of the biggest fireworks shows in the country.


Ala Moana Center Celebration

If you’re staying in Waikiki, no need to travel far for the fourth. Head to Ala Moana Center for the biggest fireworks show in all of Hawaii. Watch from Ala Moana beach park as fireworks are launched from three different platforms. Earlier in the day, picnic on the beach or in the park, or head over to Ala Moana Center to shop the Fourth of July special sales and watch live music.Tune your radio to KSSK, AM590/FM92.3 for a live feed of the “fireworks soundtrack” selected to accompany the show.

http://alamoanacenter.com/Events/4th-of-July-Celebration for more information.


Pearl Harbor Festivities

To celebrate the 4th while honoring American History in one of the most important sites of the 20th century, head to Pearl Harbor.

Non-military guests can take a complimentary shuttle from the Pearl Harbor visitors center onto the base for a “Picnic on the Pier” right next to the USS Missouri. Bring your own picnic food and gear (blankets, chairs, etc) and stick around the fireworks show beginning just after 9 pm. Admission to the picnic is $10. 

https://ussmissouri.org/get-involved/events/picnic-on-the-pier/ for more information on the picnic.


For military, celebrations at Ward Field will feature everything from a petting zoo to a beer garden, a car show, a trampoline area, and even a batting cage. This event is open to any military personnel (and sponsored guests). Three Days Grace will perform at 7:30 pm, and fireworks begin just after 9 pm. http://www.greatlifehawaii.com/events/f1c9698a-c313-4c64-a74b-42e2a9082bbe for more information.


Kailua Fourth of July Celebration

Kailua celebrates in style with a 10:00 am parade starting at the intersection of Kainalu Drive and Palapu Street Avenue. The parade runs to Kailua Intermediate School. Stick around for the airshow at 6:00 pm, and the fireworks show at around 8 pm.  Both shows are visible right from Kailua Beach.

http://kailuafireworks.net for more information.


Turtle Bay on the North Shore

The celebrations at Turtle Bay on the North Shore will run all day starting at 2 pm on the West Lawn.  While you might be charged a $10 parking fee, almost all of the Independence Day events at Turtle Bay are free. Eat the Street food trucks will be open for business, and live music will  carry you until the he fireworks show will  begins around 8 pm.  

http://www.turtlebayresort.com/content/july-4th-celebration for more information.


Other Events on the Water

If you prefer to be out in the water for the fireworks, grab an inter-tube or any type of fun floatation device and hit the waters of Waikiki for the annual “Floatilla” event (just be sure to take your floater and any trash with you when you leave).  Or if you prefer to be on but not in the water, click http://www.starofhonolulu.com/independence-day-dinner-cruise-fireworks-waikiki/ to learn about various Independence Day cruises aboard the Star of Honolulu. 



For any questions about Waikiki vacation rentals, please contact Marina Hawaii Vacations and an agent would be happy to assist you. We can be reached at 808-946-0716 or info@marinahawaiivacations.com

Susie Bowman



Have you recently booked a trip to Hawaii? Whether you are a first-time traveler to the islands or a returning member of the Ohana, packing well is the first step to a smooth, low-stress vacation. While Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island have many businesses that cater to tourists, you might find that some items are overpriced and you will wish you had just packed them instead. Or you might be looking for some aloe vera after a long beach day on Kauai, only to find that most shops close down before the sun even sets.

As always, quantities depend on your length of stay, so we will leave that part up to you (though it is worth considering carry-on regulations and whether your lodgings have washing machines or provide basic toiletries, if you do want to cut down on your luggage).

Some are happy with an airline ticket, a swimsuit, and some sunscreen. But for maximum comfort, and to save money on those items that are always priced higher in tourist areas, here is our list of the essentials for your upcoming Hawaiian vacation:




Most importantly, bring your Aloha spirit and a little space in your luggage for your new Aloha shirt, Kona coffee, and some Hawaiian caramacs. Hawaii is friendly and tourist-ready so chances are if you’ve forgotten something, you won’t have a hard time finding it on the islands. Until we see you, Aloha!

For any questions about Waikiki vacation rentals, please contact Marina Hawaii Vacations and an agent would be happy to assist you. We can be reached at 808-946-0716 or info@marinahawaiivacations.com

Susie Bowman