Aug 05, 2014

Summer 2014 Honolulu Activities

Summer 2014 is barely halfway over!  You and your family have a multitude of events to look forward to – and there are so many noteworthy events in Waikiki, you will run out of time before you run out of activities to enjoy.  Here are a just a few of the many exciting events in Summer 2014:

For hundreds of years, the art of surfing has been more than just a sport to Hawaiians – as the art of “wave sliding” has deep cultural and spiritual meaning – from praying to the Gods for strength and protection when encountering the powerful ocean, to the art of how to properly construct a proper surfboard. And no individual moreso than Duke Kahanamoku can be attributed with spreading the art of surfing across the globe. Duke’s legacy is celebrated every summer with the OceanFest!

Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku (1890 – 1968) was a five-time Olympic medalist in swimming – as well as a notable actor, lawman, beach volleyball pioneer, and businessman credited with spreading the sport and meaning of surfing around the planet. The name "Duke" is not a title, but a given name – as he was named after his father, Duke Halapu Kahanamoku, who was christened "Duke" by Bernice Pauahi Bishop in honor of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh. 

This Summer, the 13th annual OceanFest will take place from Saturday, August 16, through Sunday, August 24, 2014, throughout beautiful Waikiki.  The 9 day event features an incredible variety of ocean sports and activities that were  close to Duke Kahanamoku's heart, and part of his and Hawaii’s enduring legacy: Longboard Surfing, Paddleboard Racing, Swimming, the incredible to behold Tandem Surfing, Surf Polo, and of course Beach Volleyball. 

Now, if there’s an activity that’s going to make the ladies happy, it’s dancing. And dancing in Hawaii has a unique and enduring history.And this Summer, there are a few very special events that are sure to add a bit of excitement to your vacation: The Waikiki Hula Show features authentic Hawaiian music and hula shows by Hawaii's finest hula halau hula (dance troupes) and Hawaiian performers. The fantastic shows take place on Tues-Thurs-Fri-Sat, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Kuhio Beach Hula Mound, near the Duke Kahanamoku statue (we know that you already know much about Duke!), beachside at Uluniu & Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki.

Hula is a traditional form of dance developed in the Hawaiian Islands by the original Polynesian settlers of the islands – and the world famous dances illustrate stories, including the meaning and history of the Hawaiian culture. This complex, elegant and beautiful art requires many seemingly effortless hand motions and compelling body movements used to represent the words in a song or chant. You simply can’t visit Hawaii without attending a Hula concert!

Other than Hula, other amazing forms of dancing will be making their way to the Honolulu –  the Ballroom With A Twist, at Blaisdell Concert Hall. This event features the Dancing With The Stars favorites, including Cheryl Burke, Karina Smirnoff and Maks Chmerkovskiy – and they will be performing at the Blaisdell Concert Hall on August 19 and 20. Of course, we will help you book and plan any events which might interest you and your family.




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