Five Cultural Events to Attend in Hawaii During Labor Day Weekend

Photo by Joe Pike

Got clients who are going to be in Hawaii for Labor Day weekend? 

Travel Agent highlights a handful of fun gatherings that will spice up anyone’s vacation to the Aloha State.

Here are five events for Hawaii-bound clients looking for culture to attend during the holiday weekend. 

Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Races 2017

The 2017 Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Races will welcome more than 2,500 competitive paddlers to Historic Kailua Village on Hawaii Island when the world's largest long distance outrigger canoe race gets underway over Labor Day weekend from August 31 to September 4.

Kai Opua Canoe Club, one of Hawaii's oldest outrigger canoe clubs, will host crews from American Samoa, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Tahiti, United Kingdom and an estimated 75+ crews from the U.S. The state of Hawaii will be well represented and more than 60 Hawaii Island crews are expected on the starting line.

The Queen Liliuokalani Race has teamed up with DotVision to bring live tracking of Saturday's signature 18-mile race.

To access the live tracking, log onto

Aloha Friday On The Porch - Ukulele With Wes Awana

On Friday, September 1, Volcano area musician Wes Awana shares his love of ukulele and Hawaiian music by giving Hawaii Island-bound visitors a fun, family-friendly event that includes lessons on how to play the ukulele. 

This free event, taking place at the Volcano Art Center, is supported in part by a grant from the County of Hawaii, the Department of Research and Development and the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA). Vacationers should note that National Park entrance fees apply.


40th Annual Miss Chinatown Hawaii Scholarship Pageant

The 40th annual Miss Chinatown Hawaii Scholarship Pageant, taking place September 2 on Oahu, is the culmination of months of dedication by contestants, who deepen their understanding and appreciation of their Chinese heritage, while developing leadership skills and participating in community service. 

They will compete in four phases: question and answer, swimsuit, talent, and cheong sam.

An interview will be held prior to pageant night. The queens represent Hawaii's Chinatown in local and national pageants such as the Miss Chinatown USA Pageant in San Francisco. The cost is $30.


First Friday At The Hawaii State Art Museum

On Friday, September 1, visitors to Oahu can gather for a free, family-friendly evening of art and live music. 

Dayton Watanabe, Hawaiian slack key guitarist, will be performing contemporary music in the second floor Sculpture Lobby of the Hawaii State Art Museum​​​​.

Every first Friday of the month, the museum galleries are open late from 6 to 9 p.m.
Admission is always free. The Friends of the Hawaii State Art Museum, a volunteer non-profit organization, will have a bar in the second floor Sculpture Lobby.


World-Class Violinist Performs Free Concert in Oahu

On Sept. 2, Jaime Jorge a world-class violinist, will be performing at 6 p.m. at the Honolulu Japanese SDA Church on Oahu.

Born in Cuba and raised in a communist country, Jorge has a passion for proclaiming gospel through his music. 

His gift of musical interpretation brings new life and excitement to every song. 

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