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Top Oahu Events: January 2019

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January is a notoriously slow month for many. Now that the excitement of the holidays is over, people tend to find themselves with little left to do besides work. However, those living in the Hawaii rentals have numerous options for fun in the sun this month. It might be a little cold outside for Oahu weather, but not cold enough to put a damper on this island’s fun-loving spirit. Here are 10 things worth checking out this January.

1. First Friday Art Walk

On the first Friday of each month, the streets of Chinatown Honolulu become a collection of art merchants, galleries, and shops. Restaurants and bars open up their doors as thousands of people roam the streets in awe at local works. While the event officially ends at 9 p.m., the party extends into the night on the open streets. Best of all, there’s no cost to attend.

2. Da Hui Backdoor Shootout

Held in the memory of Duke Kahanamoku, this event features pro surfers competing to catch the largest waves and pull off the best stunts. You can catch surfers, bodyboarders, and more taking a shot at the action in Ehukai Beach Park at the Pipeline. There’s no cost to attend, and where else can you spend a beautiful day at the beach in January?

3. Na Mele O Ko’olina

Ko’olina’s lagoon #3 becomes home to local art and music during this unique celebration. Sidewalks are lined with works from over 40 artists as well as live performances from slack-key guitarists and ukulele musicians. There are four dates for this event, each of which last from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

  • The 4th
  • 11th
  • 16th
  • and 23rd

4. Sony Open Hawaii

Are you a fan of pro golf? If so, the Sony Open PGA Tour kick off takes place on January 7th with the First Heat at 8 a.m. on the Waialae Country Club. Some of the largest names in the sport will be competing in this classic event, giving you the chance to see the pros in action. Tickets are $20 a piece with active and veteran military members getting in for free (as well as children under 12).

5. Magic Island Biathlon

Ala Moana Beach Park is the ideal setting for this fun, entry level biathlon. Participants run five miles though this gorgeous local before a one-mile swim along the beach. Check in time for competitors starts at 6:15 a.m. with the race starting at 7:30. It costs between $30-90 to enter, depending on the team you want you want to participate with.

For more information, follow this link to the event’s website.

6. 26th Annual New Year’s Ohana Festival

For a rich taste of Japanese-Hawaiian culture, head OVER TO THE Japanese Cultural Center on January 13th for the New Year’s Ohana Festival. Now 26 years running, this fun-filled day hosts some of the most unique cultural demonstrations on the island. Food, live entertainment, and games are in abundance, so bring the keikis. It’s free to enter, with the event lasting from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

7. Foam Glow 5k Race

This unique 5k takes place at Kalaeloa/Kapolei and is unlike any other race in the Oahu area. For starters, runners dash through foam at various points throughout the race, but the real treat is at the finish line. Once the 5k ends, everyone is greeted by the spectators for sundown when their foam begins to glow in the night. A glow foam dance party takes place with everything benefiting Children’s Miracle Network.

The cost to run is $20, which includes an event t-shirt. This 5k takes place on January 18th at 6:30 p.m. with no end time for the party. Run or spectate, then stay afterwards for a night of fun you won’t soon forget.

8. Bubble Run

If being covered in foam doesn’t sound like a lot of fun, then the Bubble Run might be a more appealing alternative. Instead of foam, runners race through colorful bubbles that decorate the white shirts worn by contestants.

This race if for all ages with early registration starting at $20. You can participate or catch the event at Saratoga Ave on January 19th with one race starting at 8 a.m. and the other at 9. It’s a ton of fun, and an excellent way to kick off the New Year.

9. 19th Annual Pacific Island Arts Festival

Kapiolani Park hosts the Annual Pacific Island Arts Festival this year on the 19th. Over 100 artists will display various forms of island-themed creations accompanied by live Hawaiian music, demonstrations, and food booths. There’s even a lion dance to top off the festivities.

You can catch this even at the Bandstand area in the park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. There’s no cost to attend, so check it out!

10. Eat the Street

Food trucks are in abundance on the island, but it’s rare to find them all in one place. That’s what Eat the Street is for, though. This celebration of culinary delights pulls together Oahu’s latest and greatest, giving residents the chance to try out various dishes while enjoying live entertainment.

You can catch this food-driven bonanza on the 25th from 5-10 p.m. at 1011 Ala Moana Boulevard. It’s free to attend, with the only cost being what you decide to eat. Plus, you can return next month and every month after to try out something different each time.

Hawaii Rentals

Amidst West Oahu’s pristine lagoons and secluded beaches rests Kapilina Beach Homes, awaiting your return from these exciting January events. These luxury garden-style rentals provide everything you crave in island living. With expansive floor plans and comforts ranging from full-size washers and dryers to ample parking, your resort home awaits.

Each home at Kapilina features the finest in modern finishes with an island design theme that blends naturally into their surroundings. Private lanais, quartz countertops, and outdoor living areas are just the tip of the iceberg. Meanwhile, the surrounding community offers dozens of carefully curated amenities designed to elevate your sense of living. A stylish clubhouse, resort-style pools, and an extensive fitness center are just the beginning of all that lies in store.

These beach homes create the ultimate island setting wrapped in the comforts of style and luxury. Welcome you our everyday resort. Welcome to Kapilina.