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Fewer than 100,000 people in Hawaii claim German heritage, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a good Oktoberfest party while you’re here! Typically, this autumn festival lasts 16 days in Germany (Sept. 19-Oct. 4 this year), but here in Hawaii, the festivities last all month long.
So, if you’re in Hawaii during October, raise a beer and check out these Oktoberfest parties, courtesy of Hawaii Magazine:
Hawaii Island (Big Island)
12nd Annual Kona Rocktoberfest:
Saturday, Oct. 24
This party at the King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel will have live music by Maka, Green Machine, The Darkroom and Leche De Tigre with a guitar showdown called “Guitarmegheddon.” In addition to the musical performances, there will be improv comedy by The Alohahas, two Halloween costume contests and a chicken dance off. $20 advance, $30 at the door. 2:30 to 8:30 p.m., King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel, 75-5660 Palani Road, Kailua-Kona, konarocktoberfest.com.
After spending a few hours at Oktoberfest, keep the party going at the Royal Kona Luau, which you can book through Hawaii Aloha Travel.
6th Annual Oktoberfest for Pacific Cancer Foundation
Saturday, Oct. 17
This Oktoberfest event features German-inspired food and craft beer to benefit the Pacific Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit that is focused on providing access, knowledge and support to improve the quality of life for cancer patients, survivors and their families. $35 advance, $45 at the door, 3 to 10 p.m., Maui Brewing Co., 605 Lipoa Parkway, Kihei
Thursday, Oct. 1-31
Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa Chef de Cuisine Jeffrey Rayno created a special Oktoberfest menu for Black Rock Kitchen that features soft German pretzel sticks with beer cheese sauce, paired with a bright and hoppy Pinkus Pilsner; followed by bratwurst stewed in beer and sauerkraut with a spicy honey and pineapple mustard sauce, balanced by a malty and smoky Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen; next is an apple cider brined pork chop with mustard spätzle, red cabbage and mustard beer braised apples, paired with Maui Brewing Company’s Kihei Kolsch; and a black forest cake with sour black cherry filling and cherry gastrique, accompanied by Big Island Brewhaus White Mountain Porter.$45 per person, and $15 for corresponding beers, 5:30-9 p.m., for reservations call (808) 662-8053.
Hard Rock Café Samuel Adams Octoberfest Beer and Schnitzel Burger
For a limited-time Hard Rock Cafe and Samuel Adams are celebrating the quintessential Bavarian festival with the Samuel Adams OctoberFest schnitzel burger and beer. Enjoy the German flavors of a lightly-breaded pork cutlet, sauerkraut, mustard on a pretzel bun and wash it down with a nicely-paired Samuel Adams OctoberFest beer. Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 11p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., Hard Rock Cafe, 280 Beach Walk, Honolulu.
Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki presents Oktoberfest
Friday, Oct. 9
Special guest, Chef Fuido Ulmann, headlines a night of Bavarian flavors with the Edelweiss Trio provding the music. There will also be three contests that evening: bratwurst eating, chicken dance-off and stein-hoisting. $10 pre-sale by Oct.8, $15 at the door, children 5 and under are free, 5:30-10:30 p.m., Mauna Kea Ballroom, 100 Holomoana Street, Honolulu.
After a night of sampling Bavaria’s best beers, consider sampling some local grindz (food) by booking an Aloha Plate Tour of Oahu, during which a seasoned guide will take you on an exclusive food tour around the island.
Kauai Beer Company
Kauai Beer Company is hosting a week of Oktoberfest festivities on the Garden Island with a special menu launching on Monday, Oct. 5, a food truck throwdown on Thursday, Oct. 8 and trivia night on Saturday, Oct. 10. They’re also serving their annual Oktoberfest Marzen, a malty, seasonal lager brewed especially for the season. Kauai Beer Company, 4265 Rice Street, Lihue.
Just because you’re approximately 7,590 miles from Munich, Germany, it doesn’t mean you can’t find fantastic Oktoberfest in Hawaii celebrations. So, check-out these venues that bring Bavaria to Hawaii, and drink up!