In Hawaii, we’re all about the surf, sand, hikes, and coffee during the day. So what do you do at night, after the sun goes down?
Here are my top picks:
Twilight Tours at the Honolulu Zoo
Every Friday and Saturday evening, the Honolulu Zoo hosts Twilight Tours from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
These Twilight Tours are the perfect way to see the zoo without the heat and the crowds that occur during the day. As the everyone else leaves, the zoo’s educators will guide you through a two-hour walking tour.
If you’re lucky enough to be here on the last Friday of the month, you might want to head over to the Honolulu Museum of Art for ARTafterDark.
Held on the last Friday of each month from January through October, ARTafterDark is an art party organized by the museum’s volunteers. Each month features a theme and entertainment, along with food and drinks for purchase. ARTafterDark is an excellent way to explore the museum at night if you don’t have time during the day.
Eat the Street
Eat The Street also happens on the last Friday of each month, from 4 to 9 pm at Kaka’ako Park. Over 40 food vendors gather to sell everything from pizza to lemonade to dessert.
If you’re not going to be here on the last Friday of the month, don’t worry! Eat the Street also hosts many other events throughout the year. Follow them on Instagram @eatthestreet or visit their website to get the latest news about upcoming events all over the island.
Go to a Luau
Sometimes the touristy things are the most fun. When you go to a luau, you get to experience Hawaiian food and culture in a whole new way.
The Polynesian Cultural Center on the North Shore offers a luau with authentic Hawaiian food followed by its signature show, Hā: Breath of Life.
Friday Night Fireworks
If you’re staying in Waikiki, you almost can’t miss the Friday night fireworks. Hosted by the Hilton Hawaiian Village, you can see them best from the beach as close to the hotel as you can get. For prime seating, you can purchase tickets to watch the fireworks from the pool at the Hilton. Or, you can watch from the beach for free!
Oahu Ghost Tours
You hear about ghost tours in places like Savannah, Georgia, New Orleans, Louisiana, and St. Augustine, Florida, but Hawaii is home to some supernatural activity as well.
Oahu Ghost Tours promise a one-of-a-kind experience, bringing visitors to Oahu’s most haunted locations. Their website explains that no two tours are alike and they will take you to Hawaii’s
Their guides are specially trained in identifying supernatural activity and will explain the history behind each haunted place.
Moon Walks in Waimea Valleys
With the moon’s deep connection to Hawaiian history and culture, Moon Walks at Waimea Valley are a way to honor the moon (known in Hawaiian as mahina) and its significance to Hawaiian culture. The Hawaiians used the moon to navigate, and each lunar phase had a specific name and purpose.
Click here for dates and information on how to register.