Honolulu, Hawaii may be 7,590 miles from Munich, Germany, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate Oktoberfest here! One thing that I love about Hawaii is that we celebrate holidays and traditions from cultures all over the world.
Hawaii is full of beer and food lovers. Really, we use any excuse to celebrate anything. So, as you can imagine, there are plenty of Oktoberfest celebrations taking place here throughout September and October.
Oktoberfest is big in Hawaii. In fact, I had never been to an Oktoberfest celebration before I moved to Hawaii. There are so many different celebrations happening here. With beer and good food, what’s not to love?
Although it definitely won’t feel like fall, check out some of these Oktoberfest celebrations if you’re going to be in Hawaii during September and October. Many of these celebrations utilize traditional Oktoberfest components, like costume contests, but with a Hawaiian twist, like using local beer. Which one will you attend?!
When: Saturday, September 23, 2017
5:00 pm – 10:00 Pom
Where: Kuilima Point at Turtle Bay Resort
57-091 Kamehameha Highway
Kahuku, HI 96731
Details: Turtle Bay Resort does Oktoberfest with a twist, serving Oahu’s favorite handcrafted brews. Whether you’re new to the world of craft beer or you’re a seasoned beer lover, Oktoberfest has something for everyone. Featuring Oahu’s handcrafted brews by: Waikiki Beer, Honolulu Beer Works, Paradise Cider plus local food vendors and live local music by Tavana and more.
But many Oktoberfest traditions will remain, with costume contests, stein hoisting contests, and chicken dances.
Tickets: $25 for General Admission, which includes a reusable cup presented by the Kokua Foundation and 5 tastings.
$45 for Premium Admission, which includes a reusable cup presented by the Kokua Foundation, 5 tastings, and 2 beers.
$65 for VIP Admission, which includes a reusable cup presented by the Kokua Foundation, 10 tastings, and 2 beers.
Click here to purchase tickets.
In addition, Turtle Bay is offering 30% off their regular rates. Stay the night and take the elevator home! Click here for more information.
When: Friday, September 28th from 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm and
Saturday, September 30th from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Kakaako Waterfront Park
747 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96814
Details: You all know how much I love Eat the Street. I’m pretty excited because, for the first time, Eat the Street is celebrating Oktoberfest with a two-day celebration. There will be German food, entertainment and of course…lots of beer. There will be 20+ beers to enjoy from all over the world.
Friday September 29th
Day 1 of Eat The Street Honolulu Oktoberfest will be the family-friendly and food frenzy day of the event. Like every Eat The Street, 42 food vendors will be attending. They will be serving at least 1 German-themed dish. And for Oktoberfest, the beer garden will be bigger and better than ever, with 11 beers to choose from on Friday night.
Saturday September 30th
Day 2 of Eat The Street Honolulu Oktoberfest will be in the same location. Day 2 will be a 21+ only Eat The Street Honolulu Oktoberfest with fewer food trucks and more beer. Eat the Street will be adding 10 additional Oktoberfest beers to the beer garden for a total of 21 beers to explore on Saturday.
On both days, you can park in the large parking lot just behind the event park, and plenty of street parking in the area.
Tickets: Your Limited Edition Eat The Street Honolulu Oktoberfest 2017 Stein will get you into the beer garden on both days and your free fill ticket will work on either day. You can order your Limited Edition Eat The Street Honolulu Oktoberfest Stein here. Early bird price is $35 and regular admission will be $40.
When: Friday, September 29 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: The Willows Restaurant
901 Hausten Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96826
Details: The second annual Oktoberfest in Paradise will be a night to remember, with tastings of German beers and wines! Tastings on offer include Ayinger Privatbrauerei, Spaten, Beck’s Beer, and many more.
Tickets: $30 in advance ($35 at the door)
$20 without the 6 tastings ($25 at the door)
Click here to purchase tickets in advance.
Admission includes 6 tastings, heavy pupus, fun, and laughs (think: a yodeling contest!), with live entertainment. Additional tastings will be available for purchase at the event ($15 for 6 tastings). Additional tastings must be purchased in addition to a general admission ticket.
When: Saturday, September 16 from 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Where: Village Bottle Shop and Tasting Room
675 Auahi Street Suite 121
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Details: SALT in Kaka’ako hosts bar crawls regularly (follow them for updates here), but this is set to be their biggest bar crawl yet. SALT at Our Kaka‘ako Oktoberfest Bar Crawl will feature dozens of authentic German beers from around the world at Moku Kitchen, Village Bottle Shop and Tasting Room, and Bevy. There will be multiple beer gardens, live bands (including German music) and Bavarian style Bratwurst with caraway sauerkraut and Dusseldorf mustard from hank’s haute dogs. Mark your calendars for this date and come down to have a great time!
Tickets: None needed. Just show up and enjoy!
When: Saturday, October 21, from 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Where: The Luau Grounds at King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel (on the Big Island!)
75-5660 Palani Road
Kailua Kona, Hawaii 96740
Details: This is another Oktoberfest with a twist, combining rock-n-roll with Oktoberfest favorites! The Kona RocktoberFest is an outdoor music festival featuring live rock-n-roll bands playing oceanfront. Rock out, enjoy live music, get your chicken wings going for the chicken dance and come dressed to impress for the costume contests.
Also, there will be live performances by Bottle Of Blue, Green Machine, Larry Dupio Blues Band, and Kauz Of Affliction. You must be 21 or older to attend this event.
So, what do you think? Will you attend any of these Oktoberfest celebrations in paradise? Grab your drindl and your lederhosen and let’s party!
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Posted by: Bruce Fisher