Hawaii may be best known for its sun, sand, and surf, but even after that beautiful Hawaiian sunset, there’s plenty to see and do! From live shows and entertainment to evening excursions, here are five ways to enjoy the Aloha State’s evening hours:
1. Catch a show: Not all evening entertainment in Hawaii comes in the form of a luau. There are a number of dynamic shows across the islands including HA Breath of Life at the Polynesian Culture Center (Oahu) and the poetic Ulalena (Maui) which explores relationships between people, nature, and mythology. New shows to hit the Waikiki scene include MYTH: Hidden Legends of Old Hawaii at Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel and CabaRAE at Hilton Hawaiian Village.
2. Listen to live Hawaiian music: Many restaurants and hotels offer free live entertainment, giving visitors the opportunity to experience authentic Hawaiian culture through music. For example, in Lihue, you can practically squeeze the sand between your toes as you sway to the island tunes at Duke’s Canoe Club at the Marriott Kauai’s Beach Club. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, enjoy live Hawaiian music and hula at the Kuhio Beach Torchlighting and Hula Show in Waikiki.
3. Embark on an evening adventure: Nighttime provides the best opportunity to see Mother Nature’s other forms of natural light shine. On Hawaii Island, be sure to watch the fluorescent red glow of lava light up the night sky at Kilauea. KapohoKine Adventures recently added the Kilauea Hike N Glow Tour (departing from Hilo or Kona), which stops at the Thurston Lava Tube, Kilauea Iki, and landmark Volcano House.
4. Look up: Relax under a blanket of stars on a tour to the summit of Maunakea on Hawaii Island or from the roof of Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa. Or, experience stargazing through a high-powered telescope with the guidance of professional astronomers at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel (Hawaii Island).
5. Get festive: Many of Hawaii’s free festivals offer evening activities and events. Just to name a few: Kau Coffee Festival on Hawaii Island (April 24-May 3), Waikiki Spam Jam (May 2), Maui Film Festival (June 3-7), Kapalua Wine & Food Festival (June 11-14), Pan-Pacific Festival on Oahu (June 12-14), and the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island (August 29-September 13). For a full listing of Hawaii’s upcoming festivals and events, check out: gohawaii.com/events.
-by So Much More Hawaii Staff