Hula Girl Festival
September 17, 2019
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Maria Mancuso

Things to do in Oahu: Top Oahu Events in November

Fall is coming to Hawaii! If you are visiting Oahu this November, our Oahu Travel Blog presents you with just a few of the most popular November Events and other fun Things to do in Oahu.

November is upon us and with it comes some great events in Oahu, including; Great Concerts, Surf Competitions, Film & Music Festivals, Holiday Craft Show and more.  

Ambassador Hotel Waikiki is located in the heart of Waikiki and close to many of the best November Events in the Oahu!  Our latest Oahu Travel Blog article; 'Things to do in Oahu: Top Oahu Events in November' – presents you with only a few of the great November events you can choose to enjoy during your upcoming visit to Oahu.

Kona Coffee Cultural Festival
Dates: November 1 - 10, 2019
Event Schedule: View Event Schedule http://konacoffeefest.com/

Whether you are a lover of coffee or if you enjoy learning more about and celebrating the Hawaiian culture, you will love this amazing annual event.  The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is a 10-day cultural event hosted in Kailua, Oahu.  This great event celebrates the achievements of Kona Coffee, the farmers and the pioneers of the Kona Coffee company.  The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is the oldest Hawaii Food Festival. Attendees will enjoy great music, food, hands on cultural events and of course they’ll learn about the rich history of Kona Coffee and the importance it played in the Hawaiian culture.

Kona Coffee Festival
The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is the oldest Hawaii Food Festival. Attendees will enjoy great coffee, music, food and hands on cultural events.

1st Annual Hula Girl Festival
Dates: November 7 - 10, 2019 – 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Location: Kalakaua Avenue in downtown Waikiki
Event Schedule: View Event Schedule  
Distance from Ambassador Hotel Waikiki: 3 Blocks

This event, the Hula Girl Festival is held in connection with the 2nd Annual Kalakaua Festival held on Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. Over a half mile of Kalakaua Avenue will be shut down to accommodate over 100 booths and event activities including music, Hula booths, exhibits, crafts, food and more.  An estimated 50,000 guests will attend the events with stages and live performances and authentic Hawaiian music and performances.  

The preliminary schedule includes, Thursday: Miss Hula Pageant & Competition.  Friday: Hula Workshop and Hula performances in various locations throughout Waikiki and other areas and a nighttime concert. Saturday: Hula Hoolaulea.  Sunday: Hula Celebrity closing ceremonies and Concert Banquet.

Hawaii International Film Festival
Attendees to the Hawaii International Film Festival will be able to meet directors, writers, actors, editors and producers of full-length movies, shorts, animations, documentaries and more.  

39th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival
Dates: November 7 - 17, 2019 
Location: Various locations
Event Schedule: View Event Schedule
Distance from Ambassador Hotel Waikiki: Various locations

Lights. Camera. Action. The Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) is a fantastic event that celebrates films produced in Hawaii and the Asian, Pacific and North American cinema as well as a special Student Showcase for artists under 18 years of age.

Attendees will be able to meet directors, writers, actors, editors and producers of full-length movies, shorts, animations, documentaries and more.  The festival will also premiere a few productions and screenings in various locations throughout the event.

Guests will also be able to attend panel discussions, interviews and an award ceremony.  See the Event Website link above for ticket information.

2nd Annual Kalakaua Festival
Dates: November 9, 2019
Location: Kalakaua Avenue in downtown Waikiki
Event Schedule: View Event Schedule  
Distance from Ambassador Hotel Waikiki: 3 Blocks

The 2nd annual Kalakaua Festival is a celebration of fantastic local food, music and crafts. Kalakaua Avenue will be shut down on November 9, from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Come and enjoy the activities, music and fun right along Waikiki Beach.  Plus, a portion of the proceeds from the sales of goods by the vendors goes towards the Ala Kuola to help end domestic violence by coaching boys to men.  For more information on this great Oahu Event, see the Event Schedule link above.

Van Triple Crown of Surfing Championship in Oahu
The world of Surfing will be focused on the North Shore of Hawaii as the world’s best, most skilled and fearless professional Surfers.  

Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Championship
Dates: November 13 – December 20, 2019
Location: Sunset Beach, North Shore, Oahu
Event Schedule: View Event Schedule  
Distance from Ambassador Hotel Waikiki: 40 Miles

If you enjoy watching the very best surfers in the world ride some of the best and biggest waves in the world, this is the event for you.  The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (‘VTCS’) is among the longest running professional Surfing Series events that crowns the best surfer of the North Shore Winter Surf Season as well as the World Surf League Champion and the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Rookie of the year.

The world of Surfing will be focused on the North Shore of Hawaii as the world’s best, most skilled and fearless professional Surfers.  If you have never seen the monster waves that smash into Oahu’s North Shore during the Winter months, you need to see them in person to fully appreciate the shear power of these incredible waves.  The VTCS will also be attended by many Surf related vendors and suppliers.   

For more information on this great Oahu Event, see the Event Schedule link above.

XTERRA Running Event on Oahu
The Xterra Trail Run World Championship is a 21-kilometer, half marathon course in the beautiful Kualoa Ranch in Oahu.

Xterra Trail Run World Championship 
Dates: November 24, 2019 
Location: Kualoa Ranch, 49-560 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744
Event Schedule: View Event Schedule & Tickets
Distance from Ambassador Hotel Waikiki: 23 Miles

This is one of the best outdoor events in all of Hawaii.  The Xterra Trail Run World Championship is a 21-kilometer, half marathon course in the beautiful Kualoa Ranch on Oahu where the event has been held since 2008. The event is open to participants of all ages who have qualified.  The event includes various courses to accommodate different skill levels, an Adventure Walk, a 5K and a 10K.  The event is a culmination of the over 70 running events held around the world.

48th Annual Holiday Craft Fair
Dates: November 30, 2019
Location: 553 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96813
Distance from Ambassador Hotel Waikiki: 2.5 Miles

It’s hard to believe but with November close, this means the Holidays are close behind.  This festive Oahu Event celebrates the coming Holiday Season with products only made by Hawaii Nei by local artisans and crafters.

This is Oahu's oldest craft fair that supports local craftspeople on the historic grounds of the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site.

Jo Koy – Comedy Concert
Dates: November 29 - 30, 2019
Location: Blaisdell Center, 777 Ward Ave, Honolulu, HI 96814
Event Schedule: View Event Schedule & Tickets 
Distance from Ambassador Hotel Waikiki: 2 Miles

Get ready to laugh. A lot! The comedy of Jo Koy is a favorite around the globe an he is bringing his family friendly comedy to the Blaisdell Center this November. Jo Koy tells hilarious stories about growing up in a Filipino household, about his relationship with his mother and son. Tickets to this event are sold out but aftermarket tickets are available on Websites like StubHub.  


We hope our Oahu Travel Blog article; 'Things to do in Oahu: Top Oahu Events in November' has inspired you to plan your next visit to Oahu to enjoy some of these and other events taking place in the island paradise of Oahu!

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