Hawaii Sports, Musical Performances, Conferences, and Festivals – Summer 2009
Hawaii Writers Conference
When: September 4-7, 2009
Where: Sheraton Waikiki
The Hawaii’s Writers Conference celebrates the art and craft of writing, with dozens of seminars and workshops featuring best-selling novelists and many featured speakers and writers including 12 New York Times Bestselling authors, a Pulitzer Prize winner, Tony Award winner, and four Academy Award winners. Contact 739-5500 for more information.
Norah Jones Concert
When: September 4, 2009
Where: Sheraton Waikiki Ballroom
This concert is part of the Hawaii Writers Conference. Call 737-0360 for more information.
Maui Channel Swim – From Lanai to Kaanapali
When: September 5, 2009
Where: Kaanapali Beach Hotel
Kaanapali Beach Hotel is the finishing point and also the headquarters of the Maui Channel Swim. Swimmers are challenged by ocean currents, and so navigation strategy is an important part of this event. The swim starts on Lanai and is completed by six person teams.
The relay teams begin swimming half hour legs and then eventually swim just ten minute legs. The nine-mile race usually takes from three to seven hours depending on ocean conditions. Call 338-0722 for more information.
35th Annual Parker Ranch Round-Up Rodeo
When: September 5, 6, 2009
Where: Parker Ranch Rodeo Arena
This Rodeo event raises scholarship money for Parker Ranch employee’s children and includes bull riding, bronco riding, barrel racing, wild cow races, dally team roping, double mugging, and po’o wai u.
Plenty of great food and refreshments are available. You can buy tickets at the event, or in advance at the Parker Ranch Store. Children 10 and under are free.
Waikiki Roughwater Swim
When: September 7, 2009
Where: Waikiki – begins at San Souci Beach; finishes at Hilton Hawaiian Beach
This 2.3 mile open ocean swim will feature more than 1,000 swimmers and is considered an elite event in the sport of roughwater swimming.
The Aloha Festival
When: September 10-26, 2009
Where: Waikiki – begins at the Hilton Hawaiian Village
The Aloha Festivals 2009 begins with the Royal Court Investiture on September 10 at 9:30 AM on the grounds of the Hilton Hawaiian Village. This event includes hula and traditional chants. The official Opening Ceremony ist 4:30 PM that same day and takes place at the Royal Grove at the Royal Hawaiian Center. Other events include:
- The Aloha Festivals Waikiki Ho’olaule’a takes place on September 19 beginning at 7 PM on Kalakaua Avenue between Kapahulu and Lewers. This huge block party (12 city blocks) begins with the arrival of the Royal Court and entertainment will perform on three different stages and including hula and lots of tasty food.
- The Aloha Festivals Floral Parade takes place on Saturday, September 26 at 9:00 am on Kalakaua Ave from Ala Moana Park to Kapiolani Park. Extravagant floats and riders!
- The Keiki Ho’olaule’a takes place on Saturday, September 12 from 10 am – 3 pm at the Pearlridge Center.
Mikhail Baryshnikov in “Three Solos And A Duet”
When September 10 (7 pm)
Where: Kahilu Theater, Kamuela, Big Island
When: September 12 (8 pm), September 13 (2 pm)
Where: Hawai‘i Theatre, Honolulu, Oahu
Mikhail Baryshnikov dancing, need we say more!
John Legend Concert
Where: Neil Blaisdell Concert Hall
When: September 9, 2009
John Legend has worked with Alicia Keys, Kanye West, and Lauryn Hill, and has his own top selling albums. He has also won Grammys for Best R&B Album, Best New Artist, and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance).