Oahu is nicknamed "The Gathering Place", a suitable name considering how many events and activities take place throughout the year. Home to a blend of western and eastern cultures, this island is always celebrating something; whether it is sports, food or music, Oahu is a place where festivities are plentiful. In many ways, the numerous Oahu festivals held throughout the year defines Hawaii's aloha spirit. Friendly and welcoming, they showcase the kind nature of Oahu where people are open and the atmosphere is warm.
Sports enthusiasts can enjoy everything from the Sony Open PGA Tour in January, where professionals from all over the world tee off at the Waialae Country Club golf course, to the NFL Pro Bowl in February, the Honolulu Triathlon in May, the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing in November, or to the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl in December. Culinary events also run throughout the entire year. They include the Waikiki SPAM Jam, the Wahiawa Pineapple Festival, the Hawaii Food and Wine Paradise, the Garlic & Ginger Festival of Hawaii, the Joy of Sake Festival and Taste of the Arts. Music celebrations are heart-pounding adventures on Oahu. Here you can enjoy everything from the Kokua Festival in the spring, to the Roy Sakuma Ukulele Festival and the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival in summer. There are also numerous street, ethnic, flower and film festivals taking place on Oahu throughout the year. Always ask about current events and activities since dates may change over the course of time.