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Top Ways to Celebrate Independence Day in Hawaii!

Heading across the Pacific Ocean this Fourth of July? We’re sharing our top Independence Day picks for the entire family!

1. Aloha Tower – Join Star of Honolulu as we set sail off the shores of Waikiki for incredible ocean views of the best fireworks show on Oahu! Take in the gorgeous Hawaiian sunset and Honolulu city lights and savor a gourmet dinner, all while relaxing to the sounds of our live entertainment on our award-winning vessel.

2. Kewalo Basin – Looking for a more casual and comfortable setting on the Fourth of July? Celebrate red, white and blue with cocktails and fireworks aboard the Dolphin Star island catamaran! Catch 360° views of the spectacular fireworks display from the ocean and enjoy a champagne toast, premium dry snacks and live Hawaiian entertainment.

3. Ala Moana Center – Hawaii’s largest shopping mall has been hosting its Independence celebration for over 25 years! On July 4th at 8:30 p.m. at Ala Moana Beach Park, enjoy the breathtaking fireworks display, which attracts countless visitors and locals each year.

4. Kailua Town – Head to Oahu’s windward side for fun Independence Day festivities! Every year, the quaint town of Kailua celebrates the Fourth of July with a spectacular fireworks show and a unique “twilight air show” performed by local pilots!

Our Top 5 Favorite Lei for May Day (aka Lei Day) in Hawaii!

Did you know Lei Day is a statewide celebration in Hawaii? On every May 1 since 1928, people in the Aloha State pay homage to Hawaiian culture and the aloha spirit with traditional flower lei. Here’s a list of our top five favorite lei!

  1. Orchid – While this is the lei most people are familiar with, did you know there are many variations of orchid lei? The most common is the purple orchid, which visitors may receive upon arrival in Hawaii, and they also come in jade and white. ʻOkika (orchid) can be fashioned into different styles of lei including the ‘Butterfly,’ ‘Christina’ and much more!


  1. Tuberose – The sweet-scented Hawaiian tuberose flower, or kupaloke, is small and white. When strung together, especially with multiple strands or incorporated with small rose buds, they make for a beautiful and especially fragrant lei.


  1. Pikake – Otherwise known as jasmine, pikake is another flower with a strong yet sweet scent. This fragile, elegant bud was Princess Kaiulani’s favorite flower and is said to have been named after her pet peacocks that lived in her garden!


  1. Maile – Maile is the lei of choice for men in Hawaii. It is made of maile leaves woven together, and is most commonly worn open-ended. Throughout Hawaiian history, it was known as the “royal” lei because it was traditionally worn by aliʻi (Hawaiian monarchs). Today, it is worn by grooms, kahuna (priests) and even used during blessing ceremonies.


  1. He’e Berry ­– This lei style is very durable, and can last for up to four days! Its name translates to ‘octopus’ in Hawaiian, for its tentacle-like appearance in the way it grows on branches. He’e berry lei are typically woven with ti leaves or tuberose for a more unique look.

Exclusive Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch Cruise

Show Mom your appreciation for her with a luxurious brunch off the shores of Waikiki by taking her on our exclusive Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch Cruise!

We’re celebrating all mothers with a relaxing and family-friendly voyage that will depart from Aloha Tower Marketplace. Your entire ‘ohana (family) will enjoy this scenic cruise, while moms enter to win special door prizes, including cruise and dinner show tickets, chocolates, rose bouquets, and much more. Families will also savor our delicious Taste of Hawaii Buffet, which offers local favorites such as Alaea Sea Salt Roast Beef carved onboard, a dessert and coffee station, complimentary sparkling champagne toast and even a Mother’s Day cake!

In addition, everyone will enjoy our live Hawaiian entertainment and cultural activities like lei making and hula lessons, as well as stunning views of the Honolulu coastline.

For more information, call (808) 983-STAR (7827) or visit


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