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Dining & Entertainment

There will be a variety of food and entertainment that are new to you in Hawaii, but most of your favorites will also be available. Just about every type of cuisine you can think of is represented on Oahu, and there are several excellent venues for a variety of entertainment.

Dining

Good food abounds in Hawaii. From the simple but delicious local plate lunch (bento), to the most elegant restaurants with the best views anywhere, Hawaii has something for every taste and budget. In fact, the only problem you might have with local food is eating too much!

You’ll want to try Hawaiian luau favorites like the tender, smoky kalua pig, spicy salted lomi lomi salmon, huli huli or teriyaki chicken, poi (mashed taro root) and a variety of sweet, local tropical fruits. And don’t forget the abundant variety of local fish available.

A large Asian influence in Hawaii brings an incredible variety of Asian foods. Chinese restaurants serve the rich, noodle-based Mandarin, spicy Sichuan and local variations including dim sum (bun filled with sweet meats), gau (sticky sweet pudding) and the vegetarian monk’s food. Japanese food is popular as well, from the finest gourmet restaurants to the simple ramen stands with their delicious noodles. But the trendy sushi is still the “in” food. Korean barbecue with its smoky, sweet sauces, Vietnamese food with its Chinese and French influence, and spicy Thai food are plentiful.

In this multicultural paradise, the best foods of the world can be found. Your only problem will be deciding which you choose on any given occasion.

Hawaii’s Events

Please note that events are subject to change without notice. For the most complete and updated Hawaii calendar, please visit www.gohawaii.com.

NOVEMBER 2014

Honolulu Theatre for Youth “Grinds”

Hawaii (North Kohala)

Kahilu Theatre

67-1186 Lindsey Road

Kamuela, HI 96743

http://kahilutheatre.org/Shows/All-Shows

Nov. 8, 7 to 10 p.m.

   Honolulu Theatre for Youth produces professional theater and drama education programs that make a difference in the lives of young people, families and educators in the state of Hawaii. “Grinds” is a brand new show commissioned by the State Department of Health; suggested for ages 5 and older.

For more information, call 808-885-6868 or email info@kahilutheatre.org.

22nd Annual Hawaiian Slack
Key Guitar Festival “Kauai Style”

Kauai (Lihue)

Kauai Beach Resort

4331 Kauai Beach Drive

Lihue, HI 96766

http://slackkeyfestival.com

Nov. 9, noon to 6 p.m.

This festival will feature as many as artists/musicians in concert for six hours performing various styles of slack key guitar along with vocals. Slack key guitar in Hawaii began in 1830 on the Big Island of Hawaii and will celebrate 184 years in 2014.

For more information, call 808-226-2697 or email kihoalufoundationinc@yahoo.com.

Hui Noeau Wailea Food
& Wine Celebration 2014

Maui (South)

Hotel Wailea

555 Kaukahi St.

Wailea, HI 96753

www.huinoeau.com

Nov. 14

The Hui’s annual benefit in support of community arts education is a relaxing evening featuring the island’s top chefs and vintners. Held in Hotel Wailea’s elegant Anuhea Room overlooking the koi pond and beautiful hotel grounds, the evening includes generous tastes and samples — from crudo to curry and cabernet to Chianti — plus an exciting array of live and silent auction items.

For more information, call 808-572-6560 or email info@huinoeau.com.

Kokua Kailua

Hawaii (Kona Coast)

Historic Kailua Village

Alii Drive

Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

www.historickailuavillage.com

Nov. 16, 1 to 6 p.m.

One Sunday each month Historic Kailua Village’s Alii Drive becomes a festive pedestrian-only marketplace filled with music, artists, shopping and restaurants encouraging people to shop, dine and buy local. Free Hawaiian entertainment is offered at 4 p.m. from the grounds of Hulihee Palace.

For more information, call 808-936-9202 or email HKVevents@yahoo.com.

Hawaiian Music Series in Lahaina

Maui (West)

Baldwin Home Museum

120 Dickenson St.

Lahaina, HI 96761

www.lahainarestoration.org

Nov. 20, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Lahaina Restoration Foundation presents a free, monthly concert outdoors on the lawn of Baldwin Home Museum at the corner of Front and Dickenson Streets. Hawaiian musicians perform in the kanikapila style on the last Thursday of each month.

For more information, call 808-661-3262 or email theo@lahainarestoration.org.

Ukulele Festival Ledward Kaapana,
Benny Chong

Hawaii (North Kohala)

Kahilu Theatre

67-1186 Lindsey Road

Kamuela, HI 96743

http://kahilutheatre.org/Shows/All-Shows

Nov. 21, 7 to 10 p.m.

Ledward Kaapana and Mike Kaawa will headline the Friday-evening concert, and co-headlining will be jazz ukulele wizard Benny Chong. Benny will introduce 12-year-old ukulele prodigy Aidan James — the youngest player ever in the Institute!

For more information, call 808-885-6868 or email info@kahilutheatre.org.

Ukulele Festival Uncle Richard Hoopii,
Jeff Peterson & Nathan Aweau

Hawaii (North Kohala)

Kahilu Theatre

67-1186 Lindsey Road

Kamuela, HI 96743

http://kahilutheatre.org/Shows/All-Shows

Nov. 22, 7 to 10 p.m.

The festival features the legendary Uncle Richard Hoopii and his son Kalai, and co-headliners Jeff Peterson and Nathan Aweau. Special guest for the Institute this year will be Spanish and classical guitar player Vincenzo Martinelli — playing a guest set and jamming with the Hawaiian musicians.

For more information, call 808-885-6868 or email info@kahilutheatre.org.

DECEMBER 2014

First Friday Street Festival:
Honolulu District

Oahu (Honolulu)

The ARTS at Marks

1159 Nuuanu Ave.

Honolulu, HI 96817

www.artsatmarks.com

Dec. 5, 5 to 9 p.m.

Galleries and other arts venues open their doors for artist receptions, live music and refreshments. These events are free and open to everyone. Gallery walk maps are available at various locations in the area.

Created in 2003, First Friday is credited with influencing changes on the cultural, social and economic landscape of Honolulu. The monthly event draws tens of thousands of people to Downtown-Chinatown each year, either introducing or reintroducing them to this unique community.

For more information, call 808-521-2903.

Wailuku First Friday

Maui (Central)

Maui Thing

7 N. Market St.

Wailuku, HI 96793

www.facebook.com/wailukufirstfriday

Dec. 5, 6 to 9 p.m.

This monthly street party is a free event with live music, sidewalk vendors, food booths and a beer garden.

For more information, call 808-878-1888.

Moonlight Talk Story 
on the Land Hike Series

Maui (Central)

Halewaiu Road

Wailuku, HI 96793

www.hilt.org

Dec. 6, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Get moving with Hawaiian Islands Land Trust’s Moonlight Talk Story on the Land Hike at Waihee Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge.

For more information, call 808-244-5263 or email info@hilt.org.

Anniversary Dinner Gala

Oahu (Honolulu)

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

319 Lexington Blvd.

Honolulu, HI 96816

www.PacificAviationMuseum.org

Dec. 6, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The gala is an annual fundraiser for the museum to help support its restoration and education programs. Cocktails, dinner and entertainment will be provided.

For more information, visit the museum’s website or call 808-441-1006.

Xterra Trail Run World Championship

Oahu (Windward)

Kualoa Ranch

49-560 Kamehameha Highway

Kaneohe, HI 96744

www.xterraplanet.com/trailrun/worlds

Dec. 7, 9 a.m. to noon

There is no qualifying process to enter the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship. It is open to runners of all ages, with skill levels that range from elite to beginner. Courses include the 21K championship course, a 10K, a 5K, and an adventure walk.

A 21-kilometer half-marathon course is considered the world championship course, and it takes runners through some of the most diverse — and scenic — terrain on the planet.

For more information, call 877-XTERRA-1 or email trailrun@xterraplanet.com.

Jake Shimabukuro

Hawaii (North Kohala)

Kahilu Theatre

67-1186 Lindsey Road

Kamuela, HI 96743

http://kahilutheatre.org/Shows/All-Shows

Dec. 7, 4 to 6 p.m.

Ukulele virtuoso and composer Jake Shimabukuro is renowned for his speedy playing and inspiring personality. In his young career, Jake has already redefined an under-the-radar Hawaiian instrument.

For more information, call 808-885-6868 or email info@kahilutheatre.org.

Waimea Community Chorus’
Angels We Have Heard

Hawaii (North Kohala)

Kahilu Theatre

67-1186 Lindsey Road

Kamuela, HI 96743

http://kahilutheatre.org/Shows/All-Shows

Dec. 13-14

This Waimea mainstay was formed in 1994 and has grown into a 60-voice ensemble with twice annual concerts. “Angels We Have Heard” will bring the holidays to life with Christmas-time favorites with the Waimea Community Chorus singing a variety of choral repertoire.

For more information, call 808-885-6868 or email info@kahilutheatre.org.

Honolulu Marathon

Oahu (Honolulu)

Ala Moana Beach Park

1201 Ala Moana Blvd.

Honolulu, HI 96814

www.honolulumarathon.org

Dec. 14, 5 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Honolulu Marathon’s scenic course — 26 miles, 385 yards or 42.195 kilometers — includes spectacular ocean views alongside world-famous Waikiki Beach, and Diamond Head and Koko Head volcanic craters. The terrain is level except for short uphill grades around Diamond Head.

For more information, call 808-734-7200.

Kokua Kailua

Hawaii (Kona Coast)

Historic Kailua Village

Alii Drive

Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

www.historickailuavillage.com

Dec. 14, 1 to 6 p.m.

One Sunday each month Historic Kailua Village’s Alii Drive becomes a festive pedestrian-only marketplace filled with music, artists, shopping and restaurants encouraging people to shop, dine and buy local. Free Hawaiian entertainment is offered at 4 p.m. from the grounds of Hulihee Palace.

For more information, call 808-936-9202 or email HKVevents@yahoo.com.

Hawaiian Music Series in Lahaina

Maui (West)

Baldwin Home Museum

120 Dickenson St.

Lahaina, HI 96761

www.lahainarestoration.org

Dec. 18, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Lahaina Restoration Foundation presents a free, monthly concert outdoors on the lawn of Baldwin Home Museum at the corner of Front and Dickenson streets. Hawaiian musicians perform in the kanikapila style on the last Thursday of each month.

For more information, call 808-661-3262 or email theo@lahainarestoration.org.

Kahulanui

Hawaii (North Kohala)

Kahilu Theatre

67-1186 Lindsey Road

Kamuela, HI 96743

http://kahilutheatre.org/Shows/All-Shows

Dec. 20, 7 to 10 p.m.

The Hawaii Island band Kahulanui draws inspiration from the Hawaiian Swing music orchestras of the 1920s and 30s, and performs classic Hawaiian songs in a syncopated style to make Hawaiian Swing vibrant and alive for today.

For more information, call 808-885-6868 or email info@kahilutheatre.org.

Hawaiian Airlines
Diamond Head Classic

Oahu (Honolulu)

Stan Sheriff Center

1355 Lower Campus Road

Honolulu, HI 96822

Dec. 22, 23 and 25

Entering its sixth year, the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic will again be played at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, where it has become a holiday tradition on the island of Oahu.

Eight teams will compete including Colorado, DePaul, George Washington, Loyola Marymount, Ohio, Nebraska, Wichita State and host Hawaii. The tournament will feature 12 games during its three days of action. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracketed-tournament format.

For more information, email info@diamondheadclassic.com.

Hawaii Bowl 2014

Oahu (Honolulu)

Aloha Stadium

99-500 Salt Lake Blvd.

Honolulu, HI 96818

www.sheratonhawaiibowl.com

Dec. 24, 3 to 5 p.m.

Now in its 13th year, the bowl will pit a team from the Mountain West against a team from Conference USA. The game will be played on Christmas Eve for the 10th time.

For more information, call 808-523-3688.

JANUARY 2015

Hatsumode 2015

Oahu (Honolulu)

Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha-Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu

1239 Olomea St.

Honolulu, HI 96817

www.e-shrine.org

Jan. 1, midnight to 5 p.m.

For the Japanese, shogatsu remains the country’s most important seasonal celebration when millions of people visit a Shinto shrine during the first three days of the new year. This visit is called Hatsumode.

At 10 a.m. welcome the new year with Tsutomu Nakai and Dragon Beat Wataiko’s performance of Japanese Taiko drums.

Enjoy complimentary bowls of Ozoni mochi soup served from midnight to 2 a.m. and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Omamori charms available and Shishimai Lion dance is performed throughout the day.

For more information, call 808-841-4755 or email kotohira@hawaiiantel.net.

Bosetti 10K Run

Oahu (Honolulu)

Near Sandy Beach on Kealahou Street

Honolulu, HI 96825

www.MPRRC.com

Jan. 1, 7 to 10 a.m.

The course starts on Kealahou Street and heads away from the beach up to Hawaii Kai Drive, where the runners will make a left and continue to Lunalilo Home Road. The course turns right and goes through a residential area until the turnaround. The return route follows the same path, finishing at the start point. This is a chip-timed race.

For more information, call 808-343-4236.

Hyundai Tournament of Champions

Maui (West)

Plantation Course at Kapalua

2000 Plantation Club Drive

Lahaina, HI 96761

www. pgatour.com/hyundai

Jan. 8-12, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Maui, Hawaii — it’s where champions come to play. The Hyundai Tournament of Champions is the only event on the PGA TOUR that features past tournament winners. See some of the world’s best golfers compete at Kapalua’s legendary Plantation Course.

For more information, call 808-665-9160 or email ncrossmaui@gmail.com.

FEBRUARY 2015

Bluegrass Festival

Oahu (Central)

The Leeward Theatre-Main Stage

96-045 Ala Ike

Pearl City, HI 96782

www.lcctheatre.hawaii.edu

Feb. 14, 8 to 10 p.m.

Experience the country-style musical fusion of banjos, guitars and high-pitched close-harmony vocals. Your ears will be pleased and your toes will be tapping. Local banjo comedian Jordan Savusa and Tricky Britches will be headlining.

For more information, call 808-455-0380 or email lcctheatre@hawaii.edu.

Maui Open Studios 2015

Maui (Upcountry)

Hui Noeau

2841 Baldwin Ave.

Makawao, HI 96768

www. huinoeau.com

Feb. 14-15

Visit Hui artists and art demonstrations in jewelry, ceramic and printmaking open studios.

For more information, call 808-572-6560 or email info@huinoeau.com.

16th Annual Maui
Chinese New Year Festival

Maui (Upcountry)

4243 Lower Kula Road

Kula, HI 96790

Feb. 21, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Celebrate the year of the ram with traditional lion dancers and fireworks, Chinese cultural crafts, calligraphy, good luck food and charms. Save the date — event location to be announced.

For more information, call 808-870-8047.

Art Affair

Maui (Upcountry)

Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center

2841 Baldwin Ave.

Makawao, HI 96768

www.huinoeau.com

Feb. 28

A tradition of more than 20 years, ART AFFAIR is the Hui’s signature fundraising event, celebrating the importance of visual arts education in the Maui community.

For more information, call 808-572-6560 or email info@huinoeau.com.

MARCH 2015

Sake Appreciation Festival

Oahu (Honolulu)

Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha-Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu

1239 Olomea St.

Honolulu, HI 96817

www.e-shrine.org

March 1, 3 to 4 p.m.

The ancient name for Japan was Toyo ashihara no mizuho no kuni or the land of rice. As a byproduct of rice, sake has long been a vital part of Japanese culture. Sake’s strongest connection with Japanese culture lays in its traditional indispensability at social gatherings. Sake has an important place at festivals, ceremonies and rituals. Whether imbibed during Sansan-kudo at a Shinto wedding ceremony or at a festival, sake has symbolized the miracle of nature.

The shrine’s Sake Appreciation Festival acknowledges the gift that alcoholic beverages made from rice, like sake and shochu, are to the world and our lives

For more information, contact event coordinator Irene Takizawa at 808-841-4755 or kotohira@hawaiiantel.net.

APRIL 2015

52nd Annual Merrie Monarch
Festival in Hilo

Hawaii (Hilo)

Edith Kanakaole Tennis Stadium

350 Kalanikoa St.

Hilo, HI 96720

www.merriemonarch.com

April 5-11

Hawaii’s most venerable hula celebration and competition with week-long festivities including exhibitions, musical entertainment, arts and crafts fairs and the Miss Aloha Hula Competition, kahiko (ancient) and auana (modern) hula competitions. There’s also a grand parade through town.

See the festival website for more information.

Dancing Off the Page!

Oahu (Honolulu)

Kennedy Theatre Mainstage

1770 East-West Road

Honolulu, HI 96822

www.hawaii.edu/kennedy/2014-2015/dancing

Opening Night: April 17, 8 p.m.

April 17, 18, 24, 25, 8 p.m.; April 26, 2 p.m.

Directed by UHM Dance Professor Peggy Gaither Adams. Choreography by UHM faculty and guest choreographers.

For more information, call 808-956-7655 or email ktbox@hawaii.edu.

Honolulu 5K

Oahu (Honolulu)

Frank Fasi Municipal Building

650 S. King St.

Honolulu, HI 96813

www.honolulu5k.org

April 26, 6:30 to 9 a.m.

The Honolulu 5K seeks to promote health and fitness for Hawaii’s children by giving our schools the ability to increase participation in youth sports and recreation programs by providing additional funds to maintain or purchase new equipment for physical fitness, play and athletic programs. We want to help our schools to be able to keep our children healthy through an active lifestyle. We also seek to promote fitness within our communities through participation by friends and families of our children.

For more information, call 808-271-4057 or email info@honolulu5k.org.

Spring Leeward Guitar Ensemble

Oahu (Central)

The Leeward Theatre-Main Stage

96-045 Ala Ike

Pearl City, HI 96782

www.lcctheatre.hawaii.edu

April 26, 4 to 5 p.m.

Leeward’s Guitar Ensemble performs in a concert.

For more information, call 808-455-0380 or email lcctheatre@hawaii.edu.

MAY 2015

13th Annual Waikiki SPAM JAM

Oahu (Honolulu)

Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki

Honolulu, HI 96815

www.spamjamhawaii.com

May 2, 4 to 10 p.m.

This annual street festival celebrates locals’ extraordinary love affair with SPAM in Hawaii and features a variety of Honolulu’s finest restaurants serving up SPAM-inspired creations, entertainment and even a “Mr. or Mrs. SPAM” contest. It is a great event for all ages with two stages and free entertainment, plus a variety of Hawaiian crafters.

For more information, call 808-255-5927 or email kwinpenny@hawaii.rr.com.

Entertainment

Concerts, movies, nightclubs, dancing, karaoke and just about every entertainment you enjoyed on the mainland are available in Hawaii, though perhaps not always in the same quantities. There are several larger facilities for concerts, sporting events and other large-scale entertainment, and if you read the newspapers and local entertainment guides, you will find plenty to do in Hawaii.

Whatever your tastes, Hawaiian music comes highly recommended. You will hear elements of country, folk, rock, blues and more in the songs of local artists. But you may be surprised to learn that as often as not it is Hawaiian musicians who have influenced their mainland counterparts.

The most popular Hawaiian musicians are amazingly accessible. You can find “Hoku” (Hawaii’s Grammys) winners performing at everyday functions, small clubs and restaurants, and at concert venues throughout the islands constantly.

You should attend at least one luau while in Hawaii. There you will experience authentic Hawaiian food, song and dance, and some luaus even teach Hawaiian crafts.

The fine arts are also well-represented in Hawaii. Several excellent museums showcase classical and contemporary art as well as unique Hawaiian and Pacific art. The Honolulu Symphony is on par with any major symphony, and ballet, opera and art exhibits can be found by reading the major daily newspapers. In Hawaii, you can enjoy your favorite entertainment and recreation, and you will likely find some new favorites as well.    

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