Happy November! The holiday season is officially about to get underway. Here are events across the Islands that you definitely won't want to miss.
SEE: Hawaii Fashion Month
A monthlong event showcasing the latest wears Hawaii’s fashion industry has to offer with 16 events. For more information visit hawaiifashionmonth.com.
SEE: Margaret Cho – The PsyCHO Tour
Standup by one of America’s most original talents. The groundbreaking comedian holds down two performances—one in Honolulu, one in Kahului. Oahu: 11/6, $45–$65, 8 p.m., Neil Blaisdell Concert Hall, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu, ticketmaster.com; Maui: 11/7, $27–$57, 7:30 p.m., Maui Arts & Cultural Center, One Cameron Way, Kahului, mauiarts.org.
SEE: Augie T Live: “More Haole Than You Think” Comedy Tour
The local comedian and radio personality continues celebrating 25 years of laughs with a statewide tour through Hawaii Island and wraps up in Honolulu. Hawaii Island: 11/7, $20–$40, 8 pm, Palace Theatre; Oahu: 11/13, $25–$45, 7:30 p.m., Hawaii Theatre, 1130 Bethel St., Honolulu, tickets at augiet.com.
TASTE: Holiday By The Sea Benefit
A benefit for the 38th Annual Hawaii Visitor Industry Charity Walk. This food event serves a plated dinner rom Don the Beachcomber restaurant and includes live local music by Makanau, and John Cruz. 11/5, $10–$20, 5 to 8:30 pm, Royal Kona Resort Luau Grounds, 75-5852 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, tickets at royalkona.wix.com/holidaybythesea.
DO: Island Veterans Day Parade
Join the community in celebrating Hawaii Island’s veterans and all those currently serving starting at the King Kamehameha Statue in Hilo. 11/7, free, 10 am, HiVetParade.org.
DO: 2015 Kona Coffee Cultural Festival
Four decades strong, the festival celebrates its 45th anniversary as the state’s oldest food festival—10 days of Kona coffee-inspired activities including a festival lantern parade through istoric Kailua Village, a quilt show, a coffee and art stroll at Holualoa Village and more. 11/6–11/15, complete listing of events at konacoffeefest.com.
DO: Hawaii Yoga Festival 2015
Whether you’re a newbie or an expert yogi, unplug and immerse your mind, body and spirit in nature at this retreat with a mix of Island-based and visiting instructors offering classes on everything from vinyasa to Samadhi. 11/10–11/15, passes range from $310–$775, Kalani Retreat, 1206860 Kalapana-Kapoho Rd., Pahoa, hawaiiyogafestival.com.
TASTE: 6th Annual “Uncorked” Food & Wine Festival
Eight chefs come together to present food, beers, wines and Hawaiian music by Meleuhane. Proceeds benefit the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii Island, helping visitors affected by adversity. 11/14, $50–$70, 5 p.m., The Shops at Mauna Lani, 68-1330 Mauna Lani Dr., Kamuela, tickets and info at brownpapertickets.com, shopsatmaunalani.com.
SEE: Pomp & Circumstance Ball – An Evening at Hulihee
Dress in Victorian 1880s garb in a throwback celebration of when King Kalakaua and Queen Kapiolani threw balls in Hulihee Palace. As you float through the festival in period attire, you’ll be serenaded by the sounds of Amy Hanaialii Gillom and more local entertainment. If you just want to visit as a spectator, the palace will be open for visitation. 11/14, $125, 5:30 to 9:30 pm, Hulihee Palace, 75-5718 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona, daughterofhawaii.org.
HEAR: 2nd Annual Kahilu Swing Spectacular
Jazz it up with the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra in a celebration of music, dancing, food and beverage that reflect the pizzazz of the 1930s and '40s. Includes dance lessons for those who need to brush up on their Jitterbug. 11/15, $32–$133, 6 p.m., Waikoloa Marriott Hotel, 69-275 Waikoloa Beach Dr., Waikoloa Village, kahilutheatre.org.
DO: 28th Annual Hilo Christmas Extravaganza Craft Fair
Get your Christmas shopping list finished early with this annual craft fair that supports over 70 local artisans. 11/20–11/21, $2, children under 12 free, Friday 5 to 9 pm, Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 pm, Edith Kanakaole Tennis Stadium, 1500 Kalanianaole Ave., Hilo, edithkanakaolefoundation.org.
SEE: Hula Kahiko at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
An outdoor presentation of traditional hula and chant by kumu (teacher) Aloha Victor with Halau Kalaakeakauikawekiu. 11/21, free/park entrance fees apply, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Crater Rim Drive, Volcano, volcanoartcenter.org, (808) 967-8222.
TASTE: Meet & Eat Annual Thanksgiving Dinner
Kona Task Force on Feeding the Hungry hosts their 22nd annual event where community organizations, churches and businesses come together to feed West Hawaii’s needy. Free, but all are encouraged to bring a bag of rice to donate to the Food Basket. 11/25, free, 5:15 to 7 p.m., food donations accepted, Kealakehe Intermediate School Cafeteria, 74-5062 Onipaa St., Kailua-Kona, (808) 987-1664.
SEE: Ahola – A Site-specific Public Fashion Project
Meet the designers behind this community fashion-art project that raises awareness of Hawaii’s contemporary issues through public art. 11/4, free, 6 p.m., The Modern Honolulu’s The Study, 1775 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, facebook.com/AholaFashionProject.
DO: 3rd Annual Reyn Spooner Holiday Benefit for Make-A-Wish Hawaii
The Hawaii-based aloha shirt company hosts a special holiday event for the local chapter of the beloved charity. A night of Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning talent such as Hapa, Ryan Nakagawa & Usaburo Mendenhal and Sean Robbins, pupu (tapas) provided by Mariposa and island cocktails by local mixologist Joey Gottesman and a silent auction featuring limited edition Reyn Spooner fashions. 11/5, $50, 6 p.m., Mariposa at Neiman Marcus, tickets at wish.reynspooner.com.
DO: 2nd Annual Business of Fashion Panel
The Hawaii Fashion Incubator (HIFI) returns with “HIFI Connects: The Business of HI Fashion,” an illuminating panel discussion of prominent fashion industry professionals Malia Jones (Hawaii-born designer of Malia Jones Swim), Robert Ikeda (an LA-based consultant and designer) and Kay Sides, Hatch Inc. (an LA/NY showroom). 11/6, $25, free for Hawaii Fashion Exchange members, 6:30 p.m., Honolulu Designer Center Cupola Theatre, 1250 Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu, tickets at hificonnects2015.eventbrite.com.
DO: 7th Annual Over the Edge Fundraiser
A benefit for Special Olympics Hawaii, thrill-seeking participants will scale the side of a skyscraper displaying amazing feats of strength and finesse. 11/7, Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa, 2424 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, limited participation, register at specialolympicshawaii.org.
SEE: 2015 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing
Day one of the world’s premier event for professional surfing officially commences on the North Shore. In its 33rd year, expect big winter waves and cheer on your favorites. 11/12–12/20, 8 am to 4 pm, North Shore, Haleiwa, more info vanstriplecrownofsurfing.com.
SEE: Tsai Ming-Liang screenings
Surf cinema’s Taiwanese New Wave with screenings of the auteur’s 1992 debut Rebels of the Neon God, alongside his recent "Stray Dog" (2013) and "Goodbye Dragon Inn" (2003). 11/1–11/13, Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St., Honolulu, visit honolulumuseum.org for tickets and times.
SEE: 35th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival
Presenting 181 films from around the world—17 from the U.S., 14 international and 32 world premieres from 41 countries. Noteworthy selections include Lee Joo-ick’s “The Throne,” Todd Haynes’s “Carol” starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara and Mabel Cheung’s “A Tale of Three Cities.” 11/12–11/22, $10–$14, Regal Dole Cannery Theatres, 735 Iwilei Rd., Honolulu, tickets at hiff.org.
DO: Grand Opening of Ala Moana Center’s Ewa Wing
Aloha, 650,000 square feet of more shopping! Check out all the new stores at the Ala Moana Shopping Center (in the former Sears space) opening just in time for the holiday gifting season. 11/12, 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Ala Moana Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, alamoanacenter.com.
DO: Native Hawaiian Arts & Culture Expo
A free two-day event bringing together traditional cultural practitioners and local contemporary artisans to share and celebrate authentic Hawaiian culture and moolelo (history). An entertainment lineup featuring hula halau (hula troupes) Kuhai Halau o Kahealani Pa Olapa Kahiko, Kawika a reading of Kohala Kuamoo, Kawika Trask & Friends, cultural workshops including fishing net ornament making, Hawaiian quilting and feather lei making. 11/14–11/15, free, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Na Lama Kukui, 560 N. Nimitz Hwy., St. 200, Honolulu, islandconnection.com.
HEAR: Music of Hawaii – George Kahumoku, Jr. & Daniel Ho
Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning, slack key guitar pioneer Kahumoku joins Grammy-winning composer Ho for an evening of classic island sounds. 11/18, $20–$25, 7:30 p.m., Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St., Honolulu, honolulumuseum.org.
SEE: Manaola Runway Show
Native Hawaiian designer unveils his latest designs with two exclusive runway shows, a review of the Manaola Hawaii Fall/Winter ’15 collection and preview of Spring/Summer ’16. Starr Kalahiki and Irie Love to perform prior to the shows; DJ SuperCW spins at the after-party and post-pop-up shop. 11/18, Honolulu Design Center, 1250 Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu, reserve tickets at eventbrite.com.
SEE: Harajuku – Tokyo Street Fashion
This guest artist series for the upcoming exhibition of the same name welcomes Japan’s former Kawaii ambassador Misako Aoki and street fashion star Minori in a meet-and-greet and Shironuri demonstration over two days. 11/19, free with museum entry, 10a.m. to noon, Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St., Honolulu; 11/20, free, 6 to 8 p.m., Honolulu Museum of Art School, 1111 Victoria Street, Honolulu, honolulumuseum.org.
SEE: Kristi Yamaguchi and Brian Boitano – Golden Moment
Twirl into the holidays with two of the world’s most celebrated figure skaters in a star-studded evening that supports early childhood literary in Hawaii. 11/20–11/21, $50–$100, 7 p.m., Neal S. Blaisdell Arena, 777 Ward Ave, Honolulu, ticketmaster.com, (808) 768-5252
DO: Honolulu Fashion Week 2015
More than 50 local designers at the Honolulu Fashion Week Marketplace kicking off on Friday followed by runway shows from "Project Runway" star Kini Zamora, Maunahealii, and Todd Snyder. 11/20–11/22, Hawaii Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, schedule at honolulufashionweek.com.
HEAR: Oahu Jazz & Blues Festival
Jazz Hall of Fame and award-winning musicians like Bobby Watson, Joe Louis Walker, Delfeayo Marsali perk up your evenings with brassy stylings on the North Shore. 11/19–11/22, main performance night 11/21, $50–$100, 5 to 9 pm, Turtle Bay Resort, 57-091 Kamehameha Hwy., Kahuku, oahujazzandbluesfestival.com.
DO: ThanksGetting Day
Ala Moana Center opens early at 6 am for Black Friday. Get those door-buster deals and store sales before anyone else on the island. 11/27, 6 am to 9 pm, Ala Moana Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, alamoanacenter.com.
SEE: Waikiki Holiday Parade
The parade commemorates survivors and veterans of Pearl Harbor with Hawaiian music and local bands, a marching band from the mainland, military units and dignitaries walking down a torch-lit Kalakaua Avenue. 11/27, free, 7 pm, Kalakaua Ave from Fort DeRussy to Kapiolani Park, waikikiholidayparade.com.
HEAR: Booker T. Jones
The American R&B/soul singer of the classic “Green Onions” steps onto the Castle Theater stage. 11/5, $20–$60, 7:30 pm, Castle Theater, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, One Cameron Way, Kahului, mauiarts.org.
DO: 2nd Annual Made in Maui County Festival
More than 130 vendors selling products Made in Maui County—food, crafts, fashion, jewelry and collections. Festivities include demos, a runway show, food trucks and prizes. First 2,000 attendees receive a free commemorative tote bag. 11/7, $5, children under 12 free, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Maui Arts & Cultural Center, One Cameron Way, Kahului, mauiarts.org.
TASTE: Feast Dinner at Lumeria Maui
Celebrate fall ingredients and flavors at this Makawao property with a fall-inspired, five-course meal by The Wooden Crate chef Ben Diamond, vegan dessert by guest pastry chef Amy Alexander of Baked by Amy and a foraged wreath workshop by Angela Deceit of RiverMoon Botanicals—all part of the Feast Hawaii series. 11/12, $25–$135, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Lumeria Maui, 1813 Baldwin Ave., Makawao, lumeriamaui.com.
DO: Haleakala National Park’s Commercial-Free Day
Visitors can respectfully watch Native Hawaiians practice traditional cultural activities at Haleakala. The national park suspends tours on this day for the community. 11/12, free, 8am to 4pm, Haleakala National Park, Makawao, nps.gov/hale.
SEE: Hula O Na Keiki
Watch as 25 keiki ages 5 to 17 dance kahiko (traditional) and auana (modern) styles of hula at this competition now in its 25th year. Guests are welcome to enjoy the cultural demonstrations, arts and crafts and Hawaiian food through the weekend festivities. 11/13–11/15, Kaanapali Beach Hotel, 2525 Kaanapali Pwky., Lahaina, kbhmaui.com, (808) 661-0011.
TASTE: 9th Annual Hui Noeau Wailea Food & Wine Celebration
Sip on wines paired with generous plates as a benefit in support of the Hui’s community arts education. 11/14, $150–$275, 5:30 p.m., Hotel Wailea, 555 Kaukahi St., Wailea, huifoodwine.weebly.com, (808) 572-6560.
SEE: 9th Annual Maui Open Filipino Martial Arts & Sports Karate Tournament
Padded stick fighting, submission grappling, empty hand kumite, caranza and sayaw and more converge in what’s called the “largest martial arts tournament in the state of Hawaii.” 11/14, $5–$30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Westin Maui Hotel, 2365 Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina, more info westinmaui.com.
DO: 3rd Annual Worldwide Aqua-Thon Event
A three-hour aquathon with over 50 countries participating. 11/14, 9 a.m. to noon, Kihei Aquatic Center, 303 E Lipoa St at Hwy. 31, Kihei, (808) 359-1458.
SEE: Stunt Fest Maui
A day of amazing motorcycle stunt work starring Nick Brocha “Apex” and Stunt Them Hawaii. Food, music, giveaways and more at this family-friendly event. 11/21, free, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cycle City Maui, 150 Dairy Rd., Kahului, (808) 831-4768.
SEE: 2015 Maui Jim Maui Invitational
It’s the championship round for Chaminade, Indiana, Kansas, St. John’s, UCLA, UNLV, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest. 11/23–11/25, Lahaina Civic Center, 1840 Honoapiilani Hwy., Lahaina, single-game tickets available at mauiinvitational.com on 11/20 at 9 a.m., (808)-667-DUNK (3865)
HEAR: The Kona Harp Ensemble
The New York Times calls the group “beautiful” and “other wordly.” An evening of soothing and ethereal compositions to ring in the holidays. 11/20, suggested donation $20, 7 p.m., Makawao Union Church, 1445 Makawao Ave., Makawao, tickets at tickets.brightstarevents.com/event/heavenly-harps.
DO: 7th Annual Hana Limu Festival
A day devoted to limu (Hawaiian seaweed) and how it fits into the marine ecosystem with food, entertainment, crafts, education activities for kids and a silent auctions going towards a scholarship fund. The event supports the Office of Hawaiian Affair’s Land strategic priority. 11/21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hana Bay Beach Park, Hana, muolea.org.
DO: 28th Annual Kula Harvest Festival 2015
A free community school fundraising event featuring live entertainment, pony rides, arcade games, arts and crafts, a book fair, a country store hay rides. 11/21, free, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kula Elementary, 5000 Kula Hwy., Kula, kulaharvestfestival.com.
SEE: Rob Schneider Live
The “Deuce Bigalow” star, who most in Hawaii remember as Ula from “50 First Dates,” returns to take the stage in Lahaina after five years away. 11/28, 8 pm, The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, 2605 Kaanapali Pkwy., Lahaina, robschneider.com.
HEAR: Blu Canoe Ilima Rivera in Benefit Concert for Kauai Veterans
An exquisite Hawaiian show, silent auction and dinner buffet for a worthy cause. 11/5, 5:30 p.m., The Kauai Beach Resort, 4331 Kauai Beach Dr., Lihue, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (808) 822-5929 for tickets.
DO: Veterans Day Parade
Celebrate veterans at this annual parade featuring lots of red, white and blue. Great for the whole family and includes an outdoor sale of local products. 11/7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., free, Rice St. in Lihue, kauaiveteranscenter.com.
DO: A Royal Pana in the Garden for Kaumualii
Honor Kauai’s last reigning king Kaumualii in an evening with music of Hawaiian music and hula dancing. A luau fundraiser for the creation of a life-size statue of the last Kauai king to stand on the island. 11/7, $40–$65, 5 to 7p.m., Smith’s Tropical Gardens, 3-5971 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, email email@example.com or call (808) 338-1332 for ticket info.
SEE: Kauai Unknown Artists Fair
Discover unknown and up-and-coming island-based artists. Festivities include music, dance, arts and craftsfood. 11/14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free, Kalaheo Neighborhood Center, 4480 Papalina Rd., Kalaheo, more info at (808) 332-9696
HEAR: 22nd Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival, Kauai Style
Fifteen renowned slack-key guitar artists perform the indigenous style of guitar playing for six hours. 11/15, $10, noon to 6 p.m., Aqua Kauai Beach Resort & Spa, 4331 Kauai Beach Dr, Lihue, slackkeyfestival.com.
DO: Garden Isle Artisan Fair
Find unique, handcrafted gifts made in Hawaii by 35 Kauai artisans selling jewelry, jellies, sauces, soaps, candles and wood carvings to name a few. Live music while your browse, ono barbecued dishes and shave ice to cool you down. 11/21, free, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Manokalanipo Park, Poipu Beach, (808) 634-0243.
SEE: Kilauea Art Night
Surround yourself with locally-made pottery, fine art, woodwork, handmade soaps and organic beauty products, apparel, jewelry and food vendors on the last Saturday of the month. A Keiki Fire and Light performance on the back lawn. 11/28, free 4 to 8 p.m., free, Historic Stone Building in Kilauea Town, facebook.com/kilaueaartnight.
SEE: 7th Annual Fine Art Festival
Live music and all kinds of art from photography to paintings on display and for sale. Holiday fun for the whole family with a portion of proceeds going directly to Hanapepe United Church of Christ’s Community Lunch Program. 11/28, free, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Hanapepe United Church of Christ, 4481 Kona Rd., womenartistsofkauai.blogspot.com.