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Exploring: Calendar > Oahu > May
UH HAWAIIAN CHORUS AND UH HULA & CHANT ENSEMBLES
Vicky Holt Takamine, kumu hula. Nola A. Nahulu, choir director. The ensembles celebrate May Day in a concert of mele and hula dedicated to Hawaii's symbol of aloha, the lei. This popular concert features students in the Hawaiian music and dance programs. Orvis Auditorium. Fee for admission. For more information call (808) 956-8742.
THE BROTHERS CAZIMERO MAY DAY CONCERT
This tradition celebrates Lei Day with an evening of Hawaiian song and dance under the stars at the Waikiki Shell. The evening features the music of The Brothers Cazimero and surprise musical guests. Open lawn seating at the Waikiki Shell is perfect for picnics and families can come together for lei day! Gates open at 5:30 pm for picnics on the lawn; concert begins at 7:30 pm. For tickets or more information call 877-750-4400.
LEI DAY CELEBRATION
A beautiful event sponsored by the Dept. of Parks & Recreation at Queen Kapiolani Park, Waikiki, 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. honoring the day with a queen and court a well as an adult lei contest, a children's lei contest and entertainment with many hula halau participating. See some of the most exquisite leis in the world exhibited in a variety of colors and methods. Free. For more information call (808) 692-5118.
TASTE OF THE STARS
This annual event showcases creations by Hawaii's premier resort and restaurant chefs. The evening also includes live entertainment, a martini bar, imported beer, wine, champagne, coffee bar, tea bar and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Leeward Community College culinary arts program. The Taste of the Stars is held on the Leeward Community College campus at 96-045 Ala Ike, Pearl City. For more information call (808) 455-0668.
MAORI SONG & DANCE FESTIVAL
Te Kapa Haka o Manoa presents the annual Ahurei festival, a presentation of traditional song and dance of the indigenous people of New Zealand. The kapa haka or Maori performing arts group is comprised of students from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The afternoon will feature award winning Maori kapa haka groups based in Laie, including Te Hokioi led by Seamus Fitzgerald and Te Wananga Maori o Hawaii led by Tama Halverson and Shannon Gale'ai. University of Hawaii at Manoa, Orvis Auditorium. Join us for an afternoon of song, dance and cultural gathering! For more information call Jamie Tuuta, Maori language instructor, at 956-2227. .
The annual Jamba Juice Banana Man 5K Chase throughout Ala Moana Beach Park and Magic Island. Start time 8:00 am. Come prepared to run, walk or stroll (or watch) with the goal of catching the "bunch" of lead runners wearing Jamba banana costumes. Do so and win Jamba for a Year! For the benefit Muscular Dystrophy Association of Hawaii (MDA). For more information call 808-593-4454.
WORLD FIRE KNIFE DANCE COMPETITION
Competitors from around the world come to the Polynesian Cultural Center every year to vie for the title of world's best. See who can brave the flaming nifooti while twisting, turning and performing innovative routines never seen before. Preliminary and semi-final events will be held in the Hale Aloha. Admission fee. For more information call (800) 367-7060.
HONOLULU SYMPHONY BALL
This annual fundraiser, a lavishly produced event, raises money to support youth concerts and youth education. For more information call (808) 524-0815 ext. 244.
VISITOR INDUSTRY CHARITY WALK
The Hawaii Hotel Association's annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk is Hawaii's largest single-day fundraiser, taking place simultaneously on Oahu, Maui, Big Island and Kauai. Each year, proceeds benefit local charities. Third Saturday in May. For more information call (808) 923-0407.
HAWAII SECONDARY SCHOOL HULA KAHIKO COMPETITION
The annual Hula Kahiko competition brings together intermediate and high school students who demonstrate skill and knowledge related to Hawaiian dance and other aspects of the Hawaiian culture. For more information call (808) 521-6905.
Four Weekends in May and June
Food, games, a midway of E.K. Fernandez rides, and booths. There is an admission fee. Aloha Stadium (Parking Lot). For more information call (808) 682-5767.
Memorial Day & Labor Day
ALOHA SHOW & SHINE CAR SHOW
Cars, music, shopping, food, fun... all in one stadium! The annual Aloha Show & Shine exhibits over 100 different cars including offroad, drifters, dragsters, imports, lowriders, stock cars, choppers, and lots more! There will be delicious BBQ and live band performances! So, come on over to the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet and enjoy the festivities! 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call (808) 486-6704.
MISS HAWAII GOLF TOURNAMENT
Miss Hawaii Golf Tournament at the Pearl Country Club. $500,000 in scholarship awards. Banquet and pageant follows golf tournament. For more information call 808-479-8098.
Thursdays and Saturdays October through February (ongoing)
PUBLIC TOURS AT JAMES CAMPBELL NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge is located near Kahuku town on the north shore of Oahu. This wetland refuge is home to four endangered Hawaiian water birds and numerous migratory waterfowl and shorebirds. The refuge offers public tours Thursdays and Saturdays starting the third Saturday in October and ending the third Saturday in February each year. For more information call (808) 637-6330 ext. 27.
Every Tuesday and Saturday, except holidays (ongoing)
Enjoy the ever-changing sights and sounds of the Lyon Arboretum, University of Hawaii. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides will share highlights of the Arboretum collections. Tours are Tuesday 10 - 11:30 a.m. and Saturday 1 - 2:30 p.m. Preregistration is required. Tour donation: $2.50. For more information call (808) 988-0456.
All Year (ongoing)
MISSION HOUSES MUSEUM
Mission Houses Museum was established in 1920 by the Hawaiian Mission Children’s Society, a private, non-profit organization and genealogical society. Its three restored houses and research library provide a unique glimpse into 19th century Hawai‘i, and its temporary exhibition gallery expands the Museum’s relevance and positive impact on the community through the presentation of such exhibitions as The Marquesas: Two Centuries of Cultural Traditions and Lasting Impressions: Printing & Engraving in Hawai‘i. Each spring the museum hosts the Fancy Fair, where island craftspeople and artists show their wares. The visitor experience is further enhanced by an orientation Center, a shop and the Winterbourne Tea Room. Located at 553 South King Street Honolulu, HI 96813-3002 For more information call (808) 531-0481.
Every Tuesday (ongoing)
GUIDED TOURS OF THE HAWAII THEATRE
The one-hour tour offers a unique insight into the history, art, architecture and restoration of the beautiful Hawaii Theatre in Chinatown, including a performance on the 1922 Robert Morton theatre organ. There is a fee for admission. For more information call (808) 528-0506.
HONOLULU STREET MARKET
Bringing the country back to Honolulu at City Square in Kalihi, right outside the downtown area. Open Saturdays only from 9 A.M. TO 2 P.M. Produce, cut flowers, bananas, fresh baked Kakaako breads, knick-knacks, collectibles, crafts, Paniolo Popcorn. Vendors vary from week to week. Support Hawaii's small farmers. No admission. Free parking. For more information call (808) 221-6042.
HAWAII NATURE CENTER
Ongoing nature classes and hikes for children and adults. 2131 Makiki Heights Drive, Honolulu. For more information call (808) 955-0100.
Every Weekend (ongoing)
ART AT THE ZOO FENCE
Every weekend since July of 1954 hundreds of original paintings prints, and photos have been on display at the zoo fence and dozens of fine artists are on hand to meet. If you're visiting Honolulu, Art At The Zoo Fence is only a two-block walk from Waikiki. If you're lucky enough to live here, you can park at the Kapiolani Park Bandstand free parking lot just across Monsarrat Avenue from the Honolulu Zoo. (9 am - 4 pm) For more information call (808) 946-7713.
First Friday of Every Month (ongoing)
FIRST FRIDAY HAWAII
First Friday Hawaii Gallery Walk is a monthly event in downtown Honolulu with art exhibits, galleries, shops, entertainment, restaurants. They say: "Come join us for the most exciting event to hit downtown Honolulu on the first Friday of every month! Chinatown is the place to be if you want to join the hip crowds at the many unique galleries, boutiques, cafes and restaurants that feature exciting art exhibits and free entertainment." For more information call 808-739-9797.
First Saturday of Every Month (ongoing)
RELIVE THE PLANTATION DAYS
A living history museum and ethno-botanical garden on a 50-acre site dedicated to the legacy of immigrant workers from the sugar plantation era. There are 32 authentic and replica structures furnished with artifacts placed in original settings. Hawaii's Plantation Village, 94-695 Waipahu St. For reservations or more information call (808) 677-0110.
Every Thursday Evening (ongoing)
INTRODUCTION TO HULA: KEIKI
Keiki Hula: Children can learn basic movements of hula from instructor Germaine Kaleolani Haili. Haumana (students) will learn the history, language, and culture of this beautiful art form. Ward Warehouse (Ewa End-under Old Spaghetti Factory). For more information call Germaine Haili (808)596-8885.