The 8 Best Things to Do in April 2016
April showers can’t keep us inside when there’s a Broadway musical, a food festival, a beach cleanup and more fun events happening around town.
Lele O Nā Manu: Hawaiian Forest Birds
Through July 31
Photo: Courtesy of Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project
Learn about native birds and how they are connected to the local ecosystem and culture, including feather cloaks of the ali‘i. Taxidermy birds can show you what extinct species once looked like. If birds aren’t your thing, check out Sweet: A Tasty Journey for an inside look at the candy industry, on view through May 30. The museum is now open seven days a week (yay!) but, heads up, it’s $5 per vehicle to park in the lot (boo!).
Bishop Museum, $14.95 admission for kama‘āina, bishopmuseum.org
THEATER & ARTS
The Book of Mormon
April 13 through May 1
Photo: joan marcus 2015
The guys behind South Park teamed up with the guy who wrote Frozen’s “Let It Go” to create a Broadway musical about Mormon missionaries in Uganda. The result? Nine Tonys, four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards and a Grammy. But, according to the LDS Church, “The book is always better.”
Blaisdell Concert Hall, $37–$145, bookofmormonbroadway.com
The Tragedy of Othello
The 2016 Hawai‘i Theatre Young Actors Ensemble, made up of high school students, will perform one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays.
$2–$7, Hawai‘i Theatre, hawaiitheatre.com
Photo: Courtesy of Harlem Globetrotters
It’s the Globetrotters’ 90th anniversary world tour!
Fun fact: The team didn’t play in Harlem until 1968, more than 40 years after forming in Illinois.
$20–$150, Blaisdell Arena, harlemglobetrotters.com
Earth Day Festival and Ultimate Sand Sifter Competition
Photo: courtesy of sustainable coastlines hawai‘i
Celebrate the ‘āina in a meaningful and direct way by cleaning up debris along the longest stretch of beach on O‘ahu. Winners from round one of the Ultimate Sand Sifter Competition will also showcase their beach-cleaning inventions, with the champions from each division earning a $1,000 prize.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Waimānalo Beach Park, free, sustainablecoastlineshawaii.org
Kailua Dash and Splash
You can’t park in Lanikai loop’s bike lane, but you can run in it! Jump in the water to swim the last 800 meters of this race and finish at Kalapawai.
$30–$60, Starts at Kailua Boat Ramp, kailuacanoeclub.com
East Honolulu Food Festival
It’s Paniolo Night at the 11th annual festival, so of course there will be pony rides, in addition to food from many local restaurants. Your best bet for parking is around the neighborhood or at Kalani High School, from which a shuttle will run back and forth throughout the evening.
Mary, Star of the Sea Church, $70–$80 adults, $25 for 13 and under, starofthesea.org
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Did you know you can prepare for May Day with free lei-making workshops? Go to honolulu.gov/parks for the schedule.
Find more events at honolulumagazine.com/calendar.