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The 8 Best Things To Do in April 2017

Don’t be an April Fool, learn more about how our bodies work, watch Japanese satire, eat Spam and celebrate Scottish culture.


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EDUCATION

The Machine Inside: Biomechanics

Through Sept. 4

Bishop Museum

Photo: Courtesy of the Field Museum/John Weinstein


Models of the world’s largest T. rex, a giraffe heart, a cheetah, a robotic leg and more demonstrate the science of how creatures move and survive. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and don’t forget to bring an extra $5 if you plan to park in the lot.

Bishop Museum, $14.95 admission for kama‘āina, bishopmuseum.org

 

ENTERTAINMENT

Video Games Live

April 7 and 8

Video Games

Photo: Thinkstock


The Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra performs music from popular video games, accompanied by visuals, lighting and interactive elements.

$27–$79, Blaisdell Concert Hall, hisymphony.org

 

FAIRS & EXPOS

Hawaiian Scottish Festival and Highland Games

April 8 and 9

Scottish Festival

Photo: Thinkstock


Learn about Scottish traditions and history while you eat haggis. Don’t knock it till you try it!

$3, children under 12 free, McCoy Pavilion, hawaiianscottishassociation.org

 

ENTERTAINMENT

Power and Folly

April 14, 15, 21 and 22

Power and Folly

Photo: Thinkstock


​Kyōgen are satirical plays, which have been a tradition in Japan for hundreds of years. See three of them at this event, from a classic (Two Great Lords) to a modern play (Two Mountain Priests) as well as a local kyōgen (Derailed).

$8–$25, Bakken Auditorium at Mid-Pacific Institute, manoa.hawaii.edu/liveonstage/power-and-folly/

 

OUTDOORS

Palehua-Palikea Photography Hike

April 16

Palehua-Palikea Photography Hike

Photos: Clyde Kobashigawa


Access this normally restricted hike in Honouliuli by accompanying the Sierra Club. What better way to celebrate Earth Day than by getting up close and personal with native plants and great views?

 8 a.m., meet at Church of the Crossroads, $1–$5, sierracluboahu.org

 

SPORTS

Ragnar Trail Relay

April 21–22 

Turtle Bay Resort

Photo: Turtle Bay Resort


This is not your average relay race. Grab seven friends for a two-day, one-night competition in which team members take turns running courses around the North Shore. Though each person ends up running almost a half-marathon (or a full one if you sign up as an ultra-team of four), you get to relax in between with s’mores. Sounds like a fair trade.

​Turtle Bay Resort, $1,430 for a kama‘āina team of eight, run.ragnarrelay.com/north_shore_oahu

 

ENTERTAINMENT

Kaleo

​April 28

Kaleo Band

Photo: Triple 8 Management


Despite its Hawaiian band name, Kaleo is actually from Iceland. Frontman JJ Julius Son said in an interview: “We liked the name and the meaning and it got stuck very fast. The fact that it comes from Hawai‘i is just a good excuse for us to go there one day, I hope.” Sneaky, sneaky.

8 p.m., The Republik, $29.50 and up, bampproject.com/kaleo

 

FOOD & DINING

Spam Jam

April 29

Spam

Photo: David Croxford


The 15th annual Spam Jam takes place in April this year, celebrating the canned meat’s 80th birthday. And, for the first time, HONOLULU Magazine is a co-sponsor, so come say hello!

Kalākaua Avenue, spamjamhawaii.com

 

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