The first day of the Made in Hawaiʻi Festival was held on Aug. 18 at The Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall and Arena. The much-anticipated festival features hundreds of local-made food products, books, gifts, apparel, jewelry, produce and more.
On Aug. 13, the International Market Place paid tribute to the legendary Don Ho and his contributions to the history and music of Hawai‘i. The ceremony began with an unveiling of the marketplace’s new bronze sculpture of the singer, created by Honolulu artist Kim Duffett, followed by a Don Ho kanikapila and tribute show.
Since 1984, the Hawai‘i State Theatre Council’s Po‘okela Awards have recognized excellence across 23 different theater arts categories, from producing to performance, sound design to costume design. Hawai‘i’s community theater scene turned out on Aug. 7 to celebrate some of the top theatrical talent on stage this year, hosted by Masters of Ceremony Keoki Kerr and Jodi Leong.
Thousands of comic, gaming and science fiction fans gathered at the Hawai‘i Convention Center July 28–30 to watch exclusive screenings and stage events, listen to celebrity panels and sci-fi/tech aficionados and compete in tabletop and video game contests.
Every year, this free festival kicks Obon season into high gear with one of the largest bon dances in Hawai‘i. This year’s Mō‘ili‘ili Summer Fest took place on Saturday, July 1 from 5–10:30 p.m in the Old Varsity Theatre parking lot.