August 2014: 8 Arts & Entertainment Picks in Honolulu
Many Europeans take the month of August to travel, while Americans celebrate National Goat Cheese Month. In Hawaii, we’re sampling beers, cleaning our beaches and laughing at local comedy.
The 2014 Wildest Show in Town
The final nights of this after-hours zoo party (which includes mini guided tours and entertainment) will wrap up with music from Jimmy Borges and His Jazz All Stars (Aug. 6) and Manoa DNA (Aug. 13).
August 6 and 13, Honolulu Zoo, honoluluzoo.org/wild
THEATER & ARTS
What’s more adorable than a bunch of Ballet Hawaii students dancing as Michael and John Darling, the Lost Boys, fairies and mermaids?
August 8–10, Blaisdell Concert Hall, ballethawaii.org
FOOD & DRINK
Second Annual REAL Beer Festival
Five dozen beers to choose from, plus all the beer-centric dishes you can eat, for $60. Cheers!
*August 16, Kakaako Makai Gateway Park, realbeerfestival.eventbrite.com.
*Updated: Event has moved from Aug. 9 to Aug. 16 due to potential hurricane.
FAIRS & EXPO
Made in Hawaii Festival
Photo: Courtesy of Made in Hawaii Festival
This festival is chock full of local goodies, including cooking demonstrations by some Hale Aina Award-winning chefs. And did you know? In order to be truly “Made in Hawaii,” at least 51 percent of a product’s manufacturing, assembly, fabrication or production must have taken place here—it’s the law.
August 15–17, 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun., Blaisdell Exhibition Hall and Arena, $5 admission, children 6 and under free, madeinhawaiifestival.com
Murphy’s Pigskin Pigout
It seems that every time you hit up Murphy’s you’re wearing green, whether it’s for St. Patrick’s Day or in support of UH athletics. Get riled up for UH’s next football season with a live auction of sports memorabilia and, of course, lots of food.
August 21, Murphy's Bar & Grill, hawaiibowlfoundation.org
Augie T: So Dumb Tour
“Just like Bruno Mars, but with lots of talking.”—Augie T, on the So Dumb Tour experience. He will also be performing on Maui, Kauai and the Big Island this month.
August 22, 8 p.m., Blaisdell Concert Hall, $15–$30, augiet.com
THEATER & ARTS
Hawaii’s Woodshow 2014, Na Laau o Hawaii
Photos: plumeria nocturne by kelly dunn, silent whisper by francisco clemente, earth, sea & sky by michael patrick smith, hal lum © 2013
This exhibition showcases beautiful wood pieces, from functional furniture to eye-catching artwork, carved from Hawai‘i-grown trees. But don’t expect to see any koa bowls, lauhala or mountain-apple products here—even salvaged deadfall is off limits for any indigenous or endemic Hawaiian woods. For more woody goodness, cross the street and check out Land Division: An Installation by Sean Connelly, a sculpture composed of invasive trees, at the Honolulu Museum of Art, running through Nov. 9.
Ultimate Sand Sifter Challenge
Photo: Courtesy Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii
Nobody likes the feeling of hard plastic poking them in the back—or elsewhere—when they lie down at the beach, but it’s more of a problem than just that. Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii wants to get the public involved in cleaning up microplastic and marine debris with the first annual Ultimate Sand Sifter Challenge, in which participants are asked to design, and eventually build, devices that will help us make our coastlines spotless. There’s a $300 cap, but a $2,500 prize on the line, so get siftin’!
Designs due September 26, sustainablecoastlineshawaii.org