This Week in Honolulu: 7 Shows, Festivals and Outdoor Events You Won’t Want to Miss
Aug. 4, 2014: Mark your calendars this week. Sample beers, geek out on Shakespeare and watch New Zealand films.
Photo: Tracy Chan/Frolic Hawaii
1. Aotearoa New Zealand Film Festival
Now through Friday, Aug. 8
If watching men and women perform the haka onscreen isn’t enough reason to see these New Zealand films, go for the Hawaiian music-inspired Aotearoa documentary film Kotiro Maori E. The film’s namesake is a popular Maori song and explores its connection to Eleanor Prendergast’s Hawaiian mele Kaulana Na Pua, which was written in 1893 for the Royal Hawaiian Band.
$10 general, $8 Museum members, Doris Duke Theatre, Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St., Honolulu. honolulumuseum.org
2. DJ Colette at Eleven44
Friday, Aug. 8
There’s nothing new about out-of-town house DJs playing in Honolulu, but we are looking forward to DJ Colette because she sings, too. Stop by this Friday night and listen to her angelic voice cutting through the beats in a way any music lover will adore. The night also features local house DJs Sam Lamb, Captain Timo and Rob Chiong.
$15, 21+, 8 p.m., Eleven44, 1144 Bethel St., Chinatown. odinworks.eventbrite.com
3. Ballet Hawaii’s Peter Pan at Blaisdell
Friday, Aug. 8 through Sunday, Aug. 10
Pretend that you never grew up and watch Peter Pan interpreted into a ballet dance. The performance features choreography by The Washington Ballet artistic director Septime Webre and dancers from Carolina Ballet, Ballet Hawaii and The Washington Ballet.
$35-99, Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 10 at 2 p.m. Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu. ballethawaii.org
4. Geek-Out on Shakespeare
Are we having a midsummer night’s dream, or are there really two Shakespeare performances to choose from this weekend? Believe it, Honolulu. We only wish this would happen more often!
Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
Fridays and Saturdays, Aug. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23
Picnic outdoors at the Hawaiian Mission Houses and watch 37 of Shakespeare’s plays condensed into a single, 97-minute comedic play by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield.
$20 regular ticket, $18 HMH member price, $16 seniors ages 65+ and students. Picnic begins at 5 p.m., performance begins at 7 p.m. 553 S. King St., Downtown Honolulu. missionhouses.org
Hawaii Shakespeare Festival’s Edward III
Friday, Aug. 8 through Sunday, Aug. 17
Edward III is the second of three Shakespeare plays being performed in the 13th season of Hawaii’s Shakespeare festival. Let the actors transport you to England as main character Edward III defends his kingdom from a Scottish invasion and obsesses over another man’s wife.
$20, The ARTS at Marks Garage, 1159 Nuuanu Ave., Chinatown. hawaiishakes.org
5. Second Annual REAL Beer Festival
*Saturday, Aug. 16
Need a new reason to go day-drinking on a Saturday? Get your friends together and buy tickets to REAL A Gastropub’s beer festival. Sample 10 of the 60 craft beers being showcased and eat as much food as you can from 15 participating restaurants. After 4 hours of drinking, we recommend cabbing it home!
21+, $60, 2 to 6:30 p.m., Kakaako Makai Gateway Park. Purchase tickets at realbeerfestival.eventbrite.com
*Updated: Event has moved from Aug. 9 to Aug. 16 due to potential hurricane.
6. Don’t Forget to Vote!
Saturday, Aug. 9
If you haven’t already voted, it’s the last day—to do your civic duty and participate in the state’s primary elections. For voter information and to find your polling place, visit hawaii.gov/elections.
7. Oahu Heart Walk
Saturday, Aug. 9
Support the American Heart Association by taking part in its 21st annual non-competitive Oahu Heart Walk. Choose from two routes, a one-mile walk around Kapiolani Park or a 4.5-mile walk around Diamond Head, and stay for the Health Fair and Kids’ Zone Fun Fair after the walk. Join a team or participate on your own.
7:30 a.m., Kapiolani Park, Waikiki. For registration information, visit kintera.org.