The 8 Best Things To Do in August 2016

We’ve got your perfect summer playlist, a special Taco Tuesday, LGBT films and more.



Rainbow Film Festival

Opens Aug. 6

Rainbow Film Festival

Photo: Courtesy of Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation

The Honolulu Gay and Lesbian Cultural Foundation presents the 27th annual Rainbow Film Festival, celebrating the LGBT community. The entire month of August will feature LGBT-themed events and activities in partnership with the Honolulu Museum of Art. Come to the film fest’s opening night to see Strike a Pose, about Madonna’s dancers, followed by a Q&A. 

7 p.m., Doris Duke Theatre,



Brighter Still: A Musical Tribute to Ron Bright

Aug. 6 

Ron Bright, beloved Castle High School theater director and founder of the Castle Performing Arts Center, taught for more than 40 years before he passed away last summer.

Ron Bright, beloved Castle High School theater director and founder of the Castle Performing Arts Center, taught for more than 40 years before he passed away last summer. Here, a tribute to his life, with proceeds benefiting the I’m A Bright Kid Foundation. 

7 p.m., Hawai‘i Theatre, $35–$150,



Open House and Unthirsty Plant Sale

Aug. 6 

Gardening’s passé; try xeriscaping—less water while beautifying your yard. Check out succulents and other unthirsty plants, as well as free workshops, tours and more.

Free, Hālawa Xeriscape Garden,



Beyond Paradise


Streetlight Cadence’s most recent Nā-Hōkū-winning album is now available worldwide on iTunes and Spotify. The band is now in California, but look for special tour dates in the Islands soon, and catch a concert to grab new remix album Rarities.

$9.90, Streetlight Cadence,


An Intimate Evening with Rickie Lee Jones

Aug. 7

Jones has released 16 albums since the late ’70s, including her platinum-selling debut, Rickie Lee Jones, which featured “Chuck E.’s In Love.” 

$37–$62, Hawai‘i Theatre,



10 Habits of the Highly Successful Woman

Aug. 11

Louise Ing (Alston, Hunt, Floyd & Ing), Meli James (Sultan Ventures, XLR8UH) and Cheryl Williams (Royal Hawaiian Hotel) share the secrets to their successes at this Wāhine Forum Network event. Lunch is included.

$25, YWCA O‘ahu,



Made in Hawai‘i Festival

Aug. 19–21

Made in Hawaii Festival

Photo: Courtesy of Made in Hawai‘i Festival 


Stock up on local gifts for all the birthdays and holidays in the next few months. It’s also a great time to see your favorite local entertainers and participate in Kani Ka Pila Grille’s talent search. We partnered with the festival this year to bring you cooking demonstrations from Hale ‘Aina winners Roy’s, Greens & Vines, MAC 24/7, 3660 On the Rise and more—check the schedule online.

$5, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Blaisdell Exhibition Hall and Arena,



Farm-to-Chopstix Summer Tour

Farm-to-Chopstix Summer Tour

Catch a casual, build-your-own Taco Tuesday at Hale‘iwa Plantation on Aug. 9, with Drunken Master Chef Lan Thai grilling whole fish from 4 to 8:30 p.m. ($24, food only, $30 for food and two 6-ounce craft beers). On Aug. 14, a seated dinner at Waihuena Farm includes five courses and beer pairings ($85 to $100). Come early for a farm tour!


Did you know? The summer Olympics begin this month in Rio de Janeiro, which is seven hours ahead of Honolulu.


Looking for more things to do? Find more events at our online calendar


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