The 7 Best Things To Do in August 2017
We’ve got the perfect way to end your summer: musical nights, gardening, sake tasting and more.
KIDS & FAMILY
The Wildest Show in Town
After a long day in the concrete jungle, relax with the animals at the Honolulu Zoo. With keiki coloring activities, plate lunches and live music, there’s something for the whole family.
Wednesdays through Aug. 16, 6 p.m., Honolulu Zoo, $5, honoluluzoo.org
FOOD & DRINK
The Joy of Sake
Photo: Courtesy of joy of sake
Honolulu is the U.S. leader in sake-serving restaurants, so what better way to learn about sake than to taste it? As the largest sake celebration outside of Japan, The Joy of Sake aims to offer a unique perspective on the drink through sake-inspired pūpū and a vast selection of sake. As a bonus, the festival offers upscale Japanese street food at the Izakaya Alley—complete with outdoor seating under festive lanterns and the sounds of taiko drums in the open-air area outside the main ballroom.
6:30 to 9 p.m., Hawai‘i Convention Center, $95 in advance, $105 at the door, joyofsake.com
KIDS & FAMILY
29th Annual Hālawa Xeriscape Garden Open House and Unthirsty Plant Sale
Did you know that 50 percent of water consumption in the average home is used outdoors? Switching to a xeriscape garden saves 30 to 80 percent more water. That benefits more than just the environment—it’s good for your bank account, too. The Board of Water Supply’s annual event sells unthirsty plants and has educational activities to get the whole family participating in water conservation.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Hālawa Xeriscape Garden, free, boardofwatersupply.com
Nā Hula Festival
What says “summer” more than a picnic in the park celebrating the art of hula? Beginning in 1940, the festival is the longest-running noncompetitive hula event in Hawai‘i.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kapi‘olani Park, free, facebook.com/NaHulaFestival
FAIRS & EXPOS
Made in Hawai‘i
Support local businesses, listen to award-winning musicians and eat food by Hale ‘Aina Award-winning chefs all in one place.
The Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall and Arena, $6, madeinhawaiifestival.com
Mele on the Marina
As summer comes to a close, Hawai‘i Kai Towne Center continues its annual tradition of family fun and entertainment. Kick back and enjoy while Kapena performs at sunset.
3 p.m., Hawai‘i Kai Towne Center Marina, free, hawaiikaitownecenter.com
Pure Heart in Concert With Anuhea and Justin Young
Photo: Courtesy of jon yamasato
If you missed the Pure Heart reunion at the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards this year, don’t panic. Jake Shimabukuro, Jon Yamasato and Lopaka Colon reunite for a one-time show with Anuhea and Justin Young playing a combination of country, jazz, reggae and Latin music.
7:30 p.m., Hawai‘i Theatre, $40–$50, hawaiitheatre.com