The 8 Best Things To Do in December 2016
Laugh your way into the new year with standup comedy, a rollicking choral performance and a milelong run named for Hawai‘i’s jolliest king.
THEATER & ARTS
Homefront Hawai‘i: Pearl Harbor Attack 75th Anniversary
Opens Dec. 1, through March 2017
Photo: Bishop Museum Archives
Rare images from the museum’s archives, as well as from other collectors, will be displayed in an exhibit that aims to shed light on the effects the bombing of Pearl Harbor had on Hawai‘i—think a barbed-wire-filled Waikīkī, bomb shelters at the palace and more.
Bishop Museum, $14.95 general kama‘āina admission, bishopmuseum.org
Dozens of businesses in Downtown and Chinatown will decorate their windows for your evening enjoyment during the holiday season. Snap pictures of your favorites and use the hashtag #winterwalk808.
Downtown Honolulu, facebook.com/discoverchinatown
SPORTS & FITNESS
The Kalākaua Merrie Mile
Whether you’re warming up for the Honolulu Marathon the next day or just want a quick jog with friends and family, this new event looks to be a fun way to earn a race shirt and medal.
Kalākaua Avenue, $55, honolulumarathon.org
Photo: Courtesy of Blaisdell Center
It’s a good month for comedy in Honolulu, with some of the funniest performers in the game coming to the Islands. Here are our top four picks:
Dec. 10, 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Hawai‘i Theatre, $35–$45, jokoy.com
Jim Gaffigan: Fully Dressed
Dec. 22, 7 p.m.
Blaisdell Concert Hall, $49.50–$75, jimgaffigan.com
Dec. 30, 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Hawai‘i Theatre, $40–$65, aliwong.com
Bill Maher’s Sixth Annual New Year’s All-Star Evening of Comedy with Bill Maher, Margaret Cho and Dana Gould
Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m.
Blaisdell Concert Hall, $45.50–$95.50, ticketmaster.com
Way Too Merry
Photo: Andrew Sasaki
The Gay Men’s Chorus of Honolulu is ready to bring some cheer to its winter concert with a fun spin on holiday classics. Don’t forget to hit up the after-party at Scarlet.
Hawai‘i Theatre, 5:30 p.m., $25–$50, gmcofh.org
SPORTS & FITNESS
Photo: Courtesy of Makahiki Challenge
The Best of Honolulu winner for Best Extreme Race, the Makahiki Challenge, combines 5K of gnarly obstacles with a party at the end, beer included. Participants this year are encouraged to “get lepo” (dirty).
Kualoa Ranch, various start times, $105–$110, makahikichallenge.com
Photo: RCA REcords
In addition to seeing the R&B star perform live, watch for him in Ben Affleck’s upcoming crime film, Live by Night, in theaters this Christmas.
Blaisdell Arena, $49–$125, ticketmaster.com
It’s been 10 years since the release of Keali‘i Reichel’s Christmas album, Maluhia, but it’s still one of our favorites.
2006, $15.98, mele.com