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.


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THEATER & ARTS

Homefront Hawai‘i: Pearl Harbor Attack 75th Anniversary

Opens Dec. 1, through March 2017

Waikiki barbed wire

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

 

ENTERTAINMENT

Winter Walk

Dec. 1–31

Cats in window

Photo: Thinkstock


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

Dec. 10

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

 

ENTERTAINMENT

Standup Comedy

Jim Gaffigan
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:

 

Jo Koy

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 

 

Ali Wong

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

 

ENTERTAINMENT

Way Too Merry

Dec. 11 

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

Makahiki Challenge

Dec. 17

Makahiki challenge

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

 

ENTERTAINMENT

Miguel

Dec. 17

Miguel

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

 

MUSIC

Maluhia

Keali‘i Reichel

Kealii Reichel


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

 

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