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The 23 Best Events on O‘ahu in December 2019

Wrap up 2019 in an event-heavy bow with Broadway shows, sports classics and legendary musical acts to spare.


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FUNDRAISER

CreativeMornings 2020 Speaker Nomination

Wednesday, December 4  |  6–9 p.m.

Aloha Beer Garden, $20

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LOCAL LINEUP

Kimie Miner & Friends

Friday, December 6–Sunday, December 8  |  6:30 p.m. & 9 p.m. shows

Blue Note Hawai‘i, $25–$45, bluenotehawaii.com


 

SHOPPING

Kaimukī High School Craft and Gift Fair

Saturday, December 7  |  8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

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ROCK BAND

Jefferson Starship

Saturday, December 7  |  8 p.m.

jefferson starship

Photo: Courtesy of Hawai‘i Theatre Center

 

Hawai‘i Theatre, $69.50–$89.50hawaiitheatre.com


 

HOLIDAY

Honolulu City Lights

Saturday, December 7  |  4 p.m.

city lights

PHOTO: RON SLAUSON

 

Honolulu Hale and Fasi Civic Center, free to attend

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FITNESS

Honolulu Marathon

Sunday, December 8  |  5 a.m.

 

Begins at Ala Moana Regional Park, $171–$245

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SURF

Billabong Pipe Masters

Sunday, December 8–Friday, December 20 (holding period)  |  Various times

Banzai Pipeline, free to attend

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SHOPPING

Aloha Home Market’s Hana Hou Holiday Market

Sunday, December 8  |  9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Kailua, free entry

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MOVIE SCREENING

Hawai‘i Premiere of Chinatown Rising Documentary Film

 

Sunday, December 8  |  1–3 p.m.

Doris Duke Theatre, $12 for general admission and $8 for students with ID

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SEE ALSO: Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: December 4–10, 2019


 

SKA BAND

Reel Big Fish

Wednesday, December 11  |  8 p.m.

Reel Big Fish

Photo: Courtesy of jonathan thorpe & Bamp Project

 

The Republik, $29.50

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ROCK BAND

The Raconteurs

Thursday, December 12 & Friday, December 13  |  8 p.m.

 

The Republik, $52.50

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BALLET

The Nutcracker

Nutcracker in Honolulu

Photo: Courtesy of ballet hawai‘i

 

Two ballet companies take on Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic: Ballet Hawai‘i takes the stage first, at the Blaisdell, with a Hawaiian-themed spin set in 1858 in the Kingdom of Hawai‘i. Next, the Hawai‘i State Ballet performs a more traditional rendition at Mamiya Theatre at the Saint Louis Center for the Arts.

 

Friday, December 13–Sunday, December 15  |  Various times

Blaisdell Concert Hall, $40–$125, ballethawaii.org

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Friday, December 20–Sunday, December 22  |  Various times

Saint Louis School, $16–$36, hawaiistateballet.com


 

REGGAE BAND

Rebelution

Saturday, December 14 & Sunday, December 15  |  8 p.m.

The reggae rockers from California are back this month for two shows on O‘ahu after one night in Maui. The Grammy-nominated group will be grooving out at The Republik with support from San Diego-based group, Through the Roots, and O‘ahu native artist Likkle Jordee. We can’t think of a better way to enjoy a mid month chilled out break from the holiday madness.

The Republik, $45, bampproject.com


 

FUNDRAISER

Jingle Rock Run

Sunday, December 15  |  3 p.m.

Hawai‘i State Capitol, $30–$45

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COOKING CLASS

Local I’a Demo Dinner Series with Counter Culture

Monday, December 16  |  6:30 p.m.

fish

The Mahi Mahi Piccata from the Demo class in August was served with venison bruschetta from forage Hawai‘i.
Photo: Katie Kenny

 

This month guests will learn how to make (and eat!) a fish and bananas dish with Gabe Sachter-Smith from Counter Culture. Read about the banana library Gabe runs in Waialua.

Kaimukī Superette, $40 for Local I‘a and Slow Food members / $45 for general public

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SEE ALSO: What to Expect From an Environmentally-Friendly Cooking Class


 

MUSIC

Greyson Chance

Friday, December 8  |  8 p.m.

The Republik, $25–$35

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MUSIC

Macy Gray

Thursday, December 19–Saturday, December 21  |  6:30 p.m. & 9 p.m.

Blue Note Hawai‘i, $45–$65

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HOLIDAY

A Washington Place Christmas

washington place

Photo: COURTESY OF WASHINGTON PLACE FOUNDATION

 

Friday, December 20  |  5 p.m.

Washington Place, $10

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BASKETBALL

Diamond Head Classic

Sunday, December 22–Wednesday, December 25  |  Various times

Stan Sheriff Center, $10–$110

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MUSICAL

Rent

Tuesday, December 24–Sunday, December 29 | Various times

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Seen the movie so you think you can miss the live show? Think again. Powerhouse numbers such as “Take Me or Leave Me,” “One Song” and musical geek favorite “La Vie Bohème” will inspire a younger generation of “Rentheads.” Plus, two local actors have joined the cast, with Joshua Tavares (who hails from the Big Island) taking on the role of drag queen Angel Dumott Schunard. Just be ready to walk out of the Blaisdell singing the lyrics “five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes” over and over again.

Blaisdell Concert Hall, $50–$80

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STANDUP COMEDY

Tom Segura

Saturday, December 28  |  7:30 p.m.

 

Hawai‘i Theatre, $50–$100

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COMEDY

Howie Mandel

Sunday, December 29  |  8 p.m.

Howie Mandel

Photo: Courtesy of Hawai‘i Theatre Center

 

Hawai‘i Theatre, $55–$85

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COMEDY

Bill Maher’s 9th Annual New Year’s Comedy Extravaganza

Tuesday, December 31  |  8 p.m.

Bill Maher

Photo: Courtesy of rick bartalini presents

 

Every year Bill Maher justifies his holiday in Hawai‘i by ringing in the new year at the Blaisdell with a big comedy act starring his famous friends. We get it. So we once again welcome the hilarious HBO host of Real Time to the Islands because we in turn get to LOL with Sarah Silverman and Larry Miller (plus there’s always a good chance of surprise appearances).​

Blaisdell Concert Hall, $45.50–$95.50, blaisdellcenter.com

 

Looking to get the word out about your upcoming event? Email me at katiek@honolulumagazine.com.

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Find more events at honolulufamily.com/calendar and honolulumagazine.com/calendar.

 

 

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