Things to do in February

This month is devoted to the arts: Taiko drumming, a stand-up comedian, African textiles, a French opera and a film festival honoring Black History Month.


Leading Ladies

Feb. 1–17

Set in the 1950s, this play tells the story of Leo and Jack, down-and-out actors. When they hear an old lady is about to leave her fortune to her two long-lost nephews, they take on the ultimate role. Turns out, the nephews are nieces. Still, the men arrive in town in character.

Command Performance: Kuba Cloths
from Central Africa

Feb. 7 to July 21

The people of the Kuba kingdom, now the Democratic Republic
of Congo, were referred to as the “people of the cloth.” Visit the Honolulu Museum of Art for an exhibition featuring 25 of these intricate fabrics.


Taiko Drum and Dance

Feb. 8, 9, and 15–17

Talented Taiko drummers and dancers take center stage at Kennedy Theatre. Tickets are $5 to $24.


Margaret Cho performance

Feb. 9

Don’t miss brutally honest and hilarious comedian Margaret Cho at Hawaii Theatre. Tickets are $27 to $47


Chinese New Year

Feb 10

Celebrate Chinese New Year on Feb. 10 in, where else—Chinatown—with all your favorite foods, festivities and lion dances.


Dialogues of the Carmelites

Feb. 15, 17 and 19

It’s the first Hawaii Opera Theatre performance of 2013; this one’s a 1956 French opera (performed in English) in three acts, by Francis Poulenc.

Honolulu African American Film Festival

Feb. 16–23

In honor of Black History Month, head down to Doris Duke Theatre. Not only will there be films, but each screening features guest speakers and performers, including a concert with musician Chuck James on the festival’s closing night. Tickets are $25


Hawaii Chocolate Festival

Feb. 23

Celebrate all things chocolate at the Dole Cannery Shops. Tickets are $20, which includes a tasting of 10 locally grown and made chocolates.


Kamehameha Schools 83rd Annual Hoolaulea

Feb. 23

Kamehameha Schools marching band and dance company; Hawaiian plate lunch; silent auction; keiki games. There’s all this and more at the school’s annual Ho‘olaule‘a.


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