Celebrate the first day of the New Year in traditional Japanese style with Hatsumode, the first shrine visit of the year, at Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha-Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu Temple in Kalihi. Between midnight and 5 p.m., enjoy a shishimai lion dance, complimentary bowls of ozoni mochi soup and a New Year’s blessing. For more information, call 841-4755.
The Sony Open in Hawaii kicks off the first full-field PGA Tour event of the year with seven swingin’ days of golf. More than 140 internationally renowned golf professionals will compete for a multimillion purse at the Waialae Country Club. Tickets available at all Oahu First Hawaiian Bank locations or at the gate. www.sonyopeninhawaii.com.
1/8-1/26 GET CHEEKY
It may take two to tango, but twice-yearly Argentine Tango Boot Camps by IslaTango don’t require a partner to attend. This three-week nightly intensive will teach you all the tango you need to know to hold your own with the best of them from Honolulu to Buenos Aires. Call 721-2123 or visit www.islatango.com.
1/10 HIT THE LIGHTS
Today is National Cut Your Energy Costs Day. What better way to cut energy costs than getting out of the house? Leave the car keys on the kitchen table and hit the lights on your way out. Walk, bike or carpool your way to fun and the environment will thank you.
1/11 SING ALONG
Live from Honolulu, it’s a free concert! Treat yourself to the sounds of the 2008 Grammy Award nominees for Best Hawaiian Music Album as they perform on the front lawn of the Hawaii State Art Museum. www.hawaii.gov/sfca.
1/12 GET BOWL'D OVER
Be on the lookout for future stars at the 61st annual Hula Bowl. Some of the best collegiate football players from around the country show their stuff in front of a packed house of fans, NFL managers and scouts at Aloha Stadium. www.hulabowl.com
1/19 MUST SEE
Check out a one-of-a-kind, never-before-seen collection of Hawaiian and Pacific art when Bishop Museum unveils its new picture gallery today. Museum-goers can enjoy the 18th- and early 19th-century oil paintings, watercolors and works on paper of Louis Choris, John Webber, E. W. Perry and many more. This unrivaled collection of eye-opening images now has a permanent home for year-round display after spending nearly 70 years in storage. www.bishopmuseum.org
It takes guts to open a brick-and-mortar bookstore in the days of instant online gratification, but in da Shop, local publisher Bess Press has found a way to allow fickle/loyal readers to have their cake and eat it, too.