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Things to do in January in Hawaii


Photo: Courtesy Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii

Family Celebrations

Jan. 10

Ring in the New Year with the family at the Japanese Cultural Center’s Ohana Festival in Moiliili Field. The daylong, free event features food booths with tasty Japanese dishes, martial arts demonstrations, taiko drumming, and arts and crafts. Visit jcch.com.



Jan. 11-15

Photo: Courtesy Erinn Chalene Cosby

Golf enthusiasts can get their fix of putting, driving and birdies at the Sony Open. Held each year at the Waialae Country Club, the Sony Open is the first full event of the 2010 PGA Tour and is also a benefit for the Friends of Hawaii Charities, which fundraises for local charities in the state—more than $5 million has been raised since 1999. Visit friendsofhawaii.org for more information. 


Comedic Legend

Jan. 15

Laugh the night away with comedy star Bill Cosby during his two performances at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall, at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. From his former hit TV show to his stand-up routines, Cosby has been making people chuckle for decades. Visit blaisdellcenter.com for tickets and more information. 


Royal Piper

Jan. 23

Head to the Hawaii Convention Center for an evening of food, fine Scotch, music and good company. The Caledonian Society of Hawaii is celebrating the 251st anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns—a Scottish poet and lyricist. The highlight of the evening will be a performance by Jim Motherwell, a former piper for the queen of England. Visit scotsinhawaii.org


Photo: Courtesy Blue Note Records


Soulful Experience

Jan. 23

Experience a night of rhythm and soul with Grammy-winning artist Al Green at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena. Green is a Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member. Be sure to sing along to “Let’s Stay Together” and “I’m Still in Love with You.” Visit blaisdellcenter.com for tickets and more information. Jan. 23




A Crafty Affair

Jan. 23-24

Treat yourself to a scented candle, a koa bowl or a beaded necklace at the 10th annual Pacific Island Arts Festival at Kapiolani Park. This free, two-day event features the handcrafted products of more than 75 Island artisans as well as food booths, performances by hula dancers and a Chinese lion dance. 


Missionary Treasures

Jan. 23-May 8

Take a step back in time as the Mission Houses Museum reveals journals, letters and other objects carried onboard the ships that brought the Islands’ first Protestant missionaries. In its “Coming to Hawaii: A Trunk Show” exhibit, the objects on view—including the actual trunk in which they arrived—date between 1819 and 1847. Visit missionhouses.org for more information.


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