9 Things to Do in January

Make a resolution to get out more, starting with these top events in Honolulu.



Photo: Courtesy Naepuni Aloha

Fairs & Expos

Makahiki Kuilima

Each year, this festival shares Hawaiian traditions, values and practices through games and demonstrations. Want to come prepared? Here are some tips on how to perfect your ulu maika game:

  • Visualize the rock rolling between the stakes.
  • Bend your knees and keep your body parallel to the intended path of your rock.
  •  Cradle the rock between your pinky and thumb—don’t just toss it.
  •  Let go in a fluid motion. Follow through by extending your arm.
  •  Pray to Lono.

8 a.m.–4 p.m., January 11, free, Turtle Bay Resort, 57-091 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku, sites.google.com/site/makahikikuilima, makahiki.kuilima@gmail.com.

Theater & Arts

The Odd Couple (female version)

“The script is not exactly the same [as the male version]. It’s geared toward women. There are some things that strike me as odd—in the male version they’re playing poker; [in the female version] the women are playing Trivial Pursuit, which puts it strictly in the ’80s, and it’s hard to take it out of that.”
—Betty Burdick, director

January 16-February 2, tickets start at $20, Manoa Valley Theatre, 2833 E. Manoa Road, 988-6131, manoavalleytheatre.com.

Theater & Arts

The Lion King

Photo: Joan Marcus

By the numbers:

  • Puppets in the show: 200
  • Weight of the Pumbaa costume: 45 pounds
  • Height of the giraffe puppets: 18 feet
  •  Height of the ladder to get into the giraffe puppets: 6 feet
  •  Grass required for the Grasslands headdresses: 60 pounds
  •  African languages spoken in the show: 6

January 14–March 9, tickets start at $33 opening night, $38 regular, Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall, 777 Ward Ave., 768-5252, lionking.com.

Photo: Wes Funai


Chinese New Year

  •  2014: Year of the Wood Horse
  •  According to Chinese tradition, those born in the year of the Horse (1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014) are fun, cunning, impatient.
  •  Woods (every 5 years) are confident, generous, overly ambitious.
  •  Wood Horses (1954, 2014) will have a lucky year, unless they set off fireworks without a permit.

January 31, chinatownhi.com.


Sony Open

The most exciting golf we’ll ever get in Hawaii: When President Barack Obama plays at the Klipper Course, and when the Sony Open brings 144 golf pros to our very own backyard in Kahala.

January 6-12, general admission: $20, Waialae Country Club, sonyopeninhawaii.com.

Fairs & Expos

Moanikeala Hula Festival

Nothing smells better than a halau decked out in fresh lei.

January 18, free–$10, Polynesian Cultural Center—Pacific Theater, polynesia.com.


Bone Thugs-n-Harmony

Since Layzie Bone left the group last year, we’ve been brainstorming our stage names: B@re Bone, Funnie Bone, Trom Bone. Tell us yours at facebook.com/honolulumag.

January 19, $35–$40, The Republik, bampproject.com.


Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Parade and Unity Rally

9 a.m. January 20, free, Magic Island, mlk-hawaii.com.


2014 Pro Bowl

This may or may not be the last time Hawaii hosts the Pro Bowl, so take advantage—this year’s teams of all-stars, picked by alumni captains Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders (and fans!), keep the game exciting with an all-new format.

January 26, Tickets start at $45, Aloha Stadium, nfl.com/probowl.

Visit our online calendar for more events happening all month long at calendar.honolulumagazine.com.

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