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The 8 Best Things to Do in June 2018

Bless your pets, meet your neighbors and kick off the season with Hawai‘i’s favorite summer fruit.


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KIDS AND FAMILY

Chinowa Blessings for People and Pets

June 3

Chinowa Blessings for People and Pets
PHOTO: COURTESY OF HAWAIʻI KOTOHIRA JINSHA-DAZAIFU TENMANGU


Whether your best friend is furred, feathered, scaled or shelled, all species are welcome during this annual day honoring the animals in our lives. Bring your leashed or caged pet, or a stuffed animal in its stead, to the Shinto shrine for a complimentary blessing.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hawai‘i Kotohira Jinsha - Hawai‘i Dazaifu Tenmangu, free, jinja.us

 

FAIRS & EXPOS

Pan-Pacific Festival

June 810

Pan-Pacific Festival
PHOTO: DAVID CROXFORD


Explore Pacific Rim cultures and help foster a global community. Nearly 100 organizations from across the Pacific will share their unique customs through song, dance and other cultural presentations, kicking off with a ho‘olaule‘a on Friday and ending on Sunday with a colorful, festive parade along Kalākaua Avenue.

Waikīkī, free, pan-pacific-festival.com

 

MUSIC

Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Olga Kern

June 9 and 10


Olga Kern
PHOTO: CHRIS LEE


Russian-American piano virtuoso Olga Kern joins the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra for two nights of performances starring three of Tchaikovsky’s dramatic, memorable compositions.

Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, $34–$92, hawaiisymphonyorchestra.org

 

CULTURE

King Kamehameha Lei Draping Ceremony

June 11

King Kamehameha Lei Draping Ceremony
PHOTO: DAVID CROXFORD


Each year, the King Kamehameha statue in Downtown is adorned with dozens of 30-foot plumeria lei to honor the founder of the Hawaiian Kingdom, accompanied by music and hula performances.

9 a.m. to noon, Ali‘iōlani Hale, free, hawaii.com

 

KIDS & FAMILY

ESPN 1420 Sports Festival

June 16

ESPN 1420 Sports Festival
PHOTOS: COURTESY OF THINKSTOCK


Break a sweat, pick up a new sport, win free prizes and shop the latest fitness merch at this fun, fitness-focused event for all ages. Disclosure: ESPN 1420 is a sister aio company of HONOLULU.

Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, free, espn1420am.com

 

MUSIC

Leilani Wolfgramm​

June 22


Leilani Wolfgramm
Photo: Courtesy of BAMP Project


The Orlando, Florida, native with Tongan roots first started performing alongside her brothers, Zech and Nasur, in the reggae band Hor!zen. As a solo artist, she’s graced stages with big reggae names such as Sublime with Rome, SOJA, The Green and Common Kings. Wolfgramm brings her chill vibes to The Republik this month.

8 p.m., The Republik, $23, bampproject.com

 

THEATRE & ARTS

Naomi Shihab Nye and Cathy Song

June 26

Naome Shihab Nye and Cathy Song
 

 


In the Honolulu Museum of Art’s latest installment of The Green Room, two acclaimed poets from divergent walks of life share conversation and readings of their award-winning poetry.

Doris Duke Theatre, $15–$20, honolulumuseum.org

 

FAIRS & EXPOS

Mango Jam Honolulu

June 29 and 30

Mango Jam Honolulu
PHOTO: ODEELO DAYONDON


What does a Hawaiian summer mean? Amped-up temperatures, lazy beach days and a surplus of mangoes. Indulge in the juicy fruit with two days of mango-themed dishes, desserts and drinks. A craft fair, farmers market and live cultural performances make this an event for the whole family.

4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Frank F. Fasi Civic Grounds, free, mangojamhonolulu.com

 

Gear up for surf, sand and sun at the Hawai‘i Ocean Expo, Hawai‘i’s biggest event for all things ocean related, June 23 and 24 at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. pacificexpos.com

 

Looking for more things to do? Check out our events calendar.

 

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