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The 10 Best Events on O‘ahu in June 2019

Explore the inner workings of a whale, stock up on mangoes, and maybe get a new tattoo.


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THEATER

Da Beer Can Hat

May 23–June 23 | Times vary

Da Beer Can Hat

Image: Courtesy of Kumu Kahua Theatre

 

Darrell H. Y. Lum’s classic short story takes the stage. Bobo navigates the world without much luck, never complaining, and has only one true friend.

Kumu Kahua Theatre, $25, kumukahua.org

 

FESTIVAL

North Shore Ocean Fest

Saturday, June 1 | 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

North Shore Ocean Fest

Image: Courtesy of Turtle Bay Resort

 

Head north for a day filled with art, food and music at the eighth annual Ocean Fest. Start with a morning 5K, but don’t take off after the race without exploring a life-sized inflatable humpback whale—inside and out—with NOAA experts. Listen to live poetry or learn to snorkel before replenishing those calories with tacos, burgers and garlic shrimp from food vendors. This event is plastic free, so make sure to fill your water bottle.​

Bayview Lawn at Turtle Bay Resort, Free, northshoreoceanfest.com

 


SEE ALSO: 7 Eco-Friendly Cups, Flasks and Bottles You Can Buy on O‘ahu


 

FESTIVAL

Pan-Pacific Festival

Friday, June 7–Sunday, June 9 | 10 a.m.–10 p.m.

Pan Pacific Fest

Photo: courtesy of Pan-Pacific Festival

 

Taiko drums meet hula meets hip-hop in this three-day festival in Waikīkī. Start on Kalākaua Avenue for the ho‘olaule‘a, a lively block party where you can buy food and watch Japanese taiko drummers, then head to Waikīkī Beach Walk Plaza where a stage will feature a variety of performers. End the weekend with a colorful parade where Korean beauty queens, lion dancers and more will march in tandem.

Various locations, Free, pan-pacific-festival.com

 


SEE ALSO: Your Ultimate Guide to the 2019 Pan-Pacific Festival in Honolulu


 

MUSIC

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 | 6:30 and 9 p.m. shows

Andrew McMahon

PHOTO: courtesy of blue note hawai‘i

 

Known as the primary lyricist for Jack’s Mannequin and Something Corporate, pianist and performer Andrew McMahon has made a name for himself in the indie rock and pop punk industry. A leukemia survivor, McMahon created nonprofits to benefit cancer research. The music on his new album, Upside Down Flowers, is loaded with nostalgia. Keep your childhood best friend on speed dial as McMahon reminds you what it means to grow up.

Blue Note Hawai‘i, $35, bluenotehawaii.com

 

COMEDY

Ali Wong: The Milk & Money Tour

Sunday, June 12–Wednesday, June 15 | 7 p.m.

Ali Wong

PHOTO: COURTESY OF Blaisdell Center

 

Get ready to get down to the nitty-gritty of motherhood with this comedian and mother of two.​

Blaisdell Concert Hall, $49.50 and up, blaisdellcenter.com

 


SEE ALSO: What Keeps Comedians Gabriel Iglesias and Anjelah Johnson Coming Back to Hawai‘i?


 

It’s Adopt a Cat Month. All month, adoption fees for cats six months and older will be waived at the Hawaiian Humane Society and partnering Petco and PetSmart locations so you can find a furry friend.

 

FITNESS

Hale‘iwa Triathlon

Saturday, June 15 | 5:45 a.m.

Triathalon

Photo: Getty Images

 

Hit your exercise quota for the year in one day with this scenic triathlon.​

Hale‘iwa Town, $105, ​haleiwatriathlon.com

 


SEE ALSO: 10 Hawai‘i Races to Watch in 2019


 

FESTIVAL

Sailor Jerry Festival

Saturday, June 15 | 6 p.m.–2 a.m.

Sailor Jerry Fest

Photo: Courtesy of sailor jerry festival

 

Live tattooing, a pinup party and punk rock. Need we say more? Get ready to celebrate the life of the man himself in the place that he loved: Chinatown.

Hotel Street, $20, 808shows.com

 

FOOD FESTIVAL

Mango Jam

Friday, June 21 at 4:30–9 p.m. and Saturday, June 22 at 10 a.m.–9 p.m.

Mango Jam

Photo: courtesy of Mango Jam

 

Join celebrity chefs for the Mango BBQ Cook Off and support local farmers selling all things mango, from pickled mango to mango jam and more. Feel free to bring a blanket to lie on as Kapena and other local artists take the stage, making this day even sweeter.​

Frank F. Fasi Civic Grounds, Free, mangojamhonolulu.com

 

ART & CULTURE

Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i Book Sale

Saturday, June 22–Sunday, June 30 | Times vary

 

Hawai‘i’s largest used book, DVD, art and antiques sale is back. Why do Christmas shopping in December when you can get it done in June?

McKinley High School, Free, friendsofthelibraryofhawaii.org

 


SEE ALSO: For more events in June, visit honolulumagazine.com’s online calendar


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Find more events at honolulufamily.com/calendar and honolulumagazine.com/calendar. 

 

 

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