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.
Da Beer Can Hat
May 23–June 23 | Times vary
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
North Shore Ocean Fest
Saturday, June 1 | 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
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
Friday, June 7–Sunday, June 9 | 10 a.m.–10 p.m.
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
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 | 6:30 and 9 p.m. shows
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
Ali Wong: The Milk & Money Tour
Sunday, June 12–Wednesday, June 15 | 7 p.m.
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
Saturday, June 15 | 5:45 a.m.
Photo: Getty Images
Hit your exercise quota for the year in one day with this scenic triathlon.
Hale‘iwa Town, $105, haleiwatriathlon.com
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Sailor Jerry Festival
Saturday, June 15 | 6 p.m.–2 a.m.
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
Friday, June 21 at 4:30–9 p.m. and Saturday, June 22 at 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
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
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