7 Reasons to Get Out
Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto
It’s a battle of the bots at the 2009 Botball tournament at the Hawaii Convention Center. Part of the international Botball Education Robotics Program, local students from 39 middle schools and high schools will test their skills in technology, engineering, math and science by competing with their robots. Visit www.botball.org.
Explore the Puu Pueo—Owl Hill—neighborhood with Mom at the Historical Homes Walking Tour, an annual fundraiser for Malama o Manoa. View more than 20 Territorial era homes (and enter six of them) designed by architects C.W. Dickey, Hart Wood, Emory & Webb and more. Visit www.malamaomanoa.org.
Throw a Fiesta
Celebrate the Mexican defeat of the French in 1862 at the Cinco de Mayo block party down Nuuanu Street in Chinatown. There will be food booths and entertainment. Visit
Be a Dancing Queen
Sing along and dance to Benny Andersson’s and Björn Ulvaeus’ Broadway success, Mamma Mia! at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. Inspired by foot-tapping tunes from Abba, this vivacious musical is part comedy, part romance. Visit
For the über athlete, the Honolulu Triathlon is where it’s at. Beginning at 6 a.m. at Ala Moana Beach Park, the competition involves a 1.5K ocean swim followed by a 40K bike ride and finishing with a 10K run. The first-place female and male winners will take home cash and prizes at the Finish Festival, which offers live entertainment and refreshments at Magic Island. Visit www.honolulutriathlon.com.
|Float On |
More than 1,500 candle-lit lanterns will illuminate the waters off Ala Moana Beach Park and Magic Island at the 10th annual lantern floating ceremony. Every Memorial Day at dusk, 40,000 residents and tourists send off lanterns bearing wishes and prayers in the spirit of peace and to remember loved ones who have passed. Visit www.lanternfloatinghawaii.com.