Things to do in May in Hawaii

This month celebrate Mom, watch a baby crawling contest, browse books by local authors or check out centuries old European lace.


Photo: Courtesy Honolulu Academy of Arts

Starlight Ball 2010

May 8

The theme for this year’s Honolulu Academy of Arts annual gala benefit is Black and White. The event will feature film-noir shorts shot in Shanghai and food from Nobu Waikiki, Town and others. Art from local artists will also be on sale. For tickets, visit

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Mother’s Day

May 9

Treat Mom to brunch, a relaxing pedicure or a Sunday matinee.

Big Island Film Festival

May 12-16

Head to the Mauna Lani Resort for the fifth annual “Talk Story” film festival, featuring more than 50 short and feature films by independent narrative filmmakers. Visit

IMAGE: Courtesy Diamondhead Theatre

Guys and Dolls

May 14-30

Set in New York City, this Diamond Head Theatre musical features a colorful cast and memorable songs such as, “Luck be a Lady Tonight” and “A Bushel and a Peck.” Visit


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5th Annual Hawaii Book and Music Festival

May 15-16

The festival  at the Frank F. Fasi Civic Grounds boasts more than a dozen pavilions and stages, featuring live music and books galore. HONOLULU editor A. Kam Napier will also be speaking at the festival. Visit

13th Annual New Baby Expo

May 15-16

More than 150 vendors will be showing off new products and giving demonstrations at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall. Visit

Men in Lace

May 20 to Oct. 10

Check out 16th-through 18th-century European lacy wear at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. The collection has more than 300 pieces, worn during a time when lace was a symbol of wealth and power. Visit

Stand Up Comedy by Jim Gaffigan 

May 22

Laugh the night away with nationally known touring comedian Jim Gaffigan at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall. For tickets, visit




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