Things to Do in May in Hawaii

Soak in the arts this spring, or get your feet wet at a paddling festival.


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Hawaii Quilt Guild Show

May 5-15

Take in the deft artistry of local quilt-makers at Linekona Arts Center at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. Guild members host the exhibition annually; this year’s features more than 300 quilts. hawaiiquiltguild.org.

 


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World Fireknife Competition

May 11-14

Watch as more than 20 fireknife dancers from around the world—ranging from boys to men—compete to become the world champion during the competition at the Polynesian Cultural Center. polynesia.com.

 

 


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Ninth Annual Wahiawa Pineapple Festival

May 14-15

The festival kicks off with a parade down California Avenue. At the Wahiawa District Park, learn about the town’s history, buy crafts, play games, eat and listen to live entertainment. Don’t miss the jazz performance on Sunday. wahiawatown.org.

 

 

 


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The Battle of the Paddle

May 14-15

Catch some waves at Duke Kahanamoku Beach, during the stand-up paddle festival, which includes an SUP relay, a keiki race and the elite race, in which first place wins $25,000. There’s also an SUP expo and family water activities. battleofthepaddle.com.

 


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Honolulu Triathlon

May 15

Cheer on Honolulu triathletes as they swim, bike and run across the island. honolulutriathlon.com.

 

 

Phoenix Dance Chamber Fundraiser

May 15

Help raise money for the Hawaii Foundation for Chinese Culture and Arts (which includes the dance chamber) during a luncheon at the New Empress Restaurant from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event includes a Chinese folk-dance performance, a silent auction and a raffle. Tickets are $35 to $45. hfcca.org.

 

August: Osage County

May 19-June 5

Winner of a Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this play revolves around the reunion of the Weston family in Osage County, Okla. The characters encounter death, dysfunction, racism, substance abuse and, ultimately, love. manoavalleytheatre.com.


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Na Hoku Hanohano Music Festival

May 26-29

Learn from some of the best during musical workshops at the Hawaii Convention Center. The festival culminates with the 34th annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. nahokumusicfestival.com.

 

 

 

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