Things to Do in May in Hawaii

Furious paddling, Smokey singing, octopus hunting—May is full of stuff to do.


Waikiki Paddle Festival

May 5 and 6

Paddlers unite! This competition is open to paddleboarders, stand-up paddlers, 1- 2- and 6-man outriggers, and surf-ski paddlers. For landlubbers, there’ll also be live music and a beer garden. To register, visit

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Dividing the Estate

May 10 to May 27

Family strife makes for drama and comedy, as Manoa Valley Theatre takes on the Tony Award-nominated play Dividing the Estate. Who knew real estate squabbles could be so funny?

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The Lure and Lore of Hee

May 10

Learn all about hee (octopus) from the Kawelo family of Kaneohe, who will share fishing techniques, cultural stories and practices, and delicious recipes. Bishop Museum. For tickets: 847-8296,

Echoes of Rainbows

May 11 to 13

The Garden Club of Honolulu’s major flower and horticulture show happens only once every three years, making it a must for floral fans.

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Smokey Robinson

May 22

Motown legend Smokey Robinson comes to the Blaisdell Concert Hall this month. Excited? We second that emotion. Tickets $49 to $89,

Waioli Tea Room Sale

May 5 and 6

Shop for all kinds of antiques and vintage treasures—jewelry, clothing, furniture and much more. 226-7119,

Na Hoku Hanohano Music Festival

May 25 to 27

Music-makers and -lovers alike converge on the Hawaii Convention Center for a
celebration of Hawaiian music. There’ll be workshops on business, language, composition, instrumentation and more.

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14th-Annual Lantern-Floating Ceremony

May 28

There sometimes seems to be more photographers than lanterns in the water off Ala Moana Beach Park, but this annual Memorial Day tradition remains a moving tribute to loved ones who have passed away.


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