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The Best 8 Things to Do in May 2016

Run a half marathon, see a play about horses, hear a legendary funk musician perform and more.



Chaka Khan 

May 4, 5, 7 and 8

Photo: tim fielding


She can read your thoughts right now, every one from A to Z. Come to one of Chaka Khan’s eight Honolulu shows and read more about Blue Note Hawai‘i, which opened in January, at bit.ly/hnbluenote.

Blue Note Hawai‘i, $63.75–$125, 6:30 and 9 p.m., bluenotehawaii.com


Cheech and Chong

May 5 

For the first time in more than 25 years, Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong are back on tour, man.

Hawai‘i Theatre, $61–136, hawaiitheatre.com 



Ho‘omau: The Perpetuation of Kapa

​Opens May 6

untitled, marie mcdonald, kapa: wauke; dyes: ‘ōlena, ‘alaea, kukui and ‘uki‘uki, 2013, photo by paul kodama, courtesy of the hawai‘i state foundation on culture and the arts


Because kapa is made from organic materials, it’s susceptible to bugs, mold, light and pollutants and requires careful storage and display. This exhibit will showcase delicate work by contemporary kapa practitioners, including Marie McDonald, whose Untitled is shown here.  

Free, Hawai‘i State Art Museum, sfca.hawaii.gov



May 19 through June 5 

Photos: Thinkstock 

A boy’s fascination and, um, complicated relationship with horses leads him into Dr. Martin Dysart’s psychiatric care. Expect some nudity, which sparked controversy when Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe stripped down for the play in 2007. 

$20–$39, Mānoa Valley Theatre, manoavalleytheatre.com



Island Wide Dodgeball Tournament

May 21

Strap on your sweatbands and get ready to dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge to help One Love Youth Ministry raise money. Teams must have five people and members of both genders. There will be separate tournaments for middle schoolers, high schoolers and adults.

$10–$12 per person, Calvary Chapel Pearl Harbor, eventbrite.com 



Kahumana Farm Festival 

May 21 

Photo: courtesy of kahumana organic farm & cafÉ


This Wai‘anae farm hosts an annual festival and seed and plant exchange to get the community more involved with local agriculture. There will also be live music, workshops, games, food and crafts. Call 696-2655 if you’re interested in helping out.

11 a.m. to 7 p.m., free, Kahumana Organic Farm & Café



Honolulu Ekiden and Music Festival 

May 22

Photo: ross hamamura/sony


The first ekiden race in Japan went from Kyoto (the old capital) to Tokyo (the new capital). The Honolulu Ekiden continues the tradition of a marathon-length relay race, this year with a music festival featuring Hiromi Go, MAGIC! and SCANDAL at the end of it. Register by May 16 for a discount on registration.

Race starts at 9 a.m., festivities start at 4:45 p.m., Kapi‘olani Park and the Waikīkī Shell, $120–$360 per team, hnlekiden.org


Hibiscus Half Marathon

Photo: Thinkstock 

May 29

The first of three races in the Tropical Triple Crown takes place this month, with the Mango Days 5K in June and the Coconut Chase 8K in July. Register for all three at once at active.com for a discount.

$50–$140, Kapi‘olani Park, tropicaltriplecrown.com 


Can’t get enough of ladies of the ’80s? Check out Salt N Pepa, En Vogue, J.J. Fad and Sweet Sensation at the Blaisdell on May 7.




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