The 8 Best Things to Do in November

We know you’ve already got solid plans Nov. 20 through 22 (*cough* HONOLULU Fashion Week *cough*), but we’ve got some other ways to help you fill runway-devoid days.




Jake Shimabukuro 

Photo: Gary Saito 

Jake’s new CD is out, and we’ll tell you one thing: “Hi‘ilawe” never gets old. Pick up Travels for a fun journey from “Train Ride” to “Passport” to “Red-Eye.” You can hear some of the new songs as well as classics at the fourth annual Jake Shimabukuro and Friends concert on Dec. 12 at the Hawai‘i Theatre. Is it just us, or is he getting younger?  

Hitchhike Records, 2015, 




A Chinese Kitchen: Traditional Recipes with an Island Twist

photo: Gary saito 

Chinese food is more than won ton soup and chicken salad (though you’ll find recipes for those here, too). With this book, Lo Tom dives into the history of Chinese cuisine and its Hawai‘i variations with traditional and popular dishes.

By Lynette Lo Tom, Mutual Publishing, $21.95,





Craft Fairs 

Photo: Thinkstock 

With the start of fall, it’s craft season! There are far too many to pick just one (literally dozens happening this month) so, instead, we’ll just advise you to get a shopping plan and stay zen in the face of fellow craft lovers.




Visions of Hawai‘i 1778–1848

Through Nov. 30

Photo: Mark and Carolyn Blackburn Collection 

Works from the private Mark and Carolyn Blackburn Collection will be on display to the public for the first time, including two works from the Uranie voyage of Louis de Freycinet. 

Halekūlani Gallery,







Margaret Cho 

Nov. 6 

Photo: Mary Taylor 


There’s no “I” in team, but there’s a “Cho” in “psycho,” as pointed out in comedian Margaret Cho’s poster for her most recent tour. And that’s another reason we love her.  

$45–$70, Blaisdell Concert Hall, 



The Who’s Tommy

Nov. 12–Dec.13

The story of a pinball superstar, based on The Who’s 1969 album Tommy, has won international acclaim, including five Tony Awards in 1993 and three Laurence Olivier Awards in 1997. Rob Duval guest directs this version.  

Mānoa Valley Theatre,



Golden Moment Hawai‘i

Nov. 20 and 21 

Photo: Courtesy of Golden Moment Hawai‘i 


Nine figure-skating champs come together on the frozen Blaisdell floor, including headliners Olympic gold medalists Kristi Yamaguchi and Brian Boitano, Kurt Browning, and Meryl Davis and Charlie White, to skate for early childhood literacy. You can even get a Kristi Yamaguchi bobble-head doll!  

7 p.m., Blaisdell Arena, $50–$100,



For Love of Country—Pass It On

Dec. 5

Photo: Courtesy of Pacific Aviation Musuem Pearl Harbor 


We know Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s annual gala, which raises money for education programs and restoration projects on Ford Island, isn’t until early next month, but we want to give you plenty of time to grab tickets and pick out your outfit. The evening is meant to “remember the past, honor the present and inspire the future” and will include new CK Mondavi wines, food from Starwood Hotels, entertainment and an auction.  

5:30 p.m., $275, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, Hangar 79,


Did you know?  If you didn’t get tickets to any of Janet Jackson’s three shows this month, there’s always Janet: Live in Hawai‘i, filmed at Aloha Stadium in 2002.




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