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8 Things to Do in October

Get moving this month: Learn how to belly dance, hear Native American drumming, hop on a carnival ride and eat fresh, local fish.


39th Annual Honolulu Intertribal Powwow

October 5–6

This yearly powwow at Thomas Square Park showcases local and Mainland Native American singers, dancers and drummers. Don’t miss the freshly made fry bread, either. honoluluintertribalpowwow.com

Photo: kelly mj photography

Hawaii Belly Dance Convention

October 11–15

Shimmy, shake and swing at the Neal S. Blaisdell Hawaii suites during this annual conference. There’ll be workshops on everything from belly-dance techniques to Middle Eastern culture. hawaiibellydanceconvention.com


October 11, 13, 15

A brave prince falls for a bitter princess. She’ll marry him only if he can solve her three riddles. If not, he dies. Take in Hawaii Opera Theatre’s performance of Puccini’s classic work, set in China and performed in Italian, to see what happens. hawaiiopera.org

Ke Ala O Ka Hua Mele

October 12

Hawaiian music has a rich, storied history. Explore its evolution at Mission Houses Museum with a talk-story session followed by performances by artists such as Jerry Santos, Olomana, John Keoni Fujitani, Puakea Nogelmeier and more. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door. missionhouses.org

Photo courtesy: Cool Kailua Nights

Fifth Annual Cool Kailua Nights

October 12

This Windward block party features food booths, local entertainment, carnival rides, a dunking booth, prize giveaways and more. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii Windward Clubhouse and Castle Medical Center’s Oncology Clinic. coolkailuanights.com


Photo: pacific islands fisheries group

Eighth Annual Hawaii Fishing and Seafood Festival

October 13

If you love seafood, love to fish or both, check out this festival at Honolulu’s Fishing Village at Pier 38. There are more than 100 different vendors, including fresh, local seafood booths, fishing demos, long-line boat tours and keiki activities. hawaiifishingfestival.com


Eighth Annual Duke’s Ukes Contest

October 19

Think you can spot the next Jake Shimabukuro? Head down to Duke’s Waikiki for its annual ukulele contest. There are two divisions: instrumental and instrumental with vocals. The winners will receive ukulele, Duke’s swag and more. dukeswaikiki.com/ukes

Hawaii Pops Concert

October 20

Don’t miss out on pops musicians playing the music of Bond—James Bond—at the Hawaii Convention Center. There will be a special appearance by singer Sheena Easton, and the night wouldn’t be complete without dinner, drinks and dancing. Tickets are $35 to $75. hawaiipops.com

For spooky Halloween events and a haunted-house roundup, visit honolulumag.com/halloween.

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