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It’s October! Here are the 8 Best Things to Do in Honolulu

October is basically one giant costume party, from a Batman documentary to a dinner theater gala to dozens of Halloween adventures.


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Windward Ho‘olaule‘a

October 4

Windward Ho‘olaule‘a

Photo: Courtesy of Ramon Vrielink

Grab 15,000 of your friends and head to the 14th annual festival of Hawaiian culture, entertainment, art, activities and ‘ono grinds on the Windward Side. But it is still a school, so expect to learn a few things. Like how to eat a crepe while standing in line to bid on a two-night stay at the Pagoda Hotel. 

Free admission, 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Windward Community College, Great Lawn, windwardhoolaulea.com.



Great Guns Show

October 4 and 5 

Great Guns Show

If you’re going to offer someone two tickets to the gun show, you might want to actually have them up your sleeves.

$6, Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, hawaiihistoricarms.com.



Ka Iwi Coast Run & Walk

October 5

Ka Iwi Coast Run & Walk

Photo: Courtesy of Peter Tully Owen

This month, Kalaniana‘ole Highway will be shut down, not for more rusty railing repairs, but for a community trek from Sandy Beach Park to Maunalua Bay. Register during packet pickup at the Hui Nalu Canoe Club on Oct. 4 or, if space remains, on race day. Participants will receive cool commemorative glass fishing floats—plus gorgeous morning views of East O‘ahu. 

$30–$40, 6:30 a.m., meet at Sandy Beach Park, kaiwicoastrun.org.



Ambrosia: Iona’s 2014 Gala

October 11

Ambrosia: Iona’s 2014 Gala

Some of the tables’ themes this year: “Bacchus to the Future,” “Zeus on the Loose,” “Nice Minoan You,” “Alpha Beta’s Pi and Bake Shop,” “Toga or Not Toga?” (We all know the answer to that one.)

Tables start at $2,000, Sheraton Waikīkī Helumoa Pool, iona360.com.


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