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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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October 17–19


Photo: Courtesy of Smash Mouth

The music and fun festival is back after sequestration killed it last year. The military base will open its gates to the public with concerts by Smash Mouth and Uncle Kracker (Friday), Capital Cities (Saturday), and Rodney Atkins and Rose Falcon (Sunday). There will also be carnival rides, a fitness competition, military displays, food booths, boat rides, new-car displays and fireworks. Check the schedule online for details. 

$5 general admission per day, $35–$40 concert admission per night, Friday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Saturday, noon to 1 a.m.; Sunday, noon to 10 p.m., Marine Corps Base Hawai‘i, Kāne‘ohe Bay, bayfesthawaii.com.



Heroes of Aloha

October 18

Heroes of Aloha

Photo: Courtesy of Brett Culp Films

Don your capes, crusaders, for a one-night-only screening of Legends of the Knight, a moving documentary about people who have been inspired by Batman. Proceeds will benefit local charities Hospice Hawai‘i, Joshua Neves Children’s Foundation, Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children, PATCH People Attentive to Children, and Visitor Aloha Society of Hawai‘i. Yes, there will be a superhero costume parade and, no, this is not just for kids. 

$10–$30, 4:30–8 p.m., Waikīkī Shell, wearebatman.com/heroesofaloha.



Nature’s Wonders

Through October 27

Nature’s Wonders

Bishop Museum is the leading natural history museum of the Pacific. Find out why with this collection of shiny beetles, colorful birds of paradise and nautilus shells that would make Fibonacci proud. Sorry, no dinosaurs this time.

Free with admission, Bishop Museum, bishopmuseum.org.




Halloween pumpkin

You’re going to need more than one costume to hit up all the Halloween parties this year. Don’t miss the usual fright fests, such as Haunted Plantation or Halloween at the Hyatt, or the newer events, including a zombie run. Click here to stay up to date with a roundup of the best haunted attractions and parties occurring in October, which we will update throughout the month.


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