The 7 Best Things to Do in Honolulu This Week
1. Present Project Works to Expand Hawaii Arts
Wednesday, Sept. 3 through Tuesday, Sept. 30
This month, six artists from New York City; Miami; Toulouse, France; and Hawaii Island will take up residence in Kakaako for this project that aims to expand Hawaii’s role in the arts and “to establish our residency as a place of innovation in education and socially engaged art practices.”
The public is invited to attend its ongoing public and private events that include artist talks and workshops. Free, various locations, Honolulu. For more information, visit presentproject.org/events.
2. Hawaii Food & Wine Festival
Wednesday, Sept. 3 through Sunday, Sept. 7
Instagram food photos posted from the Hawaii Island and Maui events signal another yummy year. This week the festival arrives on Oahu. But wait, if you haven’t got your tickets yet, most of the Oahu signature events are sold out or waitlisted. There are still tickets available right now to the Lucky MODERN Buddha Belly signature event, held at The Modern Honolulu on Thursday night, Sept. 4, featuring 14 chefs, two master sommeliers, nine winemakers and five mixologists.
21+, $200 general. The Modern Honolulu, 1775 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com.
3. Block Party at Murphy’s and Help Hawaii Literacy
Thursday, Sept. 4
Yes, it’s the 6th Annual Pau Hana Block Party at Murphy’s Bar & Grill. While any Murphy’s block party is hard to turn down, this one’s also a Hawaii Literacy fundraising event—making it almost irresistable. The $35 ticket includes admission, two sliders, a side and two drinks of your choice. There will also be live music, prizes and a silent auction.
$35, 6 to 9 p.m. Murphy’s Bar & Grill, 2 Merchant St., Honolulu. hawaiiliteracy.org.
4. The Addams Family at Manoa Valley Theatre
Thursday, Sept. 4 through Sunday, Sept. 21
Manoa Valley Theatre brings our favorite macabre television family from the 60’s back to life (or death) in this musical comedy about a grown-up Wednesday Addams who has fallen in love with a normal-looking young man.
$39 adults, Manoa Valley Theatre, 2833 E. Manoa Rd., 988-6131, manoavalleytheatre.com.
5. Lots of Dance at Bachatahisian Festival & Concert
Friday, Sept. 5 through Sunday, Sept. 7
If you’re a fan of dance—or wish you could dance—you may want to consider attending this three-day festival with dance classes in bachata, salsa, kizomba, yoga, zumba and Tahitian. There will also be opportunities for social dancing and to attend a concert.
$125 three-day pass. Ala Moana Hotel, 410 Atkinson Dr., Honolulu. bachatahisian.info.
6. First Friday Fun in Chinatown
Friday, Sept. 5
It’s First Friday another reason to celebrate the end of a (short) week. Do walk through the art galleries and shops, impulse buy something, grab a drink at a bar or a bite to eat at a restaurant, and stay out late (OK, the bars close at 2 a.m.).
Various locations, Chinatown.
7. EuroCinema Gala tickets are on sale
This gala red carpet event is part of the EuroCinema Hawaii Film Festival and usually brings celebrities and special guests from around the world, which means it sells out fast. Buy your tickets now and be there to see who wins awards for best film, director, actress and actor.
The gala is Nov. 8 at the Moana Surfrider, Festival dates are Oct. 30 to Nov. 9. For more information, visit eurocinemahawaii.org