6 Must-Attend Events: October 23 – November 1

This week, network with female business professionals, attack zombies and watch the country’s best ballet dancers.

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Wāhine Forum

Thursday, October 23

Join women around the state for a day filled with workshops and networking at Hawai‘i Business’ Wāhine Forum. Learn how to manage your time, find a mentor, push limits, receive feedback and learn what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. Featured speakers include Tulsi Gabbard, Emily Epstein, Ann Harakawa, Renee McKaskle and Patrice Tanaka.

$195 regular rate, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Hilton Hawaiian Village, Coral Ballroom, wahine.hawaiibusiness.com.


Run, hide from and shoot at zombies

Thursday, October 23 to Saturday, November 1

For a pure adrenaline rush, search out and attack General Savage’s army of zombies with paintballs before they find you, in this interactive haunted attraction. If that’s not scary enough, go again on Nov. 1 for a blackout walkthrough with no lights except glowsticks.

$12 pre-sale, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., Hawai‘i Extreme Paintball, 96-1041 Midway St., Kapolei, scream808.com.


Fried chicken and whiskey dinner

Thursday, October 23

If you’re a fan of Koko Head Café’s chef Lee Anne Wong, you won’t want to miss this fried chicken and whiskey dinner that’s in partnership with Jason Fukedo of Fujioka’s Wine Times. Dine on Punachick Farms fried chicken, poi biscuits, ham sliders, pocho corn fritters, Kahuku corn pudding and Okinawan sweet potato salad, while sipping on ice-cold whiskey.

$85 per person with tax and gratuity included. 7 p.m., Koko Head Café, 1145 12th Ave., Honolulu, eventbrite.com.


Stars of American Ballet perform at Hawai‘i Theatre

Saturday, October 25

For one night only, watch principal dancers from the New York City Ballet perform choreography from ballets Swan Lake, Who Cares and Liturgy. Watch the country’s best ballet dancers without traveling anywhere.

$35-$75, 7:30 p.m., Hawai‘i Theatre, 1130 Bethel St., Honolulu, hawaiitheatre.com.


Party with thousands at Hallowbaloo’s block party

Saturday, October 25

Celebrate Halloween early at the seventh annual Hallowbaloo Music and Arts Festival Saturday night. National stars Big Freedia, Iyeoka and David Lindley will perform alongside Hawai‘i’s talented musicians, DJs and performers. Wander the streets, dance and choose dishes from the many street vendors, including Grondin, The Pig & The Lady and Olay’s Thai Food Express. Wristband purchases get you access to the street festival bars and nine Chinatown clubs, so purchase it online now while discounted prices are still available.

Free, $15-$20 pre-sale wristbands, 5:30 to 10 p.m., Nu‘uanu Ave., Honolulu, hallowbaloo.com.


Gay Men’s Chorus of Honolulu’s Disney-themed cabaret

Saturday, October 25

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Honolulu will be joined by multiple-Po‘okela-award-winner Tricia Marciel, who is currently starring in Diamond Head Theatre’s Mary Poppins, for a Disney-themed cabaret show.  The fundraiser for this two-year-old organization begins with a pre-party at RumFire, where you can meet the cast and purchase dinner. It then continues in the Leahi Room of the Sheraton Waikīkī hotel with a silent auction, drinks, desserts and male singers dressed as Disney characters singing Disney songs with a little comedic twist.

$75, 9 p.m., adult audiences only, Sheraton Waikīkī hotel, Leahi Room, gmcofh.org.