7 Reasons to Get Out

May 2008
May 2-11

Romance isn’t just for Valentine’s Day. This year’s Hawaii Romance Festival, hosted by the Matt Catingub Orchestra, celebrates some of the most romantic songs ever written with a weeklong series of live concerts, dinners and festivities. Don’t miss your chance to catch performances by Gladys Knight (above), Smokey Robinson, Aaron Neville and more. www.hawaiiromancefestival.com.

Picture This
May 1-24

Check out “Pictures of Nothing,” the result of an eight- week documentary photography class under the instruction of one of this magazine’s photographers, Sergio Goes. It’s displayed almost all month long at thirtyninehotel. Each student photographed his/her seemingly mundane, yet surprisingly interesting, subject of choice. www.unguidedtour.com.

Island Hop
May 4

Calling all serious paddlers, the Starbucks Kaiwi Channel Relay is on. If you’re not making the 39-mile one-man canoe trip from Molokai to Oahu, celebrate with the finishers when they arrive near Magic Island. The entertainment and awards ceremony runs from 1:30 to 4 p.m. www.kaikahoe.org.

Go Fish
May 9

Help “roast” Hawaiian voyaging canoe navigator Nainoa Thompson at the Maritime Center & Polynesian Voyaging Society Fish Fry Fundraiser tonight on the center’s front lawn. Fresh fish, provided by the Long Liners and Team Taape, will be fried up and accompanied by a silent auction and special surprise guests. For ticket information, call 848-4170.

May 11

Don’t forget to make brunch reservations ahead of time in honor of today’s main lady: Mom. It’s the thought that counts, so celebrate with eggs Benedict and kind words—and don’t forget the mimosas.

Light Up
May 26

Gather with thousands of others to light up the darkness at Ala Moana beach park in observance of Memorial Day. The 10th annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony, which traces its roots to a time-honored Buddhist rite, releases hundreds of beautiful lanterns into the ocean to honor those we have lost. www.lanternfloatinghawaii.com.

Play On
May 22 to June 22

The 50th State Fair is back and better than ever with your favorite fair foods, games and a midway full of rides and booths. The action-packed month of carnival madness begins May 22 at Aloha Stadium. For more information, call 682-5767.