7 Reasons to Get Out

August 2008

Treat the Kids
Aug 7-10 and 14-17

Treat the Kids Share a day with your ‘ohana at the Honolulu Family Festival and enjoy food, rides, circus shows and even a puppet parade. Located at Magic Island, the earnings from the event go toward the refurbishment of Ala Moana Beach Park. www.honolulufamilyfestival.com.


Knock ‘Em Down
Aug 9

Bowl for a good cause at the 22nd Annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake, hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters. This year, the bowl-a-thon goes Hollywood, so come dressed up as your favorite celebrity and make your way down the red carpet. This should be right up your alley. For more information, call 521-3811 ext. 229. 

Support the Locals
Aug 15-17

Check out what the Islands have to offer at the Made in Hawaii Festival at the Blaisdell Arena. Discover new foods, books, art, crafts, clothes and much more—all of it from Hawaii. Don’t miss the live music and cooking demonstrations. www.madeinhawaiifestival.com

Hummus a Few Tunes
Aug 23-24

Learn Greek folk dancing, listen to Greek music and eat authentic food such as moussaka and baklava at the 28th Annual Greek Festival. The event, which takes place at the McCoy Pavilion in Ala Moana Beach Park, also features imported beer, wine and ouzo, a sweet liqueur from Greece. www.greekfestivalhawaii.com
Impersonate Icarus
Aug 24, starting at 6:30 a.m.

Calling all serious cyclists, it’s time for the Haleakala Cycle to the Sun. The ride starts in the beachside Maui town of Paia and climbs 36 miles to the summit of Haleakala Volcano at more than 10,000 feet—definitely not for the weak of heart (or lungs and legs, either). www.thecycletothesun.net

Cheer on the Warriors
Aug 30

After last year’s dramatic season, we know to expect only the best from our boys. But the UH Warriors’ first game of the 2008-2009 season—on the road against the Florida Gators—could be their toughest yet. If you can’t make it to Gainesville, show your support by tuning in at 12:30 p.m. EST (yup, 6:30 a.m. for us) and screaming at your TV. 


Indulge in Andagi
Aug 30

Check out a rare showing of LooChoo nu Kwa, an Okinawan play traditionally reserved for the country’s royal court. The musical performance takes place at Mamiya Theatre at Chaminade University campus on Aug. 24. Haven’t gotten your Okinawan fill yet? The following weekend brings the Okinawan Festival to Kapiolani Park, where you can sample such goodies as pigs’ feet soup, the oki-dog and andagi. www.okinawanfestival.com