7 Reasons to Get Out

February 2009
Celebrate Warrior-style
Feb. 28

Join in the fun at the Kamehameha Schools’ 79th annual Hoolaulea at the Kapalama Campus. Enjoy plate lunches and malassadas (and Neighbor Island specialties), local musicians such as Led Kaapana and student entertainers. Stop by the silent auction and inflatable bouncers for the keiki. Call 842-8659.


Urn It
Feb. 3-28

Photo: drew matsumoto

Appreciate the art of ceramics at the 42nd annual Hawaii Potters Guild exhibition at The Arts at Marks Garage. The guild, established in 1967, will feature works by 40 to 70 of its members at the free event. Artists will also participate in Empty Bowls, a benefit for the Hawaii Food Bank on First Friday, Feb. 6. Call 841-8282.

Tee Off
Feb. 6-8

Photo: courtesy Pearl Country Club

Watch as 176 golf professionals and amateurs from the U.S. and Japan compete for the title and win more than $80,000 in prizes at the 31st annual Hawaii Pearl Open, at the Pearl Country Club. Keep your eyes out for crowd-pleasers Azuma Yano, 17-year-old Ryo Ishikawa and six-time Pearl champion David Ishii. Call 487-3802.

Take It from the Pros
Feb. 8

The NFL Pro Bowl celebrates its 30th—and last—year at Aloha Stadium, as the bowl will take place in Miami next year. So tailgate, throw your hands up and cheer as the best of the best take each other on. Visit www.nfl.com/probowl.

Smooch with Sharks
Feb. 14

Want to take your honey to a truly unique Valentine’s Day dinner? Wine and dine next to reef sharks, graceful jellies or a rainbow of tropical fish at “Seaduction,” at the Waikiki Aquarium. Limited seating, $300 per couple, with proceeds benefiting the aquarium. Call 440-9015.  

Forget Saint Valentine
Feb. 14

Photo: David Croxford

For those who don’t have a significant other or simply abhor the Hallmark-florist-box of chocolate excess that has become Valentine’s Day, why stew at home? We recommend throwing a few back in a dark, corner booth in an inconspicuous bar—away from puppy love and PDA—such as Hank’s or The Dragon Upstairs in Chinatown. The J. Geils Band said it best: Love stinks.




























Get Some Beads
Feb. 24

Chinatown may not be New Orleans, but the ninth annual Mardi Gras festival on Nuuanu Avenue will make you feel like you’re in Louisiana. This carnival-themed party of 6,000 to 7,000 people features two music stages, a costume contest, live Brazilian percussion and samba dancers, a parade to King Street and, of course, lots and lots of beads. Call 398-7990.