7 Reasons to Get Out

Lei it Out
May 1

May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii. Celebrate the arrival of spring at the Kapiolani Park and bandstand with the 82nd annual Lei Day festivities, including lei-making contests, hula, food booths, live music performances from the Makaha Sons and Kapena, to the Lei Queen Pageant.
Visit www.honoluluparks.com.


Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto
May 2

It’s a battle of the bots at the 2009 Botball tournament at the Hawaii Convention Center. Part of the international Botball Education Robotics Program, local students from 39 middle schools and high schools will test their skills in technology, engineering, math and science by competing with their robots. Visit www.botball.org.

Walk down Memory Lane
May 10

Photo: COURTESY linda Legrande

Explore the Puu Pueo—Owl Hill—neighborhood with Mom at the Historical Homes Walking Tour, an annual fundraiser for Malama o Manoa. View more than 20 Territorial era homes (and enter six of them) designed by architects C.W. Dickey, Hart Wood, Emory & Webb and more. Visit www.malamaomanoa.org.

Photo: istock

Throw a Fiesta
May 5

Celebrate the Mexican defeat of the French in 1862 at the Cinco de Mayo block party down Nuuanu Street in Chinatown. There will be food booths and entertainment. Visit

Be a Dancing Queen
May 12-30

Sing along and dance to Benny Andersson’s and Björn Ulvaeus’ Broadway success, Mamma Mia! at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. Inspired by foot-tapping tunes from Abba, this vivacious musical is part comedy, part romance. Visit

Be the Next Hawaii Olympian

May 16-17

Photo: David Croxford

For the über athlete, the Honolulu Triathlon is where it’s at. Beginning at 6 a.m. at Ala Moana Beach Park, the competition involves a 1.5K ocean swim followed by a 40K bike ride and finishing with a 10K run. The first-place female and male winners will take home cash and prizes at the Finish Festival, which offers live entertainment and refreshments at Magic Island. Visit www.honolulutriathlon.com



























Float On
May 25

More than 1,500 candle-lit lanterns will illuminate the waters off Ala Moana Beach Park and Magic Island at the 10th annual lantern floating ceremony. Every Memorial Day at dusk, 40,000 residents and tourists send off lanterns bearing wishes and prayers in the spirit of peace and to remember loved ones who have passed. Visit www.lanternfloatinghawaii.com.