7 Reasons to Get Out


Photo: Courtesy Aloha Festivals

Live Aloha

Sept. 10

Kick off the beginning of the 2009 Aloha Festivals’ events at Royal Hawaiian Center’s Royal Court and watch traditional hula. The next weekend join in the largest block party in Waikiki at the 57th Waikiki Hoolaulea and on Sept. 26 walk down Kalakaua Avenue for the annual Aloha Festivals’ floral parade. Visit www.alohafestivals.com.


Best in Show

Sept. 5-6

Head down to the Neal S. Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall this weekend for the Hawaiian Kennel Club All-Breed AKC dog show. More than 700 dogs in more than 140 breeds will be strutting their stuff in hopes of winning big. Admission is $5. Visit www.blaisdellcenter.com


Jazz, New Orleans-style

Sept. 19

Ring in the fall season at the second annual Manoa Jazz Festival at the University of Hawaii Andrews Amphitheatre. Listen to the tunes of the Iolani School Stage Band, the Hawaii Pacific University Jazz Ensemble and the headlining street band, Hot 8 Brass Band. The New Orleans-based band will play a blend of jazz and funk. Visit www.etickethawaii.com or call 944-2697.  



Imagine Peace

Sept. 20

If you’re in Honokaa on the Big Island this weekend, celebrate international harmony at the third annual Parade and Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace. The fun starts at noon with marching bands, hula hālau, taiko drummers and musicians performing, under the theme of compassion and awareness of global interdependence. Visit www.peacedayparade.org


See Mount Fuji

Sept. 23

Witness majestic views of Mount Fuji at the Honolulu Academy of Arts during the museum’s opening ceremony of “Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji,” by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai. The more than 500 wood block prints are some of the academy’s oldest and rarest pieces and have not been on display in a decade. The show runs until Jan. 3, 2010. Visit www.honoluluacademy.org.


Windward Tradition

Sept. 26

One of the largest community events in Kaneohe, the Windward Hoolaulea is back for its ninth year. The free event, coordinated by Windward Community College and the Kaneohe Business Group, features keiki activities, a silent auction, a book sale, a job fair, ‘ono food booths and performances by Windward hula hālau, Led Kaapana, Holunape and Brother Noland. Visit www.windward.hawaii.edu/hoolaulea.  


Museum Freebies

Sept. 26

Visit a local museum or gallery during  Smithsonian magazine’s nationwide Museum Day. Last year, more than 450 museums participated. The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Hawaii State Art Museum, Mission Houses Museum, UH Art Gallery, Hawaii Theatre and Queen Emma Summer Palace will be offering free admission. Cards for the bearer and one guest are available in the September issue of  Smithsonian or at www.smithsonianmagazine.com/museumday