7 Reasons to Get Out

October 2007

photo courtesy of Jan Becket

OCT. 1–26

See Things in Black and White

Stop in at Honolulu Hale and make your way through Jan Becket’s photo exhibition. The 40 black and white photographs shot over the past five years document Makua Valley and Kaholawe.

OCT. 6

Sip Some Kava

photo courtesy of Hawaiian Kava Center

The Awa Development Council will host the 2007 Kava Festival at the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus. The festival features live local music, kava-making demonstrations, poi pounding and ulu maika, a kava-tasting booth, plant sale, food and a display of kava-related artifacts from the Bishop Museum.

For more information, contact Jonathan Yee, 256-5605 or log onto www.kavafestival.org.

photo courtesy of Oahu Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association

OCT. 7

Cheer for Canoes

More than 1,000 canoe paddlers from Italy, Singapore, Japan, Tahiti, the Mainland and Hawaii will compete in the 41-mile open-ocean canoe race. The route takes contestants from Molokai’s Hale O Lono Harbor to Duke Kahanamoku Beach in Waikiki by way of the Kaiwi Channel. Head to the shore in the late morning to see the first boats cross the finish line.

photo by istock

Oct. 9–14

Quaff a Pint

Ala Moana Hotel, home of the state’s longest running Oktoberfest, serves up true German fare, including bratwurst, sauerbraten, giant knackwurst, pig knuckles, sauerkraut and apple strudel. You can wash it down with more than 15 German beers, such as Ayinger Dunkel, Paulaner, Bitburger, Isenbeck, Beck’s, Spaten, St. Pauli Girl and Lowenbrau. For more information log on to www.alamoanahotel.com or call 955-4811.

Oct 16

Kiss Up to the Boss

Your boss signs paychecks, approves vacation requests and handles raises. We’d recommend taking the top dog out to lunch today—it’s Boss Day.

photo courtesy of Hawaii Islands Tap Dance Festival

Oct. 24–28

Tap the Night Away

The fifth annual Tap-dance Festival welcomes internationally known tap artists, to the Valley Isle. Instructors will hold classes for beginners and tap enthusiasts alike. The festival also features a performance. www.mauitapexperience.org.

Oct 31

Re-invent Yourself

Halloween—it’s the one day each year when you can be whoever you want to be. Don a mask, paint your face, get dressed up and join revelers at spooky events statewide. For people-watching, we recommend Lahaina’s Front Street and Honolulu’s Restaurant Row and Kalakaua Avenue.