7 Reasons to Get Out

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July 4
Wondering how to spend your Fourth of July Wednesday? You’ve got plenty of options. From rodeos in Makawao and Waimanalo and on Parker Ranch in Waimea, to the annual fireworks displays at Magic Island and Hickam Air Force Base, there are tons of ways to celebrate the red, white and blue.


July 6
The hidden garden of the Mendonça Building on Smith Street provides an escape from the First Friday crowd, yet still offers live music, art exhibits and pupu. Of course, if you’re feeling up for a crowd, hit the Nu‘uanu Avenue galleries and restaurants and check out the juried Raku ceramic pottery exhibit at The Arts at Mark’s Garage.

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July 19-22 and July 27-29
Pack up the family and head west to the Hawaii State Farm Fair. The fair, held on the Kapolei Fairgrounds, features a livestock exhibit, live entertainment, rides and food booths.


July 20-25
About a hundred wannabe Spielbergs will swarm around Oahu over the weekend. Given a genre in the first hour of the 48 Hour Film Project, each amateur filmmaking group will have 48 hours to write, film, edit, score and cut a short film. See the finished products at the July 25 screening at Paliku Theatre at Windward Community College. Log onto www.48hourfilm.com/honolulu for more information.


July 21
On the grounds of Moanalua Gardens, a favorite recreation spot of Prince Lot, the Moanalua Gardens Foundation hosts its 30th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival. With halau from around the state, it is Hawaii’s largest noncompetitive hula event, featuring performances, live music, food and crafts.

photo courtesy of Moanalua Gardens Foundation


July 21-22
Take a drive through historic Haleiwa Town for the Haleiwa Arts Festival 10th annual Summer ArtFest. The event features musical performances, storytellers, activities for the kids and juried art exhibitions. Bring your wallet as local artists and designers will have their creations available to browse and purchase.

photo courtesy of East Hawaii Cultural Council


July 21-22 
Some of Hawaii’s best in slack key guitar and ukulele, such as Brittni Paiva, Harold Kama Sr. and Darlene Ahuna, will gather at Hilo High School for the 18th Annual Slack Key Guitar Festival. Call 935-9085 or 961-5711 for more information.