Honolulu Calendar: The Best Events and Things to Do on O‘ahu in November 2021

It’s time to give thanks for Hawai‘i-made goods, solitary night skies, hysterical Asian American comedians and long runs along the beach.


Editor’s Note: We recommend checking event social media channels and websites for any last-minute changes.


Made In Hawaii Festival Aaron K Yoshino

Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino




SHOP Really Local

Nov. 11–14, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.

Your big excuse to spend big—it’s called supporting the local economy—is moving outside this year. After going all virtual in 2020, the Made in Hawai‘i Festival packed up from the Blaisdell Center and moved down the road into its new digs on the top floor of Ala Moana Center’s ‘Ewa parking structure. As with everything else this year, details were still a little fluid when we went to print, but plans included cooking demonstrations, live music and hundreds of vendors selling eats, apparel and anything else local artisans and makers can concoct. Bring a reusable tote, or 10, or don’t; we guarantee you can find more than a few chic upgrades there.


Ala Moana Center, madeinhawaiifestival.com





LAUGH Out Loud

’Cause we all need it. Whether it’s stories about his Filipino home lunch or exploration of Spam, we almost consider Jo Koy an honorary kama‘āina. His “Funny is Funny” tour stops at the Blaisdell Arena for three shows Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 26–28. Just a few minutes away, actor, comedian and Daily Show correspondent Ronny Chieng takes over the stage of Hawai‘i Theatre for one night only, Nov. 27. Expect the comic to slam racism, COVID-19 skeptics and anyone who blames others in his signature expletive-laced acerbic style.


blaisdellcenter.com, hawaiitheatre.com


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Meteor Shower

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SEARCH for Shooting Stars

Overnight Nov. 16

This month’s Leonid Meteor Shower won’t be that showstopper we got in 2001, but, hey, at least it won’t be canceled! The moon will be almost full and may overshadow many of the meteors, but get far from the city lights and you may be able to spot about 15 to 20 every hour. For the next big Leonid show, mark your calendar for 2030, when comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle orbits closer to the sun and its dust creates a more dramatic shower.


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Make room in your yard. The free tree giveaway for Arbor Day is scheduled for Nov. 6. arbordayhawaii.org



Hauoli Sandwich Haleiwa Sandwich Credit Thomas Obungen

The Hale‘iwa sandwich. Photo: Thomas Obungen




National Sandwich Day

Nov. 3

The official holiday of everything between two slices of bread comes early this month. If you need an upgrade from that PB&J, try flying saucers (sloppy Joe filling and cheese sealed in crispy white bread), giant stuffed focaccia creations, fruit and whipped cream between pillowy slices, a straight-up amazing hoagie and more.


SEE ALSO: The Ultimate Guide to Sandwiches on O‘ahu



Val Nolasco Half-Marathon

Nov. 7, 5:30 a.m.

Whether it goes virtual or runners hit the pavement of Waikīkī together, here’s a way to run off the last vestiges of Halloween candy (and to make room for Thanksgiving feasting). The scenic 13-mile course typically takes athletes along Diamond Head and into East O‘ahu.


$65–$75, Route begins at Kapi‘olani Park, 808racehawaii.com


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Give Big Hawai‘i

Nov. 22–Dec. 31

Here’s online shopping that will make you feel good when you check out. For the third year, HONOLULU’s making it simple to give to more than 100 local nonprofits through a single site. Find your favorites and discover others that are making our communities better.






The Joy Luck Club

Nov. 26–Dec. 12

Think your family drama is challenging? The play adapted from Amy Tan’s novel intertwining the history of four Chinese women and their strained relationships with their daughters is at turns gut-wrenching and hysterically funny.


$22–$40, Mānoa Valley Theatre, manoavalleytheatre.com



This story originally appeared as “November Picks” in the November 2021 issue of HONOLULU Magazine. Get your copy at shop.honolulumagazine.com and subscribe to the print and digital editions now.


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