Honolulu Calendar: The Best Events and Things to Do on O‘ahu in May 2022

Show your love for lei, catch a classic Prince flick, volunteer in ‘Ewa Beach and chow down on a whole lotta poke.


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2019 Lei Princess Contest Events May

Photo: Courtesy of Honolulu Department of Parks & Recreation



Lei Day Celebration

May 1 | 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

The fragrant perfume and vibrant hues of flowers and foliage will fill the air once more when the city’s annual Lei Day Celebration returns for the first time since 2019, with a theme honoring lei wao nahele (forest lei). Led by the Lei Court, the day’s events include demonstrations, exhibits, entertainment and, of course, a variety of handcrafted lei on display.


Free. Kapi‘olani Park, honolulu.gov


SEE ALSO: Video: Learn How to Make Your Own Lei Po‘o for Lei Day




Poke Fest

May 28 | 4–8 p.m.

Celebrate all things poke at Frolic Hawai‘i’s fifth annual Poke Fest. Sample dozens of varieties of the local staple from famed eateries—some only available at this event—before voting for your No. 1 pick. Unlike the preorder and pickup style of the past two years, this year you can wander among the booths and buy as many kinds of poke as you like.


Ka Makana Ali‘i, frolichawaii.com


SEE ALSO: And the Fan Favorite Winner of Frolic’s 2021 Poke Fest Is …




Henry Kapono and Ledward Kaapana

May 26 | 6:30 p.m.

Take in the immeasurable talents of local big-hitters Henry Kapono and Ledward Kaapana as they share the stage. The two artists, heralded for their contributions to the Hawaiian Renaissance, join forces for an evening of music as part of Kapono’s Artist 2 Artist Legends Series.


$35–$45. Blue Note Hawai‘i, bluenotehawaii.com





Purple Rain

May 3 | 7 p.m.

Journey back to the ’80s with a big-screen viewing of this classic rock musical, featuring the ups and downs of The Kid, played by Prince. Just try to resist the urge to belt out “Let’s Go Crazy” and “When Doves Cry”—or don’t hold back at all.


$10. Consolidated Theatres Ward, consolidatedtheatres.com



It’s not too late to sign up for the Honolulu Triathlon on May 15.




Big Hair for HUGS Gala

May 14 | 5:30–9 p.m.

Pull on some leg warmers, tease out your hair and get decked out in neon for this annual gala, whose proceeds go toward the support and financial services HUGS offers to local families adjusting to life with a seriously ill child. The evening features food, wine and cocktails, a silent and live auction, and entertainment.


$350. Bishop Museum, hugshawaii.org




Salvador Dalí’s Stairway to Heaven

Through May 31 | Open 11 a.m.–10 p.m.

Observe Dalí’s growth as an artist as well as his musings on the afterlife through his complete illustrations of Dante’s The Divine Comedy.


Free. Park West Fine Art Museum & Gallery Hawai‘i, parkwestgallery.com




Mālama Pu‘uloa Community Workday

May 14 | 8 a.m.–noon

Lend a helping hand to Mālama Pu‘uloa, a program of Hui O Ho‘ohonua, as it removes trash and invasive trees and shrubs from the shoreline at Kapapapuhi Point Park in ‘Ewa Beach.


Free. Kapapapuhi Point Park, malamapuuloa.org


SEE ALSO: 50 Ways to Volunteer in Hawai‘i


This story originally appeared as “May Picks” in the May 2022 issue of HONOLULU Magazine. Get your copy at shop.honolulumagazine.com and subscribe to the print and digital editions now.


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