July 2014: 8 Entertainment Picks in Honolulu

Whether summer’s got you enjoying the sun or searching for cover, here are eight reasons to leave the house this month. (Just don’t forget sunblock.)


Hula’s 40th Anniversary

The Brothers Cazimero headline this come-as-you-are party, celebrating Hula’s vibrant presence in Waikiki since 1974.

July 9,  Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, hulas.com.




Hawaii State Farm Fair

Photos: Courtesy Hawaii Farm Bureau

If you’ve been practicing your chili-pepper-eating skills—or watermelon-eating skills, or corn-husking skills—you’ll have plenty to do this weekend, even after you check out the swine show, cow-milking demos, hydroponic gardening and other farm-filled activities.

9 a.m.–7 p.m. Saturday, July 12, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday, July 13,  $5 general, $4 Maikai cardholders, free for children and students with ID, Kualoa Ranch, hawaiistatefarmfair.org.




Photo: courtesy goodwill industries of hawaii; ross hamamura


Goodwill Goes Glam! Sale

No matter how hard we try—and, oh, those Kallai crystal-and-suede Jimmy Choos make us try—we can’t really justify dropping a thousand-plus bucks on a pair of shoes. That’s why we’re ready to pounce on this glam sale, where donated brand-name items will be resold way below retail value. And because Goodwill helps people find jobs with the money raised, by the time the bill reaches the upper echelons of your wallet’s capabilities, you’ll feel all the better for it. A gala and VIP presale will also be held July 17.

July 18–20, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun., $4 entry, Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, higoodwill.org/glam





Ukulele Festival

Where else can you see a 12-year-old YouTube star, a one-armed uke player, and musicians from France and Illinois (of all places) gather to join other ukulele aficionados in celebration of the culture-shaping instrument?

July 18–20, Ala Moana Hotel and Kapiolani Park, ukulelefestivalhawaii.org.




She Stoops to Conquer

Readers of the UK’s Stage newspaper voted Judi Dench, the official patron of the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival, the greatest stage actor of all time in 2010.

July 18–27, The ARTS at Marks Garage, hawaiishakes.org




Kala-Bash Fundraiser and Silent Auction

St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Aliiolani Hale and the Kamehameha V Post Office (now housing Kumu Kahua Theatre) all began construction during Kamehameha V’s reign and remain architecturally significant buildings today. During this annual fundraiser for the theater, there will be guided architectural tours of the area, along with live entertainment, food and a silent auction.

July 19, 5 p.m.–9 p.m., $50, Kumu Kahua Theatre, kumukahua.org

KAlA-Bash By the Numbers

At the 2013 event

Food vendors: 10, Auction donors: 56

Kumu Kahua Theatre: 

Seasons: 43, Plays produced: 200+, Play attendees: 73,000+

Kamehameha V Post Office

Years of operation: 1871 – 1922, Plays produced: 0




MAMo Awards 2014: He Kumu Kukui


This year’s Maoli Arts Month awardees for their work perpetuating Native Hawaiian culture through visual arts are Paulette Kahalepuna (for her feather lei), Kauka de Silva (ceramics, sculpture), Meleanna Aluli Meyer (painting) and Duncan Kaohuokaala Seto (drawing, painting, lauhala weaving). If you missed the awards ceremony in May, the exhibit continues through July.

Through July 21, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Wed.–Mon., free with museum admission, Bishop Museum, bishopmuseum.org



Bill Champlin Concert

There have been almost 20 different members of the band Chicago since 1967, but only one will perform in Honolulu this month. 

July 27, Doris Duke Theatre, honolulumuseum.org