June 2014: 9 Entertainment Picks in Honolulu

Swamp things, not-quite-Teletubbies and aliens overrun Honolulu this June. But things aren’t always what they seem.


Sue Chipperton Presentation

What do Marmaduke, Godzilla, the Aflac duck and the Taco Bell Chihuahua have in common? No, they’re not making cameos in The Expendables 3 (but we wouldn’t be surprised if they did). They were all trained by master animal-whisperer Sue Chipperton. Wait … does that mean Godzilla is real?

7–9 p.m., June 26, Free, UH Manoa, Krauss Hall 012, outreach.hawaii.edu/pnm.



Fairs & Expos

King Kamehameha Floral Parade and Hoolaulea

Photo: David Croxford/Hawaii Magazine

Did you know? Kamehameha Day was proposed to honor King Kamehameha V on his birthday, Dec. 11.  Rather than take the honor himself, the then-reigning king chose to honor his grandfather, Kamehameha the Great, on June 11, as far away from his own birthday as possible. That’s why people are draping lei on the big, golden statue instead of a statue of King Kamehameha V. The lei-draping ceremony takes place at 3 p.m. June 11 in front of Aliiolani Hale, with the parade and hoolaulea on Saturday.

9 a.m., June 14, Free, From King and Richards streets to Kapiolani Park, ags.hawaii.gov/kamehameha.



Battle of Midway Commemoration

Photo: Courtesy Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

For almost 70 years, a World War II Boeing B-17E Flying Fortress lay intact in the Agaiambo swamp in Papua New Guinea, crash-landed by its crew after being damaged by Japanese fighters. Now the Swamp Ghost is coming back to life. Restoration manager Jim Martinelli will give a behind-the-scenes look at its restoration since coming to Ford Island in 2013. The afternoon kicks off with a presentation by Martinelli along with curator/author Burl Burlingame on the Battle of Midway.

2–4 p.m., June 7, Free with museum admission, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, pacificaviationmuseum.org.



Rebel SoulJahz CD Release Party

Now that you’ve had a good two months to learn all the words on Rebel SoulJahz’s third album, SoulJahz for Life, sing along at the official release party. Unlike the MayJah RayJah, it’s indoors, so keep that in mind when considering your tolerance for … um, lightheadedness.

9 p.m., June 13 and 14, $20–$30,The Republik, jointherepublik.com.




Aloha Piano Festival

Are you ready for a classical smackdown?!

June 7–15, Hawaii Convention Center, alohapianofestival.com.



Rainbow Film Festival

More than 35 films will be shown for the 25th anniversary of this festival.

June 10–15, Doris Duke Theatre and the LGBT Center in Waikiki, hglcf.org.



Father's Day Breakfast

Last year, the Hawaii Kai Lions Club used about 600 pounds of pancake mix for its annual Father’s Day breakfast at Kaiser High School. The 41st annual breakfast will be held June 15, 6:30–10:30 a.m.




The Mikado

Photo: Courtesy Hawaii Opera Theatre

Despite their names (Nanki-Poo, Ko-Ko, Pooh-Bah, Pish-Tush, Yum-Yum), the characters are not Teletubbies.

June 13–22, Blaisdell Concert Hall, hawaiiopera.org.



Summer Salsa in Paradise

Salsa and bachata world champ Alien Ramirez is back to prove aliens are behind everything, even dance.

June 19–22, hispaniceventshawaii.com.