November Picks: The 8 Best Things to Do This Month

This month, be thankful for Hawai‘i playwrights, Japanese printmakers, Mexican comedy and European films—a real cornucopia.

EuroCinema Hawai‘i Film Festival

October 30 through November 9

This festival within a festival features 11 European films, from Vittorio de Sica’s 1964 Marriage Italian Style to The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and Two Days, One Night, a drama starring Marion Cotillard. 

Dole Cannery Theatres,




The Underneath

November 6 through December 7

The cryptic disappearance of a man brings his brother home to Hawai‘i to find out what may have happened to him. Shady characters shrouded in mystery abound in this world premiere by Susan Soon He Stanton, a Hawai‘i-born playwright who got her BFA from New York University and her MFA from Yale. 

$5–$20, Kumu Kahua Theatre,



November Book Sale

November 8 and 9

Good news, bibliophiles: the latest Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i book sale is just a page turn away. The sale will also feature a special collection of nearly 6,000 classical CDs, classical LPs and books on classical music. Stop by between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day. 

Washington Middle School,



Honolulu Lung Force Walk

November 16

Help raise funds for the American Lung Association while doing your body good at the same time. Registration is free but walkers are encouraged to donate to the cause. 

Free, Ala Moana Beach Park,





Through the Darkness: The Nightscapes of Saitō Kiyoshi and Kawase Hasui

Opens November 21 and runs through January 18, 2015

Paintings of the night can be creepy (Friedrich’s Abbey Among Oak Trees) or serene (van Gogh’s The Starry Night), but, above all, the darkness is mesmerizing. This new exhibition of Japanese prints from 20th-century artists Kiyoshi and Hasui (whose Starlit Night, Miyajima is pictured here) showcases two dichotomous methods of portraying an endlessly fascinating theme. 

$10 museum admission, Honolulu Museum of Art,





Gabriel Iglesias

November 28 and 29

Comedian Iglesias returns to Honolulu for the third year in a row, this time on his Unity Through Laughter world tour. He used to wear aloha shirts because they were all that would fit him, but the slimmed-down Fluffy still rocks the local apparel, hits up Germaine’s Lū‘au and munches on malassadas every chance he gets. We love that. Like your comedy a little edgier? Daniel Tosh takes it to the extreme around the corner in the Blaisdell Concert Hall both nights, too. 

8 p.m., $35–$69, Blaisdell Arena,




Holiday Craft Fair

November 29

Hawaiian Mission Houses and Kawaiaha‘o Church team up again this year to present one of the oldest craft fairs on O‘ahu, selling 100-percent locally made gifts from more than 50 vendors at each site. Stop by for everything from baby products to glass artwork, plus lunch. 

8:30 a.m.–3 p.m., free admission, Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives and Kawaiaha‘o Church,


Photos:, paul mobley photography, ryan higa, courtesy honolulu museum of art, courtesy hawaiian mission houses