The 18 Best Events on O‘ahu in January 2020
It’s a new day, it’s a new year, it’s a new decade—and we’re feeling good. And how can you not when you have comedians, an a cappella group, a cooking class, a colorful race and more?
MOVIES & SCREENINGS
Honolulu Bollywood Film Festival & South Asian Cinema
Wednesday, January 1–Friday, January 31 | various times
Photo: Courtesy of Honolulu Museum of art
Doris Duke Theatre, $30–$35
Thursday, January 2 | 6:30 & 9 p.m. shows
Blue Note Hawaii, $30–$35
Straight No Chaser
Thursday, January 2 | 7:30 p.m.
An a cappella group might make you think of the overdramatic high schoolers of Glee. We can promise that these YouTube sensations who originated from Indiana University are anything but. The band brings its music and signature comedic style back to Honolulu with its new Open Bar tour, which will include pop and soul classics such as Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way” and James Brown’s “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag.”
Blaisdell Concert Hall, $39.50–$69.50, soundchronicle.com
Friday, January 3 | 7 and 10 p.m. shows
The Republik, $29–$39, bampproject.com
Panna Cotta and Torta di Frutta
Saturday, January 4 | 5:30–9 p.m.
Address revealed with RSVP, $30–$40, friendsofitalyhawaii.org
Saturday, January 4 | 8 p.m.
Photo: Courtesy of Hawai‘i Theatre Center
If you don’t know him by name then you know him by his voice. The stand-up comedian, actor and everyone’s favorite rat chef in Pixar’s Ratatouille has starred in his own specials on HBO, Netflix and Comedy Central, including his Emmy-nominated Annihilation, which focuses on his life as a single dad after tragedy. Check his Twitter for some of the best political satire around.
Hawai‘i Theatre, $45–$65, hawaiitheatre.com
Sunday, January 5 | 8–10 p.m.
Blaisdell Arena, $48.50–$70
Sony Open in Hawai‘i
Monday, January 6–Sunday, January 12 | 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Waialae Country Club, $25–$200
Friday, January 10 | 8 p.m.
Video: COURTESY OF HAWAI‘I THEATRE CENTER
Hawai‘i Theatre, $69–$89
Friday, January 10–Sunday, January 12 | 6:30 and 9 p.m. shows
Blue Note Hawai‘i, $45–$75
Chinese New Year Celebrations Across O‘ahu
Saturday, January 11–Sunday, January 12 at the Pacific Island Arts Festival
New Year’s Ohana Festival
Sunday, January 12 | 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Photo: Courtesy of JAPANESE CULTURAL CENTER OF HAWAI‘I
Mō‘ili‘ili Field, free
Read our ultimate guide the the festival
Tuesday, January 14 | 7:30 p.m.
Photo: Courtesy of Blaisdell Center
Blaisdell Concert Hall, $45–$79.50
STARGAZING PAU HANA
Hōkū & Hops
Friday, January 17 | 6:30–10 p.m.
Bishop Museum Planetarium, $15 and up, bishopmuseum.org
Color Vibe 5K
Monday, January 20 | 9 a.m.
Photo: Courtesy of Color Vibe
What does it take to dominate a long-distance race? Determination, persistence, focus and stamina. This is not one of those races. Participants of this 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) fun run will be doused with vibrant colored powders throughout. It’s an ideal look for a very colorful dance party at the finish line.
Aloha Stadium, $25–$40, thecolorvibe.com
Honolulu Tattoo Expo
Friday, January 24–Sunday, January 26 | 3–7 p.m.
Hawai‘i Convention Center, $20–$40
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Find more events at honolulufamily.com/calendar and honolulumagazine.com/calendar.