The 26 Best Events on O‘ahu in November 2019

A couple of throwback concerts, a magical musical and movie experience, healthy getaways and more make for some eclectic choices this month.


O‘ahu Mermaid Retreat

Friday, November 1 at 3 p.m.–Tuesday, November 5 at 11 a.m.

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Photo: Courtesy of Yoga Kai Hawai‘i


Anyone in need of a namastaycation? Yoga Kai, the team that takes people out on glowing SUP boards off Hale‘iwa and Magic Island, is offering a five-day yoga/vegetarian/adventure/spa retreat on the Windward Side. The thought of a full mind, body and soul cleanse just before the gluttonous holiday season kicks off sounds like the perfect way to prepare. Day passes are also available for $125 on Saturday and $170 on Sunday.

Windward Retreat Center, 51-30 Huamalani Rd, Ka‘a‘awa, $1,350–$1,900,



Looking for a new leafy friend? Head to one of these spots on Nov. 2.

Thousands of trees will find new homes on O‘ahu this Arbor Day,  thanks to Hawai‘i’s giveaway tradition. You can pick up free trees at five locations starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2. Get there early for your pick of more than a dozen species, from fruit trees to native plants.

  • Honolulu
    Foster Botanical Garden, 180 N. Vineyard Blvd. 

  • Hale‘iwa
    Waimea Valley Botanical Garden, 59-864 Kamehameha Highway

  • Pearl City
    O‘ahu Urban Garden Center, 955 Kamehameha Highway

  • Wahiawā
    Wahiawā Botanical Garden, 1396 California Ave.

  • Kailua
    Kailua United Methodist Church, 1110 Kailua Road


Foster Botanical Garden will also host its second annual Arbor Day Honolulu Festival with activities, tips, workshops and performances from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn how to choose the right trees for your space—large or small—how to take care of them, even how they reduce crime, from the experts. —Katrina Valcourt


SEE ALSO: HONOLULU Magazine’s Fall 2019 Bucket List



Rustic Fall Nights at Waimānalo Country Farms

Saturday, November 2  |  6–8:30 p.m.

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Kaskade Live in Honolulu

Saturday, November 2  |  8 p.m.


Kapolei Events Center, 91-1180 Midway St., $45–$100,

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Saturday, November 2  |  8 a.m.–2 p.m.

Ali‘iolani Elementary School Craft Fair

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Kaimukī High School Craft and Gift Fair

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert

Friday, November 1 & Saturday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m. | Sunday, November 3 at 4 p.m.


Fire-breathing dragons; Hermione’s romance with a tall, dark and handsome foreigner; the world’s introduction to Robert Pattinson as Cedric Diggory; and Voldemort in the flesh. Catch the pivotal turning point in the Harry Potter saga (when things start to get very dark for our favorite British Scooby Squad). In addition, the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra will perform the award-winning soundtrack live while the film plays on screen. But don’t worry: Viewers will be free to eat, drink and make some noise, too. You’ll hear us yelling at Ron when he gets jealous and nasty to our dream girl, Hermione.

Blaisdell Center, $27–$89,

SEE ALSO: Meet the Muggle Translating the “Harry Potter” Books into the Hawaiian Language



Backstreet Boys’ DNA World Tour

Saturday, November 2–Wednesday, November 6  |  6 p.m.


Blaisdell Arena, $62.50–$259.50,

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Hawai‘i International Film Festival

Thursday, November 7–Sunday, November 17  |  Various times


Read our must-watch guide to the 2019 festival  


SEE ALSO: The Ultimate Lost Surf Film Footage Comes to Light at HIFF’s Screening of “Lost and Found: The Film Archives of Greg Noll”



HONOLULU Magazine’s Burger Bash 2019 Presented by Alaska Mileage Plan

Saturday, November 9  |  4–9 p.m.

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Join us at Kahala Mall for our first-ever Burger Bash—a free event celebrating all things burgers. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites including Square Barrels, Smith and Kings, Butcher and Bird, Chili’s, Burger Hale, Local I‘a and more.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP to tell us you are coming!



Ryan Hamilton

Saturday, November 9 | 8 p.m.


Hawai‘i Theatre Center, $24.50–$150,

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17th Annual Chocolate Extravaganza

Saturday, November 9  |  6:30–9 p.m.

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Wāhine in Film Mixer 2019

Sunday, November 10  |  11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Impact Hub HNL Coworking, ticket sales in the form of donation,


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Family Business Forum: Women Leaders in Family Enterprises

Thursday, November 14  |  11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

YWCA O'ahu Laniākea, $25–$35,

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Hawai‘i Zouk Festival + Aloha Experience

Thursday, November 14 at 1 p.m.–Tuesday, November 19 at 5 p.m.


Various locations in Waikīkī, $20–$279.99,

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Engelbert Humperdinck

Saturday, November 16  |  8–11 p.m.

Blaisdell Center, $45–$100,



World of Dance Hawai‘i: Competition

Saturday, November 16 / 10 a.m.


Hawai‘i Convention Center, $20–$50 to register,

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Aloha Home Market’s Holiday Market

Sunday, November 17  |  9 a.m.–2 p.m.

340 Uluniu Street, free,

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Janet Jackson’s Special 30th Anniversary Celebration of Rhythm Nation

Wednesday, November 20; Thursday, November 21; Saturday, November 23  |  8 p.m.


Thirty years ago, MJ’s kid sister stepped out from her brother’s shadow with her fourth studio album, Rhythm Nation. Along with the newly released edition of the album, which contains behind-the-scenes recordings, one of the greatest (and original) theatrical concert performers of our time is making Honolulu her seventh stop along her 10-stop tour. So, get ready to be a part of the rhythm nation at one of her two dance-heavy shows. Five, four, three, two, one.

Blaisdell Arena, $49.50–$229.50,



Navigating by the Stars Series at Bishop Museum

Wednesday, November 20  |  7–8 p.m.

Bishop Museum, $10,



Blood Sweat & Tears

Thursday, November 21–Sunday, November 24  |  6:30–8 p.m. & 9–10:30 p.m.

Blue Note Hawai‘i, $35–$45,



XTERRA Trail Run World Championship

Sunday, November 24  |  9 a.m.–3 p.m.

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Photo: Kelli Bullock


Why run on an indoor treadmill when we’re #LuckyWeLiveHonolulu? XTERRA’s Trail Run World Championship is a 21-kilometer (13-mile) half-marathon that winds through the picturesque ranch. If you’re new to trail running, this is a great place to start; the event also includes a 5K, 10K and “adventure walk,” each of which is open to all ages and abilities. So whether you’re competing or supporting, this is surely going to be a race worth the road trip.

Kualoa Ranch, $30 and up to register,



Jay Park’s Sexy4Eva Tour

Wednesday, November 27  |  8 p.m.


Hawai‘i Theatre, $59–$169,

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Diplo Performs at 1027 Da Bomb Birthday Celebration

Wednesday, November 27  |  10 p.m.


The Republik, $45–$65,

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The Wailers

Thursday, November 28–Sunday, December 1  |  6:30–8 p.m. & 9–10:30 p.m.

Blue Note Hawai‘i, $45–$55,



Joy Koy’s Just Kidding Tour

Friday, November 29 & Saturday, November 30  |  8–10:30 p.m.

Jo Koy


If you’re reading this and haven’t watched Jo Koy’s Netflix special Comin’ in Hot, then you must not live in Hawai‘i. The Filipino American comedian kicked off his show discussing local topics, from slippers to the extensive use of vowels in our street names to singing a made-up Hawaiian song. We’re excited that just months after releasing the special, our adopted son is coming back. Need a catch up? Check out the 62 thoughts we had while watching Comin’ in Hot.

Blaisdell Arena, $44–$139,



48th Annual Holiday Craft Fair

Saturday, November 30  |  8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

Hawaiian Mission Houses, free


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