The 6 Best Things to Do in Honolulu This Week

Feb. 9–15: Watch a German opera, get serenaded by Boyz II Men and check out cute seahorses.
See The Flying Dutchman onstage three nights only.
Photo: Karli Cadel/Courtesy of The Glimmerglass Festival


Mural painting in Kaka‘ako

Monday, February 9 to Saturday, February 14

Pow! Wow! continues this week with a schedule of events that includes mural painting. Artists will be painting the buildings of Kaka‘ako with fresh installations that are bound to be as amazing as the ones from previous years we’ve seen.

Go online to the mural map to see building locations and where each artist will be:


O‘ahu Fringe Festival

Thursday, February 12 through Sunday, February 15

Venues in Chinatown and Kaka‘ako host multiple variety shows this week as part of the fourth annual O‘ahu Fringe Festival. The one-hour shows include everything from circus acts and theater performances to dance routines and comedy shows. 

$8–$10 per show, various locations,


The Flying Dutchman at the Blaisdell

​Februrary 13, 15, 17

Hawaii Opera Theatre presents Richard Wagner’s opera The Flying Dutchman, set along the Norwegian coast. It’s about a Dutchman who’s been cursed to wander the sea unless he can find a wife who is true to him. The opera is sung in German, but there will be English translations above the stage.

Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall, 777 Ward Ave., 768-5400,


Koi Show at the Waikīkī Aquarium

Saturday, February 14 and Sunday, February 15

The Waikīkī Aquarium is one of those underrepresented date spots. It’s perfect for first dates because it allows you to talk about cute fish and seahorses while calming your nerves, and it’s great for family dates when kids are always in tow. Either way, the koi show happening there on Saturday gives you another big reason to stop by for a fun day out. 

2777 Kalākaua Ave., 923-9741,


Valentine’s Day Concerts and Parties

Saturday, February 14

There are three concerts to choose from, depending on your taste in music: Boyz II Men is performing at the Blaisdell with special guest Rebel SoulJahz; Kings of Spade presents a Motown Valentine’s Day with all your favorite Billboard hits at The Republik; and Raiatea Helm’s sweet voice will take over the Hawai‘i Theatre for a special concert with the Hawai‘i Pops Orchestra.

If being serenaded isn’t your thing, spend your evening partying at the LUX at The Trump, which features a swim- and surfwear fashion show, or at Nextdoor in Chinatown for a Valentine’s Day party that’s meant to be no-stress and fun for everyone—especially for the single people.


Pow! Wow! Finale Block Party

Saturday, February 14

Wine and dine your Valentine early, then take your date to Kaka‘ako for this finale block party presented by Pow! Wow! and Honolulu Night Market. The event will be filled with art, music and shopping—so if you forgot a gift, you can pick up something along the way and be forgiven.

6 to 11 p.m., Kaka‘ako,,