The 8 Best Things to Do in April 2016

April showers can’t keep us inside when there’s a Broadway musical, a food festival, a beach cleanup and more fun events happening around town.


Lele O Nā Manu: Hawaiian Forest Birds 

Through July 31

Photo: Courtesy of Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project


Learn about native birds and how they are connected to the local ecosystem and culture, including feather cloaks of the ali‘i. Taxidermy birds can show you what extinct species once looked like. If birds aren’t your thing, check out Sweet: A Tasty Journey for an inside look at the candy industry, on view through May 30. The museum is now open seven days a week (yay!) but, heads up, it’s $5 per vehicle to park in the lot (boo!). 

Bishop Museum, $14.95 admission for kama‘āina,



The Book of Mormon 

April 13 through May 1

Photo: joan marcus 2015


The guys behind South Park teamed up with the guy who wrote Frozen’s “Let It Go” to create a Broadway musical about Mormon missionaries in Uganda. The result? Nine Tonys, four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards and a Grammy. But, according to the LDS Church, “The book is always better.” 

Blaisdell Concert Hall, $37–$145,


The Tragedy of Othello

Photo: Thinkstock

April 22

The 2016 Hawai‘i Theatre Young Actors Ensemble, made up of high school students, will perform one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays.

 $2–$7, Hawai‘i Theatre,



Harlem Globetrotters 

April 23

Photo: Courtesy of Harlem Globetrotters 


It’s the Globetrotters’ 90th anniversary world tour! 

Fun fact: The team didn’t play in Harlem until 1968, more than 40 years after forming in Illinois.

$20–$150, Blaisdell Arena,



Earth Day Festival and Ultimate Sand Sifter Competition

April 30

Photo: courtesy of sustainable coastlines hawai‘i


Celebrate the ‘āina in a meaningful and direct way by cleaning up debris along the longest stretch of beach on O‘ahu. Winners from round one of the Ultimate Sand Sifter Competition will also showcase their beach-cleaning inventions, with the champions from each division earning a $1,000 prize.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Waimānalo Beach Park, free,



Kailua Dash and Splash

Photos: Thinkstock

April 24 

You can’t park in Lanikai loop’s bike lane, but you can run in it! Jump in the water to swim the last 800 meters of this race and finish at Kalapawai.

$30–$60, Starts at Kailua Boat Ramp, 



East Honolulu Food Festival

April 30

It’s Paniolo Night at the 11th annual festival, so of course there will be pony rides, in addition to food from many local restaurants. Your best bet for parking is around the neighborhood or at Kalani High School, from which a shuttle will run back and forth throughout the evening.

Mary, Star of the Sea Church, $70–$80 adults, $25 for 13 and under, 



Moment Romance 

Photo: Courtesy of moment romance 


Meet new, interesting people in face-to-face situations, whether you’re looking for a date or just a friend, with this app from Talisman (a sister company of HONOLULU Magazine). Share what you want and find potential matches based on your interests. The kick? You can only interact with them when you’re in the same place—no more swiping left or right or getting catfished through sketchy messages and fake profiles.

Talisman LBS, free, available through the App Store and Google Play, 


Did you know you can prepare for May Day with free lei-making workshops? Go to for the schedule.


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