The 8 Best Things To Do in April 2017

Don’t be an April Fool, learn more about how our bodies work, watch Japanese satire, eat Spam and celebrate Scottish culture.


The Machine Inside: Biomechanics

Through Sept. 4

Bishop Museum
Photo: Courtesy of the Field Museum/John Weinstein

Models of the world’s largest T. rex, a giraffe heart, a cheetah, a robotic leg and more demonstrate the science of how creatures move and survive. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and don’t forget to bring an extra $5 if you plan to park in the lot.

Bishop Museum, $14.95 admission for kama‘āina,



Video Games Live

April 7 and 8

Video Games
Photo: Thinkstock

The Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra performs music from popular video games, accompanied by visuals, lighting and interactive elements.

$27–$79, Blaisdell Concert Hall,



Hawaiian Scottish Festival and Highland Games

April 8 and 9

Scottish Festival
Photo: Thinkstock

Learn about Scottish traditions and history while you eat haggis. Don’t knock it till you try it!

$3, children under 12 free, McCoy Pavilion,



Power and Folly

April 14, 15, 21 and 22

Power and Folly
Photo: Thinkstock

​Kyōgen are satirical plays, which have been a tradition in Japan for hundreds of years. See three of them at this event, from a classic (Two Great Lords) to a modern play (Two Mountain Priests) as well as a local kyōgen (Derailed).

$8–$25, Bakken Auditorium at Mid-Pacific Institute,



Palehua-Palikea Photography Hike

April 16

Palehua-Palikea Photography Hike
Photos: Clyde Kobashigawa

Access this normally restricted hike in Honouliuli by accompanying the Sierra Club. What better way to celebrate Earth Day than by getting up close and personal with native plants and great views?

 8 a.m., meet at Church of the Crossroads, $1–$5,



Ragnar Trail Relay

April 21–22 

Turtle Bay Resort
Photo: Turtle Bay Resort

This is not your average relay race. Grab seven friends for a two-day, one-night competition in which team members take turns running courses around the North Shore. Though each person ends up running almost a half-marathon (or a full one if you sign up as an ultra-team of four), you get to relax in between with s’mores. Sounds like a fair trade.

​Turtle Bay Resort, $1,430 for a kama‘āina team of eight,




​April 28

Kaleo Band
Photo: Triple 8 Management

Despite its Hawaiian band name, Kaleo is actually from Iceland. Frontman JJ Julius Son said in an interview: “We liked the name and the meaning and it got stuck very fast. The fact that it comes from Hawai‘i is just a good excuse for us to go there one day, I hope.” Sneaky, sneaky.

8 p.m., The Republik, $29.50 and up,



Spam Jam

April 29

Photo: David Croxford

The 15th annual Spam Jam takes place in April this year, celebrating the canned meat’s 80th birthday. And, for the first time, HONOLULU Magazine is a co-sponsor, so come say hello!

Kalākaua Avenue,


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