The 8 Best Things to Do in April

Do something new this month: Don a kilt, run through Kailua or learn a new recipe from local chefs.


Cooking Hawaiian Style 

April 6 

Tune in for the season premiere of this local cooking show, hosted by comedian and part owner of Aloha Plate—the winner of 2013’s The Great Food Truck Race—Lanai Tabura. Whether you’re in Honolulu, on the Mainland or in Canada, Australia or New Zealand, you can now watch the show on the Lifestyle Network. Guests this season include chef Lee Anne Wong of Koko Head Café and her latest venture, Hale Ōhuna. Go online for the schedule.

7:30 p.m., OC16 Channel 12, 



Empty Bowl Hawai‘i 

April 11 

Photo: Courtesy of Hawai‘i Potters’ Guild

Enjoy some soup and bread while supporting Hawai‘i Meals on Wheels. Plus, you get to take home a unique handmade bowl, created at one of many throw-a-thons held over the past few months.

6–9 p.m., 441, 445 and 449 Cooke St., $20–$25, 

By the numbers: 

  • 5,000: handmade ceramic bowls

  • 22: Organizations contributing bowls, including the Hawai‘i Potters’ Guild and students from Mid- Pacific Institute

  • 25: Restaurants donating soup for this event, including Mariposa, Roy’s and Cocina

  • 88,329: Meals served by Meals on Wheels in 2014 




Hawaiian Scottish Festival and Highland Games 

April 11 and 12

Photo: Courtesy of Hawaiian Scottish Association 


Test your strength with The Widow Maker, a 56-pound weight toss with roots in the 11th century. Just spin and throw—easy, right? Maybe you’ll be better off in the Kilted Mile Run or Haggis Toss, or listening to six-time world-champion bag piper Jori Chisholm.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m., McCoy Pavilion, $1 admission, 



IFA Open House 

April 12

Didn’t make the Mars 100? You can still experience (some aspects of) space at UH Mānoa’s Institute for Astronomy Open House, featuring displays and activities for future astronauts and science fans alike. 

Free, Institute for Astronomy, 



Jack White 

April 15 

Fresh off another two Grammy wins, the enigma that is Jack White heads to Honolulu for a concert. We hear he likes guacamole. 

$29.50–$55, Blaisdell Arena, 



2015 Fine Arts Showcase

April 26 through May 15

Stop by on opening day for an awards ceremony in the art auditorium at 2 p.m., followed by a reception in the gallery at 3 p.m. The exhibition showcases semester-long works of forthcoming Bachelor of Fine Arts graduates. 

Free, UH Mānoa Art Gallery, 



Kailua Dash and Splash Biathlon

April 26

Photo: Courtesy of Kailua Canoe Club

Besides the regular and keiki runs and swims, a new course has been added this year: a 5K walk/run down Kailua Beach. Learn historical facts about the bay and its islands from Kailua residents along the way. Online registration ends on April 17, so sign up before the late fees kick in. Make your way to the “I Love Kailua” Town Party afterward, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Kailua Road. 

 7–11 a.m., Starts at Kailua boat ramp, $20–$90, 




Marquee Mystery: The House Without a Key 

May 9 

Who killed Minerva Winterslip? Why? With what? This live version of Clue, which doubles as a gala fundraiser for the Hawai‘i Theatre, will challenge your sleuthing skills à la Charlie Chan. Dress in 1920s attire and enjoy cocktails, cuisine, entertainment and a silent auction. RSVP by the end of April. 

Halekūlani $500 individual, tables available, 


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