The 8 Best Things to Do in August 2018

Soak in our last summer days with the best events happening this month.


The Sleeping Beauty

Aug. 3–5

Ballet Hawai'i Presents The Sleeping Beauty
Photo: brett pruitt & east market studios

This classical ballet adaptation of the age-old Charles Perrault fairy tale has been performed by nearly every major ballet company in the world and served as inspiration for Disney’s 1959 animated film. In this production, local dancers from Ballet Hawaiare joined by members of the Kansas City Ballet for an evening full of magic.

Various times, Blaisdell Concert Hall, $35-$99,



Hālawa Xeriscape Garden Open House and Unthirsty Plant Sale

Aug. 4

Halawa Xeriscape Garden Gazebo

Looking to reduce your water consumption? Start with xeriscaping. Learn how to create your own water-efficient garden and shop locally grown unthirsty plants at the Board of Water Supply’s annual event.​

9 a.m.–3 p.m., Hālawa Xeriscape Garden, free,


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25th Anniversary O‘ahu Heart & Stroke Walk

Aug. 11

25th Anniversary O‘ahu Heart & Stroke Walk

About 735,000 Americans experience a heart attack each year. Exercise, along with good nutrition, is key to keeping your heart strong for years to come. Take steps toward better cardiovascular health at the American Heart Association’s annual fundraiser, which includes a 3.1-mile walk around Diamond Head followed by a health fair and keiki zone. Donations welcome.

7 a.m., Kapi‘olani Park, free,



Made in Hawai‘i Festival

Aug. 17–19

Made in Hawai'i Festival 2018
photo: gregory yamamoto

A three-day showcase of the Islands’ best, the Made in Hawai‘i Festival will feature nearly 400 vendors selling local-kine goods from food to fashion, as well as live performances by Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winners and cooking demos by Hale ‘Aina Award-winning chefs.

Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Blaisdell Exhibition Hall and Arena, $6,



Duke’s Oceanfest

Aug. 18–26 

Duke's Oceanfest 2018
photo: ross hamamura/sony

All amateurs are invited to compete in this annual competition highlighting ocean sports dear to late legendary waterman Duke Kahanamoku. Competitions are free to watch—they’re held across Waikīkī and include volleyball, tandem surfing and even a contest for surfing pets.

Various times, Various locations around Waikīkī, $35–$50,


In bookstores now! Boarding Passes to Faraway Places​ by Guy Sibilla ($14.99). The award-winning travel writer and Honolulu resident takes readers on a remarkable journey of discovery, humanity and humor in his latest travel book, which won the 2018 Independent Press Award. 



Susan Middleton

Aug. 21

Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates by Susan Middleton
photo: courtesy of merwin conservancy

Peek up close at rare Hawaiian wildlife through portraits shot by author, artist and endangered species expert Susan Middleton. A meet-and-greet reception and book signing of her latest, Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates, concludes the evening.

7 p.m., Doris Duke Theatre, $15–$20,



George Lopez: Off The Wall – Live in Concert

Aug. 24

George Lopez: Off The Wall - Live in Concert
Photo: courtesy of

Get your laughs in when George Lopez hits the Blaisdell for an evening of comedy.

8 p.m., Blaisdell Concert Hall, $49.50–$69.50,



Greek Festival

August 25-26

Greek Festival Ala Moana Beach Park

Greek out over gyros, souvlaki, imported merch and more at this two-day cultural festival. Togas encouraged—come wearing one and your admission fee is just $1.

Noon–9 p.m., McCoy Pavilion at Ala Moana Beach Park, $3,



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