The 8 Best Things To Do in February 2017

Love is in the air this month, with Michael Bolton, Journey, free dogs, a magic show and more.


Anjelah Johnson

February 2 and 3  

Anjelah Johnson Hawaii

Bon Qui Qui herself is back, this time filming her new special at Hawai‘i Theatre. There will be three shows: Thursday at 8 p.m. and Friday at 7:30 and 10 p.m. 

Hawai‘i Theatre, $39.75,


Anglo-Saxons referred to what is now known as February as “the month of cakes.”



An Evening With David Sedaris

February 8​

David Sedaris
Photo: Courtesy of Anne Fishbein

If you love Me Talk Pretty One Day, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls and David Sedaris’ other hilarious essay collections, you won’t want to miss this sneak peek of stories to come in June, titled Theft by Finding. There will also be a Q&A with Sedaris, if you wanted to know what happened to his talking skeleton.

7:30 p.m., Blaisdell Concert Hall, $47–$67,



Doggie Speed Dating and Free Adoptions

February 11

Doggie speed dating
Photo: Thinkstock

For two magical hours (10 a.m. to noon), all Hawaiian Humane Society adoption fees fly out the window and you can take home the pet of your dreams for free!

Hawaiian Humane Society,



The International ‘Ukulele Contest and Hula Show

February 11

Photo: Thinkstock

Part of the ‘Ukulele Picnic in Hawai‘i, this competition features local and international ‘uke stars in the making. 

Royal Hawaiian Center Royal Grove stage,



Keiki Great Aloha Run

February 18

Great Aloha Keiki Run
Photo: Courtesy of the Keiki Great Aloha Run

The Hawai‘i Council on Physical Activity and Nutrition, Kaho‘omiki, hosts this 1.5-mile run for all those who want to support local schools. A portion of each registration fee goes toward the school of your choice to help fund P.E. and nutrition education programs. You’ll also get an event T-shirt and a healthy breakfast. Packet pickup is on Feb. 11, which is the last day to register (in person only).

Program starts at 7:20 a.m., race begins at 8, Around the Blaisdell and McKinley High School, $5–$30,



Michael Carbonaro Live!

February 20

Bunny in a hat

Photo: Thinkstock

In his truTV series, The Carbonaro Effect, you can’t tell if Michael Carbonaro’s magic tricks are for real or just the product of skilled editors. The only way to know? Get a good seat at this show.

Blaisdell Concert Hall, $37–$137, 



Concerts Galore!

Photo: Katrina Valcourt

There are so many concerts in February, from Yellowcard’s final tour to three Journey shows to Michael Bolton making all your Valentine’s Day dreams come true. Don’t forget American Idol alum Scotty McCreery, EDM superstar Steve Aoki and friends, punk legends The Descendents, singer-songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter and reunited rockers Underoath, among many others. Check out our online calendar for details.



Hawaiian-Style Musubi Cookbook

By Ashley Oshiro and Tom Kowach

Musubi cookbook

Photo: David Croxford

Need something quick to put in the kids’ lunches? Make musubi. Don’t know what to do with your leftovers? Make musubi. Hungry? Make musubi. It’s not as simple as throwing ingredients on rice and wrapping it, though—Kaua‘i’s Ashley Oshiro and her husband, Tom Kowach, walk you through recipes for everything from taro corned beef to Philly cheese steak to French toast variations of the classic.

Mutual Publishing, $13.95,