The 8 Best Things to Do in January 2016
Start the year by networking with innovative minds, reading a memoir, partying with an old favorite local band and more.
Eat the Street Kapolei Lofts Block Party
Get to know the Kapolei Lofts popping up on the West Side with games, food, entertainment and info booths near the new rental residences.
Ku‘ou Street, between Manawai and Wakea streets, Kapolei, Free, facebook.com/kapoleilofts
Kuana Torres Kahele
Photo: Marcus Turner
Did you know that Kuana Torres Kahele runs the Kuana School of Hawaiian Music and Culture in Japan? He has more than 200 students in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. Concert attendees will receive a free copy of the DVD Make Lei with Kuana Torres Kahele. He will also perform at Hawai‘i Public Radio’s Atherton Studio on Jan. 9.
4 p.m., Hawai‘i Theatre, $42–$52, hawaiitheatre.com
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East Meets West Conference
Photo: courtesy of blue startups
This event, presented by Blue Startups, connects entrepreneurs, investors and innovators from around the Pacific Rim. Hear from founders and CEOs of startup companies, accelerators and even video-game designers in a series of keynote speeches, breakout sessions and networking opportunities. This year, you’ll also get to witness the regional finals of the Mobile Challenge Asia Pacific Competition—the winners go to Spain for the GSMA Mobile World Congress.
Hilton Hawaiian Village, $250 for kama‘āina, eastmeetswest.co
Go Jimmy Go “A Hui Hou” 20th Anniversary and Farewell Show
Photo: Richard Walker
Twenty years of raucous punk and ska will come to an end at Go Jimmy Go’s farewell show this month. Saying goodbye will be tough, but, if anyone knows how to throw a party, it’s these guys. Expect to see current and former band members and hear all of their hits (we mean all of them) and more.
9 p.m., The Republik, $20, gojimmygo.com
Sandy/Wāwāmalu Beach and Park Cleanup
Join the Waikīkī Aquarium, Hard Rock Café and the City and County of Honolulu in an effort to beautify the East O‘ahu shoreline. Free cookies for helping! Sign up through Eventbrite.
Meet at Wāwāmalu Beach Park, Free, waikikiaquarium.org
Outstanding in the Field
Learn about the Morgan family’s operations on the ranch while enjoying a meal from The Pig & The Lady chef Andrew Le in this traveling pop-up feast.
Kualoa Ranch, $195, outstandinginthefield.com
2016 Pro Bowl
It’s back! Hawai‘i could use an exciting game of football right about now, so let’s hope these all-star teams bring the action.
Aloha Stadium, tickets start at $30, nfl.com/probowl
Ka Honu Press, distributed by Bess Press
“That first Hawaiian instructor gave each of us a federal form to fill out titled, ‘Why Are You Studying a Dying Language?’ Tears rolled unchecked down my cheeks in the middle of class as I filled out that form, trying not to sob.”
—Kahi Wight, in her memoir Rainforest Pu‘uhonua, about the time she spent living in Volcano Village reconnecting with her Hawaiian heritage.
Kahikāhealani Wight, $24.95, besspress.com
Did you know? Halsey’s music video for “New Americana” was shot at Kualoa Ranch. She performs a sold-out concert at The Republik on Jan. 23.
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