The 8 Best Things To Do in July 2017

Pick up some new reading material, listen to local musicians under the stars and pretend you’re Princess Buttercup when you finally meet Westley himself.


Happily Eva Afta

June 29 through July 16

Pink slippers
Photo: Thinkstock

Lisa Matsumoto and Roslyn Catracchia’s musical comedy puts a local spin on fairy tales that will have you laughing from beginning to end, thanks to characters Da Six Menehune, Da Tree Fairies, Hauna and Tantaran, Da Wicked Queen and more.

Kaimukī High School Performing Arts Center, $15–$40,


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Catch the Maoli Arts Movement Awardee Gallery at The Arts at Marks Garage and the juried exhibit at PA‘I Arts Gallery at Kālia through July 5.



Makapu‘u Twilight Concert Series Finale

July 15

Makapuu Twilight Concert Series
Photo: Courtesy of Rai‘ātea Helm

The final concert in this summer series features Kalani Pe‘a (read more about him here), Rai‘ātea Helm, Maunalua and Melveen Leed. Ticketholders can come as early as noon to enjoy the park attractions before concert doors open at 4 p.m., and the music is from 5 to 11. Seating is on the lawn, so remember to bring a blanket.

5 p.m., Sea Life Park, $49.50 and up (one free child per paying adult),



Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i Book Sale

July 15–23

Library book sale
Photo: Courtesy of the friends of the library of hawai‘i

The 70th annual sale brings together more than 150,000 books of every genre under one roof. Come early to snag the best titles and deals, especially if you’re looking for collectibles. Members of the Friends can come to preview nights on July 13 and 14, so, if there’s a particular title you want, consider joining.

Free, McKinley High School Cafeteria,



47th Annual ‘Ukulele Festival

July 16

Ukulele festival
Photo: courtesy of ‘ukulele festival hawai‘i

Hear just how versatile the ‘ukulele is when it’s played by Roy Sakuma’s 700-piece ‘ukulele band; Beatles tribute band Beat-Lele Mania!; 20-year-old Nick Acosta, who only has one arm; groups from the U.S., Canada, Asia and the Pacific; and local favorites including Willie K, Danny Kaleikini, and Herb Ohta Jr. and Sr.

10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kapi‘olani Park, free,



Duran Duran

July 16 

Duran Duran
Photo: Thinkstock

The band so nice, they named it twice.

Blaisdell Arena, $49.50 and up,



Ahmed Ahmed

July 19

Ahmed Ahmed
Photo: Courtesy of William Kentridge

See above, but replace “band” with “award-winning actor, comedian, producer and director.” Ahmed performs two stand-up shows: at 6:30 and 9 p.m.  

Blue Note Hawai‘i, $22–$36,



The World Reflected

July 27 through Oct. 28, 2018

The World Reflected
Photo: Courtesy of honolulu museum of art spalding house

This new exhibit at the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Makiki outpost focuses on current major issues, how they’re perceived and how we deal with them. Featured artists include Vito Acconci, Robert Arneson, Jennifer Bartlett, Geoff Chadsey, Lesley Dill, Edgar Heap of Birds, Kara Walker, Frank Moore and William Kentridge, whose “UBU Tells the Truth” is shown here.

Spalding House, $10 admission for kama‘āina,



Comic Con Honolulu

July 28–30

Comic Con
Photo: Thinkstock

Fans of The Princess Bride, Hocus Pocus and Mulan will get a chance to see the films’ stars in person at this three-day festival. Besides Cary Elwes, Kathy Najimy and Ming-Na Wen, other guests this year include author David Gallaher, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic artist Andy Price, and Na’Toth herself, Julie Caitlin Brown. 

Hawai‘i Convention Center, $50,


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