The 8 Best Things to Do in July

Dragons, sake, tiny dancers ... what more could you want?


Once Upon One Noddah Time

July 2–August 2

The final play of MVT’s 2014–2015 season puts a local spin on classic fairy tales with characters such as Da Wicked Queen and Da Mongoosettes.

$20–$39, Mānoa Valley Theatre,



Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story

July 9 

Photo: Pure Souls Media 


The filmmakers call it “food rescue,” which is the best way we’ve ever heard someone tell us to finish our veggies. Keep that in mind when you scarf your free popcorn down, you superhero, you. Want to know more about what we’re doing with waste locally? Read “Talking Trash” in our July issue. 

Doors open at 6 p.m., film starts at sunset, Ward Village Courtyard, free, tickets required,


Beth Tour Ever

July 11

Photo: Pat Moran


Comedian Beth Stelling, who will be featured in an upcoming episode of Comedy Central’s The Half Hour, makes a stop in Honolulu this month. She was also in Hawai‘i last year for the inaugural Maui Comedy Festival, which will be held again this year over Halloween weekend in Lahaina.

Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m., Crossroads at Hawaiian Brian’s, $20,


Hawai‘i All-Collectors Show

July 12

Some may call it hoarding, but we call it collecting, Mom. And, since this is the 25th annual show, there are sure to be tons of antiques, toys, beads, stamps, coins, postcards and much, much more for sale. 

Blaisdell Exhibition Hall,


40th Annual Queen Lili‘uokalani Keiki Hula Competition

July 23–25

Photo: Roy Yamasaki 


So cute, da keiki!

$14.50 adults, $12.50 ages 4–12, Blaisdell Arena,


Hawai‘i Dragon Boat Festival

July 25

According to the International Dragon Boat Federation, a classic dragon has the head of an ox, a deer’s antlers, the mane of a horse, the body and scales of a snake, the claws of an eagle and the tail of a fish. Each of these is represented on modern dragon boats, with paddles acting as the claws. Check out the races or the volleyball tournament starting at 8 a.m.  

Ala Moana Beach Park,



The Joy of Sake

July 31

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Sake is made primarily from rice, kōji (a type of fungus), distilled alcohol and water. Different types, all of which you’ll be able to sample at this event, include:

Junmai: a premium sake with no distilled alcohol added

Ginjo: Made with rice grains that have had at least 40 percent of the outer layer removed, this refined sake is light and fragrant.

Daiginjo: At least 50 percent of rice’s outer layer is removed, making this an even higher-grade sake that is fruity and complex.

$95–$105, 6:30–9 p.m., Hawai‘i Convention Center,



Eating Korean in America: Gastronomic Ethnography of Authenticity

By Sonia Ryang

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Discover the interpretations  of naengmyeon, jeon, galbi and bibimbap in U.S. cities ranging from Baltimore to Kona and Honolulu.

$39, University of Hawai‘i Press, 2015,