The 8 Best Things to Do in March 2016

Sun’s out, buns out! Between beach barbecues, welcome spring with rubber ducks, brews and an art exhibit about plastic.


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March 3

Santana learned to play the violin before the guitar. Imagine if he had stuck with that next time you listen to “Smooth.”  

Blaisdell Arena, $59–$149, 



Honolulu Festival 

March 11–13

Photo: Courtesy of Honolulu Festival 


Last year, more than 100 groups came from Japan to perform everything from traditional dance to arts and crafts at the Honolulu Festival. On the event website, there are tips for performers to have a good time. First on the list? “Smile and love!” Awww! 


Family Fun Day

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March 12

Community groups and schools from Central O‘ahu will host games, food booths and activities to raise money for their programs. There will also be free live music, prizes and more. If you’re not into all the fanfare, come to take advantage of the maze’s buy-one-get-one-free admissions offer.  

Dole Plantation, Free, 


Hawai‘i on Tap

March 12

Number of America on Tap events in 2016: more than 40

Event length: three hours

Breweries participating: more than 50

Number of beers: more than 100

Number for TheCAB: 422-2222

Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, $45–$60,




March 24 through April 24 

Eric Yokomori’s new comedy delves into the world of millennials and what it means to grow into an adult in Hawai‘i.

Kumu Kahua Theatre,  $5–$20,



Great Hawaiian Rubber Duckie Race 

March 26

Photo: courtesy of united cerebral palsy association of hawai‘i


Adopt a duckie or five, then cheer for them as they take the plunge into the Ala Wai and race against 20,000 other duckies in this benefit for the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawai‘i. The top 50 finishers, as well as the one dead last, win prizes. Pre-race activities start at 9 a.m. at McCully Shopping Center. 

Ala Wai Canal, 1:01 p.m., $5 per duck,



Photo: Verity, 2011, courtesy of Aurora Robinson

Plastic Fantastic? 

Through July 10

“It’s so easy to say plastic is bad, but it’s complicated,” says Honolulu Museum of Art director Stephan Jost. This exhibit highlights plastic’s history, its pollution and how it can be used as art.  

Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House, $10 museum admission, free for members and those under 18, 







Since he was 8 years old, Aidan James has been known as the next big thing in local ‘ukulele music. Now 14, he’s a gifted pop musician who just accompanied Train, Phillip Phillips, Michael Franti, Andy Grammer and others on Train’s Sail Across the Sun cruise from Miami to Jamaica. Check out his first full-length album, Echoes, available on iTunes.  

Aidan James, $9.99, 


Did you know? It’s fireball season! According to NASA, especially bright meteors can appear 30 percent more often during the weeks around the equinox.