The 8 Best Things To Do in March 2017

Wear green, feed the hungry, watch Jewish films and welcome spring!


Temple Emanu-El’s Kirk Cashmere Jewish Film Festival

March 4–29

For the love of spock
Photo: The film collaborative

The 15th annual festival kicks off with a 6 p.m. reception, followed by a 7:30 screening of Denial. The film tells the true story of a history professor (Rachel Weisz) sued for libel by a Holocaust denier. Other screenings include For the Love of Spock, Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy, The Women’s Balcony and Fanny’s Journey

Doris Duke Theatre,


Temple Emanu-El’s Levinson-Krupp Library stocks everything from DVDs to children’s books and other titles of Jewish interest for rent:



Hawai‘i Pacific Health Women’s 10K

March 5

Women's 10k
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Did you know that, for women, walking lowers the hormones that increase risk for breast and endometrial cancers? Lace up with your fellow ladies (sorry, guys—women only) and head to the 40th annual HPH 10K, which starts at the Kapi‘olani Park Bandstand, then weaves around Diamond Head and through Kāhala before returning to the park. 

7 a.m., begins at Kapi‘olani Park, $35–$75,



Rock of Ages

March 9–26

Rock of ages
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OK, the film version didn’t do so well, but this is live theater rocking a musical, which was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

$22–$40, Mānoa Valley Theatre,




St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

March 17 

St. Patrick's Day Tavern
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The Irish holiday falls on a Friday this year, so start the weekend early with the 50th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade along Kalākaua Avenue (, followed by the 30th annual block party outside Murphy’s Bar and Grill ( See our online calendar for more details.  

Parade starts at noon, block party starts at 5 p.m.,



Tak Matsumoto and Daniel Ho

March 19

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Renowned Japan guitarist Matsumoto and Hawai‘i-born Grammy winner Ho come together for “Electric Island, Acoustic Sea,” at 6:30 and 9 p.m.  

$45–$65, Blue Note Hawai‘i,



Three Decembers

March 24–26


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Don’t let the discrepancy between the name of the opera and the month in which it’s performed discourage you: The lead, Madeline Mitchell (Frederica von Stade), has a secret she keeps from her children, and it takes three decades to reveal and come to terms with it.  

$38–$98, Hawai‘i Theatre,



Bonnie Raitt

March 25

Bonnie Raitt
Photo: marina chavez

George Michael, Boyz II Men, Adele and Priyanka Chopra have all done professional recordings of “I Can’t Make You Love Me” (and Kate McKinnon performed it as Hillary Clinton on Saturday Night Live), which is listed as No. 339 in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Expect to hear it at Raitt’s show, along with hits that include “Something to Talk About” and songs from her new album, Dig in Deep.  

8 p.m., Blaisdell Concert Hall, $59.50–$99.50,



Empty Bowl Hawai‘i

March 31 


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Buy a one-of-a-kind bowl made by a local potter and fill it with soup donated by 12th Ave Grill, Highway Inn, Juicy Brew, Mahina and Sun’s, The Nook and other restaurants. Proceeds feed the hungry through Aloha Harvest.

$30–$75, Pōmaika‘i Ballrooms at Dole Cannery,