The 8 Best Things to Do in May 2018

Meet award-winning authors, catch candy from a remote-controlled plane, solve a murder mystery and more.


Shear Madness

May 3–20

The audience plays detective in this interactive whodunit comedy. When the landlady living above a hair salon is murdered, the audience must question the characters to solve the crime and find the killer. 

Mānoa Valley Theatre, $22–$40, 2833 East Mānoa Road, (808) 988-6131,



Hawai‘i Book & Music Festival

May 5 and 6

Hawaii Book and Music Festival
Photo: Justin Bolle

A celebration of story and song, the annual Hawai‘i Book & Music Festival will rekindle your love for the written word. Meet award-winning authors, shop used books and join HONOLULU for a round-table reading with a few authors from our “50 Essential Hawai‘i Books” during this two-day event.

Frank F. Fasi Civic Grounds, Free, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.,



Iron & Wine

May 11

Iron and Wine Concert Hawaii
Photo: Courtesy Bamp Project

Sam Beam rose to the forefront of indie-folk in 2002 with Iron & Wine’s first album, The Creek Drank the Cradle, written, performed, recorded and produced in his home studio. Following experimental albums infused with jazz, R&B and pop, Iron & Wine returns to its signature cozy vocals and lo-fi sound with Beast Epic, performed live this month.

$39.50, 8 p.m., The Republik, 1349 Kapi‘olani Blvd., third floor,



Honolulu Triathlon

May 13

Honolulu Triathlon
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Participants of all ages and fitness levels are invited to compete with fellow athletes from across the world in the Olympic and Sprint triathlons, relays, a 10K run and more. 

$50–$290, Ala Moana Beach Park,




​May 17

Gals with lei east west center

Photo: Courtesy of East-West Center

Women support women in this collaborative forum that encourages leadership, entrepreneurship and inspiration. A keynote panel kicks off the event, followed by interactive workshops, an attendee-driven open space and a networking reception featuring bites by local female chefs.

 $75, East-West Center’s IMIN Conference Center at UH-Mānoa, 1777 East-West Road,



Led Zepplica

​May 19

Led Zepplica Concert

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The No. 1 requested tribute band in the world, Led Zepplica has been bringing the magic of Led Zeppelin to the stage since 1989. The band hits Honolulu with a one-night-only show this month. 

$20–$40, Pier 11 at Aloha Tower, 1 Aloha Tower Drive, Suite 3200,



Flight Adventures

June 2 and 3 

The Biggest Little Airshow is on hiatus for 2018, but kids can still climb into cockpits, watch a mini Warbirds West airshow and dive for treats in the Candy Drop. Preregister for an opportunity to fly remote control aircraft on the runway and stay for interactive STEM activities.

$5, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.,



Ukulele Friends: The Sequel

Ukulele Friends Bryan Tolentino Herb Ohta Jr.
Photo: Courtesy Neos productions

Bryan Tolentino & Herb Ohta Jr.

The Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winners are joined by popular ‘uke-ster Jake Shimabukuro and Ho‘okena bassist-vocalist Chris Kamaka on this album, available now. 



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