The 8 Best Things To Do in November 2017

This month, check out a new exhibit at Bishop Museum, trot 10 miles, watch local films and more.


Hawai‘i International Film Festival

Nov. 2–12

HIFF Kuleana
photo: courtesy of JACK GRACE

One of the most anticipated films of this year’s festival is the local indie piece Kuleana, starring an all-Hawai‘i cast. It screens at Dole Cannery on Nov. 3 and 5. Check online for the full festival schedule, including events at other venues.

Regal Dole Cannery 18,



Who’s Bad—The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience

Nov. 3 and 4

Michael Jackson
Photos: Thinkstock

The Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra’s musicthatROCKS series kicks off with a concert from Who’s Bad, the longest-running Michael Jackson tribute band. Expect to see some of MJ’s signature moves on stage, bolstered by the symphony’s masterful accompaniment.

Blaisdell Concert Hall, $15–$89,



Holo Moana: Generations of Voyaging

Nov. 4 through June 24, 2018

photo: courtesy of polynesian voyaging society ‘ōiwi tv

Over the past few decades—and the past year, especially—Polynesian voyaging has experienced a revival and made international headlines, from Hōkūle‘a’s trip around the world to the Disney blockbuster Moana. This exhibition explores its resurgence with interactive videos, including footage from the original launch of Hōkūle‘a in the mid-1970s.

Bishop Museum,



Ja Rule and Ashanti

Nov. 18

Ashanti Ja Rule
photo: courtesy of UAA

Ja Rule’s Fyre Festival fiasco doesn’t seem to have diminished the rapper’s popularity—tickets for the 7 p.m. concert sold out immediately. He teams up with longtime collaborator Ashanti for two shows that will feature throwback gems “Mesmerize” and “Always On Time.”

7 and 10:30 p.m., Blaisdell Concert Hall, $44–$110,



Hawai‘i Tennis Open

Nov. 19–26


The second annual event, a Women’s Tennis Association tournament, will showcase some of the top female tennis players in the world.

Patsy T. Mink Central O‘ahu Regional Park,



Turkey Trot

Nov. 23

Turkey Trot

As the Honolulu Marathon creeps nearer, make sure you’re on top of your training! Even if you’re not planning to run the full 26.2 miles come December, you can still join in this 10-mile run. The fun of this one? Fastest doesn’t mean best—runners attempt to predict their finish time and win prizes based on whoever comes closest.

Kapiolani Park Bandstand,


SEE ALSO: A Beginner’s Guide to Surviving the Honolulu Marathon



Jo Koy

Nov. 25

Jo Koy
Photo: Courtesy of Jo Koy

There will be two shows: 7 and 9:30 p.m. You can also check out Jo Koy’s latest comedy special, Live from Seattle, on Netflix.

Blaisdell Concert Hall, $35–$45,





photo: courtesy of

Nāpua’s fourth album ventures beyond traditional Hawaiian music, incorporating covers of a country song (“Good As I Was To You”) and even a Japanese lullaby (“Warabigami”). The Maui native is also a kumu hula and Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner.

You may recognize Nāpua’s voice from the Disney Pixar short film, “Lava.”

$9.99, Pihana Productions LLC,