The 8 Best Things to Do in October 2015

There’s nothing scarier than missing these great events, from an extravagant costume exhibit to local music legends.


World of WearableArt™

Oct. 3–Feb. 1

Photo: Courtesy of World of WearableArt™


Breathtaking outfits made from atypical materials, such as taxidermy birds or wood, stood out in the World of WearableArt international design competition held in New Zealand. Now, 32 award-winning pieces will travel to Hawai‘i for the first U.S. display of the exhibition. Expect the unexpected. 

Bishop Museum,



Hawaiian Humane Society’s PetWalk

Oct. 11 

Photo: Thinkstock 

Pets in costumes! Pets on floats! It’s like your Instagram feed, only IRL.  

Magic Island,




“The Art of Peace” Gala

Oct. 17

Photo: Pegge Hopper

For the Domestic Violence Action Center’s 25th anniversary of helping victims of abuse, the organization is putting together a night of performance and visual arts, jewelry, fashion and a silent auction, all on the theme of how art provides hope and healing. Pegge Hopper donated one of her designs (above) to commemorate the milestone. See it on reusable bags or mugs you can purchase at the event.  

5:30–9:30 p.m., Pomaika‘i Ballrooms, Dole Cannery, $200,





The Rough Riders

Oct. 23 

Photo: Courtesy of The Rough Riders 


Three of Hawai‘i’s greatest musicians, Henry Kapono, John Cruz and Brother Noland, wrap up their “We Ride” tour of the West Coast and the Islands at the Hawai‘i Theatre. Kick it up a notch with a VIP ticket, which gets you premium seating, parking, a drink, a CD and a special acoustic performance before the show.  

7:30 p.m.,  Hawai‘i Theatre, $37–$147,


Hall & Oates

Oct. 24

Photo: Mick Rock

Daryl Hall and John Oates will make your dreams come true with some of the hits they’ve been performing together for the past 45 years, such as “Maneater,” “Kiss on My List,” “Private Eyes,” “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)” and “Rich Girl.” They’re the most successful duo of all time, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, so make sure you get tickets before they sell out. If not, there’s also Slayer on Oct. 12 and 13.

8 p.m., Blaisdell Arena, $59–$119,





Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Oct. 24

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We may all be touched by cancer in our lives, whether through our own diagnoses or those of loved ones. Help the American Cancer Society raise money to support research, provide care and educate patients while completing a 5K. After all, exercise does help prevent illness.

Richardson Field, Ford Island,






Russell Peters

Oct. 30

We loved him as a judge on Last Comic Standing and as a selfie-seeking cop in the movie Chef, but our favorite version of Russell Peters is as a stand-up comedian. “Be a man” never gets old.  

$45.50–$55.50, Blaisdell Concert Hall,



Over the Edge

Nov. 7 

Start fundraising now for the Special Olympics Hawai‘i thrill of a lifetime: rappelling more than 400 feet down the side of the Hyatt. The event is next month, but each participant is asked to raise at least $1,000, and spaces are expected to fill up in advance.  

$100 to register, Hyatt Regency Waikīkī Beach Resort and Spa,


Did you know? Hawai‘i Pops kicks off its next season this month, starting with Part 2 of Dancing Through the Decades, last season’s finale.