The 8 Best Things To Do in October 2016

Listen to fascinating stories, dress up your pet and eat all the chocolate you humanly can this month—and we don’t just mean on Halloween.


14th Annual Chocolate Extravaganza

October 8

14th Annual Chocolate Extravaganza
Photo: Steve Czerniak


All-you-can-eat chocolate. Need we say more?

Emmanuel Episcopal Church, $25–$40,



Talk Story Festival

October 15

Talk Story Festival
Photo: Nicholas Sun


It’s not just a bunch of uncles sitting around talking about their last fishing trip—the Talk Story Festival brings together some of the best storytellers in the state to share tales relating to this year’s theme, Ka Huaka‘i: The Journey.

5:30–8:30 p.m., McCoy Pavilion, free,



La Bohème

October 14, 16 and 18

La Boheme Eiffel Tower
Photo: Thinkstock


See one of Puccini’s greatest works, featuring Mackenzie Whitney’s debut on the Hawai‘i Opera Theatre stage in the role of Rodolfo. (The tenor says it’s his favorite opera.) Oh, to be a bohemian in Paris …

Blaisdell Concert Hall, $34–$135,



CANCELED – Hall & Oates

October 27

Hall and Oates
Photo: Mick Rock





Wāhine Forum

October 27 

Hawaii Business Wahine Forum
Photo: Kurt Stevens Photography


Each year, hundreds of people gather for inspiring panels and workshops geared toward helping women reach their professional goals, as well as deal with issues they encounter in the workplace. The Wāhine Forum is a signature event by our sister magazine Hawai‘i Business

7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Hilton Hawaiian Village, $190–$260,



CFA Championship and Household Pet Cat Show

October 29 

Blue eyed cat
Photo: Thinkstock


Cat lovers who want to learn more about different breeds—or, really, just look at all their floofy, adorable faces—can watch champion cats being judged and browse handmade gift items. 

McCoy Pavilion, Ala Moana Beach Park,  $5 adults, $3 for children under 10 and seniors 65 and older, for more information, call Jo Ann at 234-0832



PetWalk 2016

October 30

Humane Society Petwalk
Photo: Courtesy of Hawaiian Humane Society


Grab your furry friends (anything on a leash except farm animals) and head to Ala Moana Beach Park for PetWalk 2016, where there will be giveaways, games, a pet float competition and a pet costume contest. Heck, join in even if you don’t have a pet—exercise is good for you! There’s no registration fee, but be a pal and raise some funds for the Hawaiian Humane Society. 

8 a.m. (registration begins at 7 a.m.), Magic Island, free,



They Call Me Supermensch

Shep Gordon

Shep Gordon They Call Me Supermensch


Maui-dwelling Shep Gordon, recently featured in Mike Myers’ rock doc Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, was inspired by the film to explore why his life turned out the way it has. Subtitled “A Backstage Pass to the Amazing Worlds of Film, Food and Rock ’n’ Roll,” this autobiography details his humble upbringing and the fateful circumstances that led to him becoming one of the entertainment industry’s most legendary producers.  

$25.99, HarperCollins Publishers, September 2016,