The 8 Best Things to Do in September 2015

Since we know you’ve already got your tickets for the Hale ‘Aina Awards on Sept. 27, here are eight more ways to get out this month.


Tim Rose


Photo: John Hook and Matt Honda

Local musician Tim Rose’s first full-length studio album, largely funded by Kickstarter supporters, hit iTunes this summer, with a CD release last month. With 11 original songs (and one cover of Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth”) recorded at Steelgrass Studios on Kaua‘i, the album shows off Rose’s songwriting and crooner voice, the perfect soundtrack for a long drive or chill night in. Check out the video for the first single, “Be Myself,” online, with guest appearances by local designer Ari Southiphong and others. 



An Evening with Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

September 4

Photo: Courtesy of Bamp Project 


Relax, we’re not venturing into the forest for a sing-along around a campfire (though we’d be down for that). This concert will be more like a blast from the past, where our younger selves will revel in the resurgence of Andrew McMahon, whom we loved as the frontman of Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin in the early 2000s. Fingers crossed he’ll play some of the oldies.  

The Republik,  $33.50–$38 plus fees,



Okinawan Festival

September 5 and 6 

Photo: Hawai‘i United Okinawa Association


It began as a “Cultural Jubilee” at the Ala Moana Hotel in 1971, organized by Hui O Laulima and co-sponsored by the Hawai‘i United Okinawa Association. In 1982, the jubilee morphed into the Okinawan Festival, held at McCoy Pavilion. It moved again in 1985 to Thomas Square before settling into Kapi‘olani Park in 1990, where it continues to bring in tens of thousands of andagi lovers each year. Expect an appearance by Gov. David Ige. Uchinanchu pride! 

Kapi‘olani Park, free,



Wāhine Comedy Festival

September 6 


Thanks to major headway in recent years by Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer, Amy Schumer and others, more people than ever realize that, yes, women are funny. The Female Comics of Hawai‘i will demonstrate that with two shows, at 7 and 9 p.m., headlined by Cate Gary and Robin Tran from California.

The Arts at Marks Garage, $10



The Butterfly

September 18–20

Master of Fine Arts directing candidate Maseeh Ganjali brings this Persian fantasy to life.


Earl Ernst Lab Theatre, UH Mānoa, $8–$18,



The Amazing Hawai‘i Comic Con

September 18–20

Everyone’s buzzing about Stan Lee, the 92-year-old creator of the Marvel Universe, who will be at this event. But you can also meet Kevin Eastman, the creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and artists who have worked on everything from My Little Pony to The Amazing Spider-Man


Hawai‘i Convention Center, $25–$150,


SEE ALSO: Your Complete Guide to Comic Con 2015 Events in Hawai‘i and Here’s What You Need to Know to Survive Comic Con in Hawai‘i



HOT’s 2015–16 Season

Hawai‘i Opera Theatre’s next season, featuring The Magic Flute, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Il Trovatore, doesn’t start until next month, but become a season subscriber by Oct. 1 to take advantage of a special buy-two-get-one-free deal. After all, in drama, things always happen in threes.



Did you know? Uranus’ two largest moons (Titania and Oberon) are named after characters from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

HOT Box Office, 596-7858,



Artists of Hawai‘i

Through October 25

The artists of the Artists of Hawai‘i’ opening reception. 
Photo: Courtesy of Honolulu Museum of Art 


Most exhibitions are curated based on existing artwork. Not this one. Museum staff chose seven artists and one artist collective last September to create art specifically for Artists of Hawai‘i, a biennial showcase of local artists and their work. See Maile Yawata’s ceramic characters, Lauren Trangmar’s witty expressions, Alison Beste’s ambiguous photos and more.

Honolulu Museum of Art,


SEE ALSO: Local Artists Incorporate an iPhone App in Latest Artists of Hawai‘i Exhibit


Join us for Cirque du Cuisine on Sunday, Sept. 27! Dine on circus-inspired dishes from 13 award-winning restaurants under the stars in Waikīkī at the 2016 Hale ‘Aina Awards Celebration. Get your tickets to the event now.