The 8 Best Things to Do in September 2016

Earth, Wind & Fire says there “never was a cloudy day” in September. See them perform, along with a fitness competition, a wood show and other fun events.


Hawai‘i VA Games

September 4

Hawai‘i VA Games
Photo: David Croxford 


Come watch some of Hawai‘i’s most hardcore athletes, along with qualifying teams from out of state, compete in six fitness events over two days. (Day Two is at the Blaisdell; Sept. 3, Day One, will feature a free swim-and-run competition at Kailua Beach Park from 7 to 10 a.m) It’s basically CrossFit for charity. 

8:30 a.m., $15, free for children under 10, Blaisdell Arena,



Sounds of Aloha: A Cappella, Barbershop Style

September 10

Atherton’s summer season comes to a close with four quartets from the Sounds of Aloha Chorus performing Broadway hits, pop, jazz and more.

$15–$30, Atherton Performing Arts Studio,



Journeys: Heritage of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

Through January 29, 2017

Journeys: Heritage of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

Photo: Courtesy of NOAA 


Explore the cultural and natural significance of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, from the Battle of Midway to endemic species to places of religious rites. One of the highlights of the exhibit is a set of stone figures from Mokumanamana, the second-smallest island, which is covered with dozens of heiau. 

Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., $14.95 kama‘āina, Bishop Museum,



Hula Girl Festival

September 15 to 18

There are plenty of local hula festivals, but this new one celebrates hula dancers (and musicians) from Japan. We’re especially excited for the comedy hula exhibition.

Various locations,



Hawai‘i’s Woodshow

September 17 through October 2

Come see gorgeous wood sculptures, furniture, instruments and other artwork made from Hawai‘i-grown trees. Because of its rapid decline in the wild, ‘ōhi‘a lehua is no longer allowed to be used in the show, along with other rare, endangered and lesser-known trees. 

Free, Honolulu Museum of Art School,




Brian Chang 


If Michael Bublé were from Hawai‘i, this is probably what he’d sound like.




Hawai‘i State Numismatic Association Coin Show

September 23 to 25 

This year’s theme is “Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary Commemoration,” so be on the lookout for cool coins, stamps, postcards and other collectible items reflecting that era. Even if you’re not planning on attending the show, if you find a dollar bill on O‘ahu marked with “HSNA” on the back, it could be worth big bucks—a $500 gift certificate to the show for the first one found, $200 for the next, and $100 each for the next three. There are 100 marked bills in circulation, so good luck! 

Free, noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Hawai‘i Convention Center Room 316,



Earth, Wind & Fire

September 27

Earth, Wind & Fire

Photo: Courtesy of Rick Bartalini Presents 


Why, yes, we do remember the 21st night of September: Love was changing the minds of pretenders while chasing the clouds away … 

8 p.m., $45.50–$135.50, Blaisdell Arena,


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