The 9 Best Events on O‘ahu in January 2019

Mark your calendar for a run through black-lit bubbles, 1800s-style Hawaiian music, mochi pounding and more this month.


HONOLULU Family Volunteer Day

Saturday, January 5

Photo: Aaron k. Yoshino


Wade into a family-friendly lo‘i, go algae hunting in Maunalua Bay, clean up a theater, work your way through a keiki-size garden or beautify Waimea Bay at this volunteer day created for keiki and their parents or grandparents.​

Various locations, free,


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Sony Open in Hawai‘i

Monday, January 7 to Sunday, January 13

Sony Open in Hawaii
photo: Courtesy of Sony Open in Hawai‘i


The Sony Open began as the Honolulu Invitational in 1965. This year, more than 100 golf pros will tee off at Wai‘alae Country Club from Jan. 7–13.


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A Night of Sovereign Strings

Saturday, January 12  |  7 p.m.

Sovereign Strings
PHOTO: COURTESY OF Honolulu Museum of art


Step back into the 1800s with this musical tribute to the sounds of song from King Kalākaua’s reign. Master lute maker and musical historian Killin Reece explores this vibrant time of mandolins, ‘ukulele, violins and brass through stories and performances by Raiatea Helm, Keauhou, Jeff Au Hoy, Jeff Peterson and more.

Doris Duke Theatre, $45–$55,


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New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival

Sunday, January 13

Ohana Festival
PHOTO: courtesy of japanese cultural center of hawai‘i


Celebrate the Year of the Pig a few weeks early (Chinese New Year is Feb. 5) with taiko drums, mochi pounding, games and a field full of food booths offering everything from yakisoba to waffle dogs.

Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, free,


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Shipwreck’d on the Body Beautiful or the Tats Dancing Man

Thursday, January 17 to Sunday, February 17 


Honolulu Theatre for Youth’s education director, Daniel Kelin, crosses town for the world premiere of his one-man show. P.T. Barnum’s first tattooed man is shipwrecked in the 1800s and avoids death at the hands of local tribes by performing Irish jigs. We’re intrigued.

Kumu Kahua Theatre, $5–$25,



Foam Glow Run/Bubble Run

Friday, January 18 & Saturday, January 19

Video: courtesy of Foam Glow


These quirky 5Ks offers two opportunities to run. Friday night, people will be blasted with colorful foam. Then, return for more sudsy fun at the Bubble Run on Saturday morning.

Saratoga Avenue in Kalaeloa, $50 each,,


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Filmed in Hawai‘i

Friday, January 25  |  7:30 p.m.

Filmed in Hawai‘i
Photo: hawai‘i symphony orchestra


You don’t need a football game to hear the rousing music of Five-O this month. The Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra tackles signature theme songs from TV shows and movies filmed in the Islands. So, get ready for the sweeping theme from Jurassic Park, mysterious melodies from Lost, whimsical sounds of Hook and other moments from the big and small screen.

Blaisdell Concert Hall, $27–$79,


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Sharon’s Ride.Run.Walk.

Sunday, January 27  |  7 a.m.

Photo: epilepsy foundation of hawai‘i


Get outside to raise money for programs at the Epilepsy Foundation Hawai‘i. The 75K bike ride begins at 7 a.m. followed by the 5K and 10K runs, and a one-mile walk for all ages. Registration for kids 12 years and under is just a dollar.

Kapi‘olani Community College, $1-$30,


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David Sedaris

Monday, January 28  |  7:30 p.m.



Start the year on a sardonic note, with a new book for those rainy winter days. Humorist and National Public Radio contributor David Sedaris will share stories from his new book, Calypso, which is billed as his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious collection. We can’t even imagine. Laugh through his stories followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.

Blaisdell Arena, $47–$67,



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