The 9 Best Things to Do in January

If your resolution is to get out more, eat healthier or plan your wedding, we’ve got you covered. If you just want to sing along to “Rocket Man,” we’ve got you there, too.

The Hawai‘i Pops Orchestra

January 3

The second concert in Hawai‘i Pops’ nightclub series is titled “Jazz That Rocks! The Music of Blood Sweat & Tears, Steely Dan and Chicago,” so you know it’s going to get you on your feet. It is in a ballroom, after all.

$40–$95, Sheraton Waikīkī Ballroom,


Straight No Chaser

January 3

The best thing about this male a cappella group (other than its talent) is its whimsy. Check the guys out on YouTube. 

$25.50–$47.50, Hawai‘i Theatre,


Quadrantid Meteor Shower

January 3 and 4

If you’re up all weekend celebrating the New Year, go outside and look north. The best time to see meteors is late Saturday night, before dawn on Sunday.


Living Foods Challenge

January 4–February 1

Do you think you can eat nothing but living, organic, farm-fresh foods for 28 days? With workshops every Sunday and discounts at sponsored farms and stores, there’s no better way to start the New Year (and offset the ravages of New Year’s Eve partying) than by getting healthy.



PlayBuilders Festival of Original Plays

Fridays, January 9–24

Photo: Klaris Lo

Judges will choose a handful of plays—written by local playwrights or about Hawai‘i—to be read during the festival, with a chance that outstanding plays may be produced by local theaters in the future. New this year: scripts from writers ages 12–18.

$5–$10, Leeward Lab Theatre,


Elton John

January 10

Photo: Courtesy of Blaisdell Center

We hope Elton doesn’t mind that we put down in words how wonderful life is when he’s in the Islands. This is the 20th time Elton John will perform at the Blaisdell. 

8 p.m., $35.50–$159.50, Blaisdell Arena,


Comedian Nick Swardson

January 16 and 17

Photo: Courtesy of Bamp Project

“Girls like tall guys, which is frustrating. You never hear a girl like, ‘I met this guy. He is so hot. He’s so short! You can barely see him.’”

$29–$44, The Republik,


Hawai‘i Bridal Expo

January 16–18

Photo: Eugene Kam Photography

You might be a bride-to-be, or you might be single and looking—all that matters is that you’re into weddings and everything that goes with them (including cakes!). 

Friday, 5:30–10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m., $8–$10, Blaisdell Exhibition Hall,


Sharon’s Ride.Run.Walk

January 25

All that really matters is that you get moving.

$30–$90, Starts at Kapi‘olani Community College,


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