The Best 8 Things to Do in June 2016

June has the most daylight hours in the year, so spend them celebrating the ocean, watching a play in a cemetery and checking out what local creatives are making.


North Shore Ocean Fest 

Photos: Thinkstock 

June 4 

No one celebrates World Oceans Day like a community floating in the middle of one. Come by for games, educational booths, raffles, food, art, prizes and more.

Free, Turtle Bay,



Kool and the Gang 

June 7 

Kool and the Gang are keepin’ the funk alive as the longest-running R&B group of all time (45 years). If you have any great photos of them (or other rock, hip-hop, punk or pop groups), the Smithsonian is collecting rock ’n’ roll shots to create a book next year. Find more info online.  

$49.50–$99.50, Blaisdell Concert Hall, 


From Russia With Love 

June 11 and 12

The Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra’s season finale features pianist Olga Kern, the Russian Gold Medal winner of the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and guest conductor Victor Yampolsky. Arrive one hour early to hear them discuss the program and answer questions. 

$34–$92, Blaisdell Concert Hall,



Cemetery Pūpū Theatre: Muses of Hawai‘i

June 17, 18, 24 and 25

Photo: courtesy of hawaiian mission houses


The theatrical experience of this summer tells stories of musician Johnny Noble and authors Emma Nakuina, Thomas Thrum, Ethel M. Damon and Nathaniel B. Emerson, presented by Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives. Tickets tend to sell out, so book early.  

$50, 6 p.m., O‘ahu Cemetery,



Family Ingredients

Starting June 22 

Photo: © renea veneri stewart


It’s been years in the making, and now the series that follows local chefs to their roots through family recipes is set for a six-episode run on PBS Hawai‘i. Tune in to see Alan Wong travel to Japan to visit with a local farmer (Yoshihito Asano, pictured with his wife, Toshiko) who makes tamago gake gohan (raw egg on hot rice), the origins of pipikaula, host Ed Kenney’s family’s relationship with poi and more. 

Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., PBS Hawai‘i,


Photo: Thinkstock 


Honolulu Mini Maker Faire 

June 25

Get inspired by what people are making, from 3-D-printed products to robotics to creative arts.

Free, Sullivan Center for Innovation and Leadership, ‘Iolani School,



WWE Live

June 29

Photo: courtesy of blaisdell center


Chris Jericho may be tough, but the 6-foot, 227-pound wrestler didn’t stand a chance against a shark attacking him on a rollercoaster in Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! He’ll be at this World Wrestling Entertainment event along with World Heavyweight Champ Roman Reigns (pictured), John Cena, Bray Wyatt, Jey and Jimmy Uso, AJ Styles, Charlotte and many others. 

$20–$110, 7:30 p.m., Blaisdell Arena, 



He Leo Huali

Ra‘iātea Helm


Photo: Gary Saito


The ‘ukulele featured on the cover of two-time Grammy nominee Ra‘iātea Helm’s new album He Leo Huali, or “A Pure Voice,” is a Kamaka ‘ukulele from the late 1920s, said to be one of only 50 that were hand-painted.  

$13.98, Raiatea Helm Records,


Celebrate tattoo artist Norman Keith Collins at the second annual Sailor Jerry Festival in Chinatown on June 11.