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.
FAIRS & EXPOS
North Shore Ocean Fest
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, turtlebayresort.com
Kool and the Gang
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, koolandthegang.com
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, hisymphony.org
THEATER & ARTS
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, missionhouses.org
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, pbshawaii.org
FAIRS & EXPOS
Honolulu Mini Maker Faire
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, makerfairehonolulu.com
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, wwe.com/wwe-live-honolulu
He Leo Huali
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, mountainapplecompany.com
Celebrate tattoo artist Norman Keith Collins at the second annual Sailor Jerry Festival in Chinatown on June 11.
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