Things to Do on O‘ahu in Summer 2022

Jack Johnson, New Kids on the Block and the Korean Festival—yes, big events are back!


Editor’s Note: We recommend checking event social media channels and websites for any last-minute changes in Honolulu. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory added more dates on July 6; the event is updated below.


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Jack Johnson Meet The Moonlight Concert

July 29 and 30 / 4:30 p.m.

The singer and musician from the North Shore will perform two concerts at home to promote his new album, Meet The Moonlight, his first full-length release in five years. Event proceeds will benefit the Kōkua Hawai‘i Foundation, a nonprofit started by Johnson and his wife, Kim, that supports environmental education in Hawai‘i schools and communities. Enjoy a glorious evening of music under the stars with Johnson and local artists Paula Fuga and Tavana, who will open the shows. Johnson is encouraging attendees to bike or carpool to the venue, and bring reusable water bottles that can be refilled on-site.

Tickets start at $49 / Waikīkī Shell,



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New Kids on the Block

Aug. 5–7 / 8 p.m.

Brothers Jonathan and Jordan Knight and fellow boy band members Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood may no longer be “kids,” but to their huge fan base, they’re still the hot East Coast guys who sang, danced and knocked out ’80s and ’90s hits like “Step by Step” and “You Got It (The Right Stuff).” With special guest TLC, expect a super fun throwback dance party, with an audience that spans generations.

Ticket prices start at $69.50 / Blaisdell Arena,




Photo: Ross D. Hamamura, Courtesy of the Korean Festival



Korean Festival

Aug. 20 / 11 a.m.–8 p.m

After a two-year pandemic hiatus, the city’s annual celebration of Korean food, music, dance and culture returns for a one-day affair with a theme of “Celebrating Together—Once Again.” The festival features a talent contest, family activities, booths with handcrafted products, and of course, spicy and delicious Korean food! Also in the lineup: a kim chee eating contest, a soju tent and beer garden and K-pop performances.

Free admission; food available for purchase / Honolulu Hale Civic Grounds,


Fans of Hayao Miyazaki can catch his animated classics at the Studio Ghibli Festival, running until Aug. 11 at Kāhala Theatres.



Beyond Monet

Through July 31 / 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Friday and Saturday

An encore to last year’s Beyond Van Gogh, this immersive experience offers a spectacular audiovisual journey through impressionism and the artist’s most iconic works. Featuring such masterpieces as “Poppies,” “Impression: Sunrise” and the iconic “Water Lilies” series, the larger-than-life projections of Monet’s paintings bring his art to life with color and light.

Hawai‘i Convention Center / $18.99–$73.99,


SEE ALSO: 9 Things to Know About Beyond Monet



Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

July 22–Aug. 14 / 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 4 p.m. Sunday

Dive into the magical world of Willy Wonka, as Charlie Bucket secures one of the few golden tickets to tour Wonka’s mysterious factory, complete with Oompa-Loompas and Everlasting Gobstoppers. The musical, based on the beloved Roald Dahl novel and its 1971 film adaptation, features songs from the movie, as well as new original tunes.

$15–$35 / Diamond Head Theatre,



Corinne Bailey Rae

July 26–28 / 8 p.m.

Girl, put your records on! The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter will hit the Blue Note for two nights of soulful R&B.

$55–$65 / Blue Note Hawai‘i,




Jim Jefferies The Moist Tour

Aug. 6 / 7 p.m.

The Sydney native has been entertaining audiences around the world with his rousing and provocative comedy. Last year, his ninth stand-up special, Jim Jefferies Intolerant, came out on Netflix.

$39.75–$159.75 / Hawai‘i Theatre,


This story originally appeared as “Summer Picks” in the July/August 2022 issue of HONOLULU Magazine. Get your copy at and subscribe to the print and digital editions now.


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