The Best Events and Things to Do on O‘ahu in June and July
Outdoor adventurer, indoor enthusiast, stand-up comedy admirer, Hawaiian music lover, yacht appreciator: Whoever you are, get ready for an action-packed start to the summer.
CELEBRATE Father’s Day
While our dads typically say they don’t need or require any attention, let’s not forget to show them a little extra love on June 20. Do you have an outdoorsy sort of pops? Try your luck at booking a camping spot, spend the day fishing or steal an idea from our go-to outdoor list. Do you have a grilling and beer kind of dad? Order local dry-aged steaks from Farm Link Hawai‘i and pick them up, along with a few bottles or crowlers of local craft beer, from Lanikai Brewing or Beer Lab HI. For artsy dads, refer to our indoor summer picks at left.
ADMIRE Artists and Athletes
When you need a siesta from the sun, here are three very good reasons to head inside: Get to the Village Books & Music store by Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i pop-up at Ward before it leaves us early this month. The collection of records, books and art (oh my goodness, the art) is too incredible to miss. Then stop by Bishop Museum for its latest exhibition, Pow! Wow! The First Decade: From Hawai‘i to the World, presented by Hawaiian Airlines, for 10 years of festival murals, installations and sculptures by notable artists from Hawai‘i and around the world. And finally, HBO will premiere 100 Foot Wave on July 18. The six-part docu-series follows local big-wave surfing pioneer (and a Guinness World Record-holder for the largest wave ever surfed) Garrett McNamara’s 10-year journey to conquer a perfect 100-foot wave.
GET OUT Into the Summer Sun
Pandemic pending, the month of June should keep us outside this year with Global Running Day on June 2, World Environment Day on June 5, World Oceans Day on June 8, Nature Photography Day on June 15 and International Picnic Day on June 18. Add in the longest day of the year, June 20, which lands on a Sunday, and you’ll be summer shamed if you miss out on the outdoor fun our island has to offer. Just promise you’ll wear a big hat and some reef-safe sunscreen, please.
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The writer, comedian, actor, podcaster and Tom Cruise look-alike (if you know, you know) has been in Hawai‘i Theatre’s lineup for more than a year (due to the pandemic) but her live stand-up will be worth the wait. For a Notaro refresher course, catch her 2018 Netflix special Happy To Be Here, then binge watch Star Trek: Discovery before finishing up with Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead.
$35–$54.50, Hawai‘i Theatre Center, hawaiitheatre.com
Hawai‘i’s top-selling female vocalist and 18-time Nā Hōkū winner Amy Hānaiali‘i takes the stage this month for a two-show, one-night-only gig.
$25–$35, Blue Note Hawai‘i, bluenotehawaii.com
King Kamehameha Day (June 11) lands on an Aloha Friday this year.
Daddy Long Legs
This two-actor musical, loosely based on Jean Webster’s 1912 novel Daddy Long Legs, tells the story of Jerusha Abbott, an 18-year-old orphan who is given an all-expenses-paid pass to a local college in Massachusetts by an unknown benefactor. A case of mistaken identities ensues, much like when this writer learned this is not the same Hollywood musical starring the legendary Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron.
$22–$40, Mānoa Valley Theatre, manoavalleytheatre.com
Begins July 13
The Californians are coming! A brainchild of King David Kalākaua, the biennial yacht race from Long Beach to Honolulu is now in its 51st edition. So far, 60 teams have signed up for the 2,225-nautical-mile race.
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