Things to Do in April in Hawaii

April is about action: explosive martial-arts displays, dramatic kabuki plots and feats of valor by Scottish strongmen.

Photo: Esther Pullman

Green | House | Divided

April 1-30

Take a peek into private greenhouses across the U.S. and Europe through the photographs of Esther Pullman, on display for the first time in Hawaii at the Pegge Hopper Gallery in Chinatown.


Hawaiian Scottish Festival

April 2-3

Watch strongmen compete in Highland games at the annual Scottish festival in Kapiolani Park, which also includes music, dancing and vendors, all with Scottish flair.


Photo: Tim Bostock Productions

JUMP Martial Arts Comedy Show

April 5-17

Martial arts and comedy collide in a show that mixes a Korean sitcom plot with serious tae kwan do displays. Tickets from $30 to $70.


Photo: Reece Farinas

The Vengeful Sword

April 8-24

After seven years, kabuki returns to the stage in Hawaii in a story about a bloodthirsty sword. Performed in English by UH-Manoa students; tickets are $20.


ConTempo 2011

April 16

Change is in the air. The Contemporary Museum’s annual fundraiser is moving from its own grounds to the Waikiki Edition, but still features amazing artwork at auction. Individual tickets $500, tables start at $5,000.


Photo: WME Entertainment

B.B. King Concert

April 27

Listen to the king of blues live at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center, singing from a repertoire that includes iconic songs such as “The Thrill Is Gone.”


Photo: iStock

Rockin’ Hula Baby

April 30

This first annual Rockin’ Hula Baby dance party gets the wiggles out of those kids with a dance area, play area and—for the lucky parents—a quiet area. There are snacks for the kids and cocktails for the grownups.


Photo: Lionel Lum

Kawaii Kon Anime Convention

April 29-May 1

Anime enthusiasts can buy or sell art, participate in a costume contest, enter an art challenge or sing karaoke at the annual Kawaii Kon at the Hawaii Convention Center.