Things to Do in April in Hawaii

Photo: Courtesy of Merrie Monarch



Get Merrie

Apr. 4-10

Make sure to the watch the Merrie Monarch Festival on TV or in person in Hilo. The festivities include a music festival, an arts and crafts fair, a closing day parade, and, of course, three days of hula competition. For more information, visit



Jazz Hands

Apr. 8

Listen to the smooth sounds of American jazz artist Chris Botti during his concert at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall. Botti is a Grammy-winning musician and has performed with artists such as Sting, Steven Tyler, Yo-Yo Ma, Katharine McPhee and more. Visit for tickets and more information.



Photo: Courtesy Bamp Project

Red Rocker Reunion

Apr. 17

Watch Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer Sammy Hagar as he jams with his touring band, The Wabos. The Red Rocker started off with a solo career before joining Van Halen as David Lee Roth’s replacement. Sing along to Hagar’s hits at Pipeline Cafe. For tickets and more information, visit

Photo: Courtesy Life Foundation

Walk for Life

Apr. 18

Stand up against the spread of HIV and AIDS in Hawaii by participating in the 19th annual Honolulu AIDS walk, a benefit for the nonprofit Life Foundation. You can walk—or run—in the 5K loop around Kapiolani Park. You can even form a team with your friends or co-workers. Visit for more information.

Windward Triathalon

Apr. 18

The Windward Side is home to the ninth annual Jaco Rehab/Jamba Juice Lanikai Triathlon. The triathlon consists of a 500 meter swim and 20K bike ride, finished by a 5K run. Visit for more information.

Support UH Art

Apr. 25-May 14

Show your support for the incoming art talent at the annual BFA exhibition at the University of Hawaii Art Gallery. The exhibition features recent work in painting, printmaking, photography, graphic design and more. All works are created by UH students who will receive a bachelor’s of fine arts this year. Visit for more information. 

Year of the Quilt

Apr. 30-May 9

Head down to the Honolulu Academy Art Center for the Hawaii Quilt Guild’s annual quilt show. The guild’s members will present a variety of quilt pieces, including traditional patchwork, Asian-inspired quilts, Hawaiian quilts and art quilts. Visit for more information.