Things to Do in October in Hawaii

October is a patchwork of cultural events. This month, hear a good story, learn how to fish, get super scared, watch aerial acrobats and drink kava.


Oct. 4-14

Cirque du Soleil has a lot of shows. This one is about a young girl’s escape into a world of imagination (but aren’t they kind of all?). Neal S. Blaisdell Arena; tickets $32 to $80.

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Terror at the Tower

Oct. 5-7 and 12-31

This haunted house has 29 scary rooms, and you’ll probably scream in all of them. For one month, Aloha Tower transforms into the Tower of Terror. Tickets are $13, ages 14 and up.

Hawaii Fishing and Seafood Festival

Oct. 7

Learn how to fish at Honolulu’s Fishing Village at Pier 38. There are also fresh seafood booths, longline boat and fish auction tours, gyotaku printing and more. Bonus: shuttle service from HCC.

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World Egg Day

Oct. 12

Buy local! That includes cage-free eggs from Maile Moa Farm in Waianae, sold at both Oahu Whole Food locations. The eggs are also used in the store’s frittatas, omelets and the chef’s case-prepared foods.

24th Annual Talk Story Festival

Oct. 19-20

Everyone loves a good story. For two nights, hear nine storytellers each evening. Hosted by Jeff Gere, the festival features sign interpreters and storytellers such as “Tita” Kathy Collins, Shain Miller, Ed Chevy and more.

photo: courtesy tony novak-clifford

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Chamber Music Hawaii concert

Oct. 22

The Galliard String Quartet performs pieces from Beethoven, Turina and Bartok at the Doris Duke Theatre. A second concert takes place Oct. 29 at the Paliku Theatre at WCC. Tickets, $20 to $25.

Dukes of September

Oct. 24

If you love Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs, then you don’t want to miss this concert. The three will rock together as one band. On one stage. For one night. Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall.

Kava Festival

Oct. 27

Get your kava, or awa, fix at UH Manoa. There are kava samples, pai ai and poi-pounding demos, food booths, music, and more.

photo: courtesy tammy takimoto