Things to Do on O‘ahu in November

Festivals, films and other special events will have you laughing, running, shopping and eating your way through the month.


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Nov. 3–13

Various prices, times and locations

The Hawai‘i International Film Festival—the premier cinematic event in the Pacific and one of the top film festivals in the U.S.—will feature movies from more than 40 countries, as well as industry panels and career development workshops. The majority of in-theater screenings for the hybrid festival will be at Consolidated Kāhala and Ward theaters.


SEE ALSO: 6 Reasons to Attend Hawai‘i International Film Festival This Fall


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Made in Hawai‘i Festival

Nov. 11–13 / Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Tickets start at $13 / Ala Moana Center

The state’s beloved and longest-running showcase of made-in-Hawai‘i products will feature food, books, fashion, crafts and jewelry from nearly 400 vendors. Entertainment includes Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning artists Melvin Leed, Robi Kahakalau & Kala‘e Camarillo, Kawika Kahiapo and Hōkū Zuttermeister.





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Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival

Nov. 3–6

Various prices, times and locations

Featuring more than 150 internationally renowned culinary talents, the festival this year includes more than 20 events that span three islands. The O‘ahu portion, Nov. 3–6, highlights acclaimed winemakers, and tips on making a charcuterie board and more. By purchasing a ticket, you’ll not only experience award-winning food and drink, but proceeds will support local food suppliers—think farmers, fishermen, ranchers—as well as help fund culinary colleges in the state and agricultural education for keiki.




Kaiwi Coast Run & Walk

Nov. 20 / 6:45 a.m.

$45–$150 / Kaiwi Coast

Soak up the views as you run or walk 4 miles along this scenic section of Kalaniana‘ole Highway to support Hawai‘i Kai community programs. The course begins at Sandy Beach and ends at Hui Nalu Canoe Club.





Nov. 5 / 7:30 p.m.

Tickets from $5 / Hawai‘i Theatre

Expect the unexpected at this evening of love, joy and inclusion featuring Lea Almanza, Starr Kalahiki, Lady Laritza La Bouche, special guest Brandy Lee, and your host, the wondrous Miss Candi Shell.




The Game’s Afoot, or Holmes for the Holidays

Nov. 17–Dec. 4 / 3 and 7:30 p.m.

$24–$42 / Mānoa Valley Theatre

The play, about renowned early stage and screen actor William Gillette, is a humorous murder-mystery adventure.




Hear Hawai‘i Workshop: Lā Kū‘oko‘a (Hawaiian Independence Day)

Nov. 12 / noon and 2 p.m.

Free / ‘Iolani Palace

These cultural classes bring Hawaiian voices and stories to life. In this month’s workshop, participants will learn about the history and importance of Lā Kū‘oko‘a, aka Hawai‘i’s Independence Day, first celebrated on Nov. 28, 1843.