This Week in Honolulu: The 7 Best Reasons to Get Out

This week, explore art from all over the world, take a nighttime jog in the park and two-step to country music.

Country music star Miranda Lambert will be in Honolulu for a concert on Sept. 20.
Photo: Courtesy of Sony Music


Girl’s Night at Alan Wong’s

Wednesday, September 17

This week, Alan Wong’s Next Generation dinner features the women of the eponymous King Street restaurant: sous chef Kelly Kawachi, chef de partie Donna Famisan, chef de partie Nohea Nebeker, pastry chef de partie Tracy Paulson and mixologist Mayumi Tano. They have created a special menu with Keahole lobster “Kokoda,” shrimp and chicken lumpia with sweet chili vinaigrette, pan-seared salmon, crispy house made chicharron, Wagyu beef ribeye and a strawberry-coconut semifreddo.

$85 per person, $135 with wine pairings, Alan Wong’s Honolulu, 1857 S. King St., Honolulu, 949-2526,


Japanese boy band Arashi

Friday, September 19 and Saturday, September 20

Arashi, a Japanese five-member boy band, was initially formed in Hawai‘i in September, 1999. Now it’s back to its hometown for a 15th anniversary concert at Kō ‘Olina Resort, with two evening performances fronting the lagoon. The mega-popular group has won 22 Japan Gold Disk awards and two Billboard Japan awards.

$75 kids, $150 adults, Kō ‘Olina Resort, 92-1480 Aliinui Dr., Kapolei, 1-800-745-3000,


Support Honolulu’s Firefighters at Signature Chefs Food Festival

Friday, September 19

Join the Honolulu Firefighters Foundation for its fifth annual Signature Chefs Food Festival and spend an evening being wined and dined by Honolulu’s firefighters, along with Starwood Hotels’ best chefs. Purchase your pre-sale tickets now, because they won’t be available for long.

5:30 to 9 p.m., The Royal Hawaiian, 2259 Kalākaua Ave., Waikīkī,


Art Galore at Honolulu Night Market

Saturday, September 20

This month’s Night Market partners with Present Project, a month-long artist residency program. Artists from around the country have taken over two Kakaʻako warehouses and filled them with art. In addition to checking out that overload of creativity, there’ll also be the usual Night Market food, fashion show and music. Look out for farm-fresh food vendors serving up beer-battered fish tacos, apple-banana malasadas, sushi sliders, and the Night Market debut of beverage company Organika Hawai‘i.

Free, 6 to 11 p.m., 449 Cooke St., Kakaʻako, parking available at 555 South St.,


Get lost in the crowds at the Aloha Festivals’ 62nd Annual Waikīkī Ho'olaule'a

Saturday, September 20

Thousands will be roaming Kalākaua Avenue for this annual block party—and ultimate people-watching event—that celebrates the aloha spirit and Hawaiian culture.  Meander through the crowds, sample the food, and watch hula halau and Hawai‘ian music entertainers Mailani, Maunalua and Kapena, among others.

Free, 7 to 10 p.m., Kalākaua Ave., Waikīkī,


Take a jog in the park for JDRF Hawai‘i at Ward Village’s NiteRun

Saturday, September 20

A non-competitive run that supports nonprofit JDRF Hawai‘i and ends with a glow-in-the-dark street party? We’re sold! The 5K course begins at 7 p.m. at Kewalo Basin and snakes through Kakaʻako Waterfront Park and back. Whether you choose to walk or run, there’ll be a funtastic ending at Kewalo Basin Park with food and live entertainment.

$55, 7 p.m., Ward Village, Honolulu,



Miranda Lambert’s two-stepping into town

Saturday, September 20

Country music superstar Miranda Lambert is performing in Honolulu this weekend as part of her nationwide tour. She’s up for nine nominations at this year’s CMT awards, including Album of the Year for Platinum, which was released in June.

$35-$65, Neal Blaisdell Center Arena, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu, 800-745-3000,,