This Week’s Best Events: 12/22 – 12/28

Make the holidays count by taking part in the best events this week.

Film Screening: Soul of a Banquet at Doris Duke Theatre

Monday, December 22 through Wednesday, December 24

This documentary film by Wayne Wang tells the story of James-Beard-award-winner Cecilia Chiang, who was the woman who first popularized to Chinese food in the U.S., by introducing it in San Francisco in 1961.

$10 general, $18 members, 900 S. Beretania St.,


Meet a Hunky Santa

Wednesday, December 24

While jolly old St. Nick is off delivering Christmas presents on Christmas Eve, visit Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand and meet this year’s hunky Santa, named Gabriel, and take photos together (priced from $10 to $20). All proceeds go to the Life Foundation.

No cover, 8 p.m. to midnight, Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, 134 Kapahulu Ave., second floor,


Cosmic Gate at The Republik

Friday, December 26

German EDM duo Cosmic Gate is touring the world to promote its Start to Feel album and stopping at The Republik to perform its trance tracks. With Christmas over, why not practice partying and dancing the night away before New Year’s Day?

Doors open at 9 p.m., Cosmic Gate performs at midnight. The Republik, 1349 Kapi‘olani Blvd., Honolulu,


Save the Sea Turtles 15-Year Anniversary Clean Up

Saturday, December 27

Nonprofit Save the Sea Turtles International has been doing monthly cleanups at Chun’s Reef on the North Shore for 15 years. It will be celebrating that milestone with its final cleanup on Saturday. Not to worry! The torch will be passed on to Sustainable Coastlines Hawai‘i, which will continue cleanup efforts here in the future.

10 a.m., Chun’s Reef Beach, Hale‘iwa,


Listen to “Ode to Joy”

Sunday, December 28 and Tuesday, December 30

The Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra and the O‘ahu Choral Society perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, “Ode to Joy,” at the Blaisdell Concert Hall for two performances only. Get there an hour before the show to listen to a discussion on the pieces to be performed.

$25.60-$72, Blaisdell Concert Hall, 777 Ward Ave.,