Top 6 Must-Attend Events This Week in Honolulu

March 25–29: Wear your favorite anime costume, hear inspiring speeches by some of Hawai'i’s community leaders and other events to check out.
Top of Waikīkī/Skybar’s raisin miso-glazed short rib with wasabi arugula chimichurri. This is one of the dishes that will be served at FROLIC Hawai‘i’s something new event.
Photo: Mari Taketa


Something New

Wednesday, March 25

You might want to skip lunch to make sure you’re ready for Frolic Hawai‘i’s inaugural food and drink event: Something New. The event features an all-star roster of rising chefs, including Lee Anne Wong (Koko Head Café), Michelle Karr-Ueoka (MW Restaurant), Andrew Le (Pig & the Lady), Chris Kajioka (formerly Vintage Cave), Mark Noguchi (MISSION and Pili Group), Rachel Murai (Pig & the Lady), Will Chen (FreshBox), Ed Morita (Off the Wall Craft) and Lance Kosaka (Top of Waikiki and Skybar). Along with ramen, rice, beef and dessert bars, various drinks will be making their Hawai‘i debut, including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire and Lanikai Brewing Company’s craft beers. Ukulele star Taimane Gardner will also perform.

For more on the event, and to buy tickets, visit Tickets $75, 6–8:30 p.m. at the M and Row Bar at Restaurant Row. 


Art & Flea

Thursday, March 26

More than 60 fashion, art, music and food vendors will be at this month’s 8-bit-themed shopping event in Kaka‘ako. There will also be an eating contest, lip sync contests, DJ sets and an art installation inspired by 8-bit.

$3, 5–10 p.m., 1020 Auahi St., Kaka‘ako,


Ka‘iulani at Kumu Kahua

March 26-April 26

This dramatic play that originally premiered on Kumu Kahua’s stage in 1987, follows the various stages of Princess Ka‘iulani’s life from a young girl at school in England to a royal during the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy. The play features a Greek/Hawaiian chorus and a Hawaiian chanter.

Kumu Kahua Theatre, 46 Merchant St., Honolulu, 536-4441,


Kawaii Kon

March 27-March 29

Dress in your best anime costume and visit the Convention Center for Kawaii Kon’s three-day convention. Fans of anime, manga and Japanese culture will enjoy workshops, panels, competitions and guest appearances by actors, artists, musicians and writers.

Hawai‘i Convention Center, 1801 Kalākaua Ave.,


TEDxHonolulu 2015

March 28

Hawai‘i’s community leaders come together for a day of sharing innovative thoughts to curious audiences. Speakers such as Steven Chiang, Vicki Johnson, Jennifer Dotson, Hayden Atkins, Dawn Lippert and Patrick Sullivan will explore solutions in the industries of technology, health, sustainability, education and the arts.

$85 general, $75 students. 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., UH at Mānoa Campus Center, 2500 Campus Rd.,


Hawai‘i Sketch Comedy Festival

Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29

The festival is filled with workshops to help budding comedians hone their acting and writing skills. But there’s also a night of live comedy performances for the rest of us who just want a reason to laugh all night.

$10+, various locations,