Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: Aug. 8–11, 2019

Watch a broadway classic, learn the aloha shirt’s history, experience all things Korea and more.

Photo: Courtesy of Alastair Muir


Phantom of the Opera

Wednesday, Aug. 7 to Sunday, Sept. 1


The Phantom of the Opera is here! Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic Broadway production comes to Hawai‘i for the first time in 25 years in one of the world’s largest touring productions. Producer Cameron Mackintosh brings new life to Broadway’s longest-running show through new choreography and staging. You can also expect the special effects of Broadway, including the show’s legendary chandelier crash, along with The Phantom’s famous songs “Music of the Night,” “Angel of Music” and “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again.” Opening weekend seats are available but scarce—pick up the last ones, or wait a weekend or two for a better view.

$40–$150. Blaisdell Concert Hall, 777 Ward Ave.


Talk Story with Dale Hope, Author of The Aloha Shirt

Thursday, Aug. 8, 6 to 8 p.m.


Nobody knows who created the first aloha shirt back in the 1920s, but Dale Hope knows the rest about the beloved garment’s history. He wrote the book on aloha shirts (literally) and will share the aloha shirt’s history at his upcoming talk story session. While you’re there, get a copy of The Aloha Shirt signed and peruse Ward Village’s newest gallery dedicated to aloha shirts, curated by Hope. The Vintage Lines exhibit is on view from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day until Sept. 30.

Free. Ward Village First Floor Gallery, 1240 Ala Moana Blvd.


Photo: Courtesy of Hawai‘i Korean Chamber of Commerce


Korean Festival

Saturday, Aug. 10, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Whether you come for the K-Pop, the kim chee or the culture, the Korean Festival delivers. The Hawai‘i Korean Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual festival to support the Korean community through scholarships, workshops and community programs. More than 70 vendors will sell you festival memorabilia, K-Pop merchandise and Korean food favorites including tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes) and kimbap. While dancers, singers and martial artists will provide constant entertainment all day, make sure to stay for the headlining K-Pop acts, Ladies Code and eSNa, from 7 to 8 p.m.

Free. Victoria Ward Park, 980 Auahi St.


SEE ALSO: Your Ultimate Guide to the 2019 Korean Festival in Honolulu


Southwest Sunset on the Beach: Coco

Saturday, Aug. 10, 4:30 to 10 p.m.


Pack a beach chair, a picnic and plenty of tissues for this month’s Sunset on the Beach featuring Pixar’s Oscar-winning Coco. The main character Miguel travels as far as the Land of the Dead to uncover the truth about his family, which will have you in happy tears at the end. Festivities including giant Jenga, face painting and live music start at 4:30 p.m. and Coco starts at 7:30.

Free. Queen’s Surf Beach Park, 2715 Kalākaua Ave.



The Joy of Sake Honolulu Festival

Friday, August 9  |  6:30 to 9 p.m.

Read more


Lauren Roth Art Show at International Market Place

Friday, August 9  |  7 to 9 p.m.

Read more


Macbeth at Hawai‘i Shakespeare Festival

Friday, August 9 to Saturday, August 24  |  7:30 to 10 p.m.

Read more


Down to Earth Kailua Grand Opening

Saturday, August 10  |  10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Read more


Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival

Saturday, August 10  |  12 to 6 p.m.

Read more


Waikīkī Street Jam

Saturday, August 10  |  4 to 10 p.m.

Read more


Looking for more things to do? Check out our events calendar.


Looking for fun new ways to experience the city? HONOLULU’s got you covered with HNLTix, your brand-new local resource for all things social—fundraisers, concerts, comedy shows, expos and everything in between. Discover your next can’t-miss event, share your favorites with friends, or promote your own event and sell tickets online. To see what’s coming up next in Honolulu, visit