Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: Oct. 6–12, 2022
Sing anyway you want it with Journey, stroll through a pumpkin patch and listen to spooky stories at the zoo.
Tuesday, Oct. 11, and Wednesday, Oct. 12, 6:30 and 9 p.m.
Broadway-star-turned-comedian Rita Rudner takes the stage with her signature anecdotal and observational approach to stand-up comedy. Some of her more popular stories involve marriage and what life’s like as a 60-something female. You might recognize her from The Tonight Show and from her special, Rita Rudner: Live From Las Vegas.
Waimānalo Country Farms’ Fall Harvest Festival
Tuesday through Sunday, Oct. 1 through Nov. 20
Hop on for a hayride, take ’gram-worthy selfies in gorgeous sunflower fields, feed farm animals, eat grilled sunflowers and sip on sweet tea at this annual pumpkin patch festival. Bring cash if you want to decorate pumpkins or shop at the country market for fresh corn, honey and homemade cornbread. Note: There’s no eating while in the field and no outside food or drinks are allowed at the festival, other than water. Also, while driving through, make sure to keep your speed under 5 mph. And don’t cut any sunflowers to take home—they are available to purchase for $3.
The Honolulu Zoo’s Histories & Mysteries Tour
Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 5–7 p.m.
The Honolulu Zoo is offering a special walking tour for folks 8 and older. During the tour, guides will share more than a dozen stories that staff members have experienced or have heard from other employees, including spooky tales of the zoo’s haunted history. Space is limited, so reserve online. Each tour is limited to 25 people.
Hawai‘i Readings in Support of Salman Rushdie
Saturday, Oct. 8, 1 p.m.
Members of Hawai‘i’s literary community and advocates of free expression rally this weekend for controversial author Salman Rushdie, who faces a long recovery after surviving a violent attack on his life last month. During the event, Hawai‘i authors will read selections from Rushdie’s books and writings. Speakers include Kaui Hart Hemmings, Alexander Maksik, R. Keao NeSmith, Tyler McMahon, Donald Carreira Ching, Brandon Jones, HONOLULU contributing editor Don Wallace, Tom Gammarino and Nandi Odhiambo, and Stuart Coleman. This event is organized by PEN America, the Hawai‘i Book and Music Festival, Hawai‘i State Library and the University of Hawai‘i Better Tomorrow Speakers Series.
Mary & Joe
Tuesday, Oct. 10, to Wednesday, Oct. 12
Directed by Alan Shepard, this play is set following a futuristic apocalypse. War has ended modern civilization. Technology, government and religion are all gone and only two small groups remain. They have only one copy of the King James Bible and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. See how it unfolds onstage.
Skeleton Key Hawai‘i: Terror Planet
Various days and times, Oct. 7–31
Skeleton Key Hawai‘i’s haunted attraction returns for a fifth year with a new otherworldly theme: “Terror Planet.” The hair-raising production is known for its professional-level costumes, characters, lighting and set design. There’s a VIP option in which guests can operate a gag in the production to scare audiences. For children, there are keiki viewings with mild scares and candy stations—still, probably best for kids 10 and older.
Take Me Back To Chicago Tour
Saturday, Oct. 8, and Sunday, Oct. 9, 6:30 & 9 p.m.
Legendary songs from ’70s band Chicago come back to life as the band’s original drummer and co-founder, Danny Seraphine, takes the stage. Seating is first come, first served and there’s a $10 food and beverage minimum per person.
Wednesday, Oct. 5, and Thursday, Oct. 6, 8 to 11 p.m.
Journey, we never stopped believing you’d be back. One of America’s most beloved bands performs at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena to promote its 15th studio album, Freedom. Concert promoter Rick Bartalini will donate $1 for every ticket purchased to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre. There are only a few more seats left for the Oct. 6 show, so get your tickets now.
$150 and up, Neal Blaisdell Center, 777 Ward Ave., ticketmaster.com
Dvorak’s New World Symphony
Saturday, Oct. 8, 7:30 to 10 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 9, 4 to 6:30 p.m.
The Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra provides a riveting concert by Grammy Award-winning American composer Michael Daugherty. “Symphony No. 9 in E minor,” better known as “the New World Symphony,” was composed by Antonin Dvorak in 1893 and is one of his most popular works. Dane Lam will conduct the HSO while principal timpanist Brad Davis takes center stage.
Special Olympics Hawai‘i’s 13th Annual Over the Edge
Saturday, Oct. 8, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The annual unique fundraiser for Special Olympics returns this Saturday. Thrill-seekers can (safely) rappel 40 stories down the side of the Hyatt Regency Waikīkī Beach Resort. Individuals under 18 years old must have a parent or legal guardian attend the event to sign the consent waiver.