JUNE 2019Bethoven & RavelNeal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall777 Ward Ave.Honolulu, HI 96814 808-768-52527:30 p.m. June 1-2https://blaisdellcenter.comThe Hawaii Symphony Orchestra’s season finale features the return of Grammy Award-winning artist Augustin Hadelich performing Beethoven’s treasured violin concerto. Celebrated Japanese maestro Naoto Otomo takes the podium in this program that showcases the brilliance of the HSO in works inspired by Greek legends and stories of love, including Ravel’s vibrant and rousing work, “Daphnis et Chloé.”Andy McKeeBlue Note Hawaii2335 Kalakaua Ave.Honolulu, HI 96815 808-777-4890www.bluenotehawaii.comJune 2Andy McKee is among the world’s finest acoustic guitarists, entertaining both the eye and the ear as he magically transforms the steel string guitar into a full orchestra via his use of altered tunings, tapping, partial capos, percussive hits and a signature two-handed technique.Smokestack Presents a Tribute to Amy WinehouseBlue Note Hawaii2335 Kalakaua Ave.Honolulu, HI 96815 808-777-4890www.bluenotehawaii.comJune 6Powerhouse vocalist Smokestack pays tribute to the late Amy Winehouse, English soul singer and songwriter.Keller WilliamsBlue Note Hawaii2335 Kalakaua Ave.Honolulu, HI 96815 808-777-4890www.bluenotehawaii.comJune 9Since he first appeared on the scene in the early 1990s, Keller Williams has defined the term independent artist. His stage shows are rooted around Keller singing his compositions and choice cover songs, while accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. With the use of today’s technology, Keller creates samples on the fly in front of the audience, a technique called live phrase sampling or looping, with nothing pre-recorded, the end result often leans toward a hybrid of alternative folk and groovy electronica.Ali Wong: The Milk & Money TourNeal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall777 Ward AveHonolulu, HI 96814 808-768-5252https://blaisdellcenter.comJune 12-15Ali Wong is a stand-up comic from San Francisco, now living in Los Angeles. Her first Netflix stand-up special, “Baby Cobra,” was filmed while she was seven months pregnant.Eric DariusBlue Note Hawaii2335 Kalakaua Ave.Honolulu, HI 96815 808-777-4890www.bluenotehawaii.comJune 14-15Internationally-known Jazz/R&B Saxophonist, songwriter, producer and performer Eric Darius brings the best of his six highly acclaimed albums to the stage.Willie KBlue Note Hawaii2335 Kalakaua Ave.Honolulu, HI 96815 808-777-4890www.bluenotehawaii.comJune 18The Hawaiian phenomenon Willie K is undoubtedly the only artist in the world who can go into an Irish pub in the middle of Maui and play anything from indigenous acoustic Hawaiian music to jazz, reggae, rock, country and even opera.Martha Reeves and the VandellasBlue Note Hawaii2335 Kalakaua Ave.Honolulu, HI 96815 808-777-4890www.bluenotehawaii.comJune 21-23The legendary singer shares her hits, including the gospel-tinged “Nowhere to Run,” the classic soul favorite “My Baby Loves Me,” the pop anthem “Jimmy Mack” and her signature, “Dancing in the Street.”Friends of the Library of Hawai’i Music & Book SaleOahu (Honolulu)McKinley High School Cafeteria1039 S. King St.Honolulu, HI 96814 808-536-4174http://fihhawaii.orgJune 22-30For more than 70 years, this annual sale has offered selections of new and used, out-of-print and bestselling books and media. Choose from over 150,000 books in every category imaginable — plus CDs, DVDs, comics and manga — during this 11-day sale.Jose FelicianoBlue Note Hawaii2335 Kalakaua Ave.Honolulu, HI 96815 808-777-4890www.bluenotehawaii.comJune 30-July 1Referred to as “The Picasso of his Realm,” Jose Feliciano has earned more than 45 gold and platinum records, has had 19 Grammy nominations and won nine Grammy Awards, including the LARAS Award for Lifetime Achievement.JULY 2019Pauly ShoreBlue Note Hawaii2335 Kalakaua Ave.Honolulu, HI 96815 808-777-4890www.bluenotehawaii.comJuly 6Apart from actively touring the country with his standup, the comedian is working on a documentary of his life that spans the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s ’90s. He had a role in Adam Sandler’s movie “Sandy Wexler.”Matilda, The MusicalDiamond Head Theatre520 Makapuu Ave.Honolulu, HI 96816 808-733-0274July 12-Aug. 4www.diamondheadtheatre.com/matildaThe musical version of Roald Dahl’s book follows 5-year-old Matilda as she is mocked by her cruel parents and escapes into her books. Once she heads to school, Matilda encounters a mean child-hating headmistress and discovers she has psychokinetic powers. Soon, her clever mind and courage leads her and her classmates to a better future. The performance is the Hawaii premiere.Dane Cook — Tell It Like It Is TourNeal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall777 Ward Ave.Honolulu, HI 96814 808-768-5252July 20https://blaisdellcenter.comCombining energetic physical comedy, clever wordplay and trenchant observations about human behavior, Dane Cook’s unique brand of stand-up and accessible guy-next-door attitude have galvanized audiences of all ages.Elvin BishopBlue Note Hawaii2335 Kalakaua Ave.Honolulu, HI 96815 808-777-4890www.bluenotehawaii.comJuly 26-27With his buoyant and deceptively loose-sounding ensemble behind him, Elvin Bishop is playing some of the most spirited and distinctive blues slide guitar today.Hawaiian International Billfish TournamentKailua PierKaahumanu PlaceKailua-Kona, HI 96740 808-836-1723www.hibtfishing.comJuly 27-Aug. 4Teams from around the world gather to fish the world-famous waters off the Kona Coast and a chance of capturing the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament’s (HIBT) prestigious governor’s trophy. HIBT event headquarters, retail and tournament control will be at Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach. Kailua Pier is a great place to watch the iconic Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament start each morning as boats line up across historic Kailua Bay. Spectators can expect to see lots of scoreboard action as teams weigh in their big catch at the end of fishing each day. Visit www.hibtfishing.com for more information about this year’s 60th annual event.AUGUST 2019Mary Wilson of The SupremesBlue Note Hawaii2335 Kalakaua Ave.Honolulu, HI 96815 808-777-4890www.bluenotehawaii.comAug. 2-4It was a vision of musical stardom as a Detroit teen that inspired Mary Wilson, along with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, to found one of the most successful female singing groups in recording history — The Supremes. Since then, Wilson has written a best-selling autobiography, performed on stage and screen, lectured and toured the world and continues to be looked up to as a singer who set the standard for females in the recording industry.Heiva I KauaiKapaa Beach Park4-1464 Kuhio HighwayKapaa, HI 96746 808-822-9447www.heivaikauai.comAug. 3-4Heiva I Kauai is a colorful and exciting two-day Tahitian cultural festival presented annually the first weekend in August featuring Tahitian solo and group dance and drumming competition in traditional and contemporary styles. Join the family fun with audience participation in Tahitian dance and coconut husking contests. Admission is $7 per day, children 6 and under free. Tickets are available on event days at the gate. The festival has an extensive array of Polynesian arts and demonstrations, with more than 40 vendors offering crafts, jewelry, clothing and island food for sale, with a special emphasis on Tahitian products.The Phantom of the OperaNeal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall777 Ward Ave.Honolulu, HI 96814 808-768-5252http://www.broadwayinhawaii.comAug. 7- Sept. 1Hailed by critics as “bigger and better than ever before,” this will be the first time any production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” will have played Hawaii in almost 25 years. The production boasts many exciting special effects, including the show’s legendary chandelier, new scenic and lighting designs, new staging and choreography.Jimmie VaughanBlue Note Hawaii2335 Kalakaua Ave.Honolulu, HI 96815 808-777-4890www.bluenotehawaii.comAug. 13-14Jimmie Vaughan has dedicated his life to making sure the blues not only stays alive but remains full of life and an inspiration to all who listen.Made in Hawaii FestivalNeal S. Blaisdell Center777 Ward Ave.Honolulu, HI 96814 808-533-1292, ext. 3www.madeinhawaiifestival.comAug. 16-18This three-day event showcases “Made in Hawaii” products such as food, books, art, gifts, fashions, plants, crafts, produce and more. Plus, there are cooking demonstrations and ongoing entertainment. Visit www.madeinhawaiifestival.com for more information.Duke’s OceanFestVarious locations in Waikikiwww.dukesoceanfest.comAug. 17-25Duke’s OceanFest is held each summer in Waikiki in honor of Hawaiian legend Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, who is fondly remembered as the greatest waterman who ever lived, and Hawaii’s ambassador of aloha. The annual event is held at venue sites throughout Waikiki. OceanFest features a variety of ocean sports that were close to Duke’s heart, including surfing, paddleboard racing, swimming, tandem surfing, surf polo, volleyball and more. The festival also includes a number of surfing events, including a keiki (kid) surf competition, a wahine (woman) longboard competition, a kane (man) longboard competition and tandem events. There are also opportunities for endurance athletes interested in swimming, paddling and running.Keb’ Mo’Blue Note Hawaii2335 Kalakaua Ave.Honolulu, HI 96815 808-777-4890www.bluenotehawaii.comAug. 23-24Over the years, Keb’ Mo’ has proven a musical force that defies typical genre labels. Album after album, 14 in total, have garnered him four Grammy Awards and a producer/engineer/artist Grammy Certificate for his track on the 2001 Country Album of the Year, “Hank Williams Tribute — Timeless.”SEPTEMBER 2019Waikiki Roughwater SwimSan Souci Beach between the Natatorium and the New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotelwww.waikikiroughwaterswim.com8:30 a.m. Sept. 2The World Open Water Swimming Association has named the Waikiki Roughwater Swim one of the top 100 open water swimming races in the world. The roughwater in this area was the inspiration and original course for the Ironman Triathlon swim course. Many former and future Olympians, world champions and nearly all elite swimmers in Hawaii have participated. Swimmers travel from around the world to tackle this 2.3-mile ocean swim race. Visit www.waikikiroughwaterswim.com for application and race information about the 50th annual celebration this year.First Friday – ChinatownVarious locations in ChinatownNuuanu Avenue and Bethel StreetHonolulu, HI 96817 808-739-9797www.firstfridayhawaii.com5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 6Head to downtown Honolulu and Chinatown every first Friday of the month and dive deep into Oahu’s vibrant art scene. On each “First Friday” you can interact with local artists and artisans sharing their work during a festive night that draws a stylish crowd of visitors and locals. From expressive paintings to powerful cultural exhibits, you’ll get to see a diverse sampling of Hawaii’s burgeoning artistic talent. Go on the Chinatown art walk and browse the galleries that open their doors with exhibits, free entertainment and light refreshments.HawaiiConSheraton Kona Resort at Keauhou Bay78-128 Ehukai St.Kailua, HI 967403www.hawaiicon.comSept. 26-29This year’s event will feature actors John Rhys-Davies and Vic Mignogna, as well as stars from a dozen other shows, cosplayers, space scientists, authors, visionaries, gamers, comic book artists and more. What makes HawaiiCon different? It takes the celebrities on tours with the fans around the island to change their frame of mind. Snorkel, dive, deep sea fish and more with your favorite stars. HawaiiCon is dedicated to creating an intimate experience that hasn’t been seen before in a convention. Visit www.hawaiicon.com for more information.Chinese Moon FestivalWo Hing Museum858 Front St.Lahaina, HI 96761www.lahainarestoration.orgSept. 14Lahaina celebrates the island’s agricultural harvest during a traditional Chinese Moon Festival at Wo Hing Museum on Front Street from 10 a.m. to 8 pm. View a display of Maui County Farm produce in the Wo Hing Museum yard. Chinese teas and moon cakes will be served under the sky to the accompaniment of an erhu string performance and lantern dance each evening. Enjoy cultural activities like calligraphy, knot tying and kau chim divination. Kids can learn how to plant Chinese lantern and moon flower seeds and make paper lanterns. Hear a talk on history of moon festivals in China. Watch Cantonese cooking demonstrations; traditional Chinese cuisine will be offered for sale. Admission is free. Visit www.lahainarestoration.org for more information.Waikiki HoolauleaKalakaua AvenueHonolulu, HI 96815 808-923-2030www.alohafestivals.com/aloha-events.htm6 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 21The annual Waikiki Hoolaulea is Hawaii’s largest block party, and the celebration marks its 67th anniversary this year. Thousands of people will take to the streets along Kalakaua Avenue for food, fun and entertainment. There will be performances by the various genres of Hawaiian music and hula halau (hula schools). Hawaiian crafts, flower leis and many varieties of island cuisine will be featured.Aloha Festivals Floral ParadeAla Moana Park1201 Ala Moana Blvd.Honolulu, HI 96814 808-923-2030www.alohafestivals.com/aloha-events.htm9 a.m. to noon Sept. 28Aloha Festivals is a week-long celebration of Hawaiian music and culture. There are two main events, the Hoolaulea (really big party) and the Aloha Festivals Parade. The Aloha Festivals Parade is a colorful procession of pa‘u (long-skirted) horse riders, exquisite floats with cascades of Hawaiian flowers, hula halau, marching bands and dignitaries enlivening Kalakaua Avenue. Admission to this 72nd anniversary celebration is free.OCTOBER 2019Hawaii Food & Wine FestivalVarious locations 808-738-6245www.hawaiifoodandwinefestival.comOct. 5-27This festival takes place over three weekends on multiple islands and features over 100 internationally renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers. The festival on Hawaii Island, Maui and Oahu includes wine tastings, cooking demonstrations and exclusive dining possibilities with a focus on the state’s local farmers, fishermen and ranchers.HSO: The Music of QueenNeal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall777 Ward Ave.Honolulu, HI 96814 808-768-5252https://blaisdellcenter.com7:30 p.m. Oct. 18-19Experience the power of Queen’s music with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra’s full roster behind awesome vocals and a full rock band. Brody Dolyniuk is back with his stunning vocals sure to impress any Freddie Mercury fan, and Brent Haven’s phenomenal arrangements and command of the orchestra will bring nostalgia back to any lover of the iconic rock legends.The Illusionists: Live From BroadwayNeal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall777 Ward Ave.Honolulu, HI 96814 808-768-5252https://blaisdellcenter.comOct. 23-27Direct from Broadway, the world’s bestselling magic show is coming to Honolulu. This mind-blowing show displays the talents of five of the most incredible illusionists on earth. Combining outrageous acts with even more astonishing ones, The Illusionists dazzle audiences of all ages.NOVEMBER 2019Vans Triple Crown of SurfingNorth Shorewww.vanstriplecrownofsurfing.comNov. 25-Dec. 6Oahu’s North Shore is home to several Association of Surfing Professionals events that will crown surfing’s new world champions. Catch the action at the second and third events of this series with the O’Neill World Cup of Surfing and women’s Roxy Pro at Sunset Beach and the Billabong Pipeline Masters at the infamous Banzai Pipeline. Schedule varies depending on surf conditions. Check the website for more details.First Friday – ChinatownVarious locations in ChinatownNuuanu Avenue and Bethel StreetHonolulu, HI 96817 808-739-9797www.firstfridayhawaii.com5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 1Head to downtown Honolulu and Chinatown every first Friday of the month and dive deep into Oahu’s vibrant art scene. On each “First Friday” you can interact with local artists and artisans sharing their work during a festive night that draws a stylish crowd of visitors and locals. From expressive paintings to powerful cultural exhibits, you’ll get to see a diverse sampling of Hawaii’s burgeoning artistic talent. Go on the Chinatown art walk and browse the galleries that open their doors with exhibits, free entertainment and light refreshments.Kona Coffee Cultural FestivalAlii DriveKailua-Kona, HI 96740 808-990-6511www.konacoffeefest.comNov. 1-10The 49th annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival hosts more than 40 events over a span of 10 days that are wide-ranging and flaunt the nearly 200 years of culture behind Kona coffee. Celebrate Kona’s world famous coffee with fun activities for all ages from music and cultural dances and of course lots of opportunities to taste Kona coffee.Hula Girl Festival and Hula Ho’olauleaWaikiki Beach WalkKalakaua Avenue, Lewers and Kalia RoadWaikiki, HI 96815 808-951-6699www.hulagirlfestivalhawaii.comNov. 8-10Hula dancers from around the world will be in attendance to celebrate the world of hula. Kalakaua Avenue will be blocked off to feature a half mile of stages, hula booths, exhibitions, hula supplies, live performances, Hawaiian music and a craft fair. Visit the website for more information.Blood Sweat & TearsOahu (Honolulu)Blue Note Hawaii2335 Kalakaua Ave.Honolulu, HI 96815 808-777-4890www.bluenotehawaii.comNov. 21-Nov. 24Blood Sweat & Tears has had many configurations in its 50 plus years of touring, but one thing for sure is that BS&T has musically demanding fans and they are never disappointed. This legendary rock, funk and jazz band defies categorization and tours with a mix of the greatest musicians available.DECEMBER 2019Eddie Aikau Big Wave InternationalWaimea Bay, North Shorewww.theeddieaikau.comDecember 2019 through February 2020The “Eddie” is one of the world’s most prestigious big-wave surfing contests held each year on the North Shore of Hawaii in memory of one of the world’s greatest watermen — Eddie Aikau. Aikau was a Hawaiian surfer lifeguard and ocean safety expert who lost his life while trying to save his fellow shipmates on an expedition in 1978.Holiday Choral ConcertOahu (Honolulu)Kawaiahao Church957 Punchbowl St.Honolulu, HI 96813 808-521-2982http://hyoc2.weebly.comDecember TBDThe Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus, Hawaii’s most advanced and longest-running community youth choir, will delight listeners at its annual Holiday Choral Concert. Featuring 120 singers from kindergarten to 12th grade, the chorus will present holiday music from Hawaii, favorite holiday tunes and music for the season from around the world in this free concert. A free-will offering will be available.Honolulu City Lightswww.honolulucitylights.orgOpening Night: Dec. 2Every year, Honolulu Hale (Honolulu’s city hall, pronounced Honolulu Hah-leh) in downtown Honolulu puts on a month-long Christmas lights and decorations display. Highlights include the large outdoor tree, Shaka Santa and Tutu Mele (Mrs. Claus), the indoor tree display and the corridor of wreaths. The Honolulu City Lights kicks off with a parade and tree-lighting ceremony the first weekend in December and runs through the beginning of the next year. Visit www.honolulucitylights.org for a list of free activities and events. There are also food vendors and children’s rides at cost.First Friday – ChinatownVarious locations in ChinatownNuuanu Avenue and Bethel StreetHonolulu, HI 96817 808-739-9797www.firstfridayhawaii.com5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6Head to downtown Honolulu and Chinatown every first Friday of the month and dive deep into Oahu’s vibrant art scene. On each “First Friday” you can interact with local artists and artisans sharing their work during a festive night that draws a stylish crowd of visitors and locals. From expressive paintings to powerful cultural exhibits, you’ll get to see a diverse sampling of Hawaii’s burgeoning artistic talent. Go on the Chinatown art walk and browse the galleries that open their doors with exhibits, free entertainment and light refreshments.Pearl Harbor Memorial ParadeOahu (Waikiki)319 Lexington Blvd.Honolulu, HI 96818 808-441-1000www.pearlharborparade.org6 p.m. Dec. 7Cobra and Huey helicopters join other floats and bands to parade down Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki to honor and pay respect to Pearl Harbor survivors, veterans, active-duty military and their families. The evening parade starts at Ft. DeRussy in Waikiki and proceeds down Kalakaua Avenue to Kapiolani Park.HAPAOahu (Honolulu)Blue Note Hawaii2335 Kalakaua Ave.Honolulu, HI 96815 808-777-4890www.bluenotehawaii.comDec. 15Meaning “half” in Hawaiian, the name HAPA is inspired by the band’s two members, Keli’i Kaneali’i, from South Pacific ancestry and Barry Flanagan, from New Jersey. The group’s self-titled album, released in 1993, remains the No. 1 selling recording by a group or duo in the history of recorded Hawaiian music. Due to popular demand, the original members will reunite once again on the Blue Note Hawaii stage.A Frank Sinatra HolidayOahu (Honolulu)Blue Note Hawaii2335 Kalakaua Ave.Honolulu, HI 96815 808-777-4890www.bluenotehawaii.comDec. 16Native New-Yorker and trumpeter Mike Lewis presents a celebration of what would be Frank Sinatra’s 103rd birthday with his own Mike Lewis Big Band. Featuring tunes that were performed by “Ol Blue Eyes” himself, as well as arrangements by his famous accompanist, the great Count Basie.Johnny Mathis 2019Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall777 Ward Ave.Honolulu, HI 96814 808-768-5252https://blaisdellcenter.comDec. 20-21Beloved singer Johnny Mathis returns to perform his greatest hits and Christmas classics with a 35-piece orchestra, including members of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Hawaiian Band.Rent: 20th Anniversary TourNeal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall777 Ward Ave.Honolulu, HI 96814 808-768-5252https://blaisdellcenter.comDec. 24-29This Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini’s “La Bohème,” “Rent” follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. Contains mature themes and situations. Visit www.blaisdellcenter.com for more information.Star of Honolulu New Year’s Eve CruiseOahu (Honolulu)1 Aloha Tower DriveHonolulu, HI 96813 808-983-7827www.starofhonolulu.comDec. 31The Star of Honolulu hosts a New Year’s Eve night of ocean dining, live entertainment, party favors and spectacular ocean views of Waikiki fireworks. Guests have their choice of three midnight cruise options. Visit the website for more information, including cost.JANUARY 2020HatsumodeOahu (Honolulu)1239 Olomea St.Honolulu, HI 96817 808-841-4755http://www.e-shrine.orgJan. 1Embrace the cultural celebration of the Japanese by attending a shrine on New Year’s Day. At this special event at Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha-Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine, you can be blessed for the new year, get your head bitten by a Japanese Shishi lion for good luck, be invigorated by taiko drums and partake of ozoni mochi soup.MAY 2020Lei Day CelebrationKapiolani Park2806 Monsarrat Ave.Honolulu, HI 96815May 1-2Held May 1 every year regardless of the day of the week, Lei Day is celebrated statewide and is uniquely Hawaiian. This event features a day of lei exhibits, hula performances, live music, food and the giving and receiving of leis. The closing ceremony for the annual celebration is at Mauna ’Ala (The Royal Mausoleum) and Kawaiâha’o Church. This event is free and open to the public. For more information visit www.facebook.com/LeiDayCelebration.Maui Brewers FestivalA&B AmphitheaterOne Cameron WayKahului, HI 96732May 2020One of Maui’s top festivals, the Maui Brewers Festival is hosted by Maui Arts & Cultural Center as an annual fundraising event. Enjoy beer tastings from local and national craft breweries, island-style pupu, live music, door prizes and home brew competitions. Visit www.mauiarts.org/brew_fest for more information.Bike Rides 2019Honolulu Century RideKapiolani Park OpenKapi’olani Regional Park3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815www.hbl.org/honolulucenturyrideSept 29The annual Hawaii Century Ride showcases some of the most beautiful country roads in the state including the Akoni Pule Highway, Kohala Mountain Road, Mamalahoa Highway (Hawaii Belt Road) and the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway. Cyclists may choose to ride one of several distances: 100 miles (the century route), 75 miles, 50 miles or 25 miles with several aid stations along each course, plus food and festivities at the end. Visit the website for registration, route maps and more information.Aloha Fun RideKapiolani Park OpenKapi’olani Regional Park3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815www.hbl.org/hcrafrSept 29For a more casual cycling experience than the Honolulu Century, the Aloha Fun Ride is perfect for any level of rider. Starting just after the Century Ride, the Aloha Fun Ride offers beautiful scenery and aid stations and mechanical assistance on its 18-, 9- or 5-mile routes. Whichever distance you choose, you’ll enjoy the same festival with good music, tasty food and great company at the end. Visit the website for registration, route maps and more information.Ride of SilenceKona Community Aquatic Center75-5530 Kuakini HighwayKailua-Kona, HI 96740Other locations in Kahului and Kiheiwww.rideofsilence.org9:30 a.m. May 18Every year, cyclists around the world take to the roads in memory of those who have been killed or injured in collisions with vehicles.The Ride of Silence stays true to its name with a silent ride at no more than 12 mph. There is no fee to register, no sponsors and no T-shirt. Join this 2.1-mile ride to help raise cycling awareness while showing respect for those who have been killed or injured on the road. For more information, visit www.rideofsilence.org.Cycle to the Sun99 Hana HwyPaia, HI 96779https://cycletothesun.comJune 29The Cycle to the Sun ride climbs 10,000 feet over 36 miles and has gradients up to 18 percent. As a comparison, the famed Mont Ventou in the Tour de France is only a 5,336-foot climb over 13.6 miles. The Cycle to the Sun starts in Paia at sea level and finishes on top of the Haleakala Volcano at just above 10,000 feet. Riders have the option of the signing up for the full distance or for a three-person relay. This grueling and rewarding ride benefits the Paia Youth & Cultural Center, providing Maui kids with fun, educational and recreational activities. Visit https://www.bikereg.com/41582 for more information or to register.Zachary Manago’s Ride in Paradise47 miles start: YMCA Camp Erdman, 69-385 Farrington Hwy, Waialua, HI 9679132 miles start: Pokai Bay Beach Park, 85-0-85-42 Pokai Bay St, Wai‘anae, HI 967928 miles start: Neal S. Blaisdell Park, 98-319 Kamehameha Hwy, Aiea, HI 96701www.hbl.org/events/zachsrideJuly 13Zachary Manago’s Ride in Paradise honors an avid cyclist who was killed in December 2010 while on a ride around Oahu. He was riding on the road shoulder with proper equipment and lights when struck by a hit-and-run driver. Manago was passionate about safer bicycling facilities and wanted to make Hawaii safe so more people could bike. This free event has multiple start locations with routes of 66 miles, 35 miles or 11 miles. Visit www.hbl.org/events/zachsride for more information.BICYCLING INFORMATION AND EVENTSTake Your Bike for a Tuneup or Buy a BikeBefore you ride, take your bike for a tuneup or buy a bike locally and support your local bike shops. Not only are shop staff knowledgeable about bikes, but they can help new cyclists learn the best places to ride. On Oahu, local bike shops can also help ship your bike anywhere.Register Your BikeOn Oahu, all bicycles with 20-inch wheels or larger are required to be registered in the city and county of Honolulu. There is a one-time fee of $15 and a fee of $5 when transferring ownership of a bicycle. After payment of the fee, the owner will be provided with a decal to be attached to the bicycle frame’s seat tube facing forward. All taxes collected from the registration fees are deposited in a special bikeway fund, which is only used for bicycle-related city projects and programs.Bikes on TheBusAll buses on Honolulu’s TheBus system are equipped with two- or three-capacity bike racks. Only single-seated, two-wheeled bikes are allowed on TheBus.Safety reminders for loading a bike: When waiting to load a bike, always remain on the curb until the bus has come to a complete stop. Never approach the bus from a side street. Bicycle racks are designed to be used from the curbside or the front of the vehicle.Learn to Ride Safely — AdultsThe Hawaii Bicycling League offers Commuter Cycling 101 and Walk, Bike, Drive classes free at Windward Community College and the University of Hawaii – Manoa. The league also offers Traffic Skills 101 classes through partnerships with local shops.Commuter Cycling 101 is a two-hour introductory course on riding your bicycle in Hawaii, following bicycle traffic laws and being safe while commuting. With a League of American Bicyclists-certified instructor, 30 minutes will be spent in a classroom learning how to navigate Hawaii’s roads and interact with pedestrians and motorists. Another 30 minutes will be spent practicing defensive bicycling skills in a safe and controlled parking area. One hour will be spent implementing these practices and developing your skills on a group safety ride through the local neighborhood.Walk, Bike, Drive is a safety course for anyone who sets foot or tire on Hawaii’s streets and roads. Learn about comprehensive traffic safety with an hour-long classroom session on how to ensure your safety and the safety of others as a pedestrian, bicyclist and motorist. It will cover the rules of the sidewalk and roads, plus best practices to safely interact with those using other modes of transportation. Learn how to get safely across the street as a pedestrian, how to keep others safe when operating a motor vehicle and more.Traffic Skills 101 will provide you with the skills and confidence needed to enjoy cycling in Honolulu. Course includes discussion on your rights and responsibilities under Hawaii law, where to ride on the road, who to ride with and where for a more enjoyable and safer experience, and how to develop your “radar” and sixth sense for safety. In addition, there will be discussion and hands-on training on what equipment to use; what clothes to wear for safety and comfort; and how to fix a flat, adjust your brakes and gear, and perform other general maintenance.For more information about organized rides, advocacy and bicycle resources in Hawaii, visit www.hbl.org.Learn to Ride Safely — Keiki (Children)The city and county of Honolulu sponsor the BikeEd Hawaii bicycle education program, which is run by the Hawaii Bicycling League. This nationally recognized program teaches on-road bicycle safety classes to fourth-grade students on Oahu.The Hawaii Bicycling League also offers free community bike rodeos throughout the year on Oahu. Go to www.hbl.org for more information.Join a Weekly Ride and Register for an EventLocal bike shops and the Hawaii Bicycling League offer weekly rides and annual events. See the Oahu ride calendar at www.hbl.org/events.Resources• Hawaii Bicycling League: www.hbl.org• Hawaii Cycling Club: www.hawaiicyclingclub.com• Bike maps (Oahu): http://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/bike-map-oahu• City and County of Honolulu Department of Transportation Services: www.honolulu.gov/dts• TheBus: www.thebus.org/howtoride/howtoride.aspAnnual Rides 2018Cycle to the Sun2695 S. Kihei RoadMaui, HI 96753www.cycletothesun.comJune 30The Cycle to the Sun ride climbs 10,000 feet over 36 miles and has gradients up to 18 percent. As a comparison, the famed Mont Ventou in the Tour de France is only a 5,336-foot climb over 13.6 miles. The Cycle to the Sun starts in Paia at sea level and finishes on top of the Haleakala Volcano at just above 10,000 feet. Riders have the option of the signing up for the full distance or for a three-person relay. This grueling and rewarding ride benefits the Paia Youth & Cultural Center, providing Maui kids with fun, educational and recreational activities. Visit www.cycletothesun.com for more information or to register.Zachary Manago’s Ride in Paradise66 miles start: 829 Kamehameha Highway, Mililani, HI 9678935 miles start: 85-0-85-42 Pokai Bay St., Wai’anae, HI 9679211 miles start: Neal S. Blaisdell Park, 98-319 Kamehameha Highway, Aiea, HI 96701www.hbl.org/events/zachsrideJuly 7Zachary Manago’s Ride in Paradise honors an avid cyclist who was killed in December 2010 while on a ride around Oahu. He was riding on the road shoulder with proper equipment and lights when struck by a hit-and-run driver. Manago was passionate about safer bicycling facilities and wanted to make Hawaii safe so more people could bike. This free event has multiple start locations with routes of 66 miles, 35 miles or 11 miles. Visit www.hbl.org/events/zachsride for more information.SURFINGHawaii is not only the birthplace of surfing but since 1998, surfing has been the official sport of the Five-O state. Today, we see surfing in various forms — from boogie boarding to stand-up paddling. The islands are blessed with some of the best breaks in the world and have something for everyone. Surfing is a terrific way to get out and enjoy the beauty of this extraordinary state.If you’re new to Hawaii or to surfing, there are great local shops that sell used and new boards. Purchasing a board can be a good investment, and knowledgeable sales staff can ensure that you are sized with the board that fits your ability and that will give you years of fun. Surf shop employees are usually happy to point you to good surf spots that reflect your skill level and the best waves for time of year. Many shops even provide lessons or referrals.Once you’ve got your board, it’s important to be aware of the local surfing etiquette. Being mindful of a few helpful hints will make your time out on the water safe and enjoyable.First, always check wave and water conditions, and only surf at a spot that matches your ability. If you don’t know, ask a lifeguard or other surfers. Take time to observe the ocean and the overall vibe at any new surf spot. Generally, several good beginner sites can be found near Waikiki. The site known as Canoes has easy-to-ride waves and is a beginner’s haven, but the downside can be the crowds. Queens, just off Kuhio Beach Park, has something for everyone, and you’ll find locals and tourists alike on these waves. White Plains Beach (Kalaeloa) has surf almost year-round and is known for its great break for beginners.If you are looking for surf on the Windward side, consider two spots on MCBH. Pyramid Rock has a lot of rocks when there’s a swell. The alternative is North Beach, which has fun rides when an east or northeast swell is up. The surf can get pretty big here, and the lifeguards may “red flag” it. On the North Shore, Pua’ena Point can be OK for beginners if you stay on the inside; avoid the outside where the surf is for the advanced. For the most part, save the rest of the North Shore, Makaha and Ala Moana Bowls until your surfing skills have progressed.Once you’ve decided on your spot, start paddling. It’s best to be wide of the break as you head out; watch for riders because at this point it’s your responsibility to stay out of their way. Always wear a leash, and never let your board go, maintaining control at all times. If you are new to surfing, never let a wave get between you and your board. Once in the lineup, keep yourself pointed toward the ocean between sets. A famous Hawaiian and the father of modern surfing, Duke Kahanamoku helped popularize the motto, “Never turn your back on the ocean.” Duke was a legendary surfer, gold medal Olympic swimmer and lifeguard. From a safety standpoint he recognized the value of not turning your back on the ocean, but he also tried to relate the respect Hawaiians have for the ocean.One of the most important bits of surfing etiquette in Hawaii is don’t drop in on someone else’s wave. Dropping in on a fellow surfer won’t endear you to those around you, so “try wait” (wait a minute). Again, Kahanamoku’s advice still holds true, “Just take your time — wave comes. Let the other guys go, catch another one.” So if someone else is in position, hang in there and wait your turn in the lineup. It will make your day on the water much more pleasant.If you’d like to see pro surfers at their best, each winter the North Shore serves up huge waves as storm-generated swells make their way across the Pacific. While this doesn’t make for good beginning surfing, it makes for great surf competitions. From late November to mid-December, Oahu’s North Shore hosts the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, which includes the Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa, the Vans World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach, and the Billabong Pipeline Masters at Pipeline. These events bring together the best professional surfers in an amazing display of talent.Watch for the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational between early December and late February — when the “bay calls the day.” The event is only held when the open ocean swells reach 20 feet, meaning wave faces of over 30 feet in Waimea. This invitational brings the best in big wave surfing in honor of Eddie Aikau, Waimea Bay’s first lifeguard and renowned big wave surfer. Many smaller surf competitions are frequently held throughout the island; just check with local surf shops for information.Whether you are taking to the waves or just watching competitions, surfing is a great way to make new friends; a smile and a little aloha go a long way — so just relax and have fun.MARINE WILDLIFEHow to Enjoy Hawaii ResponsiblyFrom majestic humpback whales to playful Hawaiian spinner dolphins and elegant sea turtles, marine wildlife is abundant in the ocean surrounding the Hawaiian Islands.Much can be learned and enjoyed by seeing these amazing creatures in their natural setting. However, years of scientific research has concluded that keeping proper distances away from marine wildlife is crucial to their health, preserving their habitat and keeping human observers safe.The U.S. Office of Protected Resources under NOAA Fisheries recommends not swimming with wild dolphins. Disturbing wildlife interrupts their ability to perform critical functions such as feeding, breeding, nursing, resting or socializing. The National Marine Fisheries Service, the National Marine Sanctuaries and the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources have developed the following code of conduct for viewing whales, dolphins, monk seals and sea turtles in Hawaii.When choosing an ocean activity, ask the provider if it follows these guidelines:• Remain at least 100 yards from humpback whales and at least 50 yards from other marine mammals (dolphins, other whale species and Hawaiian monk seals).• Do not swim with wild dolphins.• Bring binoculars on viewing excursions to assure a good view from the recommended viewing distances.• Do not attempt to touch, ride or feed turtles.• Limit your time observing an animal to a half-hour.• Marine mammals and sea turtles should not be encircled or trapped between boats or shore.Many activity operators follow these guidelines to provide a safe, responsible and eco-conscious experience. However, a small handful of operators advertise “swim with dolphins” experiences in the wild, and NOAA does not support, condone, approve or authorize activities that approach, interact or attempt to interact with whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals or sea lions in the wild. This includes attempting to swim with, pet, touch or elicit a reaction from the animals.Dolphins have a reputation for being friendly. However, they are wild animals that should be treated with caution and respect. Interactions with people change the behavior of dolphins for the worse. They lose their natural wariness, which makes them easy targets for vandalism and shark attack.Wild dolphins will bite when they are angry, frustrated or afraid. When people try to swim with wild dolphins, the dolphins are disturbed. Dolphins that become career moochers can get pushy, aggressive and threatening when they don’t get the handout they expect.According to NOAA, all whales, dolphins and seals are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act. There will be a variety of food and entertainment that are new to you in Hawaii, but most of your favorites will also be available. Just about every type of cuisine you can think of is represented on Oahu, and there are several excellent venues for a variety of entertainment.DININGGood food abounds in Hawaii. From the simple but delicious local plate lunch (bento) to the most elegant restaurants with the best views anywhere, Hawaii has something for every taste and budget. In fact, the only problem you might have with local food is eating too much.You’ll want to try Hawaiian luau favorites like the tender, smoky kalua pig, spicy and salted lomi lomi salmon, huli huli (teriyaki chicken), poi (mashed taro root) and a variety of sweet, local tropical fruits. And don’t forget the abundance of local fish.A large Asian influence in Hawaii brings an incredible variety of foods. Chinese restaurants serve the rich, noodle-based Mandarin, spicy Sichuan and local variations including dim sum (bun filled with sweet meats), gau (sticky sweet pudding) and the vegetarian monk’s food. Japanese food is popular as well, from the finest gourmet restaurants to the simple ramen stands with their delicious noodles. But sushi is still the “in” food. Also plentiful are Korean barbecue with its smoky, sweet sauces; Vietnamese food with its Chinese and French influence; and spicy Thai cuisine.Hawaii has had a rich history of meals on wheels dating to the ’70s with the introduction of the “manapua man.” Much like the ice cream man, the manapua man roams from neighborhood to neighborhood selling fried noodles; chicken nuggets; hot dogs; dumplings; and manapua, a Chinese-style steamed bun filled with pork. The tradition of the manapua man has grown and now you can find monthly events such as Eat the Street, a food truck and street food rally featuring more than 40 vendors on the last Friday of every month in the Kaka’ako district of Honolulu. Visit www.greatlifehawaii.com for more information about dates and shuttle reservations for service members.In this multicultural paradise, the best foods of the world can be found. Your only problem will be deciding which to choose.ENTERTAINMENTConcerts, movies, nightclubs, dancing, karaoke and just about every entertainment you enjoyed on the mainland is available in Hawaii, though perhaps not always in the same quantities. There are several larger facilities for concerts, sporting events and other large-scale entertainment, and if you read the newspapers and local entertainment guides, you will find plenty to do in Hawaii.Whatever your tastes, Hawaiian music comes highly recommended. You will hear elements of country, folk, rock and blues in the songs of local artists. But you may be surprised to learn that often it is Hawaiian musicians who have influenced their mainland counterparts.The most popular Hawaiian musicians are amazingly accessible. You can find “Hoku” (Hawaii’s Grammys) winners performing at everyday functions, small clubs and restaurants, and at concert venues throughout the islands constantly.You should attend at least one luau while in Hawaii. There you will experience authentic Hawaiian food, song and dance, and some luaus even teach Hawaiian crafts.The fine arts are also well-represented in Hawaii. Several excellent museums showcase classical and contemporary art as well as unique Hawaiian and Pacific art. The Honolulu Symphony is on par with any major symphony, and ballet, opera and art exhibits can be found by reading the major daily newspapers. In Hawaii, you can enjoy your favorite entertainment and recreation, and you will likely find new favorites as well.2019-2020 EVENTS
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