The 4th of July and Bernadette Peters: What to Do and See in the Islands for July and August

Margo Steines | June 11, 2019 | Lifestyle

José Feliciano

As a 19-time Grammy winner and the holder of over 45 gold and platinum records, Feliciano’s place in the contemporary music canon is well cemented. Experience his international flair and masterful skill, and you’ll understand his reputation as one of the greatest living guitar players. 6:30 & 9pm, VIP seating $65, Blue Note Hawaii, Waikiki, O‘ahu

4th of July Celebration

The expansive shopping center celebrates the 4th in grand style with five days of live entertainment, shopping promotions, and prize giveaways leading up to the holiday, when a lavish offshore fireworks show lights up the coastal skyline. Ala Moana/Kapi‘olani, O‘ahu

Wahi Pana: A Sense of Place

Wahi Pana means “sacred place,” and this show at the HoMA’s art school features work inspired and informed by the sacred places of the Hawaiian islands. Unpacking ideas of what is sacred in the modern era, the show is both beautiful and thought-provoking. $20, Makiki/Ward, O‘ahu

Melissa Chimera: Migrant

Engaging one of the critical global issues of the day, Hawai‘i-based artist Chimera’s work considers migration through the lens of the artist’s own genealogical history. Ideas and questions of nativity, citizenship, immigration and selfhood are interrogated in work that is as deeply personal as it is political. $20, Honolulu Museum of Art, Makiki/Ward, O‘ahu


Through 8/11
First Nations Art of British Columbia

In Maui’s inaugural show of the First Nations art of the northwest coast of Canada, the work in this exhibit is vivid and arresting, utilizing traditional practices and land-based materials with unique and surprising methods. The gallery will be open preceding and during intermissions of shows at the Castle Theater, in addition to the listed hours. Tue.-Sun., 10am-5pm, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Schaefer International Gallery, Kahului, Maui


Through 9/2
Kini ke Kua: Transformative Images

The Bishop Museum’s collection of Hawaiian ki‘i (images in wood, stone and natural materials that embody deities in Hawaiian spirituality) is joined in this stunning exhibition by commissioned work from a contemporary indigenous artist. $25, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Kalihi, O‘ahu

Paula Poundstone

As a comedian, author and frequent panelist on NPR’s popular show Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me, Poundstone is known and loved for her observational comedy and erudite style. Her prolific career includes a number of HBO specials, a tour schedule that can reach 85 shows a year and countless high-profile guest appearances. 8pm, premium tickets $55, Hawaii Theatre, Chinatown, O‘ahu

Hawaii Polo

The sport of kings has a long history in the paniolo culture of Hawai‘i and enjoys a robust presence on the North Shore, where the truly spectacular Hawaii Polo Grounds hosts impressive talent. Wile away a summer Sunday with friends from the confines of the sleek clubhouse—VIP tables include admission for eight. 11am-7pm, VIP Club House table $350, Hawaii Polo Grounds, Mokuleia, O‘ahu

Prince Lot Hula Festival

The biggest noncompetitive hula festival in the islands is held on the glorious and historic grounds of Iolani Palace. Take in the beauty of contemporary and ancient hula, performed by decorated halau hula (hula schools) to honor the memory of Prince Lot Kapuaiwa, who once ruled the Kingdom of Hawai‘i as Kamehameha V. July 20, 9am-4pm; July 21, 9am-3pm, 364 S. King St., Downtown Honolulu, O`ahu

Ukulele Festival Hawaii

The 49th rendition of the largest ukulele festival in the country brings an international lineup of artists to the stage to play Hawai‘i’s most beloved instrument. In addition to performances, which include the 600-piece Roy Sakuma ‘Ukelele Band, there will be free lessons, keiki activities and much more. 10:30am-5pm, Kapi‘olani Park, Waikiki, O‘ahu

7/21 & 8/18
Spalding House Family Day

On the third Sunday of each month, the HoMA’s beautiful and tranquil satellite property in Makiki hosts a complimentary all-ages day of programming, which includes entertainment and an arts-based activity appropriate for children. Stroll through the botanical gardens and lunch at the on-site cafe—there’s even a shuttle to transport you from the museum and back. 10am-2pm, The Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House, Makiki, O‘ahu


Mary Wilson of The Supremes

The reign of the Supremes was reactivated, as it were, by the 2006 release of the film Dreamgirls, and Wilson has since enjoyed a career renaissance. What a treat to experience her voice, which can easily fill an arena, in such an intimate setting as the Blue Note stage.6:30 & 9pm, premium seating $65, Blue Note Hawaii, Waikiki, O‘ahu

John Kolivas Trio

Bassist Kolivas, along with Dan Del Negro, Tim Tsukiyama and Von Baren, make up the Honolulu Jazz Quartet. To celebrate the Manoa Valley Theatre’s 15th anniversary, the foursome, who have been playing together for 15 years, liven up the stage with post-bop jazz stylings. 7:30pm, tickets $40, Manoa Valley Theatre, Manoa, O‘ahu


Maui Calls

The most-awaited culinary event on the Valley Isle’s social calendar begins with traditional Hawaiian music and a lei greeting, and showcases the fine work of local and international chefs and vintners in a glitzy evening of sips and tastings. The auctions—both live and silent—are famous for good reason, with items ranging from luxury staycations and musical instruments to house parties and much more. 6pm, VIP tickets $500, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Yokouchi Pavilion and A&B Amphitheater, Kahului, Maui

Duke’s OceanFest

One of the most beloved figures in modern Hawaiian history, waterman Duke Kahanamoku could catch a wave on nearly anything. An Olympic swimmer and lifeguard, as well as a surfer, bodysurfer, diver, sailor—and the list goes on—Duke’s memory is etched into the history of Waikiki. For five days, watch surf competitions, canoe, SUP and swimming races and much more—even a dog surfing event. Various locations, Waikiki, O‘ahu

Bernadette Peters

The Broadway superstar has multiple Tonys, Grammys, Emmy nods, a Golden Globe and even a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For an unforgettable evening, opt for VIP orchestra tickets and bask in the glow of Peters’ starlight during a special pre-show VIP-only cocktail hour and dinner; then enjoy the concert from orchestra center. 8pm, VIP tickets $500, Hawaii Theatre, Chinatown, O‘ahu


Photography by: Mary Wilson photo courtesy of Blue note hawaii | first nations art courtesy of Maui Arts & cultural Center | Event photo courtesy of maui arts & cultural center | Kini ke kua photo courtesy of bernice pauahi bishop museum