What to Do Around the Islands in May and June

Margo Steines | May 22, 2019 | Lifestyle

Through 7/14
Lisa Reihana: Emissaries
Aotearoa artist Reihana’s body of work is known for altering and problematizing existing scenes and images.This season, the Honolulu Museum of Art has obtained her noted video installation in Pursuit of Venus [infected], which reinterprets the idyllic images depicted in the 19th-century colorblock work “Les Sauvages de la Mer Pacifique.” Tickets $20 ($10 with Hawai‘i ID), Honolulu Museum of Art, Makiki/Ward, O‘ahu

Lantern Floating Hawaii
The somber beauty of Hawai‘i’s Memorial Day ritual fills the Ala Moana shoreline with a sense of reverence. Thousands of paper lanterns, each representing a lost loved one, are sent out to sea en masse, and the crowd looks on as gentle waves carry their flickering glow toward the horizon. 6:30pm, free, Ala Moana Beach Park, Ala Moana/Kapi‘olani, O‘ahu


Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton
You might know Lisa Fischer’s voice, even if her name is new to you: as a background singer, she famously performed the duet with Mick Jagger on “Gimme Shelter,” and can be heard alongside notables like Tina Turner, Chaka Khan, Nine Inch Nails, and more. Now, she takes her timeless voice center stage as the frontwoman of Grand Baton. 6:30 & 9pm, premium seating $55, Blue Note Hawaii, Waikiki, O‘ahu

Beethoven & Ravel
The finale of the HSO’s season is one for the books, presenting Grammy-winning violinist Augustin Hadelich, conducted by the illustrious Maestro Naoto Otomo. The evening opens with Beethoven’s “Overture to Prometheus” and moves through a delightful program of works inspired by Greek legends and love stories. June 1, 7:30pm; June 2, 4pm, premium orchestra tickets $92, Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall, Kaka‘ako, O‘ahu

Kapalua Wine & Food Festival
This year’s rendition of the eagerly anticipated fest includes panels like the sommelier-led “Taste Like a Master,” a cooking demo with celeb chef (and Check, Please! Arizona host) Mark Tarbell and the sure-to-be-epic Seafood Festival at The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, among other exciting offerings. Individual event tickets from $100, various locations, Kapalua, Maui

Maui Film Festival
The chicest event of the year, this celebration of all things cinematic and gourmet draws A-list celebs and Hollywood heavy hitters to the Valley Isle for a glitzy series of screenings, feasts and starlit fetes. Opt for the Stardust Pass and enjoy admission to the glam Taste of Wailea party, as well as film premieres, screenings and the filmmakers brunch. Stardust Pass $425, various locations, Kahului and Wailea, Maui

West Side Story
The classic musical, with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and music by Leonard Bernstein, is performed here by the Kahilu Youth Troupe in what is sure to be a feel-good evening of song and dance. June 21 & 22, 7pm; June 23, 4pm, premium tickets $38, Kahilu Theatre, Waimea, Hawai‘i Island


Ki Ho‘alu Guitar Festival

Enjoy a day of the quintessentially Hawaiian sound of slack-key guitar melodies, featuring some of the most celebrated practitioners of the style, which translates literally from Hawaiian as “loosen the key.” Seating is on the lawn, so guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs, and food trucks will be on hand with plentiful lunch options. 1pm, free, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, A&B Amphitheater, Kahului, Maui

Streetlight Cadence
The folk-pop quartet, comprised of friends Jonathon, Jesse, Brian and Ben—on the violin, accordion, cello, and drums and guitar, respectively—started out performing on the streets of Honolulu, and have since nabbed two successive Na Hoku Hanohano Awards in the alternative album of the year category. Here, they show off their copious talents in their Big Island debut. 7pm, tickets $28, Kahilu Theatre, Waimea, Hawai‘i Island


Photography by: Lisa Fischer photo courtesy of blue note hawaii | guitar festival photo courtesy of maui arts & cultural center