From July 20th through September 2nd, the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival will be happening at The ARTS at Marks Garage at 1159 Nuuanu Avenue in downtown Honolulu. This festival celebrates acting, plays, and the arts through three different Shakespearean plays, Cymbeline, Henry VIII, and Richard III. Ticket prices range from $10 to $20 and performances are on every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with times at 3:30pm and 7:30pm. Free, open to the public companion lectures are offered, which gives background information on the plays, actors, and highlight aspects of the performances to watch for. Come celebrate Shakespeare and the art of playwright at this theatrical festival.
From August 18th through the 26th, you can expect to find a handful of ocean sports, competitions, and activities going on every day down at Waikiki Beach. From volleyball to tandem surfing to paddling, surf polo and more, this is an exciting event to come watch, with proceeds benefiting the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation, which supports local scholar athletes. Also part of Duke’s Ocean Fest is the HIC Pro Junior event of surfing. For a complete list of events and scheduling, visit http://www.dukesoceanfest.com/
From August 3rd through the 17th, on the first and third Fridays of this month, the Bishop Museum in Honolulu is offering a nighttime show of stay viewing. Beginning at 7:45pm, guests will get to view meteor showers, stars, and planets from telescopes, hosted by Barry Peckham, Hawaiian Astronomical Society’s vice president. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for kids 4-12. You can RSVP online or call (808) 848-4168 to buy tickets. For more information on The Sky Tonight event, visit their website at http://www.bishopmuseum.org/planetarium/skytonight.html.
On August 21st, 1959, Hawaii became the 50th United State. In memory of this occasion, the 3rd Friday of every August is the official “Hawaii Statehood Day”, this year falling on August 17th. Many businesses will observe this Friday holiday, so if you find that many shops and restaurants are closed, it is due to this state holiday.
In Big Island’s Kailua-Kona, bartenders fro around the island will come together to compete in mixing up the best mai tai for a $10,000 cash prize. On Saturday, August 18th, join the Royal Kona Resort for Don The Beachcomber Annual Mai Tai Festival. There will be a pool party with live music, battle of the BBQ, farmers and crafters market and more. This is a free, open to the public event, with festivities beginning at 11:00am. For more information or for a schedule of events, you can visit their website at donsmaitaifest.com.