BUZZ AROUND TOWN
- Aloha Joe, May is here and you know what that means!
- It’s time to celebrate with the monthly First Friday’s block party art show and festival in Honolulu’s, Downtown Chinatown!
- Complete with street vendors and performers, gallery openings, live exhibits, DJs, body painting, Burlesque dancers, comedy shows, food trucks, concerts and more, the First Friday of the month in Honolulu is where everyone who is anyone reigns in the new month!
- This Friday we have Big Trouble in Little Chinatown at the chicly cool and off beat Hank’s Café on Nuuanu Avenue. Live music is available only a hop skip and few steps away at the Dragon Upstairs.
- Art Walk patrons are welcomed to drink specials and entertainment from 5pm to 4am! $5 cover and 21+ is welcomed.
- Or if art is you passion head on over to Soho Mixed Media Bar off of Bethel Street and from 6pm-9pm watch some of Hawaii’s most talented artist create masterpieces in an Asian Inspired Showcase featuring Sarah Beaver & Phatees.
- Enjoy live Geisha body painting on stage by Soho’s very own art director Chanel Tanaka before dancing the night away in the front room to some of the hottest hip hop and club banger music in the islands.
- 21+ are welcomed, free cover before 9pm, $10 after 9pm.
- First Fridays in Honolulu has become a legendary festival all around the world. Hurry and book your ticket for the first of the month in paradise and experience all the fun for yourself!
INTERNATIONAL WAIKIKI HULA CONFERENCE
- Aloha Joe one of the things that Hawaii is most known for is our beautiful dance called Hula.
- So at the Hawaii Convention Center from May 11-13 – The International Waikiki Hula Conference will offer the rare opportunity for visitors to come to Hawaii to learn, share and experience hula in the land of its birth, with a variety of respected hula masters, many of whom do not travel outside Hawaii to teach.
- For our local hula people, it is the chance to enrich their hula experience from many sources in one place, and to meet fellow dancers and kumu hula from around the world.
- For more information on the Hula Conference visit www.waikikihulaconference.com
- Anyone can particpate! From beginners to advanced levels. Whoever loves and appreciates the art of Hula is welcomed.
- WOW what an amazing opportunity to learn the art of Hula from native dancers in the land of its origin! You too can experience the beauty for yourself. Hurry and book your ticket to Hawaii today!
42ND ANNUAL UKULELE FESTIVAL
- Aloha Joe as you know music is also very important to the Hawaiian people and nothing is more reminiscent of the culture and the islands than the sound of the ukulele.
- Which is why on July 22 from 9am to 2pm we are celebrating our favorite local instrument!
- The annual Ukulele Festival at Kapiolani Park Bandstand in Waikiki is now a summer tradition in Hawaii! It has grown internationally and is by far the largest ukulele festival of its kind in the world, with crowds of thousands, guest artists from around the world and an ukulele orchestra of over 800 students, mostly children.
- Grammy Award-winning national pop artist James Ingram has been a frequent guest at the ukulele festival since 1994 when he and Roy met by chance while exercising on the tracks of the University of Hawaii.
- James Ingram, who has 7 children of his own, was so taken by the concept of the Ukulele Festival whose main stars are the 800 children that now the event has grown to host ukulele virtuosos, internationally known musicians, local celebrities and talented ukulele players from around the world as well as a ukulele orchestra of over 800 students. WOW WHAT A SIGHT TO SEE!
- The festival is free and open to all. Best of all it is right across the street from the Diamond Head Beach Hotel. So those who book with OBRHI can enjoy unforgettable attractions like this just a few minutes from away their luxury rental!
- Hawaii is so full of culture and beauty that everyday seems like a celebration! Hurry and book your ticket to Oahu and stay at the Diamond Head Beach Hotel so that you can get in on all the action too!
FOOD, DINING, MENUS ETC.
I LOVE KAILUA TOWN – WHOLE FOODS AND CACTUS RESTAURANT
- Aloha Joe one of the world’s most beautiful beaches in the world is surrounded by the islands most quaint beach town, which is now becoming a hot spot for fine dinning, boutique restaurants and mainstream cuisine.
- The lovely town of Kailua, located on the Windward side of Oahu is not only home to some of the world’s finest white sand and turquoise water beaches, but is also becoming the new destination for foodies island wide.
- With the opening of the second Whole Foods on Oahu in the center of Kailua town, this quaint little beach village has seen an influx in its already stellar line up of food vendors and dinning venues.
- One such particular addition has been Chef John Memering’s long-awaited Cactus restaurant located on Kailua Road.
- Cactus guests are invited to try an eclectic menu offering Latin-inspired cuisine using seasonal produce from Hawaii’s farms and ocean, along with handcrafted salami and sausages, house-made cheeses and preserved fruits.
- For more information on all the good eats at Cactus visit www.cactusbistro.com.
- Oahu is full of charming towns just like these! Whether you are in the mood for the hustle and bustle of Honolulu, the happening nightlife of Waikiki or the gentle calm of Kailua, Oahu has everything you could ever want on its menu. Hurry and book your ticket today!