Hawaii Calendar: January 2015

A look ahead to the happenings on the Hawaiian Islands By: Marty Wentzel
Galleries stay open late each Friday evening during Hanapepe Art Night on Kauai. // © 2014 Ed Justus
Galleries stay open late each Friday evening during Hanapepe Art Night on Kauai. // © 2014 Ed Justus


Jan. 9: Hanapepe Art Night. Each Friday evening, the galleries of this self-proclaimed “biggest little town” take turns hosting original performances and demonstrations. Owners light and decorate their shops, imbuing the town with a festive atmosphere. Clients can meet local artists and buy their works and enjoy live, local music. Hanapepe is located on south Kauai’s main road heading west.



Jan. 1-9: Waimea Ocean Film Festival. Screenings of award-winning films are enhanced by breakfast talks, filmmaker sessions, art exhibits, receptions, sunrise yoga, outrigger canoe lessons and a party called Taste of the Island. Events take place in Waimea and at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Fairmont Orchid and Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.


Jan. 16 and 31: Kahilu Theatre. For decades, the little auditorium near the slopes of Mauna Kea volcano has been presenting big talents from the performing arts world. This month’s shows includes Maori singer/songwriter Maisey Rika. On another night, Hawaiian star Makana pays tribute to legendary slack-key guitarist Sonny Chillingworth.



Jan. 5: Waimea Historic Walking Tour. This free two-hour stroll takes place in one of Hawaii’s most storied towns. Guides discuss how the agricultural landscape changed from taro to rice to corn and share details about Kauai’s last king, the missionaries and other famous citizens of Waimea. Tours depart Mondays at 9:30 a.m. from the West Kauai Visitor Center.



Jan. 7-8: Masters of Hawaiian Music Slack Key Show. Every Wednesday and Thursday evening at the Napili Kai Beach Resort pavilion, entertainer George Kahumoku Jr. hosts a show starring Hawaii entertainers known for their musical proficiency. This month’s performers include Mark Yamanaka, Ledward Kaapana, Paul Togioka, Herb Ohta Jr., Sterling Seaton and Wainani Kealoha.


Jan. 8-12: Hyundai Tournament of Champions. The 2015 PGA Tour gets into full swing with this nationally televised golf event. All the champions from the previous season are eligible to compete. Some of the world’s best pro golfers turn out for the action, surrounded by breathtaking mountain and ocean views at Kapalua Resort’s Plantation Course.



Jan. 12-18: Sony Open in Hawaii. Clients can cheer for 144 top-notch golfers who compete on a picturesque course just east of Waikiki. Broadcast nationally, the action takes place at Waialae Country Club, where legendary fairways are flanked by statuesque mountains and dazzling seas. Proceeds benefit Hawaiian charities.


Jan. 17-18: Pacific Islands Arts Festival. This 17-year-old congregation of creative spirits spotlights the talents of 100 island artists. Each day in Kapiolani Park, across from Honolulu Zoo, clients can watch demonstrations of Hawaiian quilting, painting and lei-making, then enjoy live entertainment and local foods beneath shady trees.