My former city editor always instructed
me to be especially cautious with superlatives. But this time, Ill
go ahead and blurt it out: Honolulu is one of the biggest towns in
the country for live entertainment.
visitors, that kind of action means Waikiki. And thats not counting
the free live music visitors may run across on an evening stroll
down the beach or along Kalakaua Avenue, or the nightly high jinks
in the areas various bars and restaurants.
currently at least a dozen live shows of note in Waikiki that are
finding appreciative audiences among both visitors and
Those I mention
here generally welcome, and offer lower prices for, children.
Making for a complete evening, some can also be packaged with
Hawaii is home to
many entertainers who are household names across the islands, even
if they dont always have a regular room in which to
well-known of the bunch -- also famous on the mainland -- is Don
Now 75, Ho
recently returned to Honolulu after a hiatus during which he
underwent experimental heart surgery in Thailand.
Youll find Mr.
Tiny Bubbles again singing and talking to his loyal audiences on
Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Hoku Hale Theatre at the
Ohana Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel. Tickets with or without dinner are
The property is
also home to homegrown illusionist John Hirokawa, who combines
magic and Hawaiian cultural touches in his Magic of Polynesia show,
performed nightly in his $7.5 million, 700-seat theater.
Aside from Ho,
Waikikis longest-running attraction is the Society of Seven, a
Vegas-style act that has reliably entertained audiences twice
daily, save Mondays, for at least 35 years at the Outrigger Waikiki
on the Beach.
choose from show-only and buffet-included ticket
At the opposite
extreme, the newest extravaganza in town is Cirque Hawaii, which
makes good use of Waikikis former Imax theater on Seaside
The company of 34
acrobats, contortionists, magicians and comedians draws nothing
from the traditional Hawaiian cultural pool.
offers thrilling, professional entertainment, patterned after
Cirque du Soleil, twice nightly, seven days a week.
conservatively and less frequently, theres just one real local luau
-- with both traditional Hawaiian entertainment and cuisine --
currently on offer in Waikiki.
The outdoor Royal
Hawaiian Luau now gets under way each Monday on the Ocean Lawn at
the venerable hotel of the same name.
January the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa replaced its
Friday-night Tepatasi Luau with the Old Hawaiian Nights Concert
Series, which features a monthly rotating roster of local recording
artists who perform Hawaiian music at the Moana Terrace every
Princess Kaiulanis dramatic new multimedia dinner show, Creation --
A Polynesian Journey, another un-luau, depicts the mythical birth
of the islands of the Pacific and their subsequent habitation by
the seafaring Polynesian tribes. Performances are daily except
Mondays and Wednesdays.
Also on stage at
the P.K., in the Ainahau Showroom Tuesdays through Sundays, is
American Timescape, a chronological trip through pop culture via
song and dance.
One of Hawaiis
best-known comedians and radio personalities, Augie Tulba -- known
simply as Augie T. -- performs on Wednesdays for the Hawaiian Style
Comedy Show in the Esprit Lounge at the Sheraton
up, in the scenic Hanohano Room atop the hotel, Jazz Night is held
on Fridays, featuring a variety of local artists and a terrific
view of Waikiki and Diamond Head.
entertainer Azure McCall, a longtime favorite known as Honolulus
first lady of jazz, performs at Deep Blue, Hawaiis first supper
club. Reservations are recommended for her dinner show at the Hyatt
Look also to see
if the monthly Concert in the Courtyard is on tap at the Sheraton
radio station KINE-FM, the open-air concert around the hotels
landmark banyan tree takes place on different dates, usually one
The price is
right, too: Its free for all comers. Or, if you want a parking
validation, theres a one-drink minimum.
Bone has been writing travel articles and books, including Pelican
Publishings Maverick Guide to Hawaii, from his Hawaii home for 35