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Entertainment & Nightlife in Honolulu


Nightlife in Honolulu – mostly clustered in Waikiki – showcases an eclectic mix with excellent entertainers, such as musicians Aunty Genoa Keawe, Jake Shimabukuro, Makana, Fiji, Henry Kapono, the Brothers Cazimero and comedian Frank DeLima.

You can also catch a touring show at the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall. And if visiting late in the year, be sure to check out the Triple Crown of Surfing: the Hawaiian Pro at Alii Beach Park in Haleiwa, the Rip Curl Cup at Sunset Beach and the Pipeline Masters on Oahu's North Shore.

Another area chock-full of nightclubs is Restaurant Row, at the corner of Ala Moana Boulevard and Punchbowl Street, near downtown Honolulu. Some of the island's hottest nightclubs are there.

Places to Unwind

The most popular venue for rock and pop concerts is the 9000-capacity Neal Blaisdell Arena, located between downtown Honolulu and Waikiki. Planet Hollywood and the Hard Rock Cafe Honolulu also do their share to entertain the rock and pop fans visiting Waikiki.

Honolulu, like most cities, has a wide variety of spots where nightlife flourishes. Most of these nightclubs are in the tourist area of Waikiki. In the Waikiki Trade Center you will find the large and luxurious Zanzabar Nightclub. Other night spots include the boisterous Pipeline Cafe, and Chai's Island Bistro in the Aloha Tower Marketplace, which features the best local Hawaiian performers. There are also countless karaoke and hostess-bars throughout Honolulu. Ala Moana is the main area for these establishments.

For something more refine, the premier house for live theatre is the Diamond Head Theatre in the shadow of the Diamond Head State Monument. Another place to see live theatre is at the Manoa Valley Theater near the University of Hawaii. The Honolulu Academy of Arts has the Doris Duke Theatre that sometimes presents plays and musical showcases. Lovers of classical music should make a date with the The Honolulu Symphony. The highly reputed Symphony attracts some of the world's finest guest conductors and soloists. The Hawaii Opera Theatre has been entertaining lovers of the genre for years.

All the colourful islands of the Pacific are well represented in the music and dance of Honolulu. Two excellent production shows are The Magic of Polynesia and the legendary Don Ho Show, both at the Waikiki Beachcomber. The Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu's North Shore also presents daily and nightly music and dance extravaganzas. Free entertainment is presented often throughout Waikiki. Two of the best free shows are the classic live hula show at the Waikiki Shell and Aloha Waikiki, at DFS Galleria.

One of the most popular forms of entertainment for the visitor to Hawai’i is the luau, a traditional Hawaiian festival party. Guests are served sumptuous food and drink and treated to a music and dance extravaganza. The Royal Hawaiian Hotel on the beach at Waikiki, offers the Royal Hawaiian Luau, one of the best around. Germaine's Luau is another favourite, as is the luau at Paradise Cove. On the North Shore, the Polynesian Cultural Center offers a luau that is widely praised for its authenticity and quality.





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