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Photo: Courtesy of Ron White

THE COMEDY

LAUGH with your friends

He rose to fame on the Blue Collar Comedy Tour nearly 20 years ago, but Ron White continues to shine as a stand-up entertainer, actor, New York Times bestselling author and owner of a tequila brand, Number Juan. He returns to the Islands for a show at the Blaisdell Concert Hall on February 4, ticketmaster.com. And good news for fans of The late show: Reggie Watts has been rescheduled to February 12 at the Hawai’i Theater, hawaiitheatre.com. Watch for the return of Aloha Comedy Festival (February 24-26) as well, which blew us away in venues across the city in 2019. facebook.com/alohacomedyfestival


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CONCERTS

DANCE to a new vibe

If there’s anything we can thank the pandemic for, it’s that JVNAThe Honolulu gig was delayed until after her debut album, Hope in Chaos, released in November, giving us plenty of time to learn the new songs. See the electro-pop artist on February 19 at The Republik. Reggae more your style? skank with Rebellion at the Waikīkī Shell on February 11. For a more laid back, folksy performance on the same night, find John Craigie at the Republik.

bampproject.com


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Manoa Valley Edward Sakamoto February 2022

Photo: Courtesy of Kennedy Theater

ENTERTAINMENT

CELEBRATE a local playwright

February 23-27 | 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Edward Sakamoto’s characters are funny, real, and accurately reflect the people and stories of Hawai’i. In February, one of his home stages will pay tribute to the playwright with excerpts from some of his 19 comedic and heartfelt shows, all of which were donated to UH upon his death in 2015. Hawai’i Nō Ka ‘Oi: A Celebration of Sakamoto will include scenes from the fantasy Chikamatsu Forest; rice stew, the story of three classmates at the end of high school and then 20 years later; and, as its title suggests, the Hawai’i Nō Ka ‘Oi Trilogy—The taste of Kona coffee, Mānoa Valley and The life of the earth– which follows a local Japanese American family over 60.

$8 to $18, Kennedy Theater, manoa.hawaii.edu


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2018 Olympic bobsleigh gold medalist Justin Kripps was born in Nā’ālehu. The 2022 Games start on February 4.

ENTERTAINMENT

ghost bus hawaii

Open daily | 4 p.m.–9 p.m.

If you’ve ever wanted to scream on a bus (just me?), here’s your chance with a unique Japanese horror experience that plans to run year-round. Don’t worry, the bus isn’t moving, but you’re going for a ride.

$13 to $15, 152 ‘Ōhua Avenue, ghostbusshawaii.com, @ghostbushawaii


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SPORTS

Encourage the ‘Arcs

The UH Men’s Volleyball season is underway! The defending national champions play against Kentucky State (February 4), Queens (February 4) and Stanford (February 5) in Texas before returning home to face Long Island University on February 8, 9 and 11 , followed by a three-game series with the Lincoln Memorial from Feb. 18-20 at the Stan Sheriff Center.

hawaiiathletics.com


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THEATER

The Tragedy of Carmen

Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m. & Feb. 20, 4 p.m.

There may be a “tragedy” in its name, but the feminist tale of taking charge of your own destiny, whatever the cost, has been a favorite opera for over a century.

$30 to $135, Blaisdell Concert Hall, hawaiiopera.org


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ENTERTAINMENT

A Labor Day weekend engagement with Babyface

Postponed to Saturday, September 2 at 8 p.m.

Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds has written and produced some of the most romantic songs of the past three decades, winning 12 Grammy Awards, including the Trustees Award in 2021. Try not to swoon over your date too much.

$39 to $249, Arena Blaisdell, tmrevents.net


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This story originally appeared as “February Picks” in the February 2022 issue of HONOLULU magazine. Get your copy at shop.honolulumagazine.com and subscribe to print and digital editions now.

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