Halloween weekend in Hawaii is seriously haute bringing a bevy of to-dos to the Aloha State. The holiday weekend kicks off Friday with a party tri-fecta offering something for everyone from the music maven to the fund-raiser to the art buff. On Halloween eve, hit hip Chinatown for Hallowballoo, a music and art street festival not to mention Hawaii’s largest live music showcase with five outdoor stages and 10,000 anticipated attendees in costume. And, Sunday, the festive fun continues in bustling Waikiki with the infamous Waikiki block party and nearly 15,000 costumed partygoers filling the main strand of Kalakaua Ave. Stock up on some extra ghoulish garb, Halloween in Hawaii is all about party-hopping and of course competing for best-in-show.
Friday, October 29: Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros AND The Budos Band
It’s the Halloween kick-off concert with two stellar musical events on deck. Two of the hottest live acts in the country, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and The Budos Band will be performing at Oahu’s most electric, outdoor venue, The Waterfront at Aloha Tower. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.
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Friday, October 29: Seven Deadly Sins
Art After Dark is the Honolulu Academy of Arts themed monthly art party and this Friday’s event marks the last of 2010. Because the beloved last-Friday fete is saying goodbye for a while, it’s time to indulge and fittingly so, since October’s theme is Seven Deadly Sins. Got a lusty mood? DJ Vegas Mike will be playing some tunes to get you in the mood at the Kinau Courtyard. On the pride side of the spectrum, enter the Best Costume contest in Luce Pavilion. There’s nothing like a woman scorned, so wrath will explore those deep-seated feelings with music by DJ Spikedelic. Want to make them swoon with envy? Get your body painted by Nicholas The Artist. Greedy much? Enter the Sin Gallery Hunt. The first 20 greedy guests to turn in their completed hunt forms will be rewarded for their sin. Prizes include certificates to Town, Mu’umu’u Heaven, a one-year subscription to Honolulu Magazine, and Art After Dark swag. Grand-prize winners will snag two tickets to Honolulu Magazine’s annual dining awards celebration on November 7. Feeling slothy instead? Get your fortune read by Helen Rauer in the Mediterranean Court. And, for the gluttonous, gorge yourself on gumbo, dirty rice, tostones, arroz con pollo and frijoles negro brought to you by local restaurant Town.
For more information visit www.artafterdark.org.
Friday, October 29: Lifestyles of the Rich and Infamous
The Gift Foundation of Hawaii is all about their over-the-top themed parties and their generous support of local charities. Best known for their annual Halloween weekend fund-raising event, this seasonal soiree is always a blast. This year’s theme is Lifestyles of the Rich and Infamous and will be held at the hautest new hotel in town, The Waikiki Edition. If you haven’t yet gotten a glimpse of the cutting-edge spot, this is the perfect opportunity to check out what it’s all about and give a little back. This year’s primary beneficiary is the Hawaii Youth Symphony’s Music Alive program, an initiative developed to meet the needs of educational systems lacking symphonic support. Proceeds will also help the Boys and Girls Club Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative, the Hawaii Nature Center’s Construction of a New Sheltered Pavilion for Expansion program and the Hawaii Literacy’s Parents Achieving Literacy Project. This festive fete is bound to be a time to remember and help so many. Individual tickets are $150. The event is from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.
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Saturday, October 30: Hallowbaloo
Hip Hawaii turns out Halloween eve for this popular arts and music street festival. From 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. hit Hawaii’s largest live music showcase featuring five outdoor stages, an anticipated 10,000 in costume and the Hallowbaloo club crawl where one wristband will get you into eight of the vest Chinatown clubs all-night long. It’s an ideal opportunity to hit all of your favorite spots from Soho to 39 Hotel to Indigo to Manifest. Club tickets go on sale starting at 5 p.m. Be there!
For more information visit http://hallowbaloo.com.
Sunday, October 31: Waikiki Block Party
Happy Halloween! It’s madness in bustling Waikiki with nearly 15,000 costumed party-goers cramming the streets til 2 a.m. The center stage of action takes place on the main drag of Kalakaua and is a true spectator sport. You’re sure to see some of the most creative costumes of the weekend at this block party.