Aside from our lineup of Surfjack experiences, here’s our go-to guide of what’s happening on Oahu this May.


Mike Love & The Full Circle
9:30pm, Hawaiian Brian’s, 1680 Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu
Jam with reggae’s rising star, Oahu-born and -based musician Mike Love. His music draws inspiration from many genres but ties it all together by the common goal of making the world a better place. This week features special guest Jungle Man Sam, hailing from Toronto, who will be performing as part of his debut Hawaii tour.  Tickets and more info


Courtyard Cinema presents Ramen Shop
6-9pm, Victoria Ward Park, 1020 Auahi St., Honolulu
Courtyard Cinema (the monthly event which showcases a selection of Hawaii International Film Festival curated films) has a new location! This month’s film screening is Ramen Shop, a 2019 film about a young ramen chef who leaves his hometown in Japan to embark on a culinary journey to Singapore to find out the truth about his past. He uncovers a lot more than family secrets and delicious recipes. As always, the event is free and open to the public. More info

MAY 11

Dumpling Workshop with Chef Lee Anne Wong
4:30-6pm, da Shop: books + curiosities, 3565 Harding Ave., Honolulu
The first Slow Food Oahu workshop begins with Chef Lee Anne Wong, of Koko Head Café and author of Dumplings All Day Wong. Explore and try our hand at making dumplings with the three major methods: pan-fried, steamed, and boiled. Filling range from pork and seafood to vegetarian variations, and you’ll get to explore the differences in fresh, verses store bought dough. Participants will also leave with a copy of Lee Anne Wong’s book. Tickets & more info

MAY 11

Sherwood Beach Clean Up
8:30-10:30am, Sherwood Beach, Kalanianaʻole Hwy., Waimanalo
It’s our job to keep our oceans and beaches clean and healthy! Join the Waikiki Aquarium in helping to remove plastics, trash and other debris from the areas around beautiful Sherwood Beach in Waimanalo. Trash bags, gloves and micro plastic sifting supplies will be provided, but don’t forget your water and reef-safe sun protection. More info

MAY 15

The Margins of the Sea Preview Summit Peace. Global Understanding. Climate Change
Liljestrand House, 3300 Tantalus Dr., Honolulu
If you value peace, greater global awareness and environmental stewardship from the perspective of arts and culture, you’re sure to enjoy the panel presentation that focuses on climate change crises, solutions and social justice. The talk will be moderated by Chip Fletcher, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Earth Science in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at The University of Hawaii and Vice-Chair of the Honolulu Climate Change Commission. Panelists include Maxine Burkett, a professor at University of Hawaii School of Law and Co-Founder and Executive Director of Institute for Climate and Peace; James Redford, a serial storyteller, social change filmmaker, co-founder of KPJR Films and Chair of the Redford Center; and Maya Soetoro-Ng, a consultant to the Obama Foundation working to develop international programs in the Asia Pacific region and co-founder of the Institute for Climate and Peace. Tickets & more info

MAY 18

Jai Ho! Bollywood Dance Night
6-10:30pm at ImpactHub, 1050 Queen Street, suite 100, Honolulu
Shake it off at Jai Ho! A Bollywood dance night. Enjoy nonstop music, an authentic Indian dinner, photo booth and henna tattoos right here in Honolulu. Tickets & more info

MAY 21

Talk Story: Will Pidgin Survive the 21st Century?
6-8:30pm, Artistry Honolulu, 461 Cooke St., Honolulu
Pidgin remains one of the strongest and most distinctive elements of culture in Hawaii, used in everyday conversation and local advertising. Join moderator Noe Tanigawa, Arts & Culture Reporter for Hawai‘i Public Radio; former Hawai‘i Governor John D. Waiheʻe III; co-director of the University of Hawai’i Sato Center for Pidgin, Creole, and Dialect Studies Katie Drager; comedian Andy Bumatai; and California-based sociolinguist and scholar of American pidgins Sarah Roberts as they examine pidgin’s past and present—and how long it will survive. Tickets & more info

MAY 23

News & Brews Pau Hana
6-7:30pm, Honolulu Beerworks, 328 Cooke St., Honolulu
Meet-and-greet with Civil Beat reporters and staff, including D.C. reporter, Nick Grube, who will be talking story about crime, politics and Hawaii’s infamous Kealoha case in the outside beer garden. Light pupus will be provided and Honolulu BeerWorks will provide 15% off event attendees’ tabs. Space is limited so try to reserve your spot. More info

MAY 31

Sunset Mele
4-9pm, Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu
Head to the Convention Center for the Sunset Mele and Night Market—a free community event that features live entertainment, a family-friendly movie (this month, Aquaman!), and a pop-up marketplace showcasing local brands, eats and drinks. More info

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