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This is the only troupe that presents plays written by local playwrights. It stages five or six productions a year in a 100-seat auditorium that's perfect for getting up close and personal with the cast. www.kumukahua.org.
Hawaii's top illusionist, John Hirokawa, displays mystifying sleight of hand in this highly entertaining show, which incorporates contemporary hula and Island music into its acts. It's held in the Holiday Inn Waikiki's $7.5 million showroom. Reservations are required for dinner and the show, which is priced at $139. Walk-ups are permitted if you just want the entertainment for $55. www.magicofpolynesia.com.
Eclectic programs—everything from musical theater to Kabuki to Chinese opera—are offered at this space at the Manoa campus of the University of Hawaii. The theater, which opened in 1963, was designed by internationally renowned architect I.M. Pei. www.hawaii.edu/kennedy.
Hawaii's oldest and best-known gay-friendly nightspot offers panoramic views of Diamond Head by day and high-energy club music by night. Check out the soundproof, glassed-in dance floor. Patrons have included Elton John, Adam Lambert, and Dolly Parton. www.hulas.com.
For two decades, the Honolulu Zoo Society has sponsored hour-long evening concerts called the "Wildest Show in Town." They're held at 6 pm on Wednesday from June to August. Listen to local legends play everything from Hawaiian to jazz to Latin music. At just $3 admission, this is one of the best deals in town. Take a brisk walk through the zoo, or join in the family activities. This is an alcohol-free event, and there's a food for those who haven't brought their own picnic supplies. www.honoluluzoo.org.
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