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It's like watching a movie at the drive-in, minus the car and the speaker box. Bring a blanket and find a spot on the sand to enjoy live entertainment, food from top local restaurants, and a movie on a 40-foot screen. Held twice a month on Queen's Surf Beach across from the Honolulu Zoo, Sunset on the Beach is a favorite event for both locals and visitors. If the weather is blustery, beware of flying sand. www.waikikiimprovement.com.
The newest nightclub in Honolulu, The Standard is an ultramodern venue with an urban, artsy vibe. White walls are illuminated with shades of lavender, pink, and turquoise, and the space is decked with three bars, VIP seating areas, and an elevated DJ booth spinning house music over a spacious dance floor. The Standard is big enough to host networking mixers and fashion shows, and its location in downtown lures the after-work crowd. The suggested dress code—collared shirts and shoes—makes this a more grown-up hipster spot. www.thestandardhonolulu.com.
It may not be the hippest club in town, but Rumours prides itself on its theme events and its retro vibe, spinning hits from the '70s and '80s. It's got free pupu to nibble on and cages to dance inside.
This cabaret show has been entertaining Waikiki guests for more than three decades. Song, dance, and impersonations are all part of the act. www.outrigger.com.
A hip after-work crowd flocks here on weekdays to unwind at happy hour. Weekends it's packed with the see-and-be-seen set. www.pearlhawaii.com.
Easily one of the best on the Islands, this show has soaring moments and an "erupting volcano." It's a long drive—about an hour from Waikiki—but you can take part in the popular Alii Luau or stay for the heralded "Ha: Breath of Life" show. General admission starts at $49.95. www.polynesia.com.
On the campus of Windward Community College, the 300-seat Paliku Theatre features everything from dramatic productions to chamber music concerts to hula and dance performances. The sound system is exceptional. www.etickethawaii.com.
From September through July, wonderful performances grace this intimate theater in lush Manoa Valley. www.manoavalleytheater.com.
Country music in the tropics? You bet! Dress up like a paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) and mosey on out to the giant dance floor at Nashville Waikiki. There's line dancing and free dance lessons five nights a week. Look for wall-to-wall crowds on the weekend. Pool tables, dartboards, and Wii consoles keep them occupied. www.nashvillewaikiki.com.
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.
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