where to go for music in honolulu


FINDING THE RIGHT KIND OF MUSIC FOR YOU

Maybe you are a student. Maybe you are a visitor. Maybe you are a Chinese trade representative doing business in the beautiful city of Honolulu.

Maybe you like light music. Maybe you like rock. And maybe you prefer Bach, Mozart, or Stravinsky. But in order to enjoy music as it should be enjoyed — LIVE — you need to know where to go. This Web page will help you figure it all out.

Note: all telephone numbers are in the (808) area code. Note: To return to the site, close this window.


LIVE MUSIC VENUES — BY GENRE

HAWAIIAN MUSIC — learn more about it here

WAIKIKI SHELL

2805 Monsarrat Avenue, one block mauka of the beach, in Kapi'olani Park. Tickets for events can be purchased at the Blaisdell Center. Telephone 924-8934 (only during events). 2,000 seats and space for 6,000 on the lawn. (Tickets for the lawn are cheaper, and you can bring a picnic with you to eat while you listen.) A lot of popular Hawaiian groups play here, including the Brothers Cazimero and Keali'i Reichel.

HAWAI'I THEATRE 1130 Bethel Street, two blocks makai of Beretania Street. Built in 1922 and restored in 1994, this grand palace of a theatre sometimes hosts shows by major Hawaiian stars. Tickets may be expensive, but it's worth it, because the interior is truly beautiful. Box office hours Tue.-Sat. 09:00-17:00. Telephone 528-0506.
BARS AND PUBS IN WAIKIKI There is lots of live music in the bars and pubs of Waikiki. Check "Happenings" in the Honolulu Weekly for information. Hawaiian music is listed in its own section.

 

ROCK, POP, AND HEAVY METAL

BLAISDELL ARENA at BLAISDELL CENTER

777 Ward Avenue, makai of Beretania. Box office hours Mon.-Fri. 10:00-18:00, Sat. 09:00-17:00, and during events. Telephone 591-2211. Owned by the City and County of Honolulu. Seats almost 9,000. Many different acts, from Celine Dion to Van Halen, have played here.

ALOHA STADIUM Aloha Stadium exit off the H-1 freeway, in Pearl City. Tickets for events at the stadium are usually sold at Tower Records and other locations.Telephone 486-9300. There is a giant swap meet (flea market) in the parking lot on Saturdays, Sunday, and Wednesdays during the day.
BARS AND PUBS IN WAIKIKI There is lots of live music in the bars and pubs of Waikiki. Check "Happenings" in the Honolulu Weekly for information.

 

CLASSICAL MUSIC

BLAISDELL CONCERT HALL at BLAISDELL CENTER

777 Ward Avenue, makai of Beretania. Box office hours Mon.-Fri. 10:00-18:00, Sat. 09:00-17:00, and during events. Telephone 591-2211. Owned by the City and County of Honolulu. Seats 2,158. This is the home of the Honolulu Symphony, as well as the theater where Hawai'i Opera Theatre performs most often.

ORVIS AUDITORIUM at the UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI'I AT MANOA Corner of Dole Street and University Avenue, in the Music Department. Most of the shows here are for classical music, but at the end of each semester (early December, early May) you can experience a variety of musical styles when all the UH music classes perform for free at Orvis. Tickets for other events (including classical concerts) are not all sold at the same place. See here for information.
ATHERTON PERFORMING ARTS STUDIO at HAWAI'I PUBLIC RADIO 738 Kaheka Street, Suite 101.(Right across Kaheka Street from Daiei.) Learn all about it here. Telephone 955-8821. Sometimes the concerts here feature jazz music.

 

WORLD MUSIC

GAMELAN COURTYARD at U. HAWAII MUSIC DEPARTMENT

Corner of Dole Street and University Avenue. What is Gamelan music? It is the music of Java and Bali in Indonesia. Find out more about this kind of music here, and learn about the concert schedule under the heading "Concert Calendar" here.

ANDREWS OUTDOOR THEATER at the UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI'I AT MANOA Dole Street between East-West Road and University Avenue, on the campus of the University of Hawai'i. For the calendar of events, see here.
LEEWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE THEATER 96-045 Ala Ike St., Pearl City. (It's some distance ewa -- west -- from downtown Honolulu.) For more information about the theater, see here.

 

EASY LISTENING / LOUNGE MUSIC

ROYAL HAWAIIAN BAND

Sometimes they play at 'Iolani Palace downtown, sometimes at the Kapi'olani park Bandstand, and sometimes at shopping centers. Their music is always sweet and mellow. You can see their schedule here.

WAIKIKI There is lots of live music in the bars and pubs of Waikiki. Check "Happenings" in the Honolulu Weekly for information.

 

JAZZ / BLUES

ANNA BANNANA'S RESTAURANT & BAR

2440 South Beretania Street, just diamondhead of Isenberg Street. Telephone 946-5190. Anna's does not have a Web site, but their musical offerings, which range from reggae to rock (but are often blues), are listed in "Happenings" in the Honolulu Weekly.

WAIKIKI There is lots of live music in the bars and pubs of Waikiki. Check "Happenings" in the Honolulu Weekly for information. Sometimes there is also jazz at the Atherton Performing Arts Studio.