Oahu might be known for its amazing beaches, but there’s so much more to the island that you won’t want to miss on your next Hawaiian getaway. Book an affordable, direct flight with Island Air and island hop over to Oahu for these 6 great upcoming events. From a film festival celebrating Hawaiian culture to unique exhibitions and a foodie’s paradise, read on for some memorable date night ideas or fun for the whole family excursions.

1. Hawaii International Film Festival

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Film buffs are rolling out the red carpet this month for the Hawaii International Film Festival, which will screen more than 180 movies around the islands  between November 12-22. Check out the full schedule and reserve tickets on HIFF’s site.

2. Honolulu Museum of Art

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After you’ve had your fill of films, head to the Honolulu Museum of Art for some great exhibitions on display. The museum currently has an exhibition on Hawaii’s female artists working between 1900 and 1950, as well as a number of striking Rodin sculptures on display. These evocative sculptures of the human form have inspired a “Rodin Through Yoga” series, because how often do you get to do yoga in an art museum?!

3. Honolulu Zoo

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You wouldn’t want to swim with a Japanese Giant Salamander, but the latest headliner of the Honolulu Zoo’s Reptile exhibition is worth a visit (from behind glass, that is). The endangered species, on loan from the Asa Zoo in Japan, can grow up to five feet long and like to live in cool river environments. If reptiles aren’t really your thing, check out all the other wild creatures at the zoo, or get decked out for their annual Gala on November 21st, where guests will be raising money for zoo improvements while donning their best safari duds.

4. Eat the Street: Korea

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The popular Eat the Street food truck series is back with a Korean food fest on Friday, November 20th. Enjoy an evening of happy hour specials, live entertainment, and of course, the best Korean food in town. Kick back and enjoy this local favorite that has generated over $15 million for local businesses.

5. World of Wearable Art Exhibit at the Bishop Museum

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The Bishop Museum is the first U.S. museum to host the evocative World of Wearables exhibit from New Zealand, on display through next February. Blending fashion, function, and art, the exhibit features 32 award-winning designs from costume and textile designers around the world.

6. Laser Light Shows at the Bishop Museum Planetarium


Check out a laser show at the Bishop Museum’s planetarium this fall. With a lineup that mixes beautiful laser artwork with beats from a variety of musical genres in a planetarium setting, this is a truly unique event and a great way to spend a Friday or Saturday night. Whether you’re a U2 fan or more of a Pink Floyd fan, there’s something for everyone on this season’s lineup.