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From Hawai‘i to Honolulu, May is an exciting time for the islands’ cultural calendar. Here, five fab events that will get you going.

Taiko master Kenny Endo performs at Hope Gala Honolulu.

1. Midnight in Tokyo
Join American Cancer Society for its Hope Gala Honolulu. This year, the Japanese metropolis provides ample inspiration for culinary wonders to traditional grooves by taiko master Kenny Endo. May 17. 5PM. Tables from $3,000. Hawaii State Art Museum, 250 S. Hotel St., Downtown Honolulu, O‘ahu, 595.7500 

2. Maui Brewers Festival
At this always popular fundraiser, beer lovers can support Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s phenomenal programs simply by enjoying the best craft brews from Hawai‘i and beyond, along with bites from some of the island’s best restos. May 17. 4PM. Tickets from $60. Maui Arts & Cultural Center, 1 Cameron Way, Kahului, Maui, 242.2787

3. Concert for Koto
Hawaii Symphony Orchestra brings East and West together in this concert featuring master koto player Yumi Kurosawa. On the program is the world premier of composer Daron Hagen’s “Concerto for Koto and Orchestra.” May 17-18. Tickets from $41. Neal S. Blaisdell Center Arena, 777 Ward Ave., Kaka‘ako, O‘ahu, 593.2468 

4. MAMo Wearable Art Show
One of the most popular events of Maoli Arts Month returns to Hawaii Theatre. Traditional Hawaiian patterns and contemporary techniques come alive on the catwalk as models are turned into living canvases. May 21. 7PM. Tickets from $38. Hawaii Theatre Center, 1130 Bethel St., Chinatown, O‘ahu, 528.0506 

5. Big Island Film Festival
An exceptional selection of screenings—not to mention film workshops—draw cinema fans and aspiring filmmakers to this Kohala Coast fest. Tickets from $6. The Fairmont Orchid, 1 N. Kaniku Drive, Kohala Coast, Hawai‘i Island, 885.2000