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Blaisdell Arena’s Golden Anniversary!

Honolulu, HI – Blaisdell celebrates its 50th Anniversary weekend with its biggest dance featuring a non-stop evening of hits that span the Blaisdell’s incredible history!

Join legendary emcee Tom Moffatt for a night of music and memories as he recounts the songs that have rocked the Arena for the past fifty years with artists like Earth Wind & Fire, Tower of Power, Young Rascals, Chubby Checker, Stylistics, Temptations, Elvis, Paul Anka, Beach Boys, Coasters, Carpenters, Chicago, Bill Haley, Eric Clapton, Aretha, Bruno, Dion, Journey, and many more!

Giant Dance Floor!
Door Prizes!
$1.00 prices for Pepsi, Budweiser, Chili with Rice, and Hot Dogs for the first hour!
(Limit 1 per person, per transaction, while supplies last)

Reserved tickets, priced at $19.64, go on sale this Saturday at Blaisdell Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets including Walmart, online at, or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Nominal service charges apply. A limited number of table seats are also available.
For more information phone 1-800-745-3000 or visit

Mayor Caldwell announces new Zoo Director

Mayor Caldwell announces new Zoo Director

Zoo Director

Honolulu – Mayor Kirk Caldwell today announced that Jeffrey Wilkinson has been selected to be the new administrator for the Honolulu Zoo, effective April 1st.

“Jeffrey has strong management, marketing, and operations experience and we are happy to bring him home to Oahu,” said Mayor Caldwell. “One of Jeffrey’s initial responsibilities will be to work toward the zoo’s reaccreditation in 2016.”

   Jeffrey Wilkinson

Wilkinson will be returning to Honolulu after serving as chief operating officer of non-profit St. John’s Program for Women and Children in Sacramento, California since 2011. Previously, he was College Director at ITT Technical Institute and president of Menco, Inc. which sells consumable products to retailers. In total, he has more than 20 years of experience as a top level executive.

Wilkinson is a graduate of the University of Southern California and Punahou School.

Every zoo in the United Stated must complete a thorough accreditation process every five years through the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. The accreditation ensures zoos meet animal management and care standards, including living environments, social groupings, health, and nutrition. The Honolulu Zoo’s accreditation is up for renewal in 2016.

ULI to Work with Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell in Crafting Redevelopment Strategies, Options for Blaisdell Center

HONOLULU (March 4, 2014) –  This week the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use will begin a four-day study visit of the Blaisdell Center complex. The panel of land use experts will work with Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell in developing a strategy for creating a vibrant culture and arts district that is anchored by redevelopment of the iconic performing arts and exhibition complex.

Mayor Caldwell and his Rose Center fellowship team – Ember Shinn, managing director, City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii; George Atta, director, Department of Planning and Permitting, City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii; and Robert Iopa, president and principal, WCIT Architecture, Honolulu, Hawaii– will work with the visiting panel in designing a preliminary plan that incorporates how redevelopment can work with property owners and institutions in the surrounding neighborhood, makes recommendations for public-private partnerships, and provides insights from other successful projects. The week will culminate with a public presentation of the panel’s findings and recommendations on March 7, 2014 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Mission Memorial Auditorium.

The City and County of Honolulu current owns and operates the 22.4 –acre Neal Blaisdell Center, situated in the Kaka‘ako Community Development District. The area is several blocks from a future light rail station and adjacent to historic Thomas Square Park, the Honolulu Museum of Art, McKinley High School, and Straub Hospital. Since its construction in 1964, the site has served as a major gathering place for performances and community events. In recent years, the arena has struggled for bookings due to competition from newer and more accessible facilities. This panel’s work will precede the city’s future selection of a consultant tasked with crafting a vision for a cultural and entertainment district. This week’s effort will help the city determine the community’s goals, recommend a conceptual design, and seek out potential development partners.

“I’d like to thank the Urban Land Institute for providing this panel of experts to help with the city’s efforts to redevelop the Blaisdell Center,” said Mayor Caldwell.  “The ideas and suggestions they present will reflect their experience with similar projects across the country, tailored specifically to Honolulu’s needs.  The most important part of this process is public input.  The people of Oahu ultimately need to decide the future of this community resource and I’m looking forward to a great discussion on the 7th.”

The visiting panel consists of national renowned land use and real estate professionals include: Andre Brumfield, president, Brumfield Design + Planning, Chicago, Ill.; Christopher Kurz, president and CEO, Linden Associates, Inc., Baltimore, Md.; Brad Beaubien, planning administrator, Department of Metropolitan Development, City of Indianapolis and Marion County, Ind.; Glenda Hood, former mayor of Orlando and partner, trisect, LCC, Orlando, Fla.;; Maura Sullivan, deputy chief administrative officer, City of Memphis, Tenn.; Jennifer Toole, president, Toole Design Group; Leah Treat, director, Bureau of Transportation, City of Portland, Ore.; Ginger White-Brunetti, deputy director, Department of Arts and Venues, City and County of Denver, Colo.; and Roger Williams, principal, RW and Associates, LLC, Potomac, Md.

Honolulu is one of four cities selected for the 2013-2014 Rose fellowships, along with Indianapolis, Memphis, and Portland. During the five years of the fellowship program, teams have been successful in leading change in their communities after receiving technical assistance and strategic advice from ULI. Past classes of Rose Fellows have tackled challenges including revitalization of Detroit’s Livernois Avenue; upgrading and re-branding Louisville’s Fourth Street corridor; the redevelopment of Tampa’s downtown riverfront; Kansas City’s historic livestock district; and the transformation of Sacramento’s nearly empty downtown railyard.

The Daniel Rose Fellowship is the flagship program of the Rose Center, established in 2008 by the ULI Foundation Governor Daniel Rose. The Center aims to empower leaders in the public sector to envision, build and sustain successful 21st century communities by providing access to information, best practices, peer networks and other resources to foster creative, efficient and sustainable land use practices. The Center works with public officials throughout the United States to encourage and support excellence in land use decision making. By providing public officials with access to information, best practices, peer networks, and other resources, the Rose Center seeks to foster creative, efficient, practical, and sustainable land use policies.


About the Urban Land Institute
The Urban Land Institute ( is a nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has more than 30,000 members worldwide representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.

The Green to open Bruno Mars’ shows


Friday, April 18th, Saturday April 19th, Monday April 21st
8:00pm ▪ Blaisdell Arena

Honolulu, HI – GRAMMY®-winning singer/songwriter/producer/musician Bruno Mars is pleased to announce that Hawaii favorites The Green will open his sold-out shows in Honolulu next month as he kicks off the second leg of his eagerly anticipated blockbuster “Moonshine Jungle World Tour”.

The Green, whose popularity has soared since they first came together in 2009, freshly blends elements of Hawaiian style with dub roots reggae for a unique sound that strikes a chord with Hawaii fans; their extensive touring has introduced their distinctive style to legions of music lovers throughout the country. From their #1 iTunes & Billboard release, “Ways & Means,” to their festival appearances at Vans Warped Tour, Wakarusa and the California Roots Festival, The Green continues to spread aloha through their music.

Named Billboard Magazine’s “2013 Artist of the Year,” Mars took home the statue for “Best Pop Vocal Album” at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.

With 130 million singles sold worldwide, the 18-time GRAMMY® Award nominee and winner has made music history more than once, including such milestones as scoring his first five Billboard “Hot 100” chart-toppers faster than any male solo artist since Elvis Presley. In addition to his two acclaimed multi-platinum albums – 2010’s “DOO-WOPS & HOOLIGANS” and 2012’s “UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX,” which share a combined certification total of 60x platinum worldwide – Mars has logged an extraordinary catalogue spanning 22 “Hot 100” hits. A charismatic and irresistible live performer, he recently concluded the epic 2013 leg of his “Moonshine Jungle World Tour” with sold-out shows in over 90 cities around the globe.

An Evening With Bob Dylan

An Evening With

TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 2014 – 7:30 PM

Where: Blaisdell Arena
When: Tuesday, April 29      Doors: 6:30 PM Show: 7:30 PM
Prices: $59.00, $79.00, $89.00, with a limited number of premium $125.00 tickets available
Available: On sale February 22, 9 AM at the Blaisdell Box Office, online at, all Ticketmaster outlets including Walmart, or call toll-free 1-800-745-3000. Service fee may apply.

Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience

Theresa CaputoTheresa Caputo Live! The Experience
From TLC’s Long Island Medium
Thursday, May 29th 7:30 PM
- Tickets go on-sale Friday, February 7th at 10am -

Theresa Caputo, psychic medium and star of the hit TLC show, Long Island Medium, will be appearing live at the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu on Thursday, May 29th at 7:30pm. Theresa will give interactive readings to audience members throughout the show and will also share personal stories about her life and her unique gifts. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 7th at 10am and can be purchased at, 1.800.745.3000, or at the Blaisdell Box Office. Tickets start at $39.75 plus applicable service charges. Purchasing a ticket does not guarantee a reading.

A fourth season of Long Island Medium launched October 6th on TLC. The highly-rated show follows Theresa’s life as a typical Long Island wife and mom with one very big difference…she can communicate with the dead. Since she cannot “turn off” this gift, messages from departed loved ones can come through at any time. The local car mechanic, manicurist or cashier at the bagel shop may find themselves receiving a spontaneous reading from Theresa as she goes about her day. The unique challenges that her special abilities create for her husband of 22 years, Larry, and her two children, aged 17 and 21 and how they cope are also a main theme on the show.

Theresa’s first book titled “There’s More to Life Than This” was released on October 8th and debuted at #2 on the NY Times Best Seller List.

Theresa has been a practicing medium for 10 years and is a certified medium with the Forever-Family Foundation, an organization dedicated to connecting science with the afterlife. She helps individuals find closure by connecting them with their departed loved ones. For Theresa, this is not just her job… this is her life. Learn more about Theresa at

Bruno Mars Random Token Distribution

BM CoverInformation on Random Token Distribution
for BRUNO MARS at Blaisdell Center

Random tokens will be given out for Bruno Mars at 8:00 AM. Line up for the tokens starts at 7:00 AM. Tokens will counted out, ripped and mixed up in a container. Each patron in line between 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM will be given an opportunity to pull a random token starting at 8:00 AM. Ticket buyers arriving after 8:00 AM will be given a consecutively numbered token in the order in which they arrive.

The Box Office opens at 9:00 AM. Token numbers will be called in order until the line of the random token holders is finished. Then the consecutive token numbers will be called. Each token allows the holder to purchase up to 8 tickets per household. Tokens will be issued to persons 12 years of age or older.

THERE IS NO ADVANTAGE TO BEING FIRST IN LINE FOR THE TOKEN. The purpose of this random token system is to provide equal opportunity to all ticket buyers to be the first to purchase tickets.

With this system, there is no advantage to arriving hours before the Box Office opens. Overnight camping on the Center grounds is not permitted. When the Center is closed, services such as restrooms are unavailable to the public. The token system provides an orderly and fair way to create the lineup for the ticket purchase, while maintaining public safety.

INTERNET AND TELEPHONE PURCHASE SERVICES OPEN AT THE SAME TIME AS THE MAIN BOX OFFICE AND HAVE EQUAL ACCESS TO THE SAME TICKETS THROUGH TICKETMASTER.At 9am HST, purchase is available by phoning Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, or over the Internet at On the first day of ticket sales, seat selection is based on “best available” in each price range for each show.

Anyone purchasing tickets at the Main Box Office will be subject to using the Token System until there is no longer a line. There is an 8 ticket limit per household. Parking will be validated with ticket purchase. Please see usher to have your parking tickets stamped.

Blaisdell Center

Bruno Mars

Friday, April 18th & Saturday April 19th • 8:00pm • Blaisdell Arena

Honolulu, HI – GRAMMY®-winning singer/songwriter/producer/musician Bruno Mars has announced the eagerly anticipated additional leg of his blockbuster “Moonshine Jungle World Tour” and Honolulu kicks it off with two concerts at Blaisdell Arena on April 18 & 19! Tickets for both shows go on sale this coming Monday, February 3rd, at 9:00am.

Mars, a Roosevelt High School graduate with a proud list of lifelong fans in his home state, will headline the upcoming Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, slated for Sunday, February 2nd, 2014.

Recently named Billboard magazine’s “2013 Artist of the Year,” Mars took home the statue for “Best Pop Vocal Album” at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards this past Sunday.

With 130 million singles sold worldwide, the 18-time GRAMMY® Award nominee and winner has made music history more than once, including such milestones as scoring his first five Billboard “Hot 100” chart-toppers faster than any male solo artist since Elvis Presley. In addition to his two acclaimed multi-platinum albums – 2010’s “DOO-WOPS & HOOLIGANS” and 2012’s “UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX,” which share a combined certification total of 60x platinum worldwide – Mars has logged an extraordinary catalogue spanning 22 “Hot 100” hits. A charismatic and irresistible live performer, he recently concluded the epic 2013 leg of his “Moonshine Jungle World Tour” with sold-out shows in over 90 cities around the globe.

Reserved tickets, priced at $99.50, $84.50 and $69.50, go on sale at 9am at the Blaisdell Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets including Walmart, online at and by phone at (800) 745-3000. Nominal service charges apply through all outlets.

Bruno’s Hawaii concerts are proudly presented by AEG Live and Tom Moffatt.

To follow Bruno Mars, visit:,,, and

Dave Chappelle

Dave Chappelle Cover copyDAVE CHAPPELLE
February, 6th 2014

On Sale Thursday, January 16 at 9 a.m.

Honolulu, HI – Live Nation welcomes DAVE CHAPPELLE to the Blaisdell Arena on February 6, 2014 at 8pm.

Ticket price $55.00 and go on sale Thursday, January 16 at 9 a.m. HST. Tickets are available for purchase at, Blaisdell Box Office or by phone (800) 745-3000

All tickets subject to applicable service charges and fees.
Dates and times subject to change without notice.

Soul Sessions Vol. 5 – Valentine’s Day 2014


HONOLULU, HI (January 2, 2014) – This Valentine’s Day, get ready for a memorable opportunity to enjoy comedy and music at Soul Sessions V.5, held at Neal Blaisdell Arena. Headlining the exclusive night will be the musical legend, Toni Braxton—R&B singer-songwriter, musician, producer, actress, television personality and philanthropist. To fuse with the sultry sounds of Braxton’s voice, Soul Sessions will also feature two impressive opening acts: the hilarious comedian Donnell Rawlings as host, best known for his character “Ashy Larry” and presenting Dave Chappelle’s Lost Episodes; and special guest Jon B, a smooth, platinum-certified R&B vocalist and songwriter.

Soul Sessions V.5 will be held at Neal Blaisdell Arena on Friday, February 14, 2014. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. Previous unforgettable Soul Sessions featured KC & JoJo, Robin Thicke, Musiq Soulchild and more.

General admission and VIP tickets will be available soon on and at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Walmart locations.

Tantriq Entertainment, Digs Hawaii and HPELive present Soul Session V.5, a night of unforgettable comedy and music, sponsored by Coors Light and M Nightclub. For more information, please call (808) 864-3579.