It doesn’t stand for the National Broadcasting Company, but Honolulu’s Neal Blaisdell Center is a popular arena, concert hall and exhibition space that can be described using some of the eponymous TV network slogans: Come Home to NBC, The Place to Be, The Stars Are Back on the Neal Blaisdell Center and Comedy Done Right.
The Neal Blaisdell Center is a multi-purpose complex made up of a circular arena for concerts and sporting events, a concert hall for symphony and theater, an exhibition hall with 65,000 square feet of space, the Waikiki Shell with its unique acoustics and the Carla Coray Galleria, a formal entrance to the exhibition hall with high-vaulted glass and a grand staircase.
Each event set-up in the Neal Blaisdell Center’s arena offers a different set-up: seating in the round and courtside events give way to shows like Elton John, Jimmy Buffett, Disney on Ice, Harlem Globetrotters and Cirque de Soleil. Get caught up in the excitement of Dancing with the Stars, when pros from the ABC show perform at the Concert Hall’s Ballroom with a Twist, or see the likes of comedian Daniel Tosh, and Broadway productions of Wicked, Lion King and Les Miserables.
Built in 1956 as a tropical outdoor amphitheater, the Waikiki Shell, set in Kapiolani Park and in sight of Diamond Head, is “Hawaii’s place to see the stars, under the stars.” Spend the day across the street on Waikiki Beach and then grab a lawn seat for an outdoor concert, offering sophisticated acoustics and lots of greenery.
Located at the demographic center of Honolulu, the Neal Blaisdell Center brings Hawaii inside with its tropical fish ponds, sweeping lawns and coconut groves. On Wednesday evenings, farmers and food producers sell their agricultural bounty, including fruits, veggies, flowers and even rare tropical fruit jams, chocolates made from locally sourced cacao and island-raised pork smoked with guava wood.
“ If you are visiting between November and February, don’t miss Waimea Bay on the North Shore where the island’s top surfers take on 30-foot waves ”
Address : 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu, Oahu
Phone: (808) 768-5400
Web Address : www.blaisdellcenter.com
Distance/Drive Time from THE MODERN HONOLULU : Head southeast on Ala Moana Boulevard and turn left onto Ena Road. Turn left onto Kalakaua Avenue. Turn left onto Kapiolani Boulevard and drive 1.3 miles and make a right onto Ward Avenue.