Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: Aug. 22–26, 2018
Step 1: Stay safe. Step 2: Have fun.
NOTE: Some events may be canceled due to Hurricane Lane. Before you head out, call ahead or check online to confirm your event is still happening.
PHOTO: COURTESY Of duke’s oceanfest
Update: All events on Thursday and Friday are cancelled. Check back for the Saturday and Sunday schedule.
Regarded as the father of modern surfing, the late Duke Kahanamoku dedicated much of his life to popularizing the ancient Polynesian sport. Fifty years after his passing, surfing has evolved into a global phenomenon with no signs of slowing down. Duke’s OceanFest continues to honor Kahanamoku’s legacy this weekend with amateur competitions in surf, swim and volleyball, movie nights on the beach and various ho‘olaule‘a. All competitions are free to watch, including the pet surfing contest (yes, it’s as cute as it sounds) taking place tomorrow, Aug. 23, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kūhiō Beach.
photo: courtesy of greek festival hawai‘i
Saturday, Aug. 25 and Sunday, Aug. 26
Greek out over gyros, souvlaki, baklava, spanakopita and more at this two-day cultural festival. Munch on your favorite Mediterranean bites while you watch and learn traditional Greek dancing and shop imported merch at the festival’s marketplace. Unlike most days, this weekend wearing your bedsheet in public is not only acceptable, it’s highly encouraged. Show up to the Greek Festival wearing a toga and you’ll be rewarded with $2 off admission.
$3, free for active military families and ages 10 and younger. McCoy Pavilion at Ala Moana Beach Park, 1201 Ala Moana Blvd. For more information, go here. For up-to-date news on any cancellations due to Hurricane Lane, go here.
photo: courtesy of amazing comic con aloha
Amazing Comic Con Aloha
Friday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 26
The Amazing Hawai‘i Comic Con returns with a new name and a new lineup of celebrity guests. Prepare to fangirl (or fanboy) over Evangeline Lily (Ant Man and The Wasp, Lost, The Hobbit), Asher Angel (Shazam!, Andi Mack) and Amber Midthunder (Legion) along with voice actors and creative geniuses behind some of the hottest comics and video games currently trending. The convention will also have 100,000-plus square feet of floor space dedicated to a collectibles marketplace, interactive exhibits, video game tournaments and an artist alley with 100-plus local and international artists.
$25–$250, free for children 12 and younger when accompanied by a paying adult. Hawai‘i Convention Center, 1801 Kalākaua Ave. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here. For up-to-date news on any cancellations due to Hurricane Lane, go here.
PHOTO: courtesy of billie eilish
Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 8 p.m.
Her 2016 debut single, “Ocean Eyes,” was a certified viral hit, garnering more than 100 million streams on Spotify to date. Since then the ethereal, almost alienlike music from 16-year-old Billie Eilish has led to radio time, a collab with fellow artist Khalid, and even a tour with indie giant Florence + The Machine as the opening act. In anticipation of Hurricane Lane, BAMP Project has bumped the sold-out concert from tomorrow to tonight, Aug. 22, plus added a few more tickets for sale. If you’re a fan and were bummed about missing Eilish’s first-ever Honolulu show, this is your lucky day—but act fast.
Looking for more things to do? Check out our events calendar.
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