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Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Weekend in Honolulu: September 23–25

Lei Chic’s guide to the weekend’s best events.


Shop: Global Village Anniversary Sale

Friday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Sept. 25

Global Village Kailua

Photo: Courtesy of Global Village 


New season, new wardrobe. Update your closet with a visit to Global Village, the chic shop in Kailua carrying fashion apparel and accessories from around the globe. The store celebrates 21 years this weekend, which means deals and discounts all weekend long. Receive 20 percent off all in-store purchases. Plus, you’ll get a complimentary tote (worth $12) with each purchase that you can use for future specials and Tote Tuesday discounts. If you spend more than $75, you’ll also get a totally cute pineapple watch (worth $30).

Global Village, 539 Kailua Road, Kailua. For more information, follow them on Facebook.


Play: A Hawaiian Whodunit: An Interactive Murder Mystery Burlesque Show

Friday, Sept. 23, doors open at 6 p.m., cocktail reception at 6 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m.

There’s been a murder at Doris Duke Theatre (not a real one) and it’s up to you to solve it! Consider this your Clue game come to life, with burlesque show girls in the mix. Come early at 6 p.m. for pre-show drinks at the Luce Pavilion, where you can mingle with the performers and other attendees, and get a little preview. It all starts at 7:30 p.m. when it’s time to investigate all the burlesque beauties, and other characters such as the theater manager and stage crew to get to the bottom of this mystery and find out who the killer is.

$35 general admission, Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.


Eat: VegFest O‘ahu

Saturday, Sept. 24, 1 to 6:30 p.m.

This one’s for the vegans or anyone who wants to learn more about a sustainable plant-based lifestyle. Sample yummy vegan foods from local restaurants. Hear talks about health and the environment. Check out plant-based cooking demonstrations. Live entertainment will be provided throughout the day. You can also join in on different wellness classes such as yoga or hula dancing. And be sure to peruse the vendors selling green and vegan-friendly products.

Free, Honolulu Hale, 530 S. King St. For more information, go here.


Eat: Seventh Annual Rice Fest

Sunday, Sept. 25, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Rice Fest

Photo: Courtesy of Rice Fest


Rice is a staple in local foods such as plate lunch, spam musubi and poke bowls. It’s also used in many other cultures, and this festival is all about highlighting this humble grain in its many uses and forms. Experience rice and its culinary diversity through food demonstrations. Watch local celebrity chefs in cooking competitions. Enjoy live entertainment throught the day. Stop by the different food vendors that will be serving up some of their best rice dishes. These vendors include Musukawa’s, Bao Boys, The Pig & The Lady and Hawai‘i’s Fried Musubi. You can even participate in the spam musubi or poke bowl eating contests.

‘Auahi Street at Ward Village near Nordstrom Rack and TJ Maxx. For more information, go here.


Play: Hale ‘Aina Awards

Sunday, Sept. 25, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Hale Aina Awards

Photo: HONOLULU Magazine


Live a little on the edge and come party with the HONOLULU Magazine team on a Sunday evening at the 33rd annual Hale ‘Aina Awards, which will be held at the Royal Hawaiian’s Coconut Grove. It’s a night to celebrate the best restaurants and chefs in the Islands. Sample foods from 13 restaurants, including Arancino, Livestock Tavern and yet-to-open Piggy Smalls (sister restaurant of The Pig & The Lady). Sip on free-flowing drinks, enjoy live entertainment and mingle under the stars at this soiree.
$125 general admission, the Royal Hawaiian’s Coconut Grove. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.


Watch: Mathemagic

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 25, 2 p.m.

You don’t have to love math to enjoy a magical evening with Bradley Fields, but you just might after watching his performance. This internationally acclaimed magician is known for his mind-blowing illusions that features the beauty and power of math. His performances are a mix of comedy, mime and characterization. And, if you have little ones who need a little inspiration for learning math, bring them, too.

$7–$22, Hawai‘i Theatre Center, 1130 Bethel St. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.




Who: Eden in Love Boutique, Ward Warehouse

What: Sale on the Meet on Monroe off-the-shoulder top


Who: H&M

What: Up to 70 percent off select items


Who: Ted Baker

What: Up to 20 percent off select items


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