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Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: Jan. 5–7, 2018

Start the year off with K-pop, yoga and the magic of Disney.


Happy New Year! Need a detox from all that NYE Champagne? Spend the first weekend of 2018 with some self-TLC at a Sunday morning yoga class, followed by a healthful brunch that your body will thank you for. Plus, transport your family into the magical world of Disney, fangirl over one of K-pop’s biggest boy band stars and (finally) keep your New Year’s fitness resolution this time.


Disney in Concert

photo: courtesy of Hawai‘i Symphony orchestra


Disney in Concert: A Dream is a Wish

Friday, Jan. 5, and Saturday, Jan. 6

No matter how old we get, we’ll never be too old to cheer as Fa Mulan defends China from serpent-eyed Huns, cry at that heart-wrenching scene in The Lion King (you know the one) or question Ariel’s extreme methods to win the love of some guy she saw once for, like, five minutes. Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra shares the very special magic of Disney through music this Friday and Saturday with Disney in Concert: A Dream is a Wish. Transport the entire family to another world as HSO performs songs from some of its most-loved classic and contemporary animated feature films, including Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid, accompanied by film footage and vocals by Lisa Livesay, Andrew Johnson, Whitney Coss and more.

$27–$79, Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall, 777 Ward Ave. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.


SEE ALSO: 7 Can’t-Miss Honolulu Concerts to Check out in January 2018


Yoga & Brunch

Sunday, Jan. 7, 9 a.m. to noon

After two back-to-back weekends of overeating, overdrinking and not getting the recommended hours of beauty rest, our bodies could probably benefit from a little post-holiday love. Do yourself some good on Sunday morning at U/S/A Wellness’ yoga and brunch, hosted at Salt at Our Kaka‘ako. Start off at 9 a.m. with an hour of sun salutations, downward dogs and warrior poses under the guidance of yoga instructor Brooklyn Bosworth, with live music by Travis Cundiff. After the class, refuel with brunch provided by Morning Brew, with your choice of good-for-you dishes (many vegan and gluten free) such as steel-cut oatmeal, chia pudding, and bacon and eggs with fresh fruit. A little pop-up shopping post brunch from Kainani Swimwear, The Pi Collection and organic beauty brand Aim HI Everyday will help you looking as good as you feel all year long.

$22.75, Salt at our Kaka‘ako, 691 Auahi St. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.


Great Aloha Run

photo: Getty Images


Sign Up for a 2018 Race

“New year, new me.” At least, that’s what we tell ourselves at the beginning of each January. We throw away the beer, buy a new pair of running shoes and vow that this year is (finally) the year we will get fit. But by the time February hits, not much has changed: Those new-in-box sneakers are still new and in their box, our beer gut is giving off serious dad bod vibes and even our fat pants won’t fit anymore. Instead of letting old habits die hard, make 2018 your (actual) year of fit and register for an upcoming race in Hawai‘i. From 5Ks to marathons to triathlons, there’s a course for every level of fitness. And who knows, that runner’s high might even get you hooked.



Saturday, Jan. 6, and Sunday, Jan. 7, 5 p.m.

With its explosive career, earworm hits and international fame, we couldn’t have thought up a better name for the South Korean pop phenom known as Big Bang. Considered one of the most influential forces to shape the K-pop industry, Big Bang was the first K-pop group to make it on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, debuting at No. 150 in 2012 with its EP Alive. The band’s second-youngest member D-Lite, also known as Daesung, hits Hawai‘i this weekend for two solo shows at the Hawai‘i Theatre Center. These will be his final performances before Big Bang is put on hiatus as members embark on South Korea’s mandatory two-year military service. These tickets are selling out fast, so if you’re a fan, we suggest buying yours ASAP.

$100, Hawai‘i Theatre Center, 1130 Bethel St. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.


Looking for more things to do? Check out our events calendar.




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