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9 Fun Things You’ll Find at The Best of Honolulu Festival

From a local marketplace to a keiki zone and prizes for catching Pokémon.




In case you missed it, HONOLULU Magazine is throwing our first-ever Best of Honolulu Festival on Saturday, July 16. It’s a celebration of the best food, retail and entertainment our fine city has to offer, and we’re excited to bring it together in one spot at Honolulu Hale’s Civic Grounds. It will be a fun-filled day with lots to see, do and eat. Here’s a quick guide to what you’ll find at the event, so you can come up with your game plan for the day.


1. There will be free parking.

No need to stress about finding street parking or figuring out where to park. There will be free parking at the Frank F. Fasi Municipal Building located at the corner of Alapai and Beretania Streets. Hooray.


2. Shop ‘til you drop.

Monthly urban marketplace pop-up Art + Flea is setting up a tent at the festival. There, you’ll find local vendors selling something for everyone. From stylish fashion and accessories, letterpress stationery, beauty products galore and much more, browse a wide selection of items. Go here for a glimpse.


3. Kids will have fun, too.

This is a family-friendly event, after all. You’ll find a Dave & Buster’s keiki zone, where kids will have a blast playing free games and scoring prizes. Plus free face painting, balloon animals and glitter tattoos. And there’s more: Dave & Buster’s will be giving away a free birthday party for 10 people.


4. Your kid could be on the cover of HONOLULU Family Magazine.

Speaking of kids, HONOLULU Family Magazine will be holding its annual Cover Kids Search for local kids between the ages of 1 and 12 years old. If you’ve got a cutie who doesn’t mind being in front of the camera, bring them to the HONOLULU Family Magazine tent. A professional photographer will be there to take your kid’s photo and HONOLULU Family Magazine will waive the normal $10 Cover Kids entry fee just for this event.


5. There will be a variety of ‘ono grinds.

All that shopping and having fun will work up an appetite, and the food vendors will have some yummy offerings. Doraku Sushi will serve bento boxes; Arancino is serving up lightly fried risotto croquettes; Kahuku Farms is making sweet and tasty items that include grilled banana bread with homemade vanilla caramel and vanilla haupia, lilikoi coolers and lilikoi butter mochi. Quench your thirst with Wow Wow Lemonade, which will be serving up its usual pineapple li hing, classic and strawberry lemonades. It will also be serving strawberry liliko‘i for the first time at an event and the watermelon basil lemonade is back in season. For something sweeter, Cake Works will have macarons in a variety of flavors including creamsicle, watermelon, pink lemonade and strawberry guava.


6. Watch an aerial dance performance.

Samadhi Hawai‘i will be performing aerial acrobatics and dancing with kids and adults. Don’t miss your chance to watch this unique performance.


7. You could win two roundtrip tickets.

Jet into Alaska Airlines’ tent and pick up one of its nifty blow-up airplane hats. While you’re there, you can also enter to win two roundtrip tickets anywhere Alaska Airlines flies, and, who knows, maybe you can take that trip you’ve been wanting to take.


8. Live entertainment will be provided throughout the day.

Head to the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® Card and Mileage Plan stage to check out tunes from local artists, including Honoka and Azita and Jeff Peterson. Magician Kaulana will captivate you with a magic performance and you can also catch a Goodwill Goes Glam fashion show.


9. Catch Pokémon at the event for a Chance to win prizes.

We know you gotta catch ‘em all if you’re playing Pokémon Go, so here’s a chance to do just that and possibly win prizes. We’ll be dropping lure modules at 10 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. at different areas around the festival. Take snapshots of the Pokémon you find, post it on Instagram with the hashtag #bestofhonolulu and we’ll be selecting our favorites every hour. Winners can claim their prizes at the HONOLULU Magazine tent.


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