Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend: June 16–18, 2017
A lineup of the weekend’s best events.
Father’s Day is this Sunday. Did you forget? That’s OK, because we’ve got you covered with a roundup of places to treat pops to. Hawai‘i celebrates the return of the Hōkūle‘a this Saturday with a homecoming ceremony and the biggest block party Kaka‘ako’s seen yet, featuring tons of food, shopping and entertainment. Plus, plan ahead and purchase your tickets to two NBA preseason games being held right here in Honolulu in October, and, on Friday, stop, count your blessings, and take a moment to donate a few dollars to help make a child’s wish come true.
PHOTO: COURTESY OF Flour & Barley
Sunday, June 18
Mom was easy—flowers, chocolates, brunch, a Hallmark card and a hug, and—boom—you’re the perfect child. But Dad? That mysterious, beer-drinking, car-tinkering guy who only shows emotion when ESPN is on? What does he want? If a Q&A with your magic eight ball yields no insight into the mysterious abyss that is Dad’s heart, and Miss Cleo isn’t picking up your calls, you may feel like doing something drastic. But, before you end up in the middle of a field, surrounded by candles, attempting to summon the darker arts via a spell you found on Google—just chill for a sec. Put the sacrificial lamb down, save it for your next farm-to-table dinner party and check out our roundup of 11 places to have a fun and festive Father’s Day, with restaurants and bars to enjoy steak, barbecue or just a cold brew. No thanks necessary, just remember to invite us to that dinner party.
Honolulu Night Market: Home
Saturday, June 17, 5 to 10 p.m.
Will you go to Homecoming with us? The Hōkūle‘a’s homecoming, that is. After a historic three-year journey around the world, Hawai‘i is celebrating the voyaging canoe’s return home in style. In on the celebration is Honolulu Night Market, your favorite Kaka‘ako evening event, with the biggest neighborhood block party to date, spanning Keawe and Auahi streets and Salt at Our Kaka‘ako. Shop Hawai‘i-made fashion, jewelry and accessories including a.wattz dezigns, Issa de’ Mar, Pure Joy Hawai‘i and Yireh. Despite wanting to fit into those cute new outfits you just bought, the event’s food vendors (Bao Tao’n, Hawaiian Waffle Dog and Uncle Lani’s Poi Mochi, to name a few) will surely prevent any such success. Night Market’s three entertainment stages will showcase live music, a screening of Disney’s Moana, plus a special video highlighting milestones of the Hōkūle‘a’s journey, followed by a Q&A.
PHOTO: Courtesy of the L.A. Clippers
Buy Tickets: L.A. Clippers vs. Toronto Raptors
On sale now for Sunday, Oct. 1 and Tuesday, Oct. 3 games
Are you having NBA withdrawals? The heart-pounding excitement, the nail-biting drama, the unexpected moment of romance between David West and Tristan Thompson—what if you could experience all of that, firsthand, right here in Honolulu? Well, actually, you can (accidental kissing excluded). In a partnership between the L.A. Clippers and the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, the Stan Sheriff Center will host two preseason games between the Clippers and the Toronto Raptors later this year on Oct. 1 and 3. You can buy tickets for both games now here. (Stay tuned for more details on a free fan event, hosted by the Clippers, HTA and AEG Facilities, taking place at the Hawai‘i Convention Center.) Procrastinators and commitment-phobes, we suggest you take charge and buy those tickets ASAP as both games are likely to fill up quickly. In the words of a wise man: “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.”
$20–$150, Stan Sheriff Center, 1355 Lower Campus Road. For more information on the Los Angeles Clippers Hawai‘i Classic, go here.
Give Wishes Wings, a Benefit for Make-A-Wish Hawai‘i
Friday, June 16, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
While you’re hard at work this Friday (in other words, figuring out a pau hana location with your besties via text), we ask you to take a moment to: 1) Appreciate just how awesome life is (because any life with pau hana is a good life), and 2) Tune in to KUMU 94.7 or KITV-4 and make a donation to a very worthy cause. Make-A-Wish Hawai‘i, a nonprofit that grants wishes for keiki suffering from life-threatening illnesses, launches its fundraiser, Give Wishes Wings, this Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. The nonprofit’s goal each year is to fulfill the wish of every single eligible child. With 38 more wishes waiting to be granted in the next three months, it’s calling upon the kindness of others. Make-A-Wish Hawai‘i is requesting a simple, one-time donation of $38 on that day, which will go towards granting a child the wish of his or her lifetime.
Make-A-Wish Hawai‘i, 223 S. King St., Suite 100. Tune in live on KUMU 94.7 or KITV-4. To make a donation, go here.