Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: June 8–10, 2018
Celebrate Hawaiʻi’s vibrant cultures during the Pan-Pacific Festival, paint the day away at the museum and start the King Kamehameha Day celebrations early with a historic flower parade.
It’s about that time to fight the traffic (and maybe scavenge for parking, too) to attend a few annual events taking place in Waikīkī. Bring your family down for some quality time and jaw-dropping performances making their way down Kalākaua Avenue this weekend, plus, learn to paint from the pros and bring out your inner yogi.
Pan-Pacific Festival Hoʻolauleʻa
Friday, June 8, 7 to 10 p.m.
Photo: David Croxford
Kick off the three-day Pan-Pacific Festival with a proper hoʻolauleʻa, or celebration, by enjoying the array of cultural performances, ethnic cuisines and local vendors that will be lining Kalākaua for this entire weekend. Don’t miss the opportunity to see different groups from around the world coming together to perform traditional dances at multiple entertainment stages.
Free, Kalākaua Avenue, from Seaside Avenue to Uluniu Avenue. Go online for the full schedule of events.
Second Saturday at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum
Saturday, June 9, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Feeling artistic? The Hawaiʻi State Art Museum will hold a free watercolor painting session with the theme of “Captivating Color” on Saturday morning. Guided by professional artists, you can let your imagination run free during this family friendly event or enjoy the many different museum galleries. With all the materials provided, all you need to bring is you, your artistic talent and maybe some likeminded friends. Allow about 30 minutes to complete your masterpiece.
Free, Hawaiʻi State Art Museum, 250 S. Hotel St., first floor Multipurpose Room. For more information, go here.
King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade
Saturday, June 9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Photo: Courtesy of King Kamehameha Celebration
Starting at 9 a.m. at ʻIolani Palace, beautiful floral floats, traditional horseback riders and decorated vehicles make their way down to Queen Kapiʻolani Park to celebrate King Kamehameha Day. More than 6,000 marchers are expected to make their way from downtown Honolulu through Waikīkī. Don’t miss this colorful and cultural spectacle, which ends with a hoʻolauleʻa at Kapiʻolani Park at 11 a.m. with live entertainment until 4 p.m.
Free, starts at ʻIolani Palace, 364 S. King St. For more information, go here.
Sunday, June 10, 2 to 4 p.m.
Photo: Courtesy of Project Yaytimes
Need a little R&R from this weekend’s festivities? Enjoy an evening of yoga, healthy eats from Dots Wahiawā and tunes from DJ Jules Juke to recuperate and reflect on the week. Bring your yoga mat and learn from yoga instructor Marissa Inhofer in a one-hour yoga class fit for all ages and levels.
$15 suggested donation, Pineapple Showroom at Dots Wahiawā, 130 Mango St., Wahiawā. For more information, go here.
Looking for more things to do? Check out our events calendar.