Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend: March 3–5, 2017
A lineup of the weekend's best events.
Sure, you could devote the first weekend of spring to cleaning (specifically, that abyss between the couch cushions where crumbs, loose change and your daily motivation to work out disappear, never to be seen again). Or, you could, you know, not. If you choose the latter (we won’t judge), this weekend has something for everyone—from fit females to local sophisticates to dudes who just wanna look fly.
Photo: Courtesy of Hawai‘I Pacific Health
40th Annual Hawai‘i Pacific Health Women’s 10K
Sunday, March 5 at 7 a.m.
Mother or daughter, student or professional, we all know that a healthy body is a happy body. If your 2017 has been more about Netflix marathons and couch surfing, though, no sweat—what better way to jumpstart your fitness than at Hawai‘i Pacific Health’s annual women’s 10K? The 6.2-mile trek may seem ambitious, but trust us: A scenic course around Diamond Head and through the Kāhala neighborhood, combined with the solidarity of ladies of all ages and in all levels of fitness, will keep you pumped as you celebrate women’s fitness and health together. All finishers receive a rose, giveaway tote full of freebies and race shirt—plus, automatic invite to a post-race celebration at Kapiʻolani Park!
$45–$120, Kapiʻolani Park bandstand, 2686-2882 Kalākaua Ave. For more information and to register, go here.
Grand Opening: 18|8 Fine Men’s Salons
Sunday, March 5
So, your S.O.’s been upping his style game. Gone are the moth-eaten tees of yore, replaced by super-stylish Reyn Spooner aloha attire. And the rubbah slippahs? Upgraded from duct-taped Locals that have seen better years to … a new pair of Locals (hey, if it ain’t broke). But that buzz cut he’s been rocking—and doing himself—since freshman year of college is kind of holding his game back. While men can be just as picky as their female halves, and finding the right hairstylist is often a Goldilocks exercise—too expensive, too cheap, too chatty, too trendy or simply just not enough stylist-client chemistry—the new 18|8 Fine Men’s Salons, with a grand opening this Sunday at SALT, might just be a perfect fit. Specializing in confidently cool men’s styles and “affordable indulgences,” 18|8’s first Honolulu salon will offer a range of style services, from simple trims and straight-razor shaves to man-icures and waxing, at not-an-arm-and-a-leg prices. Because guys should appreciate the joys of a good mani-pedi, too.
18|8 Fine Men’s Salons, SALT at Our Kaka‘ako, 691 Auahi St. For more information on 18|8 Fine Men’s Salons, go here.
Photo: Courtesy of The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort
The Royal Hawaiian 90th Anniversary Gala
Friday, March 3, 6 to 9 p.m.
When you realize that we’re less than three years away from the year 2020, you’re bound to feel a little, well, aged. So imagine how the Royal Hawaiian, pushing its 90th birthday this year, must feel. Built by Matson in 1927, the resort has served as the backdrop for everything from the 1931 Charlie Chan film The Black Camel to Mad Men’s season 6 premiere “The Doorway.” We must say, though, the “Pink Palace of the Pacific” wears its age beautifully (and we’d make terrible deals with the Devil to look half that good at 90). Celebrating in style, the hotel’s 90th anniversary gala this Friday recreates its opening night with a cocktail reception, three-course dinner, live Hawaiian entertainment and silent auction. All proceeds from the event (at $350 a ticket, this gala is luxury in every sense) will benefit The ALS Association in Hawai‘i.
$350, The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.
Man Meets Bear at Downbeat Diner
Saturday, March 4, 6 to 9 p.m.
If Iron & Wine is your go-to for chill tracks, and the Explosions in the Sky T-shirt you bought at its show earlier this year is one of your treasured possessions, there’s a man we’d like you to meet. Specifically, Man Meets Bear, the pseudonym of Toronto limnologist Soren Brothers, who uses the landscapes and memories of places he’s lived in to create beautiful experimental folk. (Check out his Soundcloud here.) Tracks move effortlessly between lo-fi folk, hypnotic piano compositions, psychedelic rock and atmospheric electronica, and Brothers’ minimalist soundscapes will take you far, far away in a sea of dreamlike serenity. (And, with no cover, it’s cheaper than getting a massage.) Opening the show will be Mot Mot, new experimental project from local artists Ryan Miyashiro and Eric Yamamoto. While you’re there, enjoy happy hour with half-off pūpū and $2 Primos.
Downbeat Diner, 42 N. Hotel St. For more information, go here.