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Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend: May 12–14, 2017

A lineup of the weekend’s best events.


Honestly, what can we say about moms that hasn’t already been printed in a Hallmark card? For all the times she made you feel special, or doled out a much-needed serving of tough love, Mom deserves some gratitude—or, at the very least, a free brunch. If you’re a little incredibly behind on your Mother’s Day plans, we’ve got a list of restaurants that may still be taking reservations. But once you’ve nailed that down, don’t forget this weekend’s other events: a pet expo (because your dog puts up with a lot, too), a gem and mineral show and, for the girls feeling less than pretty and witty and bright, a guaranteed method to make your self-confidence blossom.


Mother's Day Brunch Mahina & Sun's



Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 14

When we think of Mom, we think of her grace, her beauty, her wisdom—but, mostly, we think of food. And it’s only natural; after all, who made you chicken soup when you were sick with the flu? Who mailed a care package with all your favorite Hawai‘i snacks when you were a homesick college freshman? Who poked fun at your newly acquired Freshman 15 (OK, more like 25) at Christmas break, but still insisted on putting two slices of custard pie on your dessert plate? Moms know it best: Nothing says “I love you” like “You hungry?” But all that worrying whether you’re properly fed can take a toll on a lady, so why not take charge for a bit? Show your love and appreciation by treating Mom to one of these 15 Mother’s Day dining options. And, just in case those weren’t enough, here are nine more. You’re welcome.


Hawai‘i Pet Expo 2017

Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

While not quite Mom status, we think your pet is deserving of a little appreciation as well. The Hawai‘i Veterinary Medical Association celebrates National Pet Week and Be Kind to Animals Week with the Hawai‘i Pet Expo 2017, this Saturday and Sunday. Head to the Neal S. Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall for this free event, which aims to encourage responsible pet ownership and strengthen the bond between you and your pet, whether of the furred, feathered or fish variety. On the schedule are training and obedience demos, pet care advice, dog and cat shows, and retailers offering a wide array of pet products and services. For young ones (human and canine types) interested in participating in dog competitions, check out the Hawaiian Kennel Club’s annual puppy match on Sunday, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Leashed dogs and other pets, in good health and under supervision at all times, are welcome to attend.

P.S. Bring a can of Spam (or whatever)! The Hawai‘i Pet Expo will be accepting donations of nonperishable foods for the Hawai‘i Foodbank.

Free, Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, 777 Ward Ave. For more information on this event, go here.


Hawai‘i 2017 Spring Gem & Mineral Show

Photo: Courtesy of The Hawai‘i Rock & Mineral Society


Hawai‘i 2017 Spring Gem and Mineral Show

Friday, May 12, 5 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sure, diamonds are nice, but let’s not forget about a girl’s other friends: amethyst, aquamarine, opal, the list goes on and on. You can meet them all at the Hawai‘i 2017 Gem & Mineral Show, organized by the Hawai‘i Rock & Mineral Society. Along with a huge array of stones and minerals from around the world, the event will showcase other unusual items such as fossils, meteorites and shark teeth, including a rare display of Hawaiian quartz, calcite, opal and agate you may never see anywhere else. Plus, stop by the pop-up shop for stone and mineral beads and handmade jewelry, offered for sale by members of the Hawai‘i Rock & Mineral Society, and you’re guaranteed to take home a new, beautiful friend. There’s no such thing as too many friends, right?

Free, Honolulu Museum of Art School, Linekona Building, 1111 Victoria St. For more information and a schedule of events, go here.


Poolside Flower Crowns at The Surfjack

Friday, May 12, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Chipped manicure, bad hair day, post-ice-cream-bingefest guilt? Sometimes, a girl’s confidence needs a little pick-me-up, and when your boyfriend’s (well-intentioned) attempts at consolation just don’t cut it, we know something that will put the bloom back into your cheeks. Sign up for a relaxing floral workshop at The Surfjack, where the lovely ladies of Paiko will show you how fun—and easy!—it is to create beautiful flower crowns from local plants and flowers. Everything you need will be provided (including 50 percent off valet); all you need to bring is yourself. You’ll leave with a spring in your step, a smile on your face and feeling like you’re tropical nymph royalty.

$42, The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club, 412 Lewers St. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here


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