Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: May 3–6, 2018

Celebrate more than just Cinco de Mayo.


Tacos, tequila, Chihuahuas in costume—enjoy all of that and lots more at Salt at Our Kaka‘ako’s Cinco de Mayo fiesta this Saturday. But there’s a lot more than just tequila going on this weekend—find a new book to cozy up to, snap up local artwork for a steal and use your detective skills to solve a murder mystery.


Hawai‘i Book and Music Festival
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Hawai‘i Book & Music Festival

Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sci-fi, horror, historical fiction or romance, no matter which genre you love, the annual Hawai‘i Book & Music Festival has something for everyone. Meet award-winning authors, shop used books and rekindle your love for the written word at this weekend event at Honolulu Hale. On May 5 at 2 p.m., there will be readings from authors chosen for HONOLULU’s “50 Essential Hawai‘i Books.” Plus, enjoy hula performances and live music, including a special free concert on Sunday afternoon featuring ‘uke master Jake Shimabukuro.

Free, Frank F. Fasi Civic Center Grounds, 650 King St. For more information and a schedule of events, go here.

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Cinco de Mayo

Saturday, May 5 at 5 p.m.

This year, we’re planning to get our fix of tacos and tequila at Salt at Our Kaka‘ako’s Cinco de Mayo party sponsored by Don Julio. Festivities kick off at 5 p.m. at Pitch Sports Bar with live music by Eddie Ortiz, Son Caribe and El Mariachi Loco, games, giveaways and a Chihuahua costume contest. A Don Julio tequila shot station, margaritas and plenty of other drink specials at Pitch and next-door neighbor The Boiling Crab will keep you cha–cha-cháing with confidence all night long (because tequila says you can dance, and why would it lie to you?). For bites, order off a special Cinco de Mayo menu for some elotes (Mexican street corn), tacos, ceviche, churro bites and Champion Chips—tortilla chips topped with your typical nacho fixings, plus Portuguese sausage, kalbi sauce and chili oil.

Free, Salt at Our Kaka‘ako, 660 Ala Moana Blvd. For more information, go here.


Friends of the Hawai‘i State Art Museum Hawai‘i Master Artists Show

photo: courtesy of the friends of the hawai‘i state art museum


Hawai‘i Master Artists Show

Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5

You love your man, but his apartment? Empty beer bottles in the kitchen, plastic lawn chairs in the living room, shot glasses lining the counter tops … Um, college called and it wants its frat house back. Retire that Van Wilder poster and begin the Greek-to-chic transformation at the Hawai‘i Master Artists Show, a benefit for the Friends of the Hawai‘i State Art Museum where one-of-a-kind works by Hawai‘i artists, including Satoru Abe, Tadashi Sato and Jean Charlot, will be for sale at very reasonable prices. All pieces can be viewed for free at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum this Friday and Saturday—head over early for first dibs on your favorites.

Free admission, Artizen by MW Café Gallery, 250 S. Hotel St., Ground Floor. For more information, go here.


SEE ALSO: Start Your Own Hawai‘i Art Collection at a Rare Sale of Local Pieces


Shear Madness

May 3 through 20

Put on your thinking cap and sharpen your detective skills for Mānoa Valley Theatre’s latest production. The longest-running play in the history of the U.S. as listed by The Guinness Book of World Records, Shear Madness is an interactive whodunit comedy that brings the audience in to solve the murder of a landlady living above a hair salon. To solve the crime, the audience must question an array of eccentric characters while new clues and up-to-the-minute improvisation keep everyone on their toes. Think you’ve got what it takes to be a gumshoe? There’s only one way to find out.

$20–$40, Mānoa Valley Theatre, 2833 E. Mānoa Road. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.


Looking for more things to do? Check out our events calendar.




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