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Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: Sept. 22–23, 2018

Have a rice day at Ward, play a classic board game and take the keiki west for an afternoon of fun.


Ninth Annual Rice Fest

PHOTO: COURTESY Of rice fest


Rice Fest

Saturday, Sept. 22, 3 to 9 p.m.

September is National Rice Month, and this Saturday you can celebrate Hawai‘i’s beloved staple by sampling rice dishes from around the world at Rice Fest. The section of Auahi Street between Ward Centre and Nordstrom Rack will be cordoned off (plan your travels accordingly) to host a variety of vendors and food trucks, plus a stage featuring cooking demonstrations, live entertainment and eating contests. Help spread the joy of rice by donating a bag of brown rice to Lanakila Pacific’s Meals on Wheels, a program that delivers food to seniors in need across the island.

Free, Auahi Street fronting Ward Centre. For more information, go here.

This month’s Weekend Picks Sponsored by:
2018 LA Clippers Hawai‘i Classic


Ko Olina Children’s Festival

Saturday, Sept. 22, 2 to 8 p.m.

Head west for a family play day featuring interactive video and music activities, special live performances and Disney’s Aloha Fun show. Kids can enjoy face painting, balloon artists and delicious food while ending the day with a sunset showing of Pixar’s Coco on the beach. All proceeds go to Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children. Find more family events at honolulufamily.com.

$15–$30, Ko Olina Resort, 92-1480 Ali‘inui Drive, Kohola Lagoon, Kapolei. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.


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AlohaCon Hawai‘i

photo: courtesy of alohacon



Sunday, Sept. 23, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Before the existence of TVs and computers—if you can imagine such a time—tabletop games were a popular pastime for many kids and families. AlohaCon, Honolulu’s only tabletop gaming convention, invites families to spend some quality time at its all-ages, all-day event. Bring your favorite games to play, or choose a new one to learn from its game library. The event will also feature door prizes, special game tournaments and more.

$20, free for kids ages 3 and younger. The Willows Restaurant, 901 Hausten St. For more information and to register, go here.


Save the Date: 2019 Hale ‘Aina Awards Celebration

Sunday, Sept. 30, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Eat, drink, mingle, repeat! Dine under the stars on signature dishes from award-winning chefs at the 35th annual Hale ‘Aina Awards Celebration. Indulge your taste buds on plates by Artizen by MW, Koko Head Café, Pai Honolulu, The Pig & The Lady and more, plus sip on signature cocktails and mingle with friends and family over live entertainment at the iconic Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort.

First Hawaiian Bank cardholders, use your First Hawaiian Bank credit card at checkout and enter the first six digits of your card number in the discount code field for an exclusive $25 discount on one general admission ticket.

$150, The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, 2259 Kalākaua Ave. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.

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


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