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Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Weekend in Honolulu: August 12–14

Lei Chic’s guide to the weekend’s best events.




Shop: Lil Coconut Hawai‘i Anniversary Sale

Through Sunday, Aug. 14

Get ready to get cocoNUTS. Lil Coconut Hawai‘i turns 3 and, to say thank you, customers receive 30 percent off everything and free shipping on all orders with the code THREE2016. So go ahead, join the celebration and purchase those pretty-patterned and tropical clutches featuring owner Amanda Dela Cruz’s travel photography. And carry a bit of paradise wherever you go.

To shop, go here.



Play: Picnic on the Pier

Friday, Aug. 12, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Say farewell to another summer by joining the Mighty Mo for its final Picnic on the Pier of the season. A free shuttle service will be provided from the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center for those who don’t have base access. Bring a beach chair and kick back as you enjoy the gorgeous sunset and live entertainment. Plus, tours of the battleship. There will also be kids’ activities and prizes. Feel free to bring your own packed picnic dinner, but there’s also food and drink available for purchase from Gordon Biersch. Just leave the glass, grills, tables and umbrellas at home.

$10 at the door for adults, $10 at the door for kids, USS Missouri, 63 Cowpens St., Pearl Harbor. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.



Shop: San Lorenzo Ala Moana Blowout Sale

Saturday, Aug. 13, 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 14, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Summer may be ending, but it’s bikini season all year long in Hawai‘i. If you’re looking to score deals on end-of-season swimwear sales, here’s one you can’t miss: San Lorenzo is throwing a blowout sale this weekend at its Ala Moana store location with up to 80 percent off storewide. Get there early because it all kicks off with the first 10 customers, who will receive a surprise goodie bag valued at $200. Bikinis will be as low as $10, designer swimwear will be up to 50 percent off and accessories will be up to 40 percent off. You can also enter to win a $300 gift bag by posting an Instagram photo of yourself in your favorite San Lorenzo bikini with the caption, “Will you go to the #SLAlaMoanaSale with me?” and tagging two friends.

Ala Moana Center. For more information, go here. To get updates, follow San Lorenzo’s Instagram.


Eat and Shop: Taste of Chinatown

Saturday, Aug. 13, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A lot is happening at this free event, Taste of Chinatown, hosted by the Chinatown Improvement District, and you don’t want to miss out. Sample foods from Chinatown eateries, including Aritzen by MW, Downbeat Diner, Kan Zaman, Little Village and The Pig & The Lady. Shop around the different vendors such as Salt Water Swim, Mixed Handbags and 7 Sketches. Plus, keiki will have fun chalk drawing and face painting, among other activities. Join in the cultural activities like a tai chi demonstration and enjoy a lineup of entertainment that includes Hawai‘i Hip Hop Collective and a traditional lion blessing.

Smith Beretania Park, 1145 to 1199 Smith St. For more information, go here.




Attend: Soul Time in Waikīkī With Aloha Got Soul

Saturday, Aug. 13, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Spend an evening at The Surfjack Hotel and Swim Club for a night of curated vinyl by the folks from Aloha Got Soul, a record label and DJ crew that’s known for spinning rare and lesser-known Hawaiian, soul and funk tunes. Local boy Roger Bong founded Aloha Got Soul in 2010 as a blog, sharing interviews from artists and creating mixtapes, which caught the attention from DJs and record collectors from all over the world. Experience it for yourself on Saturday.

$15 valet parking, The Surfjack Hotel and Swim Club, 412 Lewers St. For more information, go here.


Attend: Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival

Sunday, Aug. 14, noon to 6 p.m.

The sweet and soulful acoustic style of the Hawaiian slack key guitar runs deep in Hawaiian music. Many Hawaiian songs are accompanied by a Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar. Celebrate this longtime tradition and style of music that was part of the Hawaiian cultural resurgence of the 1880s and 1890s by heading to the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival. This free event showcases more than 15 musicians including Moses Kahumoku, Danny Carvalho and Bobby Moderow—playing songs both old and modern, so there’s something enjoyable for everyone.

Waikīkī Beachwalk, Lewers Street. For more information, go here.

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