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Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Weekend in Honolulu: Feb. 18

Shopping, playing and making are on our weekend agenda.




All A Bloom

What: We had flowers on the mind last week. But, want to know a little secret? We always have flowers on the mind. Valentine’s may be over but our appetite for blooms is only whetted, so we love the idea of spending a tropical, garden-y afternoon at Paiko whipping up one of the florist’s famous flower crowns from the selection of gorgeous and vibrant local offerings. The experts will help you make your crown dreams come true, whether that means making an over-the-top boho creation or a delicate, protea-spotted coronet. Feeling royal yet?  
When: Saturday, Feb. 20, 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
Where: Paiko, 675 Auahi St.
Details: $40 includes all materials. Register at paikohawaii.com.



Whosits and Whatsits Galore

What: Some call us pack rats, but we know the truth: It’s not hoarding, it’s collecting! For all our fellow keepers of special trinkets, we’ll see you at the annual Hawai‘i Collector’s Expo for everything from art, to jewelry (yes, please), to vintage clothing (YES, please), to antiques, to sports cards, to comics. Racks of the rare and the unique will be up for viewing and, who knows? You may even pick up another new collectible hobby. And, special exhibits this year include the Anime Swap Meet and the Costumers Guild of Hawai‘i, so things are sure to get colorful. As Ariel said, “Isn’t it neat?”
When: Friday, 4 p.m.–9 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where: Neal S. Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall
Details: $5 regular admission, $2 for senior citizens, free for military. Visit hawaiicollectorsexpo.com for more information.




Fair Weather Friends

What: It’s only been a couple of weeks since the Punahou Carnival and we’re already going into roller coaster withdrawals. (What can we say? The only time we feel alive is when we’re being spun through the air on suspended chair-swings.) Fortunately, we don’t have to deal with the dearth of funnel cakes and Ferris wheels much longer, because the Mililani Carnival is popping up this weekend with more E.K. Fernandez rides, deep-fried fair foods and addictive carnival games. We are so getting our caramel apple on. Just make sure you’re in for a long night—last year’s ride lines stretched up to two hours long.
When: Sunday, Feb. 21, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Where: Miliani High School, 95-1200 Mehe‘ula Parkway, Mililani
Details: Call 627-7747 for more information.



Brings All the Boys to the Yard Sale

What: Deal hunters, get your nets ready. Everyone loves a good yard sale, and this weekend the Waikīkī Rotary Club is gearing up to have one for the books. This sixth annual event will feature tons of books, clothing, toys, appliances, household items, furniture, media, and vintage and collectible items—quite the safari for shoppers like us. Plus, the fundraiser will benefit Waikīkī Elementary, and any items not sold will be donated to local charities.
When: Saturday, Feb. 20, 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
Where: Waikīkī Elementary, 3710 Lē‘ahi Ave.
Details: Visit waikikirotary.com for more information. Interested in contributing items for the sale? Drop them off at the school cafeteria on Friday between 5 and 7 p.m. for sorting and pricing.




Kid’s Club

What: We all have a little kid inside us somewhere, and those kids probably still have a couple of old picture books that hold a special place in their hearts. The magic of children’s books, after all, is an enchanting genre that delights, whether you’re 5 years old or 50, so we’re ready to be absolutely charmed by the Hawai‘i State Library’s new, sweet little exhibit at the main branch. The exhibit takes a look at the process—the team, the money, etc.—behind creating such books, from the mind of the storyteller to the printed product passed from grubby little hand to hand. The work of local childrens’ book authors and illustrators Christopher Caravalho, Kirsten Carlson (work pictured above right), Sue Cowing, Scott Goto, Mariko Merritt (work pictured above left), Elizabeth Oh, James Rumford and Tammy Yee will be featured.
When: The exhibit runs through Friday, March 11.
Where: Hawai‘i State Library, 478 S. King St. 
Details: Visit the Hawai‘i State Library website for hours and other information.



Can’t Stress Enough

What: You’re wound up way too tight. Your anxiety level is through the roof. Your shoulders are all in knots. We could tell you, “Breathe,” but sometimes that isn’t enough. Kid, you need to seriously stop, unwind and take a moment. (OK, more than a moment.) We love the idea of the Kailua Shambhala Meditation Center’s weekend sound-healing session. Zen out at this transformative workshop designed to help you cope with upheavals in life and feelings of panic or stress through breathing, channeled energy and healing sounds from natural instruments and vocal tones. Monday, we’re ready for you.
When: Saturday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Where: Kailua Shambhala Meditation Center, 25 Kāne'ohe Bay Drive, Kailua
Details: $15 in advance, $25 at the door. Call 291-6865 for more information. Free parking.




Who: Hana Hou Vintage, 35 Kainehe St., Kailua
Deal: 20 percent off select items
When: Sunday, Feb. 21, noon–4 p.m.

Who: Missguided
Deal: Up to 50 percent off select styles with code STEAL50

Who: Allison Izu, The Cut Collective, Mānoa Innovation Center, 2800 Woodlawn Drive
Deal: 30 to 50 percent off select styles
When: Saturday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Who: H&M
Deal: 20 percent off purchases of $50 or more with code3329
When: Through tomorrow

Who: Calypso St. Barth, Royal Hawaiian Center
Deal: 60 percent off select styles

Who: Tobi
Deal: 30 percent off new arrivals

Who: Nordstrom, Ala Moana Center
Deal: Up to 40 percent off select styles
When: Through Feb. 21


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