The Ultimate Weekend Guide: Feb. 25–28
On our weekend agenda: shopping, eating and a healthy dose of wellness.
Thursday, Feb. 25, 7 a.m.–Sunday, Feb. 28, 6 p.m.
You’re walking, talking and breathing—but how’s your quality of life? Deep questions on a Thursday, we know, but we only ask so you can plan to get a handle on your answer with a trip to this weekend’s Wanderlust Festival. It’s an all-out celebration of mindful living, involving a community of yoga and meditation instructors, musical performers, speakers, artists and chefs for a four-day retreat on the Zen North Shore. Plus, it’s designed to be a truly participatory gathering: a place to learn, practice and grow. Ready to get inspired and find your true north?
Turtle Bay Resort, 57-091 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku. Events range from $17.50 to $530. Purchase tickets here.
Photo courtesy of Turtle Bay Resort. Photo Credit: Amanda Bjorn
Thursday, Feb. 25, 5–10 p.m.
You’re in big trouble, mister. No, we’re not talking about being in the doghouse. We mean you need to make sure to head down to Art and Flea’s latest market event, themed Big Trouble in Little China, in honor of the beginning of Chinese New Year. Get in some some retail and art therapy, and visit the 60 vendors that will be showing their stripes tonight, including The Conscious Sea, Flotsam & Co., Alucive Dream Division and Blonde Shark. Live performances by Taimane, The Bougies and students from the Pow! Wow! School of Music will keep things lively, while food vendors such as Earl Sandwich, Mr. Egg Roll and Mochi Lab will keep bellies full.
Ward Village Shops (the old Ward Warehouse), artandflea.com.
Friday, Feb. 26, 5–10 p.m.
You’ve been doing so great with your diet that you deserve a break. Oh, perfect timing. Eat the Street is back for February and the theme is one you don’t want to hold back with: Fat Tuesday. Take a tasting tour down south with a food-tastic celebration of Mardi Gras, which will include lots of seafood, sweets and Creole flavors from 40 vendors. Can we talk about this menu for a second? Kiawe Pizza is rolling out andouille sausage pizza, La La Land’s whipping up jambalaya andouille mac and cheese, and Mega Load Burgers is serving up pineapple jamabalya rice. On the sweet side, The Sugar Hut’s got Kings’ Cake macarons on the roster—try it with IL Gelato’s bourbon gelato. Ooooweee, right?
Makers and Tasters,1011 Ala Moana Blvd., eatthestreethawaii.com.
Saturday, Feb. 27, 2 p.m.
Psst: You love music. You love secrets. You love pop-ups. Which is why we know you’re going to want to head down to this hip shopping opportunity happening in Chinatown this weekend. Secret Record Store, Honolulu’s coolest pop-up vinyl dealership, sets up shop in Downbeat Lounge this weekend. Browse the goods, find some sweet new tunes, have an afternoon cocktail and listen to live selections by DJ Monkey, JOHNJOHN and more. The selection of vinyl albums ranges from Latin jazz to punk rock to Motown soul to reggae.
Downbeat Lounge, 42 N. Hotel St. All ages. No cover. For information on vinyl inventory, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, Feb. 27, 3–4 p.m.
Some of the most beautiful flowers in the Islands aren’t found in a garden, at least not this weekend—they’ll be on stage at Ala Moana Center for the final public appearance of the 15 contestants for the Cherry Blossom Festival. And it’s not just a lineup of gorgeous gals. There will be cultural entertainment provided by Dragon Beat, followed by the introduction of Cherry Blossom Festival Queen and Court, who will share their festival experiences and answer questions from the emcee, giving the audience a chance to get to know what’s behind the pretty face.
Ala Moana Center, center stage, cbfhawaii.com.
Sunday, Feb. 28, 6–11 p.m.
Move over, boys. Ladies are getting a chance to step into the ring and show their chops—in the arena of poetry, that is. This weekend’s Slam of the Pacific’s “Day of the Woman” event is the first all-woman competition in the history of slam poetry in Hawai‘i. Big news, but even bigger news? The first-place winner of the affair will be sent to Brooklyn, New York to represent Hawai‘i at the Women of the World Poetry Slam. Who run the world? Girls.
The Dragon Upstairs, 1038 Nu‘uanu Ave. Free. Email email@example.com for more information.