The Best Dining, Shopping and Sales Events This Weekend in Honolulu
7 events to make your weekend shoptacular
What: Whoever thought of combining shopping, cocktails and the weekend at First Friday deserves an award. This Friday, usher in a new month with retail therapy at the a.wattz dezigns trunk show at Fighting Eel. The pieces perfectly complement any Island wardrobe: We’re talking sweet golden pineapples and palm trees, teeny colorful tassels and vibrant beaded bracelets. Go ahead, stock up—now that you’re starting fresh on August’s budget, you can really go crazy.
When: Friday, Aug. 1, 12–8 p.m.
Where: Fighting Eel, 1133 Bethel St.
Details: Check out the a.wattz Instagram for images of new cheery, wrapped necklaces you need for end the of summer.
What: Blake Lively has a lot going for her: gorgeous body, a ridiculously hot husband, and a slew of high-profile film roles. In other words: Every woman wants to be her. Now, with her new shopping site Preserve, we can at least buy all the cute hipster things we know she loves and feel a little closer to that goal. Preserve has everything from adorable home goods to chic clothing to rustic kitchenware. We’re still waiting for a Ryan Reynolds lookalike to go on sale.
Details: To add another blonde to the bandwagon, Reese Witherspoon will be launching her lifestyle site next year. The name, Draper James, was just announced this week.
What: Because every day out of the office means time to shop, Owens & Co. is hosting its first-ever Mini Market this weekend. Pick up some goodies to brighten up your desk (and get you through the upcoming work week) from Bradley and Lily Fine Stationery. Pretty gems and jewelry from Padma and Pickles will also be available, as will cute new offerings from Hawaii Calligraphy.
When: Thursday, July 31, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Friday, Aug. 1, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Where: Owens & Co.,1152 Nuuanu Ave.
Details: Call 531-4300 for more information.
The Show Must Go Up
What: The extent of your acrobatic prowess is two positions in yoga and vague memories of being able to do a cartwheel in high school. Prepare to be stunned by the 12 castmembers of the upcoming CabaRAE show, who clearly have kept up their stretching a lot better than you have. Feats in this “cabariety” show include flying on trapezes, balancing acts, pole dancing and breathtaking gymnastics. Watch the preview show now (which includes a cocktail hour and cast meet-and-greet) in the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort Tapa Ballroom, located directly above the future home of the show, which is currently undergoing a massive renovation.
When: Every Thursday through Sunday, 7–10 p.m., through August 31. The show is set to open later this summer.
Details: Tickets range from $40–$63. $8 parking validation. Visit the CabaRAE website for more information.
What: There’s only one more month of summer, so you better start using up your beach hours, stat. A perfect excuse to put on your sunnies and lounge on the sand is the 30th China Uemura & Tees Longboard Surfing Classic. A benefit for China Uemura’s Surfing Foundation, which raises funds to support education and medical initiatives in the community, this competition will feature talented waveriders of all ages pitting their skills against each other.
Where: Kuhio Beach, Waikiki
When: July 31–August 3. Starts at 7 a.m.
Details: There’s even a stand-up paddle boarding division! And you know how much we love that.
English Lit. Up
What: Remembering falling in love with Catcher in the Rye in eighth grade? J.D. Salinger totally, like, got you. Get your angst out during some #tbt emo time with three previously out-of-print Salinger stories, published as one book earlier this month. The stories, titled “The Young Folks,” “Go See Eddie” and “Once a Week Won’t Kill You,” are from the 1940s, the author’s early years. Your middle school English teacher would be so proud of you.
Details: The book is $13.18 before shipping.
What: The trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road, the post-apocalyptic action-flick remake of the 1979 Mel Gibson film, was just released, and it’s everything you’d expect: blood, scary villains and lots of testosterone. But the scene-stealers were top models Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Riley Keough, Courtney Eaton and Zoe Kravitz as a crew of desert beauties. With that much fashionable pedigree on the cast, will Mad Max prove to be the most unexpectedly stylish movie of 2015?
When:The film’s release date is currently May 15, 2015.
Details: Let’s just hope Rosie does a better job acting than she did in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
Who: Vera Bradley, Ala Moana Center
Deal: 25 percent off all full-priced backpacks
Who: Roberta Oaks, 19 N. Pauahi St.
Deal: 20 percent off all dresses through Friday
Deal: 15 percent off with the code MOVINGSALE
Who: American Apparel, Ala Moana Center
Deal: 20–90 percent off select styles
Deal: 30 percent off select outdoor furniture
Who: Kira Hawaii, Pearlridge Center
Deal: Follow @kirahawaii on Instagram and get 10 percent off
Deal: 10 percent off preorders of the upcoming collection with code PREORDER10
Who: Scoop NYC
Deal: Up to 70 percent off select styles
Who: Marc Jacobs
Deal: 70 percent off Spring/Summer '14 styles
Deal: 25 percent off sale items with code GRANDFINALE